Chautauqua Institution

Thursday, June 18, through Sunday, June 21, 2015

Co-sponsored by Clarion University, Penn State Erie, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Monmouth University.

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2015 Faculty


2015-Author-Flyer-6Jane McCafferty
Jane McCafferty is author of four books of fiction, three have been published by HarperCollins, while her first book, Director of The World, was published by University of Pittsburgh Press, and re-issued by Carnegie Mellon Press. Her work has been awarded The Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, The Great Lakes New Writers Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and other awards. Her last novel was First You Try Everything, and Oprah Magazine chose it as book of the week. Her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals, including Witness, The Kenyon Review, and most recently Crazy Horse. She's currently working on a collection of stories about characters struggling with various kinds of disability.


2015-Author-Flyer-1Aimee Parkison
Aimee Parkison is the author of Woman with the Dark Horses (2004, winner of the first annual Starcherone Prize), The Innocent Party, (2012, BOA Editions, Ltd.), and her newest book, a short poetic novel, The Petals of Your Eyes, about kidnapped girls who become actors in a secret theater (2014, Starcherone/Dzanc). She has taught creative writing at a number of universities, including Cornell University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she was the coordinator of the creative writing program, and Oklahoma State University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing. In addition to winning the Starcherone Fiction Prize, Parkison has received a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Writers at Work Fellowship, a Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from The North American Review, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Prose Writing, and a Hearst Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society for her current work-in-progress, a historical literary novel titled The Dumb Supper



2015-Author-Flyer-3Lia Purpura
Lia Purpura is the author of seven collections of essays, poems and translations, most recently, Rough Likeness (essays) and King Baby (poems). Her honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, National Endowment for the Arts and Fulbright Fellowships, three Pushcart prizes, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Nonfiction, and the Beatrice Hawley, and Ohio State University Press awards in poetry. Recent work appears in Agni, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review,Best American Essays, and elsewhere. She is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a member of the core faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop and teaches in graduate programs throughout the country.


2015-Author-Flyer-2Steve Almond
Steve Almond is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times bestseller Candyfreak, which won the American Library Association Alex Award and was named the Booksense Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year (2005). His essays and journalism have appeared in venues such as The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, Poets & Writers, and Real Simple. Almond also reviews books for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. He regularly teaches at Grub Street in Boston, at the Sanibel Writer's Conference, and the Tin House Writer's Conference, among others.




2015-Author-Flyer-4Tim Seibles
Tim Seibles is the author of several collections of poetry, including Body Moves (1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (1992), Hammerlock (1999), Buffalo Head Solos (2004), and Fast Animal (2012), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. His work has also been featured in the anthologies In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African American Poetry, Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and Best American Poetry. Seibles’ honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, as well as an Open Voice Award from the National Writers Voice Project. In 2013 he received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry. He has taught at Old Dominion University, the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program, and at Cave Canem.


2015-Author-Flyer-5Tony Hoagland
Tony Hoagland’s books of poetry include Sweet Ruin (1992), which was chosen for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and won the Zacha-ris Award from Emerson College; Donkey Gospel (1998), winner of the James Laughlin Award; What Narcissism Means to Me (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Rain (2005); and Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty (2010). He has also published a collection of essays about poetry, Real Sofistakashun (2006). Hoagland’s many honors and awards include fellow-ships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. He has received the O.B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award and the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. Hoagland teaches at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA program.



2015-Author-Flyer-6Scott Minar
As a singer-songwriter and creative writing professor at Ohio University Lancaster, Scott Minar has shaped a literary and songwriting career that spans four decades. Minar is the author, co-author, or editor of 5 books, including three college textbooks in poetry writing. His performance credits include shared stages with Richard Thompson, Kim Richey, and a number of other well known singer-songwriters. His band The Kings of Hollywood was one of the most popular "jam bands" and original music groups in Athens, Ohio for over 20 years. From 1997-2000, Minar was founding writer for 22nd Street Music, a New York City-based music publishing and distribution company. He has performed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia with a variety of acts and in solo performance.



  • Alberto Álvaro Ríos
  • Jaimy Gordon
  • Jill McCorkle
  • Ron Carlson
  • Lee. K. Abbot
  • Aimee Bender
  • Ron Carlson
  • Dan Chaon
  • Peter Ho Davies
  • Tony Doerr
  • Tony Earley
  • Brian Evenson
  • Abby Frucht
  • Laura Kasischke
  • Jill McCorkle
  • Tom Noyes
  • Pamela Painter
  • Ann Pancake


  • Tom Bridwell
  • Patsy Sims
  • Philip Gerard
  • Faith Adiele
  • Valerie Boyd
  • Thomas French
  • Philip Gerard
  • Lee Gutkind
  • Diana Hume George
  • Barbara Hurd
  • Mary Karr
  • Greg Kuzma
  • Suzannah Lessard
  • Jacob Levenson
  • Joe Mackall
  • Dinty Moore
  • Leslie Rubinkowski


  • Carl Dennis
  • Malena Mörling
  • Frank X. Gaspar
  • Denise Duhamel
  • Maggie Anderson
  • Robin Becker
  • David Citino
  • Carl Dennis
  • Denise Duhamel
  • Stephen Dunn
  • Frank Gaspar
  • Margaret Gibson
  • William Heyen
  • Patricia Jabbeh Wesley
  • Alicia Ostriker
  • Stanley Plumley
  • Bruce Smith
  • Maura Stanton
  • Michael Waters


