The writer's hotel 2018 teaching assistants

TWH Teaching Assistants provide substantial help to their fellow writers in all three genres, Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry, giving manuscript readings pre-conference and on-site meetings in NYC. TWH TAs are distinguished working writers and terrific and helpful readers and editors. TAs were individually nominated by TWH Editors to fill these special positions. Each TA attended TWH in a previous year, so that this group may help foster a healthy and vibrant TWH literary community. Together we are writers helping writers. We are writers for writers' sake. 

From top left: Scott Branks del Llano, Jeff Hill, Christine Kalafus and Parks Kugle. From bottom left: Margo Orlando Littell, Lyndsie Manusos, Scott McDaniel and Diane Oatley. 



Teaching Assistant Biographies (alphabetical, citing TWH genre focus)

Scott Branks Del Llano (Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry) is a poet, story teller, and avid traveler. He grew up in Colombia where he was raised among indigenous peoples. He completed his PhD in Humanities at University of Texas at Dallas. He teaches creative writing and coordinates peace and global human rights programs. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction are published in various education monographs, Sojourn, and Reunion: The Dallas Review for which he served as artistic editor. He is writing a novel, Song of Managraça, set near his home in the forested dunes of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique where he spends summers writing, reveling in nature, and contributing to the local community. 

Jeff Hill (Fiction) is currently pitching two novels to agents while teaching high school English at Lincoln Northeast High School. He has also taught various creative writing modules in the Arts and Humanities FOCUS Program and Lincoln Southwest High School. He is a past participant of the Sarah Lawrence College Summer Seminar for Writers and served as a TWH Teaching Assistant in 2016 and as TWH Faculty in 2017. Jeff is re-joining the TWH Faculty again in 2018 to instruct a Fiction Genre Lab with Scott Wolven. Jeff is also the Chief Creative Officer of ComicBooked.com. He calls Nebraska and New York home and has dozens of publications to his name. 

Margo Orlando Littell (Fiction) grew up in a coal-mining town in southwestern Pennsylvania. Her first novel, Each Vagabond by Name (University of New Orleans Press, 2016), about grief, isolation, and xenophobia in Appalachia, won an IPPY Award Gold Medal for Mid-Atlantic Fiction and the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize. It was long-listed for the 2017 Tournament of Books and was named one of 15 Great Appalachian Novels by Bustle. A portion of her novel-in-progress, The Distance from Four Points, was published in the July 2017 issue of Embark: A Literary Journal for Novelists. She has an MFA from Columbia and lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. 

Scott McDaniel (Poetry) The work of Pushcart Prize nominated poet Scott McDaniel has been featured or is forthcoming in Mad Swirl, Deep South Magazine, Oberon Poetry Magazine, Common Ground Review and The New Guard. He has read throughout his home state of Arkansas as well as Castletownroche, Ireland and Manhattan. Scott began writing poetry at an early age and was encouraged to do so by his cousin, award-winning inaugural poet Miller Williams. He lives and works in his hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas; a city outside of Memphis that is highly influenced by the culture of the Mississippi Delta. His writings reflect the unique hues, quirks and broken promises of the modern south.

Christine Kalafus (Nonfiction) is a writer, editor, teacher, and addicted home remodeler. A published essayist, she recently completed her first book, the memoir Blueprint for Daylight. She is also a storyteller, performing to live audiences in Boston regularly. Her storytelling performance, “I Hear You Make Cakes,” was selected by The Moth for its national podcast. Since 2014, Christine has been spearheading free writing workshops in her community including those for female cancer survivors. She lives in the wilds of northeast Connecticut in a dilapidated farmhouse that needs her.

Parks Kugle (Fiction) writes in a variety of styles, including fantasy, magical realism, and historical fiction. He is currently attending Sarah Lawrence College for his MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction. He has lived in Austin and New Orleans where he has worked for media companies and non-profits. In New Orleans, he edited and published a small ‘zine titled Provocative. He is in the process of redrafting his first novel. He lives in the Bronx. 

Lyndsie Manusos' (Fiction) fiction has appeared in Midwestern GothicApex MagazinePANK, A Cappella Zoo and other notable publications. Her work of flash fiction, "Clean Team" won 2017 Write to Publish Contest by Ooligan Press in partnership with The Masters Review. She was a shortlist finalist for the 2014 Ploughshares Emerging Writers contest and a finalist in the 2017 River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction contest. Lyndsie holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her present work in progress is a collection short stories titled Encyclopedia of the Unexplained. Split into four parts and cataloging the variety of the unknown, the collection includes stories about the dangers of wishing a child from the grave, captive marionettes, the ghosts from our past, and the complexities of grief in proximity to death. Lyndsie is also at work on a          novel-in-stories set in a winter-themed amusement park in the Chain O' Lakes area of northwest Illinois. She currently lives and works in Chicago and serves as web producer for The Poetry Foundation.

Diane Oatley (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Translation) is a writer, independent scholar and translator. Originally from the US, she transferred to the University of Oslo in 1983, completing an MA in comparative literature there in 1990. She has a long list of non-fiction publication credits, predominantly in the field of dance studies, most recently with a focus on the traditions of Oriental dance and flamenco. Her dance writings include reviews as well as academic articles and creative non-fiction in peer review journals and anthologies. Her poetry has been published in anthologies and journals in England and Norway and she has three volumes of poetry to her name, with publication of the third made possible through funding from Arts Council Norway.  She has translated a long list of fiction and non-fiction titles from Norwegian into English. In 2014 she received NORLA’s annual translator’s award for non-fiction. She is a member of the Norwegian Non-fiction Translators Association and the Norwegian chapter of P.E.N. Since 2005 she has divided her time between Oslo, Norway and Jerez de la Frontera, Spain where she is studying Flamenco dance and culture. She is currently writing her first novel.

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