2015 Conference Presenters

PETER ALSON is the author of the memoirs Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie and Take Me to the River; as well as One of a Kind and Atlas. His articles have appeared in numerous national magazines, including Esquire, Playboy and The New York Times. He lives in New York with his wife, Alice, and their daughter, Eden.

BONNIE BARBER began her journalism career at The Advocate in Provincetown. As the only reporter embedded on the set of Tough Guys Don’t Dance, she had full access to the cast and crew and filed weekly stories. Except for Werner Herzog, Ryan O’Neal remains the most intimidating person she’s interviewed.

ROBERT J. BEGIEBING is the author of nine books, including two studies of Norman Mailer.   He is Professor of English Emeritus and founding director of the Low-Residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction at Southern New Hampshire University.

JUSTIN BOZUNG is a film writer with Shock Cinema and Videoscope magazines and a researcher who has worked with the estates of filmmakers Stanley Kubrick and Frank Perry on books about their films. He is also the host of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast for Project Mailer.

CHRISTOPHER BUSA is founding editor of Provincetown Arts Press, publisher since 1985 of the annual journal Provincetown Arts, monographs on distinguished older artists, and first books of poetry. His interviews and essays have been published in Arts, Art New England, Garden Design, Paris Review, Partisan Review, and the Mailer Review.

EZRA CAPPELL is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Inter-American Jewish Studies Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the author of numerous articles on Jewish American Literature and the author of the book, American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction.

MICHAEL CHAIKEN is a film curator, archivist and regular contributor to Film Comment magazine. He has organized film retrospectives dedicated to Norman Mailer, The Maysles Brothers and Dick Fontaine. He lives in what used to be New York.

RAJ CHANDARLAPATY is Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Afghanistan. He has published two books and eight articles on Paul Bowles, Norman Mailer, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, James Baldwin and Mohammed Mrabet.

BONNIE CULVER has had more than twenty plays produced. SNIPER was produced Off-Broadway in 2005. She has had three screenplays optioned and is at work on a one-woman play based upon Norris Church Mailer’s memoir—A Ticket to the Circus. She directs the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Department.

NICOLE DEPOLO is an author, editor, graphic designer, and educator living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. As a Ph.D. candidate at Boston University’s Editorial Institute, she is developing an annotated critical companion to Norman Mailer’s Ancient Evenings.

PATRICIA FLORIO, Wilkes University MFA graduate, has authored two memoirs: My Two Mothers and Cucina Amelia; finalist in N.M. Fellowship Contest in 2012; received N.M scholarship in Utah 2014. Her short stories have been anthologized in literary journals. She teaches writing at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ.

RONALD K. FRIED is the author of two novels and one work of non-fiction. His writing has appeared in “The Daily Beast” and elsewhere. Fried was a 2010 fellow at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. Two Mailers is his first play.

ANDREW GORDON is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Florida and author of An American Dreamer: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Fiction of Norman Mailer; Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg; and co-author (with Hernan Vera) of Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness.

CATHY HAASE, actress, author, educator, Native New Yorker, lifetime member of the prestigious Actors Studio where she met NM and Norris. Films include Another 48 Hrs, The Kill-Off, The Ballad of Little Jo.  TV–Madame Secretary. Author—Acting for Film (Allworth Press). Teaches theater at City College, Film at the German Film and Television Academy, Berlin.

SHAWN HATTEN is a writer and filmmaker.  He is a graduate of Temple University’s Film and Media Arts Program and Wilkes University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program.

ANNE B. HENRY, MFA, winner of the 2014 Woodstock Writers Story Slam, novelist and short-story writer, is a reader for Hippocampus Literary Magazine, graduate of Wilkes University and a teacher of creative writing. She’s a musician’s wife, a dog-lover, avid reader and a fierce competitor at word games and trivia.

MATTHEW HINTON (MA, MFA) was born in the back seat of his great grandmother’s Posten Taxi in the parking lot of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Pennsylvania. He has authored several plays, and is Coordinator of Writing at Misericordia University. His collection of detective poetry, entitled Instant Deaths and Stutter Guns, is forthcoming. He dreams in analog.

