Brian Doyle, Visiting Writer in Creative Nonfiction
Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon. He is the author, he thinks (some of them are small and quick and hard to see in the underbrush), of 13 books of essays, poems, nonfiction, and fiction, notably the sprawling Oregon novel Mink River. Among the peculiar honors which have come his way and confused him utterly is the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which still makes him laugh, although he got a free trip to New York City out of that, with a terrific dinner in a great jazz club, that was fun. His greatest accomplishment is that a small riveting woman said yeah (not yes) when he proposed marriage, that the Coherent Mercy then sent them three children from the sea of the stars, and that he made an all-star team in a really tough league in Boston, guys drove to the basket in that league, they lost fingers, man. See him after class for details.
Linda Gregerson, Visiting Writer in Poetry
A 2007 National Book Award finalist and a recent Guggenheim Fellow, Linda Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, where she teaches creative writing and Renaissance literature.
She is the author of four books of poetry and two books of criticism.
Gregerson's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Granta, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. Among her honors and awards are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Kingsley Tufts Award, four Pushcart Prizes, grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Mellon, and Bogliasco Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Humanities Center.
Alicia Ostriker, Visiting Writer in Poetry
Alicia Ostriker is a poet and critic, author of fourteen volumes of poetry, most recently The Book of Seventy, which received a 2009 National Jewish Book Council Award, and The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011. She has also received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the San Francisco Poetry Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Society of America, among others, and has twice been a National Book Award finalist. As a critic Ostriker has published several books on poetry and on the Bible, including The Nakedness of the Fathers: Biblical Visions and Revisions, and For the Love of God: the Bible as an Open Book. She teaches in the low-residency Poetry MFA program of Drew University.
Cheryl Strayed, Visiting Writer in Creative Nonfiction
Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild (Alfred A. Knopf), the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things (Vintage Books), and the novel Torch (Houghton Mifflin).
Wild will also be published in Brazil, Finland, Italy, Germany, Spain, China, the Netherlands, Korea, Sweden, Israel, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Denmark, France, Poland, Norway and Italy. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. It has been optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon's production company, Pacific Standard. IndieBound selected Wild as their #1 Indie Next pick for April, Barnes and Noble named it a "Discover Great New Writers" pick on their Summer 2012 list, and Amazon named it a "best of March" pick.
Strayed's debut novel, Torch was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award and was selected by The Oregonian as one of the top ten books of the year by writers from the Pacific Northwest. Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on TheRumpus.net since March 2010. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Allure, Self, The Missouri Review, Brain, Child, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun and elsewhere. The winner of a Pushcart Prize as well as fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, her essays and stories have been published in The Best American Essays, The Best New American Voices, and other anthologies. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She's a founding member of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts, and serves on their board of directors. Raised in Minnesota, Strayed now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, the filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, and their two children.