Below are the authors currently confirmed for the 2014 Douglas Anderson Writers' Festival
Richard Ford, fiction
Richard graduated from withhis B.A. from Michigan State University and his M. F. A. from the University of California. Ford wrote short stories for Esquire, The Paris Review, and The New Yorkerbefore completing his first novel, A Piece of My Heart, in 1976. He has published six novels and four collections of stories, including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, A Multitude of Sins and, most recently, The Lay of the Land. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes.
Winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story, Ford had been adjunct professor at the Oscar Wilde Centre with the School of English at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, where he taught on the master’s program in creative writing. Ford assumed the post of senior fiction professor at University of Mississippi in 2011, replacing the late Barry Hannah. His latest novel, Canada, was published in 2012. He is now the Emmanuel Roman and Barrie Sardoff Professor of the humanities and professor of Writing at the Columbia University School of the Arts. In 2013 Richard Ford was awarded the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for fiction.
Patricia Smith, poetry
Patricia Smith is a renaissance artist of unmistakable signature, recognized as a force inthe fields of poetry, playwriting, fiction, performance and creative collaboration. She is the author of six critically-acknowledged volumes of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America), Blood Dazzler (a National Book Award finalist), and Teahouse of the Almighty (a National Poetry Series winner), all from Coffee House Press; Close to Death and Big Towns, Big Talk, both from Zoland Books, and Life According to Motown, just released by Tia Chucha Press in a special 20th anniversary edition. She is a Cave Canem faculty member, a professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada MFA program.
Recognized as one of the world’s most formidable performers, Patricia has read her work at venues round the world, including the Poets Stage in Stockholm, Urban Voices in South Africa, Rotterdam’s Poetry International Festival, the Aran Islands International Poetry and Prose Festival and on tour in Germany, Austria and Holland. In the U.S., she’s performed at the National Book Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Dodge Poetry Festival, Bumbershoot, the Folger Shakespeare Library and St. Mark’s Poetry Project.
Dorianne Laux, poetry
Dorianne Laux’s fifth collection, The Book of Men, is currently available from W.W. Norton. Her fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon, is the recipient of the Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and Smoke, as well as two fine small press editions, Superman: The Chapbook and Dark Charms, both from Red Dragonfly Press. Co-author of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, she’s the recipient of two Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the Best of APR, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and The Best of the Net. In 2001, she was invited by late poet laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress.
Laux has been teaching poetry in private and public venues since 1990 and since 2004 at Pacific University’s Low-Residency MFA Program. In the summers she teaches at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. She teaches poetry in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.
Joseph Millar, poetry
Millar's first collection, Overtime was a finalist for the 2001 Oregon Book Award. His second collection, Fortune, appeared in 2007, followed by a third, Blue Rust, in 2012. His work—stark, clean, unsparing—records the narrative of a life fully lived among fathers, sons, brothers, daughters, weddings and divorce, men and women. He has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a 2008 Pushcart Prize and has appeared in such magazines as DoubleTake, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, APR, and Ploughshares. Millar teaches in Pacific University's low-residency MFA.
Rick Moody, fiction/non-fiction
Rick Moody is the author of numerous novels, collections of short fiction, a memoir,and a book of essays. His debut novel, Garden State (1992), was the winner of the 1991 Editor's Choice Award from the Pushcart Press. The Ice Storm (1994) was published in twenty countries and released by Fox Searchlight as a film directed by Ang Lee in 1997. His collections of short fiction include The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven (Little, Brown & Co., 1995), the title story of which was the winner of the 1994 Aga Khan Award from The Paris Review, and Demonology (2001), which was also published in Spain, France, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Italy, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions (Little, Brown & Co., 2001) was a winner of the NAMI/Ken Book Award, and the PEN Martha Albrand prize for excellence in the memoir. His collection of essays, On Celestial Music, was published by Back Bay Books in 2012. His short fiction and journalism have been anthologized in Best American Stories 2001, Best American Essays 2004, Year's Best Science Fiction #9, and, multiply, in the Pushcart Prize Anthology.
Moody is the recipient of the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim fellowship.
Moody is a member of the board of directors of the Corporation of Yaddo. He is the secretary of the PEN American Center, and he co-founded the Young Lions Book Award at the New York Public Library. He has taught at the State University of New York at Purchase, the Bennington College Writing Seminars, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the New School for Social Research. Rick Moody was born in New York City. He attended Brown and Columbia Universities.