Amelia Gray is the author of five books, most recently Isadora (FSG). Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the NYPL Young Lion, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She lives in Los Angeles.
Jack Driscoll is the author of 11 books, most recently The Goat Fish And The Lover's Knot, a collection Booklist described as, "technically dazzling and deeply affecting accounts of precarious lives in a unique environment." Listen to Michigan Public Radio's review here.
His awards include the NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award, Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the AWP Short Fiction Award, two Pushcart Prizes for fiction, the Midland Writers Award, and the Michigan Library Award.
Driscoll currently teaches fiction workshops in Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program in Oregon.
Acclaimed songwriter Jeffrey Foucault has spent the whole of the new century on the road, quietly building a deep, resonant catalog of songs about about love, memory, God, desire, wilderness and loss. Over the course of ten full-length studio albums Foucault has been everything from solo country-blues troubadour to front man for a six-piece rock 'n' roll band, compiling along the way a discography remarkable for its visceral power and complex poetics, while catching the ear of musicians as diverse as Van Dyke Parks and Don Henley. His most recent album, 2015's Salt As Wolves, was described by the New York Times as 'Close to perfection.'
Foucault’s music has been described as “Quietly brilliant,” by The Irish Times, “Contemporary and timeless,” by The New York Times, and has been lauded by The New Yorker and The Believer’s Greil Marcus. Foucault’s solo act on stage is “as captivating,” in the words of The Huffington Post, "as hearing Bruce Springsteen live.”
Jeffrey Foucault returns to Beargrass with his longtime drummer and tour partner Billy Conway, as Songwriter-in-Residence.
Pete Fromm's latest book is the memoir The Names of the Stars (St.Martins, 2016). He is a five time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his novels If Not For This, As Cool as I Am, and How All This Started, his story collection Dry Rain, and the memoirIndian Creek Chronicles. The film of As Cool as I Am was released in 2013. He is also the author of four other story collections and has published over two hundred stories in magazines. He is on the faculty of Oregon’s Pacific University’s Low-Residency MFA Program and lives in Montana.
Smith Henderson is the author of the debut novel Fourth of July Creek (Ecco), a 2014 New York Times Notable Book. It was the winner of the 2015 John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger Award and the 2014 Montana Book Award. It was also a finalist for the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, the James Tait Black Prize, the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel, and the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction.
The novel also made the longlists for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the Folio Prize, and the VCU Cabel First Novelist Award.
The book appeared on the Best Books of 2014 lists for The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Kansas City Star, and Book Riot and Powell’s Book Store.
Henderson was awarded a 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award in fiction, and a 2011 Philip Roth Residency in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. His short story, “Number Stations” won a Pushcart Prize and a finalist honors for the University of Texas Keene Prize, where he was a Michener Center for Writing Fellow. He worked at the Wieden + Kennedy advertising agency, where he contributed to the Emmy-nominated “Halftime In America” Super Bowl Commercial.
An accomplished screenwriter, he is a staff writer on the “The Son” for AMC and co-wrote “Dance With The One”, a 2010 South By Southwest Narrative Prize Finalist.
His fiction has been anthologized and published in Best American Short Stories, Tin House, American Short Fiction, One Story, New Orleans Review, Makeout Creek, and Witness. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Los Angeles, California.
Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Sharma’s writing has appeared in Electric Lit, Slice, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the 2016 Washington State Book Award, the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award forOutstanding Prose. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington (2000) and her MFA from the University of Montana (2004).
Sharma has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State and now lives in Spokane with her husband and two young children. She is a boardmember for the Friends of the Spokane County Library District and also serves on the programming committee for Spokane's Spark Central.
Holly Wren Spaulding
Holly Wren Spaulding is the author of If August (Alice Greene & Co., 2017) and two chapbooks of poetry, Pilgrim and The Grass Impossibly. Her poems, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, The Ecologist, and in the book We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism (Verso, 2003).
Holly is especially interested in exploring the intersection of poetry, visual arts and performance, and is currently collaborating with artist William Muller, of Big Wheel Press, on an installation of letterpress poetry entitled Lost Lexicons. Holly has been awarded residencies at The Mesa Refuge, Blue Mountain Center, The Millay Colony for the Arts, The Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art & Science, and the Leelanau Cultural Center, where she is the 2017 Ann Hall Artist in Residence.
She teaches creative writing and manuscript workshops for Interlochen College of Creative Arts (Michigan) and Poetry Forge (Massachusetts).
Daniel Slager is the Publisher & CEO of Milkweed Editions. Prior to joining Milkweed as Editor-in-Chief in 2005, he was an editor at Harcourt Trade Publishers in New York. Prior to joining Harcourt, where he worked alongside Drenka Willen and her esteemed list of authors that included Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, and four Nobel laureates: Günter Grass, José Saramago, Wislawa Szymborska, and Octavio Paz), he was the Associate Editor of Grand Street, a leading quarterly magazine of literature and fine arts.
Slager is also a widely published translator from the German. His translations of texts by writers such as Marcel Beyer, Durs Grünbein, Felicitas Hoppe, Dorothea Dieckmann, and Terézia Mora have marked these authors’ first publication in the United States. His most recent book-length translation was Auguste Rodin by Rainer Maria Rilke, which was published by Archipelago Press in 2004, and awarded the American Translator Association’s Ungar Prize in 2005.
Slager serves on the Boards of Directors for the Ledig House International Writers’ Colony, Motionpoems, and Open Book, as well as on the Advisory Board for Archipelago Books, an independent publishing house in New York.
Brad Watson is the author of two collections of stories and the novel The Heaven of Mercury, which was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award. His fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Granta, Ecotone, Electric Literature, and the Idaho Review, among other publications. He teaches at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.
Writer and fly-fishing guide Callan Wink is the author of the debut story collection Dog Run Moon, published last year. The book garnered the appreciation not only of reviewers, but also of some of Wink’s most well-loved progenitors in writing about life in the American West – Tom McGuane, Joy Williams, and Jim Harrison, among others – and has been shortlisted for the prestigious International Dylan Thomas Prize as well as named honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway award.
In November 2015, Wink’s novella In Hindsight launched the new online-only feature, New Yorker Novella, in which the magazine publishes online a work of fiction that – in the words of fiction editor Deborah Treisman – “we weren’t able to fit into print but couldn’t imagine letting go of.” Wink is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship and a Stegner fellowship at Stanford University. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Playboy, Men’s Journal, and The Best American Short Stories, among others. A native of Michigan, he lives now in Livingston, Montana.
Julie Stevenson is a literary agent with Massie & McQuilkin, a premiere boutique agency in New York, which represents some of the most noted writers in American publishing. She represents literary and upmarket fiction, suspense and thrillers, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and young adult fiction. She is drawn to storytelling with unforgettable characters, an authorial command of voice, and a strong sense of narrative tension. She loves outsiders, weirdos, and innovators. She looks for work that both entertains and explores the depths of human experience, particularly the many facets of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and regional backgrounds.
She’s agented books that have won the Pulitzer Prize, the MWA Edgar Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor. Before she became an agent, Julie worked in the editorial departments of Tin House and Publishers Weekly. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.