Recent NEYWC Workshop Leaders

Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of 3 poetry collections: In No One’s Land, My Love is A Dead Arctic Explorer, and Dolefully a Rampart Stands (forthcoming). She lives in a former one-room schoolhouse in rural Vermont and works at a homeless shelter.

Susan Kinsolving‘s books of poems are The White Eyelash, Dailies & Rushes, a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Award, and Among Flowers. Forthcoming is My Glass Eye. Her poems have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Poetry, Kirkus, The Los Angeles Times, among others. She has taught poetry in the Bennington Writing Seminars, University of Connecticut, Southampton College, Willard-Cybulski Men’s Prison, California Institute of the Arts, and The Hotchkiss School. As a librettist, her works have been performed in New York, The Netherlands, Italy, and California. As a poet, she has received fellowships nationally and internationally.

Marjorie Maddox, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, has published 9 collections of poetry (most recently Local News from Someplace Else); 2 children’s books; and over 450 stories, essays, and poems in Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. The co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, she is the recipient of such honors as a Sage Graduate Fellowship from Cornell (MFA), Pushcart Prize nominations in fiction and poetry, an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Sandstone Book Award, the Yellowglen Book Prize, Cornell’s Chasen Award, and LHU’s Honors Professor of the Year. For more information, please see

Tony Magistrale is professor of English at the University of Vermont.  He is the author of three books of poetry: What She Says About Love (Bordighera Press), The Last Soldiers of Love (Literary Laundry) and Entanglements (Fomite).   His poems have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Slipstream, Vermont Literary Review, and elsewhere.  He lives in South Burlington, VT, with a wife, sons, and dogs.

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the forthcoming story collection Music for Wartime, as well as the novels The Hundred-Year House (a BookPage “Best Book” of 2014 and winner of the Chicago Writers Association Award) and The Borrower (which has appeared in seven translations and was chosen as a Booklist Top Ten Debut). Her short fiction was featured in The Best American Short Stories anthology in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and appears regularly in publications such as Harper’s, Tin House and Ploughshares, and on public radio’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca teaches at Lake Forest College, Northwestern University, and StoryStudio Chicago; in the fall of 2015, she will be visiting faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her website is

Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, judged by David St. John. She has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Vermont Studio Center, as well as a Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award and support from The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, American Poetry Review, Rattle, Green Mountains Review and other journals.  She holds an MFA from The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and teaches at Montpelier High School.  She lives in Plainfield, Vermont with her family.  And a poodle.

Jessica Hendry Nelson is the author of If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint Press, February 2014), selected as a best debut book by the Indies Introduce New Voices program, the Indies Next List by the American Booksellers’ Association, and named a Best Book of 2014 by Kirkus Review. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Columbia Journal, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Burlington College and serves as the Managing & Nonfiction editor of Green Mountains Review.

Tom Paine’s short story collection, Scar Vegas (Harcourt), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Pen/Hemingway Award finalist. His stories have been published in The New Yorker and Harper’s, as well as the award anthologies The O. Henry Awards and The Pushcart Prize. His new collection of stories, A Boy’s Book of Nervous Breakdowns, will be published this year. His poetry is upcoming in The Nation. He is an associate professor in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire.

Angela Palm is the author of the essay collection, Riverine, winner the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. The book will be published by Graywolf Press in spring 2016. She is the editor of an anthology of literature by Vermont writers called Please Do Not Remove, published by Wind Ridge Books (2014). Her work also appears in or is forthcoming in Brevity, apt, Hippocampus, Paper Darts, Midwestern Gothic, Sundog Lit, Little Fiction/Big Truths, and elsewhere. Angela’s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Sundress Press’ Best of the Net awards. She owns Ink + Lead Literary Services and is a contributor at Book Trib.

Andy Pederson’s plays have been produced in Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, and Vermont. His full-length plays include Yellow Light, June First, and The Tenacity of Just Seeming. A play he co-wrote with Jayme McGhan, In The Soundless Awe, will be given its world premiere by the New Light Theatre Project in New York City. Andy has also written several plays for young audiences that include Chivalry Me Timbers!, Dougly the Uckling, and The Emperor’s Disappearing Pants. He was recently named Resident Playwright of the Saltbox Theatre Collective in Chicago. A  member of the Dramatists’ Guild and an alumnus of the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive, Andy holds an MFA in Playwriting from Goddard College. He is an associate professor of English and coordinates the Creative Writing Program at Concordia University Chicago and lives with his wife and three small, energetic children.

Elizabeth Powell is the author of The Republic of Self, winner of the New Issues First Book Prize in Poetry.  She is Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Johnson State College, where she is also Editor-in-Chief of Green Mountains Review. Powell also serves on the faculty of the University of Nebraska Omaha’s low-residency MFA in Writing program.  A Pushcart Prize in poetry winner, her work has also appeared in Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Harvard Review, The Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Ploughshares, Post Road, Slope, among others.

Marjorie Ryerson is a professor of writing, a book author, and an extensively published photo-journalist and poet. She currently is serving as a Vermont State Representative as well as a member of the Randolph Town Selectboard, where she resides. Additionally, she edits books for NEARI Press, in Holyoke, MA. She previously also has served as an editor and writer for Oxford University Press, Random House, Inner Traditions Press, the South-North News Service, Vermont Life Magazine, the Burlington Free Press, and others. Marjorie’s non-fiction book Companions for the Passage: Stories of the Intimate Privilege of Accompanying the Dying (2005) is used often in Hospice work. Her photography book Water Music (2003) won national and international awards and inspired numerous art shows, concerts and educational programs about water across the United States and Europe. Marjorie holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Martin Steingesser is author of two books of poems, Brothers of Morning and The Thinking Heart: the Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum, the latter versions based on Hillesum’s journal and letters. The Thinking Heart, also an ensemble performance work, last year toured to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland and was performed at the International Etty Hillesum Congress in Belgium. A new book, Yellow Horses, is scheduled for publication this summer or fall. Poems have appeared in The Sun, The Progressive and the Humanist magazines and in American Poetry Review, Poetry East and Ohio Review. Some have won awards, most recently The Betsy Sholl Award 2013. He has taught poetry workshops in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and throughout Maine for the past 35 years and is Portland’s first Poet Laureate, 2007-09. For more about him, view

Angela Narciso Torres’s first book, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Recent work appears in Kyoto Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Colorado Review, and Drunken Boat. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO, a publicity coordinator for Woman Made Gallery Literary Events, and a reader for New England Review.

Doug Wilhelm is a fulltime self-employed writer in Weybridge, Vermont. His 14 published books for young adults include The Revealers, which deals with bullying and has been the focus of reading-and-discussion projects in over 1,000 middle schools, and its sequel True Shoes. Doug’s most recent books are The Prince of Denial, a 2013 YA novel on addiction in families, and Treasure Town, his newest and first for younger readers.

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