MFA Student Profiles
2015-16

Bridget Apfeld

Bridget Apfeld

fiction

hometown: Mequon, WI
BA: English, University of Notre Dame

Bridget is a third-year fiction writer who works as a teaching assistant in the creative writing department. Her previous and forthcoming work can be found in various journals including Better: Culture & Lit, Able Muse, Prick of the Spindle, So to Speak, Verse Wisconsin, Dislocat, and the NewerYork Press.

   
Kate Barber

Kathryn M. Barber
fiction

hometown: Kingsport, Tennessee
BA: English, Carson-Newman University
MA: English, Mississippi State University

Kate Barber is a first-year fiction writer and teaching assistant in the creative writing department. After twenty-two years of straddling the Tennessee/Virginia state line, she spent the last few moving between London, UK; Starkville, MS; and Nashville, TN. Before attending UNCW's program, she taught freshman and junior composition at Belmont University. When she's not working on her own fiction, she works as Fiction Editor for Blinders Literary Journal. Her work has recently appeared in Literary Orphans and Cape Fear Review.

   

Jason Bradford

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Jason Bradford

poetry

hometown: Center Point, IA
BA: English and creative writing, Coe College
MA: English and creative writing, University of Northern Iowa

           

Jason is a third-year poet, creative writing teaching assistant, and poetry co-editor of Ecotone. Poems can be read, or are forthcoming in jubilat, Fruita Pulp, Jellyfish Magazine, Rogue Agent, The Laurel Review, and the North American Review. The Inhabitants, a chapbook of poems, was published by Final Thursday Press.


   
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.

   
Elizabeth Grace Davis

Elizabeth Grace Davis

poetry

hometown: East Bend, NC
BA: Literature, Writing, Catawba College

Elizabeth Grace Davis is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  She serves as a creative writing teaching assistant (via Direct Independent Study), an instructor for Writers in Action, and as the director of sales and marketing for UNCW Student Media. Her work has appeared in the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Competition anthology and various undergraduate literary magazines.  She speaks softly but carries a big notebook.

   
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.

   
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.

   
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, Connecticut.

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.

 

   
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.

 

   
Lauren Krouse

Lauren Krouse
creative 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.  

   
Kate McMullen

Kate McMullen
fiction

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

Kate writes short fiction about North Carolina and the Chesapeake Bay islands. Her work appears most recently in Pisgah Review, as well as Western Carolina University's Nomad. She is the marketing and design graduate assistant for UNCW's Campus Life Arts and Programs department.

   
Jamie Lynn Miller

Jamie Lynn Miller

fiction

hometown: Aspen, CO

Jamie Lynn Miller is a writer, DJ, and avid outdoorswoman from Aspen, Colorado. Her work appears nationally in Women’s Adventure, Climbing, OffBeat Magazine, Aspen Peak, and Men’s Health. Regionally, you’ll see her words in SALT, Wrightsville Beach Magazine, WILMA, and the Lumina News. With over 15 years in FM radio, Jamie hosts Sonic Byways with Jamie Lynn, featuring interviews and in-studio sessions with musicians around the country.

   
MFA student Katie O'Reilly

Katie O'Reilly

creative nonfiction

hometown: Palos Park, IL
BS: journalism, Northwestern University

 

Katie serves as managing editor of Ecotone, and previously worked as WHQR Public Radio’s graduate fellow/reporter. Before coming to UNCW, she worked as a Los Angeles-based magazine editor, an editorial assistant for the Huffington Post, an intern for the Onion/A.V. Club, a tour guide with a Chicago-based ghost-hunting bus, and as an ESL teacher in the Czech Republic.

 

   
Anna Patton

Anna Patton
fiction


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


Anna Montgomery Patton is a fiction writer from the 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. She spent a year at the University of Iowa participating in the Summer Writing Festival, nonfiction seminars, and fiction workshops, and as a volunteer for Iowa Youth Writing Project and reader for the Iowa Review. Anna is the graduate assistant for UNCW Campus Life Arts & Programs marketing.

   
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.

   
Elizabeth Roddy

Elizabeth Roddy

creative nonfiction

hometown: Sudbury, MA
BA: Art History, Barnard College of Columbia University

Beth Roddy won the 2014 Gabriele Rico Creative Nonfiction Challenge and was runner-up for the 2015 Pinch Literary Award in Nonfiction, judged by Lia Purpura. Beth's work has appeared in Reed Magazine. She has received several awards including an Assistantship at Environmental Systems Research Institute and the Ralph W. Brauer Fellowship for the development of her interactive memoir. Beth is a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) fellow and has received a writer's grant and residency from the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches in the Film Studies department and loves that her students call her “ma’am.” To learn more, visit www.bethroddy.com.

   
Isabelle Shepherd

Isabelle Shepherd

poetry

hometown: Fort Ashby, West Virginia
BA: Political Science, English, West Virginia University

When Isabelle isn’t writing poetry, she’s reporting on the news for WHQR, Wilmington’s public radio station. And when she isn’t tracking down stories, she’s watching her hound dog, Lavender, tree squirrels in her backyard. Isabelle’s poems can be found in Plain Spoke, Connotation Press, and OccuPoetry.

   
MFA student Cathe Shubert

Cathe Shubert

poetry

hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
BA: English, Spanish, University of Michigan
MS: urban education, University of Pennsylvania

Cathe is a teaching assistant in the creative writing department and interns as a nonfiction and poetry reader at Ecotone. Her poetry has appeared in the inaugural issues of the Bread Loaf School of English literary journal, and her nonfiction won the Hopwood Undergraduate Award at Michigan. She's taught English abroad in Andorra on a Fulbright Scholarship, Spanish in Philadelphia with Teach for America, and creative writing Detroit with Inside/Out Literary Arts Project.

   
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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 Trott is a second-year fiction candidate and a graduate assistant in the creative writing department. In addition to serving as a poetry editor for Ecotone, she is involved with Writers in Action and mentors local high school seniors in the college essay process. Her work appears most recently in Cleaver Magazine and The Rumpus.


   
MFA student Jillian Weiss

Jillian Weiss

creative nonfiction

hometown: Winston-Salem, NC; London, UK
BA: creative writing, Elon University

Jillian frequently finds herself working with middle schoolers in many different settings. She has interned as a youth worker in Memphis, taught sixth- and seventh-graders creative writing in Texas with Duke TIP, and before attending UNCW, she went back to sixth grade for a year as a shadow for an amazing autistic boy. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Pinch and The Susquehanna Review.

   

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