Boldface Visiting Writers are special guests to the conference who are graduates of the University of Houston’s renowned Creative Writing Program. They give craft talks and readings at the conference, and are available for individual manuscript consultations.
Meet the 2015 Visiting Writers
Blas Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel (Four Way Books, 2013) and A Question of Gravity and Light (University of Arizona Press, 2007). He is the recipient of an NEA, a Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, and a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant. A coeditor of Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010) and The Other Latino (University of Arizona Press, 2011), he teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University.
Gail D. Storey is the author of I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year Award, Nautilus Silver Award, the Colorado Book Award, and the Barbara Savage Award. I Promise Not to Suffer was praised by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, as “Witty, wise, and full of heart…as inspiring as it is hilarious, as poignant as it is smart.” Gail’s first novel, The Lord’s Motel, was praised by the New York Times Book Review as “a tale of unwise judgments and wise humor.” Her second novel, God’s Country Club, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. Her website, including the book trailer for I Promise Not to Suffer, is gailstorey.com. She is married to Dr. Porter Storey, a national leader in hospice and palliative medicine. They live in Boulder, Colorado.
Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press in 2010, the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, published by Little Bell Caribbean in 2012) and her debut novel, the Land of Love and Drowning, published by Riverhead/Penguin in 2014. She won the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize for Land of Love and Drowning and BookPage listed her as one of the 14 Women to watch out for in 2014. Her writing has also won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. Her writing has been published in Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places. Yanique is also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. Tiphanie is now an assistant professor in the MFA and Riggio Honors programs at the New School in New York City. She lives with her husband, son and daughter. They split their time between Brooklyn and St. Thomas.