Our Spring 19 Guest Faculty

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Our Spring residency kicks off on June 7th at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage…and folks, it’s going to be incredible! We’ve lined up some of the most talented writers, producers, agents, editors, publishers, educators, and actors to serve as our guest faculty for the week. If you’re a prospective applicant and are interested in sitting for the day, please feel free to contact us at palmdesertmfa@ucr.edu.

Julie M. Albright, PhD, is a sociologist specializing in digital culture and communications. She is a lecturer in the Applied Psychology and Engineering Departments at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Albright’s research has focused on the growing intersection of technology and social/behavioral systems. She was the co-principal investigator and project lead for the behavioral component of a $121 million smart-grid demonstration project with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the USC Information Sciences Institute, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and UCLA, which was funded by the US Department of Energy. She has also been a research associate with eHarmony. In addition, Dr. Albright has served as a peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, and a variety of professional publications. The author of a number of book chapters and multiple peer-reviewed articles, she has also given talks for major data-center and energy conferences , including SAP for Utilities, IBM Global , DatacenterDynamics, and the Department of Defense. She has appeared as an expert in such national media as the Today show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, NPR, and many others.

Stacy Bodus holds an MFA from the Low Residency MFA at UCR and is a professor at SDSU-Imperial Valley, where she is also the Liberal Studies Coordinator. In addition, she teaches creative writing at Calipatria State Prison, an all-male facility in the Imperial Valley. Her journalism regularly appears in the Imperial Valley Press.

JoAnn Chaney is a graduate of UC Riverside’s Low Residency MFA program. She lives in Colorado with her family. She is the author of What You Don’t Know, which was longlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association’s John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award and was one of BookRiot’s Best Mysteries of the Year, and As Long As We Both Shall Live, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, named One of the Best Winter Thrillers from The New York Times Book Review, a CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019, and hailed by People as “deliciously demented.”

Steve Conrad is the Executive Producer and director of Patriot on Amazon and Perpetual Grace Ltd. on Epix. Previously, he wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,

Natashia Deon is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel, Grace (Counterpoint Press)—which was awarded the 2017 First Novel Prize by the American Library Association’s Black Caucus (BCALA). The novel was named a Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016, a New York Times Top Book 2016, a Book Riot Favorite Book of 2016, The Root Best Book of 2016, and Entropy Magazine Best Book of 2016. Author Caroline Leavitt describes Grace as “exploring a teeming, post-Civil War world where the emancipation of slaves can be anything but freedom.”, and the Kirkus starred review praised it thus: “[T]his is a brave story, necessary and poignant; it is a story that demands to be heard. This is the violent, terrifying world of the antebellum South, where African-American women were prey and their babies sold like livestock. This is the story of mothers and daughters—of violence, absence, love, and legacies.” In the novel, Naomi, the narrator — the specter of a dead slave — watches over her child as she grows amid the turmoil surrounding the Civil War. At one point, Naomi’s ghostly presence is felt in the land of the living, where a character says to the wraith, “There’s no justice. Only grace.” (LA Times). A UCLA creative writing professor, mother of two, Deón is creator of two popular L.A.-based reading series: Dirty Laundry Lit, a non-profit that focuses on introducing people to literature, and The Table. In 2017, she was a US Delegate to Armenia as part of the U.S. Embassy’s reconciliation project between Turkey and Armenia, in partnership with the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. A practicing attorney and law professor, Deón speaks to and for an abolition of the prison industrial complex—what she terms warehouses of people—through the reduction of prisons and penalties for crime. She is for rehabilitation — “real rehabilitation” — especially for those serving life sentences or have been sentenced to death. Her primary focus is drug offense sentencing reduction and rights restoration. Deón says, “My work is not primarily legislative or policy driven. My function as a lawyer is boots on the ground.” She birthed a 501c3 non-profit called REDEEMED the focus of which is to create a hub of services and relief for those who have been incarcerated or have been convicted of crimes. In 2018, Deón created the Drunk Girls Bible Study podcast, promoted as “A real talk Christian podcast about the Word. (And we’ll try not to say bad words).” Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, and has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Prague’s Creative Writing Program, Dickinson House in Belgium, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, LA Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, Rattling Wall and other places.

Adam Deutsch is the Editor & Publisher of Cooper Dillon Books, a poetry press. He’s published poets like Jill Alexander Essbaum, Linda Dove, Clay Matthews, the late William Matthews, and more. He lives in San Diego, where he teaches college composition and writing, and has work recently or forthcoming in Arsenic Lobster, Thrush, Spinning Jenny, Ping Pong, and Typo. His latest book of poetry, Carry On, is out now.

