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.
Stephen Dunn is the author of 19 volumes of poetry including his latest, Whereas: Poems, published in 2017. His previous books include Different Hours, which was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Here and Now (2011), and Lines of Defense (2014) all from W.W. Norton. Stephen has received awards and fellowships from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Poetry Magazine, Poetry 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 Workshop sessions at the Getaway.**
Gregory Pardlo’s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. His poems, reviews and translations have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Poet Lore and on National Public Radio. You can watch this video of Gregory giving a reading or read a few of his poems. (Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths)
** Gregory will lead three special Advanced Poetry Workshop sessions at the Getaway.**
Peter E. Murphy
Peter 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.
Renée Ashley is the author of six poetry collections: 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, as well as 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; she’s received fellowships from the NJSCA and the NEA. Her collection of essays, Minglements: Prose on Poetry and Life, will be published in Spring 2018. Visit her website at www.reneeashley.com.
**Renée will lead Advanced Poetry Workshop sessions.**
Barbara 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 is the author of Girl Torpedo (Agape, 2018), the winner of the 2017 Numinous Orison, Luminous Origin Literary Award and The Things a Body Might Become (Five Oaks Press, 2017). She’s the recipient of the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize and a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She’s received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy of 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, and check out her feature on State of the Arts.
Catherine 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.
**Catherine will lead Advanced Poetry Workshop sessions.**
Karen Zaborowski Duffy
Karen Zaborowski Duffy is the recipient of two Poetry Writing Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and one in Creative Nonfiction from the Norman Mailer Writers Colony at Provincetown. In 2009, Karen won first place for Personal Essay in Writer’s Digest 78th Annual Writing Competition. Karen’s poems have appeared in numerous journals including Calyx, PMS-poemmemoirstory, Salt Flats Annual and Journal of New Jersey Poets, and are forthcoming in Challenges for the Delusional II. 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. You can watch it here.
Kathleen Graber is the author of two collections of poetry, including The Eternal City, which was a finalist for The National Book Award, The National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of The Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry. Recent poems have appeared in Best American Poetry (2012, 2014) and The Pushcart Anthology. She is an Associate Professor of English and teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University and the low-residency MA Program in Creative Writing for Educators at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Read her poem, “The Magic Kingdom,” published in The New Yorker.
**Kathleen will lead Advanced Poetry Workshop sessions.**
Luray 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 and read another one of her poems here.
Lois Marie Harrod
Lois Marie Harrod’s 16th and most recent collection Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June 2016 from Five Oaks. And She Took the Heart (Casa de Cinco Hermanas) appeared in January 2016, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays) and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). Dodge poet and three-time recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts fellowship, she is widely published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. You can find links to her online work at www.loismarieharrod.org.
**Lois will lead the Poetry Manuscript Workshop.**
Kenneth 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.
Laura McCullough is the author of The Wild Night Dress, a collection selected by Billy Collins as winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize. She has published eleven books including Panic, which won the Kinereth Genseler Award. Laura’s essays, memoirs, stories and poetry have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Guernica, Pank, Gulf Coast, The Writer’s Chronicle, Best American Poetry and others. She has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from numerous organizations including Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Sewanee Writers Conference and the NJ State Arts Council. Laura is the founding editor of Mead: The Magazine of Literature and Libations, and is on the faculty of the Sierra Nevada low-residency MFA, while also teaching full time at Brookdale Community College in NJ. Visit her website: lauramccullough.org.
Christine E. Salvatore
Christine E. Salvatore received her MFA from The University of New Orleans. She currently teaches literature and writing at Stockton University, in the MFA Program at Rosemont College, and at a public high school in South Jersey. She is a Geraldine R. Dodge Poet and a regular faculty member for Murphy Writing of Stockton University. Her poetry has recently appeared or will appear in Diode, The Turnip Truck[s], The Fem, The Literary Review, The Cortland Review, Mead Journal, as well as others. More information can be found at www.christinesalvatore.com.
J. C. Todd’s recent books of poetry are FUBAR, an artist book collaboration and What Space This Body. A Pew Fellow in the Arts and winner of the Rita Dove Poetry Prize, she has been a Poetry Society of America finalist for the Robert H. Winner Award and the Lucille Medwick Lyric Award. Poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Paris Review and Virginia Quarterly Review. Honors include a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship, two Leeway Foundation awards and fellowships to Ucross and Ragdale. A long-time Getaway workshop leader, she is a consultant with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program and has recently retired from the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College. In 2016, she was a writer-in-residence at Humboldt University in Berlin. You can read one of her recent poems here. (Photo credit: Mark Hillringhouse)
**J.C. will lead Advanced Poetry Workshop sessions.**
BJ 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.
Gretna 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 is a Dodge Foundation poet. Her online literary magazine, theravensperch.com was nominated Top 100 Literary Blogs On The Web (Feedspot). 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 is a public school teacher, occasional adjunct professor and writer living in southern New Jersey. He works for Murphy Writing of Stockton University and for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s Poetry Program. Poems appear in anthologies from Jane Street Press, Serving House Books, and others, and in numerous journals, including KYSO Flash and Eyedrum Periodically. Read some of his poems here.