Fredrick (Rick) Barton is Writer in Residence and Research Professor, at the University of New Orleans where he was the founding director of the Creative Writing Workshop. He has taught in the summer abroad program in Madrid, San Miguel and Cork. He is the author or editor of ten books, including the volume of essays, Rowing to Sweden, the short fiction anthology, Monday Nights and the novels The El Cholo Feeling Passes, Courting Pandemonium, With Extreme Prejudice and A House Divided, which won the William Faulkner Prize in fiction. His most recent novel, In the Wake of the Flagship is the story of a university's struggle to recover from a devastating hurricane. His many awards include a Louisiana Arts Prize; the Stephen T. Victory Award, the Louisiana Bar Association’s prize for writing about legal issues; the New Orleans Press Club's annual criticism prize 11 times; and the Press Club highest honor, the Alex Waller Memorial Award. In 2009 he was given an honorary doctorate for career achievement by Valparaiso University. In addition serving as academic director this summer, he will also teach Intensive Fiction writing.
Scott Blackwood is the author of two novels, a story collection, and two narrative nonfiction books. His most recent novel SEE HOW SMALL won the 2016 PEN USA Award for Fiction, was named a “great reads” best book of 2015 by NPR and an “Editor’s Choice” pick by The New York Times. His previous novel WE AGREED TO MEET JUST HERE earned him a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award, the AWP Prize for the Novel, the Texas Institute of Letters Award for best work of fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN USA Award in fiction. The New York Times called his first book IN THE SHADOW OF OUR HOUSE “acute, nimble stories…an impressive, accomplished debut.” Blackwood, a former Dobie-Paisano Fellowship recipient, has published stories and creative nonfiction in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, Southwest Review, The New York Times, Chicago magazine, and been anthologized in Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing. His nonfiction piece, “Here We Are,” was nominated for a 2016 National Magazine Award for best narrative feature writing. Blackwood’s two narrative nonfiction books THE RISE AND FALL OF PARAMOUNT RECORDS, VOLUMES I & II—published by musician Jack White’s Third Man—tell the curious tale of a white-owned “Race record” label that began in a Wisconsin chair factory and changed American popular music forever, giving rise to some of the most influential Black voices of the 20th Century—Ma Rainey, Jelly Roll Morton, Alberta Hunter, Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Charley Patton. Blackwood was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for his writing on Volume I and featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, Sound Opinions, and in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and elsewhere. He lives in Austin, Texas and teaches in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University.
Mary Breen is a Lecturer at the University College Cork. Her main area of research in the last decade has been Irish Women's writing, in particular fiction and autobiography, and she has published in both areas. She is currently in the second year of a major three-year project on print culture in Ireland from 1770-1830.
John Gery is Founding Director of the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy,and has served as the Academic Director of the Brunnenburg Castle Program for over 15 years. His books of poetry include The Enemies of Leisure (1995), Davenport’s Version(2003), A Gallery of Ghosts (2008), and Have at You Now! (2014). He is a member of both the Creative Writing MFA and Women's Studies faculties at UNO. His courses have included Poetry Writing, Poetic genres, British and American literature, Poetry and Drama, and single author courses on Ezra Pound, John Ashbery and others. We are delighted that Dr. Gery will teach poetry in Cork this year.
Miles Harvey's books include the national and international bestseller The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime. His current nonfiction project concerns a swindler with dreams of ruling the world. Tentatively titled The King of Confidence, it is forthcoming from Little, Brown and Company. Harvey teaches creative writing at DePaul University, where he is co-founder of Big Shoulders Books and editor of the oral-history collection How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence.
Jarred returns to Cork to teach “Intro to Fiction Writing” course. He ran the UNO Writing Workshops Abroad programs between 2012-2017, including the past six summers in Cork, Ireland. He is a recent graduate of the UNO Creative Writing Workshop, where he completed his M.F.A. with a concentration in fiction. Jarred received his M.A. in English from West Chester University, and a B.A. in English, History, and Theater from Muhlenberg College. When he’s not traveling, Jarred’s interests include acting, reading, and the occasional Civil War reenactment. He is currently revising his first novel.
Mark Phillips received his B.A. in Philosophy and French from California State University (which included a year abroad in France), his M.A. in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick (in Coventry), and his Ph.D. from Tulane University (after a year at Purdue and a couple years studying in Germany). His primary areas of interest are in Pragmatism, Evolutionary Psychology, as well as the concept of God. He has published an article in History of Philosophy Quarterly, where he explores the relation between Emerson's concept of Nature and Nietzsche's Will to Power. He is currently working on a book about religious behavior as self-identification.
John Ruff, a Professor of English at Valparaiso University, was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, Collegeville, and an M.A. in creative writing and an Ph.D. in literature from the University of Washington. Between his undergraduate and graduate programs of study, Ruff taught 6th grade in Rome, Italy for three years and high school English and radio broadcasting in Central Point, Oregon for four. At Valparaiso Ruff has taught a variety of courses in literature, language, writing, and pedagogy, served for five years as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and for eighteen years directed a first-year core humanities program. Currently he teaches an array of literature courses, primarily American and ethnic American. He also teaches a course on writing in the health professions and frequently teaches summer courses in China. He has written on art, film, and photography, has a manuscript of poems entitled The Next Thing You Know he’s trying to place, and is currently finishing a book of poetry and prose called Drawing Breath: From Minidoka XX, the Art Diary of Takuichi Fujii. Ruff has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poetry, which has appeared in America, Post Road, Seneca Review, Poetry Northwest, Seattle Review, River City, and elsewhere. He has also been awarded several prizes for his teaching and advising.