Faculty and Guests
Nathaniel Teal Minton
For nearly 20 years, Nathaniel Teal Minton has worked in the film business holding jobs from Production Assistant to Screenwriter. His feature film “Clive Barkers: The Plague” co-written with Hal Masonberg was released in 2006. His fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Zzyzzva and Torpedo. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Screenwriting at UMF
Shana Youngdahl is the author of the poetry 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 lives in Farmington with her husband and two daughters.
Sarah Braunstein is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children (W.W. Norton), winner of the 2012 Maine Book Award for Fiction. The novel was a finalist for the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction. In 2010 Sarah was named one of “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, AGNI, Ploughshares, The Sun, Nylon Magazine, Maine Magazine, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She is currently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College, where she teaches in the Gender & Women’s Studies Department, and she is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
William Giraldi is author of the novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark, and the memoir The Hero’s Body. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University. He lives in Boston with his wife and sons.
U.S.Poet Laureate Philip Levine has called Wesley McNair “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” The author of nine volumes of poems, he has held grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Guggenheim and Fulbright foundations. McNair has been invited twice to read his poetry by the Library of Congress and was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship of $50,000 as one of “America’s finest living artists.”
David Bersell is the author of the essay collection The Way I’ve Seen Her Ever Since and Nashville Notebook, a forthcoming chapbook of flash nonfiction. His writing has appeared in Carolina Quarterly, New South, Split Lip, Nashville Review, and The Rumpus. After studying creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington, Bersell earned an MFA from the University of New Hampshire and attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and the Tin House Writers’ Workshop as a nonfiction scholar. He most recently taught creative writing as an instructor for A Novel Idea, a nonprofit after-school program. He lives in Brooklyn.
Ron Currie is the author of the novels Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles and Everything Matters! and the short story collection God is Dead, which was the winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. In 2009, he received the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in Portland, Maine. Ron Currie has garnered a reputation for being a fresh and innovative writer who tests the boundaries of storytelling in provocative and tenacious ways. From hypothesizing what the world would look like if God died, to imagining the life of a boy in rural Maine who was born with the knowledge of how and when the world would end, Currie is a master of constructing extraordinary scenarios in order to explore the realities of human behavior and relationships.
Jeffrey Thomson is a poet, memoirist, translator, and editor, and is the author of multiple books including his new memoir, fragile, the poetry collection Birdwatching in Wartime, The Complete Poems of Catullus: an Annotated Translation, and From the Fishouse. He has been an NEA Fellow, the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow at Brown University. He is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington.
Sis Deans is an award-winning Maine author of ten books, including four Young Adult novels published by Henry Holt and Company, a division of Macmillan. With poignant prose and balanced humor, Deans addresses hard-hitting issues for teenage readers like bipolar illness, ADHD, alcoholism, and poverty. Her 2001 coming-of-age novel Racing The Past garnered numerous accolades and critical acclaim including the Maine Library Association’s Lupine Honor Award, Booklist Editors’ Choice, Booklist Starred Review, Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth and Youth 1st Novel, and the School Library Journal Best Book. Her YA novel Riding Out the Storm was a finalist for the 2013 Maine Literary Award’s Best Book Award for Young Adults, while her collection Decisions and Other Stories won the Maine Chapbook Award. Deans worked for 30 years as a surgical technician in the operating room at Mercy Hospital in Portland, before retiring to focus on writing and coaching middle school field hockey. She and her husband John have been married for 39 years and reside in Gorham. They have three grown daughters and are expecting their first grandchild this fall.
To learn more about her work, visit www.sisdeans.com.