Spring Writer in Residencies
Each spring, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing welcomes a writer in residence to Goucher College. Over the course of the semester, the writer in residence teaches an advanced fiction writing course, conducts tutorials with students, reads from his or her work, signs books, visits classes, and bonds with students and community. For Spring 2017, Goucher is proud to welcome Katia D. Ulysse, who will guide young writers in English 300, the special topics seminar, every Wednesday night next semester from 6:30-9:15 p.m.
Spring 2017 Kratz Writer in Residence: Katia D. Ulysse
Katia D. Ulysse is a fiction writer and author of the short story collection, Drifting (Akashic), one of Teaching Tolerance’s staff picks for 2015. Born in Haiti, she was raised in Petion-Ville and New York. Her work has appeared in numerous issues of The Caribbean Writer; MaComère; Calabash; Peregrine; Phoebe; Smartish Pace; and Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism; among others. She is anthologized in Mozayik: An Anthology in Haitian Creole; Brassage: An Anthology of Poems by Haitian Women; and The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States and Haiti Noir, both edited by Edwidge Danticat. Her poem Etiquette was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds a B.A. in English literature, a master’s degree in teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Ulysse has taught in Baltimore City for twelve years. The sequel to her bi-lingual book for children, Fabiola Konn Konte / Fabiola Can Count (OneMooreBook), was published this October. Forthcoming also is her latest novel, Mouths Don’t Speak—a reference to the Haitian aphorism: Je wè. Bouch pe. “Eyes see. Mouths don’t speak.”
Past Spring Writers in Residence:
Novelist Andrew Ervin served as the 2016 Kratz WIR at Goucher College. Andrew Ervin’s latest book is Burning Down George Orwell’s House. In addition to teaching an advanced creative writing seminar, Prof. Ervin gave a reading (joined by Talley English) in Buchner Hall on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Young adult novelist and Goucher alum Jordana Frankel served as the Spring 2015 Kratz WIR. Prof. Frankel received her BA from Goucher College and an MFA in creative writing from Hollins University. She currently lives in New York City. The Ward is her first novel. That spring, Prof. Frankel taught English 300, featuring the special topic area of young adult fiction.
Award-winning novelist Michael Kimball served as the Spring 2014 Kratz WIR at Goucher College. Professor Kimball taught English 300, an advanced fiction workshop, and conducted independent studies. Professor Kimball also read from his work on Wednesday April 2, 2014 in the Batza Room of the Athenaeum.
Novelist, essayist, and educator Kyoko Mori served as the Spring 2013 Kratz WIR. Professor Mori taught English 300 and conducted tutorials with creative writing students. She also read from her work and signed copies of her award-winning books on Tuesday April 2, 2013 in Buchner Hall.
Beverly Lowry was the Spring WIR for 2011 and 2012. On Tuesday March 1, 2011 at Buchner Hall, she read from her fiction. On Tuesday March 20, with Goucher English Professor Michelle Tokarczyk, she held a talk on the art of creative nonfiction. While in residence, Beverly Lowry also taught courses and tutorials.
Kathy Flann and Bill U’Ren, standing creative writing professors at Goucher, gave the Spring 2010 fiction reading on Wednesday April 21, 2010 in the Batza Room at the Athenaeum.
Jessica Anya Blau was the Spring 2009 WIR and she read from her work on Thursday April 23, 2009 in the Chapel.
Robert Girardi was the Spring 2008 WIR. He taught a fiction writing workshop, conducted tutorials, and read from his work on Thursday May 1, 2009 in the Chapel.
Laura Lippman was the Spring 2007 WIR. She taught a fiction writing workshop, conducted tutorials, and read from her work on Wednesday April 18, 2007 in the Chapel.
Katharine Weber was the Spring 2006 WIR. She read from her work on Wednesday April 5, 2006 and taught fiction courses and tutorials.
Maud Casey was the Spring 2005 WIR. She read from her work on Wednesday April 6, 2005 in the Buchner Hall of the Alumnae/i House and taught a fiction course and tutorials.
Julianna Baggott was the Spring 2004 WIR. She read from her work in Buchner Hall of the Alumnae/i House on Wednesday, April 7 and taught a fiction course and tutorials.
Susan Richards Shreve was the Spring WIR for read from her work on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 in the Great Hall of the Alumnae/i House and taught a fiction course and tutorials.
George Garrett was the Spring 2001 WIR. He read from his work on April 11, 2001 in the Great Hall of the Alumnae/i House and taught a fiction course and tutorials.
Darcey Steinke, Goucher Class of 1985, was the Spring 2000 WIR. She read from her work on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 in the Faculty Lounge, Room 117, in Van Meter Hall, and taught a fiction course and tutorials.
Eleanor Kratz Denoon (1915 - 2010)
The founding donor of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing was Eleanor Kratz Denoon, class of 1936. She was a tireless champion of literature, a lifelong advocate for peace, and a beloved alumna of Goucher College.