Rae Dubow is the director of Talking Out Loud. She believes that everyone can be trained to communicate more effectively. Using techniques that she has taught for many years, she has a developed a system for public speaking that will help you create a dialogue with your audience. A former actress, Rae received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has coached and directed actors since the late 1990s and has worked with many writers on their public presentations. She has taught in private schools, and at universities including the University of California, Riverside, where she is regular guest faculty.

Kendra Elliot’s 24 books have sold millions of copies, hit the Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller list countless times, and have earned three Daphne du Maurier awards. Her 2017 release, A MERCIFUL DEATH, was a #1 Amazon overall bestseller and has been optioned for TV by Warner Brothers Television and Ellen Degeneres’s A Very Good Production. She is an International Thriller Writers’ finalist and a Romantic Times finalist. She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her family, three cats, and two Pomeranians. She’s always been fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and can’t wait to wear flip flops every day. Her latest book, A Merciful Promise, has just been released.

Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico to parents from the state of Michoacán and raised in suburban Los Angeles. In high school and afterwards, he worked a series of retail jobs, selling everything from eggs and milk to used appliances, custom furniture, rock T-shirts, and body jewelry. After graduating from the University of California-Riverside, he went on to earn an MFA from UC-Irvine’s Program in Writing. His first novel, Still Water Saints, was published by Random House in 2007 and was named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. The book was released simultaneously in Spanish, under the title Los santos de Agua Mansa, California, translated by Lilliana Valenzuela. His second novel, The Five Acts of Diego León, was also published by Random House in March 2013. Alex’s fiction has appeared in several anthologies and journals, including Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California’s Inland Empire, The Southern California Review, Flaunt, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. His essays have been published at Salon.com, in the New York Times Magazine, in The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity, in The Los Angeles Review of Books, and as part of the historic Chicano Chapbook Series. He has also reviewed books for the LA Times, the American Book Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and NPR. His awards include a 2009 Margaret Bridgeman Fellowship in Fiction to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a 2014 Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2014 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for The Five Acts of Diego León. An active participant in Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Workshop and the Community of Writers, Alex serves on the board of California Humanities, a statewide non-profit whose aim is “to connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.” Alex is also deeply involved with the Puente Project, a program designed to help first-generation community college students make a successful transition to a university. A Puente student himself, he has since served as a Puente mentor and often visits Puente classes to talk with students and teachers about writing, literature, and the opportunities he gained through education. His newest book, Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime, is forthcoming from The Unnamed Press in June, 2019. Beginning in July, he will be the Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at UC Riverside.

Don Handfield is the co-creator of History Channel’s drama series Knightfall and produced The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, and Kill The Messenger, starring two-time Academy-Award nominated actor Jeremy Renner. Don also wrote and directed the Saturn Award-winning film Touchback starring Kurt Russell and Christine Lahti. He has co-created three comic series, including The Rift, which was produced by Steven Spielberg/Amblin Entertainment as an episode for the upcoming Apple reboot of Amazing Stories. His second series, The Mall, was optioned by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) for development into a TV show. Don was named one of the top new faces of independent film by Filmmaker Magazine and has written screenplays or produced films for Warner Brothers, Sony, DreamWorks, Paramount and Lionsgate, among others.

Rachel Kann is a modern-day mystic: irreverently reverent and exuberantly human. She’s a Write Club Los Angeles champ and resident writer for Hevria. Her poetry has been featured on Morning Becomes Eclectic on NPR and as The Weather on the podcast phenomenon, Welcome to Night Vale. Her poetry and short story collection, 10 For Everything, is available from Orange Ocean Press. Her writing (poetry and fiction) also appears in journals such as Eclipse,Permafrost, Coe Review, Sou’wester, GW Review, Quiddity, and Lalitamba. You can find her work in anthologies including A Poet’s Haggadah, Word Warriors from Seal Press, His Rib from Penmanship Press, and Knocking at the Door from Birch Bench Press. Her work has received accolades from the James Kirkwood Fiction Awards (short story), Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Awards (micro-fiction), LA Weekly Awards (best supporting actress) Backstage West Garland Awards Critic’s Picks (best supporting actress) and both the audio and video award for the International Slam Idol (poetry). Rachel was invited to perform her poetry at TEDx UCLA and in Flight 18 (where she was the DJ and Dance Captain at 3LD Technology in New York City. Rachel Kann’s latest poetry collection, How to Bless the New Moon, is forthcoming from Ben Yehuda Press (Fall 2019.) She is a 2019 Bruce Geller Memorial WORD Grant Recipient for her poetry film, “The Quickening” and a 2019 Inquiry Fellow through American Jewish University’s Institute for Jewish Creativity. She’s a resident writer for Hevria, where she’s also featured as a performing artist on The Hevria Sessions. She was the 2017 Outstanding Instructor of the Year at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Stefanie Leder is the Supervising Producer of No Good Nick on Netflix and previously was the co-producer of Faking It on MTV, the story editor of Melissa & Joey, a staff writer on Men at Work, Victorious, and 10 Things I Hate About You, and has sold a number of pilots.