CAROL HOLMES studied Mailer’s work at Penn in 1964 under Robert F. Lucid, and then under Leslie Fiedler at SUNY/Buffalo. In July 1969, she and Lucid initiated work on the Mailer archive in Brooklyn. She is on the Board of Advisers of the Earlham School of Religion.

RASHIDAH ISMAILI is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction and plays. She is a member of faculty for the MA and MFA Creative Writing at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Her latest work of fiction is “Autobiography of the Lower East Side” published by North Hampton Press. She hosts Salon d’ Afrique at her place in Harlem, a gathering of national and international artists and scholars.

PATRICK JEHLE is a writer from Brooklyn who lives in Evanston, Illinois and teaches in the literature and theater departments at Columbia College Chicago. Norman Mailer once kicked him off his stoop. He is currently working on a novel.

ROSS KLAVAN is the author of the comic novel “Schmuck,” published in 2014. His screenplay Tigerland (starring Colin Farrell) was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He’s presented his work in performance and his voice can be heard in a variety of films, TV shows and commercials.

ALBERT LaFARGE founded the Albert LaFarge Literary Agency in 2003. He is a visiting lecturer in Liberal Arts at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

CAROL LAVELLE is a teacher, writer, apprentice cat juggler and Tilt-A-Whirl operator (seasonal) from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the MFA Creative Writing Program of Wilkes University where Norman Mailer served as a founding member of the board.

J. MICHAEL LENNON (@JMichaelLennon) is the late Norman Mailer’s archivist, editor, authorized biographer.  Norman Mailer: A Double Life appeared in 2013 and in 2014 his edition, Selected Letters of Norman Mailer.  Currently, he is working on a new book, “Sixteen Handshakes to Shakespeare: From Bishop to the Bard.”

WALTER LEWELLAN teaches composition and literature courses at UNC Pembroke, lives in Red Springs, NC, plays disc golf, and practices yoga, guitar, and Buddhism.

GERALD R. LUCAS (@drgrlucas) is a Professor of English and a Norman Mailer Fellow. He teaches humanities and new media studies at Middle Georgia State University. His research interests include new media, speculative fiction, eLearning, and twentieth-century American literature. Jerry maintains Project Mailer, works as the Senior Media Editor of The Mailer Review, and posts frequently on Medium and Twitter.

DANIELLE MAILER, a Bowdoin College graduate, she is represented by the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown. She has completed four giant public art permanent art installations in Boston, Connecticut and New York City. She lives in Goshen CT with her husband, Jazz trombonist Peter McEachern, and their three adult children who visit often.

ELIZABETH MAILER is a writer. She is currently working on a memoir. Excerpts of her memoir have been published in the Mailer Review and Provincetown Arts. She lives in New York City with her husband, Frank, photographer, and their daughter, Christina, a comedy writer.

JOHN BUFFALO MAILER, Norman Mailer’s youngest child, is an award-winning screenwriter, journalist, editor, playwright, actor, and producer. Highlights include Hello Herman, Lord’s Eye, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2, Matthew Barney’s River Of Fundament, freelancing/editing for over a dozen national magazines, and producing Naomi Wolf’s documentary The End of America.

KATE MAILER is a writer of various forms: Memoir, Short Fiction, Solo shows, and Plays. Her personal essay “Identity Thief” was published in More magazine, and a memorial to her father, “The Knife’s Edge” was published in the Mailer Review. She has performed excerpts from her solo shows “Grecian Fever” and “Stories of a Basketcase: Sandy Boundary-Less” in NYC venues, including West Bank Café, Cornelia Street Café and The Cherry Pit Theater, and Here, amongst others. She has an MFA in Fiction Writing from the New School, where she received a merit scholarship. As an actress, Kate has performed in many theaters around the country and as an Artist In the Schools teaching writing and acting to inner city high school students for Atlantic Theater Company and Manhattan Theater Club. She lives in a colorful and chaotic apartment in Greenwich Village with her husband, Guy Lancaster and her daughter, Natasha Annabelle.

