Faculty and Mentors

Graduate students often work with faculty from across the department, taking advantage of our rich interdisciplinary expertise in areas such as

Residential MFA Faculty


Tim MelleyTim Melley

(PhD, English and American Literature, Cornell, 1995)
Professor of English and Affiliate of American Studies, Director of the Miami University Humanities Center
Areas: U.S. Literary and Cultural History Since 1950, Cold War Studies, Postmodernism, Fiction Writing

Brian RoleyBrian Roley

(JD, University of California, Los Angeles and MFA, Creative Writing, Cornell University, 1998)
Professor of English and Affiliate of Global and Intercultural Studies
Areas: Creative Writing; Film, Theatre and Literature Adaptations; Disability / Medical Narratives; Contemporary and Twentieth Century Literature; Asian American Literature; Literature and the Law

Keith TumaKeith Tuma

(PhD, University of Chicago, 1987)
Professor of English and Editor of the Miami University Press
Areas: Modern and Contemporary British, Irish, American, and Anglophone Literature, Creative and Performance Writing, Poetry and Poetics, Anecdotes and Ephemera, Travel Writing

Cathy WagnerCathy Wagner

(PhD, University of Utah, 2000)
Professor of English, Director of the Creative Writing Program
Areas: Creative Writing, Poetry Writing, Contemporary and Modern American Poetry and Poetics, Contemporary and Modern British Poetry and Poetics, Poetry and Politics


cris cheekcris cheek

(PhD, University of Lancaster, 2004)
Associate Professor of English
Areas: Performance Writing, Digital posthumanities, 20th & 21st Century Poetics,
Electronic Literature, Live Voice, Poetry and Film, Sound Art

Margaret LuongoMargaret Luongo

(MFA, Creative Writing, University of Florida, 2001) 
Associate Professor of English  
Areas: Short Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Literature, and Forms of the Novel

Eric MelbyeEric Melbye

(PhD, Creative Writing, University of Denver, 2001)
Associate Professor of English (Middletown Campus)
Areas: Community-Based Learning, Creative Writing, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Exile Studies


Joseph Bates

Joseph Bates

(PhD, University of Cincinnati, 2006)
Assistant Professor of English
Areas: Narratology, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Fantastic, Absurd, and Grotesque Literatures; Southern Literature, Film Studies, Religion and Literature

Daisy Hernández

Daisy Hernández

(MFA, University of Miami, 2013)
Assistant Professor of English
Areas: Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Personal Essay, Literary Journalism, Latina Narratives

TaraShea Nesbit

TaraShea Nesbit

(PhD, University of Denver, 2015)
Assistant Professor of English
Areas: 20th and 21st Century Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, Historical Fiction, Lyric Essays, Multi-Genre Texts, Creative Writing Pedagogy.

Low-Residency MFA Mentors

Ann GarvinAnn Garvin

Ann Garvin, PhD. is the USA Today Bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around (Simon and Schuster), The Dog Year, and On Maggie's Watch (Penguin Random House). Her fiction and essays marry humor with the science of psychology and physiology and have been widely published in numerous lay and research venues. She is a professor at University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and has taught writing at the University of Wisconsin Madison and Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in a bedroom community outside of Madison, Wisconsin.

Eric GoodmanEric Goodman, Director 

Eric Goodman has published five novels, most recently Twelfth and Race (2012). Prior to joining the creative writing faculty at Miami University, he both wrote about the entertainment industry for McCall’s and Redbook, and worked in it, writing one-hour episodic television scripts. He has published more than 200 articles and essays for publications including Saveur, Travel and Leisure, and Travel and Leisure Southeast Asia.  He has won three Ohio Individual Artist Fellowships for Screenwriting, and recently served on the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Panel for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. He is the Director of the Master of Fine Arts–Creative Writing program at Miami. 

Jim HeynenJim Heynen

Jim Heynen is the author of several collections of poetry (including A Suitable Church, Copper Canyon); several collections of short stories (including The One-room Schoolhouse, Knopf); and several novels (including Being Youngest, Holt).  Milkweed Editions published his most recent novel, The Fall of Alice K., in 2012, and will be publishing a collection of his short stories, Ordinary Sins: After Theophrastus, in October, 2014.  He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, once for poetry and once for fiction.

