Creative Writing Students

Kenzie Allen

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry
Interests: Native American literature, ethnographic poetry, digital/visual/new media, web & graphic design, photography, anthropology, opera, cacti

Selected PublicationsThe Iowa Review, Boston Review, Narrative, Best New Poets 2016, SOFTBLOW, Iron Horse Literary Review, Drunken Boat, and other venues.

Awards: Advanced Opportunity Fellowship & Chancellor’s Award (UWM), Littoral Press Poetry Prize (2014), Hopwood Awards in Poetry and Non-Fiction and the Helen S. and John Wagner Award (University of Michigan), and emerging writer fellowships to Aspen Summer Words and the Vermont Studio Center

Conference Presentations:

“Why Start A Literary Magazine?,” panel member. Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Tampa Bay, FL, 2018.

“Writing as Refugees: Collective Trauma & Impossible Return,” panel member. Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Washington D.C., 2017.

“Discarding the Cloak of Invisibility: A Candid Look at the Whitewashing in the Potterverse,” panel member. Harry Potter and the Pop Culture Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2017.

“Facebook and the MFA Admissions Process,” panel member. Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 2013.

“Voices For The Land: Civic Poetry & New Media Activism.” High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Spring Conference, Metro State University, Denver, CO, 2013.

“Poetry and Anthropology: ethnography at the intersection of fact & fiction.” High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Fall Retreat, Ghost Ranch, NM, 2012.

Administrative Position(s): Teaching Assistant in American Indian Studies, Founder & Managing Editor of Anthropoid, Arts Editor for Reservoir.

Websitekenzieallen.co


Ann-Marie BlanchardAnne Marie Blanchard

Degree: PhD in Fiction

Selected Publications: Sycamore Review, Bat City Review, Westerly Magazine, Bone Bouquet, Cordite Poetry Review, Storm Cellar, Going Down Swinging, Rhetorical Approaches of College Writing, and elsewhere.

Awards: The Academy of American Poets Edward Ryan Prize (2017), The Ellen Hunnicut Prize (2016), commendations in the Peter Porter Poetry Prize (2016), long-listed for the University of Canberra’s Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize (2015), William Harrold Poetry Prize (2015)second place in the Katherine Susannah Prichard Award for Short Fiction (2014).

Interests: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Australian literature, postcolonial literature and theory, ecocriticism.

Administrative Positions: Fiction editor for cream city review, Graduate student representative for the Creative Writing Advisory Committee.


Mollie Boutellboutell

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Interests: Contemporary American Fiction, fabulism

Selected Publications: Mollie’s work has appeared in failbetterJukedThe ShrugAmerican Book ReviewThe AV Club, online at Ploughshares, and elsewhere.

Awards: The Sheila Roberts Prize for a Short Story (2012, 2014), The Faculty Fiction Award, The Wladyslaw Cieszynski Literary Prize (2015), The Sally Greene Hassan Annual Prize in Letters (Honorable Mention, 2015), AOP Fellowship (2014-2017).

Administrative Position(s): Editor-in-Chief for cream city review.


Ryan Burden

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Selected Publications: Ryan’s work has appeared in Crack the SpineFoundling ReviewGulf Stream, and JMWW, among others.

AwardsRedivider‘s 2016 Beacon Street Prize for short fiction.


Peter Burzynski 

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Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Vulnerability and the grotesque.

Selected Publications: Select poems have appeared in jubilat; Storm Cellar; Forklift, Ohio; RHINO; Thrush; Prick of the Spindle; and others.

Awards: 2016 Władysław Cieszynski Fellow, Yes Poetry Poet of the Month, The Academy of American Poets Edward Ryan Prize, Janet Dziadudulewicz Branden Memorial Award, and Polanki Scholarship.

