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2014 Participant Biographies

Andre Hudgins


Andrew Hudgins was born in 1951 in Killeen, Texas, as the eldest son in a military family and grew up in the American South. After studying at Huntingdon College and the University of Alabama, he earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1983. He currently serves as Humanities Distinguished Professor in English at Ohio State University and has taught at numerous institutions, including Baylor University, the University of Cincinnati, and Johns Hopkins University.

Hudgins's most recent book of poems is A Clown at Midnight (2013), and he has collected his work in American Rendering: New and Selected Poems (2010). His other books of poetry include Shut Up You're Fine: Poems for Very, Very Bad Children (2009); Ecstatic in the Poison: New Poems (2003); Babylon in a Jar (1998); The Glass Hammer: A Southern Childhood (1994); The Never-Ending (1991), a finalist for the National Book Award; After the Lost War: A Narrative (1988); and Saints and Strangers (1986), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He also is the author of The Joker: A Memoir (2013) and The Glass Anvil (1997), a collection of essays.

Winner of the Hanes Prize for Poetry and the Witter Bynner Award for Poetry, Hudgins has received fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2007.

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Christian Wiman


Christian Wiman was born in 1966 and raised in West Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University in 1988 and studied at Stanford University on a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. In July 2013, he was named Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature as a joint appointment at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. Wiman previously served as the editor of Poetry magazine from 2003 to 2013. He has taught at Stanford University, Northwestern University, Lynchburg College, and the Prague School of Economics.

Wiman's most recent book of poems is Every Riven Thing (2010), which the New Yorker named as one of the best poetry books of 2010. His other volumes of poetry are Hard Night (2005) and The Long Home (1998), which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. He has translated the poetry of Osip Mandelstam, published as Stolen Air (2012), and his non-fiction work includes the essay collections My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (2013) and Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet (2007).

A former Guggenheim fellow, Wiman won the Commonwealth Prize from the English-Speaking Union and the Ambassador Book Award. He has been the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and he received an honorary doctorate from North Central College.


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Valzhyna Mort


Valzhyna Mort was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1981. She studied at Minsk State Linguistic University and, after moving to the United States in 2006, earned an MFA in creative writing from American University. She currently is Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University and has served as poet-in-residence at the University of Baltimore and as a resident poet at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and Sylt-Quelle in Germany and at the International Authors' House in Graz, Austria.

Described by the Irish Times as "a rising star of the international poetry world," she is the author, most recently, of Collected Body (2011). Her other books are Factory of Tears (2008) and I'm as Thin as Your Eyelashes (2005), a collection of poetry, prose, and selected translations. Her English translations of Eastern European poets have appeared in New European Poets (2008).

She has been awarded the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine, the Hubert Burda Prize in Germany, and the Crystal of Vilenica Award in Slovenia. Additionally, she has received a Civitella Raineri Fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship.

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Ronald Schuchard


Born and reared in West Texas, Ronald Schuchard studied at the University of Texas at Austin before serving, in the early 1960s, as a teacher in Kenya with the Agency for International Development. He went on to earn a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He serves as the Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus at Emory University, whose faculty he joined in 1969.

Schuchard's most recent book is The Last Minstrels: Yeats and the Revival of the Bardic Arts (2008), which received the Robert Rhodes Book Prize of the American Council for Irish Studies. His book Eliot's Dark Angel (1999) won the Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism. He founded and for two decades directed the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory-a series inaugurated by Seamus Heaney in 1988. Additionally, he is a faculty advisor to the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory and has been centrally involved in developing its archive of twentieth-century Irish and English manuscript collections.

Named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012, Schuchard edited T. S. Eliot's Clark and Turnbull Lectures, The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry, and he is currently general editor of the multi-volume edition of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot. With John Kelly, he served as co-editor of The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats,Volumes 3-5. He has been a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford; Trinity College, Dublin; Queen's University, Belfast; and the Institute of English Studies, University of London, where he has been elected a permanent senior research fellow.