John Biguenet is the widely acclaimed author of The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories and Oyster, a novel, as well as five other books. His work has appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic, Granta, Esquire, North American Review, Image, Playboy, Story, and Zoetrope, as well as in many anthologies. His award-winning plays include The Vulgar Soul, Rising Water, Shotgun, Mold, and Night Train, which was developed at the National Theatre in London. Broomstick, his new play written entirely in heroic couplets, will have five productions this year. An O. Henry Award winner for his short fiction and a New York Times guest columnist, he is the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.
Leslie Jamison's first novel, The Gin Closet, was a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times First Fiction Prize. Her second book, The Empathy Exams, won the Graywolf Prize, and was a New York Times bestseller. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harper's, Tin House, the Oxford American, the Black Warrior Review, A Public Space, the New Republic, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has received fellowships from Breadloaf and the Black Mountain Institute, and she has taught fiction and nonfiction writing at Wesleyan and Yale.
Dinah Lenney is the author of Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, and co-author of Acting for Young Actors. Her newest book, The Object Parade: Essays, was published by Counterpoint Press in 2014. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, AGNI, and Ploughshares, and she is a nonfiction editor at the LA Review of Books. She serves as core faculty in the Bennington Writing Seminars and the Master of Professional Writing program at USC. A working actor, Lenney—a.k.a. Nurse Shirley on NBC’s ER—most recently portrayed a gun-toting nun on FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy.
Rolf Potts' essays and reportage have appeared in such venues as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic Traveler, Sports Illustrated, the Travel Channel, and National Public Radio, as well as over 20 nonfiction anthologies, including the Best American Travel Writing series and the Best Creative Nonfiction series. He has won five Lowell Thomas Awards for his travel writing, and his first book, Vagabonding, has been translated into five languages. His newest book, Marco Polo Didn't Go There, was the first American-authored travel book to win Italy's prestigious Bruce Chatwin Award. Potts teaches nonfiction writing at Yale University, and he has served as the Paris American Academy writing workshop program director since 2005.
Because Paris attracts (and is home to) writers and artists from all over the world, the writing workshop often hosts guest lecturers, including poets, journalists, screenwriters, travel writers, editors, publishers, literary agents, photographers, filmmakers, performers, and historians. Guests in past years have included literary agents Julie Barer and Sarah Jane Freymann; poets Stuart Dischell, Marvin Bell and Peter Cooley; novelists Binnie Kirschenbaum, Irina Reyn, and Thomas Fox Averill; memoirists Philip Lopate, Eddy L. Harris, and Elisabeth Eaves; critic and blogger Jessa Crispin; film composer Rolfe Kent; and travel writers Jeffrey Tayler, Elliott Hester and Rory MacLean.
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