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Students will be advised by a faculty member in the student's genre.

Joining the full-time creative writing faculty in Fall 2018:

Tiana ClarkTiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, 2016 Academy of American Poets University Prize, and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2015, BOAAT, Crab Orchard Review, Muzzle Magazine, Thrush, The Journal, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt’s MFA program where she served as the poetry editor of the Nashville Review. She is currently the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing.


"Soil Horizon"

"A Psalm for the One"

"800 Days: Libation"

Current full-time creative writing faculty:

Joshua KryahJoshua Kryah is the author of two collections of poetry, We Are Starved (2011) and Glean (2007). He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Black Mountain Fellow in poetry. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, he has been the Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College and the Summer Poet in Residence at the University of Mississippi. His awards include a Short-Term Research Fellowship from the New York Public Library, the Michael W. Gearhart Prize from The Southwest Review, and the Third Coast Poetry Prize. Poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others. He is poetry editor of Sou'wester. He lives in St. Louis.

"If We Let Them the Boys Will Embrace Us" 

"We Are Starved" 

"Holy Ghost People" 

"Holy Ghost People: A Bestiary


"the day without before this without"  

from Closen 

Geoff SchmidtGeoff Schmidt, program director, has published two books of fiction (Write Your Heart Out: Advice from the Moon Winx Motel, Smallmouth Press, 2001, and Out of Time, University of North Texas Press, 2011).  He received his MFA from the University of Alabama (1990).  He is prose editor of of Sou’wester. Recently, he’s published stories in Fifth Wednesday and South Dakota Review, and nonfiction in Sweet: A Literary Confection.  Among other honors, he has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize six times, being awarded a Special Mention once. 

"Otis and Jake

"Riot on Cell Block P

"Planet Esquire

Valerie VogrinValerie Vogrin has published a novel (Shebang, University Press of Mississippi, 2004). She earned her MFA from the University of Alabama. She has served as an editor of Sou’wester. She has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Anderson Center, and her work has won a Pushcart Prize and a Zone 3 Fiction Award and the Playboy College Fiction Contest, as well as being named to the Queen’s Ferry Best Small Fiction of 2015, and the Wigleaf 50 Top [Very] Short Fictions 2011. Her short stories have appeared in print in journals such as Ploughshares, AGNI, and The Los Angeles Review, as well as online at Hobart and Bluestem.

"The Housesitter


"Before the Shot

"A Domestic Interlude

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