We’re pleased to announce the appointments of three new faculty members in prose, screenwriting and poetry, respectively — Gina Frangello, Kevin Jones and Anthony McCann.
Gina Frangello is the author of three books — A Life In Men (to be released in 2014 from Algonquin), Slut Lullabies (a ForeWard Magazine Best Book of 2010), and My Sister’s Continent (named one of the Best Books of the Year by Las Vegas Weekly) — and edited the acclaimed anthology Falling Backward: Stories of Fathers and Daughters. In addition, Ms. Frangello has published dozens of stories, essays, and works of literary criticism – her work has appeared in such venues as the Chicago Tribune, Best of the Midwest, Prairie Schooner and others — which have resulted in her receiving several notable awards, including the Illinois Arts Council Literary Award in 2005 and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose in 2002. Ms. Frangello is also an esteemed editorial voice, notably as one of the founding editors and publishers of Other Voices Books, an award-winning literary press based out of Chicago, and, as well, serving as the Sunday editor of The Rumpus and as the literary editor of The Nervous Breakdown. Gina has been a regular faculty member in the MFA programs at both Northwestern and Columbia and has been a regular part of our guest residency faculty for many years.
Kevin Jones is currently a professor at the American Film Institute, where he serves as the Head of the Creative Mentors, and also is an active independent producer and screenwriter. Previously, Kevin served as Vice President of Paramount Pictures, where he supervised all aspects of film development (including, most notably, his role in bringing “Forrest Gump” to the big screen), Senior Vice President of Columbia Pictures, the President of XL Pictures, President of Concrete Entertainment and as an independent producer of several feature projects. Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in Drama & English from Dartmouth and, we are pleased to report, holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the Low Residency program at the University of California, Riverside.
Anthony McCann is the author of the poetry collections I Heart Your Fate, Moongarden and Father of Noise. In addition to these collections he is the author, along with Joshua Beckman and Matthew Rohrer, of Gentle Reader!, a collection of erasures of the English Romantics. His work has been translated into Slovene, French, Serbo-Croatian, Romanian, Lithuanian, Latvian, and Spanish. McCann is also a translator of poetry. He lives in Los Angeles where he works with Machine Project, an art and performance space and collaborative team of artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians. Anthony holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and currently teaches poetry and literature at the California Institute of the Arts as well..