Conference Presentations:

“Becoming Poland,” Marquette University and UWM Graduate Student Humanities Conference Conflict and Liberation, 2016

“Offsite Reading for RHINO.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Minneapolis, MN, 2015

“Blank Space in Poetry,” Breaking the Mold: Explorations in Form, Radical Writes English Graduate Students’ Conference on Writing, Southeast Missouri State University, 2016

“Offsite Reading for FUCK POEMS Anthology.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Minneapolis, MN, 2013

Administrative Position(s):
Current Plan C Assistant Coordinator
Assistant Poetry Editor, cream city review

Websites:
 https://peterburzynski.com


 


Brittany Cavallaro brittany c

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Karaoke, my cat.

Selected Publications: Cavallaro’s first collection of poems, Girl-King, is forthcoming from University of Akron Press in 2015. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, AGNI, the Best New Poets anthology, and elsewhere.

Awards: Work-study scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a Rona Jaffe Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, among others.

Conference Presentations:

“The Relationship of a Lifetime: Agent/Author Collaboration Through Each Stage of the Publishing Process.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Minneapolis, MN, 2015

“Beg, Borrow, Steal: Practicing Imitation in the Creative Writing Classroom.” Session: “Accessing Little Narratives of Creative Writing.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN, 2014

“Women Poets on Mentoring.” Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Boston, MA, 2013

“Chick Lit by Design: Intersections of Marketing and Gender in the Current Publishing Climate.” Session: “Transforming Pleasure: Repetition, Emulation, and Appropriation.” International Association for the Study of Popular Romance Conference, York, England, 2012


Su Cho


Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Hybridization of the self and form

Selected PublicationsThe Journal, Crab Orchard Review, BOAAT, Thrush, Vector Press, PANK, Day One, Sugared Water, Wildness, and elsewhere.

 Awards: National Society of Arts and Letters Award (2017), Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing (2017), Poetry Fellowship from Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing (2017), Writer in South Asia Fellowship (2016), and Best of Net and Pushcart Nominee (2016).


Franklin K.R. ClineFranklin K.R. Cline

Degree and Genre: PhD, ostensibly Poetry

Interests: Cherokee history and culture, music on wax, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Royals, the Oklahoma City Thunder

Selected publications: So What

Awards: AOP Fellowship at UWM (2015-8), Western Michigan University All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award (2014)

Conference Presentations:

“Milwaukee’s Poetry of Resistance,” Untitledtown Book and Author Festival, 4/30/2017

“‘I Am Contingent’”: Words and Resonances in Craig Santos Perez’s from unincorporated territory…, Words Matter: Politics, Rhetoric, and Social Justice, Indiana University, 3/25/17

“CIASOM,” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: MOSAIC, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2/17/17

“American Cherokee,” Landbody: Indigeneity’s Radical Commitments, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 5/6/16

‘When It Gets This Big, It’s Hard To Tell What You Have The Most Of’”: Lotería Cards and Katamari Damacy, Radical Writes, Southeast Missouri State University, 4/16/16

“Check Engine,” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: Unbearable, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2/20/16

“Triangles, Squares, Fuck Rich Folks” antigenre work alongside Frankie Mastrangelo, Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: Unbearable, Microlights, early 2015

“Checking The Box Score: Sports And Literature,” Western Michigan University Sigma Tau Delta Annual English Studies Conference, 3/6/13

Administrative Position(s): Nonfiction Editor, cream city review; member of Woodland Pattern Book Center’s Board of Directors


 

R.S. Deeren

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Interests: Odd Jobs, Rural Fiction, Setting, Resistance to Information in the Information Age, Sustaining Creative Communities Outside of Academia, Splitting Wood, Detroit Red Wings Hockey, the Role Transparency Plays in Pedagogy, Being in My Kitchen

Selected Prose Publications:

“Her, Guts and All” Joyland Fall 2017
“Enough to Lose” Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation  Ed. John Freeman: Fall   2017
“Getting Out” The Great Lakes Review: Winter 2016
“There, but not Really There” Midwestern Gothic: Winter 2016
“Start all Over Again” The Legendary: 2016
“Samson” The Corvus Review: Fall 2015
“Bridge Work”  BartlebySnopes: June 2015
And Elsewhere.

