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Graduate Students

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Edward Cooper

Edward Cooper

1st Year MA Candidate

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Edward Cooper grew up in Englewood, CO, and did his undergrad at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He double majored in English and History and minored in Religious Studies. He spent this past year living in Be'er Sheva, Israel, teaching English in an elementary school.

Kelly Krumrie

Kelly Krumrie

1st Year PhD Candidate

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Kelly spent the last sixteen years wrangling children of various sizes, most recently at a Montessori middle school. Her short fiction often centers on girls and adolescents exploring degrees of the unreal. She has an MA in Gifted/Talented Education from the University of Northern Colorado and an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. 

Elizabeth Layman

Elizabeth Layman

1st Year PhD Candidate

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Elizabeth Layman is a first year PhD student in Literary Studies. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American literature, particularly the work of Herman Melville and connections between visual art and literature. She has served as an editorial assistant for Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, the managing editor of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, and has recently presented research at the Eleventh International Melville Society Conference in London.

Erinrose Mager

Erinrose Mager

1st Year PhD Candidate

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Erinrose Mager is a first year PhD student at the University of Denver. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Passages North, Necessary Fiction, and DIAGRAM, and her non-fiction has appeared in BOMB, NYLON, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She co-edited The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature (Lit Pub Books, 2012) and received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Mikayla Peters

Mikayla Peters

1st Year MA Candidate

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Mikayla is an MA student in Literary Studies. She is from Onalaska, WI and received her BA in English Literature and German Language from the University of Wisconsin--La Crosse. She was previously the fiction editor for Steam Ticket, and her writings have appeared in The Catalyst.

Bailey Pittenger

Bailey Pittenger

1st Year PhD Candidate

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Bailey Pittenger is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at DU. She earned her BA and MA in English Literature from Wake Forest University, and her MFA in Prose from the University of Notre Dame. Her writing has appeared in Gigantic Sequins, NANO Fiction, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. She is from North Carolina. baileympittenger.com

Taylor Tolchin

Taylor Tolchin

1st Year PhD Candidate

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Taylor Tolchin is a poet and writer from Chicago. She received her MFA from Minnesota State University. Currently a PhD candidate in literary studies, her interests include experimental form, cognitive science, and disability studies.

Olivia Tracy

Olivia Tracy

1st Year PhD Candidate

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Olivia received her bachelor’s degree from Regis University, where she later returned as affiliate faculty, and completed her master’s degree at Colorado State University, where she was a graduate teaching assistant. Her previous conference presentations and current research interests engage works from many periods and countries, but primarily explore textual representations of global trade, cultural exchange, and colonialism, female nationalist figures, and the environment. She digs for roots (of the behavioral, cultural and beet varieties), obsesses over small details and most flowers, and can almost always successfully operate a jigsaw

Alicia Wright

Alicia Wright

1st Year PhD Candidate

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Alicia Wright is originally from Rome, Georgia. The recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, her work appears or is forthcoming in Ecotone, Flag + Void, The Literary Review, Poetry Northwest, The Southeast Review, and Indiana Review as the recipient of the 2016 Poetry Prize, among others. jaliciawright.com

Justin Wymer

Justin Wymer

1st Year PhD Candidate

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Justin Wymer holds degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He's received awards and fellowships from Harvard Office for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the University of Iowa as well as a continuing education grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport and the John Logan Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Columbia Journal, Conjunctions, Kenyon Review, Lana Turner Journal, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. He was born and raised in West Virginia. 

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Vincent Carafano

2nd Year PhD Candidate

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Vincent Carafano is from El Paso, Texas and the father of three kids, Lola, Daisy, and Casper. He earned a BA in Philosophy (NMSU) and received his MA in Literary Studies from DU. Before coming to DU, Vincent owned Spanish Moss, a women's clothing boutique, and worked as a digital marketing consultant. His photography and writing is online at: www.FatherFever.com

 

Alison Turner Profile

Alison Turner

2nd Year PhD Candidate

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Alison is a PhD candidate in Literary Studies with many literary interests, including immigrant and refugee fiction in the United States, proletarian literature, and characterizations of poverty. She was born in the mountains of Colorado where she learned to spend large amounts of time outside. When travelling, she insists on visiting public libraries.

