Creative Writing Alumni
This list covers some of the achievements of the students who have graduated from Temple's graduate program in Creative Writing. Our graduates' books have been published by trade and small presses; their works have won grants, prizes, and residencies. Many have earned Ph.D.’s in English and Creative Writing and are now professors. Our graduates also teach in elementary and secondary schools, as well as work for nationally syndicated newpapers, magazines, and publishing houses. Temple's Creative Writing graduates contribute to the liveliness of the contemporary writing scene in a variety of ways. (If nothing follows a name, it simply means that we are missing information on the former student—not that he or she is a current student or did not graduate.)
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Emily Abendroth received her M.A. in poetry in 2004. Her poetic work has been published or is forthcoming in the Berkeley Poetry Review, the Pocket Myths Series (The Odyssey Edition), the Encyclopedia Project, The Book Unbound (an edited collection of essays and poetic explorations), and Cut & Paste. Additionally, her artwork and photography have been shown in various galleries and community centers across the U.S. and Canada including Milwaukee, San Francisco, Vancouver, New York City, Detroit and Chicago. She is co-curator of the Philadelphia-based Moles Not Molars reading series for experimental writers and artists, which seeks to put innovative textual projects into contact and dialogue with each other and their diverse audiences. She presently teaches literature and creative writing courses at Temple University and recently completed a stint working as a historical docent and tour guide at Eastern State Penitentiary.
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Laurie Addes received her M.A. in 1997.
Valerie Alexander received her M.A. in 1992.
Daniel Allen received his M.A. in 1996.
Gretchen Ambach received her M.A. in 1993.
Hallie Anderson received an M.A. in 2002.
Nancy Anderson received her M.A. in 1989.
Kevin Armitage received his M.A. in poetry in 1991. Since graduating, he has earned an M.A. in American Studies and a Ph.D. in American History--both from the University of Kansas. He is now a visiting assistant professor of history at Miami University, where he teaches environmental history and American cultural and intellectual history. He is working on book about the turn of the twentieth century nature study movement, to be published by University Press of Kansas.
Walter Armstrong received his M.A. in 1987.
Alicia Askenase received her M.A. in poetry in 1987. She is the author of The Luxury of Pathos (Texture Press), Shirley Shirley (Sona Books), and Suspect. Her writing has appeared in journals such as The World, Aerial, Chain, The Journal of Modern Literature, Feminist Studies, Rooms, Poppycock, 5_Trope, as well as the anthologies 100 DAYS and 25 Women’s Perspectives. She was a founding co-editor of the literary journal 6ix, and coordinator of literary programs at the Walt Whitman Arts Center in Camden, New Jersey for many years.
Justin Audia's received his M.A. in poetry in 2004. His writings have appeared in NAME magazine (Buffalo, NY), Lost & Found Times (Columbus, OH), and Pocket Myths (The Odyssey edition). His work was recently featured in a collaborative visual/text exhibit titled "Still Like Life" with Cameron Ganier at the Temple gallery in Philadelphia. He is the co-coordinator of the Moles Not Molars reading series in Philadelphia.
Rachel Tzvia Back received her M.A. in 1990. She has published works such as Led by Language: The Poetry and Poetics of Susan Howe (University of Alabama Press, 2002). In addition, Rachel Tzvia Back’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals in America and abroad, including The American Poetry Review, and in several anthologies including the SUNY Press Anthology Dreaming the Actual: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry by Israeli Women Writers. In 1996 she was a recipient of the Israeli Absorption Minister’s Award for Immigrant Writers, which included a grant to have her collection of poetry translated into Hebrew. Her own translations of Hebrew poetry into English have appeared in various volumes, including the Feminist Press anthology The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poems From Antiquity to the Present. Rachel Tzvia Back works as senior lecturer at Oranim College, Haifa, and in the M.A. Writing Program at Bar-Han University. Her full biography is at http://www.thedrunkenboat.com/back.html.
Nicole Banas received her M.A. in 2008.
Vashti Bandy received her M.A. in fiction in 2009. A graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop, she was a semi-finalist in the Writers Of the Future Contest. She began teaching English in Japan in 2010.
Ari Benjamin Banks received his M.A. in 1997.
David Baratier received his M.A. in 1996. Baratier’s poems are anthologized in American Poetry: the Next Generation, from Carnegie Mellon University Press, Clockpunchers: Poetry of the American Workplace from Partisan Press, and Red White and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America from University of Iowa Press. His collections include A Run of Letters (Poetry New York, 1998), The Fall Of Because (Pudding House, 1999), Estrella’s Prophecies I/The Fortune Begins (Runaway Spoon Press, 2002), Estrella’s Prophecies II/Dawn of the Living Fortune (Anabasis/Extant, 2003), and After Celan (Furniture Press, 2006). An epistolary and prose novel In It What’s in It was published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2001. He is the founder and editor of Pavement Saw Press. He is also the editor of the Collected Poems of Simon Perchik, which he published with Pavement Saw Press. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Matthew Barbehenn received his M.F.A. in fiction in 2011.
Laura Bardwell received her M.A. in poetry in 2001. Her thesis was titled Mind At Work. She is currently a grant writer for the Free Library of Philadelphia. Her essay on Buddhist Tenets in Iovis, Book I was presented at the Anne Waldman Symposium hosted by the University of Michigan, and subsequently published in Jacket Magazine.
Kevin Basl received his M.F.A. in fiction in 2012.
Philomena Baylor received her M.A. in 1991.
Jessica Beasley received her M.F.A. in fiction in 2012.
Eduardo Bechara earned his M.A. in fiction in 2009.
Charles Bechtel received his M.A. in 1996.
Kim Bernstein received her M.A. in poetry in 1992. She completed her Ph.D. in English, also at Temple, in 1999. She is currently a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She has written on contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice, and her poetry has appeared in such publications as YAWP, Talisman, PomPom, TO, Mass Ave., Peter O’Toole, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and the Academy of American Poets anthology New Voices 2002 (selected by Heather McHugh).
Christopher Berry received his M.A. in 1999.
Alexander Betton received his M.A. in 2004.
Kenneth Bingham received his M.A. in 1986. He has taught at Rosemont and Drexel. He has produced, directed and acted numerous times both locally and nationally. In 1999 and 2000, for example, he wrote and directed The Bastard, the Whore, and the Fool, which was performed at Brick Playhouse.
Holly Bittner received her M.A. in poetry in 2001. Her poems have appeared in Chain, ixnay, POM2, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and the American Poetry Review. Her performance poem “Trigger” was performed at the 2003 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She is an Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts and Writing Creative Writing and literature at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Formerly she was a publicist for Princeton University Press.
April L. Blake received her M.A. in 2002.
Janet Bland received her M.A. in fiction in 1994. After Temple, she went on to get her Ph.D. from the University of Denver. Her short story collection A Fish Full of River was published by Ghost Road Press in 2006. Her story “Ubar: A Reference,” was published in McSweeney’s. She co-wrote the textbook The Civil Mind with Margaret Whitt (Thomson-Wadsworth, 2006). She is an Assistant Professor at Marietta College, where she teaches Creative Writing.
Sara Blomquist received her M.F.A. in fiction in 2011.
Julia Blumenreich received her M.A. in poetry in 1986. Her poems have been published in a number of journals including o.blek, Central Park, Aerial, and Chain. Her books include Meeting Tessie (Singing Horse Press) and Artificial Memory (Leave Books). A recipient of a Pennsylvania Arts Council Fellowship for her poetry, Julia has read her work widely at a varietry of venues, including Temple and Brown Universities, The Cleveland New Music Festival, and Small Press Distribution in San Francisco. Julia worked for a number of years as a poet-in-the-schools before becoming a fourth grade teacher - first for eight years in West Philadelphia and currently at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington. She received a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in 2000.
Robin Blyn received her M.A. in fiction in 1991. In 1996 she completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington. She is now an Associate Professor of English at the University of West Florida. She has published widely in her area of specialization, American literature and culture, in journals such as Arizona Quarterly, Narrative, Twentieth Century Literature, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Literature/Film Quarterly. Her current book project is entitled Merchants of Astonishment: Freak Shows of the American Avant-garde, an interdisciplinary study of the role of spectacle culture in the generation of avant-garde aesthetics in the U.S. She teaches a variety of courses in American literature and culture, critical theory, and creative writing.
Lisa Borders received her M.A. in fiction in 1990. Her novel Cloud Cuckoo Land (River City Publishing, 2002) was the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award. Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Washington Square and many other journals. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and residencies at Hedgebrook and the Blue Mountain Center. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she teaches creative writing and works as a cytotechnologist. You can find more information about her work at lisaborders.com.
