Southampton Writers Conference

Our Faculty


MELISSA BANK is the author of the best-selling story collections The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing and The Wonder Spot. She received the Nelson Algren Award for short fiction from the Chicago Tribune and holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University. Her work has been translated into 33 languages.  (July 6-10)




BILLY COLLINS is the author of 10 collections of poetry, most recently a new and selected collection titled Aimless Love (Random House 2013).  Others titles include Horoscopes for the Dead, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Nine Horses, Ballistics and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of three anthologies: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Everyday, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Bird Poems. His poems have been published in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, and The American Scholar, and he appears regularly in The Best American Poetry. A Guggenheim Fellow and a New York Public Library "Literary Lion," he is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College, City University of New York, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College. He served as New York State Poet (2004-5) and United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003). This fall will see the publication of a second new and selected collection titled Aimless Love.  (July 6-17)

espadaMARTÍN ESPADA was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His new collection of poems is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993) and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990). His many honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona. A graduate of Northeastern University Law School and a former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. (July 6-10)

formanGAYLE FORMAN is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and journalist, who has written several young-adult novels, including I Was Here, the Just One Day series, If I Stay (which was made into a 2014 feature film) and its sequel Where She Went. Her first novel starring adults, Leave Me, will be published by Algonquin in 2016. Forman’s work has been translated into more than 40 languages. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family. (July 13-17)


billyADAM GOPNIK has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction, humor, book reviews, profiles, and reporting from abroad. He was the magazine’s Art Critic from 1987-1995, and the Paris Correspondent from 1995-2000. From 2000-2005, he wrote a journal about New York life, and since then has been working as a miscellaneous essayist. His books, ranging from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels, include Paris to the Moon (2000), The King in the Window (2005), Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York(2006), Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life (2009), The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food (2011), and Winter: Five Windows on the Season (2011). Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He lectures widely, and delivered the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Massey Lectures in 2011. Gopnik lives in New York. (July 13-17)

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LAUREN GROFF is the author, most recently, of the novel Fates and Furies, which was shortlisted for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and a New York Times Bestseller with foreign rights sold to twenty territories. Her other books are ArcadiaDelicate Edible Birds, and The Monsters of Templeton. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic MonthlyHarpers, the Oxford AmericanPloughsharesOne Story, and other magazines and have been in the Pushcart and PEN/O. Henry Prize anthologies, three times in the Best American Short Stories anthology, and reprinted in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. She lives in Gainesville, FL, with her family. (July 13-17)


mattheaMATTHEA HARVEY is the author of five books of poetry--If the Tabloids are True What Are You?, Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence. (July 13-17)


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MATTHEW KLAM was named one of the 20 best young fiction writers in America by The New Yorker in 1999. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim, a PEN/Robert Bingham Award, an NEA grant, a Whiting Writers' Award, and an O. Henry Award. His first book, Sam the Cat and Other Stories (Vintage), was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and Esquire, was chosen by Borders Books for their New Voices Series, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, GQ, Harper’s, Nerve, and The New York Times Magazine, where he is a contributing writer. He has taught creative writing at the University of Michigan, American University, and Stockholm University in Sweden. (July 6-10)



DANIEL MENAKER was an editor at The New Yorker for twenty years and wrote frequently for the magazine. He went to Random House in 1995 as Senior Literary Editor and eventually became Editor-in-Chief there, working with such writers as Salman Rushdie, Colum McCann, Elizabeth Strout, and Nassim Taleb, and he now serves as a consultant for Barnes & Noble.  He has published five books of his own, two of them New York Times Notable Books, and has twice won the O Henry Award for short fiction. (July 6-10 & July 13-17)


roger rosenblattLUCAS HNATH’s plays include The Christians (Humana Festival, 2014; Playwrights Horizons, 2015); A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep, 2013); Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, 2013); nightnight (Humana Festival, 2013); Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2013); Death Tax (Humana Festival 2012; Royal Court Theatre, 2013). Hnath’s work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press.

He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011, and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2015 Kesselring Prize, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015 Whiting Award, the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award, and two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations. He is also a recipient of commissions from the Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Civilians, EST/Sloan Project, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre, and South Coast Repertory.

In 2016 his play, Hillary and Clinton, will premiere in Chicago at Victory Gardens, and Red Speedo will have its New York premiere at New York Theatre Workshop. (July 6-10)

reynoldsPETER H. REYNOLDS is a NY Times best-selling author and illustrator of The Dot, Ish, The North Star, as well as a collaborator on many books including the Judy Moody series with Megan McDonald.  He is the founder of FableVision Studios. (July 13-17)



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ROGER ROSENBLATT's  essays for Time and the PBS News Hour have won two George Polk Awards, the Peabody and the Emmy. He is the author of Making ToastKayak MorningThe Boy Detective and The Book of Love, among others, five of which have been New York Times Notable Books, and four, New York Times bestsellers. Currently Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook, he also held the Briggs-Copeland appointment in the teaching of writing at Harvard, and was one of three finalists for the Robert Cherry Award, for the most effective teacher in the country. He is the recipient of the 2015 Kenyon Review Award for literary achievement. (July 6-17)


torTOR SEIDLER published his first award-winning book, The Dulcimer Boy, at the age of twenty seven. Over the past thirty years, Mr. Seidler has become one of the most important voices in children's fiction with such classics as A Rat's Tale, The Wainscott Weasel, an ALA Notable Book,Terpin, and MeanMargaret, which was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award in 1997. His latest book, Firstborn, is a Junior Literary Guild Selection.  (July 13-17)


JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY shanleyis from The Bronx. His plays include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Italian American Reconciliation, Welcome to the Moon, Four Dogs and a Bone, Cellini, Dirty Story, Defiance, and Pirate. His theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world. For his play, Doubt, he received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of screenwriting, he has nine films to his credit, most recently Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, which was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. The film of DOUBT was also directed by Mr. Shanley. Other films include Five Corners (Special Jury Prize, Barcelona Film Festival), Alive, Joe Versus the Volcano, which he also directed, and Live from Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination). For his script of Moonstruck he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for best original screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Mr. Shanley the 2009 Lifetime Achievement In Writing. (July 13-17)

MsilverARISA SILVER is the author of the novel, Little Nothing, which will be published in September, 2016. Her other novels include Mary Coin, a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Southern California Independent Bookseller’s Award. The God of War, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction, and No Direction Home. Her first collection of short stories, Babe in Paradise was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. When her second collection, Alone With You was published, The New York Times called her “one of California’s most celebrated contemporary writers.”  Silver made her fiction debut in The New Yorker when she was featured in that magazine's first “Debut Fiction” issue. Her fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as other anthologies.

tuten FREDERIC TUTEN grew up in the Bronx and later lived in South America and Paris, writing about Brazilian Cinema Novo and teaching at University of Paris 8.  Among his novels are The Green HourTintin in the New World, and The Adventures of Mao on the Long March.  He has written extensively about art, literature and film; acted in an Alain Resnais movie; taught with Paul Bowles in Morocco; cowrote the cult classic Possession; and, along the way, earned a PhD in literature, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent book, Self Portraits: Fictions, is a collection of interrelated short stories. He has been awarded three Pushcart Prizes. (July 6-10)


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 MEG WOLITZER is a novelist whose works include The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position and The Wife. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. Wolitzer has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, Columbia University, Skidmore College, the University of Houston, Boston University and Barnard College. In the fall she will be a visiting artist at Princeton University's Atelier program. (July 6-17)