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Sarah-Jane Abate (MFA, Fiction)

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Sarah-Jane Abate is originally from Montrose, PA. Her work has previously appeared in Cheat River Review and her reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Heavy Feather Review and Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. She likes kayaking and peppers.

Jeff Albers (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Jeff Albers grew up in Southern California and earned a BA. and MA in English Literature from California State University, Fullerton. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University, where he also served as prose editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. He has written humor pieces for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, music reviews for L.A. Record, and his fiction has been featured in The Weekly Rumpus.

Selena Anderson (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Selena Anderson completed her MFA at Columbia University where she won the Transatlantic/Henfield Prize. She has held fellowships at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, the Carson McCullers Center, and the MacDowell Colony. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review Online, NANO Fiction, and elsewhere. She is at work on a collection of stories.

Rachel Ballenger (MFA, Fiction)

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Rachel Ballenger was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a BA in English from UC Berkeley. Before moving to Houston, she lived in Sonoma county, where she homesteaded a meadow by trial and error.

Rhianna Brandt (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Rhianna Brandt received a B.A. in English in 2008 from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her research interests include John Milton and Tori Amos, and though she has yet to fit them both into the same paper, she knows it can be done.

Melanie Brkich (MFA, Poetry)

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Melanie Brkich grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, relocating with her family at the tender age of thirteen to Florida, where she would stay and eventually earn her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. She spent two consecutive summers interning in D.C., but after dabbling in poetry workshops as she minored in English and French, Melanie realized she actually enjoyed creative writing a lot more than nut graphs. She caught the travel bug during a semester abroad in France and ended up returning after graduation to teach high-school English in Burgundy for a year. Melanie’s interests include languages, cooking, rock climbing, photography, and of course, reading. She lives with her huntress of a cat, Kenna.

Erika Jo Brown (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Erika Jo Brown is from New York. Her debut poetry collection, I'm Your Huckleberry, was published Brooklyn Arts Press in November 2014. Her chapbook, What a Lark!, was published by Further Adventures Press in 2011. She was educated at Cornell University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She loves feminism, botany, wordplay, and her shih tzu, Franklin.

Michelle Burk (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Michelle Dominique Burk is a poet and a native Northern Virginian. She received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University, and her work has appeared most recently in Contrary Magazine and Cooper Street.

Will Burns (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Will Burns received his BA from the University of Arkansas and his MFA from The New School in NYC. He is a part-time chess instructor and used to be a cashier. His car broke down while moving to Houston. It was too bad. He likes cats.

Corey Campbell (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Corey Campbell’s fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, The Rattling Wall, Necessary Fiction, and Anderbo, among other publications. A UH Ph.D. student and graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she has received support from Inprint, Sewanee, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She's a contributing editor for the journal Waxwing and currently is a fiction editor for Gulf Coast.

Thomas Cardamone (MFA, Fiction)

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Thomas Cardamone will be beginning his second year of studies at UH this fall. His fiction has appeared online at Lunch Ticket, Necessary Fiction, and decomP.

Daniel Chu (MFA, Poetry)

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Dan Chu is from Brooklyn New York. He went to school in New England, where he was surrounded by mountains and cows. After some time in Asia, he moved back to the city. It's his second year at UH.

Catherine Cleary (MFA, Poetry)

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Catherine Cleary grew up in Houston and studied studio art and writing at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating in 2014, she completed a year of national service with Americorps. During this year she tutored at low-income elementary schools, working with K-2nd graders who fell below grade level in reading.

Chelsea Brennan DesAutels (MFA, Poetry)

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Chelsea graduated from Wellesley College. She spent a couple years working in book publishing in New York, then attended law school at the University of Minnesota. She practiced as an associate in a law firm in Minneapolis. Despite her love of Minneapolis and its winters, she's moving to Houston, with a husband, toddler daughter, and dog in tow.

Sam Dinger (MFA, Fiction)

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Sam Dinger is from Arkansas. He loves food and the outdoors and travel and teaches writing around Houston. He's working on a collection of short stories, a novel, and essays.

Barbara Drumheller (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Barbara Drumheller graduated with a BA in Literature and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas. She went from there to Texas Tech University in Lubbock where she earned a J.D. She spent quite a few years writing other people’s stories in the form of criminal appellate briefs, first as a prosecutor and later as a defense attorney. Recently, she decided to switch gears and begin writing her own stories. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Ashleigh Eisinger (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Ahsleigh Eisinger holds an MFA in Fiction from Georgia College and State University. She lives in Houston with her boyfriend, Paul, and puppy, Maeby.

