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MFA Visiting Writers

Rick Moody

Rick Moody received an MFA from Columbia University. His first novel, Garden State, was the winner of the 1991 Editor’s Choice Award from the Pushcart Press and was published in 1992. The Ice Storm was published in May 1994 by Little, Brown and Company. A film version, directed by Ang Lee, was released by Fox Searchlight in 1997, and won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. Little, Brown and Company also published a collection of short fiction, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven in August 1995. An anthology, edited with Darcey Steinke, Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited, also appeared in November 1997. In 1998, Moody received the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2000, he received a Guggenheim fellowship. In May of 2002, Little, Brown and Company issued The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions, which was a winner of the NAMI/Ken Book Award, and the PEN Martha Albrand prize for excellence in the memoir. His novel The Diviners appeared in 2005, and won the Mary Shelley Award from the Media Ecology Association. His most recent novel Hotels of North America was published in 2015. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Annie DeWitt

Annie DeWitt is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Her writing has appeared in GrantaTin House, The Believer, Guernica, Esquire, BOMB, Electric Literature, Bookforum, NOON, The LA Review of Books, The Iowa Review, The American Reader, art+culture, Poets and Writers, and The Faster Times, among others. Annie holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia School of the Arts, where she now teaches. Her story “Influence” was recently anthologized in Short: An International Anthology, edited by Alan Ziegler, and distributed by Norton in March 2014. Annie was the cofounding editor of Gigantic, a literary journal of short prose and art carried throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her debut novel WHITE NIGHTS IN SPLIT TOWN CITY, published by Tyrant Books in summer 2016, made The New York Times Book Review’s Short List and has received accolades from BookForum, Interview Magazine, and Publishers Weekly, among many others.

Her debut story collection in progress CLOSEST WITHOUT GOING OVER was shortlisted for the Mary McCarthy Prize. The title story will be the feature piece in the Iowa Review’s winter 2017 issue. DeWitt pens an occasional nonfiction column about art, literature, film, and criticism for The Believer, called “Various Paradigms.” She was recently a recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship.

S for Sentence

Poets think in lines, prose writers in sentences; the best of both work from sound to sense, with an ear for the music in their compositions. S for Sentence celebrates lyricism in prose, the play and craft at work in the artful sentence. We post a sentence from a piece of literature, accompanied by comments from one of our visiting writers on the craft that shapes it, on what makes it great.