Guest Writers for 2013
Tom Maltman, Fiction
Essayist, poet, and fiction writer, Tom Maltman, grew up as an Air Force brat, living everywhere from Lubbock, Texas to Stuttgart Air Force Base in Germany. His first novel, The Night Birds, published in 2008, won multiple honors including an Alex award, A Spur award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. His next novel, Little Wolves, will be available in January of 2013. He lives with his wife and two daughters and teaches composition and creative writing at Normandale Community College in the Twin Cities.
Jeanne Murray Walker, Poet
Jeanne Murray Walker, poet, playwright, and
teacher, is the author of seven books of poetry, and her scripts, which have been performed in theaters across the United States and in London, are archived in North American Women’s Drama. An Atlantic Monthly Fellow at Bread Loaf School of English, Jeanne has also been awarded a Pew Fellowship in The Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, eight Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships, The Glenna Luschei-Prairie Schooner Prize, and other fellowships and prizes. A book of new and selected poems and another volume of her essays will both be published in 2012. Jeanne is a Professor of English at The University of Delaware, where she heads the Creative Writing Concentration, and she lives with her husband, a lawyer, outside Philadelphia.
Patty Kirk, Creative Nonfiction Writer
Memoirist and essayist, Patty Kirk is the author of a food memoir, Starting from Scratch; a spiritual memoir, Confessions of an Amateur Believer; an essay collection, The Gospel of Christmas; and two memoir/essay/self-help hybrids, The Easy Burden of Pleasing God and A Field Guide to God. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas and is Writer in Residence at John Brown University. Having taught and studied in Berlin, Beijing, Hong Kong, Boston, and New Orleans, she now lives on a farm in eastern Oklahoma.
Andrew Peterson, Songwriter
Andrew Peterson, a Dove-nominated singer-songwriter from Nashville, has quietly carved out a niche for himself as one of the most thoughtful, poetic, and lyrical songwriters of his generation. A native of Florida and graduate of Florida Christian College, Peterson has released fourteen albums since his debut in 1996. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Caedmon’s Call, Randy Travis, and Michael Card. Two of his songs were included on a 2007 episode from the Veggie Tales series. Peterson hopes to use his gifts to simply tell the truth and to tell it as beautifully as he can. In addition to his music, Peterson has just published the third of a four-part fantasy series for young readers called the Wingfeather Saga.