Dr. Jordan Windholz
Professor Windholz’s collection of poems, Other Psalms, was selected by Averill Curdy for the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, and his work has appeared in such journals as 32poems, Barrow Street, The Cincinnati Review, and Boston Review, amongst others.
A graduate of Messiah College with a degree in English literature, Professor Windholz has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he received his MFA, as well as Fordham University in New York City, where he earned his PhD.
Literature has always sustained Professor Windholz, but poetry especially bewilders, mystifies, and enlivens him. He is especially fond of the work of Frank O’Hara.
In addition to reading and writing poetry, Professor Windholz enjoys hiking and camping, eating good food, going to the theater, and taking expeditions with his family. He lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut with his wife, two daughters, and dog.
“Whether we are reading or producing it—and ideally, we are doing both—literature expands the horizons of what we know and who we are. At its best, it imagines and builds new communities. It is my hope that our time together not only brings new and compelling stories, poems, and essays into the world, but also creates lifelong friendships amongst the participants.”
Dr. Matthew Roth
Dr. Matthew Roth teaches a wide range of writing and literature courses, including Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetry Workshop, Introduction to English Studies, and Contemporary American Poetry. He also teaches a course focused on the works of the novelist Vladimir Nabokov. Matthew’s first book of poetry, Bird Silence, was published by the Woodley Press in 2009. His poems have been published in many national journals, including Verse, American Literary Review, Antioch Review, and 32 Poems. He has also published a number of frequently cited articles on Nabokov’s novel, Pale Fire. When not engaged in scholarly pursuits, Matthew enjoys gardening, camping, and spending time with his wife, Kerry, and two children, Ella and Silas.
Matthew Roth Poetry Reading (live video, with an introduction by Professor Christine Perrin)
Tara Stillions Whitehead
Tara Stillions Whitehead received her BA in Cinema-Television Production from University of Southern California and her MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction, from San Diego State University. Her writing has appeared in Red Rock Review, Fiction International, Chicago Review, Texas Review, American Book Review, Columbia College Literary Review, and elsewhere. In 2009, she received a Glimmer Train Press award for New Writers, and her 2013 short story, “After the Almost End of the World” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Prior to teaching, Tara worked in various aspects of film and television production; her resume includes the hit shows Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. She teaches literature and a variety of writing courses, including screenwriting in Central Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband and two children.