MICHAEL MAILER has been producing independent films for over two decades and has worked with actors including Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr, Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Bruce Dern, and many more. Mailer’s films include Two Girls and a Guy, Black and White, Empire, The Ledge, and Seduced and Abandoned.

SUSAN MAILER, Psychologist and psychoanalyst.  Lives most of the time in Santiago, Chile where she has a private practice, supervises, teaches and writes. Tries to spend as much time as she can in New York City.

DANNY MARROQUIN is a writer, public school teacher and sometimes film actor. His work has been featured in The Oklahoma Gazette, PopMatters.com and the New Filmmakers LA festival. He lives in Oklahoma City and currently teaches blogging, podcasting and iMovie at Moore-Norman Technology Center.

MAGGIE MCKINLEY is an Assistant Professor of English at Harper College, where she teaches courses in American Literature. She is the author of Masculinity and the Paradox of Violence in American Fiction, 1950-75 (Bloomsbury), and is currently completing a book entitled Understanding Norman Mailer (University of South Carolina Press).

DALE LOUISE MERVINE, from York, Pennsylvania, has studied English Literature, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is in the process of completing her M.A. in Creative Writing at Wilkes University. When she isn’t taking classes or reading, Dale Louise binge watches television and takes naps with her seven cats and pet skunk.

JEFFREY MICHELSON Two geniuses influenced Jeffrey Michelson. In 1967, he was Norman Mailer’s houseboy/sparring partner; in 1970, John Lennon appointed him Apple Records’ media designer. Michelson created ground-breaking sex-magazine Puritan, then enjoyed careers in advertising, and book and website design. Mailer bequeathed the Foreword to Michelson’s acclaimed erotic memoir, Laura Meets Jeffrey. 

STEPHAN MORROW, actor and director, first worked with Mailer on his play Strawhead at the Actors Studio in New York, and played the role of Stoodie in Mailer’s 1987 film, Tough Guys Don’t Dance. In 2007, he directed and performed in Norman’s play of The Deer Park. Recently, he acted in the indie feature film, Dogmouth, and won Best Actor award at the Bergenfield Film Festival.

JASON MOSSER is a Professor of English at Georgia Gwinnett College who received his B.A. and M.A. from West Virginia University and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He has published a book on participatory journalism and several articles on the work of Norman Mailer. He is currently working on Mailer’s essay, “The White Negro.”

ERIK NAKJAVANI, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of Pittsburgh, has interests in literary theory, psychoanalysis, and philosophy. His latest essays include “Alchemy, Memory, and Archetypes: Reading Hemingway’s Under Kilimanjaro as an African Fairy Tale,” andFitzGerald’s Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám: Critical Celebrations of a Beloved Poem.”

TIMOTHY NOLAN, playwright and Indie Theater Now Person of the Year, authored the plays Mighty Good Company, Acts of Contrition, What’s In A Name, The Way Out, Not Dark Yet, Wrong Barbarians, The Bull Ring, and She’s So Beautiful. He lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife Susannah and daughter Olivia.

MARK NOONAN is Professor of English at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). He is author of Reading the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine: American Literature and Culture, 1870-1893 and The Place Where We Dwell: Reading and Writing about New York City.  This summer, he served as Director of the NEH Summer Institute, “City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press.”

VICTOR PEPPARD is Professor of Russian at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  He has published on such writers as Babel, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Mailer, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, Olesha, and Voinovich, and on the history of Russian and Soviet sport.  He has also published several short stories.

RICHARD PRIEBE is a writer, musician, and educator with stories published by Akashic Books, Fiction365, and others and has presented on education and technology at schools and universities such as Binghamton University and the University of Scranton. He resides in Forest City, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.

JAN QUACKENBUSH, Internationally produced playwright, published by Calder & Boyars, London, and included in Signature 20 anthology with Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco. Also by BlueMoonstageplays@cox.net. A trilogy, The Soldier and his Family, was produced 2013-2015 by the avant-garde Westentasche Theatre, Ulm, Germany. Faculty: Wilkes University MA/MFA program.

JOE REUBENS has earned his reputation as one of the Democratic Party’s top political operatives by consulting on, and winning, some of the toughest electoral contests in the nation. Joe also uses his communication skills to help labor unions, independent expenditures, and advocacy groups effectively educate and mobilize key constituencies.

