Speakers and Presenters
Diane Glancy is professor emerita at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Currently she teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Glancy’s 2019 books are It Was Over There by That Place, The Atlas Review Chapbook Series, and The Book of Bearings, Wipf & Stock, Cascade Imprint, Poiema Series. She has published several books with Wipf & Stock: The Collector of Bodies, Concern for Syria in the Middle East (poetry), The Servitude of Love (short stories), No Word for the Sea and Mary Queen of Bees (novels). Forthcoming in 2020 is Island of the Innocent, a Consideration of the Book of Job from Turtle Point Press. Among her awards are two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Minnesota Book Award, an Oklahoma Book Award, an American Book Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. Her other books and awards are on her website www.dianeglancy.com.
Albert (Al) Haley’s fiction first appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, and other publications. Home Ground, his collection of short stories set in Alaska and Oklahoma, won praise from Raymond Carver and Larry McMurtry and The New York Times, which said, “It accumulates through self-contained narratives an ambitious near-novel rich in meaning.” Al is also the author of a novel, Exotic, winner of the John Irving First Novel Prize. The L.A. Herald Examiner called the novel, “as sweet and satisfying as a papaya peeled and presented by the one you love.”
In addition to his prose, Al has published many poems, including “Barcelona,” winner of the Rattle Poetry Prize. His poetry addressing aspects of faith has appeared in Christianity and Literature, The Anglican Theological Review, Sojourners, Christian Century, Ruminate, The Cresset, and The Windhover.
Al is a graduate of Yale University where he majored in economics and studied fiction writing with John Hersey and Gordon Lish. He later obtained his MFA in creative writing at the University of Houston.
Joshua Hren is Co-Founder and Assistant Director of the Honors College at Belmont Abbey. He is also founder and editor-in-chief of Wiseblood Books. Joshua regularly publishes essays and poetry in such magazines as First Things, Commonweal, Presence, Crisis, Touchstone, America, and New Oxford Review. His first academic book is Middle-earth and the Return of the Common Good: J.R.R. Tolkien and Political Philosophy. His first collection of short stories, This Our Exile (Angelico Press) received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Christianity and Literature Book of the Year Award. His second collection of short stories, In the Wine Press, is forthcoming (Angelico Press) in 2020.
Still on the Hill
STILL ON THE HILL has proved itself a favorite at many prestigious festivals and venues here and abroad, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas (in 2005, the duo took over the role of organizing and hosting Walnut Valley's NewSongs Showcase, an event that has been popular at the festival for almost two decades) and countless others.
Their own region, the Ozarks, has voted them the “Best Folk Band” for several years running, and the mayor of their town, Fayetteville, Arkansas, proclaimed Dec. 20th Still on the Hill Day for all the work the duo does in community service. They have produced seven widely acclaimed CD's (two as a foursome) and three years ago they signed with Swiss record label Brambus Records for the European release of their CD “Chaos & Calm”.
Seemingly oblivious to the limitations of what two musicians can create, Still on the Hill has set new boundaries of originality. This duo uses traditional instruments from their home in the Ozarks (mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica and scrub board) and other oddities such as the musical saw, ukelin and tenor uke to create a kaleidoscope of musical color and texture.
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Page last updated December 16, 2019