The writer's hotel 2017 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, Timothy Dyke, Pete Follansbee and Jenny Grosvenor. From bottom left: V. Hansmann, Parks Kugle and Mark Wagstaff.
Teaching Assistant Biographies (alphabetical, citing TWH genre focus)
Scott Branks Del Llano (Fiction & Nonfiction) 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.
Timothy Dyke (Fiction & Poetry) lives with parrots in Honolulu, Hawaii. He teaches high school students and writes poems, essays and stories. In 2012, he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. His chapbook, Awkward Hugger, was published by Tinfish Press in 2015. Tinfish just released his newest collection of linked prose poems, Atoms of Muses, in March. He just completed a collection of stories, Adventures in Trumpville and Other Stories, and is currently working in multiple genres. Timothy is also leading a TWH Genre Lab (inclusive of all three genres) this year, called "The Poet's Prose: Writing between the genres."
Pete Follansbee (Poetry) earned his MFA in Poetry from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in The North American Review, The Iowa Journal of Literary Studies, Pavement Magazine, and The Georgetown Review. During the spring of 2014, Pete attended a session of The Colrain Manuscript Conference, and in June of 2015, he attended The Writer’s Hotel. After growing up in New England and living in Iowa for five years, Pete now lives and teaches in Richmond, Virginia.
Jenny Grosvenor (Nonfiction) holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College and an MA in English Education from Columbia University. She teaches writing—the essay, memoir, short stories, poetry, journalism, and the 10-minute play—as well as advises senior writing theses in the English Department at The University of Vermont. Her writing career began in publishing, as an advertising copywriter/producer for Life and Sports Illustrated magazines. She is currently at work on a memoir, crafted in mosaic form, that investigates and reckons with the death of her husband by suicide when her four children were under the age of five. Recent essays have appeared in The Bennington Review and Writing On the Edge: On Writing and Teaching Writing. She currently lives in Stowe, Vermont, and visits Manhattan whenever possible to attend writing conferences, hunt for agents, and grab dinner with her brood who now live in Brooklyn.
V. Hansmann (Nonfiction & Poetry) was raised in suburban New Jersey; growing up to be neurotic, alcoholic, homosexual, and old. His publishing credits consist of essays in The New York Times, The Common online, Brevity, Post Road, and Best Travel Writing, Vol. 10, as well as poems in Structo and Subtropics. Since August, 2011, Hansmann has hosted a monthly reading series, ‘Bennington Writers’, at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village. His work can be found at vleecker.com.
Parks Kugle (Fiction) is a Texan writer currently back in his home state. He writes fiction and works for a media company. From 2005-2013, he lived in New Orleans where he freelanced, edited, and published a small ‘zine titled Provocative. In his free time, he loves to read fantasy, magical realism and history. He is in the process of redrafting his first novel.
Mark Wagstaff (Fiction) Since the 1990s, Mark Wagstaff has published stories in journals and anthologies in the US and UK. In April, 2017, he won the 39th Annual 3-Day Novel Contest for his novel, "Attack of the Lonely Hearts." In 2016, Mark’s story "Required Fields" was named a Notable Contender in the Bristol Short Story Prize. His story, "Some Secret Space," won the 2013 William Van Wert Fiction Award. In 2012, Mark's story "Burn Lines" won The New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest. Mark's second short story collection, also called Burn Lines, was published in 2014. Gina Ochsner described the stories in Burn Lines as ‘lyrically intrepid’ while Rick Bass found them ‘sweetly ominous’.
Photo of Underwood portable typewriter by Nathan Eldridge.