2017 visiting Authors

Summer Writing Intensive participants will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best writers of contemporary literature. Each day a visiting author joins a stylistic workshop followed by a public reading.

Dave Cullen

Dave Cullen is the author of the New York Times bestseller Columbine, a haunting portrait of two killers and the survivors. It made two dozen "Best of 2009" lists and won several awards, including the Edgar and Goodreads Choice Award. Dave has written for New York Times, Vanity Fair, Buzzfeed, New Republic, Guardian, Times of London, Newsweek, and several other periodicals, and has appeared on Today, PBS Newshour, Nightline, Morning Edition, AC360, Rachel Maddow, and other news media. He was an infantry grunt way back, and he is writing a new book about gay soldiers through the eyes of two army buddies he has been following for 17 years. He lives in Hell's Kitchen and is uncle to several cool humans and one adorable corgi, Bobby Sneakers.

Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob is author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. Her recent writing and short stories have appeared in The New York TimesGuernicaVogue, the Telegraph, Buzzfeed, and Bookanista, and earlier work has appeared in various magazines, books, on television, and across the web. She has appeared on national and local television and radio, and has taught writing to students of all ages in New York, New Mexico, and Barcelona. She currently teaches fiction at NYU.

Mira Ptacin

Mira Ptacin is author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Poor Your Soul (Soho Press) and the forthcoming book of nonfiction The In-Betweens (Liveright-W.W. Norton). Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Guernica, Tin House, Lenny Letter, Elle Magazine, NPR, and more. She currently teaches at the Maine Correctional Center and lives on Peaks Island with her family.

Ron Currie, Jr.

The One-Eyed Man, Ron Currie's most recent novel, centers on a man who, after his wife passes away, loses his ability to process metaphor, becoming so wedded to the notion of literal fact and is so dedicated to unmasking lies and delusions that he provokes strangers and friends alike. Ron Currie is also the author of the novels Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles and Everything Matters! and the short story collection God is Dead, which was the winner of the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award. Ron received the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his books have been translated into 15 languages. He lives in Portland, Maine.