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. In 2021, Spruce Books of Penguin Random House published Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire, a book she co-authored with Jessica Jacobs, with whom she co-founded the SunJune Literary Collaborative. 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.

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, a recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize, a winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, and the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She was the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Clark is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.

She holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and a BA from Tennessee State University where she studied Africana and Women's studies. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry Magazine, The Washington Post, Tin House Online, Kenyon Review, BuzzFeed News, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, and elsewhere. She is the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College. She is currently traveling under the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship. Her next two books (Scorched Earth, a poetry collection, and Begging to be Saved, a memoir) are forthcoming with Atria/ 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's debut novel, Fire Sermon, published in 2018. Selected as one of the Top Seven Novels of 2018 by The Economist, and named a Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, Bloomberg, and the Times Literary Supplement, Fire Sermon was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Book, Indie Next pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. Quatro's story collection, I Want to Show you More, was a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, and was chosen as a favorite book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the New York Times and James Wood in The New Yorker. The collection was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award, the Townsend Fiction Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize. Grove Press will publish Quatro’s new novel, Two-Step Devil, in September 2024, followed by her story collection, Next Time I’ll Be Louder, in 2025. A contributing editor at Oxford American, her recent work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, VQR, AGNI, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. Quatro is the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo 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.