 

Julia Flemming Profile

Julia Flemming

2nd Year MA Candidate

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Julia Fleming is a first year MA student in Literary Studies. She is from Torrance, CA and received her BA in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University. Before moving to Denver, Julia worked as a founding educator for the Los Angeles Galaxy Academy, a high school program for elite young athletes. Currently, she works at the DU writing center as a consultant. Julia hopes to explore contemporary literature by Women of Color and representations of female sexuality.

Brian Laidlaw Profile

Brian Laidlaw

2nd Year PhD Candidate

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Brian Laidlaw is a poet-troubadour, and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing (poetry) at DU. His recent releases include The Stuntman from Milkweed Editions, Amoratorium from Paper Darts Press, and Jeremiad (a 7" vinyl single) from Hymie's Vintage Records. He lives in Boulder, where he moonlights - often literally - as a rock climber. News, tour dates, and more information available at www.brianlaidlaw.com.

Alicia Mountain

Alicia Mountain

2nd Year PhD Candidate

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Alicia Mountain is the author of "High Ground Coward" (University of Iowa Press, forthcoming spring 2018) which was awarded the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize. Her poems can be found in Guernica, jubilat, Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, Witness, and elsewhere. She has received a Pushcart Prize nomination, an Idyllwild Arts Fellowship and a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She earned her MFA at the University of Montana in Missoula. Alicia's scholarly interests include poetry of the HIV epidemic, queer theory, the 19th and 20th century novel, and African American literature.

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Emily Pettit

2nd Year PhD Candidate

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Emily Pettit is a poet, artist, editor and teacher from Western, Massachusetts. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She has taught and lectured at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, the University of Massachusetts, Elms College, and Smith College. Emily is an editor for Factory Hollow Press and jubilat. Her collection of poems Goat In The Snow was published by Birds LLC . Poems have appeared in The Huffington Post, Academy of American Poetry, Boston Review, Verse Daily, among other journals. www.goatinthesnow.tumblr.com

Dennis Sweeney

Dennis James Sweeney

2nd Year PhD Candidate

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Dennis James Sweeney's writing has appeared in The Collagist, Crazyhorse, Five Points, Indiana Review, and Passages North, among others. He is the Small Press Editor of Entropy, the recipient of an MFA from Oregon State University, and a recent Fulbright fellow in Malta. www.dennisjamessweeney.com

McCormick Templeman Profile

McCormick Templeman

2nd Year PhD Candidate

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McCormick Templeman is a first year PhD student at the University of Denver. She holds a BA from Reed College and an MFA from Naropa University. A former Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, she also holds an MS from AIMC, Berkeley. She is the author of two books from Penguin Random House (The Little Woods, 2012, and The Glass Casket, 2014). Recently her writing has appeared in the YA horror anthology, Slasher Girls and Monster Boys (Dial Press, 2015), and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Ashley Colley Profile

Ashley Colley

3rd Year PhD Candidate

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Ashley Colley is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Miami University. Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Prelude, jubilat, New Delta Review, Smoking Glue Gun, and elsewhere. She is from Ohio.

Jessica Comola Profile

Jessica Comola

3rd Year PhD Candidate

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Jessica Comola received her MFA from the University of Mississippi and her BA from Rhodes College. She is the author if Everything We Met Changed Form and Followed the Rest (Horse Less Press 2016) and the chapbook What Kind of Howly Divine. She edits Horse Less Review.

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Elisabeth Kinsey

3rd Year PhD Candidate

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Literature reader, writer, poet, teacher and practiced in the art of sleeping in. Elisabeth Kinsey lives in Denver, Colorado. She received her MA in Creative Writing at Regis University. She is published in Women in Nature, Greenwoman Magazine, Wazee Journal, Metrosphere, Apogee Emergency Online Journal, The Rambler, and Ask Me About My Divorce, Seal Press. She teaches writing at Regis University (www.regis.edu). She endeavors to write about the Bildungsroman, Victorian Literature and publish her memoir.

