2020 Authors

​​​​Tim SeiblesTim Seibles, Old Dominion University, Professor Emeritus

Tim Seibles is the author of six collections of poetry, including Body Moves, Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, Buffalo Head Solos, and Fast Animal, which deals with the “burden of race and true wakefulness" and was nominated for the 2012 National Book Award. His latest work of poetry, One Turn Around the Sun came out in 2017. His poems have been published in Indiana Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, and numerous other literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry. In 2016, Seibles was name Poet Laureate of Virginia, and he is currently Professor Emeritus at Old Dominion University.



Brian Turner

Bryan Turner, Sierra Nevada University

Brian Turner is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. He often writes about war, but his true subject is “love and loss—and healing." He is the author of two poetry collections,    ​Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatirce Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor Choice" selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best of the West" Award, and the 2007 Poets Prize. In addition to his poetry, he is the editor of the anthology, The Kiss, a diverse anthology of essays, stories, poems, and graphic memoirs. He's been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Harper's Magazine, and other journals. His memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, made Powell's Best Nonfiction of 2014. Turner was also featured in the Academy Award-nominated film Operation Homecoming and anthologized in Voices in Wartime, published in conjunction with a documentary of the same name.​

Molly Antopol

Molly Antopol, Harvard University

Molly Antopol's debut collection, The UnAmericans, has stories “stretch[ing] from America to Ukraine to Israel, [where] each of her Jewish characters experience a sense of displacement [and] alienation from those closest to them, their society, or both." The book won the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award and was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. It was longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the California Book Award, and NPR's Best Book of 2014. She's been featured on This American Life, The New Yorker, One Story, American Short Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, The Rumpus and has been awarded an O. Henry Prize for best short fiction of the year. She's the recipient of a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, where she currently teaches.

Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle, North Carolina State University

Jill McCorkle is the author of ten books, five which have been named New York Times notable books. She's received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. Four times her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and several have been collected in New Stories from the South. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Oxford American, The Southern Review, and The American Scholar.​ An essay, “Cuss Time" was selected for Best American Essays. Other essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Southern Living, and Allure. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard where she chaired Creative Writing. She now teaches in the MFA Program at NC State University and is a core faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars.

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