Melinda Leigh is a Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author and a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book. The process was much more fun than analyzing financial statements, and she decided to turn her hobby into a career. Her debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Since then, she has garnered numerous publisher awards, including two Silver Falchions and three Golden Leaf Awards. She is a two-time RITA® Award Finalist and has earned three Daphne du Maurier Award nominations. Melinda’s books have sold over 6.5 million copies. She holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate. She’s dabbled in Arnis stick fighting, studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taught women’s self-defense. She lives near the beach with her family and a small herd of spoiled rescue pets. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination.

Edan Lepucki is the author of the novella If You’re Not Yet Like Me and the novels California and Woman No. 17. California debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and was a #1 bestseller on the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestsellers lists. California was a fall 2014 selection of Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program. Edan and Stephen Colbert are now besties. Woman No. 17 received rave reviews from the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications, and was #3 on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List. People Magazine’s books editor Kim Hubbard selected Woman No. 17 for the Book of the Month Club. It was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, PopSugar, and The Maine Edge. Edan created the popular Instagram Mothers Before, and she will edit a book inspired by the project, to be published by Abrams Press in 2020. She is the co-host, with fellow writer Amelia Morris, of the podcast Mom Rage. Edan is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Esquire, Narrative Magazine, The New York Times, The Cut, and McSweeney’s, among others. The Los Angeles Times named her a Face to Watch for 2014. She is contributing editor to The Millions and the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. She is the co-host, with Amelia Morris, of the podcast Mom Rage.

Brian Lipson is a partner in the Los Angeles based literary management company Intellectual Property Group (IPG). Brian specializes in selling the motion picture/television rights of literary material. For 15 years he has represented such notable authors as Stephen E. Ambrose, Jared Diamond, Eric Garcia, Joe Lansdale, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Rex Pickett and Mark Haskell Smith. Brian also represents the literary estates of Mark Twain and Jim Thompson. Some of the motion picture and television projects he sold include Band of Brothers, Boardwalk Empire, Ike: Countdown to D-Day, Sideways, Matchstick Men, Repo Men, Pain & Gain and The Departed. Additionally, Brian also markets non-fiction books to publishers. Some of the authors he has sold books for include Stephen Ambrose, Hugh Ambrose, the Osbournes, Alexandra Pelosi, Amber Tamblyn, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sharon Rocha (Laci Peterson’s mother), Scout Productions (the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Aisha Tyler, Bob Newhart, Burt Bacharach and Roger Ebert. Prior to joining IPG, Brian ran the book division at Endeavor from 1999 until the merger with the William Morris Agency in 2009. Before Endeavor, Brian was an agent and assistant at the Renaissance Agency, where he trained under his current partner, Joel Gotler.

Sara Marchant received her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. Her work has been published by The Manifest Station, Every Writer’s Resource, Full Grown People, Brilliant Flash Fiction, The Coachella Review, Writers Resist, East Jasmine Review, ROAR, and Desert Magazine. Her work has been anthologized in All the Women in My Family Sing, and by Running Wild Press. Her novella, The Driveway Has Two Sides, was published by Fairlight Books. Her memoir, Proof of Loss, was published by Otis Books. Long ago and far away, she worked at The San Diego Natural History Museum in their Bi-national Education Department utilizing her BA in Latin American History. In her spare time she teaches Critical Thinking and Writing at Mt. San Jacinto College to the new generation that she hopes will someday save our society from its nihilistic impulses. She lives in the high desert of Southern California with her husband, two dogs, two horses, a goat, and five chickens. Sara is a founding editor of Writers Resist. Follow her on Instagram @the_sara_marchant

