Creative Writing

MFA Student Profiles

Kate Barber
Kathryn M. Barber

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

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.

Morgan Davis

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.

Isaac Falaschini
Isaac Faleschini

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

Isaac is a second 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

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

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.

Summer Hammond

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

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 ‪

Sofie Harsha

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

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

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.

Olivia Loving

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
BA: English literature, New York University’s The Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Olivia is a fiction writer and teaching assistant. She was born in New York City and raised in Florida. She returned to Manhattan for college and spent a year abroad at the University of Oxford. Before coming to UNCW, she worked at a wildlife refuge next to NASA and at Strand Book Store in New York. Olivia enjoys kayaking, taking film photos and thinking about The Florida Project. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic. 

Suzzanna Matthews

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

Jeff Oloizia

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

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.

Jane Rohrer

hometown: Wallingford, PA
BA: English-Creative Writing, Franklin & Marshall College

Jane is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry and a teaching assistant in the Creative Writing Department. Before joining UNCW's program, Jane spent a year tutoring and mentoring in the Philadelphia School District through City Year Philadelphia. Her work is influenced greatly by her former homes in Pennsylvania. When Jane isn't writing, she is working at Wilmington's local food co-op. Jane's work has most recently appeared in Peach Magazine