The Kerouac Project

2019-2020

Chelsey Crammer

Fall

Chelsey Clammer

Chelsey Clammer is the author of the award-winning essay collection, Circadian (Red Hen Press, 2017) and BodyHome (Hopewell Publications, 2015). Her work has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, Hobart, Brevity, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Normal School and Black Warrior Review. She teaches online writing classes with WOW! Women On Writing and is a freelance editor. Her next collection of essays, Human Heartbeat Detected is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Chelsey received an MFA in Creative Writing from Rainier Writing Workshop, and an MA in Women’s Studies from Loyola University Chicago. She currently resides in Austin, Texas. You can read more of her writing at www.chelseyclammer.com.

Threa Almontaser, one of the writers-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House.

Winter

Threa Almontaser

Threa Almontaser is a Yemeni-American writer, translator, and multimedia artist from New York City. A first generation college student, she is a MFA graduate from North Carolina State University and the recipient of scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and others. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets, she is winner of the 2019 Claire Keyes Poetry Award, the 2018 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize, the 2017 Unsilenced Grant for Muslim American Women Writers, and more. Her work is published in or forthcoming from Sundress Publications, Oxford Review, Nimrod International Journal, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches English to immigrants and refugees in Raleigh and enjoys traveling to places not easily found on a map. For more, please visit threawrites.com.

Spring

Ronan Ryan

Ronan Ryan is an Irish writer, based in Dublin, and he has also lived in France, Japan, America, Singapore, Australia, England, Scotland, and New Zealand. He has an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington. His debut novel, The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice, published by Tinder Press in 2017, was named by the Irish Independent Review as one of their ‘Books of the Year’ and was a finalist for The Lascaux Prize in Fiction. He has written memoir articles for The Irish Times, and his short story Danger, Love, Magic, a finalist for the Machigonne Fiction Contest, will be published by The New Guard literary review in 2019.

Summer

Dina Peone

Dina Peone is a memoirist, poet, and professor from Saugerties, New York. She is the founding editor of the Cliffhanger.,a pocket-sized anthology of art and literature devoted to fragments. She studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College (’15) before earning her MFA at the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program (‘18). In the fall of ‘18 she became a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Program, teaching their first online course. Then, she became a Lecturer at the University of Chicago. She was a Visiting Writer at Sarah Lawrence’s 2018 Writer’s Village and a 2017 Writer-in-Residence at the University of Iowa.

During her studies, Dina taught high school, college, and doctoral students between the East Coast and the West. She led workshops for incarcerated women, hosted several student reading series, and assisted editors of The Iowa Review. She has received many awards and honors, including The Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry, an Outstanding Teaching Award, and a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been anthologized by Hippocampus Magazine and Books and the 2018 SAT Reading: World Literature Practice Book. Her first book, Burn to the Bone,accounts for her “survival” from a house fire when she was a morbid teenager.

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