Today’s program features four recent graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop: Nick Dybek, Daniel Khalastchi, Madeline McDonnell, and Vinnie Wilhelm.
Nick Dybek, author of When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man (Riverhead Books), and Vinnie Wilhelm, author of In the Absence of Predators, will read from their work at Prairie Lights Books on Wednesday, April 18th, at 7 PM.
This episode also features two other writers associated with Rescue Press, the publisher of Wilhelm’s debut: fiction writer Madeline McDonnell, author of There is Something Inside, It Wants to Get Out, and poet Danny Khalastchi, Rescue Press Assistant Editor, author of Manoleria.
We discussed first books, the challenges of post-MFA life, small presses and large ones, and what happens when writers marry.
Vinnie Wilhelm was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a graduate of
the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the recipient of literary fellowships
from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the National
Endowment for the Arts. Wilhelm’s fiction has appeared in the Virginia
Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere, and
his first collection of stories, In the Absence of Predators, was
released last fall from Rescue Press. He lives in Philadelphia.
Nick Dybek is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Iowa
Writers’ Workshop. He is the recipient of a Hopwood Award for Short
Fiction, a Maytag Fellowship, a 2010 Michener-Copernicus Society of
America Award, and a Granta New Voices selection. His first novel,
When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man, was just released from
Riverhead Books. He lives in New York City.
Madeline McDonnell is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a
former lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary. Her work has
appeared in Harvard Review and Cutbank, and her first collection of
stories, There is Something Inside, It Wants to Get Out was published
by Rescue Press in 2010. She lives in New York City, where she is at
work on a novel and a longer collection of short stories.
Daniel Khalastchi is a graduate of the University Wisconsin-Madison
and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of Manoleria (2011),
winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Prize, and his poems have
recently appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of journals
including Kenyon Review, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, and the Iowa
Review. He currently lives in Iowa City where he is the Assistant
Director of the University of Iowa’s Undergraduate Certificate in
Writing Program and a co-editor and founder of Rescue Press.