Recent-ish Awards:
Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2017       Union League Club of Chicago Library’s Writer in Residence, 2016
The Union League Club of Chicago
Lya Dym Rosenblum Award  2915    Columbia College Chicago                                 Luminarts Cultural Foundation Creative Writing Fellowship, Luminarts Cultural Foundation, 2015
Outstanding Graduate  2012  English Department: Saginaw Valley State University
The Tyner Prize for Writing Excellence in the Humanities, 2012 “ApresMoi le Deluge”

Website: www.rsdeeren.com & @RSDeeren on Twitter


Carina Gia FarreroCarina Farrero

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Animal advocacy, comedy, multi-media work, translation, Holocaust Literature, working class studies, collecting strays from the side of the road.

Awards: Where to begin.

Selected Publications: Poems and plays in Verse Daily, Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast, Arsenic Lobster, The Encyclopedia Project, Performance Art Chicago, Poetry for the People in a Time of War ed. by June Jordan, and elsewhere.

Selected Conference Presentations: “And Those Who Don’t Survive,” &NOW, 2015; “Something Else,” &NOW, 2011.

Administrative Position(s): Assistant Poetry Editor, cream city review.


Sherri H. Hoffman 

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Interests: American Realism, Naturalism, World literature, “Dirty” Realism and the short story. Baseball, hiking the Pacific Northwest, and a good cup of coffee.

Selected Publications: Work appears or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Potomac Review, december, Columbia Review, Etchings, PANK, and Hawai’i Review. Sherri also co-edited an anthology of place-based essays, stories, and poetry, Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front.

Awards: Ellen Hunnicut Prize (2017 and 2014); Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (2015); Wladyslaw Cieszynski Literary Prize (2014); James A. Sappenfield Fellowship (2014); UWM Chancellor’s Award (2013).

Conference Presentations:

The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Using Affect to Map Impossible Potentialities. NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. (2016)

Small Press Editors Panel: Submitting to Magazines & Anthologies. MFA in Writing Residency, Pacific University. (2015)

Storytelling to Access to Care: Supporting Global Health Programs. Transforming Access Conference, University of Cincinnati. (2014)

Add Real Stuff to your Writing: Creative Writing craft talk. Oregon Writing Festival, Oregon Council of Teachers of English and Portland State University. (2013)

Sacred Objects: Creative Writing craft talk. Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing, Bowling Green State University. (2011)

Administrative Position(s): Fiction editor, cream city review (2013-16); Appointed member of the UWM Graduate Faculty Committee and UWM Graduate Curriculum Sub-Committee (2016-17).


 

Elizabeth Hoover

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Gender, Feminist Art, Conceptual Art, Feminist Film, and Photography

Selected PublicationsCrab Orchard ReviewThe Awl, EPOCH, The Pinch, New Delta Review, Pank, The Los Angeles Review, Prism, and others.

Awards: 2017 Chancellor’s Award, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2015 Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Prize, 2014 StoryQuarterly Annual Essay Prize

Administrative Position(s): Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University (2012-2015)

Website: ehooverink.com


Elisa KarbinElisa Karbin

Degree and Genre: PhD in poetry

Interests: Mental illness/ the body, magical thinking, psychology/neurology, Holocaust art restitution, Modernism, Victoriana, mysteries.

Selected Publications: My poems have appeared in The Journal, Blackbird, West Branch, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Quarterly West, The Collagist and RHINO Poetry amongst others.

Awards: UWM Poetry Manuscript Award (2014), UWM Poetry Manuscript Award (2015), William Harrold Memorial Poetry Award (2016).

