Low-Res MFA Winter 2022 Residency

Winter evening campus scene

The Winter 2022 Residency consists of six days of workshops, readings, craft lectures and one-on-one time with mentors and distinguished guests. Think of this as literary immersion, designed to fill imaginations and notebooks for the months of writing to come.

Dates + Location

Thursday, January 6 – Tuesday, January 11, 2022  | Zoom



Lee Martin | Jacquelyn Mitchard | Hoa Nguyen | Laura Van Prooyen

Schedule of Public Events 

2-3PM, Talk - Jacquelyn Mitchard: "The Short Story: What It Is and What It's Not"
4-5PM, Reading – Jacquelyn Mitchard (The Good Son) + MFA alums Meredith Hughes & Andrea Surova

1-2PM, Talk - Laura Van Prooyen: “Imagination and Transformation”
4-5PM, Reading – Laura Van Prooyen (Frances of the Wider Fields) + MFA alumni Amy Toland and Kim Jacobs-Beck

11AM-12PM, Talk - Karen Dionne: “The Six Things I Learned from Writing my Breakout Novel”
1-2PM, Talk - Lee Martin: “Let’s Make a Scene”
4-5PM, Reading - Karen Dionne (The Marsh King's Daughter)

11AM-12PM, Talk - Sonja Livingston: “Starting Small: Writing the Literary Snapshot”
1-2PM, Reading – Lee Martin (Gone the Hard Road) + MFA alum Letta Cartlidge
4-5PM, Reading – Sonja Livingston (The Virgin of Prince Street)

11AM-12PM, Talk - cris cheek: “Poem Object Pattern”
1-2PM, Reading – cris cheek (pickles and jams)
4-5PM, Reading – Hoa Nguyen (A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure) + MFA alumniJessica Smith & Sally Ziph

11AM-12PM, Talk - Hoa Nguyen: "Time Experiments"

Winter 2022 Distinguished Guests

cris cheek | Karen Dionne | Sonja Livingston

cris cheek  cris cheek

cris cheek is a documentary poet, sound composer and photographer who worked alongside Bob Cobbing and Bill Griffiths with the Consortium of London Presses in the mid 1970s to run a free print shop for auteur poets. In 1981 cris co-founded a collective resource in the east end of London at Chisenhale Dance Space with choreographers, musicians and performance artists to make multi-modal collaborations. cris taught Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts (1995-2002) and is a professor at Miami University teaching among disciplines in Affect, Assemblage, Network Theory, Performance Studies and Creative Writing. cris lives in Cincinnati and Labastide-Rouairoux. Most recent publications are the church, the school, the beer (Critical Documents, 2007), part: short life housing (The Gig, 2009), pickles & jams (BlazeVOX Books, 2017) and fukc all the king’s men: the tower and a few beasts living in its rubble (xerolage, 2018)

Karen Dionne  Karen Dionne

Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the US and in 26 other languages. Praised by The New York Times Book Review as “subtle, brilliant, and mature...as good as a thriller can be,” The Marsh King’s Daughter took home the Barry and Crimson Scribe Awards for Best Novel and is soon to be a major motion picture starring Ben Mendelsohn and Daisy Ridley. Karen’s newest psychological suspense, The Wicked Sister, is also an international bestseller and was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Thrillers of 2020.

Sonja Livingston  Sonja Livingston

Sonja Livingston is the author of four books of nonfiction, including the memoir, Ghostbread, which won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction and has been widely adopted for classroom use. Sonja’s writing has been honored with a New York State Arts Fellowship, an Iowa Review Award, a VanderMey Nonfiction Prize, as well as grants from Vermont Studio Center and The Deming Fund for Women. Her award-winning essays are anthologized in journals such as Salon, Lithub and Brevity, as well as many textbooks on writing. Sonja is an associate professor of creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Previous Winter Residencies

Winter 2021 Distinquished Guests

Sheila BlackSheila Black

Sheila Black is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Iron, Ardent (Educe Press, 2017). A fifth collection, Vivisection, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. She is a co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011) and The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology (Cinco Puntos Press, 2017). She is a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow with the Library of Congress, selected by Philip Levine. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, The Southhampton Review, The Spectacle, Sugar House Review, The New York Times and other places. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, and she works at AWP.

