Poetry Faculty

The Winter Getaway is well known for its challenging and supportive workshops led by accomplished writers and artists. We hope you will get to know our poetry faculty, read some of their work first online, and then in person in January.

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Special Guests

Stephen Dunn

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Stephen Dunn is the author of 19 volumes of poetry including his latest chapbook, Keeper of Limits: The Mrs. Cavendish Poems, published in 2015, by Sarabande. His previous books include Different Hours, which was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Lines of Defense (2014) and Here and Now (2011), all from W.W. Norton. Stephen has received awards and fellowships from American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Poetry MagazinePoetry Northwest, Mid-American Review and many others. A new and expanded edition of his book of essays, Walking Light, was published in 2001. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at Stockton University, but spends most of his time in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd. You can watch this video of Stephen giving a reading or read a few of his poems.

** Stephen will lead three special Advanced Poetry Writing sessions at the Getaway.**

Sharon Olds

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Sharon Olds is the author of eleven volumes of poetry including Stag’s Leap (2012), which was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Reads and awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her numerous honors include the T.S. Eliot Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the San Francisco Poetry Center Award, the Lamont Poetry Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches graduate poetry workshops at NYU as well as the writing workshop she helped found at a state hospital for the severely disabled. Often compared to “confessional” poets, she has been praised for the courage and extraordinary physicality of her work. Her most recent collection, Odes, was published in September 2016. You can watch this video of Sharon giving a reading or read a few of her poems.

** Sharon will lead three special Advanced Poetry Writing sessions at the Getaway.**



Peter E. Murphy

Peter E. Murphy headshotPeter E. Murphy has led hundreds of workshops for writers and teachers. He was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a cab. He is the author of seven books and chapbooks including Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize. His recent essays and poems appear in The Common, Diode, Guernica, The Hawaii Pacific Review, The Lindenwood Review, Mead, The New Welsh Reader, Passager, Rattle and Rhino. He has received fellowships and awards for writing and teaching from The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Peter is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University which includes the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for poets, writers and teachers. Read a brief interview with Peter.


Poetry Faculty

Renée Ashley

Renee Ashley headshotRenée Ashley is the author of six collections of poetry: Salt (Brittingham Prize in Poetry, University of Wisconsin Press), The Various Reasons of Light, The Revisionist’s Dream, Basic Heart (X.J. Kennedy Prize in Poetry, Texas Review Press), Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Subito Book Prize) and The View from the Body. She has also published two chapbooks, The Museum of Lost Wings (Hill-Stead Poetry Prize) and The Verbs of Desiring (New American Press Chapbook Award) and a novel, Someplace Like This. She teaches in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and does freelance editing; she’s received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her website is reneeashleyatwork.com.

** Renée will lead the poetry portion of the Creative Writing Sampler and an Algonquin-Style Poetry Workshop.**


Barbara Daniels

Barbara Daniels headshotBarbara Daniels’s Rose Fever was published by WordTech Press and her chapbooks Moon Kitchen, Black Sails and Quinn & Marie by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. She received three Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and earned an MFA in poetry at Vermont College. Her chapbook The Woman Who Tries to Believe won the Quentin R. Howard Prize from Wind Publications. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, The Literary Review and many other journals. Barbara Daniels and her husband David Daniels wrote two textbooks, English Grammar and Persuasive Writing, published by HarperCollins. Listen to Barbara read “Sugaring,” published in The Cortland Review.


Emari DiGiorgio

Emari DiGiorgio headshotEmari DiGiorgio’s debut collection The Things a Body Might Become is forthcoming from ELJ Editions. She is the recipient of the 2016 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Honoring Jake Adam York and has received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Rivendell Writers’ Colony. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ. Read and listen to her poetry on her website​.


Catherine Doty

Catherine Doty headshotCatherine Doty, a 2011 NEA Fellow in Poetry, is the author of Momentum, a volume of poems from Cavan Kerry Press in 2004, and Just Kidding, a collection of cartoons published by Avocet Press. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, among them Garrison Keillor’s More Good Poems for Hard Times and Billy Collins’s 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. She is the recipient of a Marjorie J. Wilson Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts and other grants and honors. Ms. Doty has worked as a visiting artist for the Frost Place, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New York Public Library and other organizations. Read an interview and one of her poems on the Dodge Poet Spotlight blog.


Karen Zaborowski Duffy

Karen Z. Duffy headshotKaren Zaborowski Duffy is the recipient of two Poetry Writing Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and is a poetry consultant for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. She has done residencies at Ragdale, Vermont Studio Center and The Norman Mailer Writers Colony at Provincetown where she was named a 2010 Fellow in Creative Nonfiction. Karen’s poems have appeared in numerous journals including CalyxPMS-poemmemoirstorySalt Flats Annual and Journal of New Jersey Poets. Her poetry manuscript, Pathology of Goodness, was named 3rd runner-up for Boa Editions, Ltd. 2010 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and her chapbook, Giving in to the Smoke (2007), received the Starting Gate Award from Finishing Line Press. Karen’s poem, “World Series, Game 5” was featured on The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer in 2007. Read the PBS article and the poem here.


