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Visiting Writers 2018

Below are the Young Writers' Workshop's visiting writers for 2018.
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Jeff Seymour

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Jeff Seymour writes hopeful, heartfelt fantasy that blends modern characters with timeless plots and offers something new and fantastic on every page. His debut middle-grade novel, Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue, was published by Putnam Young Readers on May 15, 2018, and his epic fantasy Soulwoven got over a million reads while being featured on Wattpad. In his day job as a freelance editor, Jeff helps shape and clean up stories for a talented roster of bestselling sci-fi and fantasy authors as well as newcomers to the business. In his free time, he plays more video games than he should, serves as support team to a wife with an incredible career of her own, pretends he knows anything about raising children, and gathers ideas for stories everywhere he goes.

Kyle Bass

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Kyle Bass, Associate Artistic Director for Syracuse Stage, is a two-time recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (for fiction in 1998 and playwriting in 2010), a finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award, a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwriting Conference, Pushcart Prize nominee and has recently been named the Burke Endowed Chair in Regional Studies at Colgate University. His new play Possessing Harriet will have its world premiere at Syracuse Stage in the 18/19 season.

Kyle is the co-author of the original screenplay Day of Days. The film stars award-winning veteran actor Tom Skerritt (Alien, Top Gun, Steel Magnolias, A River Runs Through It) and was released by Broad Green Pictures in 2017, and is currently writing the screenplay adaptation of Darcey Steinke’s novel Milk. Commissioned by the Society for New Music, Kyle is writing the libretto for an opera about folk music legend Libba Cotten. Kyle is the co-author (with Ping Chong) of Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo, which had its world premiere at Syracuse Stage subsequently produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City. He worked with acclaimed visual artist Carrie Mae Weems on her theatre piece Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina and was subsequently produced at Yale Rep and will be presented in the Kennedy Center this October.

Kyle recently completed Separated, a piece of documentary theatre about the student military veterans at Syracuse University, first presented at Syracuse Stage in 2017, directed by Robert Hupp. Kyle’s prose and other writings have appeared in the journals Folio and Stone Canoe, among others, and in the anthology Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk about Writing and he has appeared as a guest on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More,” discussing race in American theatre.

Kyle teaches playwriting at Colgate University, where he was recently named Burke Chair for Regional Studies. He also teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program at Goddard College. At Syracuse University Kyle teaches playwriting in the Department of Drama, and theatre courses in the Department of African American Studies. He has taught playwriting at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Kyle is Drama Editor for the award-winning journal Stone Canoe, and is creator and curator of Syracuse Stage’s Cold Read: A Festival of Hot New Plays. Kyle holds an MFA in Playwriting from Goddard College. He is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America.

Walker Rutter-Bowman

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Walker Rutter-Bowman is a fiction writer living in Ithaca, New York. A graduate of Syracuse University's MFA program, he was a 2017 resident at the Ucross Foundation and a 2016 Edward Albee Fellow. His fiction and criticism have appeared in Tin House Online, Harvard Review, and Full Stop. A former third grade teacher and librarian, he is now at work on his first collection of short stories.