FIT Words - Guest Speakers - Fall 2009
Roddy Lumsden has published five books of poetry, most recently Mischief Night - New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2004) and Third Wish Wasted (Bloodaxe, 2009). Originally from Scotland, he lives in London where he is a Core Tutor for the Poetry School. He has done editing work on several prize-winning poetry collections and for the up-and-coming small press tall-lighthouse, for whom he edits the Pilot series of chapbooks by Britain and Ireland's best younger poets. Identity Parade, his major anthology of recent UK / Irish poetry is due in 2010. An Eric Gregory Award winner and former Vice Chair of the Poetry Society of Great Britain, he has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and several other awards and prizes and was awarded an International Fellowship at the Banff Center in Ontario in 2001.
Patti Horvath’s essays and short fiction have appeared in numerous literary magazines, among them Shenandoah, Cream City Review, Puerto del Sol and Iron Horse Literary Review. She is the recipient of a 2007 Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts for her memoir, All the Difference, which explores issues of disability and self-identity. Since 2001 she has served as a fiction editor at The Massachusetts Review. She lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
Sharon Dolin’s fourth book, Burn and Dodge (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008) won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Her other books include and Realm of the Possible (Four Way Books, 2004), Serious Pink (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003), and Heart Work (Sheep Meadow Press, 1995). She is Writer-in-Residence at Eugene Lang College, The New School. She also teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and directs The Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her website may be found at: http://www.sharondolin.com.