Administrative Position(s): Associate Poetry Editor for The Great Lakes Review, 2014-present; Associate Editor for cream city review, 2010-2015; Fiction Editor for cream city review, 2015-2016; Plan C Mentor Coordinator, 2013-present


David KrugerDavid Kruger

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: bicycles, camping, chess, gardening, and trains

Awards: Truman Capote Fellow (2012–2013)


Michael Larson

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Interests: Contemporary American fiction, Marxist theory, affect theory, and transnational literature.

Selected PublicationsCatapultColorado ReviewThe Iowa ReviewThe Los Angeles Review of BooksNinth LetterPortland ReviewSwitchback, and Witness.

Awards: 2015 & 2017 Władysław Cieszynski Literary Prize, Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship, 2016 New Letters Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for Nonfiction (Finalist), 2015 The Sheila Roberts Literary Prize, 2013-2014 Fulbright Graduate Student Fellowship, 2012 Ohio State Alumni Grant for Graduate Research & Scholarship

Conference Presentations:

Panelist, “Fulbright Grants in Creative Writing,” The Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Los Angeles, April 2016

Moderator, “Life after Cream City: Professionalization,” University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, October 2015

Working group presenter, “The Hills Above, the Sea Below,” Performance Studies International 2015 Tohoku, Aomori, Japan, August 2015

“Disaster and Relief in Tohoku,” Invited talk, Dartmouth Study Abroad at Kanda University of Foreign Languages, Makuhari City, Japan, May 2014

Panelist, “Loss and Remembrance: An Investigation of Mourning in Japan,” The Asia Studies Conference, Sophia University, Tokyo, May 2014

Invited panelist, “Post-Disaster Research in Otsuchi Town,” Japan Studies at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, November 2013

Administrative Position(s): Grant and Funding Development Manager, cream city review (2014-2016), Co-organizer of cream city LIVE: A 40th Anniversary Celebration (2015), Web and Social Media Editor, The Journal (2011-2013)

Websitehttps://www.mwlarson.com


Ae Hee Leelee

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Food, Lyricism, Magical Realism, Folklore, Surrealism, Translation, Cross/multi/trans-cultural identity.

Selected Publications: Ae Hee has conducted several written and video interviews for Letras Latinas, the literary component for the University of Notre Dame’s Institute of Latino Studies. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming at the Four Way Review, Denver QuarterlyHawai’i ReviewPublic Pool, The Margins, and elsewhere.

Awards: 2017 Władysław Cieszynski English Award,  2017 Władysław Cieszynski English Fellowship, 2016 Chancellor’s Graduate Student Fellowship, 2016 Billy Maich Academy of American Poets Prize.

Conference Presentations: “Translation in the Creative Writing Classroom: A Dire Necessity in Our Global Culture” and “Creating Community Across Programs” presentation panels at AWP, Los Angeles, CA, 2016

Administrative Position(s): Poetry Editor for cream city review, Letras Latinas Graduate Student Assistant.


Siwar Masannatmassanat_siwar

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Contemporary transnational poetry in the U.S., (post)colonial trauma and memory, gender and sexuality

Selected Publications: Siwar is the author of 50 Water Dreams (CSU Poetry Center 2015). Her work has mostly recently appeared in Kohl: a journal for body and gender research, Oxidant: Engine, Drunken Boat, and Denver Quarterly, among others.

Awards: Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (2017-2018). Cleveland State University First Book Award (2015). George Mason University Poetry Fellowship (2011-2012).


Loretta McCormick loretta

Degree and Genre:
 PhD in Fiction

Interests: 
speculative fiction, slipstream, magical realism, representations of the body, disability studies.

Selected Publications:
 Loretta has been published in The Northridge Review and The Quotable. Her work is forthcoming in agápe journal, decomP magazinE, and elsewhere.

Awards: Graduate Chancellor’s Award.

Conference Presentations: UWM First Year Composition Forum, September 20th, 2013, “Access, Accommodation and Dis/Ability in First Year Composition”

Administrative Position(s): Former Editor-in-Chief, cream city review.