Daniel A. Bouchard received his M.A. in poetry in 1994. His thesis was titled From an Ample Nation. His poetry books include Diminutive Revolutions (Subpress, 2000), and Some Mountains Removed (Subpress, 2004). He edited the small magazine Mass Ave from 1996-1998 and is a founding editor of Subpress Collective. He was co-editor (with William Corbett and Joseph Torra) of Pressed Wafer in 1999-2002 and resigned from Pressed Wafer to begin editing The Poker (2003-present). He has chapbooks (with contents later incorporated into the books) from Compound Eye (1996), Situations Press (2000), Phylum Press (2004), and Slack Buddha (2004). He has been doing production work on academic journals at The MIT Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 1997. He curates the Union Square Reading Series.
Jeremiah Bowen received his M.A. in poetry in 2009. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Poetics at the University at Buffalo.
Christopher Bowers received his M.A. in 1999.
Alexander L. Bove, III received his M.A. in 1997. Mr. Bove has been an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at the Community College of Philadelphia. He has been a judge of the Judith Stark Creative Writing contest and was a winner of the Mississippi Review’s Annual Fiction Prize.
Adam Bramucci received his M.A. in 2007.
Andrew Brenza received his M.A. in 2003.
James Brown received his M.F.A. in fiction in 2011.
Marcus D. Brown received his M.A. in 1998.
Graham Callaghan received his M.A. in fiction in 2002. He now teaches English at Avon Old Farms School, a boarding school for boys in Connecticut.
Richard Cappuccio received his M.A. in 1997.
Matthew Chambers received his M.A. in 2003.
Julia MacDonnell Chang received her M.A. in fiction in 1989. She is now a novelist, short story writer, journalist, essayist and book reviewer. Her first novel, A Year of Favor, was published by William Morrow & Co. in 1994. She has had short stories published in numerous journals, including Briar Cliff Review, Paper Street, North Dakota Quarterly, and Happy, and has a story collection titled Going South and Other Sorrows. A tenured associate professor, she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs at Rowan University, specializing in fiction and creative nonfiction. Chang is the recipient of two fiction fellowships from the N. J. State Council on the Arts, two Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation fellowships for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a Pulitzer Traveling fellowship, and numerous other awards for her journalism and fiction.
Lisbeth (Betsy) Chapin received her M.A. in poetry in 1990. She is now an assistant professor of English at Gwynedd-Mercy College where she teaches Composition, Introduction to Literature, and Introduction to Journalism. Before Gwynedd she taught at Sanford Preparatory School in Delaware. She received her doctorate in English from the University of Denver. She received the Literature and Technology Prize for First-Year Instructors from the University of Denver and the Colorado State Fellowship Award. She has published various essays and delivered several presentations on Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was also the topic of her doctorate dissertation. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Keats-Shelley Association of America.
Joshua Chapman received his M.A. in 2002.
Joseph A. Chelius received his M.A. in 1993. He is employed as a senior copy editor for a health care communications agency in the Philadelphia suburbs and served as Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Poet Laureate in 2000. He has published two poetry chapbooks with Pudding House: Taking Pitches (2006) and Row House Yards (forthcoming, 2011). He is grateful for the help and encouragement he received from Eugene Chesnick and William Van Wert, his teachers in the writing program.
Conna Clark received her M.A. in poetry in 2003. She was a semifinalist in the 2004 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. She is Manager of Rights & Reproductions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Barbara Cole received her M.A. in poetry in 1998. Following her time at Temple, Cole earned her Ph.D. in Poetics from SUNY–Buffalo. Since 2000, she has been writing the ongoing long poem project, situ ation come dies.Most recently, Cole edited (with Sarah Bay-Cheng), Poets at Play: An Anthology of Modernist Drama (Susquehanna University Press, 2010). Cole is a 2011 fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Mary Angela Coleman received her M.A. in 1998.
David Comdico received his M.A. in 1993.
Bradford Ray Connaster received his M.A. in 1992.
Kyle Conner received his M.A. in 1995. His chapbooks of poetry include Songs for South St. Bridge and Toward Belief. He has published poems and book reviews in MASS AVE, St. Mark's Poetry Project Newsletter, BIVOUAC, The Hat, Brooklyn Review Online, X-Connect and Oyster Boy Review. For many years he was the co-curator of the Highwire Reading Series in Philadelphia. He co-curated the Highwire Reading Series in Philadelphia, and has taught several semesters of remedial and college composition at Temple and Community College of Philadelphia.
Liz Corcoran received her M.A. in fiction in 2002. Her most recent short story, “An Hour at the Station”, appeared in Oasis. She is currently working on a novel about stand-up comedians and a collection of stories that examines modern interpretations of magic. Liz teaches literature and writing at Temple, Drexel University, and is the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rosemont College. She also serves as the Managing Director for Rev Theatre Company.
Sonja Crafts received her M.F.A. in fiction in 2012.
Phillip L. Cunningham received his M.A. in 2000. His thesis was called Foreword, The Upstairs, Unititled, Never Go Back. He won the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright prize for his story “The Upstairs.” The Hurston/Wright Foundation is awarded from Virginia Commonwealth University and presents the nation’s only awards for outstanding fiction by minority student writers.
Deanna D’Antonio received her M.A. in 1997.
Joanne Dahme received a Master’s of Journalism from Temple as a way to pursue her interest in writing. As a result of this combination, she found a career with the Philadelphia Water Department in its Public Affairs Division and the Department’s Office of Watersheds. In 2001, she took a one year sabbatical to focus on a Master’s of Creative Writing degree from Temple. Her young adult novels include “The Vampire’s Baby” (2001); “Creepers” (2008); “The Plague” (2009); and “Tombstone Tea” (2009); all published by Running Press, a division of Perseus Books. Joanne is married and has a son at Boston College.
Robert Damm received his M.A. in 2000.
Ian Davisson received his M.A. in poetry in 2010.
Pia Deas received her M.A. in poetry in 2001. After Temple, she went on to earn her M.A. in English literature and is now working towards her Ph.D. at Penn State-University Park, specializing in African American Literature. Her dissertation in progress is titled Black Satire and the New Black Esthetic. She curated an exhibit titled "Changing the Joke/Slipping the Yoke: Humor in African American Fiction" for the Penn State Library in 2005. The exhibit examined humor in African American fiction and the ways that stories that make people laugh can also highlight and resist oppression.
Donald Deeley received his M.A. in fiction in 2010.
Albert DiBartolomeo received his M.A. in fiction in 1988. He is the author of two novels, The Vespers Tapes (titled Blood Confessions when re-released by Signet in paperback) and Fool's Gold (St. Martins). He has fiction in Italian Americana and VIA; personal essays in Reader's Digest, Philadelphia Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Human Ecology; and commentaries in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Newark-Star Ledger. He is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant. He is on the Auxiliary Faculty at Drexel University, where he teaches courses in the Department of English and Philosophy, including Writing Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and courses in the Freshman Writing Program. Professor DiBartolomeo is also the Editor-in-Chief of ASK, the journal of Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Founding Editor of the Drexel Online Journal.
Abbi Dion received her M.A. in 2007.
Steve Dolph received his M.A. in fiction in 2007. He is the founding editor of Calque, a journal of new translations, printed in book format triannually and on the internet continuously at calquezine.blogspot.com. He also curates the reading series Chapter and Verse at the Chapterhouse Cafe and Gallery, in Philadelphia. His work has appeared in Pocket Myths: The Odyssey at www.pocketmyths.com and Mildred Pierce, Issue 2.
Sarah Dowling received her M.A. in poetry in 2006. She is currently a doctoral student in English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her poems have appeared in HOW2, Descant, In/Vision, Taproot III, and The Mitre.
John Drake received his M.A. in 1999.
Daniel Driscoll received his M.A. in fiction in 2004. His children's book, The Inventor's Times, was published by Scholastic. He is finishing his first novel and a collection of short fiction. Dan has taught at Rosemont College, Temple and Drexel Universities, as well as in a program for adults returning to school.
Jennifer Drummey received her M.A. in 1994.
Janice Floyd Durante received her M.A. in 1989.
James R. Dysken received his M.A. in 1994.
Ryan Eckes received his M.A. in poetry in 2007. His thesis Stolen Cars was a winner of the Frances Israel Manuscript Prize. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in Exquisite Corpse, Vert, Main Street Rag, streetnotes, Cue: A Journal of Prose Poetry, Pocket Myths #4: The Odyssey, and elsewhere. In 2003 he was selected as a runner-up by Gil Ott for the Philadelpia City Paper writing contest. His chapbook, When I Come Here, was recently published by Plan B Press. His chapbook lines through your name from Mooncalf Press, is forthcoming. He has given many poetry readings throughout the Philadelphia area.
