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F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival Workshop Leaders' Biographies

2013 Award Honoree: Robert Olen Butler


Writing Workshop Leaders:

Alan CheuseAlan Cheuse is the author, among other books, of the novels SONG OF SLAVES IN THE DESERT, THE LIGHT POSSESSED, and the award-winning TO CATCH THE LIGHTENING.  His newest work of fiction, a trio of novellas under the title PARADISE, OR, EAT YOUR FACE, has just been published as an e-book and a chapbook. As a book commentator, Cheuse has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED since 1982. His short fiction has appeared in THE NEW YORKER, BOSTON GLOBE SUNDAY MAGAZINE, THE SOUTHERN REVIEW, THE ANTIOCH REVIEW, and elsewhere.




James GradyJames Grady’s first novel became the Robert Redford movie Three Days Of The Condor.  Grady has received Italy’s Raymond Chandler Medal, France’s Grand Prix Du Roman Noir and Japan’s Baka-Misu literature award, had his short stories published in several Best Of anthologies, and been an Edgar finalist from the Mystery Writers of America.  Along with more than a dozen post-Condor novels, his film work includes stints with Steven Cannell, HBO, FX, and CBS on TV dramas and feature work with John Woo, Dino De Laurentiis, Mace Neufeld, Brandon Lee and David Hassellhoff.  In 2008, London’s Daily Telegraph named Grady as one of  “50 crime writers to read before you die.”  After Watergate, Grady was an investigative reporter for muckraking syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, freelanced for the Washington Post, the New REPUBLIC and was a cultural columnist post-9/11 for AOL’s  Born and raised in Montana, Grady and his wife writer Bonnie Goldstein live inside D.C.’s Beltway.  Their daughter, Rachel Grady, is an Academy Award-nominated documentary maker.  Their son Nathan Grady is a writer. Grady teaches occasional classes for D.C.'s Politics & Prose bookstore. 


Merrill LefflerMerrill Leffler has published three collections of poetry, most recently MARK THE MUSIC. A physicist by training, he worked in the NASA sounding rocket program, taught English at the U. S. Naval Academy, and was senior science writer at the University of Maryland Sea Grant Program, focusing on Chesapeake Bay research. One of the founders of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, he is the publisher of Dryad Press and is currently the Poet Laureate of Takoma Park.




Ethelbert Miller

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. Born in 1950, he grew-up in the South Bronx. A graduate of Howard University, he was one of the first students to major in African American Studies. Today he is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC and the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, He holds honorary doctorates from Emory and Henry College. The author of several collections of poetry, he has also written two memoirs, Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer and The 5th Inning (2009). Fathering Words was selected by the D.C. Public Library for its 2003 DC WE READ, one book, one city program. His poetry has been translated into many languages, and he is often heard on NPR. For several years he was a core faculty member with the Bennington Writing Seminars. He lives in Washington, DC.


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