Creative Writing

MFA Student Profiles
2016-17

Kate Barber

Kathryn M. Barber

fiction
Hometown: Kingsport, TN
BA: Carson-Newman College
MA: Mississippi State University

Kate is a second-year fiction writer and teaching assistant. Raised in the mountains on the Tennessee/Virginia state line, much of her writing is informed by place and small town constructs. Before UNCW, she taught freshman and junior composition at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her work has appeared in Literary Orphans, Palaver, and Cape Fear Review. She’s currently working on novels and stories that explore themes of religion, revenge, social classes, music and sound, and the legendary Johnny Cash.

Diana Clark

fiction
Hometown: Jackson, NJ
BA: English, Lynchburg College

Diana is a first-year fiction writer, whose main area of interest lies in LGBTQIA+ literature, magical realism, and sci-fi. Before continuing her education at UNCW, Diana worked as a fiction reader for YARN, a young adult online literary magazine. You can find her work over at the St. Sebastian Review and Broad! (a gentleperson’s magazine). Her piece “Singed” was nominated for the Puschcart Prize in 2015.

Clark Brooks

Clark Brooks

fiction
hometown: Rochester, MI
BA: Creative Writing, Western Michigan University

After witnessing the largest inland tar sands oil spill in North American history, Clark's fiction has been informed by environmental consciousness and social justice.

Frederica Morgan Davis

fiction
Hometown: San Francisco, CA and Charleston, WV
BS: Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis

Morgan is an MFA Candidate in fiction. She works as a graduate assistant in the Publishing Lab and interns for Lookout Books. She has served as proofreader for Chautauqua and as co-host for the podcast Chautauqua On the Air. Before coming to UNCW, she worked in communications and event production for Bay Area nonprofits, including Litquake, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Conservatory of Flowers. She studied creative writing at Esalen and the SF Writers’ Grotto, and is an alumna of Lit Camp, Tin House Summer Workshop, and One Story’s Summer Writers Conference.

Eli Didier

Eli Didier

fiction
hometown: Cincinnati, OH
BA: Creative Writing, University of Central Florida

Eli is a teaching assistant in the creative writing department at UNCW and copy editor of Ecotone. In his free time, Eli enjoys reading fiction by Donald Barthelme, James Purdy, and Amy Hempel, among others

Elle Drumheller

Elle Drumheller

fiction
hometown: Holly Springs, NC
BA: Exercise and Sport Science, Romance Languages, University of North Carolina

After deciding against a career in medicine, Elle began pursing her writing goals full-time. She enjoys reading and writing moving literature in all forms. She is a distance runner and owner of a rescue greyhound named Boo. If she never has to hear the word "retrosynthesis" again, she will die happy.

Megan Ellis

Megan Ellis

nonfiction
hometown: Orlando, FL
BA: Creative Writing, University of Central Florida

Megan Ellis is the designer for Ecotone, an intern at Lookout Books, and a Publishing Laboratory Graduate Teaching Assistant. Before coming to UNCW, she was an assistant editor at the Florida Review. Her work appears in Bluestem and the Cypress Dome, and she was a finalist for Crab Orchard Review's 2015 Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award.

Isaac Falaschini

Isaac Faleschini

fiction
hometown: Minneapolis, MN
BFA: Creative Writin, Hamline University

Isaac is a first year MFA student at UNCW. He has a review on-line at Rain Taxi Review, a smattering of poems published in Paper Lantern, earned Hamline's award for outstanding journalism while working on their undergraduate newspaper the Oracle, he has worked as a Supplemental Instructor, Writing Center (and in-general) tutor, interned and coordinated donations for the Minneapolis Writing Festival, has edited for an undergraduate literary journal, managed a rental property, understudied with a handyman, cooked professionally for fifteen years, and assists his wife-sometimes-in raising their three children.

