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Anna Bagoly

Anna Bagoly

Anna Bagoly (they/them) is a Hungarian-American writer pursuing an MA in Poetry. Their queer, feminist work centers around the truths of living, the landscape of Hungary and other places they've called home, and the excavation of experience. Every moment is a teacher even if the lesson isn't understood until years later. Their work can be found in dead peasant, as well as with the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault. 

 

 

Clayton Bradshaw

Clayton Bradshaw

Clayton Bradshaw writes fiction and nonfiction around the truths which define us. He has been named a 2021 Emerging Artist by the Partners for the Arts and was a finalist in the 2021 Kinder-Crump Award for Short Fiction at Pleiades Magazine. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University and is pursuing his PhD in the Center for Writers at USM. His work can be found in Barren Magazine; Collateral; r.kv.r.y journal; The Deadly Writers Patrol; and War, Literature, and the Arts. He is currently working on a collection of magical realism stories based in Texas and the South.

Corinne Dekkers

Corinne Dekkers

Corinne Dekkers is a Canadian-American poet. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming through Smartish Pace, The Carolina Quarterly, Coven Editions, and Tolsun Books, and has been adapted for ritual and performance. She is an Associate Editor for Mississippi Review.

 

Gerard Duncan Jr.

Gerard Duncan Jr. 

Gerard Duncan Jr. has been published in Northwest Boulevard. Originally from Walla Walla, WA, he is currently working on his PhD in Creative Writing at USM. He holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. His academic interests include modernism, surrealism, and the relationship between music and poetry.

Emily Goldsmith

Emily Goldsmith

Emily M. Goldsmith (she/they) is a queer Cajun poet originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They received their MFA in Poetry and a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning from the University of Kentucky in 2021. They were the 2021 recipient of the Patricia and William Stacy Endowed Fellowship. Emily is currently the managing editor of Giving Room Mag. Their work can be found in Fine Print Press, Witch Craft Mag, Entropy Mag, Vagabond City Lit, and elsewhere.  

David Greenspan

David Greenspan

David Greenspan earned an MFA from UMass Amherst where he won a Best New Poets Prize and served as an editor for Slope Editions. His thesis manuscript, One Person Holds So Much Silence, is forthcoming from Driftwood Press. Recent poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Protean Magazine, Sleepingfish, Superstition Review, and other journals. 

Brooke Harries

Brooke Harries

Brooke Harries is from Sacramento, California. Her work has appeared in Sixth Finch, Breakwater Review, Hoot Review, and FishFood Magazine. She’s received the UC Irvine Graduate Award for Excellence in Poetry, the Dorothy and Donald Strauss Endowed Dissertation & Thesis Fellowship, and the Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor Prize. She holds a BA from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

 

Jamie Logan

Jamie Logan

Jamie Logan (PhD, Creative Writing) recently completed her MFA at the University of Memphis. While at Memphis, she served as Managing Editor of The Pinch and won awards such as the Fiction Concentration Award, the Ruth & Henry Loeb Scharff Scholarship, and the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Her work can be found in the New Ohio Review and various news sources such as Tulane’s New Wave online magazine.

Marisa Milss

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.

 

Apoorva Mittal

Apoorva Mittal

Apoorva Mittal (she/they) is a queer author from northern India. She has a MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Now she homes in Hattiesburg, working on a PhD in Creative Writing (Fiction) at University of Southern Mississippi. Their words can be found in Carve and News That Matters Not. Before becoming a writer and teacher, they dabbled with codes and computers and created assistive aids for the visually impaired. Their research can be found in 3rd International Conference on Recent Advances in Information Technology, IEEE.

 

Matthew Moniz

Matthew Moniz

Originally from the DC area, Matthew Moniz holds an MFA and MA from McNeese State University and a BA from Notre Dame. Matt’s work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review and has been awarded the SCMLA Poetry Prize, and he has participated in workshops with the Community of Writers and Tin House. His poetry is metaphysical, anthropological, neoclassical, and it’s driven by too much curiosity.

Ian Peterkin

Ian Peterkin

Ian Peterkin’s stories are featured in Río Grande Review, Helix, Wagner Lit, Flare: The Flagler Review, and The Pointed Circle. He has an MFA from Western Connecticut State University. His academic interests are Postmodernism, Postcolonialism, and Afro-pessimism. He is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing (Fiction). 



Jenny Peterson

Jennifer Peterson

Jennifer Peterson's poems have appeared in Image Journal, Pembroke Magazine, Heron Tree, Cumberland River Review, and elsewhere. Originally from the upstate of South Carolina, she holds an MFA from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and is now a PhD student in Creative Writing at USM's Center for Writers.

 

 

John Tobin

John Tobin

John Constantine Tobin (PhD, Creative Writing - Poetry) grew up in the woods of Maryland just outside of Annapolis. He earned his MFA at The University of Baltimore and BA at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His poetry has been published in Welter Literary Journal and the Café Shapiro Anthology. He's written and designed a poetry book titled The Order in Which They Went, which served as the thesis to his MFA. He most recently spent two years as a Co-Founder and the Narrative Designer at Merfolk Games in Shanghai. He's passionate about the roles of family and the environment in contemporary poetry, historic preservation, the intersection video games and literature, and swimming in the cold northern Atlantic waters of coastal Maine.

 

Elizabeth Trueblood

Elizabeth Trueblood

Elizabeth Trueblood’s (PhD, Creative Writing, she/her) fiction has previously appeared in Blackberry Winter, Windmill, and Apricity Magazine, among others. She received her BA in English from Northern Michigan University in 2017 and her MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2020. Her creative and critical interests include speculative fiction, feminist literature, and pop-cultural influence and context.

Megan Wilkinson

Megan Wilkinson

Megan Wilkinson is a second-year creative writing student and is interested in exploring how the physical and psychological interactions between people and their environment can translate into verse. She writes southern persona poetry that invites social progressivism through stream-of-consciousness narration, and her poems have been published in Coastlines and Sheepshead Review.

 

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