Creative Writing Graduate Student Profiles

Halvor Aakus
3rd Year PhD—Fiction
Graduate Teaching Instructor

Greg Allendorf
5th Year PhD—Poetry
Graduate Teaching Instructor

Jordi Alonso
3rd Year PhD—Poetry
Graduate Teaching Instructor

Ashley Anderson Ashley Anderson
2nd Year PhD—Creative Nonfiction
Creative Writing Fellow and Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Ashley Anderson specializes in the essay form, literary journalism, feminist theory, post-World War II American literature, and the intersections of composition and creative writing pedagogy.  Her work has appeared in Peripheral Surveys, The Quarterly of the Santa Fe Writer's Project, Tahoma Literary Review, Badlands Literary Journal, and Assay. She holds an MA in Literature, Cultural/Critical Theory, and Social Practice from Kent State University, as well as an MA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Cincinnati.

Micaela Bombard Micaela Bombard
1st Year PhD—Poetry
English Department Fellow and Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Micaela Bombard is a poet and fiction writer interested in the poetics of embodiment. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Four Way Review, The Anthology of New England Writers, Health Affairs, DMQ Review, decomP MagazinE, and others. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and an MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University.

Bailey Boyd
2nd Year PhD—Creative Nonfiction

Traci Cox Traci Cox
4th Year PhD—Creative Nonfiction
G. Ellsworth Huggins Fellow and Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Traci Cox specializes in creative nonfiction prose, women and gender studies, disability studies, and folklore. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Masters Review, So to Speak, Fugue, and Madison Magazine, and she has a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2014. Traci is a Fulbright Fellow (Slovakia, 2009-10) and holds an MFA from George Mason University and a BA with Honors in English and Anthropology from James Madison University. She serves as Audio Editor at The Missouri Review. 

Cassie Donish Cassie Donish
1st Year PhD—Poetry and Prose
Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Cassie Donish concentrates on poetry, hybrid prose, and feminist and queer theory and literatures. She is the author of the poetry collections The Year of the Femme (2019) and Beautyberry (2018), as well as the nonfiction chapbook On the Mezzanine (2018). Her writing has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, Best New Poets, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Co-editor-in-chief of The Spectacle, she earned her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis. cassiedonish.com

Gwendolyn Edward Gwendolyn Edward
3rd Year PhD—Creative Nonfiction and Fiction
Ridgel Fellow and Graduate Teaching Instructor & Assistant to the Director of Creative Writing 2018-2019

  Gwendolyn Edward specializes in genre-bending, theory & craft of nonfiction, pedagogy, global anglophone literature, and folkloristics. Her nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in Assay, Crab Orchard Review, Fourth River, Booth, Brevity, Bourbon Penn, Cleaver Magazine, and others; her nonfiction has earned nominations for the Pushcart and Best American Essays. A Texas native and member of the Cherokee Nation, she retains a MA from the University of North Texas and an MFA from Bennington College. https://gwendolynedwardwriterscholar.wordpress.com/ www.linkedin.com/in/gwendolyn-edward-791174129

Lindsay Fowler Lindsay Fowler
1st Year PhD—Creative Nonfiction and Fiction

  Lindsay Fowler’s research interests include weird fiction, hybrid forms, sequential art, and contemporary literature. Her nonfiction has appeared in Pigeon Pages, and her flash fiction has appeared in Monkeybicycle, Psychopomp, The Golden Key, as well as on the 2017 Wigleaf Top 50 Longlist. Lindsay holds an MFA from the University of Maryland.

Grace Gardiner Grace Gardiner
2nd Year PhD—Poetry and Creative Nonfiction
Creative Writing Fellow and Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Grace Gardiner's research interests include the relationship between jazz and poetry in American literature and culture, compositional practice across the arts and intermedia, lyric and genre theory, and posthumanism. Some of her recent work appears or is forthcoming in Mom Egg Review, SWWIM Every Day, and LETTERS. A former poetry editor for The Greensboro Review and intern for Persea Books, she holds an MFA in Writing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. https://pearlsthatwere.tumblr.com/

Carley Gomez Carley Gomez
3rd Year PhD—Fiction
Ridgel Fellow and Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Carley Gomez studies speculative fiction and border literature. Her creative work is concerned with multiplicity of identities and the intergenerational consequences of colonialism. Her fiction has appeared in Euphony, Passages North, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.

Jacob Hall Jacob Hall
2nd Year PhD—Poetry
Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Jacob Hall is a poet who specializes in the history of American poetics, environmental and pastoral literatures, new materialisms and queer post-humanisms, and creative writing pedagogy. His poetry has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Madcap Review, Santa Ana River Review, Origins Journal, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Menacing Hedge, and elsewhere. He holds a BA in English and a BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia, and an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University.

Heather Heckman-McKenna Heather Heckman-McKenna
3rd Year PhD—Creative Nonfiction and Fiction
Purcell Fellow, Research Assistant, and Graduate Instructor

  Heather Heckman-McKenna’s work focuses on creative nonfiction and women writers of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries. Her nonfiction, fiction, and scholarship has appeared in Newfound, Bacopa Literary Review, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Explicator, and others. One of her essays, “Drive,” earned Memoir Magazine’s Notable Essay designation, and another, “Tilt,” was awarded second prize in the University of Missouri Creative Writing Prize in Creative Nonfiction in 2018. She holds an MA in English from Simmons College. https://heatherheckmanmckenna.wordpress.com/

Vedran Husić Vedran Husić
4th Year PhD—Fiction
Creative Writing Fellow and Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Vedran Husić has fiction published in The Gettysburg Review, The Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, Ecotone, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, and elsewhere, and his poetry is published or forthcoming in Pleiades, Spillway, Denver Quarterly, Sugar House Review, and Blackbird, among others. His collection of stories, Basements and Other Museums, won the St. Lawrence Book Award and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2018. He is the recipient of fellowships from The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the National Endowment for the Arts. https://www.vedranhusic.com/