Jenni MoodyJenni Moody

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Interests: Slipstream, speculative fiction, representations of animals in fiction, Critical Animal Studies

Selected Publications: Jenni’s short stories have been published in Strangelet, Booth, Gingerbread House, and Mason’s Road, among others. Her book reviews have appeared in Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/ New Zealand Literature.

Awards: Sheila Roberts Prize (2016), Chancellor’s Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2015), Mason’s Road Spring Literary Award (2013), Clarion West Writers Workshop Graduate (2011), Thomas Wolfe Award, University of Alabama (2005)

Conference Presentations:

“Where to Find and Why We Need Activist Protagonists in Fiction.” Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) North American Conference. Binghamton University. April 2015.

“Residential Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshops.” NerdCon. Huntsville, AL. October 2014.

Administrative Position(s): Fiction Editor, cream city review


Caleb Nelson

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Surrealism and Aesthetics

Selected publications: Stoneboat, Prick of the Spindle, Superstition Review, Red Savina Review, Storm Cellar, Josephine Quarterly, Gravel, Epigraph Magazine, Into the Void, Split Rock Review, Cardinal Sins, and elsewhere.

Conference Presentations:

“A Murky Sea Meets a Clear Horizon: A Defense of Writing and Literature, College English Association Fall 2013

“Creating a Metacognitive Awareness in the Classroom Landscape Using Before, During, and After-Reading Strategies. Turning Non-Readers into Readers (Some Notes on Freshman and Sophomore Composition)”, Writing Across the Peninsula Fall 2014

“Where Stars Are Drowning, We Look Around for Proof: Cross-genre Applications in Creative Writing”, Winter Wheat Bowling Green University Spring 2014

“Colorous Green Ideas Sleep Furiously: Grammar and Imagination”, College English Association Spring 2015

The Necessity of Descriptive Grammar and General Linguistics in Freshman CompositionTeaching Academic Survival Skills Conference Spring 2015

“This Is Not a Toaster: Jean Baudrillard and the Meaninglessness of Contemporary Art”, College English Association Spring 2016

Administrative Position(s): Managing Editor cream city review

 


María Ortiz

Degree and Genre: MA in Poetry

Interests: Surrealism, Feminism, confessional poetry

Selected Publications: Poems have appeared in the small journal Brilliance and the online format of The Quill.

Administrative Position(s): Assistant Fiction/Poetry Editor, cream city review


Soham Patel

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Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Social justice, race studies, gender studies, Asian-American Literature, Dolly Parton, Rock & Roll, dogs, and pickles.

Selected Publications: Chapbooks: New Weather Drafts (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2016), and nevermind the storm (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2013) and Riva: A Chapter (kitchen-shy press, 2013). Poems and essays in: Dusie, Cortland Review, Volta, Copper Nickel, Cranky, SHAMPOO, Stirring, Denver Quarterly, XCP (Cross Cultural Poetics), Anti-, Fact-Simile Editions, Foursquare, and elsewhere.

 Awards: Pikes Peak Community College Adjunct Instructor Of The Year (2006). Soapstone, Soul Mountain, and Kundiman Retreat Fellowships (2006-2011). Teaching Fellowship, The University of Pittsburgh (2009). Finalist for book prizes at: Omnidawn, Nightboat, Tupelo, 1913, Alice James Books, and others (2009-present). UWM Chancellors Fellow (2013). UWM Manuscript Prize (2014).

 Selected Conference Presentations: On the Poetics of Anguish, Gender, and Variant Constructions, Thinking its Presence: Race and Creative Writing Conference 2015. And Those Who Don’t Survive, & Now 2015 Blast Radius. On the Poetics of Both and Neither: a conversation with Ching-In Chen, Bhanu Kapil, Cheena Marie Lo, Soham Patel, and Mg Roberts, From Trauma to Catharsis, Performing the Asian Avant-Garde 2014.

