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Last year's info below. Registration for the 2015 Getaway will open by 8/25/2014.

The Winter Getaway is well known for its challenging and supportive workshops led by accomplished writers and artists. We hope you will get to know our faculty, read some of their work first online, and then in person in January.

Special Guests

Stephen Dunn's seventeenth volume of poetry, Falling Backwards into the World, was released by Jane Street Press at the 2012 Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway. His previous books include Different Hours, which was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Here and Now (2011), both from W.W. Norton. Stephen has received awards and fellowships from American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Magazine, NJ State Council on the Arts, Poetry Northwest, Mid-American Review and many others. A new and expanded edition of his book of essays, Walking Light, was published in 2001. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, but spends most of his time in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd. You can read or listen to some of his poems here.

** Stephen will lead three special Advanced Poetry Writing sessions at the Getaway.**

Tony Hoagland's four collections of poems include What Narcissism Means to Me and Donkey Gospel. A book of essays on poetic craft and art, Real Sofistikashun, was also published by Graywolf Press. His work has won the Poetry Foundation's Mark Twain Award in 2005, the Jackson Poetry Prize, the O.B. Hardisson Prize and The James Laughlin Award. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an NEA fellow in Poetry. He is a Professor of Writing and Literature at the University of Houston, and also teaches at the Warren Wilson low residency MFA. In 2012, he started Five Powers of Poetry, a program for coaching high school teachers in the teaching of poetry in the classroom. You can read or listen to some of his poems here.

** Tony will lead three special Advanced Poetry Writing sessions at the Getaway.**

Poetry Faculty

Renée Ashley is the author of five collections of poetry: Salt (Brittingham Prize in Poetry, University of Wisconsin Press), The Various Reasons of Light, The Revisionist's Dream, Basic Heart (X. J. Kennedy Prize in Poetry, Texas Review Press) and Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Subito Book Prize). She also has published two chapbooks, The Museum of Lost Wings (Hill-Stead Poetry Prize) and The Verbs of Desiring (New American Press Chapbook Award) and a novel, Someplace Like This. She teaches in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the NEA. Her website is

Michael Broek's Refuge/es, recipient of the Kinereth Gensler Poetry Award from Alice James Books, will be published in 2015, and his chapbook, The Amputation Artist, will be released in the spring of 2014. Beloit Poetry Journal published his chapbook, The Logic of Yoo, in 2011, and his poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Literary Review, Blackbird, From the Fishouse, The American Poetry Review, Literary Imagination, Pif, MiPOesias, Parthenon West Review, Fourteen Hills and elsewhere. He holds a PhD in literature and an MFA in Poetry and has received a Fellowship in Poetry from the NJ State Arts Council. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations, and the Chief Curator of Tran(s)tudies: The Hub of Trans-Formation Studies. He teaches Creative Writing at Brookdale Community College. Read a recent interview with Michael and an excerpt of The Logic of Yoo.

Barbara Daniels's Rose Fever was published by WordTech Press and her chapbooks Black Sails and Quinn & Marie by Casa de Cinco Hermanas. She received two Individual Artist Fellowships for her poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and earned an MFA in poetry at Vermont College. Her chapbook, The Woman Who Tries to Believe, won the Quentin R. Howard Prize from Wind Publications. Her poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Sugar Mule, The Literary Review and many other journals. Barbara Daniels and her husband David Daniels wrote two textbooks, English Grammar and Persuasive Writing, published by HarperCollins. Listen to Barbara read "Sugaring," published in The Cortland Review and read some of her poems from Rose Fever.

Emari DiGiorgio makes a mean arugula quesadilla and has split-boarded the Tasman Glacier. She is Associate Professor of Writing at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a NJ State Poet-in-the-School. She was named a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the NJ State Council on the Arts for 2012 and received the Governor's Award in Arts Education. Her poetry manuscript, Bullets in Honey, is a four-time finalist for Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, and her recent poems have appeared in Calyx, DIAGRAM and Poetry International. Her work was featured on the Dodge Poetry Foundation's Poetry Friday Blog.

