Director of Creative Writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts
When I was at Pitt, Buddy Nordan and Chuck Kinder were two of the best guides that a young writer could ask for. Chuck was all about playing "what if"—creating a rich and welcoming environment for us to take creative risks, and Buddy was all about making sure that we never lost touch with the importance of storytelling as a way to understand and critique our shared humanity. However, they never put it in that precious, stuffy, high-flown way. They did it effortlessly, without pretension, and with a lot of love for us and the art of storytelling.
Publications: A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America (Soft Skull Press). Essays and reviews have appeared in IMAGE, The Normal School, the Utne Reader, and Creative Nonfiction, and online at Offline Magazine, Killing the Buddha, and Bookslut.
Date of graduation: 2002