Leon Martell is an educator, writer, actor, director and co-founder of the Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater. This production troupe has performed live on stages across the country, National Public Radio, PBS and FOX Network. As a writer, he has written numerous award-winning plays, including Hoss Drawin, STEEL – John Henry and the Shaker and Bea[u]tiful in the Extreme. He has also written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series and for the Summer Sounds Series at the Hollywood Bowl. As an actor, Leon has worked with numerous renowned actors in both American and Italian films. As a director, Leon’s eclectic work ranges from new plays to new opera. With Overtone Industries, Leon directed, String of Pearls, in concert at Carnegie Hall and the magic extravaganza, Steve Wyrick: Magic to the Extreme, for the Sahara casino in Las Vegas. He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and teaches creative writing at the Writers’ Program at UCLA, where he was named Outstanding Instructor of the Year.

Michael Scott Moore is a journalist and a novelist, author of a comic novel about L.A., Too Much of Nothing, as well as a travel book about surfing, Sweetness and Blood, which was named a best book of 2010 by The Economist. He’s won Fulbright, Logan, and Pulitzer Center grants for his nonfiction; Yaddo and MacDowell Colony fellowships for his fiction. He grew up in California, but worked for several years as an editor and writer at Spiegel Online International in Berlin. Mr. Moore was kidnapped in early 2012 on a reporting trip to Somalia and held hostage by pirates for 32 months. The Desert and the Sea, a memoir about that ordeal, is out now from HarperCollins. He’s covered the European migration crisis for Businessweek, and politics, travel, and literature for The Atlantic, Der Spiegel, The New Republic, Pacific Standard, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Daily Beast, and The L.A. Review of Books.

Bonnie Nadell is the president of the Hill Nadell Literary Agency in Los Angeles. Her nonfiction books include works on current affairs and food as well as memoirs and other narrative nonfiction. In fiction, she represents thrillers along with upmarket women’s and literary fiction. Nadell has taught or spoken at a number of universities and writer’s conferences, including the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, the LA Times Festival of Books, the Mayborn Conference on Literary Nonfiction, Tin House at Reed College, Antioch University, UCLA, USC’s Masters of Professional Writing Program, and the UC Riverside MFA program in Creative Writing. Her agency’s clients include David Foster Wallace, Richard North Patterson, Natashia Deon, Maggie Downs, Evan Wright, David Ulin, Barbara Boxer, and many more.

Dan Smetanka is the Editor-in-Chief of Counterpoint Press. He has worked in the publishing industry for 25 years. As an executive editor at Ballantine/Random House Inc., he acquired award-winning books including The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner, Down to the Soundless Sea by Thomas Steinbeck, and Among the Missing by Dan Chaon, a 2001 finalist for the National Book Award. At Counterpoint, he acquires both fiction and nonfiction, and his projects include works by Dana Johnson, Abby Geni, Tod Goldberg, Natashia Deón, Jared Yates Sexton, Cristina Garcia, Joan Silber, and Karen E. Bender, Gina Frangello, Elizabeth Crane, Wally Lamb, Maggie Downs and many more. His books have won or have been the finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the NAACP Image Award, the Story Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Hammett Prize, the Dublin IMPAC, and countless others.

Kurtwood Smith is an acclaimed television and film actor, most noted for spending eight seasons as the the widely popular Red Foreman on That 70’s Show and playing the memorable Clarence Boddicker in Robocop. He currently stars in the Epix series Perpetual Grace, Ltd. and most recently seen as a regular on Amazon’s Patriot and ABC’s Resurrection. Notable television appearances include long-recurring arcs on Agent Carter and 24, and lead guest roles in Medium, House, X-Files, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Star Trek: Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and Picket Fences. Kurtwood was also nominated for a Cable Ace Award for Best Supporting Actor for the mini-series Nightmare Years. Besides Robocop, Smith has been featured in such successful films as the Academy Award Winning Dead Poet’s Society and Girl, Interrupted, as well as Cedar Rapids, Hitchcock, Deep Impact, Citizen Ruth, A Time to Kill, Broken Arrow, To Die For, Fortress, The Crush, Boxing Helena, and True Believer. Smith starred in the Oscar nominated short film 12:01 P.M. about a man caught in a time warp. Smith holds a MFA in drama from Stanford University. Theater credits include South Coast Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film, Los Angeles Actors Theatre, California Actors Theatre, and California Shakespeare Festival and is currently an ensemble member of the classical theater company, Antaeus Theatre Company. Kurtwood resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Joan. He is a proud father and grandfather of two children and two grandchildren.