 For 15 years he was the Writer in Residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Other teaching experience includes six years of teaching in the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program with Pacific Lutheran University; several years with the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College; short visiting writer-in-residencies at the University of Alaska and University of Idaho.  In 1999-2000 he was the Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence at Santa Clara University in California.

Jacquelyn MitchardJacquelyn Mitchard 

Jacquelyn Mitchard has written ten novels for adults, including several New York Times bestsellers and several that have enjoyed critical acclaim, recently winning Great Britain’s Talkabout prize and, in 2002, long-listed for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She has written seven novels for Young Adults as well, and five children’s books, a memoir, Mother Less Child and a collection of essays, The Rest of UsDispatches from the Mother Ship. Mitchard’s work as part of Shadow Show, the anthology of short stories honoring her mentor, Ray Bradbury, won the Bram Stoker Award and Shirley Jackson Award, and was short-listed for the Audie Award. She served on the Fiction jury for the 2003 National Book Awards, and her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, later adapted for a feature film starring and produced by Michelle Pfeiffer. Mitchard is the editor in chief and co-creator of Merit Press, a realistic YA Fiction imprint. A Chicago native, Mitchard is a Distinguished Fellow at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL, and a DeWitt Walker Readers Digest Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in Peterboro, NH. Mitchard is a professor of Fiction and Creative non-fiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier VT. 

Hoa NguyenHoa Nguyen

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen is the author of five books of poetry, including As Long As Trees Last , and Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008. Her book Violet Energy Ingots, also from Wave Books, received a 2017 Griffin Prize for poetry nomination. As a public proponent and advocate of contemporary poetry, Nguyen has been featured as writer for Harriet, a blog of the Poetry Foundation, and has had her work profiled on the PBS News Hour. Additional attention to her writing has been promoted through publications in Granta, PEN American Center, Boston Review, The Best Canadian Poetry series, The WalrusThe New York Times, and the Academy of American Poets.Additionally, Nguyen was a finalist for the 2017 K. M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature and recipient of a 2016 Works in Progress Grant from the Ontario Arts Council. She has performed and lectured at numerous institutions, including Princeton University, the Bagley Wright Lecture series, Bard College, Poet’s House, St. Mary’s College of California, the University of Colorado, and Brown University.

Josip Novakovich

Josip Novakovich

Josip Novakovich emigrated from Croatia at the age of 20. He has published a novel, April Fool's Day (in ten languages), three story collections (Infidelities: Stories of War and LustYolk and Salvation and Other Disasters) and three collections of narrative essays as well as two books of practical criticism, including Fiction Writers Workshop. His work was anthologized in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize collection and O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award and an American Book Award, and in 2013 he was a Man Booker International Award finalist. Novakovich has been a writing fellow of the New York Public Library and has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Die Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Penn State and now, Concordia University in Montreal.

Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting is author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, selected by judge Ben Marcus as winner of the 6th Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, and the novel, Tampa, (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2013). A new novel is forthcoming from Ecco in early 2017. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Fence, BOMB, Elle, The New York Times, Conduit, and O: The Oprah Magazine, as well as the fairy tale anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. She holds an MFA from the University of Alabama, and a PhD from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is at work on two television pilots and teaches in UNLV’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, housed at the Black Mountain Institute, and is currently a visiting writer at Grinnell College in Iowa.

Hugh Sheehy

Hugh Sheehy

Hugh Sheehy is the author of The Invisibles (University of Georgia Press), winner of the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction. His stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in a number of journals and magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Five Points, Glimmer Train, Southwest Review , Guernica, The Cincinnati ReviewThe LA Review of Books, as well as in The Best American Mystery Stories 2008. He teaches courses in creative writing and literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Laura Van ProoyenLaura Van Prooyen

Van Prooyen is author of two collections of poetry: Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press) and Our House Was on Fire, nominated by Philip Levine, awarded the McGovern Prize (Ashland Poetry Press) and the 2015 Writers' League of Texas Poetry Book Award. Recent work appears in The American Poetry ReviewBoston ReviewPloughshares, and The Southern Review, among others. She is a recipient of grants from the American Association of University Women and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and also has been awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize and the Annual Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner. Van Prooyen earned a B.A. at Purdue University, an M.A. at The University of Illinois at Chicago, and an M.F.A. in Poetry at Warren Wilson College.