Cincinnati Short Story Festival Speakers at a Glance
JOHN UPDIKE is one of America's most distinguished writers and the author of more than 50 books, including the five-volume saga on Rabbit Angstrom, as well as The Centaur, Couples, The Coup, The Witches of Eastwick, In the Beauty of the Lilies and Gertrude and Claudius. He is also the author of more than 200 short stories, most of which have been published in The New Yorker. His stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories on 11 occasions. His novels and collections of short stories, poems, essays, and criticism have won a variety of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award (three times), and the Howells medal. He lives in Beverly Farms, Mass. He is the editor of The Best American Short Stories Of The Century (Houghton Mifflin).
LORRIE MOORE is the author of three acclaimed short story collections: Self-Help, Like Life and Birds of America. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories. She also has published two novels -- Anagrams and Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
WILLIAM H. PRITCHARD has taught literature and criticism since 1958 at Amherst College, where he is Henry Clay Folger Professor of English. He is an eminent critic and the author of many books, including Updike: America's Man of Letters; Talking Back to Emily Dickinson, and other Essays; and Lives of the Modern Poets.
DONALD J. GREINER holds the Chair of Carolina Distinguished Professor of English at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he is associate provost and dean of Undergraduate Affairs. In addition to being co-executive editor of Critique, he has written many books on contemporary literature,
including John Updike's Novels and The Other John Updike.
ZZ PACKER is the author of a forthcoming short story collection, and her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's and The Best American Short Stories. She attended Yale, received an MA from Johns Hopkins and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford.
SUSAN LOHAFER is a critic, short story writer, and professor of English at the University of Iowa. She has published widely on the short story, including the critical volumes Coming to Terms with the Short Story and Short Story Theory at a Crossroads (editor). Her own short fiction has appeared in Story Quarterly, The Southern Review, Antioch Review and other magazines.
CHARLES E. MAY is a professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author of several books, including Edgar Allan Poe: A Study of the Short Fiction, The Short Story: A Study of the Genre and The Short Story: The Reality of Artifice. He is also the editor of several major collections of essays on the short story, including The New Short Story Theories.
RICHARD BURGIN is a fiction writer, editor and critic who teaches at Saint Louis University. The author of numerous books of fiction and criticism, he is the founder and editor of the literary journal Boulevard. He has won two Pushcart Prizes for his stories, and his criticism and journalism have appeared in Partisan Review and The New York Times Book Review.
ERIN McGRAW is the author of two short story collections, Bodies at Sea and Lies of the Saints. Her first novel, The Baby Tree, will be published by Story Line Press this fall. Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Southern Review, Story, Ascent and other magazines. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.
JAMES A. SCHIFF is the author of several books on contemporary American literature, including John Updike Revisited, Updike's Version: Rewriting 'The Scarlet Letter,' and Understanding Reynolds Price. He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Cincinnati and a regular book reviewer for newspapers and magazines.