Olivia Taylor Smith is the Executive Editor of Unnamed Press. Her acclaimed authors include Gallagher Lawson, Debbie Graber, Cate Dicharry, Meghan Tifft, David Ulin, Alex Espinoza, and many others.

Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. His reviews, essays, and interviews have been published in VQR, Zocalo, The Believer, Lit Hub, The Daily Beast, and many other publications. A former board member of the National Book Critics Circle, and past book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, he lives with his wife and son in San Francisco.

Lilliana Winkworth is a proud alum of the Palm Desert program where she received her MFA in Screenwriting. She is a current member of The Second City’s National Touring Company, performing on the Mainstage in Chicago and travelling to any town that needs a laugh. She is the co-creator of the web series Kill Me and is part of the comedy sketch writing duo Todd’s Friend Todd, creating original content for the iO Comedy Network. Lilliana has studied improvisation and sketch comedy at The Second City (Chicago, LA), iO Theater (Chicago), and The Groundlings Theater (LA).

Kimi Yoshino is the Senior Deputy Managing Editor of the Los Angeles Times. As Los Angeles Times senior deputy managing editor, Kimi Yoshino oversees sports, business, arts, entertainment and lifestyle coverage. Yoshino served as Business editor for four years, following a distinguished turn as an assistant editor in Metro. Prior to becoming an editor, she was a reporter for the Metro and Business sections, and did two rotations reporting from Baghdad. Yoshino was one of the primary editors helping guide the paper’s investigation into corruption in the city of Bell, which won the Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service in 2011. Under her tenure as Business editor, the section twice received top general excellence honors from the Society of Business Editors and Writers. Before joining The Times in 2000, Yoshino worked as a reporter at the Stockton Record and Fresno Bee. She grew up in Modesto and attended the University of California at Davis.

Matthew Zapruder is Writer-in-Residence. He was born in Washington, DC. in 1967. He earned a BA in Russian literature at Amherst College, an MA in Slavic languages and literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in poetry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied with Dara Wier, James Tate, and Agha Shahid Ali. Zapruder is the author most recently of Sun Bear, Copper Canyon, 2014, and Why Poetry, a book of prose about poetry, Ecco/Harper Collins, 2017. An Associate Professor in the MFA at Saint Mary’s College of California, he is also editor at large at Wave Books, and from 2016-7 held the annually rotating position of Editor of the Poetry Column for the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Oakland, California. He also plays lead guitar in the rock band The Figments, a Western Massachusetts based band led by songwriter Thane Thomsen. Zapruder’s other collections of poetry include Come On All You Ghosts (2010), The Pajamaist (2006), and American Linden (2002). He collaborated with painter Chris Uphues on For You in Full Bloom (2009) and co-translated, with historian Radu Ioanid, Romanian poet Eugen Jebeleanu’s last collection, Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems (Coffee House, 2008). Come on All You Ghosts was selected as one of the year’s top 5 poetry books by Publishers Weekly, the 2010 Booklist Editors’ Choice for poetry, the 2010 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association poetry book of the year, and as one of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2011. His second collection, The Pajamaist, was selected by Tony Hoagland as the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and was chosen by Library Journal as one of the top ten poetry volumes of 2006. His first book, American Linden, was the winner of the Tupelo Press Editors Prize, and was published by Tupelo in 2002. German and Slovenian language editions of his poems have been published by Luxbooks and Serpa Editions; in 2009, Luxbooks also published a separate German language graphic novel version of the poem “The Pajamaist.” A collaborative book with painter Chris Uphues, For You in Full Bloom, was published by Pilot Press in 2009. His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including Open City, Bomb, Slate, American Poetry Review, Poetry, Tin House, Harvard Review, Paris Review, The New Republic, The Boston Review, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Real Simple, and The Los Angeles Times. His work has also appeared in many anthologies, including Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll; Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century; Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything; and Best American Poetry 2009, 2013, and 2017. His awards include a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship in Marfa, TX, and the May Sarton prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has taught at New York University, The New School, the University of Houston, and at the University of California at Berkeley as the 2010 Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry. With Brian Henry, Zapruder co-founded Verse Press, which later became Wave Books. As an editor for Wave Books, Zapruder co-edited, with Joshua Beckman, the political poetry anthology State of the Union: 50 Political Poems (2008). He was the editor of Tyehimba Jess’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning volume of poetry, Olio. His next book, Father’s Day, will be out this fall.

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