Luray Gross

Luray Gross headshotLuray Gross is the author of three collections of poetry: Forenoon (The Attic Press, 1990) and Elegant Reprieve won the 1995-96 Still Waters Press Poetry Chapbook Competition. The Perfection of Zeros was published by WordTech in 2004. A storyteller as well as a writer, she works extensively throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an Artist in Residence. She was the recipient of a Fellowship in Poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In 2000, she was named a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was the recipient of the Robert Fraser Open Poetry Competition Award from Bucks County (PA) Community College. She was the 2002 Poet Laureate of Bucks County and resident faculty at the 2006 Frost Place Festival and Conference on Poetry in Franconia, NH. Her poem, “The Perfection of Zero,” was featured by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Public Poetry Project in 2008. Read some of her poems from The Perfection of Zeros.


Kenneth Hart

Kenneth Hart headshotKenneth Hart teaches writing at New York University and works in the family roofing business. He is the 2007 co-winner of the Allen Ginsberg Award and the recipient of the 2008 editor’s prize for New Ohio Review. His poem “Keep America Beautiful” was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac in 2009. He lives in Long Valley, NJ and spends his summers in Alaska. Ken’s manuscript, Uh Oh Time, was selected by Mark Jarman as winner of the 2007 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. He is poetry editor for The Florida Review. Read some of his poems and visit his website: www.kennethhartpoet.com.


James Richardson

James Richardson headshotJames Richardson’s most recent book is During (2016), which won the Poetry Society of America’s 2015 Castagnola prize for best manuscript-in-progress.  His other collections include By the Numbers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a Publishers Weekly “Best Book of 2010;  Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, which was a finalist for the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award; and Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays. His poems and aphorisms have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, American Poetry Review, Slate, Poetry Daily, Great American Prose Poems, Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists and several editions of the Pushcart Prize anthology and The Best American Poetry. The recipient of the 2011 Jackson Poetry Prize and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University. Read two of his poems in The New Yorker: “Essay on Clouds” and “Essay on Wood”, or visit his website.


Christine E. Salvatore

Christine E. Salvatore headshotChristine E. Salvatore received her MFA from The University of New Orleans. She currently teaches literature and creative writing at Stockton University, Egg Harbor Township High School and in the MFA Program at Rosemont College. One of her poems was chosen by the editors of The Southeast Review as a finalist in this year’s Gearhart Poetry Contest. Her poetry has recently appeared or will appear in Mead MagazineThe Literary ReviewThe Cortland ReviewPrime Number Magazine and in The Edison Literary Review, as well as others. She is the recipient of a 2005 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. Listen to her read some of her poetry here.


J.C. Todd

J. C. Todd headshotJ. C. Todd’s most recent volume of poems is What Space This Body(Wind, 2008). Her poems have appeared in The Paris ReviewVirginia Quarterly ReviewAmerican Poetry Review and other journals. Awards include a finalist designation for the Lucille Medwick Lyric Poetry Award of the Poetry Society of America, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship for poetry, two Leeway Foundation awards and fellowships to international artist colonies in Germany and Sweden. A long-time Getaway workshop leader, she is a consultant with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College and the MFA Program at Rosemont College and holds an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is thrilled to be working one-on-one with poets this year as a tutor. You can read and listen to some of her poems here.


BJ Ward

BJ Ward headshotBJ Ward’s most recent book of poetry, Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013, received the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence and was listed by The Star-Ledger as #3 in its year-end list of Top 10 Books by New Jerseyans in 2014. His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, The Normal School and The Sun. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, he co-founded the creative writing degree program at Warren County Community College. His short story, “W8ing4Springsteen,” appeared in the July 2016 “Summer Reads” issue of Inside Jersey.

** BJ will lead an Algonquin-style Poetry Workshop.**


Gretna Wilkinson

Gretna Wilkinson headshotGretna Wilkinson, Ph.D., began her career as a missionary teacher in the jungles of her native Guyana. She has performed her poems on radio and television, and is published in Saranac Review, The Literary Review and Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary, among others. She has also been featured in The New York Times, NJ Star Ledger, Courier News and others. She is a Senior Fellow of The Southern Regional Educational Board. A former college professor, she joined the Visual and Performing Arts Academy of Red Bank Regional High School where she runs the Creative Writing program. She has donated countless hours to editing the poetry of New Jersey prisoners. She was recently named Monmouth County Art Educator of the Year as well as Teacher of the Year. Visit her literary magazine website or read a few of her poems.


Paul-Victor Winters

Paul-Victor Winters headshotPaul-Victor Winters’s most recent publications include poems and book reviews in New York QuarterlyShot Glass Journal and TLR: The Literary Review. His chapbook, Muscle & Bone (Slapering Hol Press), won the 1995 Hudson Valley Writers’ Center Poetry Chapbook Competition, judged by Billy Collins. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Indiana University. He has taught writing and literature at Indiana University, Atlantic Cape Community College and Stockton University. He currently teaches English at Egg Harbor Township High School. Read one of Paul-Victor’s poems.

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