Directors

Dr. Ann Garvin

is an internationally published author, speaker and professor of health. Her novels On Maggie’s WatchThe Dog Year and  Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around are each about women who struggle to find their way in a world that asks too much from them, too often. Garvin balances her literary pursuits with teaching in the University of Wisconsin system, teaching at writing conferences, and speaking at Go Red, The Dream Bank & Madison Literacy Council. Her writing has been featured in BRAVA MagazineThe Unreasonable Institute, and The Last Word on Nothing. In her free times she runs the marketing collective The Tall Poppy Writers and raises a family. Garvin taught for five years in a low-residency MFA in New Hampshire and decided she could do something similiar for half their price and help wonderful writers access the knowledge and tools that traditional and low-residency MFAs in creative writing just don’t offer.

Erin Celello

is the author of two novels, Miracle Beach and Learning to Stay (both published by Penguin/NAL), and the forthcoming Colors Run. She received a B.A. in English from St. Norbert College, and a M.A. in composition pedagogy and an MFA in creative writing from Northern Michigan University. A born-and-raised Yooper, Erin now makes her home in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, two toddlers, and two crazy Vizslas, and is an Assistant Professor of writing for the University of Wisconsin system. She specializes in working with student veterans and on veterans issues. Her essays have appeared in Zocalo Public Square and Proximity Magazine. Erin is also a (co)founding member of the Tall Poppy Writers.