All of the following faculty have confirmed their attendance at the 2011 program, however cancellations sometimes happen. In the event of a cancellation, the ILP will notify all participants and find the best possible replacement.
Kim Addonizio is the author of five collections of poetry including Tell Me, a 2000 National Book Award Finalist. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award, and other honors. Addonizio's other books include two novels, Little Beauties and My Dreams Out in the Street; and a book of stories, In the Box Called Pleasure. With Cheryl Dumesnil, she co-edited Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos.
Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), in Pushcart Prize XXII and in The O'Henry Prize Stories 2009. He has received a Eugene McDermott Award, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award, the 2002 Pen/Malamud Award, the 2003 US-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge (1948) and Nancy Allen professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Brian Evenson is the author of ten books of fiction, most recently the limited edition novella Baby Leg, published by New York Tyrant Press in 2009. In 2009 he also published the novel Last Days (which won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009) and the story collection Fugue State, both of which were on Time Out New York's top books of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Program. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann's Tongue. He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, and others. He is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize as well as an NEA fellowship.
Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Pulitzer Prize winning freelance photographer based in San Francisco. Her work has been published in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the NY Times Magazine, Sport Illustrated, and ESPN Magazine. While a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle, she won the Pulitzer Prize, the Casey Medal, the Associated Press's Mark Twain Award, in addition to awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, National Press Photographers Association, and others. She was a finalist in 2005 for UNICEF's "Photo of the Year" award, and her work has been show at Visa pour L'Image in Perpignana, France, the largest international photojournalism festival. In 2007, Deanne was named one of Microsoft's Icons of Imaging. She is a frequent lecturer on photojournalism and multimedia. Deanne earned a BFA in Photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she was honored as a Distinguished Alumni.
Nick Flynn's most recent book is The Ticking is the Bomb, which the Los Angeles Times calls a “disquieting masterpiece.” His previous memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into thirteen languages. He is also the author of two books of poetry, Some Ether, and Blind Huber, and a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins, for which he received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress. Some of the venues his poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s This American Life, and The New York Times Book Review. His film credits include artistic collaborator and “field poet” on the film Darwin’s Nightmare, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006. Each spring he teaches at the University of Houston, he then spends the rest of the year in (or near) Brooklyn.
John Frey is a graduate of the William Esper Studio for Actors in New York City (Meisner Technique) under the teaching of William Esper, and has worked as an actor in theater, film, and television in Europe and the United States for the past fifteen years. He has also taught acting in Lisbon, Copenhagen, and New York City. John is also a screenwriter who wrote the screenplay for The Lovebirds, shot in Lisbon, Portugal in 2007. "The Lovebirds" garnered the Best Screenplay, First Prize Award at the 2008 International Film Festival in Ourense, Spain and was also awarded a special Jury First Prize Award for Best Film at the Fantasporto International Film Festival, Portugal. John also co-wrote the feature films The Collection and Delgado. The latter is based on the assasination of the Portuguese General Humberto Delgado and will begin shooting in Portugal in February, 2011.
Frank X. Gaspar was born and raised in Provincetown, Massachusetts. A Portuguese-American, his paternal grandparents immigrated from the Island of San Miguel, and his maternal grandparents from the Island of Pico, both in the Azorean Archipelago. His ancestors were traditionally whalers and Grand-Banks fishermen, sailing out of the Islands and then Provincetown. After graduating from Provincetown High School, Gaspar spent a year in New York City and then a year in Boston, Mass. before going to sea himself with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After his discharge he attended colleges and universities in California, eventually earning his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Graduate Writing Program at the University of California, Irvine. He is Professor Emeritus at Long Beach City College, and currently teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Antioch University. A number of his books treat Luso-American themes or settings, particularly the Portuguese community in Provincetown, with an insider's view of the rich ethnic base of this famously diverse Cape Cod town. His poetry and fiction have received numerous awards and honors, and serious critical attention, both in the United States and Portugal.
Horacio Castellanos Moya is a writer from El Salvador, author of nine novels and five short story collections, some of which have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Japanese, and Portuguese. He worked twelve years as a journalist in Mexico City. He has also lived in Costa Rica, Canada, Guatemala, Spain, and Germany, where he spent two years in a program for writers supported by the Frankfurt International Book Fair. From 2006 to 2008 he was writer in residence of the City of Asylum program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2009 he stayed in Tokyo, Japan, invited by the Japan Foundation and the University of Tokyo. Currently he lives in Pittsburgh. His books translated into English are Senselessness, The She-Devil in the Mirror, and Dance with Snakes. New Directions will published his most recent novel, Tyrant Memory, in the Summer of 2011.
Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and author of two previous books. Her debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year. Her novel The Namesake was a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Josip Novakovich moved from Croatia to the U.S. at the age of twenty. He has published a novel, April Fool's Day, three story collections (Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust, Yolk, and Salvation and Other Disasters) and two collections of narrative essays as well as two books of practical criticism, including Fiction Writers Workshop. His work was anthologized in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize collection, and O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Ingram Merrill Award, and an American Book Award, and he has been a writing fellow of the New York Public Library. He has taught at Bard, Die Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Penn State, and now, Concordia University in Montreal.