LAWRENCE SCHILLER’s journalism appeared in magazines all over the world in the 1950s and 1960s. Later, as a filmmaker, he directed the Oscar-winning documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1972). Nothing in his career has proved more remarkable than his unique collaboration with Norman Mailer. For nearly thirty-five years the two worked closely together, on books and films including Marilyn (1973) and The Executioner’s Song (1979), for which Mailer won the Pulitzer Prize, Oswald’s Tale (1995), and Into the Mirror (2002). Following Mailer’s death in 2007, Schiller was named senior advisor to the Mailer estate, and is president and co-founder of the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony.

BILL SCHNEIDER is managing editor of Etruscan Press, a non-profit literary press housed at Wilkes University. He also serves as interim associate director of the Wilkes graduate creative writing program, where he received his MA and MFA. Bill earned his B.S. in journalism, Magna Cum Laude, from Suffolk University.

KEVIN M. SCHULTZ is author of Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties, which came out in June from W.W. Norton & Co. and was an Amazon.com No. 1 New Release in American History.  He teaches history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

SIMON I. SINGER is a professor of criminology at Northeastern University. His earlier book, Recriminalizing Delinquency: Violent Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice Reform won the American Sociological Association’s Crime, Law, and Deviance, Distinguished Scholar Award.  His most recent book is America’s Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia (New York University Press, 2014).

PHILLIP SIPIORA (@PSipiora) is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of South Florida. He has published five books, approximately four dozen scholarly essays, and is the founding editor of The Mailer Review. His forthcoming book is The Films of Ida Lupino (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

WILLIAM THELIN is a professor at The University of Akron.  He specializes in Rhetoric and Composition and has been published in journals such as College English and College Composition and Communication.  He co-edits the journal, Open Words, and chairs the Working-Class Culture and Pedagogy special interest group.

DAVE THOMAS was born and raised in Montana. He studied literature at the University of Montana but graduated with a BA in cultural geography. From 1967-2005 he worked for the U. S. Forest Service as a firefighter and manager. He’s read Mailer’s books for forty years.

MARK TRIPLETT is a lifetime member of The Norman Mailer Society and serves as Secretary of its Executive Board.  He received his B.A. from the University of Delaware and his J.D. from The Cumberland School of Law, Samford University.  He lives and practices law in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

RAY VINCE has taught History of Science, Religion, Writing, & American Literature for twenty-five years, publishing on Mailer, Fitzgerald & Einstein, Alienation, William Morris, Hemingway, Tolkien, and John le Carré. He has earned graduate degrees in Theology, Theology & Literature, Logic & Scientific Method, and English.

KEN VOSE: Autodidact. Polymath. Motion Pictures: Greased Lightning. Television: Thundercats; The Comic Strip; Spies. Theater: PAPA: The Man, The Myth, The Legend. A Tribute to Ernest Hemingway. Novels: Oversteer; Dead Pedal. Non-Fiction: Makin’ Tracks; Blue Guitar; The Convertible; Inside Monster Garage; Monster Nation. Wilkes University: Screenwriting Faculty: MA/MFA Creative Writing Program

BARBARA WASSERMAN is Norman Mailer’s sister and has worked as a researcher for film and television documentaries, as a book editor, and in 1967 published The Bold New Woman, an anthology of contemporary women writers.

NINA WIENER studied literature and art history at Vassar College in New York before falling in love with making books. Since 2002 she has edited dozens of titles for TASCHEN, including Walton Ford’s Pancha Tantra, Norman Mailer’s MoonFire, and Lawrence Schiller’s Marilyn & Me.

JOHN WINTERS is a Massachusetts native and veteran journalist who works and teaches at Bridgewater State University. His work has appeared, among other places, in The Boston Globe, Salon, Playboy and on Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR. He is writing a biography of the actor-playwright Sam Shepard, due in 2017. He lives with his wife, Karen, and their pets in Raynham.

DANIEL WORDEN is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Masculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism, the editor of The Comics of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World, and the co-editor of Oil Culture.