Christopher Bakken, Program Director

Christopher BakkenPhoto by Kelly Gorney
Program Director, Christopher Bakken, is the author of the culinary memoir, Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table, as well as three books of poetry, Eternity & Oranges, Goat Funeral and After Greece. He is also co-translator of The Lions' Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, The Iowa Review, and Best American Poetry 2016. Bakken holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from University of Houston, and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia University. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bucharest and is currently Department Chair and Frederick F. Seely Professor of English at Allegheny College. Bakken won Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burger Contest in 2005 and has cooked live on the CBS Saturday Morning Early Show. He organizes an organic produce cooperative out of his garage in Pennsylvania.

Food/Travel Writing with Christopher Bakken

Natalie Bakopoulos

Natalie Bakapoulos Natalie Bakopoulos is the author of The Green Shore (Simon & Schuster, 2012), and her work has appeared in Tin House, VQR, The New York Times, Granta, Glimmer Train, O. Henry Prize Stories, and various other publications. Along with Eileen Pollack and Jeremiah Chamberlin, she is the co-author of Creative Composition. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan, has received fellowships from the Camargo and MacDowell foundations, and was a 2015 Fulbright Fellow in Athens, Greece. She currently teaches at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

Fiction/Nonfiction with Natalie Bakopoulos

Joanna Eleftheriou

Joanna Eleftheriou Joanna Eleftheriou studied at Cornell University, Old Dominion University, the Center for Ottoman, Byzantine, and Modern Greek Studies in Birmingham, UK, and the University of Missouri, where she earned a doctorate in creative writing. She is Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and her translations and creative work have appeared in The Crab Orchard Review, Apalachee Review, Neoskopos, and The Common.

Greek Language and Culture with Joanna Eleftheriou

Carolyn Forché

Forche Carolyn Forché is a poet, essayist and translator whose four poetry books include Gathering The Tribes, The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour. She has received numerous prizes, fellowships and awards, including three National Endowment Fellowships, a John Simon Guggenheim, the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, The Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the Golden Rose, a Lannan Fellowship, the di Castagnola Prize, and a Hiroshima Foundation Award for her work on the preservation of memory and culture. For thirty years, she has been a human rights activist, working in El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Lebanon, the West Bank, and South Africa. Her poetry has been translated into twenty-seven languages. She is a professor of English at Georgetown University where she also serves as Director of Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. She is the 2013 recipient of the fellowship of the Academy of American Poets.

Craft talks and Manuscript Consultations with Carolyn Forché

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014). She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Awards for her writing include an NEA Fellowship in poetry and the Pushcart Prize. As professor of English at The State University of New York at Fredonia, she was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence and named the campus-wide Hagan Young Scholar. She is the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program in creative writing. World of Wonder, her collection of illustrated nature essays, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions.

Poetry with Aimee Nezhukumatathil