Longfellow Young Writers Workshop Faculty

Shana Youngdahl, Director and Fiction Instructor

Shana Youngdahl’s debut Young Adult Novel As Many Nows As I Can Get (Dial/Penguin ) was noted as a best book of 2019 by Kirkus, The New York Public Library, and Seventeen Magazine. It is also a 2020 Rise title, an ALA program honors the best feminist books of the year. Also a poet, Shana authored the collection History, Advice and Other Half-Truths (Stephen F. Austin State University Press 2010) and three chapbooks, most recently Winter/Windows (Miel 2012). Shana has received fellowships from the Iowa Arts Council and The American Antiquarian Society. She directs The Longfellow Young Writers’ Workshop, teaches writing at UMF, oversees the website for The Sandy River Review, and lives in Farmington with her husband and two daughters. She is represented by Elizabeth Bewley at Sterling Lord Literistic.


Éireann Lorsung, Faculty, Poetry Instructor

Éireann Lorsung is the author of The Century (Milkweed, forthcoming October 2020), Her book (Milkweed, 2013), and Music For Landing Planes By (Milkweed, 2007), as well as of the chapbook Sweetbriar (dancing girl press, 2013). Her poems, essays, and fiction appear widely in journals on both sides of the Atlantic, and she was a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Prose. She founded MIEL, a small press, and Dickinson House, an intimate residency space for artists and writers. Lorsung is represented by Jin Auh at The Wylie Agency.


Amy Neswald, Faculty, Screenwriting Instructor

Amy Neswald is a fiction writer and independent filmmaker. Her short stories have been published in The Rumpus, The Normal School, and Puerto Del Sol, among others. Her story Late Bloomer was a 2020 Pushcart Prize honorable mention and her screenplay The Placeholder received the Best Screenplay award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2008. Her novelin-stories I Know You Love Me, Too was recently awarded the New American Fiction Prize and will be released Summer 2021. She teaches creative writing in the BFA program at the University of Maine in Farmington.



Gretchen Legler, Faculty, Nonfiction/Nature Writing Instructor

Gretchen Legler is a nonfiction writer, traveler, ecofeminist scholar, UMF professor of creative writing, and recently received her Master’s of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Her books and essays about humans, nature, farming, hunting, and being in the world include All the Powerful Invisible Things: A Sportswoman’s Notebook, and On The Ice, a memoir about her year in Antarctica. Her writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, Georgia Review, Brevity, 1966, and other venues. Her widely-anthologized essays have won two Pushcart Prizes and have been nominated for Best American Essays.