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.

Website: kenzieallen.co


Molly Beckwith

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Interests: Southern Gothic literature, Historical fiction, surrealism, fabulism, fairy tales, and children’s literature

Selected Publications: Black Warrior Review, The Normal School, Portland Review, Fairy Tale Review, Salt Hill, Mid American Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere.


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.


Russ Brown

Degree and Genre: MA in Fiction

Interests: World building, science fiction, history, byzantine power structures, tabletop games, Lovecraftian horror, story structure in roleplaying games.

Selected Publications: Terradyne, Shadows of Cthulhu, Lost Lore: Town of Glory. Russ’s adventures and articles have appeared in Dungeon and Dragon magazines. Self published Mythos World and Elusive Legends: Building Story in Tabletop RPGs.

Awards: Elusive Legends received the Platinum Bestseller award on drivethrurpg.com.


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

Websiteshttps://peterburzynski.com


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: UWM Distinguished Dissertator Fellow (2018-9), UWM Advanced Opportunity Placement Fellow (2015-8), Western Michigan University All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award (2014)

Conference Presentations:

“Who’s Laughing Now?: Indian Humor Despite It All,” Authority, Agency, and Activism: 15th Annual Red Rocks Graduate Student Conference, 4/6/18

“Walk,” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, early February 2018

“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): Book Reviews and Interviews Editor, Nonfiction Editor, cream city review; member of Woodland Pattern Book Center’s Board of Directors; co-coordinator, Juneau Park Poetry in the Park reading series


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


Sasheene Feather Denny

Degree and Genre: MA in Fiction

Interests: Native American literature, Indigenous identity, historical trauma, race and gender. She’s also a human slave to Winchester, the cat and Percy, the bearded dragon.



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.


Kathryne David Gargano

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry
Interests: queer and intersectional feminist studies, experimental poetry, Middle Eastern literature, Shakespeare, mythology, pop culture

Selected Publications: Synaesthesia, The Colorado Review, indicia, Lavender Review, The FEM, The Light Ekphrastic, CALYX, and elsewhere

Conference Presentations:

“Look to the Lady: Polarity, Subjectivity, and Reinterpretation of Lady Macbeth in Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s 2014 Macbeth,” Shakespeare Association of America, Los Angeles, CA, 2018.

“Nature’s Copy’s Not Eterne: Television, Politics, and the Lady Macbeth Archetype,” World Shakespeare Congress, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 2016

“Chaos and Heteronormativity: The Evil Queen in ABC’s Once Upon a Time,” Far West Popular Culture Association, Las Vegas, NV, 2016

“The Friend Zone and the Manic Pixie: Modern Parallels of Petrarchan and Ovidian Discursive Tradition in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night,” Far West Popular Culture Association, Las Vegas, NV, 2015

Administrative Position(s): Assistant Editor for Synaesthesia

Website: www.kathrynedavidgargano.weebly.com


Elizabeth Hoover

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

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

Selected Publications

Poetry: Boulevard, Crab Orchard ReviewThe Awl, EPOCH, The Pinch, New Delta Review, Pank, The Los Angeles Review, Prism, and others.

Creative Nonfiction:StoryQuarterly and Lunch Ticket

Journalism:
“Where Tears Turn to Crystal,” Carnegie magazine, Fall, 2018
“Andy Warhol’s Trans Subject Finally Get Named,” Paper magazine, August 24, 2018

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Dallas Morning News, and Iowa Review

Awards: 2018 Distinguish Graduate Student Award, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2018 Boulevard Emerging Poets Award, 2017 Chancellor’s Award, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2015 Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Prize, 2014 StoryQuarterly Annual Essay Prize.

Administrative Position(s): Assistant Coordinator of Creative Writing at University of Wisconsin  Milwaukee, Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University (2012-2015)

Website: ehooverink.com


Korey Hurni Korey Hurni

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Prose poetry, gender & performance, critical theory and karaoke. 

Selected Publications: The Collapsar, drDOCTOR, DRYLAND, DUM DUM Zine and elsewhere

Awards: 2018 Chancellor’s Award (UWM)


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 poetics.

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 Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, 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”

“Creating Community Across Programs” presentation panels at AWP, Los Angeles, CA, 2016

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


Lauren MaddoxLauren Maddox

Degree and Genre: MA in Fiction

Interests: Japanese literature, women writers, board games, and her cat. 