Rachel Fairbank (MFA, Nonfiction)

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Rachel Fairbank is the youngest of seven children and grew up on a small farm in upstate New York. When she was sixteen she started working at a genetics lab, where she spent seven years screening for genes involved in mesodermal cell fate specification in the nematode C. elegans. Although she enjoyed her work as a geneticist, she entered college as a music major with a concentration in jazz guitar only to switch back to biology during her junior year. After graduating from Cornell University with a BS in biology, she entered the Ph.D. program in developmental biology at Baylor College of Medicine, during which time she started developing her skills as a writer. In addition, Rachel has been a swimmer, a ballet dancer, a runner, and can often be found at her local boxing gym. Her essays have recently appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Rice Magazine, Vice and The Billfold.

Joshua Foster (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Joshua Foster is from southeastern Idaho, where his family has a grain and potato farming operation. He earned fiction and nonfiction MFAs from University of Arizona and was also a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. He serves as Nonfiction Editor for Terrain.org and Assistant Fiction Editor at TheDiagram.com. He's currently at work on a novel, among other shorter projects.

Joshua Gottlieb-Miller

fangJoshua Gottlieb-Miller received his MFA from the University of Houston, where he served as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast and was awarded an Inprint Barthelme Prize in Poetry. His work has appeared in Four Way Review, Pleiades, The Ilanot Review, Radar, Blackbird, and elsewhere. His poem, “The Sublime,” won the Indiana Review 2012 Poetry Prize, judged by Dean Young. Currently he teaches writing for Inprint and WITS. Most recently he was a fellow at The MacDowell Colony. Joshua lives in Houston with his wife and son.

JP Gritton (Ph.D., Fiction)

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JP Gritton is from Colorado. His fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review and Harpur Palate, and is forthcoming in Southwest Review and Greensboro Review. He has spent time as a carpenter, a journalist, and an advocate for the homeless.

Nicole Herd (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Niki Herd grew up in Cleveland and earned degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and Antioch University. Nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, she is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been supported by the Astraea Foundation and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has appeared in several journals and anthologies including Feminist Formations, North American Review, The Feminist Wire, Split This Rock, and Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky. Her debut collection of poems, The Language of Shedding Skin, was published as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Series. She has spent the last five years living in Washington, DC.

Chris Hutchinson (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Chris Hutchinson was born in Montreal, grew up in Vancouver, and has since pursued various livelihoods and made his home in such places as Toronto, Dawson City, Edmonton, Kelowna, and New York City. In 2009 he earned his MFA from Arizona State University. During his studies he was the International Poetry Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review, and he taught creative writing in local elementary schools for ASU’s Young Writers Program. He is the author of three books of poetry, all published in Canada, most recently, A Brief History of the Short-lived (Nightwood Editions, 2012).

Jennifer Johnson (MFA, Fiction)

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Jenny Staff Johnson’s fiction, nonfiction and essays have appeared in Tin House’s Open Bar Blog, Literary Mothers, and the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, among other publications. She holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin and previously worked in government, politics and journalism. A native Texan, she is a longtime Houstonian where she lives with her husband, three children, and her elderly beagle, Molly Ivins.

Matthew Krajniak (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Matthew is a first-year Ph.D. candidate in fiction. He earned an MFA from the University of Memphis and is currently at work on his first novel.

Dana Kroos (Ph.D. Fiction)

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Dana received an MFA in Fiction Writing from New Mexico State University and an MFA in visual art from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Superstition Review, The Lindenwood Review, The Florida Review and elsewhere. She has previously taught high school in New Mexico and under­graduate ceramics at the University of Texas, El Paso. She is currently in her final year of the Ph.D. program at UH.

Shane Lake (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Shane Lake is from Mattapoisett, MA. He earned an MFA in Poetry from Arizona State University in 2012, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative, Indiana Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, and New Ohio Review.

Christopher Liek (MFA, Nonfiction)

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Christopher Liek is originally from York, PA, and in the ten years between high school and going to college, he worked in warehouses and factories, because that’s what he was supposed to do. He worked in a bar in downtown York where the customers sold crack and heroin out of the bathroom, where a man was shot outside. He got out of York like he thought he always wanted; hiked parts of the Appalachian Trail and spent time at a primitive living community in North Carolina called Turtle Island Preserve. After that, he went to college in small town Selinsgrove PA, graduating from Susquehanna University.