Joseph Eisele received his M.A. in 2000.
Ruth Eitzen received her M.A. in 1989.
Quinn Eli received his M.A. in fiction writing in 1993. He is founder of the Samira Company. His plays include "My Name is Bess," which received top honors in the 2006 Trustus Playwrights' Festival; "Analawn," commissioned by People's Light and Theatre; "Tea for the Fever," which was a finalist for the Lark Play Development Center's 2006 Playwrights' Week; and "Hot Black/Asian Action," a satire about sexual and racial stereotypes that premiered at the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival. The two-time recipient of Fellowships in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, Eli has published fiction and essays in Essence, New York Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications. He edited the collection African-American Wisdom (Running Press, 1996) and Many Strong and Beautiful Voices (Running Press, 1997), an anthology of quotations and proverbs that won the Outstanding Book of 1998 by the New York Public Library. His most recent book, Homecoming: The Story of African American Farmers (Beacon Press, 2000), is a companion volume to the PBS film. He currently teaches at Community College of Philadelphia.
Alfredo Encarnacion received his M.A. in poetry in 1990. He has been employed as a caterer, teacher, librarian, and media specialist. He holds degrees from Clarion University and taught in the English Department at Temple for seven years. His poems have appeared in national journals—e.g., Florida Review, Indiana Review, North American Review, and The Paterson Literary Review—and have been anthologized in Identity Lessons, Letters to America, The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America, and Unsettling America. His first full-length poetry collection, The Outskirts of Karma, was published in 2012.
Mark Erlbaum received his M.A. in 2003.
Shinelle Espaillat received an M.A. in 2005.
Daniel A. Evans received his M.A. in 1995.
Joseph Farley received his M.A. in 1988.
Donna J. Faye
Rob Fitterman got his M.A. in poetry in 1986. His thesis Leases was published by Periphery Press the year he graduated. Since then he has published numerous books including among the cynics (Singing Horse Press) and Ameresque (Buck Downs Books). Book One of his on-going poem Metropolis was awarded the Sun & Moon New American Poetry Award in 2000, and was recently published by that press. Fitterman collaborated with visual artist Dirk Rowntree on War The Musical, published by Subpress in 2006. He has also collaborated with visual artists DeWitt Godfrey, Don Colley, Klaus Killisch and Sabine Herrmann. He is the editor-publisher of Object literary journal and Object/p o e t s c o o p books. From 1987-1996 he was a curator and organizer for the Ear Inn Reading Series (Segue Foundation). His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals including Grand Street, Sulfur, Origin, Arras, West Coast Line, Tripwire, Shiny and others. He has taught composition and creative writing in the General Studies Program at NYU for 15 years.
Clare Keefe Foster received her M.A. in fiction in 2002. Her story "Delta" won the Philadelphia City Paper Writing Contest in 2002, judged by Jennifer Weiner. Her short story "Black Box" was performed at InterAct Theatre's "Writing Aloud" program in March 2007. Since graduating from Temple, Clare is writing fiction, ghostwriting, and teaching literature and creative writing at Temple.
Valerie Fox received her M.A. in poetry in 1986. Her most recent book, The Rorschach Factory, was published in 2005 by Straw Gate Press. Amnesia, or, Ideas for Movies, was published by Texture Press in 1993. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The World, Hanging Loose, West Branch, Phoebe, Printed Matter, No Roses Review, Poems Niederngasse, 5 Trope, Feminist Studies, and The Painted Bride Quarterly. She was one of the founding editors of 6ix magazine, a Philadelphia-based literary magazine. Currently she is a Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA, where she edits Drexel Online Journal (www.drexel.edu/doj). Her column for DOJ, “Quick Brown Fox,” features hypertext, art, found materials, and interviews with writers and artists who are interested in the same. More information about Valerie Fox, as well as samples of her work, can be found here.
Seth Frechie received his M.A. in fiction in 1990. He continues to write poetry and fiction, and lives in Narberth, PA. He spends summers with his wife, the artist and designer Karen Kauffman, in Mexico. Seth also holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Temple and is now Associate Professor of English and Communication at Cabrini College where he directs the College Writing Program. From 1992 to 1997, he co-edited TO: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and the Visual Arts, which published poets including Robert Creeley, Nathaniel Tarn, and Beverly Dahlen, visual art by Phillip Guston, Jock Sturges, and Emmet Gowin, as well as writing by a younger generation of Philadelphia poets and fiction writers.
Sarah Freligh received her M.A. in 1990.
Miriam Fried received her M.A. in fiction in 2004. Her thesis manuscript received the Frances Israel Manuscript Prize for a collection of short stories. She has published work in The Baltimore Review, The North Central Review, The Absinthe Literary Review and Cafe Irreal. She currently lives in England.
Jennifer A. Fritzen
Frank Fucile received his M.A. in 2007.
Marylou Fusco received her M.A. in fiction in 2007. Her stories have won the Philadelphia City Paper and Philadelphia Writers' Conference short story contests. She is a member of Philadelphia Stories magazine's Editorial Board and her story, "Townies" was voted to be included in their forthcoming "Best Of" anthology. She was longlisted for the 2006 Raymond Carver short story award and her work has appeared in In/Vision.
Ann Maureen Gallagher received her M.A. in 1988.
Daniel Gallagher received his M.A. in 2003.
Daniel Garavusco received his M.A. in 2003.
Boi-Lucia Gbaya-Kanga received her M.A. in poetry in 2002. As an author of dramatic poetry, she has performed at various venues in Philadelphia and San Diego. Originally from Sierra Leone, her work focuses on issues such as fragmentation, displacement, exile, war, and relationships between mother and child. She is published in Sunshine Noir (an anthology published by City Works Press) and has an excerpt from her thesis published in Chain 12: Facts. In 2005 she was selected as a Peacewriter by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego, where she helped document the experiences of Emmaculeta Chiseya of Zimbabwe. She co-hosts a specialty show "illfonix" on KSDS Jazz 88 and is involved in various upcoming projects with community artists, activists, and educators. She has taught Composition and Literature at City and MiraCosta Colleges in San Diego.
Christopher Geier received his M.A. in 1997.
Greg Geleta received his M.A. in 1993.
Naomi Golden Gerbarg received her M.A. in 1991.
Maurizio Giammarco received his M.A. in fiction in 1987. After graduating, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in English from Temple. His articles and book, theater, and film reviews have appeared in The Temple News, Reel Visions, City Paper, and The Journal of Modern Literature. He is an independent filmmaker whose films and videos have appeared in university festivals. In 1994, he received an award from the Hunger Task Force of the Diocese of New Jersey for his documentary on hunger, a work distributed and shown throughout the Garden State. He is currently on the Creative Writing faculty at Rosemont College.
Winnifred Doyle Gibbons received her M.A. in 1990.
Nick Gillespie received his M.A. in fiction in 1990. He is editor-in-chief of the libertarian monthly Reason, after originally joining Reason's staff in 1993 as an assistant editor. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Slate, Salon, Time.com, Marketplace, and many other places. In 2004, he edited Choice: The Best of Reason, an anthology of the magazine's best articles. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, and MSNBC. He has also worked as a reporter for several New Jersey newspapers and as an editor at several Manhattan-based music, movie, and teen magazines. He is almost certainly the only journalist to have interviewed both Ozzy Osbourne and the 2002 Nobel laureate in economics, Vernon Smith.
James J. Gilligan
Lynn Ginigrass received her M.A. in 1992.
Geoff Godfrey received his M.A. in 1994.
Laura Goldstein received her M.A. in poetry in 2002. She has published six chapbooks, including, recently, phylum from horse less press and let her from dancing girl press, as well as poetry and essays in the West Wind Review, Denver Quarterly, American Letters and Commentary, Tenderloin, How2, and Jacket2. She teaches Writing and Literature at Loyola University and is the co-curator of the Red Rover Series with Jennifer Karmin. Her first collection of poetry, loaded arc, has recently been released by Trembling Pillow Press, and her second book, awesome camera, is forthcoming from Make Now Press.
Lamar Goodenough received an M.A. in 2004.
Neal Briggs Gordon received his M.A. in 1994.
William Gonch received his M.A. in fiction in 2010.
