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2018: Dream, Reality, and the World Between

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Creative Nonfiction

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher is the author of an essay collection, Descanso for My Father: Fragments of a Life (winner of the Colorado Book Award), and a memoir, Presentimiento: A Life In Dreams (winner of the Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize and selected by Kirkus Reviews as a Top Indie Memoir of 2017). His essays have appeared widely in such venues as New Letters, Fourth Genre, TriQuarterly and Puerto del Sol. A native New Mexican, he teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing programs at Colorado State University and the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Naima Coster

Fiction

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a story of family, loss, and renewal set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Arts & Letters, Catapult, The Rumpus, Aster(ix), A Practical Wedding, and Guernica, and has been anthologized in The Best of Kweli and This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home. Naima studied creative writing at Yale, Fordham University, and Columbia University, where she earned her MFA. She is a teacher of writing and has worked with students in prison, youth programs, and universities. She currently teaches at Wake Forest University and is a Senior Fiction Editor at Kweli.

Khadijah Queen

Poetry

Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (2017). Her poetry and prose have appeared in Fence, Tin House, Gulf Goast, Memoir, DIAGRAM, Buzzfeed, and widely elsewhere. In 2015, her verse play Non-Sequitur won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women’s Performance Writing and was produced off-Broadway for a ten-day run. Queen teaches in the Mile High MFA program at Regis University and is the Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing at University of Colorado at Boulder. She is also raising a teenager.

2017

Fiction: Brad Watson, author of Last Days of the Dog-Men, The Heaven of Mercury (shortlisted for the 2002 National Book Award in fiction), Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives, and more.

Creative Nonfiction: Felicia Rose Chavez, writer and multimedia artist, founded GirlSpeak, a literary webzine for young women, and taught writing at the University of New Mexico, the University of Iowa, and Colorado College.

Poetry: Juan Morales, author of the poetry collections The Siren World, Friday, The Year That Followed, and more and teaches at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

 

2016

Fiction writer Jon Clinch, author of Finn, winner of American Library Association Notable Book, and other novels

Poet Beth Bachmann, whose first book, Temper, won the AWP Donald Hall Poetry prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award

Creative Nonfiction writer Steven Church, author of The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record (winner of the 2006 Colorado Book Award in Creative Nonfiction)

2015

Creative Nonfiction writer Ava Chin, author of Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal

Poet Ilyse Kusnetz, winner of the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry with Small Hours

Fiction writer Steven Schwartz, author of Little Raw Souls and other books of fiction