2013 Featured Writers

Nick Lantz


Nick Lantz is the author of two recent collections of poetry. The first, We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (Graywolf Press, 2010), won the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Larry Levis Reading Prize. His second collection, The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors’ House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), was selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky for the Felix Pollak Prize. His third book, How to Dance When You Do Not Know How to Dance, is due out in 2014. Lantz earned his MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and his work has appeared in Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Poetry Daily, Blackbird, jubilat, and FIELD, and has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio program The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. He has taught creative writing at the University of Wisconsin, Gettysburg College, Franklin & Marshall College, the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop, and Queens University’s Low-Residency MFA. He currently teaches at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Allyson Goldin Loomis


allysonAllyson Goldin Loomis’ fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Glimmer Train, Pleiades, Harper’s Magazine and the Nashville Review among other fine publications. For the past ten years she has served as a professor of English and creative writing at The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. A Los Angeles native, she began her Wisconsin career as the J.C. & Ruth Halls Fellow with the Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.