J.S.A. (Jennifer) Lowe (Ph.D., Poetry)

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J.S.A. Lowe studied at Mount Holyoke College, the University of Cambridge, and Boston University; her MFA is from Arizona State University, where she was an associate editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, and Salamander. Her chapbook DOE was published by Particle Series Books, and she has translations in the MLA anthology Nineteenth-Century French Women Poets. In 2014-15, she presented research on the intersection of fan studies and queer theory at conferences including SWPCA (Albuquerque), PCA (New Orleans), and Otherness & Transgression (Århus, Denmark); in addition to having those journal articles in preparation, she is also finishing a monograph with the working title _Unbearding the Angel: Slashing Fandom and Social Media.

Carolann Caviglia Madden (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Carolann Caviglia Madden is a poet, translator, and Navy brat whose work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in World Literature Today, Yalobusha Review, Souvenir, Witch Craft Magazine, Women in Clothes (Penguin), Nimrod International Journal, The Southwest Anthology: The Best from the Writing Programs (Texas Review Press), and elsewhere. She is an assistant poetry editor at Gulf Coast, a member of Scholars Without Borders, and is a founding editor of Locked Horn Press.

Meghan L. Martin (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Meghan L. Martin is a poet, translator, Theresa A. Wilhoit Fellow, and Bread Loaf Translation Fellow, whose work can be found in Canadian and American literary journals, such as The Adirondack Review, The Bitter Oleander, Cream City Review, DIAGRAM, The DMQ Review, Event Magazine, The Fiddlehead, Hunger Mountain, PRISM international, and Ryga: a journal of provocations.

David Tomas Martinez (Ph.D., Poetry)

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David Tomas Martinez’s work has been published in Poetry Magazine, Oxford American, Forklift; Ohio, Poetry International, Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, Poetry Daily, Split This Rock, RHINO, Ampersand Review, Caldera Review, Verse Junkies, California Journal of Poetics, Toe Good, and others. DTM has been featured or written about in Poets & Writers, Publishers Weekly, NPR's All Things Considered, NBC Latino, Buzzfeed, Houstonia Magazine, Houston Art & Culture, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Bull City Press, and Border Voices. He is a Breadloaf and CantoMundo Fellow. His debut collection of poetry, Hustle, was released in 2014 by Sarabande Books, which won honorable mention in the Antonio Cisneros Del Moral prize.

Sarah McClung (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Sarah McClung earned an MFA from the University of Alabama. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis. She has worked and lived in Spain, Scotland, Uganda, and Japan. Prior to coming to Houston, she wrote cultural reviews for Plaza de Armas and worked in domestic as well as international publishing.

Alexander McElroy (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Alex McElroy earned his MFA from Arizona State University. His work appears in Black Warrior Review, The Georgia Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, Catapult, and elsewhere.

Jon Meyer (MFA, Fiction)

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Jonathan Meyer was born in—and writes about—Texas. He is a third-year MFA student at UH and an assistant editor for Gulf Coast. His fiction and essays have appeared in Microchondria, Gauge, and The Emerson Review. He is at work on a novel about his two favorite subjects: rock n’ roll and the Texas oil industry.

Josephine Mitchell (MFA, Fiction)

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Josie Mitchell grew up on the beach in San Diego, California, and moved all the way up the coast to attend The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. There she received a BFA in Creative Writing and focused mainly on writing for the stage. For three years she taught English to preschoolers in Dalian, China, where her crafting skills and patience improved beyond belief. While in China, she switched her focus to fiction. While she is relatively new to Texas, she has deep roots here and is anxious to see what family stories are true and hopes to mine a few more for her writing.

Luisa Muradyan (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Luisa is originally from the Ukraine and received her BA in History from the University of Kansas and MFA in Poetry from Texas State University. She is Editor for Gulf Coast and her poems can be found in Blackbird, Ninth Letter, West Branch, Mudlark, PANK, A-Minor, Neon, and Anderbo.

Christopher Brean Murray (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Christopher Brean Murray was born in New Jersey. He has an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and is pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat, New Ohio Review, Pleiades, Forklift Ohio, North American Review, and other journals. He served as online poetry editor of Gulf Coast from 2014-2016, and he plays the drums.

Alexandra Naumann (MFA, Fiction)

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Alexandra Naumann is a writer of Lebanese-Mexican descent. She writes between fiction and poetry, English and Spanish. She calls both Houston and Mexico City home.

Saira Nadeem (MFA, Fiction)

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Saira Nadeem graduated from the University of Houston in 2013 with her BA in Creative Writing and a minor in sales from the Program for Excellence in Selling. Since then, she has worked with the Stephen Stagner Sales Excellence Institute at UH where she coaches undergraduate students on key account management. Prior to working for the institute, Saira was involved with various nonprofit literary marketing projects with Writers in the Schools and also managed film promotions for a local theater. When she’s not helping her students find jobs, she can be found dragging her husband to her favorite Pakistani restaurants and trying to teach her chocolate lab to sit.

