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John Arthur Profile

John Arthur

MA in Literary Studies

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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.

Mildred Barya

Mildred Barya

PhD in Creative Writing

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Mildred Kiconco Barya is a writer and poet from Uganda. She was awarded the 2008 Pan African Literary Forum Prize for Africana Fiction, and earlier gained recognition for her poetry, particularly her first two collections, Men Love Chocolates But They Don't Say (2002) and The Price of Memory: After the Tsunami (2006). Barya has also worked as journalist and travel writer. From August 2007 to August 2009, she served as Writer-in-Residence at TrustAfrica, a Pan-African foundation based in Dakar, Senegal. She graduated from MFA program at Syracuse University, New York, in 2012, a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver in 2016. She had been a member of the Creative Writing Faculty at Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA). She has lived and worked in Germany, Botswana, Kenya and Uganda. Besides her career as a writer, Barya has also worked as a Human Resource Advisor for Ernst & Young in Uganda. Barya is a founding member and serves on the advisory board of African Writers Trust, "a non-profit entity which seeks to coordinate and bring together African writers in the Diaspora and writers on the continent to promote sharing of skills and other resources, and to foster knowledge and learning between the two groups.

Logan Burns

PhD in Creative Writing

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Upon graduating from DU, I accepted an Assistant Professor of English position at Middle Georgia State University where I stayed for three years. Currently, I'm in my third year as Assistant Professor of English at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.

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Teresa Carmody

PhD in Creative Writing

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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.
Jana Domanico Profile

Jana Domanico

MA in Literary Studies

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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.

Meghan Dowling

Meghan Dowling

PhD in Creative Writing

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Meghan L. Dowling is a writer, artist, and Boston-area native. She holds a doctorate in English/Creative Writing from the University of Denver, an M.A. from the University of Maine, and a B.A. from Brandeis University. She is currently in the process of finding a home for her first novel, A Catalogue of Small Pains, which tells the story of three generations of women and the secret cruelties of family life in 20th century America. She teaches writing and literature at Husson University, and is a member of the Norumbega Collective, whose mission is to promote the literary arts in the greater Bangor, Maine area.

 

Lindsey Drager Profile

Lindsey Drager

PhD in Creative Writing

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In Spring 2017, Dzanc Books released The Lost Daughter Collective by Lindsey Drager (PhD, '16), which was deemed “intelligent and densely layered” (Kirkus Reviews) and “formally rich” (Publisher’s Weekly). So far in 2017, she has served on a panel at the 2017 LA Times Festival of Books, moderated a discussion at the NonfictioNow Conference in Reykjavík, Iceland, and presented in-progress work at the International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, as part of Binghamton University's Visiting Writer Series, and as an I-Park Foundation Artist-in-Residence in East Haddam, Connecticut. Also in 2017, her first book, The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015) became available in braille. She is currently an assistant professor at the College of Charleston where she teaches in the MFA program in fiction and serves as associate fiction editor of Crazyhorse.

 

Adam Dunham

Adam Dunham

PhDin Creative Writing

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Adam Dunham is Assistant Professor of English at Trinidad State Junior College where he teaches Composition, Literature, Children's Literature and Creative Writing. His committee work is follows: Curriculum Committee, Distance Learning Committee, Faculty Senate; Colorado Developmental Education Task Force; Equity Team, Consultant on the development of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Test.

 

Kristy Firebaugh

Kristy Firebaugh

PhD in Literary Studies

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I'm currently the Assistant Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences here at DU.
Yanara Friedland

Yanara Friedland

PhD in Creative Writing

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Yanara Friedland is a German-American writer, translator, and teacher. She earned a PhD from the University of Denver, and she recently completed a long walk across multiple border regions in Europe. She is the author of the novel Uncountry: A Mythology (Noemi Press, 2016), winner of the Noemi Fiction Prize, and the digital chapbook Abraq ad Habra: I will create as I speak (Essay Press, 2016). Friedland is a member of the poets' theater group GASP: Girls Assembling Something Perpetual, and she lives in the desert of southern Arizona.
Christine Gardiner

Christine Gardiner

PhD in Creative Writing

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I am currently an Assistant Professor of the Liberal Arts at the College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources and have a book of poems coming out this month: My Sister’s Father, Black Lawrence Press.http://www.blacklawrence.com/my-sisters-father/
Dana Green

Dana Green

PhD in Creative Writing

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Dana Green is the author of the fiction collection Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing, co-winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and holds a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She lives and writes somewhere outside of Denver with her almost husband and cat.

