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Our Advisory Board

Providing literary guidance

Etruscan Press is proud to have assembled such an esteemed advisory board, comprised of writers of various genres, educators, business people, and other friends with an keen interest in today’s literary scene. Our board of advisors includes:

Maggie Anderson
Maggie Anderson is the author of numerous poetry collections and editor of several books and journals. Her most recent publication, Windfall: New and Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000) won the Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement. She has also been awarded four Pushcart Prize Honorable Mentions and an Ohioana Poetry Prize. Anderson earned a master’s degree in English and a master’s in social work from West Virginia University. She has taught at the University of Oregon, The Pennsylvania State University, Hamilton College, and the University of Pittsburgh and has served as Poet in Residence at over 30 locations. She is former coordinator of the Appalachian Writers’ Conference and the Marshall County Poetry Performing Arts Festival and has been awarded fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the MacDowell Colony, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the West Virginia Arts and Humanities Commission, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Anderson is Professor of English at Kent State University, where she serves as coordinator of the Wick Poetry Program.
Nin Andrews
Nin Andrews’s poems and stories have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, 2003), and Great American Prose Poems. She won an individual artist grant from the Ohio Arts Council in 1997 and again in 2003. She is the author of several books, including Spontaneous Breasts (1998), winner of the Pearl Chapbook Contest; Any Kind of Excuse (2003), winner of the Kent State University chapbook contest; The Book of Orgasms (Cleveland State University Press, 2000); The Book of Orgasms and Other Tales published in England by Bloodaxe Books (2003); Sleeping with Houdini (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2008); Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane (Web del Sol, 2005); Dear Professor: Do You Live in a Vacuum? (2008); and Why They Grow Wings(2001), published by Silverfish Press and winner of the Gerald Cable award.She is also the editor of a book of translations of the French poet Henri Michaux entitled Someone Wants to Steal My Name from Cleveland State University Press (2003).
Christopher Barzak
Robert Carioscia
Robert Carioscia’s paintings and art have been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries, including: The Parrish Art Museum, Fusion Arts Museum, The Elaine Benson Gallery, Giordano Gallery, James Yu Gallery, Homegrown Gallery, Gallery North, Aquasource Gallery, Mills Pond House Gallery, The Hechsher Art Museum, The Islip Arts Museum, Hofstra University, Dowling College, Youngstown University, and others. He is a recipient of the Grumbacher Award, The Hechsher Art Museum Award in Painting and has been a resident fellow at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Carioscia has received the following public art commissions: a public arts commission from the The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts For Transit Program for permanent art at Columbus Circle Station and a public arts commission for a mural project at a LIRR Train Station. He has also served on the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts For Transit selections committee. He was born in NYC and educated at Hofstra University (BA and MA), Cooper Union, and SUNY Stony Brook. He began his formal career in art by collaborating on performance pieces at Robert Raushenberg’s NY studio. His company, Solita Art Associates, Inc., creates art, represents Visual Artists, and produces graphic arts materials.
Michael Collier
Michael Collier is the author of four books of poems, The Clasp and Other Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 1986), The Folded Heart (University Press of New England, 1989), The Neighbor (Phoenix Poets Series, 1995), and most recently, The Ledge (Mariner Books, 2002), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Collier earned a MFA from the University of Arizona. He is a former Poet Laureate for the state of Maryland and is the Director of the prestigious Breadloaf Writers Conference. He has received Guggenheim and Thomas Watson fellowships, two NEA fellowships, a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Antaeus, The Nation, The New Republic, and Poetry. Collier has taught at Yale University and John Hopkins University, and is currently Professor of English at the University of Maryland, where he serves as co-director of the Creative Writing Program.
Bonnie Culver
Bonnie Culver is Co-Founder and Director of the Wilkes University Creative Writing Low-Residency Program. Screenwriter, playwright, and novelist, Bonnie Culver’s plays have been produced from NY to LA by colleges, regional theatres, and equity companies. Marlee Matlin’s Solo One Production Company optioned Raining Rainbows, her fourth film. In 2004, her play Sniper won the New Jersey Arts Council Perry Award for Excellence in the Production of an Original Play and completed a first class equity showcase at Center Stage, NYC, in 2005. In 2006, Sniper was included in the Richard and Betty Burdick National Playwriting Reading series, an annual event that showcases “the best in American contemporary theatre.” The screenplay version of Sniper was a 1996 Sundance Film Development Program finalist. Currently, her film In Perfect Harmony, slated to star Robert Wagner and Jill St. John, is in pre-production and she is work on a new play, Silent Partners, which is under consideration by actress Marlee Matlin.
Donald W. Faulkner
Donald W. Faulkner has published two collections of poems, At Dunkard Creek and In Dyers Wood, and edited many books of writings by eminent literary critic Malcolm Cowley, including The Flower and the Leaf (Viking,1986), The Portable Malcolm Cowley (Penguin, 1990), The Penguin 20th Century Classics edition of Exile’s Return (1994), New England Writers and Writing (University Press of New England, 1996), and William Kennedy (State University of New York Press, 2008). His work has appeared in publications as diverse as Vanity Fair and Sewanee Review, and he appeared as a featured commentator in the A&E Biography/Crisman Films production, The Lost Generation and the PBS/TV France production, Paris: The Luminous Years. Faulkner has worked as a writer-in-residence at the Connecticut Hospice and has taught creative writing and literature at Yale University. He has been recipient of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award for writing and fellowships and awards from The Newberry Library, The Connecticut Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Danforth Foundation, and the Society for Values in Higher Education. Faulkner is Associate Professor of English and Theatre at the University of Albany and the director of the New York State Writers Institute.
