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Hedgebrook: VORTEXT 2016

May 20, 2016 - May 22, 2016

Join us for an extraordinary weekend salon led by renowned women writers.
Connect in diverse and powerful small-group workshops. Enjoy dynamic keynotes and discussions about opportunities and challenges for women who write. Share meals, open mics, conversation and community in a stunningly beautiful setting.


Announcing the 2016 teacher roster:


Natalie Baszile is the author of the debut novel, Queen Sugar, which is being adapted for TV by writer/director, Ava DuVernay of “Selma” fame, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Winfrey’s cable network. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicles’ Best Books of 2014, was long-listed for the Crooks Corner Southern Book Prize, and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Natalie has a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers. Her non-fiction work has appeared in TheRumpus.net, Mission at Tenth, The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Visit Natalie’s website for more information.


Carole DeSanti is Vice President, Executive Editor at Penguin Random House, where she is known for championing independent, high-quality women’s writing. Her list includes Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Melissa Bank’s Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Ruth Ozeki’s Booker Prize finalist, A Tale for the Time Being, and Edgar-nominee Rebecca Scherm’sUnbecoming as well as the bestselling novels of Deborah Harkness, Penelope Lively and Terry McMillan. Her essays on publishing have appeared in The New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Guardian and The Women’s Review of Books. DeSanti’s own critically acclaimed debut novel, The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R., was published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Visit Carole’s website for more information.


Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the author of the novels My Year of MeatsAll Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, as well as the memoir The Face: A Time Code. Translated in over thirty languages, A Tale for the Time Being was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won the 2014 LA Times Book Award and The Yasnaya Polyana Prize, given by the estate of Leo Tolstoy, for the best foreign novel in Russian translation. Ruth’s documentary and dramatic independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been shown on PBS and at the Sundance Film Festival. Ruth is a contributing editor to the Massachusetts Review, serves on the editorial advisory board of the Asian American Literary Review, and edits the Everyday Zen website. She is the Elizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing at Smith College. Visit Ruth’s website for more information.


Victoria Redel is the author of four books of fiction and three books of poetry, most recently the story collection Make Me Do Things and a poetry collection, Woman Without Umbrella. Her novel The Border of Truth, a Barnes and Noble Discovery Book, weaves the situation of refugees and a daughter’s awakening to the history and secrets of her father’s survival and loss. Loverboy was awarded the 2001 S. Mariella Gable Novel Award, the 2002 Forward Silver Literary Fiction Prize and was chosen in 2001 as a Los Angeles Times Best Book. Loverboy was also adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. Redel has taught at Columbia University, Vermont College, Davidson College and is currently a professor at Sarah Lawrence College. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for The Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Fine Arts Work Center. Visit Victoria’s website for more information.


Rahna Reiko Rizzuto is the author of the memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning, which was a National Book Critics Circle Finalist, an Asian American Literary Award Finalist, a Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee, and the winner of the Grub Street National Book Award. Her first novel, Why She Left Us, won an American Book Award in 2000. She is also a recipient of the U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. She was Associate Editor of The NuyorAsian Anthology: Asian American Writings About New York City and is a Hedgebrook alumna. Reiko has been interviewed widely on motherhood including on The Today Show, 20/20, and The View. Her articles on motherhood, Hiroshima, the Japanese internment camps and radiation poisoning have been published globally, including in the L.A. Times, Guardian UK, CNN Opinion and Salon, and through the Progressive Media Project. Reiko is a faculty member at Goddard College in the MFA in Creative Writing program, and is the advisor of the national literary journal, Clockhouse. She is Japanese/Caucasian and was raised in Hawaii. Visit Reiko’s website for more information.


Dani Shapiro’s newest bestselling memoir, Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life, was called “a magnificent memoir of the writing life…brimming with widely resonant wisdom” by Brainpickings which, along with Flavorwire, chose it as one of the top ten books of the year. She is also the author of the bestselling memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life.”  Dani was recently Oprah Winfrey’s guest on “Super Soul Sunday.” Her latest essays on the lures and dangers of the internet and social media have stirred up controversy, gone viral, and are now being taught in many universities. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University; she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. A contributing editor at Conde Nast Traveler, Dani lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Visit Dani’s website for more information.


Hannah Tinti’s short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and winner of the The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her new book, The Twelve Bullets of Samuel Hawley, is forthcoming with The Dial Press in 2017 and is being developed into a television series by Matt Reeves’s company 6th & Idaho, along with Endemol/Shine. In 2002 she co-founded the award-winning magazine One Story and for the past 14 years has been its Editor in Chief. In 2009 she received the PEN/Nora Magid award for excellence in editing and in 2014 One Storywon the AWP Prize for Best Small Press.Hannah co-founded the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy with Dani Shapiro and Michael Maren (now in its 10th year) and currently teaches at New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture. Visit Hannah’s website for more information or follow her on twitter @hannahtinti.


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