Awards: Jenna S. Wright Short Story Award, Margrethe Alschswede Personal Essay Award, and the Robert G. Cowser Poetry Award.

Publications:  “Flesh Into Nothing.” Underscore Review. 2017.


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.


Brookes Moody

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Boats & Music & a strong connection to Place

Selected PublicationsThe Northern New England ReviewBarnstorm, Silver Needle Press, and others.

Administrative Position(s): Judge for the Delaware Region for the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, co-founding editor of The Mackinac, Development Manager of the cream city review, co-coordinator of Eat Local::Read Local

Conference Presentations:

“Place-Based Curriculum in the Composition Classroom.” You Are Here: Interdisciplinary Conference on Place, Space, and Embodiment. Omaha, NE, March 25, 2017.

Website: brookesmoody.com


Jenni MoodyJenni Moody

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Interests: Creative Writing Pedagogy, Visual Literature, Animal Narratives, Ecofeminism

Selected Publications: The Florida Review Online, Crab Orchard Review, Booth, and others.

Awards: Awards: James A. Sappenfield Fellowship (2018), Frederick J. Hoffman Award (2017), Sheila Roberts Prize (2016), Chancellor’s Award (2015), Mason’s Road Spring Literary Award (2013), Clarion West Writers Workshop Graduate (2011), Thomas Wolfe Award, University of Alabama (2005)

Conference Presentations:

“Performing Social Justice Work of Gender, Race, and Identity in Creative Writing Pedagogy.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Pittsburgh, PA. 2019.

“The Lifeblood of Regional Literary Celebrations.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Portland, OR. 2019.

“A Dog’s Guide to Perceiving Layers of Non-verbal Information in the Writing Center.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW). South Padre Island, TX. 2018.

“Stargazing in the Gutters: Teaching Subtext through Dialogue, Image-text, and Closure.” Creative Writing Studies Organization (CWSO). Montreat, NC. 2018.

“Engaging Memory Alpha: Emotional Labor in Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA). Milwaukee, WI. 2018.

“Creative Writers, Composition Teachers.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Tampa, FL. 2018.

“The Situation: Embodiment, Visual Literature, and Agency in the Creative Writing Classroom.” Creative Writing Studies Organization (CWSO) Conference. 2017.

Administrative Position(s): English 102 Mentor


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


Anna Olson Anna Olson

Degree: MA in English, Plan C

Genre: Fiction

Interests: The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, Women’s History, Social History, Post-Colonial Literature, Abandoned Places, Death and Death Positivity, Bird Conservation, Feminism, Historical Fiction, Horror, Female Coming of Age Stories

Publications: Pegasus magazine


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


Willa Richards

Degree and Genre: PhD in Fiction

Interests: Anthropology, Archaeology, French and Arabic language studies, translation studies, contemporary fiction and poetry, gender and sexuality, creative writing pedagogy, Milwaukee, dystopias

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

Awards: Sheila Roberts Prize (2018), Thomas J. Bontly Faculty Fiction Award (2018), Sheila Roberts Prize (2017), Academy of American Poets Edward Ryan Prize (2017), 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

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 Scarano Caitlin Scarano

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Outdoor recreation, writing of place and landscape, 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. Caitlin’s debut collection of poems, Do Not Bring Him Water, was released in Fall 2017 by Write Bloody Publishing.

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. Caitlin was recently selected as a participant in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists & Writers Program, and will deploy to McMurdo Station in Antarctica in fall 2018. Her poem “Mule” was selected for the Best New Poets 2016 anthology. Her flash fiction piece “Pitcher of Cream” was included in The Best Small Fictions 2016.

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.


Beatrice Szymkowiak

Degree and Genre: PhD in Poetry

Interests: Ecopoetics, investigative poetry, non-fiction, hiking, river swimming, travelling, spending time with my wife and my cat

Selected Publications: Bea has one poetry chapbook RED ZONE (Finishing Line Press, Oct. 2018). Her poems have appeared in the 2015-16 Anthology of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Birds Piled Loosely, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Borderlands Texas Poetry Review and OmniVerse.

Awards: Bea is the winner of the 2017 Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Contest judged by Craig Santos Perez and is the recipient of a Chancellor’s Award offered by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2018.

Conference Presentations:

Defining Native Poetics, Genre, and Criticism. Association of Writers and Poets Conference, Tampa, FL, March 2018.

Against the Typography of Colonization: Decolonization Through and of the Printed Text by Contemporary Native American Poets. Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM, May 2017


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)