Poetry Track

Our poetry track continues to grow with craft-oriented workshops and talks, focused as always on enriching the writing of beginning and committed poets alike. Diving into fundamentals, pushing imagery to convey emotion effectively, discussing form and meter, and fine tuning a poem, even line by line, are integral to the poetic dialogue. The works-in-progress on Friday evening fosters this playfully serious engagement. We are proud of the attention that our poetry readers pay to the manuscripts they receive.

FACULTY

Jon Pineda

Jon Pineda

Poetry | Nonfiction | Fiction

Jon Pineda is the author of three poetry collections: Little Anodynes, winner of the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award, The Translator’s Diary, winner of the Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose, and Birthmark, winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. His memoir Sleep in Me was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and named a “Best Books of 2010” by Library Journal. His debut novel Apology won the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize. His second novel Let’s No One Get Hurt is due out in early 2018 with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Jon teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte and is on faculty at the University of Mary Washington. He lives in Virginia.

Bethany Schultz Hurst

Bethany Schultz Hurst

Poetry

Bethany Schultz Hurst is the author of Miss Lost Nation, winner of the Anhinga Poetry Prize and 2016 finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her work was selected by Sherman Alexie for Best American Poetry 2015 and has appeared in journals such as The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, Ploughshares, and Rattle. She’s the recent recipient of a literary fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and teaches creative writing at Idaho State University.

Laurie Kutchins

Laurie Kutchins

Poetry

Laurie Kutchins has published three books of poetry, as well as numerous lyric essays. Her book, The Night Path, published by BOA Editions, received the Isabella Gardner Award and was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Her poems and lyric essays have appeared in periodicals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Orion, Ploughshares, Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, and many others. Most recently, she’s completed a nonfiction memoir about the active imagination in the pilgrimage of healing. She teaches in the creative writing program at James Madison University in Virginia, and was a faculty member at the Taos Summer Writers Conference in its first ten years. Wyoming-born and raised, Laurie maintains her deep roots to Wyoming even when in the Shenandoah Valley.

Matt Daly

Matt Daly

Poetry

Matt Daly’s<./strong> poetry has been published in various journals including: Clerestory, The Cortland Review, High Desert Journal, and Pilgrimage. Matt also integrates his work into collaborations with literary, visual and performing artists as well as with organizations such as the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Jackson Hole Public Art, Center for the Arts, and Dancers’ Workshop. Matt received the 2015 Neltje Blanchan Award for writing inspired by the natural world and a 2013 creative writing fellowship in poetry from the Wyoming Arts Council. He teaches poetry-writing workshops in schools and communities in the West. He is also on the faculty of a week-long continuing medical education course offered by Harvard Medical School in Orvieto, Italy.

Susan Scarlata

Susan Scarlata

Poetry | Editor

Susan Scarlata has lived among the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, the fog of San Francisco, and now calls Jackson, Wyoming home. Throughout these shifts in her surroundings, Scarlata has been writing poetry and essays and teaching about them too. Scarlata’s book, It Might Turn Out We Are Real, is available from Horseless Press. She holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Denver and is the Editor of Lost Roads Press. Recent creative work and reviews can be found in the Tupelo Quarterly on the PEN America website, and is forthcoming in the anthology Certain Stars Shoot Madly.

Conference Note: New to our resident faculty this year, Susan will be critiquing.