Ross Gormley

Ross Gormley

nonfiction
hometown: Wilton, CT
BA: English and Environmental Studies, Wesleyan University

Ross Gormley enjoys putting himself in ridiculous situations to then later write about them. He previously worked as a copywriter in New York. A story he wrote about shark fishing won Wesleyan's nonfiction writing prize, giving him the panache to continue writing.

Adam Gnuse

fiction
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Undergrad: Loyola University New Orleans, English Writing

Adam is a first-year fiction writer and a teaching assistant in the Film Studies Department. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, decomP, Gambling the Aisle, and the Wisconsin Review. He’s interested in swamps, monsters, swamp monsters, and Courage the Cowardly Dog.

Evan Gray

Evan Gray

poetry
hometown: Jefferson, NC
BA: Creative Writing, Appalachian State University

Evan Gray was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. He currently works with 7th graders at Roland-Grise Middle School as a member of Writers in Action. Gray is influenced by many poets from Black Mountain College, as he too is interested in the idea of experimental poetics. His writing has been featured in The Peel Review. 

Summer Hammond

fiction
Hometown:  Davenport, Iowa
B.A. in Literature from SUNY Empire State College

Summer grew up in Iowa, getting lost in cornfields in summer, and ice-skating on the Mississippi in winter.  Since then, she's lived in a variety of places, most recently Austin, Texas.  She received her B.A. in Literature from SUNY Empire State College.  She was a 2011 Teach for America corps member and spent four years connecting teens to transformational books as a reading teacher in an inner city high school.  Inspired by her students and the many brave, honest books in the YA genre, Summer has spent the past several years reading and writing teen fiction.

Kaitlin Hanrahan

poetry
hometown: Raleigh, NC
BA: French, minors in Philosophy and Creative Writing, UNCW

Kaitlin is a first-year poetry candidate in the MFA program. With a background in French and philosophy, her poetry is often inspired by existentialist works and linguistic curiosities. Some of her favorite writers are Louise Glück and Christian Bök. She thrives downtown in a house full of cats and light. Some of her writing can be found at ‪lapeuresse.tumblr.com.

Sofie Harsha

fiction
hometown: New Ulm, MN
BA: English and Creative Writing, College of Charleston
MA: Writing and Pedagogy, Northern Michigan University

Sofie is an amateur writer, musician, artist, comedienne, and screenwriter, but she says all the words after amateur as mostly jokes. For work, she sometimes designs T-shirts for her family, pro bono. Her fiction is found in Paper Darts, the Adirondack Review, and Carve Magazine. She is a first-year fiction student.

Bryan Jewell

nonfiction
Hometown: Pearland, TX
BS: Radio/Television/Film, English Creative Writing, Northwestern University

Bryan hails from the greater Houston area, but has also lived in and around Chicago, Los Angeles, and Austin, Texas. Before joining UNCW's creative writing program, he was an actor—sometimes he still is. He enjoys yoga, but not the word “yogi.”

Lauren Krouse

Lauren Krouse

nonfiction
hometown: Knoxville, TN
BA: English with a focus in Creative Writing, College of Charleston

Lauren is a first-year creative nonfiction writer who works as a teaching assistant in the creative writing department. Her latest writing explores religion, spirituality, and philosophy from the west to the east through the eyes of a lapsed Catholic/atheist-agnostic. Her work has appeared in College of Charleston Magazine, Gravel Literary Magazine, A Narrow Fellow, The Journal, and Paper Darts. Recently, her poem "black sun" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Martha Lundin

Martha Lundin

nonfiction hometown: Northfield, Minnesota BS: English, Northern Michigan University

Martha Lundin is a teaching assistant in the creative writing department at UNCW. Before coming to Wilmington she lived much farther north, and worked as a trail guide in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her work has been featured in Gertrude Press.

