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Sanibel Island Writers Conference

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Sanibel Island Writers Conference

Reed Hall 242
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Presenters

 
 

AlmondSteve Almond  

Steve Almond is the author the story collections My Life in Heavy Metal, The Evil B.B. Chow, and God Bless America, the novel Which Brings Me to You (with Julianna Baggott), and the non-fiction books, the best-selling Candyfreak and (Not That You Asked). His memoir Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life was published in Spring 2010. His most recent book, Against Football, an anguished manifesto about the dubious morality of being a football fan, will be released in fall 2014. He also, crazily, self-published three books: This Won't Take But a Minute, Honey, which is composed of 30 very brief stories, and 30 very brief essays on the psychology and practice of writing; Letters From People Who Hate Me, a collection of letters and responses between Steve and his indignant readers; and Bad Poetry, a collection of previously unpublished verse and accompanying self-criticism. Almond lives outside Boston with his wife, three children, and mounting debt. For more on Steve Almond, including music recommendations, visit: www.stevealmondjoy.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Almond/105908579252?fref=ts


Andrea Askowitz

Bio forthcoming

Lynne Barrett (fiction/editor) 

Lynne Barrett is the author of the story collections Magpies (Gold Medal, Florida Book Awards), The Secret Names of Women, and The Land of Go. She edited Tigertail: Florida Flash and co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion. Recent stories appear in Trouble in the Heartland: Stories Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, Fifteen Views of Miami, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Real South, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Delta Blues, and One Year to a Writing Life. A recipient of the Edgar Award for best mystery story, she teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University and is editor of The Florida Book Review. Learn more about Lynne here: www.lynnebarrett.com.

Twitter:@LynneBarrett

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LynneBarrettauthor 

Charles Bock

Bio forthcoming

 

Erica Dawson

Bio forthcoming

Wayne Falbey

Bio forthcoming

John Dufresne (screenwriter) 

John Dufresne is the author of two short story collections, The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad, the novels Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, Deep in the Shade of Paradise, Requiem, Mass. and No Regrets, Coyote, and books on writing, The Lie That Tells a Truth and Is Life Like This? His short stories have twice been named Best American Mystery Stories. He's written the screenplays for The Freezer Jesus and To Live and Die in Dixie. For more information on Dufresne, visit www.johndufresne.com


Beth Ann Fennelly
(poetry)

Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at Ole Miss where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year. She's won grants from the N.E.A., the MS Arts Commission, and United States Artists. Her work has three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series. Fennelly has published three full-length poetry books. Her first, Open House, won The 2001 Kenyon Review Prize, the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, and was a Book Sense Top Ten Poetry Pick. It was reissued by W. W. Norton in 2009. Her second book, Tender Hooks, and her third, Unmentionables, were published by W. W. Norton in 2004 and 2008. She has also published a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, in 2006, with Norton. Fennelly writes essays on travel, culture, and design for Country Living, Southern Living, the Oxford American, and others. She and her husband Tom Franklin co-authored the novel The Tilted World (October 2013, William Morris). They live in Oxford with their three children. 


Nick Flynn


Bio forthcoming

Gina Frangello

Bio forthcoming

 

Tom Franklin

Tom Franklin is the author of Poachers, a story collection whose title novella won the 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award. He has written three novels, all published by William Morrow, Hell at the Breech, Smonk and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which was a NY Times Bestseller and won the LA Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller, the Willie Morris Prize for Southern Fiction and the UK's Gold Dagger Award for Best Novel. His latest novel is The Tilted World, cowritten with his wife, Beth Ann Fennelly. They live in Oxford, Mississippi, with their three children.

 

 

William Giraldi

 

Bio forthcoming
Jim Gustafson

Bio forthcoming

 


Shane Hinton

Bio forthcoming


Jay Hopler

Bio forthcoming


Leslie Jamison

Bio forthcoming


Kimberly Johnson

Bio forthcoming


Steve Kistulentz

Bio forthcoming


Christina Baker Kline


Bio forthcoming

 

Kimberly Lojewski


Bio forthcoming

Lyn Millner


Bio forthcoming

Dito Montiel


Bio forthcoming

Alan Michael Parker


Bio forthcoming

Tom Piazza

Bio forthcoming

Mark Powell

Mark Powell is the author of four novels, most recently The Sheltering. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee and Breadloaf Writers' Conference, and in 2014 was a Fulbright Fellow in Slovakia. He is an Associate Professor of English at Stetson University where he directs the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program.

 

Margo Rabb


Bio forthcoming

Deborah Reed


Bio forthcoming

Ryan Rivas


Bio forthcoming

Jim Shepard

Bio forthcoming

Karen Shepard

Bio forthcoming

Christopher Schelling (literary agent) 

Christopher Schelling is a literary agent whose list spans a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including New York Times bestselling memoirist Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors, This Is How) and bestselling YA novelists Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl) and Cinda Williams Chima (The Seven Realms, The Heir Chronicles). Schelling has been representing writers since 1997, and started his own agency, Selectric Artists, in 2011. He is also the publisher of Roadswell Editions, a curated ebook imprint with a list including Jon Katz (Listening to Dogs), Kathe Koja (The Mercury Waltz) and Kim Stanley Robinson (A Short Sharp Shock). Prior to being an agent, he held Executive Editor positions at Dutton and HarperCollins. For more info on Schelling, visit:

www.selectricartists.com

www.roadswell.com

https://twitter.com/CRSRipley  

 

Darin Strauss

Darin Strauss is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and a winner of the American Library Association's Alix Award and The National Book Critics Circle Award. Strauss is the internationally-bestselling author of the novels Chang & Eng, The Real McCoy, and More Than It Hurts You, and the NBCC-winning memoir Half a Life. These have been New York Times Notable Books, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Amazon, Chicago Tribune, and NPR Best Books of the Year, among others. Darin has been translated into fourteen languages and published in nineteen countries, and he is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's creative writing program. For more info, visit www.darinstrauss.com

Johnny Temple (editor/publisher)

Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He won the 2013 Ellery Queen Award and the American Association of Publishers' 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. Temple is the editor of the anthology USA Noir, which was selected as a New York Times Editors' Choice and includes stories from Dennis Lehane, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joyce Carol Oates, and others. Temple teaches courses on the publishing business at Wilkes University and Wesleyan University; and is the Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which works with Brooklyn's borough president to plan the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. He also plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies. He has contributed articles and political essays to various publications, including The Nation, Publishers Weekly, AlterNet, Poets & Writers, and BookForum. For more info on Temple and Akashic Books, visit:

www.akashicbooks.com

Twitter: @AkashicBooks

www.Facebook.com/AkashicBooks

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Jay Wexler

Bio forthcoming