Select Graduate Profiles, Creative Writing

Our graduate program in English has approximately 80 students studying literature or creative writing. The interaction in and out of the classroom among students from a variety of backgrounds and academic interests makes for a lively and dynamic intellectual environment. We value the unique possibilities for scholarly and creative growth that emerge because of the dual tracks in literature and creative writing. Below are some select profiles of doctoral students in the Center for Writers, the creative writing wing of the Department of English.

 

 

Renée Bailey

 

Education

B.A., Bowling Green State University, 2007
M.A., Austin Peay State University, 2013.

 

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

Fiction Writing, Magic Realism, Feminist Studies, 19th century American Literature

  

Select Publications

"The Moon's Footprint." Gingerbread House, Summer 2017
"Afternoons with Samson" and "My Mother’s Shrunken Dynasty." PRODUCT, Spring 2017
"Dolls and Birds." Red Mud Review, Spring 2013
"Analogous." Roxy Regional Theatre, Fall 2012

 

Conference Papers

"Beauty & Boundaries: Blending Creative Writing and First Year Composition." Radical Writes: Composition, Creative Writing, and New Media Conference at Southeast Missouri State University, Spring 2016
"The Demi-Devil, Iago: Shakespeare’s Sociopath." South Atlantic Modern Language Association 2013
"A Foil, a Foe, a Frenemy: Drama’s Antagonists." Tennessee Philological Association Conference, 2013

 

Awards & Honors

Winner of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival Earl Hamner Scholarship, Summer 2017
Winner of the Howard W. Bahr Achievement Scholarship, University of Southern Mississippi, Spring 2017
Semifinalist for Conium Review’s Flash Fiction Contest, Fall 2016
SAMLA’s Creative Writing Award for Prose Honorable Mention, Fall 2016
Staff Member of the Year, Creative Writing Club, Spring 2015
Selected to distribute When I was Puerto Rican (English) for World Book Night, Spring 2014
Selected to distribute The House on Mango Street (English) for World Book Night, Spring 2013
Fiction Winner at the Graduate Student Research & Creative Activity Extravaganza, Spring 2013
Finalist for APSU’s Adult Student Leader Award, Spring 2012

 

 

Bryana Fern

 

Education

Ph.D., English, The University of Southern Mississippi

M.A., English, The University of Southern Mississippi

B.A., English, (magna cum laude, Honors College) The University of South Florida

A.A., (Honors College), Hillsborough Community College

 

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

Contemporary Fiction, Victorian Literature, Narrative Theory

 

Select Publications

Fiction

“Those Who Wander.” USM Product. 2017

“The Vigil.” Red Mud Review. 2016

“Crafting Iron.” Sou’wester. 2016.

Bryana is also a repeat contributor for articles in Converge Magazine and Women at Warp, as well as for reviews in the Washington Independent Review of Books.

 

Conference Papers

“Means of Sympathy in Frankenstein: a Synthesis of Mary Shelley’s novel and Danny Boyle’s National Theatre Live Production.” Bodies of Work. University of Southern Mississippi. 2017.

Enterprise’s T’Pol: Identity as a Multi-Faceted Battle of Surface Politics.” South American Modern Language Association. 2017.

 

Awards

The Kullman Award for First Prize Creative (Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference at the University of Mississippi) 2017.

 

 

 

Joseph Todd Gray

 

Education

Ph.D., English, University of Southern Mississippi, expected May 2018

M.F.A., Creative Writing, McNeese State University, 2014
M.A., English, McNeese State University, 2014
A.B., History, University of Georgia, 2011
A.A., History (Cum Laude), Gordon College, 2008

 

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

Fiction, Early American Literature, Mark Twain

 

Select Publications

Fiction
“The Butcher Bird.” The Hawai'i Review. 2015.
“Little Combatants.” Southwestern American Literature. 2014.
“Hairless.” Los Angeles Review. 2013.
Non-Fiction
“A Home Game.” Belt Magazine. 2016.

 

Awards

Joan Johnson Fiction Award (University of Southern Mississippi), 2016
Third-Year Pedagogical Development Award (McNeese State University), 2014
Ava Vincent Graduate Scholarship (McNeese State University), 2013

  

 

 

 

Andrew Gretes

Education

B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2004
M.F.A., American University, 2007


Area of Specialization/Research Interests
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Fiction, Humor Writing, Modernism, Contemporary American Literature


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“Language in Trenches,” Booth 2017
“Stoic Auditions,” South Dakota Review 2017
“Nietzschitis,” Beloit Fiction Journal 2017
“Spelunking in Plato’s Cave,” The Pinch Journal 2016
How to Dispose of Dead Elephants, Sandstone Press 2014

 

 

Awards 

McGrath Morris Fellowship (American University), 2008
The Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize (University of Maryland), 2004

 

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Tom Holmes

Education

MFA Creative Writing. (Emphasis: Poetry; Minor: Publishing). Eastern Washington University. June 2004.
MA English. The College at Brockport State University of New York. May 1995.
BS English. SUNY Oneonta. May 1992.

 

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

Poetry, Contemporary American Poetry, Deep Imagism, Modernism, Poetry Writing

Curriculum Vitae  

 

Select Publications

Tom Holmes is the editor of Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose and the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently The Cave, which won The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013 and was released in 2014. His writings have appeared in over 100 journals and a number of times on Verse Daily

 

Conference Papers

“Lineation: An Introduction to the Line Break.” Just Poets. Rochester, NY. 2010.
"Running a Literary Journal." RochesterInk Poetry Festival. 2007.
"Science and Poetry." GetLit! 2004.

