Center for Writers Faculty

Angela Ball

Angela Ball’s prize winning and frequently anthologized poems and translations have appeared in journals including The New YorkerAtlantic MonthlyColorado ReviewDenver QuarterlyFieldPartisan ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and The Southern Review. Her books of poetry include Kneeling Between Parked Cars (Owl Creek Press, 1990);Possession (Red Hen, 1995); Quartet (Carnegie Mellon, 1995); and The Museum of the Revolution (Carnegie Mellon, 1999). Her 2007 collection, Night Clerk At the Hotel of Both Worlds (University of Pittsburgh Press), received both the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Poetry and the Donald Hall Prize from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The recipient of an Individual Writer’s Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ball has represented the U.S. at the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, and has been a writer in residence at the University of Richmond and at Chateau Lavigny near Lausanne, Switzerland.


Steven Barthelme

Steven Barthelme is the author of more than 120 stories, essays, and articles, and four books, two of fiction and two of non-fiction.  Early stories were collected in And He Tells the Little Horse the Whole Story  (Johns Hopkins University Press), and a new collection titled Hush Hush, issued in 2012 by Melville House, includes stories from the The Atlantic Monthly (read his Atlantic story "Heaven" here), Yale Review, Boulevard, Epoch, Esquire online, McSweeney’s, North American Review, and elsewhere.  His non-fiction books are the memoir, Double Down, co-authored with his brother, published in 1999 by Houghton Mifflin, and essays collected in The Early Posthumous Work, from Red Hen Press in 2010.  Those pieces originally appeared in the  New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Texas Observer, the New Yorker, Elle Decor, and other newspapers and magazines.  His short stories have been reprinted in various anthologies including the Pushcart Prizes 1993 and 2005 and have earned fellowships or awards from the Henfield Foundation, the Hemingway Days Festival, the Texas Institute of Letters, the Mississippi Arts Commission, and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project.


Rebecca Morgan Frank

Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon Poetry, 2012), a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her poems have appeared such places as Ploughshares, Guernica, The Georgia Review, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Post Road, and Best New Poets 2008.  Selected poems have been set to music in collaborations with three different composers and performed in Bloomington and Chicago. She has also written and published fiction, essays, articles, and reviews.  A recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, she studied at Vassar, Emerson College, and the University of Cincinnati. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction.


Monika Gehlawat

Monika Gehlawat received her Ph.D from UC Berkeley where she studied 20th Century Literature and Art. Her current book manuscript Speaking Up: Singularity and Voice in Postwar American Literature takes up the work of James Baldwin, Frank O'Hara, Grace Paley and Andy Warhol, and reflects her longstanding interest to work in the interdisciplinary mode. Gehlawat is the Director of Graduate Studies and also teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature, critical theory and visual art. She is the 2013 recipient of USM's Junior Faculty Teaching Award. Her recent publications include: “Myth and Mimetic Failure in Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day” forthcoming in Contemporary Literature (Fall 2013); “An Opposite Force’s Breath: Medium-boundedness, Poetry and Painting in Frank O’Hara” in New York School Collaborations: The Color of Vowels, ed. Mark Silverberg (Palgrave/Macmillan) 2013; “Space, the Self and Singular in Le Corbusier and Christopher Isherwood,” Literary Imagination, Oxford UP (Spring 2012); “Desperately Seeking Singularity in Franny and Zooey,” LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Special Issue on J. D. Salinger. Routledge (2011) 59-77.


Andrew Malan Milward

A native of Lawrence, Kansas, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Andrew Malan Milward has published fiction in many places including Zoetrope,  The Southern Review, Columbia, Conjunctions, and Best New American Voices. He was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in 2008, and his first book,  The Agriculture Hall of Fame, was awarded the Juniper Prize in Fiction and issued by the University of Massachusetts Press, 2012. He has served as the McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Norman Mailer Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Corporation of Yaddo. He is the Editor of Mississippi Review