Writers’ Week

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Participating Writers

Writers' Week Guest Bios and Event Titles


Craft Talks:

Peter Constantine

Craft Talk: “Finding a Voice Along the Way: Translating from Draft to Finish”
Peter Constantine Bio: Peter Constantine is a literary translator and editor and the director of the Literary Translation Program at the University of Connecticut. His recent translations, published by Random House (Modern Library), include The Essential Writings of Rousseau, The Essential Writings of Machiavelli, and works by Tolstoy, Gogol, and Voltaire. His translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel received the Koret Jewish Literature Award and a National Jewish Book Award citation. A Guggenheim Fellow, he was awarded the PEN Translation Prize for Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann and the National Translation Award for The Undiscovered Chekhov. He has been a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library and a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. 

Josina Guess

Craft Talk: “Building a Writing Community”
Josina Guess Bio: Josina Guess is a writer, mother, farmer, and editor based near Athens, Georgia. Her work appears in Ecotone, Forth Genre, About Place Journal, and Sojourners. She is a senior writer for the Bitter Southerner and is enrolled in the narrative nonfiction MFA program at the University of Georgia. 

Lisa Low

Craft Talk: “Reorienting the Audience through Ars Poetica”
Lisa Low Bio: Lisa Low’s poems appear or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Ecotone, the Massachusetts Review, Poetry, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. Her essay, “How to Apologize,” won the 2020 Gulf Coast Nonfiction Prize. She has an MFA from Indiana University and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Cincinnati, where she served as associate editor of the Cincinnati Review. Her debut chapbook, Crown for the Girl Inside, won the 2020 Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest and is forthcoming from YesYes Books. Originally from Maryland, she now lives in Chicago. 

Imani Perry

Craft Talk: “Tussling with My Sword in My Hand: Notes on Craft”
Imani Perry Bio: Imani Perry’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, New York Magazine, and Harper’s, among other publications. Future planned projects include an examination of African American theories of law and justice, and a meditation on the color blue in Black life. She earned her PhD in American Studies from Harvard University, a JD from Harvard Law School, an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center, and a BA from Yale College in Literature and American Studies. 

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Anjali Singh

Craft Talk: “The Art of the Query Letter” 
Anjali Singh Bio: Anjali Singh started her career in publishing in 1996 as a literary scout. Formerly Editorial Director at Other Press, she has also worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Vintage Books. She is best known for championing Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris, and she’s helped launch careers for several literary novelists, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, and Saleen Haddad. As an agent, her clients include acclaimed authors Bridgett Davis, Susan Abulhawa, Nawaaz Ahmed, and Rachel Harper and graphic novelists Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martinez, among others. She is on the lookout for character-driven fiction or non-fiction works that reflect an engagement with the world around us, and graphic novels for all ages. 

Jennifer Tseng

Craft Talk: "Mixed Feelings”  Jennifer Tseng Bio: Jennifer Tseng is the author of three poetry books, a collection of very short fiction, and a novel. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Danish, and Italian. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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brown-bag style lunch-time discussion on Friday (12:00pm-1:00pm)
Focus on self-care for writers—refilling the creative well, maintaining mental health, supporting the writing life, etc. We will have a designated point person to moderate if the group is large enough that someone needs to direct the conversation, but the aim will be to be as informal as possible. Lunch will be provided. Melissa Crowe, Michael Ramos, and Nina de Gramont to lead. 

Special Event:

David Sedaris

David Sedaris Bio: David Sedaris is one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is a master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers. Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, Sedaris’s pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. His new book, Happy-Go-Lucky, debuted at number one on the New York Times best-seller list. Sedaris has been nominated for five Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album, and his books have sold over 16 million copies and have been translated into 32 languages. He has been awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor, Thurber Prize for American Humor, Jonathan Swift International Literature Prize for Satire and Humor, Time 2001 Humorist of the Year Award, as well as the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In March 2019, he was elected as a member into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2020, the New York Public Library voted Me Talk Pretty One Day one of the 125 most important books of the last 125 years. 

An Evening with David Sedaris
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022   |   7:30 p.m.   |   Kenan Auditorium
For tickets, visit uncw.edu/arts/presents/2022-23/david-sedaris.

Alumni Reading: 

Emma Bolden

Emma Bolden Bio: Emma Bolden is the author of a memoir, The Tiger and the Cage (Soft Skull), and the poetry collections House Is an Enigma, medi(t)ations, and Maleficae. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, she is Associate Editor-in-Chief for Tupelo Quarterly and an Editor of Screen Door Review. 

Jonathan Russell Clark

Jonathan Russell Clark Bio: Jonathan Russell Clark is the author of Skateboard and An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, L.A. Times, Boston Globe, Esquire, and the San Francisco Chronicle. A former staff writer for Literary Hub, he is also a columnist at Tasteful Rude and a contributing editor for Rivanna Review. 

