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. 

Photo of Vincent BarracoVincent Barraco

BFA, Bowling Green State University

Creative interests: Transgressive, speculative, and weird fiction; Japanese literature, including ero-guro-nansensu and post-war fiction; and processing trauma through dark fiction and kink

photo of Abigail DeatonAbigail Denton

BA, Princeton University

Creative interests: Fantasy, magic, mental health/illness (esp. depression, anxiety, and OCD), dreams, surrealism, folklore, emotion, gender.

photo of Kara GallKara Gall

BA, Nebraska Wesleyan University 

MA, San Francisco State University

Creative interests: fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid genres, personal essays, memoir, magical realism, flash and micro, rural America, the body, adoption, spirituality.

photo of Kate IsaacsKate Isaacs

BA, The Ohio State University

photo of Maddy LaTurnerMaddy LaTurner

BA, University of Utah

Creative interests: experimental form; narrative control; cross-genre writing; queer literature; magical realism; speculative fiction.

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

Kelsey TimmermanKelsey Timmerman

BA, Miami University

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

Sofia VoetSofia Voet

BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison 

Poetry MFA Students

photo of Isabella GrossIsabella Gross 

BA, Central Michigan University  

Creative interests: magical realism, persona poems, surreal poetry, conversation/collaboration between poets, world language poetry and forms, translingual poetry

photo of Jordan GreenJordan Green

BA, MA, University of Louisiana, Monroe

Hanna LitwinowiczHanna Litwinowicz

BA, SUNY Purchase College

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

Diego NguyenDiego Nguyen

BS, Trinity University

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

Chiamaka Onu-Okpara

B.Sc, Covenant University

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

Sean PiersonSean Pierson

B.A. (Mod.) in English Literature and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin

Creative interests: Contemporary poetry and poetics, 20th-/21st-century British and Irish poetry, poetry of the African diaspora, small press and little magazine operations, book arts, and the long poem

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.