J.T. Barbarese’s fifth book of poems, Sweet Spot, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press. His most recent books are A Very Small World (2004) and The Black Beach (2005). His poems have appeared inThe Atlantic Monthly, Boulevard, Poetry, The New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement, and his literary journalism in Tri-Quarterly, boundary 2, The Sewanee Review, Studies in English Literature, and The Journal of Modern Literature, and his translations of Jacques Prévert inThe Denver Quarterly and Boulevard. In 2008 he assumed the editorship of Story Quarterly, now published out of Rutgers University.
Lise Funderburg’s first nonfiction book, Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity, was a collection of oral histories. Her new book is a combined social history and memoir called Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home. She has written book reviews, essays, and feature articles for such publications as The Nation, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, and The Hungry Mind Review. She has also served as an editor for Vogue, Lucky, and O, the Oprah Magazine.
Lauren Grodstein is the author of the novel A Friend of the Family (Algonquin, 2009). Her third novel, The Explanation for Everything, is forthcoming. Her previous works include Reproduction is the Flaw of Love, (Dial, 2004) an Amazon.com Breakout Book and a Borders Original Voices pick, along with the story collection, The Best of Animals (Persea, 2002) and the pseudonymous Girls Dinner Club (Harper Collins, 2005) which was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Turkish, and other languages, and her essays and stories have been widely anthologized.
Tyler Hoffman is the editor of the electronic American studies journal The Mickle Street Review and associate editor of the Robert Frost Review. He is the author of two books—Robert Frost and the Politics of Poetry andTeaching with The Norton Anthology of Poetry: A Guide for Instructors, He is completing work on a book on the history and theory of public performance poetry titled “States of Change: American Public Poetry and the Performance of Culture.” He has published many articles and book chapters, including work on John Brown and children’s literature, American Civil War verse, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Vachel Lindsay, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Gary Snyder, Thom Gunn, and the contemporary slam poetry scene. He is past president of the international Robert Frost Society.
Patrick Rosal is the author of three poetry collections: Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, which won the Members’ Choice Award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; My American Kundiman, which won the Association of Asian American Studies 2006 Book Award; and, just released, Boneshepherd (all Persea Books). For 2009, he has been awarded a Fulbright grant as a U.S. Scholar. His poems and essays have been published widely in literary journals including Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The Literary Review, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Non-Fiction, as well as The Beacon Best and Language for a New Century, among many other anthologies. His performances and readings have been received at hundreds of venues in the U.S. and internationally in London, South America, South Africa, and the Philippines.
Lisa Zeidner is the author of five novels: Customs, Alexandra Freed, Limited Partnerships, Layover, which has been translated into six languages and is in production as a film, and her most recently published novel, Love Bomb (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar Straus and Giroux). She has also published two books of poetry, Talking Cure and Pocket Sundial, which won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. She has also written screenplays for Universal Studios and Focus Features. Her fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in GQ, Mademoiselle, The New York Times, Boulevard, Poetry, The Washington Post and other publications. Her creative nonfiction has been anthologized in Salon.com’s Life As We Know It and Tin House’s Cooking and Stealing. Zeidner is the recipient of the 1993 Warren I. Sussman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Provost’s Teaching Award.
Rutgers-Camden “New Voices” Visiting Writer
Every year, an emerging novelist, memoirist, or poet will be selected from a national competition to join the faculty for two semesters. The Rutgers-Camden Visiting Writer will teach workshops, give readings, supervise theses, and take part in the annual Summer Writers’ Conference.
Paul Lisicky is the author of the novel Lawnboy, the memoir Famous Builder, and the story collection The Burning House. His work has appeared inPloughshares, The Rumpus, The Iowa Review, Subtropics, and and many other magazines and anthologies. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has taught in the writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and elsewhere. His next book of nonfiction, Unbuilt Projects, is forthcoming from Four Way Books.
“New Voices” Professor 2009-2011
Adam Mansbach’s latest novel is The End of the Jews. His previous novel, Angry Black White Boy, was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005 and is currently taught at over fifty universities. Mansbach’s previous books include the novel Shackling Water; the poetry collection genius b-boy cynics getting weeded in the garden of delights; and Nature of the Beast, a graphic novel to be published in 2009. He is also the author of a children’s book, the bestselling Go the F*ck to Sleep. The recipient of a 2008 Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant from the Ford Foundation, Mansbach is the founder of the 1990s hip-hop journal Elementary and a regular contributor to the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times book reviews.