Lee Gough received her M.A. in poetry in 1994. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in several journals, including How(2), Chain, TO, Epoch and 6ix, The Washington Review and the St. Marks Poetry Project Newsletter and in Antennae (2011-2012). She is the author of a book Mary and Shelley's Fair Copy Book ( 2000, Poets and Poets) and in 1995 her work appeared in the Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovation in American Poetry (Sun & Moon). In addition to poetry, she also works also in visual media, particularly drawing and printmaking. She has taught creative writing and artists' bookmaking in the public schools of New York City and her visual work has been exhibited and collected in many places, including at the University of Hawaii Prints and Drawings Collection, the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone in Antwerp, Belgium, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (2008) and other venues in England, Peru and Australia. In 2011 her work was shown at Emily Carr University as part of a symposium called "New Directions in Drawing." She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Karen Greenspan received her M.A. in 1987. She is the author of A Research Guide for Women Studies For the Western Libraries -The Timetables of Women ‘s History; A Chronology of the Most Important People and Events in Women’s History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
Thomas Guarnieri received his M.A. in 2008.
Keith Gumery received his M.A. in fiction in 1996. He went on to complete his Ph.D. at Temple in 2001. He is now the Associate Director of Temple's First-Year Writing Program. He has written articles on Peter Greenaway and Henry Blake Fuller, and a composition reader International Views: America and the Rest of the World was published by Longman in 2006.
Christopher K. Haidri
Jonathan Hall received his M.A. in 2001.
Bernice Hamel received her M.A. in 1986. She has been working primarily as a journalist—serving as the key writer, manager (and founder) of a newsletter that has played a major role in preserving one of our nation’s most historical communities—right here in Philadelphia. This newsletter, The Society Hill Reporter, has fostered a very positive sense of neighborliness and citizenship, while it has also supported appropriate restoration and preservation of some of America’s oldest and most unique residences. After devoting 22 years writing and managing the newsletter, she has recently retired with the intention of returning to writing short stories and the occasional poem, often related to “political” topics.
Eric Hamilton received his M.A. in fiction writing in 1994. After graduating, he worked at GLAMOUR magazine and then abruptly changed careers, spending ten years in multiple departments at the Boston Public Health Commission. He is now living in Southern California, working for a large healthcare HMO as a contracts administrator and studying full time for a Ph.D. in psychology. He's been writing a detective novel set in Los Angeles & Pasadena, and has been writing (although not publishing) poetry.
Karen Hannah received her M.A. in poetry in 2005. Her writings have appeared in vol.1 of the online journal zbzz (2005), Fulcrum Annual (2004), Small Brushes, Adept Press and Thought Magazine (2002). Until recently, she taught poetry workshops and honors courses at Temple and is still working on the launch of the online literary journal, zumbar. Karen is currently living in Ilsan, South Korea, teaching kindergarten and working as a curricula editor at Koreapolyschool (KPS). Her work is also under experimentation within the little world of her blog at: http://thenoeticfoss.blogspot.com/ She has recently returned from having spent some time in Tibet which she feels has helped to unfold her writing and poetics in new ways.
Valerie Hanson received her M.A. in 1996.
Jahmae Harris received her M.A. in fiction in 1996. Her work has been published in the Painted Bride Quarterly and Fourteen Hills. She has given readings at the Painted Bride Art Center, the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, and New York’s Brooklyn Moon Cafe. She is a member of the Dark Room Collective, and has been a residency fellow at the Breadloaf Writers Conference and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Writers Week at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1998, she received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for her fiction.
Anne Hartley received her M.A. in 1992.
Kabi Hartman received her M.A. in 1996. After graduating, Kabi went on to get her Ph.D. in literature from Temple. She defended her dissertation “A New Band of Pilgrims”: Fin de Siecle British Women Writers’ Political Reformation of the Conversion Narrative in 2005. She is now an Assistant Professor at Franklin and Marshall College.
Jeremy Hauck received his M.F.A. in fiction in 2012.
Serrill Headley received an M.A. in 2000.
Liberty Heise received an M.A. in 2005.
Vanessa Herron received her M.A. in 1992.
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Andrew Hilger received his M.A. in 1995.
Nobumasa Hiroi received his M.A. in 2008.
Mary Hoeffel received her M.A. in 2007.
Melody Holmes received her M.A. in 2004.
Edward Hopely received his M.F.A. in poetry in 2012.
Nate House received his M.A. in fiction in 2003. His thesis was a novel titled Float, which won the Frances Israel Award. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Troika Magazine, Veins Magazine, Roadbike Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Me Three, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Tribune and many other publications. for fiction. He lives in Philadelphia and teaches Journalism and English at Cumberland County College.
Rachel Howe received her M.A. in fiction in 2009.
Karen Ibach received her M.A. in 1993.
Kathryn Ionata received her M.F.A. in fiction in 2011.
Cynthia L. Ironson
Lucas Jacob received his M.A. in 1996.
Smriti Jaiswal received his M.A. in 2006.
Laura Jaramillo received her M.A. in poetry in 2007. Originally a native of Queens, New York, she was the recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship at Naropa University in the summer of 2004. Her work has appeared in Pocket Myths: The Odyssey, The Bard Papers, The Bard College Journal of the Moving Image, and Forge. She has poems forthcoming in P-QUEUE.
Crystal Jeffries received her M.A. in 2001.
Eric Jeiter received his M.A. in 2003.
Regina Jennings received her M.A. in 1987.
Yolanda (Wisher) Johnson received her M.A. in 2000. Wisher's poetry has appeared in The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review, The American Poetry Review's Philly Edition, Chain, Meridians, Drumvoices, Ploughshares, Fence and Nocturnes. Her work has been featured on The Bridge at Temple Jazz Radio (WRTI), Power 99's Inner City, and LIVE at the Kelly Writer's House on WXPN. In 1999, Wisher was named the first Montgomery County Poet Laureate. She is one of the co-founders of Poetry for the People, a Philadelphia-based collective that seeks to combine art and activism in public performances and volunteerism. Wisher is also a fellow at Cave Canem, a summer workshop and retreat for African-American poets.
Quincy Scott Jones received his M.A. in 2003. His work has been or is forthcoming in African American Review, Journal of Pan African Studies, Water~Stone Review, California Quarterly, and Let Loose on the World: Celebrating Amiri Baraka at 75. With Nina Sharma he co-created the Nor’easter Exchange: a multicultural, multi-city reading series. Jones’ first book, The T-Bone Series, was published by Whirlwind Press in 2009.
Jennifer A. Jordan received her M.A. in 2000.
Candace Kaucher received her M.A. in 1991.
Catherine Kaza received her M.A. in 1999.
Jawanza Ali Keita received an M.A. in 1994.
Corrina Kellam received her M.A. in 1997.
Joshua Keller received his M.F.A. in fiction in 2012.
Lynn A. Kendall
Martha E. Kesler received her M.A. in 1998.
Adrian Khactu received his M.A. in fiction in 2004. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the Atlantic Monthly, Carve, Heritage, and In/Vision (or HOOT!). He has won the Richard Moyer Prize in Fiction and the Ezra Pound Prize, as well as fellowships from Clarion West, Djerassi, and Vermont Studio Center. Adrian is currently working towards a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.
Marcy G. Kleiner
Irena Koprowska published A Woman Wanders Through Life and Science (State University of New York Press, 1997).
Yonah Korngold received an M.A. in 2004.
Alex Kudera received his M.A. in fiction in 1998. His debut novel, Fight for Your Long Day, won the 2011 Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the Mid-Atlantic Region. It is an original academic tragicomedy told consistently from the perspective of the adjunct instructor, and reviews and interviews can be found online at Inside Higher Ed, Academe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other locations. Most of Kudera’s stories survive in slush piles across the continent or huddled together in unheated North Philly storage space, but The Betrayal of Times of Peace and Prosperity is available as a 99-cent single wherever e-books are downloaded. Alex currently teaches writing and literature at Clemson University in South Carolina.
Kristen Kutz received her M.F.A. in fiction in 2011.
Ganina Lagodsky received an M.A. in 2000.
Tarannum Laila received an M.A. in 2008.
Cynthia Lamontanaro received her M.A. in 1994.
Jeremy Lane received his M.A. in 2006.
Bruce Langfeld received his M.A. in 1994.
Juliet Latham received her M.A. in 2003.
Jason Laughlin received his M.A. in 2004.
Frank A. Lauro received his M.A. in 1995.
Andrea Lawlor received her M.A. in fiction in 2007. She is the editor and publisher of Pocket Myths, a series of handmade chapbooks and collaborations with visual artists, writers, sound artists, and filmmakers. Each issue features art and writing on the theme of one Greek myth. Orpheus (2005) is a collaboration with sound artist EE Miller. The Odyssey (2006) is a collaboration with filmmaker Bernadine Mellis. Other issues include Cupid and Psyche (2004) and Persephone (2003). Lawlor’s work appears in Forge, and is forthcoming in Encyclopedia Volume 2. She has given readings of her work at the San Francisco Public Library, the Dog Earer Reading Series (San Francisco), the Chapter & Verse Reading Series (Philadelphia) and elsewhere. She has also read her work on the internet radio show Radio Volta. Her interview with Eileen Myles can be found here.
