Aspen Words’ July Writers in Residence are Nancy Reisman and Rick Hilles. A limited number of free copies of their books will be available for attendees at the event.
Nancy Reisman is the author of two novels, Trompe L’Oeil and The First Desire, and the short story collection House Fires, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her stories have appeared in many journals and anthonolgies, including Tin House, Narrative, Five Points, Yale Review, Subtropics, Michigan Quarterly Review, Best American Short Stories 2001, and O. Henry Prize Stories 2005. She’s received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Tennessee Commission for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bogliasco Foundation. She grew up in Western New York and now lives in Nashville, where she teachers creative writing at Vanderbilt University.
Rick Hilles, a Whiting Writers’ Award recipient, is the author of two poetry collections:Brother Salvage, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and named Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine (which celebrates independent and small press publishing) and A Map of the Lost World, a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award. He has been the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholar, a Camargo Fellow, a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the Ruth and Jay C. Halls Fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and has received an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and Missouri Review’s Larry Levis Editors’ Prize. He is currently an associate professor of English at Vanderbilt University and lives with his wife, the fiction writer Nancy Reisman, in Nashville.