Nicolas Gulig Profile

Nicholas Gulig

PhD in Creative Writing

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Since receiving his PhD from the University of Denver in 2015 Nicholas Gulig had gone on to receive an Inclusive Excellence Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2016. In 2017 he won the Wisconsin People and Ideas Poetry Award from the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Letters. His latest full length manuscript, ORIENT, was also recently awarded the CSU Poetry Center's Open Book Award and is slated for publication in March of 2018. Currently he lives with his wife and daughter in Fort Atkinson and is now an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Katherine Harrell Profile

Katherine Harrell

MA in Literary Studies

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Katherine, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, earned a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2011. During her time at Samford, Katherine spent a semester in 2009 studying in London, England, at the university's study center, the Daniel House. This experience led her to become an enthusiastic advocate for study abroad, particularly among university students. She returned to London in January of 2011 to work as the student assistant at the Daniel House. After graduating from Samford, Katherine spent seven months backpacking through New Zealand, working in various capacities and exploring. In the fall of 2012, she entered the Literary Studies Master's program at the University of Denver. She completed her Master's degree and became the ISA Site Specialsit for New Zealand and Fiji in 2014. She joined the ISA Custom Programs team in 2016. Along with England and New Zealand, she has spent time in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Poland, Mexico, Peru, Haiti, Thailand, Cambodia, and Australia.

 

Sarah Hitt

Sarah Hitt

PhD in Literary Studies

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I graduated from the Ph.D. in Literary Studies program in March 2012. Since then I have been a teaching faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines, having served as the Writing Center Director and the First-Year Writing Course Coordinator. Under my direction, that course, "Nature and Human Values," received an award from the National Academy of Engineering as an Exemplar in Engineering Ethics Education in 2016. I am now a Full Teaching Professor and the Director of the McBride Honors Program; last year I led the development of the Thorson First Year Honors Program, the cornerstone of which is a multidisciplinary course blending outcomes in communication, ethics, and engineering design. For the development of that course, my colleague Toni Lefton and I received a fellowship from the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. I am active on two national committees of the National Collegiate Honors Council, and will be co-leading a "City as Text" Honors Faculty Institute in Barcelona in June 2018. My two most recent conference presentations are: "Designing Better Humanists: The Importance of STEM fields in Humanities Education" at the New Directions in the Humanities conference, Imperial College, London, England July 2017 "City Identity as an Ethical Measure for Successful Engineering Design" at the Philosophy of the City conference, Porto, Portugal October 2017

 

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Brandi Homan

PhD in Creative Writing

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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. 

Patrick Kelling

Patrick Kelling

PhD in Creative Writing

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I graduated in 2015 and have since landed a job at Front Range Community College as the Creative Writing lead.

Sam Knights

Sam Knights

PhD in Creative Writing

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A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California's wine country before returning to the Rockies. When asked if he misses California, he gets a wistful look in his eyes and replies he misses the green mountains in the winter, but he is glad to be back home.
As well as being Distribution Manager for WordFire Press, he is Senior Editor for Villainous Press and the author of four children's books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than two dozen short stories, including a novella co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson.
A stay-at-home father, Sam attempts to be a full-time writer, but there are only so many hours left in a day after kids. Once upon a time, he was known to quote books the way some people quote movies, but now he claims having a family has made him forgetful, as a survival adaptation. He can be found at SamKnight.com and contacted at Sam@samknight.com.

Haley Littleton Profile

Haley Littleton

MA in Creative Writing

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Focused on long-form essays, food/culture/travel, and adventure writing. Master's thesis explored the role of perception and storytelling in environmental narratives.