Julia Lawrence received her M.A. in 2009.
Gregory Laynor received his M.A. in poetry in 2010. He is currently working on a Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle and curating poetry events at the Hedreen Gallery of Seattle University. His poems have appeared in EOAGH and Fence, and his reading of Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans appears on UbuWeb. He is co-editor of the collected writings of Philadelphia poet and publisher Gil Ott, forthcoming from Chax Press.
David Leibowitz received his M.A. in 1990.
Teresa Leo’s poetry and essays have appeared in numerous publications including The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Mooring Against the Tide: Writing Fiction and Poetry (Prentice Hall, 2005), and the anthology Whatever It Takes: Women on Women’s Sport (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999). She also co-wrote and co-directed (with David Deifer) “Virtually, Paris,” a short educational film on literary magazine publishing in the electronic age, which was presented at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs annual conference in 1999, 2001, and 2002. She is a former columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Commentary Page. She serves as a contributing editor for The American Poetry Review as well as Xconnect Magazine, the literary journal at the University of Pennsylvania. Her awards include a 2006 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship in poetry, a 2005 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend Award in Literature, a 2003 Leeway Foundation Emerging Artist Award for creative nonfiction, a 2002 Pew Fellowship in the Arts in poetry, and a 2001 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship in creative nonfiction. She has done artist residencies at the Virginia Center for the Arts, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Vermont Studio Center. She works at the University of Pennsylvania. More about Teresa Leo and her work can be found here.
Natacha Leonard received her M.A. in 2006.
Michael Leone received his M.A. in fiction in 1997. Since graduating, he has reviewed regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle, the Plain Dealer, The American Book Review and other venues. His short stories have appeared or will appear in such journals as Green Mountains Review, North Atlantic Review, Wind, The Ledge, and The Tusculum Review. He works as a research librarian in New York City.
David Letzler received his M.A. in 2008.
Aaron Levy received his M.A. in 1999.
Karin Lin-Greenberg received her M.A. in fiction in 2003. After Temple, she went on to get an MFA at the University of Pittsburgh. Her fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming in Eclipse, Karamu, and Redivider. In 2004, she won the Pittsburgh City Paper’s fiction contest. She is currently a lecturer at Missouri State University in the Department of English.
Amanda Lisle received her M.A. in 2006.
Lynn Litterine received an M.A. in 1998.
Roger Lopata received his M.A. in 1990.
Stephanie Luczajko received her M.F.A. in poetry in 2012.
Elisa Ludwig received her M.A. in fiction in 1999. As a Philadelphia Weekly staffer, she wrote an award-winning food column as well as arts and news features on a regular basis. Since January 2002, she has been a freelance writer, contributing to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia City Paper, Details, Women’s Health, and other publications. Her debut young adult novel, Pretty Crooked (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins), will be released in March 2012 and is part of a planned trilogy, with publications in 2013 and 2014. The series has been licensed for publication in Germany. For more information, visit www.elisaludwig.com.
Angelique Lukacs received her M.A. in 1990.
Brennen Lukas received an M.A. in 2005.
Kelly Lundgren Pietrucha received her M.A. in fiction in 2003. Since graduating she's been teaching creative writing, literature and basic skills at Temple, Rutgers and Camden County College. Her short fiction has appeared in Pindeldyboz and Fiction Attic. She's currently working on a novel.
Julie Luongo received her M.A. in 2000.
Gina Masucci MacKenzie received her M.A. in 1999.
Terrace Mahon received an M.A. in 1999.
Abigail Mallin received her M.A. in 2008.
Beverly Mand received her M.A. in 1994.
Alice Mann received her M.A. in 1995.
Joy Manning received her M.A. degree in 2002. She has worked as a staff writer for Philly Style Magazine.
Mary Ann Mannino received her M.A. in Creative Writing in English and her Ph.D. in English from Temple University in 1986. She has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Temple University. She has published many short stories and poems in literary journals as well as various articles on Italian American women’s writing. Her critical study, Revisionary Identites, was published by Lang in 2000. In 2003, she edited and published Breaking Open: Reflections on Italian American Women’s Writing, from Purdue University Press, West Lafayette Indian www.thepress.purdue.edu.
Jason R. Marks received his M.A. in 1996.
Theresa Martin received her M.A. in 1991.
Malvika Mathur received her M.A. in 1993.
Joyce Maxwell received her M.A. in 2000.
James L. Maynard received his M.A. in 2001. Jim Maynard pursued a Ph.D. from the SUNY-Buffalo Poetics program.
Alexander Charles McAulay received his M.A. in fiction in 1998. He went on to receive an M.A. in literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McAulay’s teen novel Bad Girls was published by MTV/Pocket books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) and has been optioned for a movie. His second novel Lost Summer was also published by MTV, and his novel Oblivion Road is forthcoming. Now living in Los Angeles, McAulay is also an indie-rock musician who has recorded several albums under the name Charles Douglas. For more information, go to http://www.alexmcaulay.com/
Andrew McCann received his M.A. in fiction in 1998. He was a scholarship recipient at the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference in 1999. Carol Shields selected his short story, “Zenith” for inclusion in Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops 1998. He is a full time professor at Drexel University and the president and founder of Subjective Metrics, Inc. a software company. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.
Pattie McCarthy received her M.A. in poetry in 1998. She has published two books of poetry: Verso (Apogee Press, 2004) and bk of (h)rs (Apogee Press, 2002) and three chapbooks: alibi (that is : elsewhere) (Duration Press e-books series, 2003), Choragus (Potes & Poets, 1998), and Octaves (ixnay press, 1998). Poems have appeared in many journals, including (recently) the following: P-Queue, Kiosk, The Poetry Project Newsletter, UrVox, Free Verse, American Letters & Commentary, Pom2, 26: a journal of poetry & poetics, ixnay magazine, The Boston Review, The Transcendental Friend, and Lungfull! She is co-founder of Beautiful Swimmer Press.
Lia McCoskey received her M.A. in 2008.
Chris McCreary received his M.A. in 1997. Chris’s most recent book of poetry is Undone : A Fakebook (Furniture Press, 2010). His reviews and interviews have appeared in venues such as The Poetry Project Newsletter, Rain Taxi, and Review of Contemporary Fiction. Along with co-editor Jenn McCreary, Chris runs ixnay press, a small press dedicated to the publication of experimental poetry. In both 2010 and 2011, Chris was a finalist for a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He teaches Upper School English and is the Chair of Creative Writing at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA.
Judith Zinis McGearty received her M.A. in 1988.
Linda McGillin received her M.A. in 1994.
Brenda F. McMillan received her M.A. in 1996.
Kelly McQuain received his M.A. in fiction in 1991 and later completed an M.F.A. at the University of New Orleans. His poetry has been featured on N.P.R as well as in Painted Bride Quarterly, The Pinch, Mead, Bloom, Noctua Review, Assaracus, Chelsea Station, Stone Highway Review, Kin, American Writing and Apiary: Mixtape. His prose has appeared in the anthologies Men on Men, Rebel Yell, Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Obsessed and Skin & Ink as well as numerous periodicals: The Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, Kansas Quarterly/Arkansas Review, The Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, The James White Review, and elsewhere. He is the only person to win The Philadelphia City Paper's annual writing contest in both fiction and poetry, and he has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in both Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. He coordinates the annual Spring Poets and Writers Festival at the Community College of Philadelphia where serves as Associate Professor of English. He writes essays and reviews books for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Visit him at www.kellymcquain.wordpress.com.
Jeremiah Merceruio received his M.A. in 2005.
Nicole Miceli received her M.A. in 2005.
Phyllis (Wat) Middlebrooks received her M.A. in 1987. Her poetry book The Fish Soup Expedition was published in 2000 by Ten Pell Books in New York.
Megan Milks received her M.A. in fiction in 2007. Her fiction has been published in Pocket Myths: The Odyssey (2006), Mildred Pierce (Issue Two, 2006), Open Yr Throat and Speak (a radio show, 2006), and Forge (2006), and is forthcoming in Spuyten Duyvil's as-yet-untitled anthology of experimental women writers writing in the 21st century. Her essay “Janey v. Genet: Postcolonial Plagiarism in Kathy Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School" is forthcoming in 2007 in Kathy Acker: Transatlanticism and the Transnational, edited by Polina Mackay and Kathryn Nicol. Milks co-edits Mildred Pierce and associate-edits PopMatters.com. In July 2006, she participated in The Writer's Edge, a three-day workshop for innovative writers sponsored by Fiction Collective Two and Portland State University. She participated in "The Decaying Sense of Leviathan: A Critically Creative Conference" at the University of Montreal in March 2007. She is now working towards her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at University of Illinois-Chicago.
