AWP 2022 Subcommittee
Emma Copley Eisenberg
Emma Copley Eisenberg’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Granta, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Guernica, the Washington Post Magazine, and others. Her first book of nonfiction is The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2020 and was nominated for an Edgar and Lambda Literary Award. Raised in New York City, she lives in Philadelphia, where she codirects Blue Stoop, a hub for the literary arts. Her next two books, a novel and a collection of short stories, are forthcoming from Hogarth (Penguin Random House).
Deaf, genderqueer poet Meg Day is the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street, 2014), winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award. A recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship and an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, Day’s recent work can be found in Best American Poetry 2020 and the New York Time. Day is assistant professor of English & Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College. www.megday.com
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Timothy Denevi's most recent book is Freak Kingdom (Hachette/PublicAffairs, 2018). He is also the author of Hyper (Simon & Schuster, 2014). His essays on politics, sport, and religion have recently appeared in New York, CNN.com, Salon, and Literary Hub.
Oliver de la Paz
Oliver de la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry: Names Above Houses , Furious Lullaby , Requiem for the Orchard , Post Subject: A Fable, and The Boy in the Labyrinth , which was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry. He also coedited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry . A founding member, Oliver serves as the cochair of the Kundiman advisory board. He has received grants from the NEA, NYFA, the Artist’s Trust, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and he has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. His work has been published in journals such as Poetry , American Poetry Review , Tin House , the Southern Review , and Poetry Northwest . He teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low-Residency MFA Program at PLU.
Pete Duval's short story collection Rear View (Houghton Mifflin) won the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize and the Connecticut Book Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. A second collection, The Deposition, winner of the 2020 Juniper Prize for Fiction, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in March. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ascent, the Massachusetts Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Witness, among other venues. Pete teaches at West Chester University and Spalding University.
Michelle Gil-Montero is a poet and translator of contemporary Latin American poetry, hybrid-genre writing, and criticism. She has translated several books of poetry, most recently Edinburgh Notebook by Valerie Mejer Caso (Action Books). Her translations of Berlin Interlude and Exilium, both by María Negroni, are forthcoming in 2022 from Black Square Editions and Ugly Duckling Presse, respectively. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Howard Foundation, as well as a Fulbright US Scholar's Grant to Argentina and a PEN/Heim Translation Prize. She is the author of the poetry books Attached Houses (Brooklyn Arts Press) and Object Permanence (Ornithopter Press), and her work has appeared in jubilat, Spoon River Poetry Review, Seedings, Conjunctions, and other publications. At Saint Vincent College, she directs the Minor in Literary Translation and is the founding editor of the small press poetry publisher Eulalia Books (eulaliabooks.com).
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Matthew David Goodwin
Matthew David Goodwin is a scholar, an editor, and a translator. His research is centered on the experience of migration, in particular how Latinx writers are using science fiction and fantasy to explore migration. He is the editor of Latinx Rising: An Anthology of Latinx Science Fiction and Fantasy as well as the young adult collection Speculative Fiction for Dreamers. His study of Latinx science fiction, The Latinx Files: Race, Migration, and Space Aliens was recently released through Rutgers University Press. He is currently an assistant professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at the University of New Mexico.
Leah Henderson is the author of the middle grade novels The Magic in Changing Your Stars and One Shadow on the Wall. Her picture books include Together We March, A Day for Rememberin’, and the forthcoming Daddy Speaks Love and Your Voice, Your Vote. Leah holds an MFA in writing and is on faculty at Spalding University's low-residency School of Creative and Professional Writing.
Anne Kaier’s essays appear in About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times, 1966journal, the Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the Kenyon Review. “Maple Lane” was mentioned on the list of Notables in the 2014 edition of Best American Essays. Her memoir, Home with Henry, is out from PS Books. Her poetry appears in Beauty Is a Verb: An Anthology of Poetry, Poetics, and Disability. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. With a PhD in English from Harvard University, she has taught at Bryn Mawr College, Arcadia University, and Rosemont College. She is working on a memoir about her years at the University of Oxford in the late 1960s.
Trapeta B. Mayson
Trapeta B. Mayson is the 2020–2021 Philadelphia Poet Laureate. She is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in Literature, an Aspen Words Fellowship, and a Leeway Transformation Award, among others. Mayson released two music and poetry projects in collaboration with jazz guitarist Monnette Sudler. A widely published writer, Mayson is a native of Liberia. She is a graduate of Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and Villanova University School of Business. Mayson uses the arts to mobilize, build community, and create change.
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Raquel Salas Rivera
Raquel Salas Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet and translator. His honors include being named the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and receiving the New Voices Award from Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. His books have won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry and the Ambroggio Prize and have been longlisted or finalists for the National Book Award, the PEN America Open Book Award, and CLMP’s Firecracker Award. He writes and teaches in Puerto Rico, where he is currently cocreating El proyecto de la literatura puertorriqueña/The Puerto Rican Literature Project, a free, bilingual, and open-access digital portal that users within and outside academia and the US and Puerto Rican educational systems can use to learn about and teach Puerto Rican poetry.
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Hasanthika Sirisena’s work has been anthologized in This Is the Place (Seal Press, 2017) and Every Day People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018) and named a notable story by Best American Short Stories. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and is a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award recipient. She is currently editor at West Branch literary magazine and faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and Susquehanna University. Her books include the short story collection The Other One and the forthcoming essay collection Dark Tourist (Mad Creek Books, 2021).
Donna Talarico is an independent writer and content strategist in higher education, and she is also founder/publisher of Hippocampus Magazine & Books and its annual conference HippoCamp. She speaks regularly on marketing related topics at higher ed and publishing conferences and has bylines in the LA Review, the Superstition Review, Wanderlust Journal, mental_floss, the Writer, the BREVITY blog, Games Magazine, the Content Strategis, the Guardian's Higher Education, and more. Donna has an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University. Follow her on Twitter at @donnatalarico.
Simone Zelitch is the author of five novels, most recently Judenstaat (PM Press, 2020), an alternative history about a Jewish state established in Germany. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, her subjects range from a peasant revolt to Mississippi Freedom Summer to a reimagining of the Book of Ruth. She teaches at Community College of Philadelphia, where she launched their Creative Writing Certificate. Find out more about the author and her work at www.simonezelitch.com
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