Poetry Seminar Director and Faculty
Patrick Donnelly is the author of four books of poetry, Little-Known Operas (Four Way Books, 2019), Jesus Said (a chapbook from Orison Books, 2017), Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012, a Lambda Literary Award finalist), and The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003, since 2009 part of Copper Canyon Press). With his spouse Stephen D. Miller, Donnelly translates classical Japanese poetry and drama. The translations in The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013) were awarded the 2015-2016 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature, from the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University. Donnelly’s other awards include a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program Award, an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a 2018 Amy Clampitt Residency Award, and a 2019 residency at the Gloucester Writers Center. Donnelly was 2015 – 2017 poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts.
2021 Formalist Track Faculty
Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, IL, where she is on the faculty at Southern Illinois University. The author of many books and chapbooks of poetry, she counts Lexicon (Red Hen Press), Professional Happiness (Backbone Press), The Last Human Heart (Diode Editions) and Smart Pretender (Finishing Line Press) among her latest releases. Born in London, England to parents of Caribbean heritage, Joseph grew up in Toronto, Canada, and the Bronx, New York. A graduate of Kenyon College and Indiana University, she serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, the publisher of No Chair Press, and the director of Writers In Common, a writing conference for writers of all ages and experience levels. In 2014, she was awarded a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from her undergraduate alma mater, Kenyon College. She is the widow of the late poet and editor Jon Tribble, to whom Professional Happiness is dedicated.
Martha Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Thin Wall (University of Pittsburgh Press), about which Page Hill Starzinger wrote “…this is a poetry of survival: dark, haunted, and strangely—powerfully—luminous” for The Kenyon Review. Her poems have been published widely in such journals as Agni, Columbia, Fence, New England Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She has taught at Emerson College, New School University, Sarah Lawrence College, and University of California at Irvine, and is the former director of The Frost Place Conference on Poetry. She is a member of the faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and publisher of Four Way Books in New York City.