Creative Writing Institute

Writers in Residence

2017 Writer in Residence
- Frederic Tuten

Frederic TutenFrederic Tuten has written about art, literature and film in several periodicals including Art Forum, The New York Times, Vogue; was an actor in an Alain Resnais movie; taught with Paul Bowles in Morocco; co-wrote the cult-classic film Possession, and along the way, earned a PhD in literature, three Pushcart Prizes, an O. Henry Prize Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author of five novels: The Adventures of Mao on the Long March; Tintin in the New World; Tallien: A Brief Romance; Van Gogh’s Bad Café; The Green Hour; and a book of inter-related short stories: Self Portraits: Fictions.

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2016 Writer in Residence
- Susan Minot 

SusanMinotSusan Minot is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a worldwide best seller and became a major motion picture. She wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty. Her most recent book is Thirty Girls, a novel set in Kenya and Uganda.  She teaches in New York City where she lives with her daughter.



2015 Writer in Residence
- Edmund White

Edmund White

Edmund White is the author of twenty-five books. He is best known for his biography of French writer Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award.  White is also the author of a trilogy of autobiographical novels: A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony. 

White's most recent memoir is Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris, which was released in 2014. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an officer in the French Order of Arts and Letters and a winner of the France-Amériques award.  He is a professor at Princeton University and lives in New York City.

2014 Writer in Residence
- Tyler Dilts

Writer in Residence Tyler Dilts

Tyler Dilt is the author of A King of Infinite Space and The Pain Scale, the first two novels in the Long Beach Homicide series featuring Detective Danny Beckett.

His new novel, A Cold and Broken Hallelujah, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in the summer of 2014. His novel A King of Infinite Space (2009) was optioned for a feature film adaptation by TMG productions in 2010 and the poems "Hygiene" and "The Riddle of Steel" which were nominated for The Pushcart Prize in 2011.



2013 Writer in Residence
- Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut story collection that explores issues of love and identity among immigrants and cultural transplants. Her novel The Namesake was published in the fall of 2003 to great acclaim. The Namesake expands on the perplexities of the immigrant experience and the search for identity.




2013 Poet in Residence
- Billy Collins

billycollinsBilly Collins, who served two terms as Poet Laureate of the United States, is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry. His many prizes and accolades include Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; the Poet of the Year Award from Poetry Magazine, the Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry, and the "Literary Lion" Award from the New York Public Library.

A Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute, Florida, Collins also served as the New York State Poet from 2004-2006. He has been called "the most popular poet in America" in The New York Times, and his similarly popular poetry anthologies have served to broaden the audience for poetry in the United States.

2012 Novelist in Residence
- Joyce Carol Oates

JCOJoyce Carol Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over fifty novels, as well as many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Her novel Them (1969) won the National Book Award, and her novels Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), and Blonde (2000) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her many awards include the M.L. Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the O. Henry Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story, the Prix Femina Étranger, and the National Humanities Medal.

Since 2008, Oates has been the the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor in the Humanities with the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978.

2011 Novelist in Residence
- Dorothy Allison

dorothyallisonDorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. Now living in Northern California with her partner Alix and her teenage son, Wolf Michael, she describes herself as a feminist, a working class story teller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet and a happily born-again Californian.

Her short story collection, Trash (1988) was published by Firebrand Books. Trash won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing. Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, (1992) a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, became a best seller, and an award-winning movie. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Cavedweller (1998) became a national bestseller, NY Times Notable book of the year, finalist for the Lillian Smith prize, and an ALA prize winner.

Awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Allison is a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. A novel, She Who, is forthcoming.

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2011 Poet in Residence
- Marilyn Hacker

marilynhackerMarilyn Hacker is the author of twelve collections of poems, a book of critical essays, and eleven collections of poetry translated from the French. Her most recent books are Names (W. W. Norton, 2009), Essays on Departure, (Carcanet Press, U.K. 2006) and Desesperanto (W.W.Norton, 2003), and the essay collection Unauthorized Voices (University of Michigan Press, 2010).

Hacker's first collection of poems, Presentation Piece, was published by the Viking Press in 1974. It was both the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and the recipient of the National Book Award. It was followed by Separations (Alfred A. Knopf, 197) and Taking Notice (Knopf, 1980) and Assumptions (Knopf, 1985).

In 1986, Hacker published Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons (Arbor House), a novel-like narrative of a lesbian relationship told through sonnets. In 1990, she published Going Back to the River (Vintage Books), for which she received a Lambda Literary Award. Hacker's 1996 collection, Winter Numbers (W. W. Norton and Company), details the loss of friends to AIDS and cancer, and explores her own struggle with breast cancer. The collection won both the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. Her Selected Poems: 1965-1990 received the 1996 Poets' Prize. Her next book, Squares and Courtyards (Norton, 2001) received the Audre Lorde Award of the Publishing Triangle.

Marilyn Hacker was editor of the feminist literary magazine 13th Moon in the 1980s, and was editor of the literary quarterly The Kenyon Review from 1990 through 1994. She is currently co-editor of the University of Michigan Poets on Poetry Series, and on the editorial board of the French literary magazine Siècle 21.

Hacker began publishing translations in 1996 with Claire Malroux's Edge (Wake Forest University Press). Other French and Francophone poets she has translated include Guy Goffette, Vénus Khoury-Ghata and Hédi Kaddour. She received the 2009 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for Marie Etienne's King of a Hundred Horsemen (Farrar Strauss and Giroux).

Marilyn Hacker currently lives in Paris. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2008. She received the PEN Voelcker Award for the totality of her own work in 2010.

2010 Poet in Residence
- Mark Strand

markstrandPulitzer Prize Winner
Former U.S. Poet Laureate
Recipient of the Gold Medal in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Although born on Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, Mark Strand spent his youth living in North, South and Central America.  In 1957, he completed undergraduate studies at Antioch College, and by 1959 had completed a second undergraduate degree in fine arts (painting) from Yale University.  From 1960 to 1961, he was a Fulbright scholar in Italy, studying nineteenth century Italian poetry.   By 1962, Strand completed graduate studies (Master of Arts) at the Iowa Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa.  He published his first work, Sleeping with One Eye Open, in 1964. One  year later, Strand was in Brazil as Fulbright lecturer.  Since then, Strand has published many works of poetry and has been a faculty member of many prestigious universities, such as Princeton University, John Hopkins University and Columbia University.  He has also been a visiting professor at many other educational institutions, such as Harvard University and Yale University. Although known for his poetry, Strand is also an essayist and translator.

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2010 Novelist in Residence
- Simon Mawer

simonmawerAuthor of The Glass Room, 2009 Man Booker Prize Short-listed Novel

British author Simon Mawer is the author of eleven novels and many translated works.  Mawer has a degree in Zoology and has had a long standing career as an educator in the subjet of Biology. In 1989, at the age of thirty-nine, Mawer published his first novel, Chimera, which won the McKitterick Prize.  His fifth novel Mendel's Dwarf was acclaimed and was described "thematically ambitious and witty novel" by the New York Times.  His most recent work is the novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (alternative title Trapeze), published in 2012.     

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