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.


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.**

Thomas Lux

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Thomas Lux is Bourne Professor of Poetry at The Georgia Institute of Technology. He directs the McEver Visiting Writers Program and Poetry@Tech. He has published over a dozen books of poetry; his most recent is Selected Poems 1982-2012 (Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2014). He has also published one book of nonfiction, From the Southland. His forthcoming books are To the Left of Time (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), and an edited volume, Selected Poems of Bill Knott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016). He has received three National Endowment for the Arts grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He also received the Kingsley Tufts Award for his book, Split Horizon. You can watch this video of Thomas giving a reading or read a few of his poems.

** Thomas will lead two special Advanced Poetry Writing sessions at the Getaway.**



Peter E. Murphy

Peter E. Murphy headshotPeter E. Murphy 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 Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, and three poetry chapbooks, Thorough & EfficientMr. Nobody and Atlantic City Lives (Forthcoming in 2015). His unique poetry writing assignments have been collected in Challenges for the Delusional. He has received fellowships 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 in the U.S. and abroad. Read a brief interview with Peter.


Poetry Faculty

Renée Ashley

Renee Ashley headshotRenée Ashley is the author of five 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) and Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Subito Book Prize). She also has 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; she’s received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the NEA. Her website is reneeashleyatwork.com. Her new collection, The View from the Body, comes out in spring from Black Lawrence Books.

Barbara Daniels

Barbara Daniels headshotBarbara Daniels’s Rose Fever was published by WordTech Press and her chapbooks Black Sails and Quinn & Marie by Casa de Cinco Hermanas. She received three Individual Artist Fellowships for her poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, one for 2014, 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 Mid-American Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Canary, 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 makes a mean arugula quesadilla and has split-boarded the Tasman Glacier. She’s Associate Professor of Writing at Stockton University and a Poet-in-the-School through the Dodge Foundation and the NJ State Council on the Arts. In 2014-2015, her poetry manuscript, The Things a Body Might Become, was a finalist the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and Open Competition, the St. Lawrence Book Award and the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award. Recent poems have appeared in Arsenic Lobster, the Blueshift Journal, the Prague Revue and Smartish Pace. Her work was featured on the Dodge Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Friday Blog.

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 her guest blog on the Dodge Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Friday 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.

Diana Goetsch

Diana Goetsch (formerly Douglas Goetsch) has published in many of the leading journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The New England Review, Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize. She is the author of Nameless Boy, The Job of Being Everybody and several other volumes of poems, and writes a weekly column for The American Scholar. Among her honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Donald Murray Prize. Diana teaches writing privately—one-on-one and group workshops in the New York City area and around the country. Visit her website: www.dianagoetsch.com.

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.

Lois Marie Harrod

Lois Marie Harrod’s 13th and 14th poetry collections, 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). Over 600 of her poems have been published online and in print journals from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. A Geraldine R. Dodge poet, former high school teacher and Princeton University Distinguished Secondary Teacher, she now teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Read her work on www.loismarieharrod.org.

**Lois will lead the Poetry Manuscript Workshop.**

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.

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

Laura McCullough

Laura McCullough headshotLaura McCullough’s books include Jersey Mercy (poems, forthcoming spring 2016, Black Lawrence Press), Rigger Death & Hoist Another, Ripple & Snap, Panic, Speech and What Men Want. Sherman Alexi selected one of her poems for Best American Poetry, 2015. She has edited two anthologies, A Sense of Regard: essays on poetry and race (Georgia University Press, 2015) and The Room and the World: essays on Stephen Dunn (University of Syracuse Press, 2014). She teaches full time at Brookdale Community College, has taught at Stockton University and Ramapo College, and is on the faculty of the Sierra Nevada low-res MFA. She is the founding editor of Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations. Visit her at http://www.lauramccullough.org/.

James Richardson

James Richardson headshotJames Richardson’s During will be published by Copper Canyon Press in January 2016.  It is the winner of the Poetry Society of America’s 2015 Alice Fay di Castagnola for best book-in-progress.  His recent 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,Yale Review, Copper Nickel, 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 one of his poems in The New Yorker and in The New York Times Style Magazine, 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 The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 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 is the author of four books of poetry. His most recent, Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013, received the 2014 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Last year, The Star-Ledger placed Jackleg Opera as #3 in its year-end list of Top 10 Books by New Jerseyans (12/28/2014). 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. He is an alumnus of Stockton State College (now Stockton University). To read some of Ward’s work visit the Poetry Foundation or Getaway Reads. His website is bj-ward.com.

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

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 The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He currently teaches English at Egg Harbor Township High School. Read one of Paul-Victor’s poems.

Learn more about our Poetry Workshops.