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.



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 Director of Graduate Studies 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.



Anne Sanow

Anne SanowAnne Sanow is the author of the story collection Triple Time, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the PEN/New England Award for Fiction and a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. Her stories have appeared in publications including Dossier, Kenyon Review, The Collagist, Conjunctions, and the Chicago Tribune, which awarded her the Nelson Algren Award for the Short Story in 2009. Other awards include fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts.




Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor is the author of Flings (HarperCollins, 2014), The Gospel of Anarchy (Harper Perennial 2011), and Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever (Harper Perennial, 2010). His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, n+1, Sewanee Review, and elsewhere. He has taught creative writing and literature at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence, N.Y.U., and the Pratt Institute. In the spring of 2017 he was the Booth Tarkington Writer-in-residence at Butler University. He is part of the core faculty of the Mountainview low-residency M.F.A. program and is the fiction editor of The Literary Review. He has an M.F.A. from The New School and a B.A. from the University of Florida. For more information, links to published work, and contact information, visit his website at