Director Marcus Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), selected by D.A. Powell for the National Poetry Series. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Wicker’s awards include a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and The Fine Arts Work Center. A 2012 Image Award Nominee and Poets & Writers Debut Poet, Wicker’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, and Ninth Letter, among other magazines. Marcus is an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.
Coordinator Linda Cleek is the Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Education in the USI Division of Outreach and Engagement. With more than 35 years’ experience managing conferences and other continuing education programs, she manages budgeting and logistics for NHWW, including registration, participant contacts, faculty contracts, travel, and publicity.
Formerly muscle for the IRS, assistant-director Ron Mitchell is the editor of Southern Indiana Review and founder and former editor of RopeWalk Press. He teaches creative writing and literary editing & publishing at the University of Southern Indiana.
John R. Beardsley divides his time between Evansville, Indiana, where he teaches composition at the University of Southern Indiana, and Tallahassee, Florida, where he is pursuing a doctorate in Creative Writing at Florida State University. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Journal, Gulf Coast, CutBank, Third Coast, American Literary Review, juked, and Makeout Creek.
Xavia Harrington, a native South Carolinian, graduated from Claflin University with a BA in English Education and certification to teach grades 7-12. As an undergraduate student, she worked extensively with ELL populations testing the classical educational theorems against the modern, urban environment in which they learned academic literacy. Xavia went on to attend Auburn University and work as a graduate teaching assistant and researcher, later graduating from Auburn University with an MA in Composition & Rhetoric with a concentration in Technical & Professional Writing. As an educator, Xavia enjoys teaching Composition & Rhetoric I & II as well as Introduction to Literature. As a researcher, Xavia is constantly enthralled with the juxtaposition of popular culture, literature, and literacy.
Jim Hunter was educated at Miami (OH) University and earned his MA in English at Virginia Tech. He currently teaches composition and literature at USI, and he has worked as an actor, a cook, an accountant, and a paramedic.
Anthony Rintala is a poet and English instructor at the University of Southern Indiana.
Alice Shen teaches playwriting, theatre history, and English composition at USI. She received her MFA from Virginia Tech and her BA from James Madison University. Her full-length play, Entitled, won the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Charles M. Getchell New Play Award in 2010.