Cathleen Miller received her M.A. in 2000.
Eric Miller received his M.F.A. in fiction in 2011.
Paul Derek Moore received his M.A. in 1994.
Jennifer Morley received an M.A. in 1999.
Sarah Morrison received her M.A. in poetry in 2007. Sarah publishes her poetry under the name Sarah Birl. Her chapbook s e w a g e r y was published by No Press in 2006. Another chapbook, Letters to the Silence, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2007. She has had poems published in Numb Magazine, MiPOesias, American Tanka, dANDelion, Filling Station, red lights, Hamilton Stone Review, The Bathyspheric Review, In/Vision, bottlerockets, WomenMatter, and Gertrude. Poems are forthcoming in Big Bridge and Red Lights. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Tanka Splendor Award from AHA Poetry.
Andrew Mossin received his M.A. in poetry in 1991. He went on to get a Ph.D. in English from Temple. He has published poetry and critical prose in Contemporary Literature, Callaloo, Conjunctions, Facture and other journals. His book-length-poem, The Epochal Body, was published in 2004 by Singing Horse Press. He has recently completed a memoir, The Presence of Their Passing, and is at work on a critical book of essays, Scenes of Intent: Readings in Masculinity and the Formation of Poetic Career.
Christopher Mote received his M.A. in 2008.
Ian Mount received his M.A. in fiction in 1997. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for NPR, Time, The Wall Street Journal, New York, The New York Times, Maxim, Inc. (including January and November 2004 cover stories), Fortune Small Business, Fast Company, Gridskipper.com, Time Out New York, Business 2.0, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Orleans Times-Picayune and others. His fiction has appeared in Eratica, The Allegheny Review, Schuylkill and The Amherst Review. In September, 2001, he did a writer’s residency at Ucross Foundation.
Richard Moyer received his M.A. in poetry in 2000. Since graduating, he has published numerous poems in magazines such as Mad Poets Review, Endicott Review, The Twelfth Street Review, Maelstrom, The Pink Cadillac, Small Pond Magazine, Hazmat Review, Poetry Motel, Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Thin Coyote, Haiku Headlines, Nerve Cowboy, Red Owl Magazine, and The Lyric. His chapbook The Cancer Center was published by Bending Tree Press in 2004.
Mary Helen Ramsay Muhly received her M.A. in 1994.
Hildah Rue Murray received her M.A. in 1998.
Katherine Musselman received her M.A. in 2003.
Meera Nair received her M.A. in fiction in 1999. Her collection of stories, Video, was published in hardcover by Pantheon in 2002. The paperback edition was published by Anchor Books in 2003. Video was the winner of the 2003 Asian American Literary award and named Best Book of 2002 by the Washington Post. It was also awarded the Kiriyama Prize for Notable Books. She has received a grant from the New York Foundation on the Arts, and has been a writing fellow at the MacDowell Colony. An interview with Nair in Brooklyn Rail can be found here http://www.hirshsawhney.com/meerarail.html.
Virginia K. Nalencz received her M.A. in 2001.
Laura Neuman received her M.A. in poetry in 2011.
Joel Nichols received his M.A. in fiction in 2005. His story "The Day the Governor Came Out" appears in Best Gay Love Stories: Summer Fling, and "The Night Bus," appears online in the current issue of Velvet Mafia alongside the likes of Lawrence Schimel, Thomas S. Roche, and Trebor Healey. He has stories published or forthcoming in Alyson's Dorm Porn 2, Travelrotica 2, Second Skin, Fast Balls, Distant Horizons (Haworth), C is for Co-ed (Cleis), Got A Minute (Cleis) and Sex by the Book: Gay Men's Tales of Lit and Lust (Green Candy Press), Full Body Contact , Just the Sex, Ultimate Undies, Sexiest Soles. An excerpt from his novel in progress won second place in the Brown Foundation Short Fiction Prize in 2005. He lives in Philadelphia with his boyfriend, works at an Internet video company, and teaches college English. He blogs at joelanichols.blogspot.com.
Christopher J. Nosal received his M.A. in 1998.
Sharon Nowak received her M.A. in 2004.
Ryan Nowlin received his M.A. in 2004. His poetry manuscript was entitled In Ten Cities, a 10x10 grid of materials and a was constructed as viable apparatus. Recently he had two poems pusblished by Oyez Review 07. Other publications include The Asheville Review 1995. He has worked as an English adjunct at various colleges in New Jersey, where he currently resides. Also, he has been active at the St. Marks Poetry Project in New York and recently completed a course there in the fall. In spring '08 he plans to take a workshop moderated by Lisa Jarnot.
Robert O'Neil received his M.A. in 2002.
Jimmy J. Pack, Jr., received his M.A. in fiction in 2001 and his M.F.A. in fiction in 2012.
Connie L. Pangburn
Dylan Parrotta received his M.A. in 2006.
Seth Pauley received his M.A. in 2006.
Elena M. Perez
Richard Polney received his M.A. in 2002.
Frank Portella received his M.A. in 2003.
Stephen C. Potter received his M.A. in 1997.
Michael Prell received his M.A. in 1995.
Samuel Price received his M.F.A. in fiction in 2012.
Mary C. Quillman
Jim Quinn received his M.A. in fiction in 2000. Quinn's books of fiction include Shoot Me Like an Irish Soldier (Pudding House Press, 2004), and Campaign Alice (Mixed Media, 1971). The title-novella of his short story book Men In Love was a semi-finalist in the William Faulkner Prize in the Novella. His story "The Present by Rosa Luxemburg Madder" was published in the Western Humanities Review. Other of his stories have been published in a wide variety of journals. Quinn’s non-fiction books include Never Eat Out on a Saturday Night (Dolphin 1983), American Tongue and Cheek (Pantheon, 1981), and Word of Mouth (Lippincott, 1972). He has received a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for his fiction, as well as many prizes.
Carlos Queirós received his M.A. in fiction in 2009 as a Future Faculty Fellow and the recipient of the Frances Tebet Israel Prize in fiction. A Portuguese-American writer, he was born and raised in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey. His work has appeared in AARP The Magazine, On Tap Magazine, Críticas Magazine, Library Journal, The Newark Metro, and other publications. Recently he received a scholarship from Dzanc Books and the Luso-American Development Foundation. This fall he will be attending The Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Elizabeth Raby received her M.A. in poetry in 1989. Her memoir in prose and poetry, Ransomed Voices, was published by Red Mountain Press in 2013. Virtual Artists Collective published her three previous full-length collections, This Woman, Ink on Snow, and The Year the Pears Bloomed Twice .She is also the author of three chapbooks. Her poems have been translated into Romanian, and she co-authored a Romanian/English chapbook, Bone, Flesh & Fur/Oase, Carne & Blana. Winner of the 2010 Elmer Kelton Award for Poetry from Angelo State University, she has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. She is on the board of New Mexico Literary Arts, an organization that creates opportunities for the integration of literary arts with other art forms in New Mexico. She is a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Shelley E. Read-Armitage received her M.A. in 1991.
Adam Reich received his M.A. in 2005.
Jeff Reichman received his M.A. in fiction in 2003. His stories have appeared in the Mississippi Review, Quick Fiction, Word Riot, Wild Strawberries and Monkey Bicycle.
Andrew Duncan Regan received his M.A. in 2009.
Andrew Rentschler received his M.A. in 2001.
Deborah Richards received her M.A. in poetry in 2000. Her thesis manuscript, Last One Out was published by Subpress in 2002. Her chapbook Parable was published by Leroy Press, 2001. Her poems have appeared in Chain, HOW2, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, Nocturnes and Encyclopedia, volume 1. An interview “An Accumulation of Things Happening” and poems appeared in Callaloo, vol. 27, no. 4 special issue on “Contemporary African-American Poetry: A New Wave.” She is featured on the CD Women in the Avant Garde put out by Narrow House Recordings. She currently lives in London.
Don Riggs received his M.A. in poetry in 1997, after already having completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of North Carolina. He has published several articles in the Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts, and is actively engaged in research and teaching in Science Fiction literature. His poetry has appeared in many publications, including 16th Century Journal, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Painted Bride Quarterly, xib and ixnay. He is the Co-Editor of and featured poet in the book Uncommonplaces: Poems of the Fantastic. He is the Editor of Lamont B. Steptoe's A Long Movie of Shadows and translated Chinese Poetic Writing by Francois Cheng. At Drexel, Dr. Riggs teaches several courses for the Department of English and Philosophy, including Science Fiction Literature, Philosophy in Literature, Renaissance and Enlightenment Literature, Creative Writing, Visions in Writing, and Freshman Writing.
