MFA IN A DAY SPEAKERS
Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair of The Writer's Hotel; Kevin Larimer of Poets & Writers, Roger Bonair-Agard, Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management, Steven Salpeter of Curtis, Brown and more, TBA.
Scott Wolven (MFA and Fiction Talks)
Scott Wolven is a TWH & TNG Consulting Editor. He is the author of the short story collection, Controlled Burn. "The Copper Kings" is included in the prestigious new collection, 20 + 1 , an anthology of 21 new short stories "by emblematic American authors," to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Terres d'Amerique" published by Albin Michel and edited by Francis Geffard. His short story, "Playboy," was recently featured in Playboy Magazine. The film, "Hepburn" by Tommy Davis, a work based on Scott's short story, "Hammerlock," was featured at The New York Film Festival on the Main Stage. Scott's stories have appeared seven years in a row in The Best American Mystery Stories Series, the most consecutive appearances in the history of the series. The title story of the collection appeared in Best American Noir of the Century.
ROGER BONAIR-AGARD (Poetry and Writing Talk)
Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad & Tobago, Brooklyn, and author of tarnish & masquerade, (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books, 2010), Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013), which was long listed for the National Book Award, and Where Brooklyn At?! (2016 from Willow Books/Aquarius Press). Among the places his poetry and prose have been published are Rattapallax, Louisville University Review, Seneca Review, Union Station Magazine, Harvard Review Online, Gulf Coast, Academy of American Poets – Poem a Day, Drunken Boat, Poetry Magazine Online, Callaloo, Apex Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Pluck! – Journal of Affrilachian Literature and the anthologies Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, The Bowling Was Superfine: West Indian Writing and West Indian Cricket, So Much Things to Say: 100 poets from the first 10 years of Calabash Literary Festival, and Cave Canem. He is a two time winner of the National Poetry Slam and has appeared on numerous occasions on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Roger is Writer-in-Residence at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, co-founder of NYC’s LouderARTS Project, and frontman for the band Miyamoto is Black Enough. Founding member of NYC’s Vision Into Art, and creator and facilitator of The Baldwin Protocols: Reading Series, he is Program Director with Free Write Arts & Literacy at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. He is Nina’s father.
ERIN HARRIS (Agent Talk)
Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary and upmarket commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, and YA. She represents Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power, New York Times Editor’s Choice novelist Daniel Levine, Indie Next Pick author Erica Ferencik, Rona Jaffe Award Winner Natalie Haney-Tilghman, and recipient of the Iowa Short Fiction Award Allegra Hyde, among others. Erin champions the careers of both debut and established authors, bringing a strong editorial eye and hands-on approach to her agenting practice. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.
Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who champions the careers of both debut and established authors, bringing a strong editorial eye and hands-on approach to her agenting practice. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and is a co-curator of the Brooklyn-based literary event series H.I.P. Lit.
At Folio, Erin represents literary and upmarket fiction, narrative non-fiction, and YA. Her tastes are eclectic, but she tends to gravitate toward the ambitious, the bold, the socially relevant, and the full of heart.
Some of her authors include Literary & Upmarket Fiction: New York Times Editor’s Choice novelist Daniel Levine; Indie Next Pick author Erica Ferencik; Rona Jaffe Award Winner Natalie Haney-Tilghman; and recipient of the John Simmons Iowa Short Fiction Prize Allegra Hyde/ Narrative Non-Fiction: Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power; and Top 25 World Thinkers of 2015 Linda Scott/ YA: VCFA graduate Katie Bayerl; MacDowell Colony Fellow Kit Frick; BEA Buzz Panel author Marie Marquardt; and Emiko Jean.
KEVIN LARIMER (Publishing Talk)
Kevin Larimer is the editor in chief of Poets & Writers, where he edits Poets & Writers Magazine, oversees the organization’s website, and directs Poets & Writers Live. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and received his MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was the poetry editor of the Iowa Review. He has served on a number of panels on publishing at events such as the Library of Congress National Book Festival, the Sozopol Fiction Seminars, the Slice Literary Writer's Conference, Poets Forum, The Writer’s Hotel, and the AWP Conference. His poems have appeared in Fence, Pleiades, Verse, and a dozen other literary magazines. He has written book reviews for American Letters & Commentary, American Book Review, Chelsea, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He lives in New York City.
Shanna McNair (Literary Journal, Small Presses and Conferences Talks)
Shanna McNair is Founder and Director of The Writer’s Hotel and MFA in A Day and Founding Editor and Publisher of The New Guard literary review. She writes prose, poetry and scripts and is an award-winning journalist. She has written and directed plays, served as editor of magazines and newspapers and judged writing contests. She recently served as a 2015 RISCA Fiction Fellow Judge, and is an Interdisciplinary Study Adviser at Lesley University. She holds a Creative Writing Certificate from Oxford University, and will graduate Dartmouth College in 2017, where she is earning her second Creative Writing Master's. She has worked extensively in the visual and performing arts. She is at work on her novel, short stories, poems and a novella.
STEVEN SALPETER (Agent Pitching Lecture)
Steven Salpeter is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He began his publishing career at Writers House and Brandt & Hochman before moving to Curtis Brown to help Timothy Knowlton manage many of the agency’s venerable estate clients, including W.H. Auden, John Knowles, Alfred Lansing, and Ayn Rand, among other bestsellers and literary award winners. He is now actively building his list, seeking literary fiction, fantasy, graphic novels for all ages, historical fiction, thrillers, young adult, and authors who choose to blend elements of these genres. In nonfiction, Steven is seeking narrative nonfiction, gift books, history, humor, and popular science. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.