Robin Hemley Founder and President, USA Robin Hemley has published eleven books of fiction and nonfiction and has won many awards for his work including three Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction and a Guggenheim Fellowship. For nine years, he directed The Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He is currently Director of the Writing Program at Yale-NUS in Singapore, where he is also Writer-in-Residence. A Professor Emeritus at The University of Iowa, he is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He founded NonfictioNOW in 2005 at The University of Iowa and is currently president of the organization.  

Robin Hemley
Founder and President, USA

Robin Hemley has published eleven books of fiction and nonfiction and has won many awards for his work including three Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction and a Guggenheim Fellowship. For nine years, he directed The Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He is currently Director of the Writing Program at Yale-NUS in Singapore, where he is also Writer-in-Residence. A Professor Emeritus at The University of Iowa, he is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He founded NonfictioNOW in 2005 at The University of Iowa and is currently president of the organization.  

David Carlin Vice-President, Australia David Carlin is author of two books of nonfiction,The Abyssinian Contortionist (2015) and Our Father Who Wasn’t There (2010), and co-edited the anthologies The Near and the Far (2016) and Performing Digital (2015). His plays, documentary and short films and radio essays have won awards and featured at numerous international festivals. He has also directed theatre and circus, and led the acclaimed Circus Oz Living Archive project. David is an Associate Professor, co-founder of the non/fictionLab and co-director of WrICE at RMIT University, Melbourne. Vice-President of NonfictioNOW, he co-chaired the Melbourne and Flagstaff conferences. (He likes co-doing things!)

David Carlin
Vice-President, Australia

David Carlin is author of two books of nonfiction,The Abyssinian Contortionist (2015) and Our Father Who Wasn’t There (2010), and co-edited the anthologies The Near and the Far (2016) and Performing Digital (2015). His plays, documentary and short films and radio essays have won awards and featured at numerous international festivals. He has also directed theatre and circus, and led the acclaimed Circus Oz Living Archive project. David is an Associate Professor, co-founder of the non/fictionLab and co-director of WrICE at RMIT University, Melbourne. Vice-President of NonfictioNOW, he co-chaired the Melbourne and Flagstaff conferences. (He likes co-doing things!)

Nicole Walker Vice-President, USA Nicole Walker is the author of six books Microcosm, Canning Peaches for the Apocalypse, Egg, Micrograms, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, and This Noisy Egg. She also edited Bending Genre with Margot Singer. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment from the Arts and nonfiction winner of Best of the Net in 2013 and 2014, she’s nonfiction editor at Diagram and Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where it rains like the Pacific Northwest, but only in July. She chaired the 2015 conference in Flagstaff. 

Nicole Walker
Vice-President, USA

Nicole Walker is the author of six books Microcosm, Canning Peaches for the Apocalypse, Egg, Micrograms, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, and This Noisy Egg. She also edited Bending Genre with Margot Singer. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment from the Arts and nonfiction winner of Best of the Net in 2013 and 2014, she’s nonfiction editor at Diagram and Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where it rains like the Pacific Northwest, but only in July. She chaired the 2015 conference in Flagstaff. 

 
Rúnar Helgi Vignisson 2017 Conference Co-Chair, Iceland Rúnar Vignisson is an award-winning Icelandic author and translator. He has published seven books of fiction, numerous essays, and translated eighteen books by acclaimed American, Canadian, English, South-African and Australian authors. His short stories have been translated into Spanish, German, Polish, Chinese and English. Vignisson is currently director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Iceland. 

Rúnar Helgi Vignisson
2017 Conference Co-Chair, Iceland

Rúnar Vignisson is an award-winning Icelandic author and translator. He has published seven books of fiction, numerous essays, and translated eighteen books by acclaimed American, Canadian, English, South-African and Australian authors. His short stories have been translated into Spanish, German, Polish, Chinese and English. Vignisson is currently director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Iceland. 

Alison Barker Australia Ali Barker is an experienced arts manager with communications, project management, strategy and marketing experience. She has a first class honours degree in English from the University of Western Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Management, Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK. She spent six years in London working for the Barbican Centre, the V&A, Lyric Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. Ali currently works as Project Manager and Producer for the non/fictionLab at RMIT University. 

