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Co-Chair, Creative Writing and Literature
MFA, New York University
MA, Lancaster University
BA, Vassar College
He is the author of Vellum (Houghton Mifflin/Mariner, 2007), which won the 2006 Bakeless Prize in Poetry as well as the 2008 Larry Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including AGNI, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and Poetry, and his nonfiction has appeared in journals such as AGNI, Blackbird, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, Seneca Review, Threepenny Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review.
Donovan is the recipient of a Rome Prize in Literature, a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Breadloaf Fellowship in poetry, and a Lannan Writing Residency Fellowship.
Co-Chair, Creative Writing and Literature
MA, New York University
BA, Pitzer College
Dana Levin’s first book, In the Surgical Theatre, was awarded the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and went on to receive nearly every award available to first books and emerging poets. Copper Canyon Press brought out her second book, Wedding Day, in 2005. The Los Angeles Times says of her work, "Dana Levin's poems are extravagant...her mind keeps making unexpected connections and the poems push beyond convention...they surprise us." Her poetry and essays have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including APR, Poetry, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Agni, and The Paris Review. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, Levin’s most recent book is Sky Burial (Copper Canyon), which was noted for 2011 year-end honors by The New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Library Journal. A teacher of poetry for over twenty years, she co-chairs the Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Elizabeth P. Tidrick
Ms. Tidrick holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the College of Santa Fe, an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College, and a post –graduate certificate in the Pedagogy of Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She was a first place winner in the Discovery Contest for her story, Dead Birds, as well as the recipient of first place honors and publication in the periodical, Harvest of Voices, for her short story, Wrestling. She is the author of two novels, Driving Lessons and Chasing the Shimmer. Chasing the Shimmer received semi-finalist honors in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.
James Reich is the author of the novels 'I, Judas' (October 2011) and 'Bombshell' (July 2013) published by Soft Skull Press, and is represented by Lippincott, Massie, McQuilkin literary agents. He is a member of PEN American Center, and a regular contributor to Bold Type Magazine, The Rumpus, Headzine, Sleeping Fish, and others. His earliest influences were Dylan Thomas and Dadaism.
He is also a founding member of the band Venus Bogardus ("Literate post-punk" The Wire; "World class" BBC Radio) with vinyl and CD releases on independent record labels in the US and UK. He has played hundreds of live shows in the UK, Europe and US from Glastonbury Festival to the Bowery Poetry Club (NYC) and The Viper Room (LA). Named after a character created by pioneer of lesbian pulp fiction Ann Bannon, the band has collaborated with international artists including Stanley Donwood (Radiohead), Jean-Luc Bitton, and David Ohle. James has also provided original music for films by Todd Verow (Tumbledown; The Endless Possibility of Sky) and for Grammy nominee Jon Moritsugu. James was born in England and has been a resident of the US since 2009.
Julia Goldberg has been a professional journalist for 20 years, serving as editor of The Santa Fe Reporter from December 2000 through April 2011, during which time the paper won dozens of national awards for investigative reporting, writing, design and web innovation. Julia also previously served as the editorial chair for the national Association of Alternative Newsweeklies board of directors, helping to design, coordinate and oversee national journalism workshops and web projects. She was twice named by the New Mexico Business Weekly as one of its 40 Under 40 most influential people, and her own writing has appeared in numerous regional and national publications, including Salon, The Huffington Post and Alternet, to name a few. She is a contributing writer and editor to Best Altweekly Writing 2009-2010 (Northwestern University Press). In addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant, Julia currently also oversees content and data analysis on the local creative economy for Mix Santa Fe. Julia is a graduate of St. John’s College of Santa Fe, and received her graduate degree in writing from the University of New Mexico. Julia has personally received multiple first place journalism awards for environmental, feature and investigative reporting, as well as multi-media journalism. She also is the author and co-star of My So-Called Apocalypse, a short-form zombie film, which was an official selection of the 2011 Atlanta Horror Film Festival, and is available on Amazon. More of her work is available at juliargoldberg.com. In April, 2013, Julia will begin hosting a daily morning talk show on 101.5 FM.