 Administrative Position(s): Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission; Kundiman Midwest Regional Chair; Poetry Editor, cream city review.


Willa Richards

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Interests: Anthropology, Archaeology, French and Arabic language studies, contemporary fiction and poetry, translation studies

Selected Publications: Translations of Egyptian poet Ahmed Shafie’s poems from the Arabic published in Exchanges Literary Journal (2015)

Awards: Truman Capote Fellow at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2013-2014), George B. Hill Award in Poetry (UW-Madison, 2012)


Alessandra Simmons Rolffs rolffs_alessandra

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Selected Publications: Alessandra’s poems have appeared in Rabbit Catastrophe, WomenArts Quarterly JournalPost RoadHawaii Pacific ReviewThe Other Journal and elsewhere.

Administrative Position(s): Poetry Editor, cream city review.


 

Jessie Roy

Jessie Roy

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Interests: Queer women’s lives, femmeness, the body, sewing & fashion design, fan cultures, theories of everyday life, queer theory, cultural theory, critical whiteness studies.

Awards: Three consecutive Hopwood Awards in Fiction (2008-2010), Cornelia Carhart Ward Fellowship (2010-2011), finalist for the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing at Bucknell University (2017), among others.

 


Andrew Ruzkowski

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Long poems, birds, literature and the environment, movies, ecopoetics, sports, Chinese poetry, podcasting.

Selected Publications: Andrew has published the chapbooks A Shape & Sound (2013) and Things that Keep Us from Drifting (2014). His poems have appeared in Midwestern Gothic, TAB, [PANK], The Seattle Review, Switchback, Ghost Proposal, Arsenic Lobster, Columbia Poetry Review, The Bakery, and elsewhere.

Awards: Multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, Artist Residency at the Artcroft Foundation (2013), Best of the Net nomination (2013), Illinois Arts Award nomination (2014).

Conference Presentations: “E-Poetry and (Non)-Human Nature: The Space and Place of Eco-Poetics in Digital Lit”
Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, & Media. DeKalb, IL, March 2013.

Administrative Position(s): Poetry Editor at Black Tongue Review and Reviews Editor at Poets’ Quarterly.


Caitlin Scaranoscarano

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Hiking, camping, yoga, dogs, and graphic narratives.

Selected Publications: Caitlin has two poetry chapbooks: The White Dog Year (dancing girl press, 2015) and The Salt and Shadow Coiled (Zoo Cake Press, 2015). Her work can be found in GrantaCrazyhorse, and Ninth Letter.

Awards: Caitlin was the winner of the 2015 Indiana Review Poetry Prize, The Conium Review’s 2015 Flash Fiction Contest, and a finalist for Write Blood Publishing’s 2016 Contest. She recently completed a residency with SAFTA in Tennessee as a VIDA fellow.

Conference Presentations: “(Un)Nurturing the Marginalized Identity in Pedagogical Practice,” co-presenter, UAF, December 2011

“Using the Media to Help and Advise LGBT Students,” co-presenter, American College Personnel Association Convention, March 2011


Brian S. SkeltonBrian Skelton

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: camping, waterfall hunting, slaughtering my new violin, cooking, and being with my family: wife and three boys aged 9-12. Youth fiction, poetry, and short drama gets my goat.

Selected Publications: A few poems here and there. Hope for more in the future.

Conference Presentations: All my presentations have centered around Language Acquisition, which include a 20-year career in the US and overseas in the field of English Language Learning. Too many to count and none that are that memorable.

Administrative Position(s): Currently Department Chair of Global Education/ELL instructor at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI. I have been there for 8 years. Prior to this, I was a Senior Instructor for 9 years at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. I have also been an instructor at Colorado State and MATC.


Christian TomseyChristian Tomsey

Degree & Genre: MA in Fiction

Interests: Irish Music, fiddle, art photography, organizing student trips to Ireland and beyond, pedagogy, and fiction that explores the mess of the world we’ve made.