Catherine Doty, a 2011 NEA Fellow in Poetry, is the author of Momentum, a volume of poems from CavanKerry Press in 2004, and Just Kidding, a collection of cartoons published by Avocet Press. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, among them Garrison Keillor's More Good Poems for Hard Times and Billy Collins's 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. She is the recipient of a Marjorie J. Wilson Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts and other grants and honors. Ms. Doty has worked as a visiting artist for the Frost Place, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New York Public Library and other organizations. Read her guest blog on the Dodge Poetry Foundation's Poetry Friday Blog.

Karen Zaborowski Duffy is the recipient of two Poetry Writing Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and is a poetry consultant for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. She has done residencies at Ragdale, Vermont Studio Center and The Norman Mailer Writers Colony at Provincetown where she was named a 2010 Fellow in Creative Nonfiction. Karen's poems have appeared in numerous journals including Calyx, PMS-poemmemoirstory, Salt Flats Annual and Journal of New Jersey Poets. Her poetry manuscript, Pathology of Goodness, was named 3rd runner-up for Boa Editions, Ltd. 2010 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and her chapbook, Giving in to the Smoke (2007), received the Starting Gate Award from Finishing Line Press. Karen's poem, "World Series, Game 5" was featured on The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer in 2007. Read the PBS article and the poem here.

Douglas Goetsch is the author of three books of poems and four prizewinning chapbooks. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry, Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. Among his honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He teaches poetry at conferences and programs throughout the U.S., runs a weekly workshop in his West Village apartment and is founding editor of Jane Street Press. Read an interview with Doug in Verse Wisconsin and some of his poems.

Luray Gross is the author of three collections of poetry: Forenoon (The Attic Press, 1990) and Elegant Reprieve won the 1995-96 Still Waters Press Poetry Chapbook Competition. The Perfection of Zeros was published by WordTech in 2004. A storyteller as well as a writer, she works extensively throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an Artist in Residence. She was the recipient of a Fellowship in Poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In 2000, she was named a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was the recipient of the Robert Fraser Open Poetry Competition Award from Bucks County (PA) Community College. She was the 2002 Poet Laureate of Bucks County and resident faculty at the 2006 Frost Place Festival and Conference on Poetry in Franconia, NH. Her poem, "The Perfection of Zero," was featured by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Public Poetry Project in 2008. Read some of her poems from The Perfection of Zeros.

Lois Marie Harrod's thirteenth book, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis, was published by WordTech in March 2013. She won the Tennessee Chapbook Prize 2012 (Poems & Plays) with her manuscript The Only Is. Her eleventh book, Brief Term, published by Black Buzzard Press (2011), features poems about teaching, and her chapbook, Cosmogony, won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook contest (Iowa State University). Over 500 of her poems have been published online and in print journals including American Poetry Review, Blueline, The MacGuffin, Salt, The Literary Review, Verse Daily and Zone 3. A Geraldine R. Dodge poet, former high school teacher and Princeton University Distinguished Secondary Teacher, she now teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Read some of Lois's poems on her blog and website.

Kenneth Hart teaches writing at New York University and works in the family roofing business. He is the 2007 co-winner of the Allen Ginsberg Award and the recipient of the 2008 editor's prize for New Ohio Review. His poem "Keep America Beautiful" was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac in 2009. He lives in Long Valley, NJ and spends his summers in Alaska. Ken's manuscript, Uh Oh Time, was selected by Mark Jarman as winner of the 2007 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Read some of his poems at Anhinga Press.

Charles Lynch has published poetry and prose in Before Columbus Review, Black American Literature Forum, MEMOIR (and), Chelsea, Ms. Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Rattapallax, Orison, Many Mountains Moving, The Saint Ann's Review, The Ledge, Home Planet News, The Black Scholar, Journal of New Jersey Poets, VISIONS International, The Evening Street Review, The Drunken Boat and other periodicals and anthologies. His dissertation at New York University was on the lives and poetry of Robert Hayden and Gwendolyn Brooks. He teaches writing and literature at New Jersey City University. In 2010 he received a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship for Cave Canem Poets, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit his website to read some of his poems.