 

Poupeh Missaghi Profile

Poupeh Missaghi

PhD in Creative Writing

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A writer, translator (Persian < > English), and world wanderer, Poupeh Missaghi holds a PhD from University of Denver's Creative Writing program, Fiction. She holds a master's in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a master's in Translation Studies from Azad University of Tehran, Iran. Her literary interests include, but are not limited to: écriture féminine (women's writing), writing from/about dictatorial states, documentary poetics, Roberto Bolaño, world literature, translation, etc. Her work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, World Literature Today, Guernica, The Quarterly Conversation, The Barcelona Review, Short Fiction Magazine, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere..

Jesse Morse Profile

Jesse Morse

PhD in Creative Writing

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Jesse Morse has a PhD in Creative Writing from University of Denver. He's published poetry, non-fiction, reviews and interviews in a wide variety of journals, most recently Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and The Volta. He has a chapbook called Rotations (C_L press). He teaches in Denver and is married to the poet Jennifer Denrow. Their daughter Wren, and Labradane Hank, keep them quite busy!

Jeff Moser

Jeff Moser

MA in Literary Studies

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My area of expertise is in Shakespeare and Renaissance poetry and drama. However, I am in my 2nd year of teaching academic writing at the Universty of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO, as an adjunct faculty member in the English Department. This past March I presented a paper about Shakespeare and print authorship at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in Chicago. Also, this past June, I served as the chair and moderator of a panel, "Confluence of Cultures in History and Literature" at the 49th Rocky Mountain Medieval & Renaissance Association Annual Conference "Reformations during the Middle Ages and Renaissance," held at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO, 23-24 June 2017. I have been appointed to a 3-year term on the Executive Council of the Rocky Mountain Medieval & Renaissance Association. During 2015, I served as a Reader at the Shakespeare Folger Library in Washington, DC.

 

TaraShea Nesbit

TaraShea Nesbit

PhD in Creative Writing

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TaraShea Nesbit’s debut novel The Wives of Los Alamos, which explores the making of the atomic bomb from the perspective of the nuclear scientist’s wives, was published in 2014 to critical and popular acclaim. The novel was long-listed for the 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Library Journal Best Debut, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, an Indies Choice Debut Pick, the winner of two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, a national bestseller, and published in several languages. Her recent essay on class ascension, "The Mothering Class, was published in Salon (link: http://www.salon.com/2017/03/25/the-mothering-class/) and her essay on grief and motherhood, "Paper Nests", was featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Fourth Genre (link: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/649313/pdf). This summer she chaired a panel on ambulatory nonfiction at NonfictioNOW in Iceland and gave a craft talk at Regis University on the ghost story. She earned a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Denver in the spring of 2015 and became an Assistant Professor in Fiction and Nonfiction at Miami University in the fall of 2015. She presently resides in Oxford, Ohio, with her husband and daughter, and is at work on her second novel.

 

Jason Ney

Jason Ney

PhD in Literary Studies

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Colorado Christian University's Jason Ney, instructor of English and director of the Writing Center, earned his Ph.D. in literary studies from the University of Denver this May.
Ney's dissertation is part memoir and part critical theory, dealing with ethical issues in memoir—including the fallibility of memory, composite characters, and representing dialogue faithfully. The memoir portion focuses on Ney's time working in a factory during his college years.
"It's part blue-collar memoir, which is an underrepresented genre in the market, and part spiritual journey narrative," explained Ney. "It tells how I went from a fundamentalist background to rough-and-tumble factory life, and the culture shock that came with that. This led to a reshaping of my faith and a rethinking of how I practice my beliefs in the 'real world.'"
Ney's coursework focused on American literature and detective fiction, and he also writes regularly for Noir City magazine. The flexibility of his Ph.D. program, however, allowed him to pursue diverse interests.

 

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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.

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Jaclyn Reed

MA in Literary Studies

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I am currently a third-year PhD candidate at Western University in London, Ontario. My dissertation research is focused on nonsequential constructions of temporality in 21st Century British and Irish women's novels. My presentations include: “Fashioning an Aristocratic Identity for Posterity: Anne Clifford and the Rhetoric of Clothing.” Presented at Western University in London, ON, as part of the Fieldnotes Speaker Series, May 2017. “Shirley Jackson’s Urban Space Conspiracy: Paranoia and Female Theorization in ‘Pillar of Salt’ and ‘Nightmare.’” Presented at DIS/EASE: 2016 DAGSE Conference at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, August 2016.