Chatham University

Past Melanie Brown Lecturers

Alix Ohlin

2014 Melanie Brown Lecturer
Alix Ohlin

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Alix Ohlin is the author of four books, most recently SIGNS AND WONDERS and INSIDE, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named a best book of the year by iTunes.ca, Amazon.ca, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has appeared in Best New American Voices, Best American Short Stories, and Best Am5erican Nonrequired Reading. She lives in Easton, PA and teaches at Lafayette College and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Wiley Cash

2013 Melanie Brown Lecturer
Wiley Cash

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Wiley Cash is the author of A Land More Kind Than Home (William Morrow/HarperCollins), which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list in May 2012. The novel also made best fiction of the year lists for the New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal. His second novel, Stealing Home, will be released in the fall of 2013. Wiley's short fiction and essays have appeared in Carolina Quarterly, American Literary Realism, and other publications. He holds a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and he currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in West Virginia, where he is at work on a third novel.

Lan Samantha Chang

2012

Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of two novels, All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost and Inheritance, and a story collection, Hunger. Hunger was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Award and the winner of the Southern Review Fiction Prize. Inheritance won the PEN/Beyond Margins Prize for the Novel. Samantha is the recipient of a Bunting Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, an NEA Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has taught fiction writing at Stanford University, Harvard University, and the MFA Program for Writing at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is professor of creative writing at the University of Iowa and Director of the Iowa Writers's Workshop.

Brad Kessler

2011

Stewart O'Nan Reading

Stewart O'Nan was born and raised and lives in Pittsburgh. Every winter when he was a kid, he sledded at Chatham. His dozen novels include three set in Western Pennsylvania: Snow Angels, in Butler; Everyday People, in East Liberty; and Emily, Alone, in Highland Park.

Brad Kessler

2011

Brad Kessler

Michael Byers

2010

Michael Byers

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Ann Pancake

2009

Ann Pancake

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Debra Marquart

2008

Debra Marquart

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