2015 Chautauqua Writers’ Festival Schedule
Thursday, June 18
10am -12pm Registration at Athenaeum Hotel – Athenaeum Lobby
12pm-12:50pm Lunch – Athenaeum Dining Room
1pm-1:45pm Directors Welcome: The Writers Life – Athenaeum Parlor
2pm-4pm Workshops – Lobby Conf. Rm./Chaut. Rm./Blue Rm./Prose Room/Poetry Room/Hultquist/Pier Building
4:10-6pm 4 Participant Readings/ Open Mic Writing Time/Conference- Athenaeum Parlor
6:45pm-8pm Welcome dinner – Athenaeum Dining Room
8pm-10pm Faculty Readings –Athenaeum Parlor: Open to the public, admission $10 (Jane McCafferty and Steve Almond )
Gathering Music Hoot--Pier Building
Friday, June 19
8am-8:50am Breakfast – Athenaeum Dining Room
9am-11am Workshops – Lobby Conf. Rm./Chaut. Rm./Blue Rm./Prose Room/Poetry Room/Hultquist/Pier Building
11:10am-12:10pm Nonfiction Panel – Athenaeum Parlor
12:15pm-1:10pm Lunch – Athenaeum Dining Room
1:15pm-2:20pm Director’s Reading – Athenaeum Parlor
2:30pm-3:15pm Conversation on the Writing Life (Locatoin TBD)
3:30 pm-5pm 4 Participant Readings/Open Mic Writing Time/Conferences – Athenaeum Parlor
5:15pm-6:15pm Poetry Panel – Athenaeum Parlor
6:30pm-7:45pm Dinner – Athenaeum Dining Room
8pm-10pm Faculty Readings: Aimee Parkison and Tony Hoagland - Athenaeum Parlor
10 PM Hoot Pier Building
Saturday, June 20
8am-8:50am Breakfast – Athenaeum Dining Room
9am-11am Workshops – Lobby Conf. Rm./Chaut. Rm./Blue Rm./Prose Room/Poetry Room/Hultquist/Pier Building
11:10am-12:15pm 2 Participant Readings/Open Mic / Writing Time/Conferences
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch - Athenaeum Porch or Athenaeum Parlor
1:45pm-3:30pm 4 Participant Readings/Open Mic Writing Time/Conferences - Girls' Club
3:45 pm-4:45pm Informal Writing Life Conversations - Girls' Club
5pm-6pm Fiction Panel – Literary Arts Center Ballroom
6:15pm-7:45pm Barbecue Dinner – Literary Arts Center Lawn (Rain location: Hall of Philosophy)
8pm-10:00pm Faculty Readings – LAC Ballroom: Open to the public, admission $10 (Lia Purpura and Tim Seibles)
Hoot Girl’s Club
Sunday, June 21
8am-8:45am Continental Gnosh – Athenaeum Dining Room
9am-11am Workshops – Lobby Conf. Rm./Chaut. Rm./Blue Rm./Prose Room/Poetry Room/Hultquist/Pier Building

Brunch & Plenary Panel – Athenaeum Parlor


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Registration & Rates

Program Registration
Program includes workshops, individual conferences, open mic sessions, readings, writing time, and panel discussions on publishing and revising, plus Chautauqua literary journal.
Standard $460.00
Early Bird (before March 1, 2015) $391.00
Housing & Meal Options
Athenaeum Hotel
Three nights accommodations, two breakfast buffets, one brunch, three lunches, three dinners and all service charges and taxes.
  Double Occupancy*/Private Bath $379.80 (per person)
Single Occupancy/Private Bath $543.30 (per person)
College Student (College I.D. required) $295.00 (per person)
Please choose from one of the following optional meal plans: (Pre-festival registration required. Meal pricing includes all service charges and taxes. All meals are provided by the Athenaeum Hotel)
  All conference meals, Thurs. - Sun (2 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) $216.60
  Friday $13.80
Saturday $13.80
Sunday (Brunch) $21.60
  Thursday $17.70
Friday $17.70
Saturday $17.70
  Thursday $46.80
Friday $33.60
Saturday $33.60

Chautauqua Writers' Festival Directors

Philip Terman’s, (, recent books of poetry include Among the Scribes, The Torah Garden and Rabbis of the Air. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Sun Magazine, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, and The New Promised Land: An Anthology of Jewish American Poetry. He teaches creative writing and literature at Clarion University, directs The Bridge Literary Arts Center in Franklin, PA, and is contributing editor for poetry for the journal Chautauqua. Occasionally, Terman performs his poetry with the jazz band Catro.

Sherrie Flick, (, is author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness (Bison Books), the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume), and the forthcoming short story collection Whiskey, Etc. (Queen’s Ferry Press, March 2016). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies including PloughsharesSmokeLong QuarterlyFlash Fiction ForwardNew Sudden Fiction, and Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food. She teaches in Chatham University’s MFA and Food Studies programs and writes a regular food column for Pittsburgh Quarterly magazine.

Lori Jakiela, (, is the author of the memoirs Miss New York Has Everything and The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious, as well as a poetry collection — Spot the Terrorist! — and several poetry chapbooks. Her third memoir — Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe — will be published by Atticus Books in 2015. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Brevity and more. She has received a Golden Quill award from the Western Pennsylvania Press Club, multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and the Outstanding Faculty Award from The University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg. She has been awarded scholarships to The Bread Loaf Writers Conference and The Bennington Summer Workshops, performed her work at Lollapalooza, and was the winner of Pittsburgh's first-ever Literary Death Match. She is an associate professor of English in the undergraduate writing program at The University of Pittsburgh's Greensburg campus and a member of the core faculty of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University.




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