Visiting Professor: Spring 2016 – Pierre Joris
Pierre Joris has published some 50 books of poems, essays & translations, most recently An American Suite (inpatient press 2016) Barzakh: Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press 2014), Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan (FSG 2014) & A Voice Full of Cities: The Collected Essays of Robert Kelly (coedited with Peter Cockelbergh, Contra Mundum Press 2014). Previous books include Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press and The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour and Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited, introduced and translated by Joris (Black Widow Press). Cartographies of the In-between: The Poetry & Poetics of Pierre Joris, edited by Peter Cockelbergh came out in 2012. He lives in Sorrentinostan, a.k.a. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with his wife, multimedia performance artist and writer Nicole Peyrafitte & is author-in-residence at BSU for the spring ’16 semester.
Martin Corless-Smith was born and raised in Worcestershire, England. He has studied painting and poetry, with degrees from the University of Reading (UK), Southern Methodist University, the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and a PhD from University of Utah. His sixth collection of poetry, Bitter Green (Fence Books) and his first novel, This Fatal Looking Glass (SplitLevel Texts) both came out in 2015. He was the 2011 recipient of a Boise State Foundations Scholar Award in Research.
Poet and editor of Ahsahta Press since 2000, Holmes is author of The ms of my kin, F2F, Humanophone, The Green Tuxedo (winner of the Ernest Sandeen award at University of Notre Dame Press, Foreword Book of the Year Award, and the Minnesota Book Award), and The Physicist at the Mall, which Joy Harjo selected for the Anhinga Prize. Her poems have twice been chosen to appear in editions of The Best American Poetry. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and prizes, including the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod Magazine, selected by W.S. Merwin. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a BA from Duke University.
A recipient of many awards and fellowships, Udall received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His widely anthologized stories and non-fiction have been published in journals and magazines such as Story, Esquire, GQ and The Paris Review. He is the author of a short story collection, Letting Loose the Hounds, and a novel, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, which was an international bestseller and translated into more than twenty languages.
Mitch Wieland is the author of the books Willy Slater’s Lane and God’s Dogs. Willy Slater’s Lane received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, and was optioned for a film. God’s Dogs was named the Idaho Book of the Year, and was featured in the annual Best of the West prize anthology. Wieland’s short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and numerous other publications. He founded the award-winning Idaho Review in 1998, and continues to serve as its editor. Wieland is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Boise State University Arts and Humanities Fellowship, and two Literature Fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He holds an MFA from The University of Alabama, and served as fiction editor of Black Warrior Review.
Previous Visiting Professors
Fall 2015 – Denis Johnson
Denis Johnson was born in Munich, West Germany, and was raised in Tokyo, Manila and Washington D.C. His books include Jesus’ Son, Tree of Smoke, Train Dreams, Nobody Move, The Laughing Monsters, The Name of the World, Already Dead: A California Gothic, Angels, Fiskadoro, The Stars at Noon, and Resuscitation of a Hanged Man. Johnson has received many awards for his work, including a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review for Train Dreams, and most recently, the National Book Award for Fiction. He has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop and the James Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin, among other universities.