Chatham University

MFA in Creative Writing Program presents
Summer Community of Writers

Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash is the New York Times best-selling author of A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME and THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, which are both available from William Morrow/ HarperCollinsPublishers.

A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. The New York Times also named it an Editor's Choice and a Notable Book of 2012. The novel was included on best of 2012 lists by Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Books-a-Million, and many others. A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME won the Southern Independent Bookseller Ailliances' Book Award for Fiction of the Year and the John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award from the UK's Crime Writers' Association, and it was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the American Booksellers' Association's Debut Fiction Prize. Wiley's second novel, THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, was a national bestseller, an Indie Next Pick, a SIBA Okra Pick, an O Magazine Top Ten Title, a LibraryReads February Selection, an Amazon Book of the Month, and a Best Novel Award Winner from the UK's Crime Writers' Association. It has been optioned for film.

Wiley holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has received grants and fellowships from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly, and his essays on Southern literature have appeared in American Literary Realism, The South Carolina Review, and other publications.

Wiley teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. A native of North Carolina, he and his wife live in Wilmington.

Camille Dungy

Camille T. Dungy is the author of Smith Blue, Suck on the Marrow, and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology. Her honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, and a fellowship from the NEA. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English department at Colorado State University.

Kate Miles

Kathryn Miless is the author of Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy (Dutton 2014), All Standing (Simon & Schuster 2013), and Adventures with Ari (Skyhorse (2009). An award-winning science writer, she has published her work in dozens of publications, including Best American Essays, Ecotone, How To Write About Anything, History, Outside Magazine, and Popular Mechanics.

Miles currently serves as writer-in-residence for Green Mountain College, as a faculty member for Chatham University's low-residency MFA program, and as a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council.

Tim Parrish

Tim Parrish is the author of three books: Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a Memoir (University Press of Mississippi); The Jumper, a novel (winner of Texas Review Press's 2012 George Garrett Prize; and Red Stick Men, a story collection (University Press of Mississippi). His work has appeared in dozens of periodicals and in a number of anthologies, including Louisiana in Words, Alive and Awake in the Pelican State, The Best of LSU Fiction, and Rules of Thumb.

He is the recipient of a Gerald A. Freund Grant-in-Aid from the Whiting Foundation, two Connecticut Arts Fellowships, a Walter E. Daken Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and a special mention in the Pushcart Prizes. His memoir was First Honorable Mention in the Louisiana Library Literary Awards 2013 and was chosen by an all-university committee as the 2014 First-Year Read for incoming students at Southern Connecticut State University, where he teaches. He was the 2014 Keynote Speaker at the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium.

In a former life he was the front man for the bands The Human Rayz, The Lower Chakras, and The Irascibles. He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is now a professor in the full-residency MFA and undergraduate creative-writing programs at SCSU in New Haven.