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, performs a reading on campus, autographs books, visits classes, and bonds with students and community.
Sarah Pinsker is the 2023 Kratz Spring Writer in Residence
Sarah Pinsker’s short stories and novels have won four Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the Philip K Dick Award, the Eugie Foster Memorial Award, and the Locus Award. Her second novel, We Are Satellites, was published by Berkley in 2021, and her second collection, Lost Places, will be published by Small Beer Press in spring 2023.
Past Spring Writers
D. Watkins was the 2022 Kratz Spring Writer in Residence
Sarah Pinsker was the 2021 Kratz Spring Writer in Residence
Sarah Pinsker was the 2020 Kratz Spring Writer in Residence
Sarah Pinsker ’99 has won Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon awards and has received seven Nebula nominations and three Hugo nominations. Her story collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea, was published by Small Beer Press in March 2019, and her novel, A Song For A New Day, was released by Berkley/Penguin/Random House in September 2019.
(photo by Beowulf Sheehan)
2019: Vanessa Manko is the author of The Invention of Exile (Penguin), which was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a Barnes & Noble Fall ’14 Discover Great New Writers pick, and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews. She earned her MFA from Hunter College where she was the recipient of a Hertog Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times Magazine, The Barnes & Noble Review and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She has taught writing at Wesleyan University, NYU and SUNY Purchase.
Photo © Nico Tucci
2018: H. G. CARRILLO is the author of Loosing My Espanish, a novel, published by Pantheon Books and in paperback by Anchor Books. His short stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, Ninth Letter, and Slice, among others. His new novel, Twilight of the Small Havanas, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury.
2017: Katia D. Ulysse is the author of the short story collection, Drifting (Akashic), one of Teaching Tolerance’s staff picks for 2015. Born in Haiti, Ulysse was raised in Petion-Ville and New York. Her work has appeared in The Caribbean Writer, MaComère, Calabash, and the anthologies Mozayik and Brassage, both edited by Edwidge Danticat.
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 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 2003 WIR. Shreve 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.