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Young Writers' Conference Faculty

Amy S. Gottfried

Amy Gottfried is associate professor of English at Hood, where she teaches creative writing and American literature. She directs the master of arts program in humanities and also advises the student-run literary magazine, Wisteria. Her literary publications include short stories in magazines such as Adirondack Review and Quarry West. In addition, she has a story forthcoming in Glimmer Train, which awarded her second-prize in its Family Matters Short Fiction contest and honorable mention in its Short Short Fiction contest.

Elizabeth Knapp

Elizabeth Knapp is assistant professor of English at Hood College. She is the author of "The Spite House" (forthcoming from C&R Press), winner of the 2010 De Novo Poetry Prize. The recipient of the 2007 Discovered Voices Award from Iron Horse Literary Review, she has published poems in Best New Poets 2007, The Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, Barrow Street and many other journals. She holds an master of fine arts degree from the Bennington Writing Seminars and a doctoral degree from Western Michigan University.

Karen McElmurray

Karen Salyer McElmurray is associate professor in creative writing at Georgia College and State University. Her newest novel, "The Motel of the Stars" (Sarabande Books), has been nominated for The Weatherford Prize in Fiction, was a Lit Life Novel of the Year and was named Editor’s Pick by Oxford American. She is also the author of "Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey," recipient of the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction, and "Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven," winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. McElmurray is creative nonfiction editor for Arts and Letters: A Journal of Contemporary Culture.

Scot Slaby

Scot Slaby earned a master's degree from The Johns Hopkins University. A recipient of a scholarship to the West Chester Conference on Form and Narrative and a Fellow at the 2009 Johns Hopkins Conference on Craft, Slaby has poems forthcoming or published in Verse Wisconsin, Unsplendid, Bumbershoot and Out of the Catskills and Just Beyond, an anthology from Word Thursdays/Bright Hill Press. An International Baccalaureate-trained teacher at Urbana High School, Slaby co-founded the Urbana Writing Center, the school system’s first peer tutor-run writing center.

Elly Williams

Elly Williams is the author of the novel "This Never Happened" (Random House, 1998), published in the U.K .as a Penguin Classic under the title "Crazy Think" (Michael Joseph, 1997, 1998). Included in her publications are selections in The Missouri Review and Five Points. She earned a master's degree in writing from The Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in English from Ohio University. She has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among other honors and awards. Director and founder of the Hood College Young Writers’ Conference, Williams teaches at Hood College and The Johns Hopkins University.