I just found out that Carolyn Chute will be teaching at the winter MFA residency. Which makes me very excited, since she is one of my very favorite writers. The Beans of Egypt, Maine was one of the first books I read that had people like I knew in it, and every time I go back to it I find something else to admire. There's a "complete" version out there that I haven't read yet but I'm excited to--I'm curious to see how she revised it.
Of course, I also loved Merry Men (haven't gotten to Snowman yet). Plus her thoughts about activism and the state of the world. She's a very interesting woman, and I so admire her unwillingness to compromise.