2018 Writers' Festival Guest Authors

Three distinguished authors will be on campus April 3-6, 2018, for Agnes Scott College’s 46th Annual Writers’ Festival, the oldest continuous literary event in Georgia. The 2018 visiting authors are Eula Biss, Mat Johnson, and Agnes Scott alumna writer, playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger '00.

eulabissweb.jpgEula Biss

Eula Biss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award for nonfiction;  Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award for criticism, and a collection of poetry, The Balloonists. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award. She holds a B.A. in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and a M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Third Coast, and Harper’s. Eula Biss and John Bresland are the Chicago-based band STET Everything.




Mat Johnson 

matjohnsonweb.jpgMat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving DayPYMHunting in Harlem, and Drop; the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot; and the graphic novels IncognegroDark Rain, and Right State. Until 2000, Johnson was a regular columnist for New York’s Time Out magazine. In 2007, Johnson was named the first USA James Baldwin Fellow by the United States Artists Foundation. He was awarded the 2011 John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and prestigious Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. He is also a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.






 Jacqueline Goldfinger

jacqueline-goldfingerweb.jpgJacqueline Goldfinger received her B.A. in English Literature-Creative Writing from Agnes Scott in 2000 and her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California in 2004. Her play The Arsonists currently has a National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere (Azuka Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Know Theatre, Capital Stage, Benchmark Theatre) in 2017-18. Her plays have been developed and produced at theaters including National Theatre New Work Studio (London), Disquiet (Lisbon), The Kennedy Center, Orlando Shakespeare, La MaMa, Vermont Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Seattle Public, The Blank, InterAct Theatre, Emerson Stage, Manhattan Theatre Works, Theatre Exile, Arden Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre, NY International Fringe Festival, and FringeArts. Her awards include the Yale-Horn Drama Prize, the Smith Prize, the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play, the Philadelphia Critics Award for Best Play, and the Brown Martin Award. Her work has been supported by New Georges, NEA ArtWorks, PlayPenn, Yaddo, The Lark, The Independence Foundation, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. She’s represented by Abrams Artists Agency. For more information: www.jacquelinegoldfinger.com