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is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Literature and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell
University, where he has taught English, African American literature, and Creative Writing for 34 years.
He is the author of eight poetry collections, Out Beyond the Bay; Moons and Low Times; At Winter's End;
To Hear the River; A Tree Beyond Telling: Poems Selected and New; These Halves Are Whole; and Take Five:
Collected Poems, 1971-1986. In 1992 he published a volume of personal essays, Walls: Essays 1985-1990.
A new essay collection, Color: Essays on Race, Family, and History appeared in 2009 from the University
of Notre Dame Press. The University of Notre Dame Press reprinted Walls, with a new introduction, in 2010.
Professor McClane's poetry and essays have appeared in many anthologies, including The Story and Its
Writer, The Best African American Essays; The Art of the Essay; Bearing Witness: Selections from
African-American Autobiography in the Twentieth Century; The Anatomy of Memory; Sturdy Black Bridges:
Visions of Black Woman in Literature; The Jazz Poetry Anthology; The New Cavalcade; You've Got to Read
This; and Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African-American Poetry. His essay "Walls” was selected for
The Best American Essays 1988 and The Best American Essays (college edition) volumes. McClane’s
introduction to James Baldwin's novella, "Sonny's Blues,” was broadcast on PBS in its GED Connection
Series and he appears in a recent BBC documentary on Vladimir Nabokov. In 2002 he received the
Distinguished Prose Award from the Antioch Review for his essays published in the magazine since
1985; in 2010, his collection Color: Essays on Race, Family, and History was awarded the Gold Medal
for the best book of essays published in 2009 by Foreword Reviews Magazine.
Mr. McClane has been a visiting professor at Colby College, Williams College, where he was a Henry Luce
Visiting Professor, Washington University (St. Louis), and a Dr. Martin Luther King Distinguished
Professor at the University of Michigan and at Wayne State University. He has served on the Board of
Trustees of Adelphi University, and on the Board of Directors of the Tompkins County Library Foundation,
the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the New York Council for the Humanities, and the
Tompkins County Community Foundation, where he was a Founding Board Member.
CULLEN MURPHY is the editor-at-large of Vanity Fair magazine. He was previously, for two
decades, the managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly. Before that he was a senior editor
at The Wilson Quarterly. In addition to his work as a magazine editor Murphy for twenty-five
years wrote the comic strip Prince Valiant, which was drawn by his father, the illustrator
John Cullen Murphy. Murphy’s articles and essays have appeared in many publications,
including The Atlantic Monthly, where he wrote a monthly column, Harper’s, The New Republic,
Slate, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, American Heritage,
and Smithsonian. His books include The Word According to Eve (1998), about women and the
Bible; Just Curious (1995), a collection of essays; and Rubbish! (1992, with William L.
Rathje), an anthropological study of garbage. He is currently at work on a book about
Professional activities aside, Murphy is involved in the work of many organizations. He
is a member of the board of trustees of Amherst College, and serves on the board of the
Folger Shakespeare Library, the Emily Dickinson Museum, and the Massachusetts Foundation
for the Humanities. He is also on the editorial board of The American Scholar and of
OnEarth, the magazine of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and he is a member of
the usage panel of The American Heritage Dictionary.
In 2008 Murphy's Are We Rome? was the runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction.
KATHERINE VAZ a Briggs-Copeland Fellow in Fiction at Harvard University and a
2006-7 Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, is the author of two novels,
Saudade (St. Martin's Press), a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection, and
Mariana in six languages and picked by the Library of Congress as one of the Top 30
International Books of 1998. Her collection Fado & Other Stories won the 1997
Drue Heinz Literature Prize, and Our Lady of the Artichokes won the 2007 Prairie
Schooner Book Prize. Her fiction and essays have appeared in numerous magazines
and her children's stories has been published in anthologies from Viking and
Simon & Schuster.|
NANCY ZAFRIS is the Series Editor of the
Award for Short Fiction. In this capacity she selects two winning books to be published each year.
Before this she was the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review for nine years. She has published
over two dozen short stories and three books of fiction: The People I Know, which won the Flannery
O’Connor award, The Metal Shredders, a New York Times notable book of the year, and Lucky Strike,
a Book Sense Notable. She has won individual artist’s grants from the Massachusetts Arts Council,
the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Ohio Arts Council. She has been awarded two National
Endowment for the Arts grants and has served as a judge on the NEA literature panel. As a Senior
Fulbright Fellow, she taught at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She has also taught
at the University of Pittsburgh, Centre College, and The Ohio State University. She is the co-director
of the Kenyon Review Summer Writers’ Workshop for Adults, where she teaches each June.|