2020 Faculty


Alison Hawthorne Deming

Nonfiction Workshop

Alison Hawthorne Deming is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and poetry, most recently Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit and the collections of poems Stairway to Heaven and Death Valley: Painted Light, a collaboration with photographer and astronomer Stephen Strom. Science and Other Poems, her first book, was selected by Gerald Stern for the Walt Whitman Award, and Edges of the Civilized World, a collection of prose, was a finalist for the PEN Center West Award. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Orion, Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Norton Book of Nature Writing. A 2015-16 Guggenheim Fellow, she is the recipient of numerous National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and is currently the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment and Social Justice and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. She lives in Tucson, Arizona and Grand Manan, New Brunswick.


Aimee Nezhukmatathil

Poetry Workshop

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry: Oceanic; Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems (Organic Weapon Arts). She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares,and Tin House. Awards for her writing include an NEA Fellowship in poetry and the Pushcart Prize. She is professor of English and creative writing in the MFA program of the University of Mississippi.


Crystal Wilkinson

Fiction Workshop

Crystal Wilkinson is the award-winning author of The Birds of Opulence (winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence), Water Street and Blackberries, Blackberries. Nominated for both the Orange Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, she has received recognition from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Arts Council, The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and is a recipient of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including most recently in the Oxford American and Southern Cultures. She currently teaches at the University of Kentucky where she is Associate Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program. She had her partner, poet and artist Ron Davis, own Wild Fig Books & Coffee which is located in the North Limestone neighborhood in Lexington.


Previous Faculty


Wiley Cash
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Frank X Walker


Craig Johnson
Marilyn Kallet
Janisse Ray


Sy Montgomery
Robert Morgan
Jane Smiley


Rick Bass
Marjorie Hudson
Ron Rash