Laura McCullough's books include Rigger Death & Hoist Another (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), Panic (Kinereth Gensler Award, Alice James Books), Speech Acts and What Men Want. She is the editor of two anthologies: The Room and the World: Essays on the Poetry of Stephen Dunn (Syracuse University Press, 2013) and A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race (University of Georgia Press, 2014). Her poetry, interviews, essays and memoirs have appeared widely in such places as The Georgia Review, New South, Guernica, The American Poetry Review and Green Mountains Review. She's won two New Jersey State Arts Council fellowships, one in prose and one in poetry, and won scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Sewanee Writers Conference, the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. She edits Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations. Learn more about Laura on her website and read a poem here.

Peter E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a night club and drove a cab. He is the author of Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, and a chapbook of poems, Thorough & Efficient. His unique poetry writing assignments have been collected in Challenges for the Delusional (2012), published by Jane Street Press. In addition to receiving a 2009 Poetry Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, he has received awards and fellowships from The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Yaddo, The Folger Shakespeare Library and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. He is the founder/director of Murphy Writing Seminars which sponsors the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for poets, writers and teachers. Read some of Peter's work here.

James Richardson received the 2011 Jackson Poetry Prize. His most recent books are By the Numbers, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award and a Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2010"; Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, which was a finalist for the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award; and Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays. His poems, essays and aphorisms have appeared in American Poet, American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, Slate, Yale Review, Great American Prose Poems, Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists, the Pushcart Prize anthology and several editions of The Best American Poetry. The recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University. Read one of his poems in The New Yorker and in The New York Times Style Magazine.

Christine E. Salvatore received her MFA from The University of New Orleans. She currently teaches literature and creative writing at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Egg Harbor Township High School and in the MFA Program at Rosemont College. One of her poems was chosen by the editors of The Southeast Review as a finalist in this year's Gearhart Poetry Contest. Her poetry has recently appeared or will appear in Mead Magazine, The Literary Review, The Cortland Review, Prime Number Magazine and in The Edison Literary Review, as well as others. She is the recipient of a 2005 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. Listen to her read some of her poetry here.

J. C. Todd's most recent volume of poems is What Space This Body (Wind, 2008). Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review and other journals. Awards include a finalist designation for the Lucille Medwick Lyric Poetry Award of the Poetry Society of America, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship for poetry, two Leeway Foundation awards and fellowships to international artist colonies in Germany and Sweden. A long-time Getaway workshop leader, she is a consultant with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College and the MFA Program at Rosemont College and holds an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is thrilled to be working one-on-one with poets this year as a tutor. You can read and listen to some of her poems here.

BJ Ward is the author of Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2012, forthcoming in September 2013, as part of the IO Poetry Series (North Atlantic Books). His other books are Gravedigger's Birthday, 17 Love Poems with No Despair and Landing in New Jersey with Soft Hands. His poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, NPR's "The Writer's Almanac" and New Jersey Network's "State of the Arts," as well as in publications such as American Poetry Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly and Painted Bride Quarterly. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts. He co-directs the Creative Writing degree program at Warren County Community College. To read some of Ward's work visit the Poetry Foundation, Painted Bride Quarterly or Getaway Reads.

** BJ will lead the poetry portion of the Creative Writing Sampler and the Algonquin-style Poetry Workshop.**

Paul-Victor Winters's most recent publications include poems and book reviews in New York Quarterly, Shot Glass Journal and TLR: The Literary Review. His chapbook, Muscle & Bone (Slapering Hol Press), won the 1995 Hudson Valley Writers' Center Poetry Chapbook Competition, judged by Billy Collins. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Indiana University. He has taught writing and literature at Indiana University, Atlantic Cape Community College and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He currently teaches English at Egg Harbor Township High School. Read some of Paul-Victor's poems: "First Poem after My Mother's Death" and "Apocalypse."

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