 

Awards

Winner of The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Guzman

Education

B.A., University of South Florida, 2011
M.F.A., West Virginia University, 2015

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

Poetry Writing, Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Caribbean and Latin American Literature, Romanticism

  

Select Publications

"Nighttime Spectacular," Pleiades, Winter 2018
“Woman Unwittingly Joins Search Party Looking for Her,” Copper Nickel, Fall 2017
“Hurricanes over Sierra Maestra,” Sycamore Review, Summer 2017
“A Body Must Be More Than Bones so Why Keep the Urn.” BOAAT, Summer 2017 www.boaatpress.com/a-body-must-be-more-than-bones-so-why-keep-the-urn
“Register of Futures: Florida,” Phoebe, Spring 2017 www.phoebejournal.com/register-of-futures-florida/
“The Enlarged World,” Sonora Review, Fall 2016 

 

Conference Papers

“Representations of Women in Derek Walcott’s Omeros,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, 2017
“Jewish American Poetry as Lieux de Mémoire,” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, 2017
“Craft & _______: Creating Interdisciplinary Possibilities in the MFA,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, 2016

 

Awards & Honors

Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry, Harpur Palate, 2017
Ben Mounger Rawls Award, University of Southern Mississippi, 2017
Poetry Scholar, Tin House Winter Workshop, 2017
Postgraduate Scholarship, Kentucky Women Writers Conference, 2016
Russ MacDonald Creative Writing Award, West Virginia University, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickalus Rupert

Education: 

B.A., University of West Florida, 2004
M.A., University of West Florida, 2009
M.F.A., University of Central Florida, 2015 

 

Area of specialization:

Fiction Writing, Publishing, Modernism, Food Politics 

 

Awards: 

Provost's Fellowship (University of Central Florida), 2013
Pace Graduate Scholarship (University of West Florida), 2008
Laurie O'Brien Prize for Fiction (University of West Florida), 2007

 

Select Publications 

“Shelter Dogs,” The Pinch, Issue 35.2, September 2015 
“Sugar Rockets” PANK Online, Issue 10.5, September 2015
“Whalekeeper” Blue Monday Review, Issue 2.3, September 2015
“If the River Drops” Tin House’s Flash Fridays, August 2015
“Migratory Habits of the Western Cascades,” WhiskeyPaper, June 2015 
“Cloud Study,” Night Train, 2015 Anthology, April 2015 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Schmidt

 

Education

M.F.A., University of Arizona, 2015

B.A., University of Iowa, 2007

 

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

Poetry, Poetics, Fairy Tales, Native American Literature

 

Select Publications

“City of Angles” & “Combing the Map Flat,” Territory, March 2017.

“Aesop Repurposed/Parts Of A Book,” Word For/Word, October 2016.

“B(Earth)day,” Hobart, July 2016.

“Beyond Our Capabilities,” Bloodstone Review, Issue 2, Fall 2015.

“Square Pockets,” Small Po[r]tions, Issue 2, Summer 2014.

“Appropriated Condiment,” Asinine Poetry, February 2013.

 

Awards

Scholarship in Poetry to Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2017

Margaret Sterling Memorial Award, University of Arizona, Judged by Wendy S. Walters, 2015

University of Arizona Foundation Award, 2014

 

 

 

Jon Riccio  

Education 

B.M., Oberlin College, 1999
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music, 2002
M.F.A., University of Arizona, 2015

 

 

Area of Specialization

Poetry, Fairy Tales, Publishing, Contemporary American Writing

 

Awards

Recipient, Full Tuition Scholarship, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, 2014
Recipient, University of Arizona Foundation Poetry Award, 2013

 

Select Publications

“Aileen Wuornos,” Permafrost, 2017
“Confessional,” Booth, 2016
“Dear Identity Thief,” “Gainful,” “Logo to Market,” CutBank Online, 2014
“Insular,” Cleaver, 2016
“Music Lesson,” “Treasury,” Waxwing, 2015
“The Id Raft,” Switchback, 2014
“The Transwoman’s Jurisprudence,” Redivider, 2015

 

Craft and Scholarly Articles

“Chaos Control: Persona and Received Form in Patricia Smith’s Blood Dazzler,The Volta, 2017
“(I Write) The Questions That Ponder the Artist,” Bird’s Thumb, 2016           

 

 

 

Justin Carmickle

Education

B.A., Indiana University at Bloomington, 2012
M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015

Area of Specialization

Fiction Writing, Post-Stonewall Gay Literature, AIDS Writing, Immigrant Literature, Lesbian Pulp

Select Publications 

"The Boys Go Camping," Excavating Honesty: An Anthology of Rage and Hope in America (Paper Nautilus), Forthcoming
"Visiting Jesus," Jonathan, Forthcoming
"Saint Agnes House," Rappahannok Review, 2015
"Billiards," Midwestern Gothic, 2015
"No Fireworks on the Beach," Mary: A Journal of New Writing, 2013
"The Beekeeper," Louisiana Literature, 2010

 

Awards

Honorable Mention, Glimmer
Trains's New Writer Award, 2015