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.
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.