Faculty and Panelist Biographies
The distinguished participants in this summer's conference are all active and successful novelists, poets, screenwriters, critics, scholars, or publishing professionals. In addition to our graduate program faculty, other speakers and presenters join us from all over the country. This page includes all presenter biographies. Biographies of Workshop and Critical Seminar leaders and of participants in the Poetry Symposium can also be found on the pages with the descriptions of those programs.
Ned Balbo’s The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press) received the 2012 Poets’ Prize and the 2010 Donald Justice Prize. His previous books are Lives of the Sleepers (University of Notre Dame Press; Ernest Sandeen Prize and ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal) and Galileo’s Banquet (Washington Writers’ Publishing House; Towson University Prize co-winner). He has received three Maryland Arts Council grants, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award, and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. His poems, translations, reviews, and flash fictions are out or forthcoming in Able Muse, Cimarron Review, The Common, Hopkins Review, Iowa Review, Measure, Pleiades, River Styx, Sou’Wester, and elsewhere. He was co-winner of the 2013 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, poet-essayist Jane Satterfield.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Sigman Byrd is the author of two books: Wake Up, Sleepwalker (2014), edited by David J. Rothman for Conundrum Press as the inaugural volume of the Rocky Mountain Poetry Series, and Under the Wanderer’s Star, which won the 2005 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence and the Iowa Writers’ workshop, he received his doctorate in creative writing and literature from the University of Utah. Sigman’s poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, Plume, and many other journals. He teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder and lives in Westminster with his wife, Renata, and their two daughters.
Maryann Corbett grew up in McLean, Virginia. She now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and works for the Minnesota Legislature. Trained as a medievalist and linguist, she holds a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota. A winner of the Lyric Memorial Award and cowinner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, she received the 2014 Richard Wilbur Award for her third book, Mid Evil (University of Evansville Press); her previous books are Breath Control (David Robert Books) and Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter (Able Muse Press). Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared in Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, The Dark Horse, Evansville Review, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, Rattle, River Styx, and more. She is married to John Corbett, a teacher of mathematics and statistics. They have two grown children.
Randall Potts is the author of Trickster (2014), published by the University of Iowa Press in its Kuhl House poetry series. His debut, Collision Center, appeared from O Books in 1994; the same year, Leave Books released his chapbook, Recant: (A Revision). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Five Fingers Review, Iowa Review, Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, The West Marin Review, Unsplendid and many others. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he has taught creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts. He volunteered as an intern at a wildlife rehabilitation hospital and worked on several oil spill responses. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Michael D. Riley’s first book of poems, Scrimshaw: Citizens of Bone, was published by The Lightning Tree Press in Santa Fe, NM. Circling the Stones (poems from Ireland), appeared in 2007 from Creighton University Press. Ashore Here, a meditative collection with a seashore setting, was published in 2008 by March Street Press. Players, a collection of narrative and character-driven poems, also appeared in 2008, from Turning Point. Green Hills: Memoir Poems appeared in 2013 from Finishing Line Press. He has poems in two recent anthologies, Irish American Poetry From the Eighteenth Century to the Present and Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust. His poems have appeared in many periodicals, including Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, South Carolina Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, The Fiddlehead, Atlanta Review, and Southern Humanities Review. He is Emeritus Professor of English from Penn State University.
Wendy Videlock’s poems have appeared widely, most notably in Poetry, Hudson Review, Rattle, The New Criterion, Poetry Review (UK), and The New York Times. She is the author of the chapbook What’s That Supposed to Mean (Exot Books), and two full-length collections on Able Muse Press: Nevertheless (2011, a finalist for the 2012 Colorado Book Award in poetry) and The Dark Gnu (2013), the latter a book for “children of all ages.” Her newest book, the satirical Slingshots and Love Plums, is also on Able Muse Press. Wendy is a visual artist who often works in alcohol inks, and her work has been shown in several Colorado galleries. She lives with her husband in western Colorado.