Johannes Göransson 

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I teach classes on poetry writing, modern and contemporary poetry, translation and translation theory, as well as a multimedia classes on the grotesque, the weird and the uncanny. As a Creative Writing teacher I believe it is fundamental for classes to develop frameworks for reading each other’s work in interesting and generative ways, rather than trying to hew the work to status quo standards. I believe it’s my role to help students read work – including their own and that of fellow students - that challenge them, and to challenge students to write the work that feels most urgent to them. Over the past 20 years, I have also translated a number of books, mostly by contemporary Swedish poets (Aase Berg, Ann Jäderlund, Johan Jönson, Helena Boberg and Eva Kristina Olsson); but also works by Finland-Swedish poets (Henry Parland and Gunnar Björling) and a Korean poet (Kim Yideum). Since 2005, Joyelle McSweeney and I have run the press Action Books, an international press that creates transnational conversation between poets from around the world. I have also written extensively about translation, including the book Transgressive Circulation: Essays on TranslationI have a restless approach to form. My books tend to traverse, question, corrupt and meld different forms, media, genres and languages. I have written a book of epistolary poems, a book as an impossible pageant, two books of poetry based on a failed crime novel, and a book of morphing translations. I am currently working on book of lyrical poems that derive their rhythm from my attempt at bringing Swedish and English together. Since I began writing I have been interested in the volatile relationship between text and body. I have been drawn toward the impure – in both form and content.

233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

E-mail : johannesgoransson@gmail.com
Phone: 574-631-7618

Joyelle McSweeney

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Specialty: Poetry, Prose, Translation, Theory

Degrees: BA magna cum laude, Harvard; MPhil, Oxford University; MFA University of Iowa Writers Workshop

Joyelle McSweeney is the author of ten books of poetry, stories, novels, essays, translations and plays, including, most recently, the poetry double-volume Toxicon and Arachne (Nightboat Books, 2020) and The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults, a work of decadent ecopoetics (University of Michigan Poets on Poetry series, 2015). Her debut poetry volume, The Red Bird, inaugurated the Fence Modern Poets Series in 2001, while her verse play, Dead Youth, or the Leaks, inaugurated the Leslie Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women Performance Artists in 2014. With Carmen Maria Machado, she was the guest editor of Best American Experimental Writing 2020. She also collaborated with Don Mee Choi on translations of prose by Korean modernist Yi Sang, featured in Yi Sang: Selected Works from Wave Books (2020) alongside translations by Jack Jung and Sawako Nakayasu. With Johannes Göransson, she co-edits the international press Action Books.


233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

E-mail : Joyelle.McSweeney.5@nd.edu
Phone: 574-631-9870
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Orlando Menes

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Orlando Ricardo Menes is Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches creative writing, literature, and translation. His latest poetry collections are Memoria (Louisiana State University Press, 2019) and Heresies (University of New Mexico Press, 2015)  He is also the author of Fetish, winner of the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Furia (Milkweed, 2005), and Rumba atop the Stones (Peepal Tree, 2001). His poems have appeared in several prominent anthologies, as well as literary magazines like Poetry, The Southern Review, Prairie SchoonerThe Cincinnati Review, Hotel Amerika, Harvard Review, Hudson Review, and Callaloo, among many others.   In addition, Menes is editor of Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the Sacred (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2004) and The Open Light: Poets from Notre Dame, 1991-2008 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). Besides his own poems, Menes has published translations of poetry in Spanish, including My Heart Flooded with Water: Selected Poems by Alfonsina Storni (Latin American Literary Review Press, 2009).  His poetry delves into questions of liminality, the hybrid sacred, diaspora and exile, and the relationship between the cross-cultural imagination and a poetics of the baroque.

233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

E-mail : Orlando.Menes.1@nd.edu
Phone: 574-631-4110

Valerie Sayers

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Valerie Sayers writes prose, mostly. She is the author of a collection, The Age of Infidelity and Other Stories, and six novels. All her work is equally concerned with narrative play, philosophy, and politics: she considers both her fiction and her nonfiction comic and dead serious. Her most recent novel is The Powers, which contemplates baseball and pacifism in parallel narratives of prose and photography. Who Do You Love and Brain Fever were named New York Times “Notable Books of the Year,” and a film, “Due East,” was based on her novels Due East and How I Got Him Back. All six novels have been reprinted in uniform paperback editions from Northwestern University Press. Sayers’s work appears widely, in such publications as the New York TimesWashington PostCommonwealZoetropeAgni, Ploughshares, and Witness, and has been cited in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. Her literary prizes include a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes for short stories. The William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English, she has received Notre Dame’s Kaneb, Joyce, and Sheedy Teaching Awards. Her focus in the Creative Writing Program is on supporting writers as they define and refine their own aesthetic and philosophical values.

