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2019 Conference Information

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May 30 - June 3, 2019

2019 Faculty:


Attention Bear River Writers: This summer, we are delighted to offer both prose and poetry manuscript consultations with Polly Rosenwaike and Eric McHenry.

Polly Rosenwaike’s story collection, Look How Happy I’m Making You, was published by Doubleday in March of 2019. Her stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, Glimmer Train, New England Review, Colorado Review, the New York Times Book Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Millions. A former lecturer in creative writing at Eastern Michigan University, she currently works as a freelance editor and as the fiction editor for Michigan Quarterly Review. Polly is happy to discuss your vision for your fiction or non-fiction project, writing challenges, and revision possibilities.

Eric McHenry was poet laureate of Kansas from 2015-2017. His most recent book of poems is Odd Evening, which was a finalist for the 2018 Poets’ Prize. Others include Potscrubber Lullabies, which received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Mommy Daddy Evan Sage, a collection of children’s poems illustrated by Nicholas Garland. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, Yale Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Field, 32 Poems, Cincinnati Review, and Poetry Northwest, from whom he received the Theodore Roethke Prize. Since 2001, he has been a poetry critic for The New York Times Book Review. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife and two children, and teaches English at Washburn University. Eric is looking forward to being an attentive, responsive reader of your poetry, and to offer the kinds of feedback that you find most helpful.

Polly and Eric will have ten consultations each and we will fill those spots on a first come, first served basis. Please send 1-10 pages of previously written poetry or prose to before May 1st, 2019.