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Garrett Ashley

Garrett Ashley 

Garrett Ashley's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Reed Magazine, Sonora Review, Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog SF&F, DIAGRAM, and PANK, among other places. His research interests include Gender Studies and the Southern Grotesque.

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Bryana Fern

Bryana Fern 

Bryana Fern has had stories published in literary journals like Sou'wester, Harpur Palate, Entropy, Red Mud Review, and Sequestrum, where she was the recipient of the 2018 New Writer Award. She has a forthcoming publication for article “Enterprise’s T’Pol: Identity as a Multi-Faceted Battle of Gender Expectations” in South Atlantic Review. Bryana's scholarship interests are in 19th century British literature, Gothic and Narrative theory, and Tolkien studies. She also loves the outdoors, and really misses Florida beaches!

 Rachael Fowler

Rachael Fowler

Rachael Fowler is published in Prime Number Magazine and Deep South Magazine. She was a Finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers, was shortlisted for the Master’s Review Summer Short Story Award, and won a 2019 Emerging Artist Award. She currently serves as Associate Editor of Mississippi Review and studies Modernism, Contemporary Literature, Ekphrastic Prose, and Applied Linguistics. Find out more at her website: https://www.rachaelfowlerteachingportfolio.com/

Karlie Herndon

Karlie Herndon 

Karlie Herndon is a Ph. D. student studying children’s and young adult literature. Her focal areas include Victorian literature and the study of gender and sexuality. She has an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and she received a B.A. in Creative Writing and a B. S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech.

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Karla Keffer

Karla Keffer is in the Ph.D. program for fiction writing. Her fiction and poetry have been published in the Rappahanock Review, Moon City Review, and Smartish Pace. She is the creator and publisher of the zine “The Real Ramona” and the forthcoming comic “Charm City.”

Marisa Mills

Marisa Mills

Marisa Mills's fiction has been published by Hydra Publications, Wicked East Press, Ethereal Tales, and Fickle Muses. She earned her BA and MA at the University of South Alabama. Her academic interests include the High and Late Middle Ages, Arthuriana, ecocriticism, and Welsh mythology.

Hannah Mummert

Hannah Mummert

Hannah Mummert is a graduate student in the Children's Literature program. Her research interests include children's and young adult literature, fairy tales and their retellings, British literature, and popular culture studies. Her hobbies include playing video games and critically watching Disney movies.

 Ian Pittman

Ian Pittman

Ian Pittman is a first year in the MA/PhD combo program in literature. Broadly, his interests include Modernism, Southern Literature, and the interdisciplinary study of Christianity and literature. He has presented at several regional and national conferences including MPA, SAMLA, CEA, and with the Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature later this year. Ian received his B.A. with a double major in English and Religion from William Carey University where he completed an Honors Thesis on the short stories of Flannery O’Connor. Ian is also a lifelong violinist, pianist, and dabbler in various other instruments.

Jon Riccio

Jon Riccio

Jon Riccio's specialties are in Poetry, Publishing, Fairy Tales, and Folklore. He is the poetry editor at Fairy Tale Review, contributing interviewer for Sonora Review and the University of Arizona Poetry Center's 1508 blog. Jon was recently awarded the Lambda Poetry Fellowship (2018).

Kayla Schreiber

Kayla Schreiber

Kayla Schreiber is a Ph.D. Student in English at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she is a graduate instructor and the current Course Coordinator for Online World Literature. Schreiber’s research interests—nineteenth century American Literature, Critical Race Theory, and Women and Gender Studies—have led to her two current projects: an exhibit on Frederick Douglass for the Colored Conventions Digital Archival that is currently under review, and a co-authored essay, “Women (Re)reading Milton: Gendered Reflections on an All-Day Reading of Paradise Lost,” set to be published in an edited collection, titled Women (Re)writing Milton.

Kevin Thomason

Kevin Thomason

Kevin Thomason’s work can be read in 32 Poems, Measure, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, he has lived and taught in Canada and South Korea. He holds an MFA from McNeese State University. His academic interests include Modernist literature, Victorian literature, Poetic Form and Theory, and Interdisciplinary Studies of the Self.

Brooke Turner

Brooke Turner

Brooke Turner’s recent fiction has been featured in South 85 Journal and White Wall Review. In addition to fiction, her essay, “The Milkman,” appeared in the print publication, Quills & Pixels. She recently presented her short story, “Woman Friend,” at the 2019 Arkansas Philological Conference where she also served as a moderator for a creative writing panel. She is the Editor of Product Magazine and also volunteers her time as an Assistant Editor with the Mississippi Review.

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Crystal Veronie

Crystal Veronie is a Doctoral Candidate in English Literature at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation project, “Resistive Embodiment in the Writing of Mid-Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers,” focuses on such writers as Felicia Hemans, Mary Shelley, Dorothy Wordsworth, Sara Coleridge, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and George Eliot. Her research centers on the ways that mid-century women and others respond to changes in science and medicine that pathologize women’s bodies and redefine gender roles. Crystal's other research interests include dissent, violence, and individual resistance. Her essay, “When My Hands Are Empty / I Will Be Full’: Visualizing Two-Spirit Bodies in Chrystos’s Not Vanishing” was recently published in Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL). To view full CV and more, please visit https://crystalveronie.com

 

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