K.L. Cook and Charissa Menefee are current writers in residence at Wolfe Cottage.
K. L. Cook is the author of three award-winning books of fiction: Last Call, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize; The Girl from Charnelle, a novel that won the Willa (Cather) Award in Contemporary Fiction; and Love Songs for the Quarantined, winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. His work has been published widely in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Best of the West, Best American Mystery Stories, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, The Threepenny Review, One Story, Poets & Writers, and The Harvard Review. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University and the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, see www.klcook.net.
Charissa Menefee is a poet, playwright, director, and performer. When I Stopped Counting is available from Finishing Line Press, and her poetry can also be found in Adanna, Poetry South, Terrene, Poets Reading the News, The Paddock Review, Twyckenham Notes, and Telepoem Booths. A finalist for the Julie Harris Playwright Award, she has had plays honored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s New American Playwrights Project, Pandora Festival of New Plays, Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project, and City of Charleston Literary Arts Awards. Recent productions and readings include Our Antigone (Story Theatre Co., IA), Sarah's Poem (Rover Dramawerks, TX), How Long is Fifteen Minutes? (Women's Work Festival, TN), and Your Soup, Sir (Paula Vogel's Ubu Roi Bake-Off, MN). She is on the faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University.