Christopher Merrill has published seven collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and translations; and six books of nonfiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. His writings have been translated into nearly forty languages; his journalism appears widely; his honors include a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French government, numerous translation awards, and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial and Ingram Merrill Foundations. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa since 2000, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries. He served on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO from 2011-2018, and in April 2012 President Barack Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities. www.christophermerrillbooks.com
Nataša Ďurovičová divides her time between editing, teaching, scholarly work, and translating. She is the editor of IWP's imprint 91st Meridian Books at Autumn Hill Books, and the program's journal 91st Meridian. She has also co-edited World Cinemas,Transnational Perspectives (2010; the winner of SCMS's 2011 Best Edited Collection award) and the essay collection At Translation's Edge (2019), and is one of the two translators of André Bazin on Adaptation: Cinema's Literary Imagination (2022).
Hugh Ferrer, on staff since 2001, serves as a Senior Editor of the Iowa Review, and on the boards of Iowa City’s UNESCO City of Literature and the University of Iowa’s Center for Human Rights. For many years, he has been on faculty at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival; and the UI courses he has taught have introduced undergraduates to fiction writing, international literature, journal publishing, and Iowa City’s literary culture.
The Writing University Webmaster Lauren Haldeman is the author of Instead of Dying (winner of the 2017 Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 2017), Calenday (Rescue Press, 2014) and the chapbook The Eccentricity is Zero (Digraph Press, 2014). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Colorado Review, Fence, The Iowa Review and The Rumpus. A poet, web designer and comic book artist, she has taught in the U.S. as well as internationally, including a reading and lecture tour of South Africa sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She has been a recipient of the 2015 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, the Colorado Prize for Poetry and fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. You can find her online at http://laurenhaldeman.com.
Pamela Marston has taught literature and creative writing at university level for over twenty years, in hybrid, online, and campus course types. Her research areas have included 21st century literacies, environmental humanities, and art and politics. Her course design and course development consistently strives to include emerging genres and to promote inclusion.
Mike Meginnis received an MFA in Fiction from New Mexico State University, where he served for several years as Managing Editor of the literary magazine Puerto del Sol. He is the author of the novels Drowning Practice (2022, Ecco) and Fat Man and Little Boy (2014, Black Balloon). His story “Navigators” appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012. He has served in several positions at the University of Iowa, working to communicate with various audiences, plan events at every scale, and provide support to learners of many ages.
Sheri Mohler earned her BA in English, worked, among many other jobs, as a reporter at a small-town Iowa paper, and subsequently earned a Master of Accountancy (MAc) from the University of Iowa: the IWP is a perfect fit for this English major-cum-accountant! In her spare time, she has begun to appreciate the rewards of yoga and meditation.
Josie Neumann received her BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Business from the University of Iowa, and has pursued graduate studies in Educational Measurement and Statistics at the UI School of Education. For a decade she worked in the U.S. and international education sectors focused on online and virtual education, teacher training programs, clinical & classroom assessments, professional licensure, and special education. In her spare time, she volunteers in Iowa City schools and rows with the local crew club, Hawkeye Community Rowing.
Caitlin Plathe received her BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. An alumna of IWP’s Between the Lines program, she has held several assistantship positions at IWP. She is also the author of I Am No Plath, a volume of poems.
Alisa Weinstein received a BFA in Drama and MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, and a PhD in Anthropology from Syracuse University; she also studied at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and conducted dissertation research on a Fulbright-Nehru scholarship. Among her other writing, she authored scripts for India’s Sesame Street, Galli Galli Sim Sim, and is currently at work on an ethnography on tailors working in Jaipur, India. A co-founder of Home Ec. Workshop in Iowa City, she often teaches knitting and sewing to crafters of all ages.