F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference Workshops & Leaders' Bios
Several workshops will be offered this October from both well-known and emerging writers who reside in the Washington DC metro area. Workshops will focus on the craft of writing and the writing process. In addition, a few literary workshops will be offered, especially designed for those who love books but don’t necessarily aspire to be writers themselves.
2011 Award Honoree: Maxine Hong Kingston
Writing Workshop Leaders
E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He was born in 1950 and 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, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. Mr. Miller is also the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, a position he has held since 1974. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College.
Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. 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 DC WE READ, one book, one city program in 2003. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Norwegian, Tamil and Arabic.
Mr. Miller has taught at UNLV, American University, George Mason University, and Emory and Henry College. For several years he was a core faculty member with the Bennington Writing Seminars. Mr. Miller is often heard on National Public Radio.
Eugenia Kim’s debut novel, The Calligrapher’s Daughter, won the 2009 Borders Original Voices Award, was shortlisted for the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and is a Washington Post Best Book of 2009. A Bennington College MFA graduate, Kim teaches fiction at Fairfield University’s low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program. She is the 2011 Stanford Calderwood Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, and a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
A native of Yazoo City, Mississippi, Caroline Langston is a widely published writer and essayist. She has an MFA from the University of Houston, and her fiction has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South series. She has been a commentator for NPR's All Things Considered and is also regular blogger for Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion's Good Letters blog. She was received into the Eastern Orthodox Church at St. George Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas, in 1996. She lives with her husband, a Roman Catholic, and their two children in Cheverly, Maryland.
Richard Peabody is the founder and co-editor of Gargoyle Magazine and editor (or co-editor) of nineteen anthologies including Mondo Barbie, Conversations with Gore Vidal, and A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation. The author of a novella, two short story collections, and six poetry books, he is currently working on Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection of Fiction by Washington Area Women (forthcoming 2011/12). Peabody teaches fiction writing at Johns Hopkins, where he has been presented both the Faculty Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement (2005) and the Award for Teaching Excellence: Master of Arts in Writing Program (2010-2011).
Amy Stolls is the author of the novel The Ninth Wife, just out from HarperCollins in May 2011, and the young adult novel Palms to the Ground (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), published in 2005 to critical acclaim and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. She spent years as a journalist covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska before she received an MFA in creative writing from American University. Currently, she is the literature program officer for the National Endowment for the Arts, where she has worked since 1998, collaborating with thousands of writers, translators, editors, booksellers, publishers, educators, and presenters nationwide to keep literature a vital part of American society. She lives in Washington DC, with her husband, her two-year-old son, and her newborn son.
Raised in the U.S. and Africa by Swiss parents, Susi Wyss traveled to or lived in more than a dozen African countries for her 20-year career in international health before becoming an author. Set in Africa and inspired by her travels, her debut novel-in-stories The Civilized World (Henry Holt, 2011), was called a “smart, urbane debut” by Publisher’s Weekly and listed as a “Book to Pick Up Now” in the April issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Wyss has received various grants and awards, including two Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Bellevue Literary Review, Cream City Review, and The Massachusetts Review, and she served as an associate editor for Potomac Review. She holds a B.A. from Vassar, an M.P.H. from Boston University, and an M.A. in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she is working on a second novel.
Some of her favorite books currently include A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies, Brick Lane, Olive Kitteridge, Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight, and a book of poems about Rwanda called Ejo.
Visit her website at: http://www.susiwyss.com or her facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/TheCivilizedWorld
Literary Workshop Leaders
Jackson R. Bryer is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Maryland, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses for 41 years. He is the co-founder and president of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. Among the books he has authored, edited, or co-edited on Fitzgerald are Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (2009), Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (2002), New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Neglected Stories (1996), The Critical Reputation of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Bibliographical Study (1967; 1984), The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Approaches in Criticism (1982), F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Critical Reception (1978), Dear Scott/Dear Max: The Fitzgerald-Perkins Correspondence (1971), and F. Scott Fitzgerald in His Own Time: A Miscellany (1971).
Audrey Wu Clark is an Assistant Professor of English at the United States Naval Academy where she specializes in Multi-Ethnic American literature, Asian American literature, and African American literature. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a concentration in Asian American studies from Cornell University. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley where she completed a dissertation on conceptualizing the field of early Asian American literature. She is currently developing her work into a book that examines Asian American racial formation at the intersections of modernism, regionalism, and the proliferation of the little magazine culture at the turn of the twentieth century. She also currently has articles under consideration by the Journal of Asian American Studies, Amerasia journal, and MELUS.
Eleanor Elson Heginbotham has taught Fitzgerald and other American authors for over 40 years in places as far as Liberia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Hong Kong (the last as a Fulbright Senior Scholar), and for 18 years at Bethesda's Stone Ridge. During her years there she earned her Ph.D. with a dissertation (and later a book) on Emily Dickinson. At Concordia University Saint Paul, where she was Professor of English (now Emerita), she co-chaired the first celebration for F. Scott Fitzgerald held by the FSF Society in the writer's home town, and she has participated in other celebrations for him around the world.