Current Creative Writing Grad Students

Creative Nonfiction and Fiction MFA Students

J.R. AllenJ.R. Allen

MA, Central Michigan University
BA, Central Michigan University

Creative and Research Interests: fiction writing, hybrid genres, fragmented narratives, city literature, genre fiction, horror narratives, contemporary Marxism, semiotics, and pop culture rhetorics.

Dalanie BeachDalanie Beach

BA, Saint Mary's College

Creative and Research Interests: fiction writing and creative writing; multimodal and cross-disciplinary texts; and studying the relationship between the personal lives of writers and their work. 

Laura Gaddis

MS, Loyola College
BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Creative and Research Interests: creative nonfiction, memoir, personal essay, braided essays

Rachel Giesel Grimm

BA, Allegheny College

Creative and Research Interests: novel writing, short fiction, identity literature, feminism, magical realism, hybrid forms, experimental storytelling

Madison Krob

BFA, Chatham College

Creative and Research Interests: digital humanities, constructed realities, interactive & immersive mediums, accessible and engaged pedagogy, landscapes of rurality & identity, virtual media and the space of storytelling 

Daniel MassettDaniel Massett

BA, Le Moyne College

Creative and Research Interests: postmodernism, surrealism, fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, American gothic, the Western.

Harrison MmerenuHarrison Mmerenu

BA, University of Ibadan
MA, University of Lagos

Creative and Research Interests: memoirs, personal essays, experimental writing, photography, African-American literature, American literature, Third-World literature, creative nonfiction, classical literature, post-colonial theory.

Lloyd MullinsLloyd Mullins

BA, Indiana University East

Creative and Research Interests: novels, Russian Decembrist Revolution, 19th Century Buryat Mongol life/culture, American Civil War in the West, Indian wars, esp. Sand Creek Massacre and Nez Perce War, Johnson County War

Frenci Nguyen

BA, University of North Texas

Creative and Research Interests: hermit crab essays, cultural identity, cultural diaspora, LGBT studies/issues, personal narrative essays, and memoirs

Kelsey TimmermanKelsey Timmerman

BA, Miami University

Creative and Research Interests: globalization, agriculture, oral histories, and how writing can be used to build community

Brianna Verdugo-Chow

MA, California State University
BA, California State University 

Creative and Research Interests: ghosts, ghouls, and goblins; Karl Marx and the devil

Sofia VoetSofia Voet

BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison 

Creative and Research Interests:

Poetry MFA Students

Sara Baxter

MA, Indiana University East 
BA, Indiana University East

Creative and Research Interests: 20th-century American poets and the New York School of Poetry

Chiamaka Onu-Okpara

B.Sc, Covenant University

Creative and Research Interests: palindrome poetry, black lives, magic realism, feminism, war, and experimental storytelling.

Ariel Clark-Semyck

BA, University of Notre Dame

Creative and Research Interests: gurlesque and confessional poetry, gender studies, therapeutic writing, performance writing, camp, and parody

Nathan Hoil

BA, University of Iowa

Creative and Research Interests:

Hanna LitwinowiczHanna Litwinowicz

BA, SUNY Purchase College

Creative and Research Interests: surreal poetry, persona poetry, and the intersection of the human and natural world

Jack Nachmanovitch

BA, Pratt

Creative and Research Interests: Poetries of excess, overflow, estrangement, new and old. Surreal writing. Experimental writing. Post-conceptual writing. Evolution, geology, cosmogony. Feedback loops between micro and macro.

Diego NguyenDiego Nguyen

BS, Trinity University

Creative and Research Interests: interlinks between myth and history with the modern, poetics of violence and persona poetry

Vanessa WestVanessa West

BA, Michigan State University

Creative and Research Interests: relationships, intimacy, and nuance

Low Residency MFA Students: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry

Luke DurlingLuke Durling

BA,Siena Heights University

Creative and Research Interests: poetry, pop culture, animation, integration of pop culture into poetry, normalization and recognition of fan-based writings and pop culture inspired pieces, free verse, confessional poetry, parody, poetry regarding disabled and/on underprivileged perspectives.

Kim GrierKim Grier

BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Creative and Research Interests: literary fiction, exploring dysfunctional family relationships, creative nonfiction, science, medicine, and hospice, and anything associated with the way society relates to death.  


David SchererDavid Scherer

BA, The Ohio State University

Creative and Research Interests: writing novels and screenplays that tell the journey of complicated, human characters typically in science fiction and adult high fantasy. Exploring the possibilities of interactive storytelling using video games, where the player is the protagonist.