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Vincent Carafano

1st 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:


Alison Turner Profile

Alison Turner

1st 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

1st 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

1st 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

Emily Pettit Profile

Emily Pettit

1st 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.

Dennis Sweeney

Dennis James Sweeney

1st 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.

McCormick Templeman Profile

McCormick Templeman

1st 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.

John Arthur Profile

John Arthur

2nd Year MA Candidate

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John is a native of Tennessee and holds a BA in History. He is a first-year MA candidate with a concentration in Literary Studies. John is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of literature and popular culture.

Ashley Colley Profile

Ashley Colley

2nd Year PhD Candidate

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Ashley Colley is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Miami University. Her poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Prelude, New Delta Review, Tripwire, Drunken Boat, Heavy Feather Review, Smoking Glue Gun, and elsewhere. She is from Ohio.

Jessica Comola Profile

Jessica Comola

2nd 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.

Jana Domanico Profile

Jana Domanico

2nd Year MA Candidate

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Jana Domanico is a first year MA student in Literary Studies. Originally from Chicago, Jana received her Bachelor of Arts in English from DePaul University, where she worked in the Writing Center as a Writing Fellow. After taking an academic hiatus working in the Marketing Department of a Chicago Engineering Firm, she has returned to continue her studies. Her specific interests include gender/feminist theory, as well as, identity in modern and post-modern literature.

Kinsey Profile

Elisabeth Kinsey

2nd 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 ( She endeavors to write about the Bildungsroman, Victorian Literature and publish her memoir.

Julia Madsen Profile

Julia Madsen

2nd Year PhD Candidate

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Julia Madsen is a multimedia poet, teacher, and tutor. She received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and is currently a second year doctoral student in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver. Blue collar born and raised, she is currently thinking about technology and the working class. She has shown video poetry at Outlet Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and her video work has been featured in VICE’s “The Creator’s Project.” Her poems and multimedia work have also appeared or are forthcoming in Flag+Void, Caketrain, Drunken Boat, CartridgeLit, Deluge, Dreginald, Small Po[r]tions, Tagvverk, Black Warrior Review, Cloud Rodeo, Devil’s Lake, Versal, Cutbank, Alice Blue Review, PoetrySeen, and elsewhere.

Thirii Myint Profile

Thirii Myint

2nd Year PhD Candidate

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Thirii received her MFA in Prose from the University of Notre Dame and her BA in Literary Arts from Brown University.  She has been awarded residences and scholarships from Tin House, Hedgebrook, and Summer Literary Seminars. Her short stories have appeared in Caketrain, The Kenyon Review Online, The Collagist, The Literarian, Sleepingfish, Quarterly West, and elsewhere, and has been translated into and published in Burmese and Lithuanian. Her first book, The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, A Haven will be published by Noemi Press in early 2018

Diana Khoi Nguyen Profile

Diana Khoi Nguyen

2nd Year PhD Candidate

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Diana Khoi Nguyen has poems in Poetry, American Poetry Review, PEN America, The Iowa Review, and Gulf Coast, among others. She has received awards, scholarships, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Key West Literary Seminars, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and Bucknell University.

Natalie Rogers Profile

羅樂斯 Natalie Rogers

2nd 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

2nd 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


Mona Awad

3rd 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.


Mairead Case

3rd 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).


Carolina Ebeid

3rd 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.


Jennifer Foerster

3rd Year PhD Candidate

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Jennifer is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts and received her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She has received a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University from 2008-2010. A Mvskoke citizen, Jennifer has lived in Santa Fe and San Francisco where she worked as a grant writer and non-profit development consultant. She is now pursuing her PhD at the University of Denver. Her first book of poems, Leaving Tulsa, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013, and was a Shortlist Finalist for the 2014 PEN Open Book Award. Her poems have recently appeared in Colorado Review, Eleven Eleven, Visible Binary, The Brooklyn Rail, and OAR.   Website:


Brian Foley

3rd 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.​


Zeeshan Reshamwala

3rd 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.



Christopher Rosales

3rd 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.


Taryn Schwilling

3rd 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).

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Jennifer Topale

3rd 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 (


Mildred Barya

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Mildred K Barya is currently investigating how we read and interpret literary narratives across cultures and languages. She holds a BA in English Literature, Makerere University, Uganda, and an MFA in Creative Writing, Syracuse University, New York. She has published three poetry collections: Give Me Room to Move My Feet, The Price of Memory after the Tsunami, and Men Love Chocolates But They Don't Say. Her short stories include: Bless the Broken Path, in Northeast Review, Black Stone in Per Contra, Scars of Earth, in “The African Love Stories” Anthology, Effigy Child, by Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, UK, Land of my Bones, in “Dreams, Miracles & Jazz” anthology, Picador, Africa, and Raindrops, in “Words From A Granary” FEMRITE anthology. She has facilitated creative writing workshops in Uganda and China, taught at Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, and is a board member of African Writers Trust. She blogs at:


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.


Teresa Carmody

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Teresa's books include Maison Femme (a collaboration with Vanessa Place, Bon Aire Projects, 2015), and the short story collection Requiem (Les Figues, 2005).  She is the author of three chapbooks:  I Can Feel (Insert Press, 2011), Eye Hole Adore (PS Books, 2008), and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne (Woodland Editions, 2009).  Other work has appeared in Faultline, Juked, Anomalous 11, emohippus greeting cards 1-4, and more.  An organizer of the original Ladyfest, Carmody is co-founding editor of Les Figues Press in Los Angeles.

Brandi Homan

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Brandi Homan is the author of two books, Bobcat Country and Hard Reds, from Shearsman Books and two chapbooks from dancing girl press. She holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and an MA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 


Jacob Pride

4th Year PhD Candidate

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Jacob is a PhD student in the Literary Studies concentration, a writing consultant at the Writing Center, and presently teaches an art of nonfiction class. He grew up in Augusta, GA, and received his BA in English from Ave Maria University. He studied theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in 2009 before serving as a Catholic missionary for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) for two years. Before attending the University of Denver, he was a Graduate Assistant at Georgia Southern University, where he received a master's in English. His research interests include Southern Literature (Literature of the American South), American Renaissance Literature, Romanticism, Christian Realism, and the short stories of Flannery O’Connor. Jacob is married to Caitlin, and they have a son, William, and another boy due in August 2016.


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:


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.