Michael Rizza received his M.A. in fiction in 1998. In 2003 he received a fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts for his fiction.
Thomas Robinson received his M.A. in fiction in 2010.
Danny Romero received his M.A. in fiction in 1996. His book, Calle 10, was published by Mercury House in 1996. His work has been anthologized in West of the West: Imagining California, Mirrors Beneath the Earth: Short Fiction by Chicano Writers, Pieces of the Heart: New Chicano Fiction, Muy Mucho: Latino Men Writing on Self Identity, and New World: Young Latino Writers.
Hugh Rosen received his M.A. in 2001.
Michael Ruggiero received his M.F.A. in fiction in 2012.
Michael E. Russell received his M.A. in 1997.
Brenda Rynn received her M.A. in 1995.
Sonya Ryst received her M.A. in fiction in 2010.
John P. Sapienza
Robin Satterly received an M.A. in 2003.
Brita Sauer received her M.A. in 2002. After her M.A. at Temple, Sauer went on to get an M.A. in Library Science and now works for the New York Public Library.
Samuel Schid received his M.F.A. in poetry in 2012.
Rob Schmitt received his M.A. in 2006.
Karimah Schoenhut received an M.A. in 2008.
Jennifer Schnabel received her M.A. in 2004.
Eric Schoeniger received his M.A. in fiction in 1991. He has more than 23 years of professional experience in writing, editing, and publications management, and has taught business communication at Widener University. Since 2000 he has been an independent writer and marketing communications consultant specializing in business, information technology, life sciences, and alternative energy. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies such as CA Technologies, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, and Unisys. In 2011 he published his first novel, The Teahouse by the Tracks.
Jason Schossler received his M.A. in fiction in 2000. His first book of poetry, Mud Cakes, is due out from Bona Fide Books in 2011. He is the inaugural recipient of Bona Fide’s Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, Reed’s Edwin Markham Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Writer award from Grist: A Journal for Writers. In 2009 he also received honorable mention in the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. His poems and stories have appeared, among other places, in The Sun, North American Review, Rattle, Poet Lore, The South Carolina Review, and The Antioch Review, where his poem, “Between Jobs,” was nominated by the editors for The Best New Poets 2010 anthology. He has been awarded fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany. He teaches writing at Temple University and also works as a freelance legal journalist for Thomson Reuters. He lives outside of Philadelphia.
Debra Leigh Scott received her M.A. in fiction in 2001. Her stories have been published in River City Magazine, The Chattahoochee Review, The Abiko Quarterly, and The Oxford American. She received a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts for her fiction in 2003. Her novel, Piety Street, was a finalist in the novel-in-progress category in the 2004 Faulkner Competition. Her play, Swan, is in development with Philadelphia Theatre Workshop. Her short story “What We Love,” was performed at "Writing Aloud" at the InterAct Theatre in 2006. "What We Love" was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006. Her full-length musical, Zeitflamme, was written and performed through a grant from the Institute for Arts and Humanities Education in 2003. A Play of Tales, a full-length children’s musical was written and performed through a grant from Young Audiences of New Jersey in 2003. She is the Founding Director of Hidden River Arts, a non-profit literary arts organization in Philadelphia, which offers supports and services to creative writers and playwrights.
Elizabeth Scroggin received an M.A. in 1999.
Darcy Sebright received her M.A. in 2006.
George Sedgwick received his M.A. in 1994.
Kate Selfridge received her M.A. in 2005.
Toni Shanahan received an M.A. in 1994.
Jonathan Imber Shaw received his M.A. in 2001.
Kerry Sherin (Wright) received her M.A. in fiction in 1992. She went on to earn a Ph.D. from Temple’s English Department. Now she is an assistant professor of English at Franklin & Marshall, where she is the founding Director of the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House at Franklin & Marshall College. Before joining Franklin & Marshall in 2003, Wright served for six years as the first Director of the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. Her poems have been published in Poet Lore, Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, Combo, Capital, New England Review. The recipient of an AWP Intro Award in Poetry, Wright was recognized upon her departure from the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania with the creation of The Kerry Sherin Wright Prize, an annual award that supports an event or project that “best captures” her spirit of “aesthetic capaciousness and literary communitarianism.” She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband Scott and their son Skyler.
John Shortino received his M.F.A. in fiction in 2012.
Jennifer C. Simon
Craig Alan Slingluff received his M.A. in 1997.
Emily Skaja received her M.A. in 2008.
William J. Snyder
Myron A. Solecki received his M.A. in 2001.
Thomas Soper received his M.A. in 2005.
Elizabeth Spencer received her M.F.A. in fiction in 2011.
David Brent Spolum received his M.A. in 1999.
Richard Squires received his M.A. in 2005.
Ilana Stanger-Ross received her M.A. in fiction in 2003. She is the recipient of a Leeway Foundation grant for emerging artists, as well as a residency grant from the Ragdale Foundation. Her stories have appeared in Lilith Magazine, Red Rock Review, killingthebuddha.com, the anthology My Wedding Dress: True-Life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle, and The Bellevue Review. She lives in Canada.
Seth Steinbacher received his M.A. in 2008.
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Jocelyn Strickland received her M.A. in 1999.
Chris Stroffolino received his M.A. in poetry in 1988. He is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, Stealer's Wheel (Hard Press, 1999), Oops (Pavement Saw Press, 1994) and Speculative Primitive (Tougher Disguises, 2005), as well as several limited-edition chapbooks. His poems have appeared in Talisman, New American Writing, Caliban, Sulfur, Lingo, and many other literary journals. He also co-edited An Anthology of New (American) Poets (1998). Stroffolino has a musical side as well, and put together a tribute to Anne Sexton's rock band for the Poetry Society of America before moving to Oakland and forming the band Continuous Peasant in 2002. He started performing his music solo in the spring of 2006, and is currently working on his first solo album. Stroffolino has taught at New York University, Rutgers University, the University of Massachusetts, and Drexel University, and is visiting faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Franciso Art Institute.
Eleanor L. Sullivan received her M.A. in 1988.
Mecca Sullivan received her M.A. in fiction in 2006. Her story "Powder and Smoke" was published in Bloom, Spring 2005 (vo. 2, no. 1). She was awarded a 2005 scholarship to the New York State Writers Conference and is now attending the Ph.D. English Program at theUniversity of Pennsylvania.
August Tarrier received her M.A. in fiction in 1989, after which she went on to get a Ph.D. in English from Temple. She is a book and journal editor, as well as a professional writer and communications consultant. A former independent book store owner, August teaches graduate and undergraduate writing, literature, and editing classes at the University of Baltimore's School of Design, where she is an Assistant Professor. She is a past winner of the Tobias Wolfe and Katherine Anne Porter fiction prizes. Her story, “I Hold You Harmless,” was awarded first prize by judge Robert Olen Butler in the 2005 Zoetrope Short Fiction Contest. The story was published in Zoetrope: All Story in Spring, 2006, as well as in their online supplement. Other stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Memorious, and The Bellingham Review. Her essay “Victoria’s Secret at the OK Corral: The ‘Bad Girls’ oft he ‘Postfeminist’ Nineties was published in the postfeminist special edition of ebr.
Michelangelo Tata received his M.A. in poetry in 1994. He went on to earn an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research, and completed his Ph.D. in English through the CUNY Graduate Center in 2004. His poetry and criticism have appeared in the journals Lit, Lungfull, kenning, Bad Subjects, Found Object, Rhizomes and to the quick, as well as the Critical Studies compilation From Virgin Land to Disney World: Nature and Its Discontents in the USA of Yesterday and Today (Editions Rodopi, 2001) and the Madonna Studies anthology Madonna’s Drowned Worlds: New Approaches to her Cultural Transformations, 1983-2003 (Ashgate, 2002). His first chapbook of poetry, The Multiplication of Joy into Integers, won the 2002 Blue Light Poetry Prize and appeared in 2003. His work is featured in the anthology The New Breed: Bad Boys, Gents and Barbarians II (Windstorm Creative, 2004).
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Heather Thomas received her M.A. in poetry in 1987. Her most recent book of poems, Blue Ruby, was published by Foothills Publishing in 2008. Other books include Practicing Amnesia from Singing Horse Press 2000 and Resurrection Papers from Chax Books in 2003. Under the signature H.T. she published her first two books in 1993 and 1995. She has a Ph.D. from Temple University with a thesis on long poems by women and is an Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Kutztown University. She has won several awards and grants, among them a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant and the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry.
