College of Arts and Sciences

M.F.A. Visiting Writers

2014 Summer Residency

Peter JinksPeter Jinks

Visiting fiction writer for the 2014 summer residency in Edinburgh

Peter Jinks is a writer who also teaches. He started out as a newspaper reporter for the Scotsman, winning the UK Young Journalist of the Year award in 1995, then moved to Sicily and wrote mainly fiction. Sicily is one of Peter's favorite topics both as a journalist and a screenwriter, but he is perhaps better known for one of his Edinburgh novels, Hallam Foe, which got turned into a movie and won a Silver Bear at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. In terms of teaching, he runs a course in creative writing at the Arcadia Center in Syracuse, Sicily, and is also a visiting lecturer in narrative and screenwriting at Webster University, Vienna.

Jane McKie

Visiting poet for the 2014 summer residency in Edinburgh

Jane McKie's first collection, Morocco Rococo(Cinnamon Press), was awarded the 2008 Sundial/Scottish Arts Council prize for best first book of 2007. Her other publications include When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009), and Garden of Bedsteads (Mariscat, 2011) which was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice. She won the 2011 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition and is currently working on her third full collection of poems. She teaches creative writing at the University of Edinburgh.

2013 Residency

Natalie AndersonNatalie Anderson

Visiting Writer for 2013 MFA Residency in Glenside and King of Prussia

Nathalie Anderson’s first book, Following Fred Astaire, won the 1998 Washington Prize from The Word Works, and her second, Crawlers, received the 2005 McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press; her third, Quiver, was published in 2011 by Penstroke Press. Anderson’s poems have appeared in such journals as The New Yorker, North American Review, Paris Review, Prairie Schooner and Southern Poetry Review. 

She serves currently as Poet in Residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, and she teaches at Swarthmore College.

Lauren Grodstein

Visiting Writer for the August 2013 MFA Residency in Glenside and King of Prussia

Lauren Grodstein is the author, most recently, of "A Friend of the Family," which was a New York Times Editor's Choice and a Washington Post Book of the Year. Her other books include the novel "Reproduction is the Flaw of Love" and "The Best of Animals," a story collection. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times and Poets and Writers, and has been translated into ten languages.

She directs the MFA program at Rutgers-Camden. Her new novel, "You Are Not Alone," will be published in September 2013.

Lori A. May

Visiting Writer for the January 2013 Residency in Glenside and King of Prussia

Lori A. May is a poet, novelist, and freelance writer. She is the author of four books including The Low-Residency MFA Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Creative Writing Students and stains: early poems. Additional publication credits include The Writer,Writer's DigestPhoebePassages North,Hippocampus Magazine and others.

You’ll find her book reviews in New Orleans Review,Los Angeles Review, The Iowa ReviewRattleNorthern Poetry Review and elsewhere.

2012 Residency

Alice Thompson Alice Thompson

Visiting Writer for the 2012 MFA Residency in Edinburgh

Alice Thompson was born and raised in Edinburgh where she still lives. She studied English at Oxford University, obtained her Ph.D. on Henry James in 1995, and has since served as Writer in Residence for Shetland, and Novelist in Residence for St. Andrews University. She also edited the arts magazine, The List.

In 1996 she was joint winner (with Graham Swift) of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction for her first novel Justine. Her second novelPandora’s Box was shortlisted for the Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. She also won a Creative Scotland Award which enabled her to write her third novel, PharosThe Falconer, her fourth novel, was published last year by Two Ravens Press, which also published& The Existential Detective in 2010.

Matthew FrankMatthew Frank

Visiting Writer for the 2012 MFA Residency in Glenside

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, “Pot Farm” (The University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books) and “Barolo” (The University of Nebraska Press), the poetry books, “Warranty in Zulu” (Barrow Street Press), “The Morrow Plots” (forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books), and “Sagittarius Agitprop” (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books), and the chapbooks “Four Hours to Mpumalanga” (Pudding House Publications), and “Aardvark” (West Town Press). Recent work appears inThe New Republic, The Huffington Post, Field, Epoch, AGNI, The Iowa Review, Seneca Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, The Best Food Writing, The Best Travel Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, Gastronomica, and others.

He was born and raised in Chicago. Bitten by the food, wine, and travel bug, he left home at age seventeen, and spent years working in the restaurant industry from Alaska, to the Barolo wine harvest in Italy, and back to the mainland United States. He returned to academia and received his MFA in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from Arizona State University. He taught creative writing to undergraduates in Phoenix, Arizona, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, and poetry to soldiers and their families near Fort Drum in upstate New York on the Canadian border.

He currently teaches Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Northern Michigan University, where he edits for Passages North.

Justin KramonJustin Kramon

Visiting Writer for the 2012 MFA Residency in Glenside

Justin Kramon is the award-winning author of the novel Finny (Random House 2010). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has published stories in Glimmer TrainStory QuarterlyBoulevardFenceTriQuarterly, and others. He has received honors from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, Best American Short Stories, the Hawthornden International Writers' Fellowship, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He teaches at Gotham Writers' Workshop in New York City and at the Iowa Young Writers' Studio. He lives in Philadelphia.