LitFest Authors

Rob Yardumian

Rob Yardumian’s fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, The Antioch Review, The New Orleans Review, and other literary magazines. He has an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. The Sound of Songs Across the Water is his first novel. Before receiving his MFA, Rob spent ten years in the music business, including stints as director of marketing for a record label and creative director for a publishing company. He lives in Portland, OR.
Rob Yardumian’s fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, The Antioch Review, The New Orleans Review, and other literary magazines. He has an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. The Sound of Songs Across the Water is his first novel. Before receiving his MFA, Rob spent ten years in the music business, including stints as director of marketing for a record label and creative director for a publishing company. He lives in Portland, OR.

Jamaal May

Jamaal May is a poet and editor from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first full-length collection is Hum (Alice James Books, 2013). Individual poems have been awarded the 2013 Indiana ReviewPrize and appear in journals such as The New Republic, the Believer, Poetry, and Ploughshares. Various works have also appeared on public radio and in short films. Jamaal has earned an MFA from Warren Wilson and fellowships from Cave Canem and Bucknell University. He is founding editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and a visiting faculty member in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.
Jamaal May is a poet and editor from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first full-length collection is Hum (Alice James Books, 2013). Individual poems have been awarded the 2013 Indiana ReviewPrize and appear in journals such as The New Republic, the Believer, Poetry, and Ploughshares. Various works have also appeared on public radio and in short films. Jamaal has earned an MFA from Warren Wilson and fellowships from Cave Canem and Bucknell University. He is founding editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and a visiting faculty member in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.

Tim Parrish

Tim Parrish is the author of three books: Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a Memoir(University Press of Mississippi); The Jumper, a novel (winner of Texas Review Press’s 2012 George Garrett Prize; andRed Stick Men (University Press of Mississippi). His work has appeared in numerous periodicals and in a number of anthologies, including Louisiana in Words, Alive and Awake in the Pelican State, The Best of LSU Fiction, and Rules of Thumb. He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is now a professor in the MFA and undergraduate creative-writing programs at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.
Tim Parrish is the author of three books: Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a Memoir(University Press of Mississippi); The Jumper, a novel (winner of Texas Review Press’s 2012 George Garrett Prize; andRed Stick Men (University Press of Mississippi). His work has appeared in numerous periodicals and in a number of anthologies, including Louisiana in Words, Alive and Awake in the Pelican State, The Best of LSU Fiction, and Rules of Thumb. He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is now a professor in the MFA and undergraduate creative-writing programs at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

Nan Cuba

Nan Cuba is the author of Body and Bread (Engine Books, 2013), winner of the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” in O, Oprah’s Magazine and a “Summer Books” choice from Huffington Post.  She also co-edited Art at our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists (Trinity University Press, 2008), and published other work in such places as Quarterly West, Columbia,Antioch Review, Harvard Review, storySouth, and Connotation Press. As an investigative journalist, she reported on the causes of extraordinary violence in LIFE, Third Coast, and D Magazine. She is founder and executive director emeritus of the nonprofit literary center, Gemini Ink (www.geminiink.org), and an associate professor of English at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.
Nan Cuba is the author of Body and Bread (Engine Books, 2013), winner of the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” in O, Oprah’s Magazine and a “Summer Books” choice from Huffington Post. She also co-edited Art at our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists (Trinity University Press, 2008), and published other work in such places as Quarterly West, Columbia,Antioch Review, Harvard Review, storySouth, and Connotation Press. As an investigative journalist, she reported on the causes of extraordinary violence in LIFE, Third Coast, and D Magazine. She is founder and executive director emeritus of the nonprofit literary center, Gemini Ink (www.geminiink.org), and an associate professor of English at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

Kyle McCord

Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry, including Sympathy from the Devil (Gold Wake Press 2013).  He has work featured in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere.  He’s received grants or awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency.  Along with Wendy Xu, he edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, and he is the co-founder and lead content editor for LitBridge.  He teaches at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX where he is the co-coordinator of the Kraken Reading Series.
Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry, including Sympathy from the Devil (Gold Wake Press 2013). He has work featured in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He’s received grants or awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency. Along with Wendy Xu, he edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, and he is the co-founder and lead content editor for LitBridge. He teaches at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX where he is the co-coordinator of the Kraken Reading Series.

Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (SIU Press, 2014), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, The Journal, Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Washington Square, The Massachusetts Review, Best New Poets 2013, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, she received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, fellowships from Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop and Vermont Studio Center, and other honors. She lives in Detroit, MI, where she is a writer-in-residence with Inside Out Literary Arts Project and is an editor for Asian American Literary Review and Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press.
Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (SIU Press, 2014), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, The Journal, Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Washington Square, The Massachusetts Review, Best New Poets 2013, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, she received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, fellowships from Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop and Vermont Studio Center, and other honors. She lives in Detroit, MI, where she is a writer-in-residence with Inside Out Literary Arts Project and is an editor for Asian American Literary Review and Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press.

Jennifer Key

Jennifer Key is the author of The Old Dominion, winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, and a former Diane Middlebrook Fellow at the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Creative Writing. She was educated at the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. Her awards include Shenandoah's Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Writers, the Southwest Review's McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction, and the Poetry Center of Chicago's Juried Reading Prize. Jennifer's poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and Callaloo, among others. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband.

Jennifer Key is the author of The Old Dominion, winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, and a former Diane Middlebrook Fellow at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing. She was educated at the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. Her awards include Shenandoah’s Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Writers, the Southwest Review’s McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction, and the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Juried Reading Prize. Jennifer’s poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and Callaloo, among others. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband.

Erica Dawson

Erica Dawson is the author of two collections of poetry: Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser 2007) and The Small Blades Hurt(Measure 2014). Of The Small Blades Hurt, Mary Jo Salter writes, “Erica Dawson is a poet of verve and nuance, of high learning and pop culture, of a classical music she seems to have invented herself.” Dawson’s poems have appeared twice in Best American Poetry, in Birmingham Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other journals and anthologies.  Her criticism and reviews have appeared in At Length, Florida Review, Waccamaw, and other publications. She also writes a freelance column, “Dark and Sinful,” for Creative Loafing Tampa. Dawson lives in FL and teaches undergraduates and low-residency MFA students at The University of Tampa, where she also serves as poetry editor of Tampa Review.

Erica Dawson is the author of two collections of poetry: Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser 2007) and The Small Blades Hurt(Measure 2014). Of The Small Blades Hurt, Mary Jo Salter writes, “Erica Dawson is a poet of verve and nuance, of high learning and pop culture, of a classical music she seems to have invented herself.” Dawson’s poems have appeared twice in Best American Poetry, in Birmingham Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other journals and anthologies. Her criticism and reviews have appeared in At Length, Florida Review, Waccamaw, and other publications. She also writes a freelance column, “Dark and Sinful,” for Creative Loafing Tampa. Dawson lives in FL and teaches undergraduates and low-residency MFA students at The University of Tampa, where she also serves as poetry editor of Tampa Review.

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