Profile

Patricia Smith is the author of eight volumes of poetry, most recently Incendiary Art, winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist; and Gotta Go, Gotta Flow, a collaboration with award-winning Chicago photographer Michael Abramson.

Her other books include the poetry volumes Teahouse of the AlmightyClose to DeathBig Towns Big Talk, and Life According to Motown; the children’s book Janna and the Kings; and the history Africans in America, a companion book to the award-winning PBS series. Her work has appeared in PoetryThe Paris ReviewThe BafflerThe Washington PostThe New York TimesTin House and in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays and Best American Mystery Stories. She co-edited The Golden Shovel Anthology—New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks and edited the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir. She is a Guggenheim fellow, a Civitellian, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, a former fellow at both Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history. Patricia is a professor at the College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, as well as a regular instructor at the annual VONA residency and this Conference.

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Connie May Fowler

Faculty, MFA in Writing; Director, Novel Retreat

A.S. King

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

Ellen Lesser

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

David Jauss

Faculty, MFA in Writing; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Clifford Thompson

Faculty, Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Dinty W. Moore

Faculty, Postgraduate Writers' Conference