Sean Ironman
4th Year PhD—Creative Nonfiction
Graduate Teaching Instructor

     

Jennifer McCauley Jennifer McCauley
4th Year PhD—Fiction and Poetry
Ridgel Fellow, Graduate Teaching Instructor, Poetry Editor at The Missouri Review

  Jennifer Maritza McCauley’s interests are African-American Literature, Afro-Latino Literature, hybrid narratives, and Black Feminist Theory. Her work has appeared in Columbia Journal, Los Angeles Review, Passages North, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kimbilio and CantoMundo, and awards from Best of the Net, Independent Publisher Book Awards, and the Academy of American Poets. McCauley is currently Fiction Editor at Pleaides. She received her MFA from Florida International University, where she was a Knight Fellow. McCauley is also the author of SCAR ON/SCAR OFF (Stalking Horse Press.) Website: https://jennifermaritzamccauley.wordpress.com/

Teresa Milbrodt Teresa Milbrodt
4th Year PhD—Fiction
Creative Writing Fellowship and Graduate Instructor

  Teresa Milbrodt specializes in realist and fabulist fiction, and Disability Studies, including humor and sexuality in disability communities. She is the author of two short story collections, Bearded Women: Stories, and Work Opportunities; a novel, The Patron Saint of Unattractive People; and a flash fiction collection, Larissa Takes Flight: Stories. Her fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous literary magazines. She earned her MFA in Fiction and MA in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. http://teresamilbrodt.com/homepage/

William Moore
4th Year PhD—Creative Nonfiction
Graduate Teaching Instructor

     

Rebecca Pelky Rebecca Pelky
4th Year PhD—Poetry
Ridgel Fellow and Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Rebecca Pelky’s research interests include Native American literatures, representations of Indigenous peoples in literature and film, North American poetry and poetics, and nature and science writing. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Cream City Review, Booth, River Styx, Yellow Medicine Review, and others. Her first collection of poetry, Horizon of the Dog Woman, is forthcoming from Saint Julian Press. She holds an MFA in poetry from Northern Michigan University.

Maurine Pfuhl
4th Year PhD—Creative Nonfiction
Graduate Teaching Instructor

Donald Quist Donald Quist
1st Year PhD—Fiction and Nonfiction
Ridgel Fellow and Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Donald Quist specializes in Postcolonial Literature and hybrid/experimental fiction. He is author of For Other Ghosts, a linked story collection, and Harbors—Foreword INDIES Nonfiction Bronze Winner and International Book Awards Finalist. His work has appeared in AGNI, North American Review, and The Rumpus. He’s received fellowships from Sundress Academy for the Arts and Kimbilio Fiction. He earned his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  www.donaldquist.com

Katie Rhodes Katie Rhodes
4th Year PhD—Fiction
Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Katie Rhodes specializes in longform fiction and short essay, with research interests in 20th century Jewish & African American fiction, Yiddish Studies, and the subject of medicine in fiction and essay. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Southampton Review, Fourth Genre, The Potomac Review, Moon City Review and others; her fiction has earned her residences with the National Park Service and Scholastics. She retains an MFA in Fiction from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA from Tulane University. She is currently at work on her first novel, a thriller. https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-rhodes-27ab1116a/

Lacey Rowland Lacey Rowland
1st Year PhD—Fiction
Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Lacey Rowland is interested in hybrid forms, contemporary fiction, the American west, underground culture, and feminist theory. Her work has appeared in Hobart, Cutbank, and elsewhere. In addition, she has been listed in Glimmer Train’s Emerging Writers Top 25 and a finalist for Montana Book Festival’s Emerging Writers Contest. Recently she was named a June Dodge Fellow at the Mineral School. She retains an MFA from Oregon State University where she received the Joyce Carol Oates Commencement Award in Fiction.  

Bradley Smith Bradley Smith
5th Year PhD—Poetry
Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Brad writes poetry and fiction, but his criticism is mostly about poetry. He is writing about James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover, which you should read. You’ll love it. His work has appeared in New American Writing, Colorado Review, West Branch, Best New Poets 2012 and elsewhere. He has an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers and two dogs, Marley and Harper.

Joseph Smith
5th Year PhD—Poetry
Graduate Teaching Instructor

Jeff Wasserboehr Jeff Wasserboehr
3rd Year PhD—Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry
Creative Writing Fellow and Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Jeff Wasserboehr researches Asian, Asian-American, and biracial literature (with a focus on Eurasians/hapas), and is interested in pop-culture/celebrity intersections with critical race theory and bi-/multiracial studies. He is the winner of the New South Writing Contest (2014), and has been named runner-up in two other writing contests, The Missouri Review's Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Prize (2015) and the Iowa Review Awards(2018). Recent essays, poetry, and fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, The Massachusetts Review, Gulf Coast, The Midwest Quarterly, New South, and Passages North, among others. He is from Boston, MA and earned his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwasserboehr and check out his website he never updates.

Jake Young Jake Young
4th Year PhD—Poetry
Graduate Teaching Instructor

  Jake Young focuses on craft and theory of poetry and translation, and the intersections of food, drink, and literature. His collection of poems is American Oak (Main Street Rag, 2018), and his work has appeared numerous journals and anthologies. Recent critical work includes “The Offal Truth” published in Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies, and “Cheers, Emily Dickinson! An Analysis of Her Poems of Drink” published in The Emily Dickinson Journal. Jake also serves as the poetry editor for the Chicago Quarterly Review. He received his MFA from North Carolina State University.