233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

E-mail : Valerie.L.Sayers.1@nd.edu
Phone: 574-631-7160
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Roy Scranton

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Degrees: BA and MA, The New School; PhD, Princeton University
Specialties: Environmental humanities, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary journalism, war writing, 20th-century American literature

Associate Professor of English
Director, Environmental Humanities Initiative

Roy Scranton is the author of five books, including Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization, the monograph Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature, and the novel War Porn. In addition, Scranton co-edited Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War and What Future: The Year's Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate, and Reinvent Our Future. His essays, articles, and reviews have been published in the New York Times, The Nation, MIT Technology Review, The Baffler, The New Republic, and elsewhere. Scranton's New York Times essay “Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene” was selected for The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014, and his essay “The Terror of the New” was selected as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2015. He won the Theresa A. White Literary Award for short fiction (2009), was the recipient of a Mrs. Giles G. Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities (2014–2015), was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University (2016), and was awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship in Fiction (2017). 

233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

E-mail: Roy.W.Scranton.1@nd.edu

 

Steve Tomasula

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Steve Tomasula is the author of the novels The Book of Portraiture; VAS: An Opera in Flatland, the acclaimed novel of the biotech revolution; IN&OZ; and TOC: A New-Media Novel (which received the Mary Shelly Award for Excellence in Fiction, and has just been released as an app for iPad). He is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Once Human: Stories.

Incorporating narrative forms of all kinds—from comic books, travelogues, journalism or code to Hong Kong action movies or science reports—Tomasula’s writing has been called a ‘reinvention of the novel,’ combining an ‘attention to society in the tradition of Orwell, attention to language in the tradition of Beckett, and the humor of a Coover or Pynchon.’ His writing often crosses visual, as well as written genres, drawing on science and the arts to take up themes of how we represent what we think we know, and how these representations shape our lives.

More than 50 of his short stories have been in magazines such as Bomb, McSweeney’s, The Iowa Review, and Western Humanities Review. His critical essays on art and literature have been published internationally in journals, including Leonardo, Kunstforum, and Études anglaises: revue du monde Anglophone. His essays and fiction are also included in anthologies such as Musing the Mosaic (SUNY), Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information (Routledge), The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature, and The Year’s Best SF (Harper Collins). He holds a doctorate in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was recently named a Howard Fellow.

233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Homepage: www.stevetomasula.com

E-mail : tomasula.4@nd.edu
Phone: 574-631-7647

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi (Current Program Director)

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Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the novel Call Me Zebra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and long listed for the PEN Open Book Award, and the critically acclaimed novel Fra Keeler (Dorothy, a publishing project). She is the winner of 2015 Whiting Writers' Award (for “early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come”), a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship in Fiction to Catalonia, Spain, and a Fellowship from the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes in Barcelona. She is currently at work on a series of interviews for the Los Angeles Review of Books titled “The Catalan Paradox: writers, translators and publishers on the literature of a stateless language.” Her next book is a spatial study of Napoleon’s exile in Elba a la Georges Perec and is forthcoming as part of a series on documenting space from Coffee House Press in 2021. 

Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from GRANTA, BOMB, The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Paris Review Daily, Guernica, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. She has lived in Iran, Spain, Italy, various parts of the United States, and the United Arab Emirates. Fra Keeler has been translated into Italian and was published by Giulio Perrone Editore in 2015. Call Me Zebra was published in the U.K. by Alma Books and is forthcoming in Turkey and Romania. Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi splits her time between South Bend and Chicago.

Specialty: Fiction Writing, Latin American and Iberian Literature, World Literature, Literature in Translation

Degrees: MFA Literary Arts (Fiction), Brown University; BA Creative Writing; Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego

233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

E-mail: Azareen.VanDerVlietOloomi.1@nd.edu
Phone: 574-631-0477