Current Visiting Faculty

Joanna Klink is the author of They Are Sleeping (University of Georgia Press, 2000), Circadian (Penguin Books, 2007), Raptus (Penguin Books, 2010), and Excerpts for a Secret Prophecy (Penguin Books, 2015). She has received awards and fellowships from The Rona Jaffe Foundation, Jeannette Haien Ballard, Civitella Ranieri, The Bogliasco Foundation, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Trust of Amy Lowell. She received an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. in Humanities from Johns Hopkins University. She was the Briggs-Copeland Poet at Harvard University and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Montana. Joanna Klink is the Fall 2019 Visiting Poet at the Michener Center for Writers.

Maya Perez is a writer and producer. Her writing has appeared in JoylandElectric Literature, The Masters Review, Misadventures Magazine, and she is co-editor of three collections of interviews with screenwriters and filmmakers: On Story – The Golden Ages of TelevisionOn Story – Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films, and On Story – Screenwriters and Their Craft, all published by the University of Texas Press. She is an executive producer on the television series On Story, now in its ninth season on PBS. On Story won a Lone Star EMMY Award® for Best Interview/Discussion Program Series in 2018 and for Best Arts/Entertainment Program in 2014. It was nominated for a Lone Star EMMY Award® in 2016. Maya Perez’s honors include fellowships from SFFILM/Westridge, the Sundance Institute, New York Stage & Film, and she was named one of MovieMaker Magazine and Austin Film Festival’s “25 Screenwriters to Watch” for 2016. She received a BA from Vassar College and an MFA as a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin. In Fall 2019, Maya Perez will teach the Michener Center’s First Year Seminar.