The 9th Annual New Voices Festival

April 28–30, 2021

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In light of the pandemic, the New Voices Festival will again be virtual in 2021. You can read about our 2020 New Voices below. Our 2021 New Voices will be announced soon! Contact Eleanor Henderson at ehenderson@ithaca.edu or Chris Holmes at cholmes@ithaca.edu for more information.

The 2020 New Voices

Alexandra Chang's author photo

Alexandra Chang is the author of the novel Days of Distraction (March 2020) from Ecco/HarperCollins. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, Catapult, LARB Quarterly Journal, and elsewhere. She graduated from Syracuse University’s MFA program in 2018. Before that, she worked as a staff writer for Cornell University, WIRED, and Macworld, where she covered technology, science, and research. She grew up in San Francisco, Shanghai, and Davis, and currently lives in Ithaca. George Saunders calls Days of Distraction a "startlingly original and deeply moving debut—kaleidoscopic, funny, heart-rending, beautifully observed, and formally daring."

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CJ Hauser teaches creative writing and literature at Colgate University. Her most recent novel, Family of Origin, was published by Doubleday in 2019. Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here, calls Family of Origin "a meditation on a singularly unique family" and "a supremely weird novel that displays humor and heartbreak in equal measure.” Hauser is also the author of the novel The From-Aways and her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Narrative Magazine, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, Esquire, Third Coast, and The Kenyon Review. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College and a PhD from Florida State University. She lives in Hamilton, New York.

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Brendan Mathews is the author of the short story collection This is Not a Love Song (2019) and the novel The World of Tomorrow (2017), both published by Little, Brown and Co. The World of Tomorrow was named an Honor Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. It was also named an Indie Next Great Read and an Editors' Choice by the New York Times Book Review. A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, Brendan’s fiction has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories and in Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Cincinnati Review, and other publications in the US and UK. He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Born and raised in upstate New York, he received his MFA from the University of Virginia. He lives with his wife and their four children in Lenox, Massachusetts, and teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Andre Perry author photo

Andre Perry is an arts advocate and the author of the essay collection Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now (Two Dollar Radio, 2019). He received his MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and his work has appeared in The BelieverCatapultGranta and other journals. He co-founded Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival, a celebration of music and literature, as well as the multidisciplinary festival of creative process, Witching Hour. He continues to live and work in Iowa City. Book Riot says, "Perry’s essay collection contains personal, deeply felt ruminations on identity, racism, and belonging."

Author photo of Elizabeth Lindsey Rodgers

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers is the author of the poetry collections Chord Box (2013), finalist for the Miller Williams Prize and the Lambda Literary Award; and The Tilt Torn Away From the Seasons (Acre Books, February 2020). Her poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, Boston Review, and Crazyhorse, among others, and her creative nonfiction has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017, Best American Travel Writing 2017, The Missouri Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. After receiving her MFA from Cornell University, she taught at Cornell, Kenyon College, Tulane University, the Bard Early College New Orleans, and George Mason University, as well as in community settings. Most recently, she was the Murphy Visiting Fellow in English-Creative Writing at Hendrix College from 2016 to 2019. A contributing editor at The Kenyon Review and a volunteer for the Veterans’ Writing Project, she lives in Washington, D.C. with her wife and baby.

Jonathan Spector author photo

Jonathan Spector is a playwright and theatre-maker based in Oakland, California. His play Eureka Day premiered at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, and won all of the region’s new play awards: Will Glickman Award, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Rella Lossy Award, and Theatre Bay Area Award. Other plays include Good.Better.Best.Bested, In from the Cold, and Siesta Key. Jonathan is a recipient of South Coast Rep’s Elizabeth George Commission, has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and was a Resident Playwright at Playwrights Foundation. He holds an MFA from San Francisco State University and is the Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning Just Theater, which San Francisco Weekly has called “One of the Bay Area’s best small theaters." An On the Verge staged reading of Eureka Day will be directed by Claire Gleitman at the New Voices Festival.

Nomi Stone smiling in a hat

Nomi Stone is a poet and an anthropologist, and the author of two poetry collections, Stranger’s Notebook (TriQuarterly, 2008) and Kill Class (Tupelo, 2019), described as "analytical and viscerally haunting" by Publisher's Weekly. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, Stone’s poems appear recently in POETRY,  American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry, Tin House, New England Review, and elsewhere.  She has a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia, an MPhil in Middle East Studies from Oxford, and an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson, and she is an Assistant Professor in Poetry at the University of Texas, Dallas.