MFA in Writing announces visiting writers for winter residency

Visiting writers and poets will be on campus for the upcoming MFA in Writing winter residency. 

The program’s next residency begins Dec. 28, 2016 and runs through Jan. 8, 2017. This residency’s visiting writers come from numerous backgrounds and two are VCFA alums. 

Kyle DarganKyle Dargan (Visiting Poet) is the author of four collections of poetry, Honest Engine (2015), Logorrhea Dementia (2010), Bouquet of Hungers (2007) and The Listening (2003)—all published by the University of Georgia Press. For his work, he has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. His books have also been finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Eric Hoffer Awards Grand Prize. Dargan has partnered with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities to produce poetry programming at the White House and Library of Congress. He's worked with and supports a number of youth writing organizations, such as 826DC, Writopia Lab and the Young Writers Workshop. He is currently an Associate Professor of literature and director of creative writing at American University, as well as the founder and editor of POST NO ILLS magazine. Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Dargan is a graduate of Saint Benedict's Prep, The University of Virginia and Indiana University.


Xu XiXu Xi 許素細 (Distinguished Visiting Fiction Writer) is author of ten books, most recently the novels That Man In Our Lives (C&R Press, September 2016) and Habit of a Foreign Sky (Haven Books, 2010), a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize; Interruptions, a collaborative ekphrastic essay collection in conversation with photography by David Clarke (Hong Kong University Museum & Art Gallery, September, 2016); the story collection Access Thirteen Tales (Signal 8 Press, 2011). Forthcoming books include a memoir Elegy for HK (Penguin China/Australia, 2017) and Insignificance: Stories of Hong Kong (Signal 8 Press, 2018). She has also edited four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English.  Recent short fiction & essays appear in The Jakarta Post, The Bellingham Review, The Normal School, Hunger Mountain, The Iowa Review and Water-Stone Review, as well as in the anthologies The Near and the Far (Scribe, Australia), All About Skin (Univ. of Wisconsin Press), Local/Express: Asian American Arts Community in 90’s NYC (Asian American Literary Review), The Bedford Introduction to Literature (Bedford/St. Martin’s, New York) and Understanding the Essay (Broadview Press, Canada). From 2002 to 2012, she was on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program and served one term as faculty chair; from 2010 to 2016 she was City University of Hong Kong's Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English where she established Asia’s first low-residency MFA.  From January to May, 2016, she was Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center of Creative Writing.  She holds a MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  In 2016, she co-founded Authors At Large with author Robin Hemley, offering international writing retreats and workshops.  A Chinese-Indonesian Hong Kong native and U.S. citizen, she currently lives between New York and Hong Kong.  


Rich MichelsonRichard Michelson (Visiting Alumni Poet) has written many books for children, teens, and adults, which have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker; and among the best Dozen of the Decade by  He has been a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award (3X), the National Jewish Book Award (3X), the Harlem Book Fest Award, and he is the only author ever awarded both the Sydney Taylor Gold and Silver Medals in a single year from the Association of Jewish Libraries. 

Michelson hosts Northampton Poetry Radio, and served two terms as Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. In 2008 Clemson University named Michelson their R. J. Calhoun Distinguished Reader in American Literature. Michelson is the recipient of a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for his latest poetry collection, More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series), which was also a finalist for the 2016 Paterson Prize. In 1982 Michelson was the very first recipient of a Vermont College MFA in Poetry degree! 


Jim KatesJ.  Kates (Visiting Translator) is a poet, literary translator and the president and co-director of Zephyr Press. He has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation for the Selected Poems of Mikhail Yeryomin (White Pine Press, 2014). He has published three chapbooks of his own poems: Mappemonde (Oyster River Press) Metes and Bounds (Accents Publishing) and The Old Testament (Cold Hub Press) and a full book, The Briar Patch (Hobblebush Books). He is the translator of The Score of the Game and An Offshoot of Sense by Tatiana Shcherbina; Say Thank You and Level with Us by Mikhail Aizenberg; When a Poet Sees a Chestnut Tree and Secret Wars by Jean-Pierre Rosnay; Corinthian Copper by Regina Derieva; Live by Fire by Aleksey Porvin; Thirty-nine Rooms, by Nikolai Baitov; Genrikh Sapgir’s Psalms—and most recently Muddy River, a selection of poems by Sergey Stratanovsky. He is the translation editor of Contemporary Russian Poetry, and the editor of In the Grip of Strange Thoughts: Russian Poetry in a New Era. A former president of the American Literary Translators Association, he is also the co-translator of four books of Latin American poetry.


Jericho ParmsJericho Parms is the author of Lost Wax (University of Georgia Press, 2016). Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, American Literary Review, Brevity, and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, noted in Best American Essays, and anthologized in Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, and Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays By Women. In addition to being a graduate, she is the Assistant Director of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and teaches in the Professional Writing Program at Champlain College.



ArgonautsIn addition, we also have a special Visiting Writer Maggie Nelson attending via Skype. Nelson is the author of the genre-bending memoir The Argonauts, will "visit" as part of our VCFA Reads event.