William Greenway
William Greenway holds a PhD in Modern Literature and Poetry from Tulane University. He has been awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize, an Ohioana Poetry Award, an Editors’ Prize from Missouri Review, an Open Voice Poetry Award from The National Writer’s Voice Project, and an Ohio Arts Council Grant. He was Georgia Author of the Year for 1994. Greenway has published over 500 poems in such magazines as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner and Southern Review. He has also published several poetry collections, including Pressure Under Grace (Breitenbush Books, 1982), Simmer Dim (University of Akron Press,1999), and Ascending Order (University of Akron Press, 2003). Greenway writes songs and performs in the folk group Brady’s Leap, and he is Distinguished Professor of modern poetry and poetry writing at Youngstown State University.
William Heyen
William Heyen, born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1940, is Professor of English/Poet in Residence Emeritus at SUNY Brockport. He has been awarded Fulbright, NEA, American Academy of Arts & Letters, Guggenheim, and other fellowships and prizes. Etruscan’s Shoah Train (2003) was chosen as one of five finalists in poetry for the 2004 National Book Awards. Etruscan also published his September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond (2002), The Confessions of Doc Williams & Other Poems (2006), and A Poetics of Hiroshima(2008).His work has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The Nation, The Ontario Review, and in over one hundred anthologies. Heyen is the author of: Erika: Poems of the Holocaust; The Host: Selected Poems 1965-1990 (both Time-Being Books, 1991, 1994); Diana, Charles, & the Queen; Crazy Horse in Stillness (both from BOA Editions, Ltd, 1998, 1996), the latter of which won the 1997 National Small Press Book Award for Poetry. He is a former Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature in Germany.
Li-Young Lee
Li-Young Lee was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, of Chinese parents. After spending a year as a political prisoner, Lee’s father fled Indonesia with his family, traveling in Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan before arriving in America. Lee has studied at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Arizona, and the State University of New York at Brockport. He has taught at various universities, including Northwestern University and the University of Iowa. Lee has published a memoir, The Winged Seed (Ruminator Books, 1999), and three books of poetry, The Book of My Nights, The City in Which I Love You, and Rose (all BOA Editions, 2001, 1990, 1993), the last of which won New York University’s Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award. Lee has received grants and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. He currently lives in Chicago.
J. Michael Lennon
Mark Van Tilburg
Mark Van Tilburg is the Executive Director of the Office of Marketing and Communications at Youngstown State University. He is a higher education communications and marketing professional with significant administrative and management experience in leading media relations, integrated brand marketing, development and communications programs over the past 14 years. He played pivotal roles in the planning and successful orchestration of numerous communications, marketing, research, publishing, crisis management, web development, video production and advertising projects. He is a strong relationship builder, project manager, creative leader and an exceptional writer.
John Vernon
John Vernon is the author of four novels, All for Love; Peter Doyle (both Simon & Schuster, 1995, 1993); LaSalle; and Lindbergh’s Son (both Penguin, 1987, 1978) along with several books of scholarship and poetry. He earned a BA from Boston College, and a MA and PhD from the University of California at Davis and is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research. Vernon has received fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Distinguished Professor of English at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Michael Waters
Michael Waters’s most recent book, Darling Vulgarity, has been selected as a finalist for the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Poetry category. He is Professor of English at Salisbury University in Maryland where he teaches creative writing and American literature. He has published seven collections of poetry, including four from BOA Editions: Darling Vulgarity (2006); Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001); Green Ash, Red Maple, Black Gum (1997) and Not Just Any Death (1979) and three from Carnegie Mellon University Press, including The Burden Lifters (1989); Anniversary of the Air (1985) and Bountiful (1992). Among his awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, four Pushcart Prizes, and Residency Fellowships at Yaddo, MacDowell, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Tyrone Guthrie Center (Ireland) and most recently, at St. James Centre on Malta. Waters lives with his family in Salisbury, Maryland.
John Wheatcroft
In addition to The Fugitive Self: New and Selected Poems from Etruscan (2009), John Wheatcroft has published numerous novels, including Edie Tells (A.S. Barnes, 1975); The Beholder’s Eye, Mother of All Loves, and Trio with Four Players (all Cornwall Books, 1987, 1994, 1996); collections of poetry, including Death of a Clown (A.S. Barnes, 1964), Prodigal Son, and Random Necessities (both Cornwall Books, 1984, 1999); and plays. His work and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, Bazaar, and the New York Herald Tribune.He served as a juror for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and has been a resident fellow at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Wheatcroft is Professor Emeritus of English at Bucknell University, where he served as Founding Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry.