Meet our Faculty



Emily Adrian

Emily Adrian is the author of the novels Everything Here Is Under Control and The Second Season, a novel about a former women’s college basketball star who becomes the first female NBA announcer, which Kareem Abdul-Jabaar called “riveting, insightful, and touching.” Her memoir, Daughterhood, will be published by Autofocus Press in 2024. She is also the author of two critically acclaimed novels for young adults, Like It Never Happened and The Foreseeable Future. She has published short fiction in Granta, Joyland, and Epoch. Her journalism and criticism have appeared in Alta and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is a co-founder and senior editor at Great Place Books, where she also runs a popular series of seminars and workshops for writers of all ages. These range from open genre workshops to a seminar on the works of Alice Munro. A graduate of Portland State University, she lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


Nickole Brown

Nickole Brown received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, studied literature at Oxford University, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She worked at Sarabande Books for ten years. She’s the author of Sister, first published in 2007 with a new edition reissued in 2018. Her second book, Fanny Says (BOA Editions), won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry in 2015. Currently, she teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program and lives in Asheville, NC, where she volunteers at several different animal sanctuaries. Since 2016, she’s been writing about these animals, resisting the kind of pastorals that made her (and many of the working-class folks from the Kentucky that raised her) feel shut out of nature and the writing about it. To Those Who Were Our First Gods, a chapbook of these first nine poems, won the 2018 Rattle Prize, and her essay-in-poems, The Donkey Elegies, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020. She’s been returning to Sewanee to teach during the summer since 2013. She's also a fellow of the Black Earth Institute and is the President of the Hellbender Gathering of Poets, an annual environmental literary festival set to launch in Black Mountain, NC, in October of 2025.

Ryan Chapman

Ryan’s most recent novel, The Audacity, published in April 2024 and received praise from Vanity Fair, BOMB, Town & Country, The Millions, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. He is also the author of Riots I Have Known (Simon & Schuster), which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and named a best book of 2019 by Electric Literature and The Marshall Project. NPR praised it as "one of the smartest—and best—novels of the year," and The Washington Post called it "a compact cluster bomb of satire that kills widely and indiscriminately." He's published criticism and short humor pieces at The New YorkerThe GuardianGQBookforumBOMB, McSweeney’s, the Sewanee Review, and The Believer, and interviewed writers and visual artists for GuernicaEsquireFrieze, and elsewhere. He's held residencies at Vermont Studio Center, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the James Merrill House. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, he currently lives in Kingston, New York.


Tiana Clark

Tiana Clark is the author of the poetry collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Clark is a winner for the 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award (Claremont Graduate University), a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of the 2021-2022 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship and 2019 Pushcart Prize. Clark is the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. She is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Clark is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (M.F.A) and Tennessee State University (B.A.) where she studied Africana and Women's studies. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House Online, Kenyon Review, BuzzFeed News, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, The Best American Poetry 2022, and elsewhere. She is the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College.

Her next poetry collection, Scorched Earth, will be published next year (March 2025). Clark is currently working on, Begging to be Saved, a memoir-in-essays reckoning with Black burnout, millennial divorce, faith, art making, and what lies on the other side of survival, which sold to Jenny Xu at Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster. 

Adam O'Fallon Price

Adam O’Fallon Price the author of two novels: The Grand Tour (Doubleday, 2016) and The Hotel Neversink (Tin House Books, 2019). The Hotel Neversink won the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. His short fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Granta, Harper’s, VICE, the Iowa Review, the Kenyon Review Online, LitHub, Joyland, and many others. He also writes essays and criticism, which appear in many places including Ploughshares, Electric Literature, Paris Review Daily, The Millions, where he is a staff writer, and many more. He maintains a substack on the writer William Trevor and the craft of fiction writing.

Price received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MFA from Cornell University in 2014. He teaches at Chapel Hill in the department of English and Comparative Literature. His research interests include the novel, narrative theory, and the English language. Of teaching he says, “My decade-plus experience publishing short stories and novels has provided me a perspective on what matters in fiction that directly affects my teaching. I strive to help students connect with what is most uniquely them in their work: the most idiosyncratic aspects of a writer's style and voice are often—perhaps surprisingly—the most commercial and marketable as well.”


Jamie Quatro

Jamie Quatro is the New York Times Notable author of I Want to Show You More, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, and Fire Sermon, a Book of the Year for the Economist, San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, Bloomberg, and the Times Literary Supplement. A new novel, Two-Step Devil, is forthcoming from Grove Press in September 2024, to be followed by a story collection, Next Time I’ll Be Louder.

Quatro’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper’s, the New York Review of Books, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Her stories are anthologized in the O.Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Ann Charters’ The Story and Its Writer (9th ed.), and the Norton Anthology Mix. A finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, she is the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Bread Loaf, and Maison Dora Maar in Ménerbes, France, where she will be in residence in the spring of 2025.

Quatro holds an MA in English from the College of William and Mary and an MFA in fiction from the Bennington College Writing Seminars. She teaches in the Sewanee School of Letters MFA program and lives with her family in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Meera Subramanian

Meera Subramanian is an award-winning independent journalist whose work has been published in national and international publications including the New York TimesThe New YorkerNatureVirginia Quarterly Review, and Orion, where she serves as a contributing editor. Her book A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka was short-listed for the 2016 Orion Book Award, and she is currently collaborating with illustrator Danica Novgorodoff on a YA nonfiction graphic novel about youth climate activists. She has explored the disappearance of India’s vultures, questioned the “Good Anthropocene,” sought out fragile shorelines, and investigated perceptions of climate change among conservative Americans. Her essays have been anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing (2022 and 2015), Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones that Haunt Us (Algonquin 2022), The World As We Knew It: Dispatches From a Changing Climate (Catapult 2022), and Solastalgia: An Anthology of Emotion in a Disappearing World (The University of Virginia Press 2023), as well as multiple editions of The Best Women’s Travel Writing. A National Geographic Explorer, she has also served as an MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow (2016-17), Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow (2013-14), and the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities at Princeton University (2019-2020). She earned an MA in Journalism from New York University and is currently a co-director of the Religion & Environment Story Project. She is based on a glacial moraine that belongs to the People of the Dawn, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, in what is now called Massachusetts.

Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor is the author of the memoir Riding with the Ghost, published by Random House in 2020. Lauren Groff said the memoir was "gorgeously layered and deeply felt." He is also the author of three books of fiction: the story collections Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever (2010), Flings (2014), and the novel The Gospel of Anarchy (2011). His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, BOMB, the Sewanee Review, and Bookforum, as well as many others. He is the co-author with Adam Wilson of the original screenplay Last Days of Basic Cable. His latest novel, Reboot, was published in April 2024. It received glowing reviews from Joshua Ferris in the New York Times.


Taylor received his BA from the University of Florida, and his MFA from The New School. He has taught writing at the graduate and undergraduate level in programs across the U.S., including Columbia University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Montana. He is the current director of the School of Letters. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife.