Summer 2009 Visiting Writer Workshops - EN 495W and EN 595

The summer poetry workshop (EN 495W - 50215 and EN 595 - 50131) will be taught byLeslie MillerLeslie Adrienne Miller (June 1-12), who is author of five books of poetry, The Resurrection Trade and Eat Quite Everything You See from Graywolf Press, and Yesterday Had a Man in It, Ungodliness, and Staying Up For Love from Carnegie Mellon University Press.  Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, The Harvard Review, and many others.

Among her many awards and honors, Leslie is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.  She holds a PhD from the University of Houston and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  She is currently Professor of English at the University of Saint Thomas, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Anya AnchtenbergAnya Achtenberg will be teaching a summer course in memoir writing (EN 495W - 50216 and EN 595 - 50130) from May 18-29.  She has taught creative writing widely, including at New York University, School of Visual Arts in NY, Springfield College Boston, Hamline University, the University of Minnesota’s Split Rock Arts Program, the University of New Mexico’s Honors Program, The International Women’s Writing Guild, at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Cottage in Hyde Park, NY, and at the Santa Fe Women’s Club; at the Center for Contemporary Arts and for Word Harvest in Santa Fe; The Loft in Minnesota.

Anya has seen her recently completed novel, More Than the Wind, excerpted in Harvard Review, and her novella The Stories of Devil-Girl released on CD. Her second book of poetry, The Stone of Language, was published in 2004 by West End Press. Her stories have received awards from Zoetrope: All-Story, New Letters, the Asheville Fiction Writers Workshop, the Raymond Carver Story Contest, and others. Her first book of poetry, I Know What the Small Girl Knew, was published by Holy Cow! Press.

Matthew Vollmer will be teaching the summer fiction course from JulMatthew Vollmery 13-24.  Matthew is the author of the new short-story collection FUTURE MISSIONARIES OF AMERICA, of which The New York Times said, "Expertly structured and utterly convincing, these stories represent the arrival of a strong new voice."

Matthew's stories have been published in The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Epoch, Tin House, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Antioch Review, Portland Review, Confrontation, Salt Hill, Fugue, PRISM International, and New Letters. His work has been twice short-listed for the Best American Short Stories series, and he has been nominated numerous times for the Pushcart Prize.

Vollmer holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, an M.A. in English from North Carolina State University, and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He now teaches in the English Department at Virginia Tech.