Michael MartoneMichael Martone

Michael Martone is an author and editor whose newest book, The Complete Writings of Art Smith, The Bird Boy of Fort Wayne, will be published by BOA Editions Ltd., in October 2020. Other books include The Moon Over Wapakoneta; Brooding; Memoranda; Winesburg, Indiana; Four for a Quarter; Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the Flyover; Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, a collection of essays; and Double-wide, his collected early stories. He is the author of five books of short fiction including Seeing Eye; Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle; Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's List; Safety Patrol; and Alive and Dead in Indiana. He is recently retired as a Professor at the University of Alabama. 

Sue Williams SilvermanSue Williams Silverman

Sue William Silverman is the author of seven works of creative nonfiction and poetry. Her most recent book, How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences, was named “one of 9 essay collections feminists should read in 2020” by Bitch Media. Other nonfiction books include Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction, which was made into a Lifetime TV movie; Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You; The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew; and Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir. Her most recent poetry collection is If the Girl Never Learns. She teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

Winter 2020 Distinquished Guests

Schedule of Public Events

Chris Bachelder

Chris Bachelder is the author of Bear v. Shark, U.S.!, Abbott Awaits, and The Throwback Special and his writing has appeared in McSweeney’s and The Paris Review. He lives in Cincinnati, where he teaches at the University of Cincinnati.

Keith Banner

Keith Banner is the co-founder of Visionaries + Voices and Thunder-Sky, Inc., two non-profit arts organizations in Cincinnati. He is a social worker for people with developmental disabilities full-time, and taught creative writing part-time at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) for over 20 years. He has published three works of fiction, The Life I Lead, a novel (Knopf, 1999), The Smallest People Alive (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2004), a book of short stories, and Next to Nothing (Lethe Press, 2014), his second collection of stories. A third collection of stories, This Is True Love, is forthcoming. He has published numerous short stories and essays in magazines and journals, including American Folk Art Messenger, Other Voices, Washington Square, Kenyon Review, and Third Coast.

Charles Gabel

Charles Gabel is a writer and educator living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pieces of his most recent manuscript, Oracular Organism, can be found in Yalobusha Review, The Journal Petra, New Delta Review, and Dreginald. Charles co-edits Coast|NoCoast, an annual print journal and press of poetry, prose, and art, and he works in the writing center at an open-access college.

Kimberly Jacobs-Beck

Kim Jacobs-Beck is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College and holds a Ph.D. in British Romantic literature and an MFA in poetry, both from Miami University. She is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Milk and Cake Press. She is the author of a chapbook, Torch, from Wolfson Press. Her poems have been published in January Review, Peach Velvet Mag, Postcard Poems and Prose, SWWIM Every Day, and Apple Valley Review, among others. She has reviewed poetry collections for The Rumpus, Gigantic Sequins, Crab Creek Review, Los Angeles Review, VIDAweb, Drunk Monkeys, Drizzle, and The Review Review.

Jessica Hendry Nelson

Jessica Hendry Nelson is the author of the memoir If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint Press, 2014) and the forthcoming textbook and anthology Advanced Creative Nonfiction along with the writer Sean Prentiss (Bloomsbury, 2021). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Tin House, The Threepenny Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Columbia Journal, PANK, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She teaches at Denison University and in the MFA Program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha.

Winter 2019 Distinguished Guests

Charles FinchCharles Finch 

Charles Finch is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Last Enchantments and The Woman in the Water. He is a regular critic for the New York Times, Slate, USA Today, the New Yorker, and the Washington Post, and received the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He lives in Los Angeles.