Michele Nereim (Ph.D., Fiction)

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A born and bred Floridian, yes, Michele Nereim has had to contend with the occasional alligator in her backyard. Their capture is cause for the neighbors to gather, everyone coming out to watch the poor, old dinosaurs get hauled away by animal control. It’s sad knowing they’ll be euthanized, but there are the tiny dogs to think of. Michele earned her MFA at FSU. She taught English and Composition for six years, pole dance for one. She spent her last year in Florida selling wine and cigars in The Villages, the U.S.’s largest retirement city, which recently gained international notoriety for a public “sex on the square” incident.

Wanjiku Ngugi (MFA, Fiction)

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Wanjiku wa Ngugi is the former director of the Helsinki African Film Festival in Finland. She has also been a jury member of the CinemAfrica Film Festival, Sweden in 2012 and 2013. Her short stories have been published in The New Black Magazine, The East African, amongst other places. The Fall of Saints (Atria Books, 2014) is her first novel.

Brenden Oliva (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Brenden Oliva was born and bred in Podunk, Northern Utah. He’s completed degrees in Anthropology, Human Biology, and English from the University of Utah, and most recently an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana. When not operating in the literary world, Brenden builds and breaks antique Harley Davidsons, first-generation Camaros, and sometimes Jeeps.

Michelle Orsi (MFA, Poetry)

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Michelle Orsi grew up in Spokane, Washington and earned her BA in Spanish and English Writing from Gonzaga University. Although her heart will always remain in the Pacific Northwest, Michelle has spent the last year in Charleston, South Carolina and has grown to love the South. She is excited to be a part of the vibrant literary community in Houston.

Aza Pace (MFA, Poetry)

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Aza Pace was raised in rural East Texas and holds a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work explores questions of gender, religious experience, and the strangeness of the everyday. At UH, she serves as an assistant poetry editor for Gulf Coast. Her work has appeared in small publications such as Feminine Inquiry and Should Does, and her reviews are forthcoming in Gulf Coast’s Online Exclusives.

Georgia Pearle

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Born and raised in the Gulf South, Georgia Pearle is an alumna of Smith College and holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry, from Lesley University. She is a nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast, a Count Coordinator for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and a doctoral student in Creative Writing and Literature, Poetry, at the University of Houston. She lives in Houston with her two children.

Brennan Peel (MFA, Poetry)

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Brennan Peel is a teacher, poet and journalist. He received his BA in American Studies from Southwestern University. A former business writer and newspaper beat reporter, he now teaches high school English at YES Prep Brays Oaks and serves as the campus librarian. His articles, stories and poems have appeared in the publications ND Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Voz del Sur, among others.

Adrienne Perry (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Adrienne Perry grew up in Wyoming and earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2013. From 2014-2016 she served as Editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Adrienne has received a Hedgebrook residency, is a Kimbilio Fellow, a member of the Rabble Collective, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Tidal Basin Review, and elsewhere. She is at work on a novel and a collection of essays.

Martin Rock (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Martin Rock is the author of two chapbooks, most recently Dear Mark, an epistolary response to the work of Mark Rothko (Brooklyn Arts Press). His book, Residuum, won the Editor's Choice Award for Cleveland State University Poetry Center's 2015 First Book Prize, and was published in April of 2016. His poems have appeared widely in publications such as Black Warrior Review, Conduit, Third Coast, Salamander and Best New Poets 2012. He has worked as a cheesemonger, web-designer, and editor, and lived for four years in Japan where he taught both young and old the idiosyncrasies of the English language. His website is martinrockpoetry.com.

Henk Rossouw (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Henk Rossouw grew up in Cape Town. He has recent poems in The Paris Review, The Boston Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Transom. Part of his long poem “Camissa” is forthcoming in The Common. His fiction can be found in Tin House, non-fiction in The Threepenny Review, and an interview with the late Nadine Gordimer in The Virginia Quarterly Review. A Ph.D. student in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston, he serves as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast.

Matthew Salesses (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Matthew Salesses is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood and I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying. Forthcoming are a novel, The Murder of the Doppelgänger (Little A, 2018) and an essay collection, Own Story (Little A, 2019). He is the Web Editor for Pleiades and serves on the boards of Green Mountains Review and Machete (an imprint of The Ohio State University Press). In 2015, he was named one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers by Buzzfeed.

Dallas Saylor (MFA, Poetry)

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Dallas Saylor just finished his BA in English and Mathematics at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, and has now returned not only to the south, where he lived until high school, but also to his namesake state, where he attended kindergarten and first grade. In his free time, Dallas enjoys board games, cooking, and swing dancing. He’s getting married this New Year’s Eve in Pennsylvania, where he and his bride will throw their greatest New Year’s party yet at a swing dance club in York.