Selected Publications: Whatsoever You Do, NCEA Press. Contributing Author.

Awards: “Best Essay: Professional and Special Interest Magazines” Catholic Press Association. 2008.


Barrett TravisBarrett Travis

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Interests: Breakfast, animal welfare, coffee, whiffle ball, desert life, packs of strays, thankless jobs, painting in the basement.

Selected Publications: Barrett’s fiction and poetry has appeared in Barrelhouse Magazine, StorySouth, Border Senses, Melee Live, and Furlough. He has designed cover art and illustrations for Melee Live Journal and Songs For Margaret Cravens, a book of poems by Chris Wong.

Awards: Thomas J. Bontly Fiction Award (2015), the Walton Fellowship for Fiction (2009-2010), the Lily Peter Fellowship for Fiction (2008), The Jordan Prize for Creative Non-fiction (2006), and the John and Vida White Scholarship for Fiction (2006).


Ben Turkturk

Degree and Genre: MA in fiction

Interests: Prison abolition, anarchy, experimental performance art.

Selected Publications: Wrote and produced plays with anarchist troupe Insurgent Theatre for 13 years. Self published a collection of plays and essays. Articles about supporting prisoner rebels and abolitionist direct action in Truth-Out, Mask Magazine, Crimethinc and others.

Conference Presentations:

“Prison Slavery and Forced Labor: National Work Stoppage in the US” co-presentation with Dr Colleen Hackett at the International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA) annual meeting, Quito, Ecuador. June 2016.

“Using an Anarchist Lens to Understand Prison Slavery and Resistance” co-presentation with Dr Colleen Hackett at the 1st annual Anarchism, Crime and Justice conference, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Administrative Position(s): Steering Committee Member of the Incarcerated Worker’s Organizing Committee of the IWW


Erich Wegenkewegenke-copy

Degree and Genre: MA in Fiction

Interests: Science fiction, playwriting and screenwriting, utopias and dystopias, historical fiction, and much more.

Selected Publications: Nine-time contributor and four-time editor for St. Norbert College literary magazine, Graphos; wrote a play, Nuclear Family, produced as a staged reading by the St. Norbert College theatre discipline

Awards: Finalist in New Playwriting Program competition at Region III American College Theatre Festival in January 2015; Mary McHale Wood Award for Excellence in Writing (St. Norbert College Literary Awards, spring 2015); first place in poetry (St. Norbert College Literary Awards, spring 2016)


Chris Williams chris w

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: zymurgy, Bucky Fuller, Remedios Varo.

Selected Publications: Williams has written two chapbooks, WILLIAM SHATNER (alice blue books, 2010) and Neon Augury (Fact-Simile Editions, 2011). New work has appeared in Sonora Review, ILK, Bone Chandelier, and elsewhere. 

Awards: Equinox Chapbook Prize for Neon Augury, Chancellor’s Graduate Student Fellowship.

Administrative Position(s): Poetry Team, cream city review; Assistant Coordinator for Mentoring-102, First Year Composition Program, UWM.


Tobias Wray

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Narrative poetry, queer theory, francophone literatures, all manner of manifestos and pre-, mid- , and post-apocalyptic scenarios.

Selected Publications: His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Third Coast, Bellingham Review, North American Review, American Literary Review and elsewhere.

Awards: The James A. Sappenfield Fellowship and the Academy of American Poets Edward W. Ryan Prize, among others.

Conference Presentations: The American Indian Sovereignty and Resource Management Conference, Literary Activism: Impermanence; the College English Association (CEA) Conference Presenter: A Poet’s Puzzle: Translating & Imitating Sonnet; the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) Conference Reader

Administrative Position(s): He is a poetry editor for cream city review and a co-curator for Eat Local :: Read Local, which partners local restaurants with Milwaukee and Madison area poets.