Alison Barker
Australia

Ali Barker is an experienced arts manager with communications, project management, strategy and marketing experience. She has a first class honours degree in English from the University of Western Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Management, Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK. She spent six years in London working for the Barbican Centre, the V&A, Lyric Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. Ali currently works as Project Manager and Producer for the non/fictionLab at RMIT University. 

Laurel Fantauzzo Philippines Laurel Fantauzzo's debut nonfiction book The First Impulse (Anvil Publishing, 2016) explores a love story and a mystery in Metro Manila. Her essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, Esquire and CNN Philippines, and The Rumpus, among other venues. She teaches at Yale-NUS College and lives between Singapore and Quezon City, Philippines.

Laurel Fantauzzo
Philippines


Laurel Fantauzzo's debut nonfiction book The First Impulse (Anvil Publishing, 2016) explores a love story and a mystery in Metro Manila. Her essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, Esquire and CNN Philippines, and The Rumpus, among other venues. She teaches at Yale-NUS College and lives between Singapore and Quezon City, Philippines.

 
Patrick Madden USA Patrick Madden is the author of two essay collections, Sublime Physick and Quotidiana, and co-editor of After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays. He curates www.quotidiana.org and, with David Lazar, edits the 21st Century Essays series at the Ohio State University Press. A Fulbright and Howard Foundation fellow, he teaches at Brigham Young University and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Patrick Madden
USA

Patrick Madden is the author of two essay collections, Sublime Physick and Quotidiana, and co-editor of After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays. He curates www.quotidiana.org and, with David Lazar, edits the 21st Century Essays series at the Ohio State University Press. A Fulbright and Howard Foundation fellow, he teaches at Brigham Young University and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

 
Elena Pasarello USA Elena Passarello is the author of two essay collections, Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, both published by Sarabande Books. Her essays have recently appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Oxford American, Iowa Review, Slate, and the anthologies After Montaigne and Cat is Art Spelled Wrong. A graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, she now teaches at Oregon State University and co-edits West Virginia University Press’s In Place series. Passarello received the Whiting Award for nonfiction in 2015.

Elena Pasarello
USA

Elena Passarello is the author of two essay collections, Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, both published by Sarabande Books. Her essays have recently appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Oxford American, Iowa Review, Slate, and the anthologies After Montaigne and Cat is Art Spelled Wrong. A graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, she now teaches at Oregon State University and co-edits West Virginia University Press’s In Place series. Passarello received the Whiting Award for nonfiction in 2015.

 
Heidi Stalla USA Heidi Stalla is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College and Associate Director of the Writing Program. Her teaching, writing, and research interests include Twentieth Century English Literature, Transnational Modernisms, Virginia Woolf, Creative Nonfiction, and Experimental Life-Writing. She is currently working on a book about the ‘mythical method’ in Virginia Woolf’s historiographical fiction, and an experimental memoir.

Heidi Stalla
USA

Heidi Stalla is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College and Associate Director of the Writing Program. Her teaching, writing, and research interests include Twentieth Century English Literature, Transnational Modernisms, Virginia Woolf, Creative Nonfiction, and Experimental Life-Writing. She is currently working on a book about the ‘mythical method’ in Virginia Woolf’s historiographical fiction, and an experimental memoir.

 
Wendy S. Walters USA Wendy S. Walters’s book of prose, Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal, was named a best book of the year by Buzzfeed, Flavorwire, Literary Hub, The Root, and Huffington Post. She is the author of two books of poems, Troy, Michigan and Longer I Wait, More You Love Me; a founding director of Essay in Public | A Humanities Project; and a Contributing Editor at The Iowa Review. Walters is Associate Dean of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons and Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College at The New School.

Wendy S. Walters
USA

Wendy S. Walters’s book of prose, Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal, was named a best book of the year by Buzzfeed, Flavorwire, Literary Hub, The Root, and Huffington Post. She is the author of two books of poems, Troy, Michigan and Longer I Wait, More You Love Me; a founding director of Essay in Public | A Humanities Project; and a Contributing Editor at The Iowa Review. Walters is Associate Dean of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons and Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College at The New School.