Kathleen Graber was a New Jersey middle-school English teacher when Student Day at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival inspired her, at age thirty-five, to take up a life in poetry. 

She is the author of two books of poetry, Correspondence and The Eternal City, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her third collection, The River Twice, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press in the fall of 2019. Graber’s poems have appeared in The New YorkerThe New RepublicAmerican Poetry Review, The Georgia ReviewThe Kenyon Review, and AGNI, among other magazines. She is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a regular member of the Conference faculty.

Ellen Lesser

Faculty Chair, MFA in Writing; Director, Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Richard McCann

Faculty, MFA in Writing; Novel Retreat

Malinda Lo

Faculty, Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

Clifford Thompson

Faculty, Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Sue William Silverman

Faculty, MFA in Writing; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Padma Venkatraman

Master Class Instructor, Alumni Mini-Residency