Judy Blunt, Director
Liberal Arts 112
Peter Stark is an adventure and exploration writer and historian. Born in Wisconsin, he studied English and anthropology at Dartmouth College, took a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and headed off to the remote spots of the world writing magazine articles and books. A long-time correspondent for Outside magazine, Stark’s articles and essays have also appeared in Smithsonian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Men’s Journal,and many others. His most recent book, Young Washington, recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Says Publisher’s Weekly: “Stark puts his background as an adventure writer to good use, bringing thrilling immediacy and literary flair to George Washington’s youthful exploits as a Western surveyor and eventual participant in the French and Indian War.” Carl Hoffman, author of Savage Harvest, writes: “Forget the idea of a musty history tome; this is a gripping, cinematic adventure tale that made me envious of not just young George Washington’s exploits, but Peter Stark’s ability to make them so real and immediate.” Stark’s previous book, Astoria, was a New York Timesbestseller, a finalist for a PEN USA literary award, and was adapted into an epic, two-part play by Portland Center Stage in Portland, Oregon.
Stacy Szymaszek is a poet and an arts administrator/organizer. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships, Hyperglossia, hart island, and Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (2016), which won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books. Her book A Year From Today is forthcoming in 2018 with Nightboat Books. She is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and mentor for Queer Art Mentorship. She is the Executive Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church.