TaraShea Nesbit

TaraShea Nesbit is the author of the novel, The Wives of Los Alamos (Bloomsbury, 2014), which was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Library Journal Best Debut, a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers selection, and the winner of two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Her second novel, Beheld, (Bloomsbury, 2020), critiques another turning point of American history—the arrival of the Mayflower passengers—from the under-recorded voices of two women of wildly different status and means. In 2018, she was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society to do research in their archives as she finished the novel, as well as granted a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council for her essay collection in progress, Dear Ohio, selections of which have been published in GrantaSalon, and Ninth Letter

Cathy WagnerCathy Wagner

Cathy Wagner's fifth book of poems, Of Course, is forthcoming from Fence next fall; Nervous Device appeared from City Lights in 2012.  She is a writer whose interests include labor, ecology, and connections between poetic form, social practices and embodied experience. Her work has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Best American Experimental Writing/BAX, Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK, Gurlesque, Poets on Teaching, Best American Erotic Poems and elsewhere. Recent poems appear in Chicago Review, Lana Turner, Journal of Poetics Research, and elsewhere. Cathy is professor of English at Miami University, where she is president and founding member of the AAUP Advocacy Chapter, an academic labor advocacy organization.

Matt WeinkamMatt Weinkam

Matt Weinkam is a writer, editor, and instructor with published work in Denver QuarterlySonora ReviewNew SouthMidwestern GothicSplit LipJellyfish ReviewDIAGRAMQuarter After Eight, and Electric Literatureamong others. Matt is currently the prose editor of Gordon Square Review, a founding editor of Threadcount Magazine, and a former Managing Editor of Passages North literary journal. He holds an MA in creative writing from Miami University, an MFA in fiction from Northern Michigan University, and he has taught creative writing as far away as Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai, China. He currently lives in Ohio and is a member of Literary Cleveland’s Board of Directors.

Tyrone WilliamsTyrone Williams

Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of several chapbooks and five books of poetry: c.c., On Spec, The Hero Project of the Century, Adventures of Pi and Howell. A limited-edition art project, Trump l’oeil, was published by Hostile Books in 2017. A new book of poetry, As Iz, is forthcoming from Omnidawn Publishing in fall 2018. His website is http://home.earthlink.net/~suspend/

Winter Residency 2018

Residency Schedule

Distinguished Guests – Heather Christle, Gina Flangello, John Florio, and Rajiv Joseph

Heather Christle

HEATHER CHRISTLE is the author of four full-length poetry collections: Heliopause (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), The Difficult Farm (Octopus Books, 2009), and The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books 2011), which won the 2012 Believer Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Boston Review, among other periodicals, and have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2012 and The Best American Erotic Poetry.

Gina Flangello

GINA FLANGELLO's fourth book of fiction, Every Kind of Wanting, was released on Counterpoint in September. Her last novel, A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014), was selected for the Target Emerging Authors series, has been optioned by Universal Cable Productions/Denver & Delilah, and was a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of two other books of fiction: Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010), which was a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006). She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, the Executive Editor for Other Voices magazine, and the faculty editor for TriQuarterly Online. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, Dame, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and in many other magazines and anthologies.

John FlorioJOHN FLORIO is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. His work often examines the intersection of race, politics, and sports, and appears regularly in the New Yorker and the Atlantic, as well as the New York TimesVICE, and Sports Illustrated. He is the author of One Nation Under Baseball: How the Sixties Collided with the National Pastime, and One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title. John is also a crime novelist; his most recent title is Blind Moon Alley. His next book, a young adult, nonfiction work for Macmillan’s Roaring Brook Press, is due out in 2018. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine, as well as an MBA from St. John’s University, and an MA from New York University. John has taught writing at SUNY/Fashion Institute of Technology, Ramapo College of New Jersey, and St. John’s University.

Rajiv JosephRAJIV JOSEPH's (Playwright) play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and was also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. His play Guards at the Taj was a 2016 Obie Winner for Best New American Play and a 2016 Lucille Lortel Winner for Best Play. His play Archduke received its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Other plays include Gruesome Playground InjuriesThe Monster at the DoorAnimals Out of PaperThe Lake EffectThe North Pool, and Mr. Wolf. Rajiv has been awarded artistic grants from the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. He is a board member of the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, where he develops all his plays. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.