Current Creative Writing Grad Students

Creative Nonfiction and Fiction MFA Students

Heba AlhayekHeba Alhayek

BA, Islamic University of Gaza
alhayekh@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: short fiction, cultural studies, stream of consciousness, poetry, ethnic fiction 


Amy BaileyAmy Bailey

BA, Kent State University
bailey42@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: gender and women's studies, racial/gender/class inequities, memoir, personal essay, narrative/literary journalism.


Matthew BoyarskyMatthew Boyarsky

BA, Bloomsburg State College
boyarsmj@MiamiOH.edu

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


Leah ChristiansonLeah Christianson

BA, University of California, Los Angeles
christlf@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: short fiction, contemporary fiction, character psychology, music journalism, satire 


John FuentesJohn Fuentes

BA, San Francisco State University
fuentej@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: contemporary fiction, the short story, twentieth-century French literature


Samuel GutelleSamuel 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


Louisa PavlikLouisa Pavlik

BA, Loras College
pavlikln@MiamiOH.edu

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


Jen SammonsJen 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


Kyle SwensonKyle Swensen

BA, University of Cincinnati
swensek@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: Literary regionalism, narratology, songwriting, southern gothic, children's literature


Abubaker Zahoor

BA, Forman Christian College
zahoora@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests:

Poetry MFA Students

Dylan EckerDylan 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


Freda EpumFreda Epum

BA, Smith College
epumfn@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: cross-genre/hybrid works, memory & archives, image/text, dis/ability studies, cultural studies, issues of Blackness, conceptual art, performance, queer of color critique, philosophies of love, experimental prose & poetry, the lyric and personal essay

Kyle Flemings

Kyle Flemings

BA, University of New Hampshire
fleminkj@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: therapeutic writing, black masculinity, performance poetry/spoken word 


Madeline Lewis

Madeline Lewis

BA, University of Notre Dame
lewismb@miamioh.edu

Creative and Research Interests: the sacred in the commonplace, archival/scrapbook poetry, bread poetry, pastoral landscapes, spirituality, memoir


Trevor Root

BA, Ohio State University 
roott@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: 


Savannah TrentSavannah Trent

BA, Knox College
trents@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: poetry and experimental fiction, American literature, identity studies, consciousness, and mental health reform 


Paul VogelPaul Vogel

MA, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
BA, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
vogelpb@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: poetry, experimental writing


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


Brian BaerBrian Baer

PhD University of Minnesota
MA, University of Minnesota
BS, Tufts University
baerbt@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: fiction


Letta CartlidgeLetta Cartlidge

BA, St. Olaf College
cartlile@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: nonfiction, fiction and poetry


Tyler ElstonTyler 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 EngleRay 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


Margaret FaiverMargaret Faiver

BA, Shepherd University
faiverme@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: fiction and poetry; society as reflected in literature: Chaucer, de Maupassant, Hemingway, Woolf, Ferrante


Brian FrazierBrian 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


Matthew Howell

BA, Heidelberg College
howellm5@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: 


Robert HustRobert Hust

JD, Ohio State University
BA, Ohio State University
hustrl@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: fiction; relationships across socio-economic classes in contemporary America 


Jordan King

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

Creative and Research Interests: 

Scott Krave

BA, Aurora University 
kraves@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: 

Alex McIntoshAlex McIntosh 

BA, Asbury University
mcintoac@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: poetry, creative nonfiction; particular interest in writing about the natural world, with an emphasis on the divine mystery 

Andrew MillerAndrew Miller

BA, Otterbein University
mille940@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: creative nonfiction about mental health, relationships, and oppression under capitalism. Additional interests include graphic and photographic reportage and poetry-prose collisions.


Katey ParksKatey Parks

BA, Miami University 
parkska2@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: creative nonfiction, fiction, and children's literature; particular interest in writing about mental illnesses


Lincoln ReedLincoln Reed

BA, Taylor University 
reedlp@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: fiction, sports fiction, and speculative fiction


Michael SchmidtMichael Schmidt 

BA, Miami University 
schmidm8@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: fiction and creative non-fiction  


Jaurice SmileyJaurice Smiley

BA, N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University 
smileyj@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: 


Jessica SmithJessica Smith

MLS, State University of New York at Buffalo
MA,  State University of New York at Buffalo
BA,  State University of New York at Buffalo
smithjs6@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: experimental poetry, memoir, book arts, archives


John SpiegelJohn 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 SurovaAndrea 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


Marcus WhalbringMarcus Whalbring

BA, University of Indianapolis
whalbrm@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: surrealism, absurdism, and black comedy as it pertains to poetry


Michael ZimmermanMichael Zimmerman

BA, Miami University 
zimmermr@MiamiOH.edu

Creative and Research Interests: absurdism in fiction and combining irony with sincerity