Center for Writers Faculty


Angela Ball

Angela Ball’s prize winning and frequently anthologized poems and translations have appeared in journals including The New YorkerAtlantic MonthlyColorado ReviewDenver QuarterlyFieldPartisan ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and The Southern Review. Her books of poetry include Kneeling Between Parked Cars (Owl Creek Press, 1990);Possession (Red Hen, 1995); Quartet (Carnegie Mellon, 1995); and The Museum of the Revolution (Carnegie Mellon, 1999). Her 2007 collection, Night Clerk At the Hotel of Both Worlds (University of Pittsburgh Press), received both the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Poetry and the Donald Hall Prize from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The recipient of an Individual Writer’s Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ball has represented the U.S. at the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, and has been a writer in residence at the University of Richmond and at Chateau Lavigny near Lausanne, Switzerland.


Joshua Bernstein

J. A. Bernstein is the author of a forthcoming novel, RACHEL’S TOMB (New Issues 2019, AWP Award Series) and a forthcoming story collection, STICK-LIGHT (Eyewear 2018). His work has appeared in Shenandoah, Kenyon Review Online, Tampa Review, Tin House (web), Boston Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and other journals, and won the Gunyon Prize at Crab Orchard Review. He has also published academic essays in The Conradian, Conrad and Nature, and Western American Literature. A Chicago-native, he taught previously at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is the fiction editor of Tikkun.



Olivia Clare

Olivia Clare is the author of a short story collection, Disasters in the First World (Black Cat/Grove Atlantic, 2017). Her novel is forthcoming from Grove Atlantic. She is also the author of a book of poems, The 26-Hour Day (New Issues, 2015). Her stories have appeared in Granta, The American Scholar, Southern Review, n+1, Boston Review, Ecotone, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, London Magazine, FIELD, and elsewhere. In 2014, she won an O. Henry Prize for her first published story, “Pétur.” Her awards include a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship from Colgate University, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and fellowships from the Tin House Writers' Workshop, Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony.

Adam Clay

Adam Clay is the author of Stranger (Milkweed Editions, 2016), A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012), and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). A fourth book is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Denver Quarterly, Georgia Review, Boston ReviewIowa Review, and elsewhere. He is editor-in-chief of Mississippi Review, co-edits Typo Magazine, and edits book reviews for Kenyon Review.





Monika Gehlawat

Monika Gehlawat received her Ph.D from UC Berkeley where she studied 20th Century Literature and Art. Her current book manuscript Speaking Up: Singularity and Voice in Postwar American Literature takes up the work of James Baldwin, Frank O'Hara, Grace Paley and Andy Warhol, and reflects her longstanding interest to work in the interdisciplinary mode. Gehlawat is the and also teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature, critical theory and visual art. She is the 2013 recipient of USM's Junior Faculty Teaching Award. Her recent publications include: “Myth and Mimetic Failure in Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day” forthcoming in Contemporary Literature (Fall 2013); “An Opposite Force’s Breath: Medium-boundedness, Poetry and Painting in Frank O’Hara” in New York School Collaborations: The Color of Vowels, ed. Mark Silverberg (Palgrave/Macmillan) 2013; “Space, the Self and Singular in Le Corbusier and Christopher Isherwood,” Literary Imagination, Oxford UP (Spring 2012); “Desperately Seeking Singularity in Franny and Zooey,” LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Special Issue on J. D. Salinger. Routledge (2011) 59-77.