OUR FACULTY have included Pulitzer and National Book Award finalists, an editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, a winner of three National Magazine Awards, and the only American named a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Some live right here in Sewanee; others visit us from as far away as the University of Zurich, as well as Vanderbilt, Boston University, CUNY, The University of CIncinnati, Syracuse, and other campuses, bringing with them lifetimes worth of experience as writers, scholars, and teachers. They teach classes on Faulkner, Dante, and Shakespeare; on African American Literature, Modern Poetry and the Environment, Southern Literature, and the Bible. They teach Latin American and Russian Literature in translation. To make sure our students get the most out of these classroom encounters, we keep our numbers low; around 12 people in a class or workshop, with about 100 in the program as a whole.
The makeup of faculty changes a bit each summer, with our veterans rotating in and out and some new faces appearing every June. It's our way of providing, within the scope of a small program, something of the breadth and depth of a large one. Over the course of their studies our students will get to know many distinguished teachers and hear many voices.
Daniel Anderson’s work has appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, Harper’s, The New Republic, and Best American Poetry, among other places. He is the author of two poetry collections, Drunk in Sunlight and January Rain, and the editor of The Selected Poems of Howard Nemerov. His honors include a Pushcart Prize as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bogliasco Foundation. Educated at the University of Cincinnatti and The Johns Hopkins University, he is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Oregon. Photo: Miriam Berkeley
Ann Jennalie Cook is the author of The Privileged Playgoers of Shakespeare’s London, 1576-1642, and Making a Match: Courtship in Shakespeare and His Society, both published by Princeton University Press. She has served as an officer of the International Shakespeare Association, on the Board of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and—from 1975 until 1987—as Executive Director of the Shakespeare Association of America. Her work has been supported by fellowships from both the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. Recently she was named a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the only American to hold this honor. She taught for more than twenty years at Vanderbilt University.
Michael Griffith's books are Trophy, Bibliophilia: A Novella and Stories and Spikes: A Novel; his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in New England Review, Salmagundi, Oxford American, Southwest Review, Five Points, Virginia Quarterly Review, Golf World, and The Washington Post, among other periodicals. His work has been honored by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Humanities Center, the Taft Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Michael Griffith was educated at Princeton and Louisiana State University. Formerly Associate Editor of the Southern Review, he is now Associate Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati and Editor of Yellow Shoe Fiction, an original-fiction series from LSU Press.
Adrianne Harun’s first collection of stories, The King of Limbo, was a Sewanee Writers' Series Selection and a Washington State Book Award finalist. Her novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in a Mountain, will be published in early 2014 by Viking/Penguin. Adrianne’s stories have been widely published in such periodicals as Story, Narrative Magazine, The Sun, Colorado Review, the Chicago Tribune (as a Nelson Algren award winner), and the Ontario Review (as a Cooper Prize finalist), and have been listed as Notable in both Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Short Stories. She studied Art History at Sarah Lawrence College and English Literature at Drew University and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. A longtime resident of Port Townsend on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, Adrianne Harun has worked as an editor for many years and currently teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshops, an MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.
Jennifer Lewin is a remarkably versatile young scholar whose interests range from the Bible to Modern Poetry. Her essays and reviews, on topics as diverse as Spenser, Milton, Shakespeare, Eighteenth-Century poetry and Twentieth-Century New Criticism, have appeared in Modern Philology, Shakespeare Studies, the Boston Review, Blackwell's Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English, and Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same, a collection of essays in honor of John Hollander which she also edited. She has articles forthcoming in the Shakespeare Encyclopedia, and her poetry has appeared in Raritan. Educated at Brandeis and Yale, Jenn Lewin taught at both those institutions, the Harvard summer school, Boston Univeristy and the University of Kentucky before taking up her current post as Assistant Professor of English here at Sewanee.
Charles Martin is equally accomplished as an original poet and as a student and translator of Latin verse. His works in the former category include Room for Error (1978), Steal the Bacon (1987), and What the Darkness Proposes (1996), and in the latter, both a translation of The Poems of Catullus (1995) and a critical study of that poet. In 2002 his Starting from Sleep: New and Selected Poems (2002) was a finalist for the Lemore Marshall Prize from the American Academy of Poets, and in 2004 his translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses won that organization's Harold Morton Landon Award for translation. In 2005, the American Academy of Arts and Letters honored him with the coveted Award for Literature. His most recent books are Signs & Wonders, a new collection of poems, and a collaborative translation (with Gavin Flood) of the Bhagavad Gita.Charles Martin received his degrees from Fordham and the SUNY at Buffalo and has taught at the City University of New York and Syracuse University. Photo: Buck Butler.
Christopher M. McDonough is Associate Professor of Classical Languages at the University of the South, where he has chaired both the Classics Department and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. Before coming to Sewanee in 2002, he taught at Boston College, Princeton University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He co-authored an annotated translation of Serevius' Commentary on Aeneid Book Four, published in 2003. His scholarly articles have appeared in American Journal of Philology, Mnemosyne, Classical Quarterly, and other journals, and his book reviews in The Weekly Standard and The Sewanee Review. His innovative teaching of the classics has been profiled in The Boston Globe and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Chris McDonough received his BA from Tufts University and his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can find Chris' musings classical and not-so-classical at http://uncomelyandbroken.wordpress.com/
Allen Reddick is the author of The Making of Johnson’s Dictionary, 1746-1773 (1996) and the editor of Johnson's Unpublished Revisions of his Dictionary: A Facsimile Edition with Commentary and Analysis (2005), both published by Cambridge University Press, as well as articles concerning English literature from the 17th through the 18th century. A graduate of Sewanee, he earned his M.A. from Cambridge, his Ph.D. from Columbia, and began his teaching career in 1985 at Harvard, where he served as Assistant, then Associate, Professor of English. In 1993 he took up his current post as professor of English literature at the University of Zurich.
His scholarly work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the British Academy, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the American Society for 18th-Century Studies, among others. He is currently tracing the vast book distribution activities of the 18th-century radical, Thomas Hollis. Last year, he was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London for his work on the library of Carl Linnaeus.
Neil Shea is a veteran journalist whose work—published in such venues as The Providence Journal, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor, and The American Scholar—literally spans the globe, often covering military or environmental issues. Shea has been embedded with US troops in Iraq and interviewed a Taliban commander in Afghanistan; he has explored Mexico’s crystal cave, visited Madagascar’s remote stone forest, and reported on shrinking sea ice in the Arctic sea. An editor-at-large for the Virginia Quarterly Review and a former staff writer for National Geographic, Shea has been honored with gold and silver Lowell Thomas Awards for stories on Ethiopia and Cuba, and has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award and the Overseas Press Club Award. Shea has taught courses in journalism and nonfiction writing at Boston University and at Furman University. To learn more about Neil Shea’s intrepid reporting, visit http://neilshea.net/.
Lauryl Tucker is Assistant Professor of English at the University of the South, where she teaches classes on modern literature. Her scholarly interests range from Virginia Woolf and T. S. Eliot to C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers; her essays have appeared in such journals as Literature Interpretation Theory, Twentieth-Century Literature, and The Sewanee Theological Review. At present she is hard at work on a book about humor and gender in the work of such poets as Louise Bennett, Stevie Smith, and Carol Ann Duffy. A graduate of Sewanee, Lauryl Tucker earned her MA and PhD at the University of Virginia.