Julia Madsen Profile

Julia Madsen

3rd Year PhD Candidate

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Julia Madsen is a multimedia poet and educator. She received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. Blue-collar born and raised, she is currently thinking about technology and the working class. She is the video editor at Reality Beach, and has shown video poetry at Outlet Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and No Nation Art Gallery in Chicago, IL. Her video work has appeared in VICE's "The Creators Project." Her poems and multimedia work have also appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat, Drunken Boat, Caketrain, Flag+Void, Word for/Word, Cloud Rodeo, Small Po[r]tions, Deluge, Dreginald, Tagvverk, Alice Blue Review, Devil's Lake, Versal, Cartridge Lit, Cutbank, Black Warrior Review, TL;DR Magazine, PoetrySeen, Dream Pop Press, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, "Dromology," is forthcoming from Reality Beach Press.

Mark Mayer

Mark Mayer

3rd Year PhD Candidate

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Mark Mayer is a writer and teacher from Colorado. He has a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. From 2012 to 2014, he lived at Cornell College's Center for the Literary Arts as the Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer. His first book, Aerialists, won the Michener-Copernicus Prize and is forthcoming from Bloomsbury USA. His academic articles have appeared or are forthcoming in LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory and Twentieth-Century Literature. 

Thirii Myint

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint

3rd Year PhD Candidate

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Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, A Haven (Noemi Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Caketrain, Sleepingfish, The Collagist, The Black Warrior Review, The Kenyon Review Online and elsewhere, and has been translated into and published in Burmese and Lithuanian. She is the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Spain, an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and a BA from Brown University. https://www.thiriimyokyawmyint.com

Diana Khoi Nguyen Profile

Diana Khoi Nguyen

3rd Year PhD Candidate

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Born in Los Angeles, Diana Khoi Nguyen is a poet and multimedia artist whose work has appeared widely in literary journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, PEN America, and The Iowa Review, among others. A winner of the 92Y's Discovery / Boston Review 2017 Poetry Contest, her first book, Ghost Of, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in April 2018. www.dianakhoinguyen.com

Natalie Rogers Profile

羅樂斯 Natalie Rogers

3rd Year PhD Candidate

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羅樂斯 (Natalie Rogers) is from Hong Kong and Reseda, California. She studied English Literature at Reed College and Creative Writing at Syracuse University. She has worked as a teacher, 911 dispatcher, and caretaker for older adults. Her fiction has appeared online at Juked, Narrative, New Orleans Review, and Specter Magazine.

Sasha Strelitz Profile

Sasha Strelitz

3rd Year PhD Candidate

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Sasha is on the road towards earning her PhD in Literary Studies. She also works as a consultant at DU's Writing Center. She grew up in Hollywood, FL, and has lived in New York City, Tel Aviv, and the very exhilarating Orlando, FL. She attended New York University, Nova Southeastern University, and the University of Central Florida. She is very interested in cultural studies, and her specific research interests include Beat, Transcendentalist, and Romantic literature, Jewish literature, and more popular cultural texts such as rock'n'roll music

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Mona Awad

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Mona's fiction has appeared in McSweeney's Post Road, Joyland, St. Petersburg Review, Two Serious Ladies, the Walrus, and elsewhere. She completed an MFA in fiction at Brown University where her short stories were awarded the John Hawkes and Feldman prizes. She earned an MScR in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh where she specialized in fairy tales.

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Mairead Case

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Mairead Case (it rhymes with "parade") is a working writer in Denver, CO, where she is also the Summer Writing Program Coordinator at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, the organizer of the Dikeou Reading Series, and a teacher at DU, Naropa University, and the Denver Women's Correctional Facility. Before Denver Mairead lived in Chicago, working at places like the Poetry Foundation, Louder Than a Bomb, and Punk Planet. She freelances widely, and is the author of the novel See You In the Morning (featherproof) and Tenderness, a poetry chapbook (Meekling Press). www.maireadcase.tumblr.com

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Carolina Ebeid

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Carolina Ebeid is a the author of You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior (Noemi Press, Fall 2016). She is a student in the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Denver, and holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers. She has won fellowships and prizes from CantoMundo, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, the Stadler Center for Poetry, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work appears widely in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, and more recent work appears in Linebreak, Bennington Review, jubilat, and in the inaugural Ruth Stone House Reader. www.carolinaebeid.com

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Jennifer Foerster

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Jennifer Elise Foerster is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and received her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She is the recipient of a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship (2017), a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship (2014), and was a Robert Frost Fellow in Poetry at Breadloaf (2017) and a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford (2008-2010). A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Jennifer has lived in Santa Fe and San Francisco where she worked as a grant writer and non-profit development consultant. She teaches at the IAIA MFA Low-Residency Program, and co-directs For Girls Becoming, an arts mentorship program for Mvskoke youth in Oklahoma. Jennifer's first book of poems, Leaving Tulsa, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013, and her second book is forthcoming in March 2018. Her poems have recently appeared in Colorado Review, Eleven Eleven, and The Brooklyn Rail.

