2017 Featured Writers

Kevin McFadden

mcfaddenKevin McFadden is the author of the poetry collection Hardscrabble, selected as the recipient of the George Garrett Award for poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a New Writers Award from the Great Lakes Colleges Association. His book arts collaborations include Anticism! A Manifesto, Jefferson Reappraised, and an illustrated chapbook featuring artist Jeff Pike entitled City of Dante. A contributor to Seems, McFadden’s poems also appear in journals including American Letters & Commentary, Fence, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares and Poetry. He is the lead editor and letterpress printer of Speaking in Faces: A Type Specimen Book, a catalog of typefaces documenting the largest publicly accessible collection of moveable type in Virginia. He works for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and resides in Charlottesville.

Emily Ruskovich

photo courtesy of Sam-McPhee

photo courtesy of Sam-McPhee

Emily Ruskovich grew up in the mountains of northern Idaho. She graduated from the University of Montana and received an MA in English from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was the 2011–2012 James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope, One Story, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. She was a 2015 winner of the O. Henry Award for her story “Owl.” Her novel, Idaho, released this year by Random House, is already in its second printing.