Alexa Doran

Alexa Doran Bio: Alexa Doran recently completed her PhD in Poetry at Florida State University. Her full-length collection DM Me, Mother Darling won the 2020 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize and was published in April 2021 by Bauhan. She is also the author of the chapbook Nightsink, Faucet Me a Lullaby (Bottlecap Press, 2019). You can look for Doran’s work in upcoming issues of Pleiades, Witness, Massachusetts Review, NELLE, and pidgeonholes, among others. For a full list of her publications, awards, and interviews, please visit her website at alexadoran.com. 

Martha Lundin

Martha Lundin Bio: Martha Lundin is the author of The In-Between State: Essays (Cornerstone Press, 2022). They received their MFA from UNCW in 2017. They live in Minnesota working as a youth engagement coordinator for a local nonprofit. In what feels like another lifetime, Lundin wrote books for school libraries—writing more than 180 titles for young readers under their pen names Martha London, Marty Erickson, and Mark L. Lewis. 

Anna B. Sutton

Anna B. Sutton Bio: Anna B. Sutton is a poet and clinical mental health counselor. Her debut collection, Savage Flower, won the 2019 St. Lawrence Book Award and was published by Black Lawrence Press. Individual pieces have appeared in Indiana Review, Third Coast, Copper Nickel, Booth, Los Angeles Review, and other journals. She received her MFA from University of North Carolina Wilmington and a James Merrill fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. She was a co-founder of the Porch Writers' Collective and has worked for numerous literary organizations, including Humanities Tennessee, Lookout Books, and Blair Publisher. 

Gabriella Tallmadge

Gabriella R. Tallmadge Bio: Gabriella R. Tallmadge is a Mexican American writer from San Diego, California. She is the author of Sweet Beast (Trio House Press, 2021) which won the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence. Her poems have appeared in journals such as the Georgia Review, the Adroit Journal, Crazyhorse, Bat City Review, Guernica, and others. More of her work can be read online at grtallmadge.com.


Broadside Typographer:

Ryan Kaune

Ryan Kaune Bio: Ryan Kaune earned an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is the former managing editor of Autumn House Press and is a past fiction editor of Ecotone magazine. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, where she is learning the craft of old-school letterpress printing under the guidance of Gingerly Press.


Morning Pages Presenters

Sayantani Dasgupta

Sayantani Dasgupta Bio: Born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi, Sayantani Dasgupta received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho. Her most recent book is the short story collection Women Who Misbehave. She is also the author of Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, & the In-Between—a Finalist for the Foreword Indies Awards for Creative Nonfiction—and the chapbook The House of Nails: Memories of a New Delhi Childhood. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington, and is a contributing editor for Assay: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction. Besides the US, Sayantani has also taught writing in India, Italy, and Mexico.

Dave Gentry

Dave Gentry Bio: Dave Gentry is a third year MFA candidate in creative nonfiction. He is working on an essay collection shaped by Central America, fatherhood, and the default margins.

Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee Bio: Rebecca Lee is the author of Bobcat, a book of short stories, and The City Is a Rising Tide, a novel. She teaches fiction at UNCW and will be leading a session during Writers' Week in which writers will return to childhood, using only memory and language.

Taylor Salvetti

Taylor Salvetti Bio: Taylor Salvetti is a senior in the BFA program in creative writing. He’s recently finished his first novel and he is excited for future rejection letters. He’s had works published in Lighthouse Weekly, Writer’s Advice, and a short story soon to be published in Oakland Arts Review. He lives and writes in downtown Wilmington with his wife and two dogs.

J.T. Smith

J.T. Smith Bio: J.T. Smith (he/they) is a poet based in Wilmington, North Carolina. As a poetry candidate for the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s M.F.A program in creative writing, their work focuses on intergenerational trauma, the queer Southern experience, and the deconstruction of Black rage. When he’s not writing, you can find him fast-walking, coffee in hand, listening to Beyoncé and most likely thinking about his adorable orange tabby cat, Remy.


Panelists & Moderators

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KaToya Ellis Fleming Bio: KaToya Ellis Fleming is editor of Lookout Books and assistant professor of publishing arts at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Prior to joining UNCW’s faculty, she was in residence as the 2019-2020 Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow. Her writing, which focuses on race and culture in the American South, has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Oxford American, the Rumpus, the Georgia Review, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a nonfiction book, a bibliomemoir entitled Finding Frank. She holds a BA in English from Spelman College and an MFA in Narrative Nonfiction from the University of Georgia. 

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Tierra Ripley (moderator) Bio: Tierra Ripley is a senior earning a BFA in Creative Writing and taking the Lookout practicum as the capstone course in her Certificate in Publishing at UNCW. She currently serves as president of Rhyme ‘N’ Reason, UNCW’s spoken word and poetry troupe, and as poetry editor for Seabreeze: A Literary Diaspora, a literary magazine for Black students.