Nathan Stabenfeldt (MFA, Poetry)

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Nathan Stabenfeldt grew up in southern Indiana nestled between cornfields and manufacturing plants, making for a childhood that was utterly Midwestern. He graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University in the heart of Nashville, TN, where he discovered an affinity for coffee, Nietzsche, and film. Other interests include bicycling, rock ‘n’ roll drumming, and befriending other people’s dogs. His publication credits include the DMQ Review and Jet Fuel Review.

Martha Stallman (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Martha Stallman’s work has recently appeared in Electric Literature and is forthcoming in The Establishment.

Yerra Sugarman (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Yerra Sugarman is the author of two poetry collections: Forms of Gone and The Bag of Broken Glass, both published by The Sheep Meadow Press. She was awarded a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, a Canada Council Grant for Creative Writers, the 2005 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Poetry Award, a “Discovery”/The Nation Poetry Prize, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award and its Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, and a Chicago Literary Award. Her poems, translations, and critical articles have been published widely.

Andrea Syzdek (MFA, Poetry)

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Andrea Syzdek is from Houston, Texas. She is working on her MFA in Poetry and is an assistant fiction editor for Gulf Coast.

Samantha Thilen (MFA, Poetry)

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Novuyo Tshuma (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, from Zimbabwe, is the author of the collection Shadows, which was published by Kwela Books in South Africa in 2013. She earned her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Visit her online at www.novuyotshuma.com.

Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal is a Generation 1.5 poet (Mexicana and Chicana), a translator, a sonic-improv collaborator, and an instructor of English. She has been involved in minority initiatives at her day job at Houston Community College. Her MFA in Writing is from California College of the Arts. She coauthored an article with a historian in the book ¡Chicana!: Narratives of Women’s Activism and Feminism in the Chicano Movement Era (University of Texas). She has published translations of poetry, including Enigmas, by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Señal: a project of Libros Antena Books, BOMB, and Ugly Duckling Press, 2015), but the focus of her translations is the work by regiomontana poet Minerva Reynosa. Her visual poem “Perils of Monolingual Limitations” is from a short series she calls “Translation Doodles” and was published in El Vértigo de los Aires: Encuentro Iberoamericano en el Centro Histórico 2009 (Asociación de Escritores de México, 2009). Her visual poetry was part of the Antena Books exhibit (Spring 2014) at the University of Houston's Blaffer Art Museum. She volunteers at the Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) to co-lead a collaborative writing workshop.

Dylan Walsh (Ph.D., Fiction)

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Dylan Walsh earned a BA in Literature from New England College in 1999, and a Master's in English and creative writing from the University of New Hampshire in 2006.

Caitlin Weiss (Ph.D., Poetry)

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Cait Weiss is a Los Angeles native, a New Yorker by heritage, and an Ohioan by heart. Her work has been published in FIELD, Tupelo Quarterly, Slipstream, The Pinch, BUST Magazine.com, The Chattahoochee Review, The Notre Dame Review, pacificREVIEW, JUKED, and elsewhere. She’s been named a finalist or honorable mention by Crab Creek Review, Tupelo Press, the AWP Intro Journal Project, the Vandewater Prize, the Helen Earnhart Harley Fellowship, the George Bennett Fellowship, the Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellowship, and OSU's Academy of American Poets Award. With a BA from Kenyon and an MFA from OSU, Cait has served as Online Editor of The Journal, Poetry Line Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Editorial Board Member of The Slash Prize and reader for The Wheeler Poetry Prize. Cait's interests include performance poetry, travel, addiction/recovery narratives, gender performance, fiber arts, border towns, vegan snack foods and too-cute animal videos.

Charlotte Wyatt (MFA, Fiction)

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Prior to attending the University of Houston, cougars have figured prominently in Charlotte’s past—particularly Kelly, Cleo, and Felix of the Queens Zoo, where she worked as a keeper for the Wildlife Conservation Society. She holds a BA in Philosophy and Theater from Fordham University, and hails most recently from California wine country, where she developed programming for the Boys & Girls Club and poured wine for Balletto Vineyards. She currently serves as Admissions Director for the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference.

Lani Yu (MFA, Poetry)

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Lani Yu grew up in Florida, spending most of her formative years in Orlando. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, rediscovering her Gainesville birthplace and fascination with poetry at some point along the way. She’s been told that she has many talents, but her most definitive one is being in a constant state of mild terror when it comes to talking about herself. She likes books, movies, and cats. She also likes people, especially the odd, cheerful ones.