Current Creative Writing Grad Students

Creative Nonfiction and Fiction MFA Students


Matthew Boyarsky

BA, Bloomsburg State College
boyarsmj@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: short fiction, flash fiction, magic realism, humor, and gender studies


Laura Gaddis

MS, Loyola College
BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison
gaddislk@MiamiOH.edu

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


Rachel Giesel Grimm

BA, Allegheny College
gieselre@MiamiOH.edu

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


Samuel Gutelle

BA, Northwestern University
gutellsm@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: digital media, internet-age issues, narrative journalism, historical studies, cultural curiosities, and food writing


Madison Krob

BFA, Chatham College
krobmm@MiamiOH.edu

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 


Chris Murphy

BA, Lafayette College
murph109@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: the short story, war writing, medical humanities


Frenci Nguyen

BA, University of North Texas
nguyenfm@MiamiOH.edu

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


Louisa Pavlik

BA, Loras College
pavlikln@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: investigative & immersion journalism, humor, political & social commentary, memoir 


Jen Sammons

M.Ed, Antioch University
BA, Ohio Wesleyan University
sammonjh@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: creative/literary nonfiction, lyric essay, hybrid forms, poetry, sound writing, writing as activism, and critical pedagogy


Brianna Verdugo-Chow

MA, California State University
BA, California State University 
verdugb@MiamiOH.edu 

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


AZ Zahoor

BA, Forman Christian College
zahoora@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: narrative stylistics; prose poem; rhetoric of fiction; poetics of Charles Baudelaire

Poetry MFA Students


Sarah Baxter

MA, Indiana University East 
BA, Indiana University East 
baxters@MiamiOH.edu

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


Ariel Clark-Semyck

BA, University of Notre Dame
semyckac@MiamiOH.edu

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


Dylan Ecker

BA, The Ohio State University
eckerdj@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: Spliced+chopped form, contemporary Japanese poetry, orogenesis, love letters, video game discourse, ornithological onomatopoeia, the temperature of language


Nathan Hoil

BA, University of Iowa
hoiln@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests:


Jack Nachmanovitch

BA, Pratt
nachmaj@MiamiOH.edu

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.


Trevor Root

BA, Duquesne University
roott@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: experimental poetry, procedural poetics, radical politics and philosophy, and film studies


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


Letta Cartlidge

BA, St. Olaf College
cartlile@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: nonfiction, fiction and poetry


Tyler Elston

BA, Cleveland State University
elstontr@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: contemporary fantasy, historical fiction, magical realism, speculative fiction, and young adult fiction; with interest in societal and cultural expectations and character psychology


Ray Engle

M.Ed, Wright State University
BA, Wright State University
englerb@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: horror, realistic fiction, memoir, young adult fiction, travel writing


Brian Frazier

MA, Wayne State University
BA, Oakland University
frazieb@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: writing fiction with a poetic slant; grey characters, and exploring beauty and individuals within more economically depressed areas/neighborhoods


Bing Hinton

MD, Medical University of South Carolina
BA, Bucknell University
hintonr2@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: creative nonfiction, memoir, hybrid forms, narrative approaches


Jordan King

MS, Central Michigan University
BA, Chapman University
kingj4@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: Sci-fi, transgressive fiction, horror and absurdism


Scott Krave

BA, Aurora University
kraves@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: the liberative poetic


Matthew Ludwig

BS, US Military Academy, West Point
ludwigma@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: short stories and outdoor writing


Andy Lindenfeld

BS, Miami University
lindena2@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: personal essays, literary journalism, fiction; particular interest in worldbuilding, discussing and unpacking mental health issues, and writing fantasy and science fiction (esp. for tabletop games)


Roy Nickerson

MA, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Western Kentucky University
nickerrc@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: contemporary fiction, comedy, contemporary fantasy, speculative fiction, political-military thrillers, crime fiction, flash fiction, young adult fiction, character development, creative nonfiction


Whitney Shupert

BA, College of Wooster
shuperwe@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests:


John Spiegel

BS, Cedarville College
spiegejc@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: poetry, fiction, prose poetry, and creative nonfiction. Finding the beautiful and poetic within the mundane and everyday.


Andrea Surova

BA, Boston College
surovaal@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: historical fiction and literary fantasy, songwriting, foreign language acquisition, early child development, and the history of communism and Eastern Europe


Sally Ziph

MLS, University of Michigan
BA, University of Wisconsin
ziphsw@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: experimental poetry, the prose poem, flash fiction; with a particular interest in humor and surrealism