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MFA Visiting Writers

Dan Bevacqua, Workshop

Dan Bevacqua received his MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His work has appeared in the New Orleans Review, Tweed's Magazine of Literature and Art, The New Inquiry, and Gigantic. He is the fiction editor at JERRY Magazine, and lives in Northampton, MA.

Doug Anderson, Craft

Poet Doug Anderson grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He served as a combat medic in the Vietnam War, and after Vietnam attended the University of Arizona, where he studied acting. He started writing poetry after he moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, and worked with the poet Jack Gilbert.

Anderson has written about his experiences in the Vietnam War in both poetry and nonfiction. He is the author of the poetry collections The Moon Reflected Fire (1994), the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police (2000). In 2009 he published his memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery. His most recent book is Horse Medicine (Barrow Street Press, 2015).

His awards include a grant from the Eric Mathieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. Anderson has taught at the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, and the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Its Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Robert Reddick, Revision Workshop

Robert Reddick is the author of Master Assassins, the first book in a new desert-based epic fantasy series. His other books include The Chathrand Voyage Quartet, which begins with “The Red Wolf Conspiracy” and concludes with “The Night of the Swarm.” Reddick says he is obsessed with good writing; he’ll get a lift from a heart-crushing story if the writing’s good, and depressed by a bouncy, badly-written book.

His parallel life has been in international social and environmental justice. This work (and his marriage to Prof. Kiran Asher, who does it full time) has given him the chance to live and work all over the world—Indonesia, Colombia, Argentina, and various other parts of Latin America and Asia. For now, outside of some freelance editing, Reddick a full-time writer. He and Kiran live in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Assigned Reading: There There by Tommy Orange


“This is a novel about what it means to inhabit a land both yours and stolen from you, to simultaneously contend with the weight of belonging and unbelonging. There is an organic power to this book—a revelatory, controlled chaos. Tommy Orange writes the way a storm makes landfall.” —Omar El Akkad, author of 
American War

Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York TimesThere There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly).