Fall 2012

Picture-2_2Timothy Kreider

Essayist/Cartoonist: Edwin Kenney
Non-fiction Writer

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Essayist and Cartoonist TIM KREIDER is a writer for the New York Times.  His popular cartoon, “The Pain–When Will It End?” has been collected in three books by Fantagraphics.  His latest collection of cartoons and essays, WE LEARN NOTHING, was published in June 2012 by Free Press (Simon & Schuster).  He lives in New York City and the Chesapeake.  He claims that his next book will be entitled, THE CAT OF THE MAN WHO LOVED NOTHING.

Picture-3Tony Hoagland

Poet: Kristina Stahl Writer in Residence

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Poet TONY HOAGLAND teaches in the University of Houston creative writing program.  His poetry collection 2003, What Narcissism Means to Me, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts,  a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry,and a fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. His poems and criticism have appeared in such publications as Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, Agni, Threepenny Review,[4] The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter,Southern Indiana Review, American Poetry Review, and Harvard Review.

Picture-9Brock Clarke

Comic Novelist

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Novelist BROCK CLARKE is the author of five books of fiction, most recently the novels Exley (which was a Kirkus Book of the Year) and An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, which was a national bestseller and has appeared in a dozen foreign editions.   His stories and essays have appeared in number of magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Virginia Quarterly Review, OneStory, The Believer, the Georgia Review, and the Southern Review and have also appeared in the annual Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College.

Spring 2013

Sarah Braunstein & Pat O’Donnell

Maine Authors

Picture-12Novelist SARAH BRAUNSTEIN is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children (W.W. Norton, 2011). The novel was the winner of the 2012 Maine Literary Award. In 2010 she was named one of “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and she received a 2007 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award.  Her stories and essays have appeared in the Green Mountains Review, Five Chapters, AGNI, Post Road,Ploughshares, The Sun, Nylon Magazine, Maine Magazine, The New Guard, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.  She teaches at Harvard University Extension School & Summer School, the Stanford University Online Writer’s Studio, and in the low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

Picture-13Fictionist PAT O’DONNELL is Director of the Farmington MFA Creative Writing Program.  She has had short stories appear in a variety of publications, such as The New Yorker, Agni Review, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, The American Literary Review, The Short Story, The Eloquent Edge, Women Running: Stories of Transformation,, and other journals and anthologies. She received the Martin Dibner award for short fiction.

Picture-2_3Amy Gerstler


Tuesday April 9, 2013
Poet AMY GERSTLER’s book,   Dearest Creature (Penguin 2009) was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year, and was short listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. Her previous twelve books include Ghost Girl, Medicine, Crown of Weeds, which won a California Book Award, Nerve Storm, and Bitter Angel, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. She was the 2010 guest editor of the yearly anthology Best American Poetry. In 2011, she was on the panel of judges for the National Book Award in poetry. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Paris Review, American Poetry Review,several volumes of Best American Poetry and The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry. She is a core faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College, Vermont and teaches in the MPW program at USC. She has taught writing and/or art at the California Institute of the Arts, Cal Tech, Art Center College of Design, the University of California at Irvine, the University of Utah, Pitzer College, and elsewhere.

For more information about Colby’s Visiting Writers Series, contact Program Director Jennifer Boylan at[email protected].