Introducing the

2020 SCCC Creative Writing Festival's

Visiting Writer Award Winners and Finalists

Joel Mowdy

The

2020

First Book

Visiting Writer

Joel Mowdy is the author of Floyd Harbor. He grew up with twelve siblings in Mastic Beach, New York. He started his journey in higher education at Suffolk County Community College, and in 2005, he completed the MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the Prize in Creative Writing and the Moveen Residency. He has since worked in progressive education on three continents. Currently, he lives in Lithuania with his wife and son.

Jeannie Vanasco

The

2020

Lawrence J. Epstein

Visiting Writer

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of two memoirs, Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl and The Glass Eye. Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl—a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and a TIME magazine Must-Read Book of the Year—was published by Tin House Books in 2019. The Glass Eye—an Indie Next Pick, Indies Introduce Pick, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection—was published by Tin House Books in 2017. Her essays have appeared in The BelieverThe New York Times Modern Love section, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor of English at Towson University. She is working on her third book.

Angela Voras-Hill

Finalist

for the 2020 First Book

Visiting Writer Award

Angela Voras-Hills earned her MFA from University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her first book, Louder Birds (Pleiades 2020), was awarded the Lena-Miles Weaver Todd Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets, Crab Orchard Review, Memorious, and New Ohio Review, among other journals and anthologies. She has received grants from The Sustainable Arts Foundation and Key West Literary Seminar, as well as a fellowship at Writers' Room of Boston. She lives with her family in Milwaukee, WI.

Nancy Chen Long

Finalist

for the 2020

Lawrence J. Epstein

Visiting Writer Award

Nancy Chen Long is the author of Wider than the Sky (Diode Editions, 2020), which was selected for the Diode Editions Book Award, and Light into Bodies (University of Tampa Press, 2017), which won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. She is the grateful recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and her work was selected as the winner of the 2019 Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Award. You’ll find her recent poems in Copper Nickel, The Cincinnati Review, Poet Lore, The Southern Review, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere. She works at Indiana University in the Research Technologies division. For more information visit www.nancychenlong.com.

Kris Bigalk

Finalist

for the 2020

Lawrence J. Epstein

Visiting Writer Award

Kris Bigalk is the author of two poetry collections: Repeat the Flesh in Numbers  (2012) and Enough (2019), both published by NYQ Books. Her poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Night's Magician: Poems About the Moon and Under Purple Skies. She has won two Minnesota State Arts Board grants in poetry. Bigalk founded and directs the groundbreaking AFA in Creative Writing program at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

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