Faculty and Guests
Shana Youngdahl, Faculty/Director
Shana Youngdahl’s debut Young Adult Novel As Many Nows As I Can Get will be published by Dial/PenguinTeen in fall 2019. She is also 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 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.
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. (Guest)
Cate Marvin is the author of three books of poetry. Her first collection, World’s Tallest Disaster (Sarabande Books, 2001), received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her second book, Fragment of the Head of a Queen (Sarabande, 2007), was a Whiting Award Recipient. Her most recent book, Oracle, was published by Norton in 2015. She is a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and Professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. She lives in Scarborough, Maine, and is on faculty at the Stonecoast Low-Residency M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. (Guest)
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.” (Guest)
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. (Faculty)
meg willing is a poet, editor, artist, and designer. Her work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Colorado Review, The Collagist, and elsewhere. The former Managing Editor for Alice James Books, she currently serves as Associate Chapbook Editor and Chapbook Designer for BOAAT Press; Art and Design Editor for Gigantic Sequins; and Associate Director for CSArt Maine, Maine’s first community-supported art share program. Find out more at megwilling.com. (Faculty)
Stephanie K Brownell is an interdisciplinary writer, artist, and editor with an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. Stephanie is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and an alumn of residencies and fellowships nationwide including the Sewanee Conference Tennessee Williams Scholars, Company One’s PlayLab, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Kennedy Center Fellows, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s New York Theatre Intensives. She is a winner of the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award and a Gary Garrison Award national finalist. Her creative work is visual, intersectional and magical, and she publishes in fiction, poetry, and drama. Stephanie lives in Boston, where she is an Instructor at Grub Street, one of the country’s preeminent creative writing centers. She is also the Managing Director of Artists’ Theater of Boston, a freelance writing coach and editor, and leader of a ragtag band of SFF writers. Connect with her at skbrownell.com. (Faculty).
Patricia O’Donnell is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Farmington, where she teaches fiction writing in the BFA Program in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Agni Review, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals and anthologies. Her novel, Necessary Places, was published by Cadent Publishing (now part of Tilbury House). Her memoir, Waiting to Begin, was published in August 2016 by Bottom Dog Press. Her collection of short fiction, Gods for Sale, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Fiction Award for 2016 and was published by Snake Nation Press. Her novel, The Vigilance of Stars, was published in the spring of 2019 by Unsolicited Press. (Guest)