Suzzanna Matthews

fiction
hometown: Boston, MA and Oakland, CA
BA: English Literature, Mills College; Creative Writing, Goldsmiths University of London

Suzzanna is a first-year fiction writer. She has lived, studied, and traveled abroad: from Latin America to Spain, the Caribbean to the Pacific, Newfoundland to Japan. Along the way, she picked up a few languages, lots of life experience, and wrote a collection of stories. For the past eight years, she has earned a living working as a content strategy consultant for tech and media companies. She’s worked with brands like Sony, Hershey, and NBCUniversal. She got her start in the biz in her dream job at Dictionary.com.

Kate McMullen

fiction
hometown: Greensboro, NC
BFA: English, Professional Writing, Western Carolina University

Kate is a fiction writer and North Carolina native. Her work appears most recently in Lady Parts Zine, Randall Library's Flash Fiction Anthology as a 2016 honorable mention, and is forthcoming from Paper Darts. She is the 2014-2015 winner of the Colbert Chapbook Award for her chapbook The Girls of Indigo Flats and Other Stories. She is the publishing assistant for Lookout Books.

Jeff Oloizia

fiction
Hometown: Brookfield, WI
BS: English Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jeff Oloizia is a first-year fiction candidate and graduate assistant in the UNCW Publishing Laboratory. Before coming to UNCW, he worked as a staff editor for T: The New York Times Style Magazine and as an English teacher in Japan. His writing can be found in The New York Times and INTERVIEW.

Anna Patton

Anna Patton

fiction
hometown: Piedmont, CA
BA: World Arts & Cultures, UCLA

Anna is a fiction writer originally from the California Bay Area. She received her BA from UCLA where she was on the staff of OUTWrite as a fiction contributor and editor for the magazine. After graduation she worked in New York, including an internship for Workman Publishing and stint as an assistant at SAG-AFTRA. Anna is the graduate assistant for UNCW Campus Life Arts & Programs marketing and a teaching assistant for the Creative Writing Department. Recently Anna had a piece published in Lady Parts, a Chicago-based zine.

Ashleigh Bryant Phillips

Ashleigh Bryant Phillips

fiction
hometown: Woodland, North Carolina
BA: English Literature, Meredith College

Ashleigh grew up in the same county her family has lived in since the 18th century. At Meredith College, she began covering the NC Triangle music scene for Durham's Indy Week. Her fiction appears most recently in Lady Parts Zine and Oxford Magazine. She also BBQ'd her first pig at the age of 12.

Isabelle Shepherd

Isabelle Shepherd

poetry
hometown: Fort Ashby, WV
BA: Political Science, English, West Virginia University
 
Isabelle is a poet from West Virginia. She was a runner-up in the 2015 Pinch Literary Awards, judged by Ada Limón, and a finalist in the 2016 NC State Poetry
 ompetition, judged by Yusef Komunyakaa. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bodega, DIAGRAM, DIALOGIST, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere. When Isabelle isn't writing poetry, she's reporting on the news for WHQR, Wilmington's public radio station.

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Bob Taylor

fiction
hometown: Missoula, MT
BA: Sociology, University of Montana

After earning his BA, Bob delivered pop for many years before realizing he wanted to write. He studied Creative Writing at UM before being accepted to the MFA program at UNCW. So far, he has written stories about working class characters trying to make their way in the world, often despite themselves. He also wants to write and learn as much as he can about Poetry and Creative Nonfiction.

Jacqueline Thomas

Jacqueline Thomas

poetry
hometown: Emerson, NJ
BA: Literature, Creative Writing, Rampo College

Jacqueline is a first-year poetry candidate and teaching assistant for the creative writing department. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Eratio postmodern poetry, Nude Bruce Review, Burningword, and more. She is interested in the convergence of poststructural poetics and semiotics, and wants to continue her education with a PhD in poetics and critical theory. She writes at heteroglossia.tumblr.com.

Stephanie Trott

Stephanie Trott

fiction
Hometown: Cedar Grove, NJ
BA: English, Bryn Mawr College

Stephanie is a third-year fiction candidate and a graduate assistant in the creative writing department. She volunteers through Writers in Action and is the poetry editor for Ecotone, as well as a frequent interviews contributor for the Rumpus.