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Brian Foley

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Brian Foley received his B.A. from Emerson College and his M.F.A from The Program of Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst. He is the author of The Constitution (Black Ocean, 2014) as well several chapbooks, including Puritan Landfill (Black Cake, 2015) and TOTEM (Fact-Simile Editions, 2014). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Verse Daily,Denver Quarterly, & The Volta. He was selected as a 2014 New American Poet by the Poetry Society of America. He's was born and raised in Massachusetts.​

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Zeeshan Reshamwala

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Zeehan is a PhD student in the Literary Studies concentration and a writing consultant at the Writing Center.  Before attending the University of Denver, he taught literature and composition at Moberly Area Community College in Kirksville, Missouri. He received a master's in English from Truman State University, where he also taught composition for two years. His research interests include postcolonial studies, romanticism, Rudyard Kipling's poetry and fiction, the poetry of Henry Derozio, and cultural studies centered on colonial and contemporary depictions of India.

 

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Christopher Rosales

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Christopher David Rosales' writing has appeared in anthologies, journals, and magazines, in the U.S. and abroad. His first novel, Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper, is forthcoming this summer from Mixer Publishing, and in 2009 that novel won the Hispanic Scholarship Fund & McNamara Family Creative Arts Grant. In 2013 Rosales was the Writing Fellow at The National Archives at Philadelphia. Previously he won the Center of the American West's award for fiction three years in a row, and was a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Award. He is a PhD candidate at University of Denver, and recipient of the Doctoral Research Award. Rosales is the Fiction Editor for SpringGun Press. His second novel, Gods on the Lam, is forthcoming 2016 from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.  www.christopherrosales.com

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Taryn Schwilling

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Taryn is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop (MFA) and Boise State University (BA). She has been awarded a Fulbright grant to Cambodia and recently returned from a lectureship in Iraq. She is the author of the poetry collection The Anatomist (YesYes Books). www.tarynschwilling.com

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Jennifer Topale

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Jennifer Topale is a PhD candidate in the Literary Studies concentration, where her interests are John Milton, Renaissance to Restoration literature, Utopian and Dystopian literature, and religiously themed literature. She graduated from Queens College of The City University of New York with a dual BA in Psychology and English, and an MA in Literature. Jennifer has taught high school English in New York City and has volunteered her time as a tutor for inner-city students at The Legacy Center (TLCNYC.org).

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Lauren Benke

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Lauren specializes in British and Irish modernism, Irish theatre, and performance studies. Her current projects include a study of gesture and communicative musicality in the works of James Joyce, Mina Loy, Elizabeth Bowen, and Virginia Woolf, and an article on intimacy and violence in contemporary artists’ books. Lauren holds an M.Phil. in Irish Writing, awarded with distinction, from Trinity College, Dublin, and studied modern dance choreography and creative writing at Chapman University.

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Nancy Thurman

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Nancy is a doctoral student in the rhetoric and theory concentration. She received her bachelor's degree in English through American Military University while deploying to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Bosnia/Herezegovnia. After being selected for the Civilian Pipeline Scholarship through the Air Force Institute of Technology, Nancy earned a master's degree in English with a specialization in composition through the University of Southern Illinois Edwardsville, where she was awarded the A. Edwin Graham Memorial award for precision in written English and subtlety and imagination in graduate studies of language or literature. Nancy has taught introductory English courses through American Military University and at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School. During her latest deployment, she worked with local female teachers at a girls school in Afghanistan. Currently, Nancy is examining the rhetoric and theory present within the Department of Defense's Sexual Assault Response Training Program.  She blogs at:  www.militarymommanp3.com

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Michael Walsh

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Michael Joseph Walsh earned his BA from the University of Michigan and his MFA from George Mason University. His poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Coconut Poetry, The Denver Quarterly DIAGRAM, Fence, The Volta,  and elsewhere. He is co-editor for  APARTMENT Poetry.