Alice Notley on Thomas' latest book: Heather Thomas’s Blue Ruby is a beauty, composed by a fearlessly compassionate intelligence: “everything exists because/ something else does.” Primarily, it’s poems in flexible, driving, sensuous two- and three- line stanzas (also a new kind of urgent pantoum). “I write with my eyes.” But Thomas joins a growing band who can’t help but unite the personal and political. She demonstrates that the “pearl-of-great-price” is anyone, anywhere, self or other one.The poems hurt but have a carved, litup surface, red and blue and many other colors.
Casey Torstenson received an M.A. in 2002.
Billie Travalini received her M.A. in fiction in 1987. Her memoir, Bloodsisters, was a finalist for the Bakeless Publication Prize and James Jones Prize and won the Lewis and Clark Discovery Prize and Delaware Press Association Award for nonfiction. In 2006, she wrote and photographed The Wilmington Senior Center: Fifty Years of Community. She has received Individual Artist Fellowships in fiction and poetry from The Delaware Division of the Arts. Her latest essay “Wholeness and the Short Story” was published in Writers on Writing: Short Story Writers and Their Art. She is a fiction editor for The Journal of Caribbean Literatures and director of the Delaware Literary Connection. She is editing an anthology of writing for children 12-18 in Delaware's Dentention Centers. She is also working on a book of interviews of black writers and artists, and a book of interviews of blacks that lived in Delaware before 1950. She teaches at Lincoln University, Wilmington College, and the Boys and Clubs Pegasus ArtWorks program and does educational consulting in youth detention centers throughout Delaware. Her website is http://www.billietravalini.com.
Heidi Neumann Trombert received her M.A. in 1990.
Dana Truby received an M.A. in 1997.
Jeanette Tryon received her M.A. in 1997. Tryon has written a number of short stories, some of which have appeared in The Bellowing Ark (writing as Jan Takauer), the Schuylkill Review, and Serpentine (an Internet journal).
Raymond J. Vallese received his M.A. in 1992.
Kevin Varrone received his M.A. in poetry in 1997. He is the author of the chapbook g-point Almanac (6/21-9/21) (ixnay press, 2000) and the forthcoming collection id est (g-point Almanac 9/22-12-20) (forthcoming, Fall 2007, from Instance Press). His poems have also appeared in Mass Ave, The Baltimore Review, American Poetry Review's Philly Edition, and Pavement Saw. He is co-founder of Beautiful Swimmer Press. He teaches at Temple University and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Sonia Vazquez received her M.A. in 2000.
Jeffrey J. Vetock received his M.A. in 1989.
Divya Victor received her M.A. in poetry in 2006. After a post-Temple year in Seattle, she entered the Ph.D. Poetics Program at SUNY-Buffalo where she is studying now. Her article on memory, testimony, and subjectivity and non-feminist writing is forthcoming in the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Special Issue: Postcolonial Pakistani Literature. She has two new chapbooks: SUTURES from Little Red Leaves and Hellocasts By Charles Reznikoff by Divya Victor by Vanessa Place from Ood Press. The latter chapbook is part of the Factory Series by Vanessa Place in the model and anti-model of Andy Warhol's Factory and community of production. Her installation HELLOCASTS which deals with trauma, historical transcription, and branding of the "Holocaust Industry" was recently curated by Les Figues Press at L.A.C.E Gallery in Los Angeles. Her poetry has recently appeared in XConnect, ixnay reader 3, dusie, President's Choice, P-QUEUE, and Drunken Boat. Her book LYRICAL BLALADS is forthcoming from Troll Thread Press
Sonia Vora received her M.A. in 2005.
Christopher Wagenseller received his M.A. in fiction in 2007. His work has been published twice in the In/Vision series. He teaches English at Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts in York, PA.
Frank Walgren received his M.A. in 1989.
Ronald Wandover received his M.A. in 1998.
Deborah Warner received her M.A. in 1991. She is now an editor and publisher at Sybaritic Press in Los Angeles, publishing poetry and erotic prose.
Nancy Warren received her M.A. in 1995.
William Wartman received his M.A. in 1986. Wartman’s books include Life Without Father: Influences of an Unknown Man (Franklin Watts, 1988), John Daly: Wild Thing: Life on the Edge with Pro Golf’s Bad Boy (Harper Collins, 1997), Against All Odds: The Story of the Toyota Motor Corporation and the Family That Created It (St. Martins, 1993), and Playing Through: Behind the Scenes on the PGA Tour (William Morrow, 1999).
Phyllis Wat received her M.A. in poetry in 1987. She is the author of The Fish Soup Bowl Expedition from Ten Pell Books and Shadow Blue from Hot Water Press. She is a founding editor of 6ix magazine and has received numerous awards including a poetry grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2005 she founded Straw Gate Books.
Geoffrey Waterman received his M.F.A. in poetry in 2012.
Robert Anthony Watts received his M.A. in 1996.
Ed Webster received his M.A. in 1989.
Leah Webster received her M.F.A. in fiction in 2011.
Robert Wetherill received his M.A. in 1998.
Catherine C. White received her M.A. in 1990.
Denise Williams received her M.F.A. in fiction in 2011.
Vince Williams received his M.A. in 2002.
Carla Willard received her M.A. in poetry in 1990. After graduating from Temple she went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She is now an associate professor of American studies and Africana studies at Franklin & Marshall College. Willard specializes in the area of women’s studies, black feminist history, advertising and theory, and American and African-American cultural studies. She was awarded an American Association of University Women Post-Doctoral Fellowship for her project "Marketing 'Development': Female Targets and Progress Planning in Global Marketing and Development Partnerships" where she investigated a health development project currently operating in the rural areas outside Harare, Zimbabwe.
Kyra Wilson received her M.A. in 2003.
Tracey Wilson received her M.A. in 1992. She won a Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship from the New York Theatre Workshop. In September 2000, Theatre Outrageous produced her first play, Exhibit #9, an outrageous satire greatly influenced by George C. Wolfe's Colored Museum. In April of that same year, New Georges Theatre produced her second full-length play, Leader of the People. She received the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award for her play, The Story. The Joseph Papp Public Theatre produced The Story in December 2003. Her plays have been published in Humana Festival 2006: The Complete Plays, Neon Mirage, Small World, Ten-Minute Plays from the Guthrie Theater: Volume 1 and Volume 2. She recently gave a reading at Temple University, which you can read about here.
Heidi Wolfson received her M.A. in 1991.
April Blake Wynick received her M.A. in 2002.
MaryAlice Yakutchik After working as a fulltime journalist early in her career, Yakutchik received her M.A. in fiction in 1987. Since graduating she has been a freelance journalist. Her bylines and photographs have appeared in such papers as USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, and Sports Illustrated. Of significant note, is her freelance association with The Discovery Channel's web pages, where she regularly reports on various expeditions.
Joseph Yearous-Algozin received his M.A. in poetry in 2009. He is the author of Kensington Notebook (Lean-To Press) and BOSTON STREET/TREES (Lean-To Press). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from Cannot Exist, Forage, and the Robert Walser Society of Massachusetts. He is currently a PhD student in Poetics at SUNY-Buffalo. He is the author of the chapbook, The Lazarus Project: Alien Vs. Predator (TROLL THREAD). His essay, “No One Asked You,” on the street performances of Hannah Weiner, appeared in Wild Orchids. He is the incoming co-editor, with Holly Melgard, of P-Queue (p-queue.org), a journal of contemporary aesthetics and poetics, where writings on or about aesthetics/poetics appear beside enactments of such critical or theoretical positions.
Nolana Yip received her M.A. in 1999.
John Zilcosky received hi M.A. in fiction in 1992. After Temple, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. He is now an Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. He has published articles on Kafka, Schopenhauer, Paul Auster, and Botho Strauss. His book Kafka's Travels: Exoticism, Colonialism, and the Traffic of Writing was published by Palgrave. His translations have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Conjunctions, and his fiction has appeared in The Quarterly.
Dax Zimmerman received his M.A. in 1993.
Vladimir Zykov received his M.F.A. in poetry in 2011.
Magdalena Zurawski received her M.A. in poetry in 2001. Her work has been published in American Poet: The Journal of the Academy of American Poets, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Rattapallax, Talisman, Arras, and other magazines. Her chapbook Bruised Nickelodeon was published by Hophophop Press in 2001. Her first novel, The Bruise, has been excerpted in chapbook form by TAXT Press, and was the 2006 recipient of the Ronald Sukenik Innovative Fiction Prize. It will be published by Fiction Collective Two (FC2) in the Fall of 2008. Her work has also appeared in the anthology Bay Poetics (Faux Press). She has been a writing fellow at the Millay Colony, is working towards her Ph.D. in English at Duke University, and blogs as minoramerican.
Kristin Zwack received her M.F.A. in fiction in 2012.
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