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Maha Abdelwahab (PhD, Poetry)

Maha Abdelwahab is an Egyptian poet and aspiring translator. She received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon. 

 

Nick Almeida (PhD, Fiction)

Nick Almeida is from New Hope, Pennsylvania and holds degrees in Film and English from Penn State University. He earned his MFA from The Michener Center for Writers where he was Editor-in-Chief of Bat City Review. His fiction has appeared in Mid-American Review, Hunger Mountain, Waxwing, Southeast Review, and elsewhere. Nick taught workshops for young writers and adults focused on subjects including character, novel shape, and community remembrance as a teaching artist for the Austin Public Library. His interests include the literature of addiction, environmental literature, flash forms, and the coherence between cinema and prose.

 

Pritha Bhattacharyya (PhD, Fiction)

Pritha Bhattacharyya is a Bengali-American writer. She received her MFA from Boston University and her BA from Cornell University. Her work has been recognized by the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing (second runner-up), the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center (semifinalist), and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. She was a 2019 Leslie Epstein Global Fellow in Japan, a finalist for Glimmer Train‘s 2019 Short Story Award for New Writers, and a fiction scholar for the 2021 Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Nashville Review, Bodega, and elsewhere.

 

Ryan Bollenbach (PhD, Poetry)

Ryan Bollenbach is a writer and musician living in Houston, Texas. He formerly served as the poetry editor for Black Warrior Review in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is currently an assistant editor at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and Heavy Feather Review. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, poets.org, Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, and elsewhere. Reach out on twitter @SilentAsIAm or visit his website.

 

Rosa Boshier (PhD, Fiction)

Rosa Boshier is a writer whose fiction, essays, art criticism, and creative nonfiction have appeared in Guernica, Catapult, Joyland Magazine, The Rumpus, Artforum, Hyperallergic, The Guardian, and The Washington Post, among others. She has taught writing, Latinx cultural studies, and art history at The California Institute of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, and Pacific Northwest College of Art. 

 

Jari Bradley (PhD, Poetry)

Jari Bradley (they/them) is a Black genderqueer poet and scholar from San Francisco, California. They have received fellowships and support from Callaloo, Cave Canem, Tin House, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. Jari’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has work published/forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Blood Orange Review (selected by judge Nikky Finney), The Offing, Academy of American Poets (Poem-A-Day) , Callaloo, Columbia Journal, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Jari Bradley (MFA, University of Pittsburgh) was the 2020–2021 First Wave Poetry Fellow at UW–Madison.

 

Erik Brown (MFA, Poetry)

Erik Brown received a BA in English and Creative Writing at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erik comes to Houston from a seven-year career in fundraising. Currently, Erik serves as the Digital Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature & Fine Arts.

 

Julia Brown (PhD, Fiction)

Julia Brown is an editor-at-large at AGNI, and has been a member of the magazine’s editorial team since 2019. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she earned her MFA from the University of Houston and is a former fiction editor at Gulf Coast. Her work has been published in Gulf CoastMosaic, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She's always happy to talk about horror movies, and the short story.

 

Kartika Budhwar (PhD, Fiction)

Kartika Budhwar is a Senior Editor for ​the ​South Asian Avant-Garde (SAAG)​ ​Anthology​ and the forthcoming literary journal, Ripe Fiction​. ​She​ h​olds a​n​ MFA in Creative Writing and the Environment from Iowa State University and a​n​ MFA in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University. She has received the Albert L. Walker Excellence in Literature Award (2020), ​ the Research Excellence Award (2020), the Hogrefe ​Excellence ​Grant for Creative Writers (2018, 2019) and a Teaching Excellence Award (2018). ​​She was awarded Second place in the Arts and Letters Fiction Prize (2019), the Blue Mesa Nonfiction Prize (2019), and the Indiana Review Fiction Prize (2018); her writing appears in the same journals. She was also a Finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize (2019). ​

 

LeeAnne Carlson (MFA, Fiction)

LeeAnne Carlson is a native Houstonian although her formative years were spent being shuffled from one Southeast Asian country to another. After returning to Houston she embarked on a wide-ranging series of professions, careers, and escapades, from caretaking a cougar to delivering babies as a midwife to owning a goat farm and making goat cheese. Although she has been labeled a fiction writer, she does not embrace firm demarcations of her work and her writing includes personal essays and memoir on goat farming and family as well as poetry which draws parallels between the female body and the environment. She is nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast.

 

Rohan Chhetri (PhD, Poetry)

Rohan Chhetri is a Nepali-Indian poet from the Dooars region of Bengal that borders Bhutan. He completed his MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University where he was a University Fellow. His first book of poems, Slow Startle (Emerging Poets Prize 2015) was published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. A chapbook of poems, Jurassic Desire (Per Diem Poetry Prize 2017) is slated to be published later this year from Per Diem Press. His poems have appeared in Prelude, Wildness, Rattle, Vinyl, EVENT, Literary Hub and was recently translated into French for Europe Revue. A former editor of fiction and poetry at the Indian arm of Hachette Book Publishing in New Delhi, he was a 2016 Norman Mailer Poetry Fellow and recently won the Joyce Carol Oates Award and The Leonard Brown Prize in Poetry. 

 

Iris Cronin (MFA, Fiction)

Iris Cronin is a writer, translator, and Houston native, although she has spent the last several years living and working in Massachusetts. She holds degrees in Playwriting and Comparative Literature from Brown University, the latter with a specialization in literary translation between French and English.  Her favorite non-literary pastimes include dog-walking, journaling, and abandoning half-drunk cups of coffee all around her house. She is currently working on a novel, and her English translation of Sarah Berthiaume’s play Antioche is entering production at Montreal’s Talisman Theater Company. 

 

Brittny Ray Crowell (PhD, Poetry)

Brittny Ray Crowell, a native of Texarkana, TX, received her BA in English from Spelman College followed by an MA in English from Texas A&M-Texarkana. Her work focuses on the hidden mythologies, dreams, traumas, and sensualities of the black contemporary south. In addition to poetry and creative writing, her interests also include studying the intersections between religion and hip hop.

 

Sara Cunningham (MFA, Poetry)

Sara Cunningham graduated from Emory University with a BA in English and Creative Writing. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, she is excited for the chance to live and study Houston.

 

Addie Eliades (MFA, Poetry)

Addie Eliades was a 2019 Fulbright Student Fellow in Brazil, teaching English and leading a poetry workshop. A University of Virginia (UVA) graduate, Addie received UVA's 2017 Rachel St. Paul Poetry Prize. She was an assistant poetry teacher and camp counselor for the summers of 2016 and 2017 at the UVA Young Writers' Workshop. Her writing has appeared in a few publications including Bitter Melon Magazine, Rumble Fish Quarterly, and others listed on her website: missbittersweetwallflowerpageant.wordpress.com. Addie also enjoys dancing, singing, and learning about Hispanic and Latinx languages and cultures.

 

Josh English (PhD, Poetry)

Josh English originally hails from northwest New Jersey.  He received his MFA from the University of South Carolina and has taught writing and literature at U of SC and at the South Carolina Department for Juvenile Justice.  His work has appeared in Cutbank, Denver Quarterly, Prelude, Sixth Finch, Third Coast and elsewhere.  He is the co-founding editor of the poetry outfit Oxidant|Engine.

 

Christopher Flakus (MFA, Fiction)

Christopher Miguel Flakus is a poet and writer living in Houston, Texas. He has published work in The Huffington Post, Akashic Books: Mondays are Murder Noir Series, Indietronica, Outlaw Poetry, Glass Mountain Magazine, In Recovery Magazine, Glass Poetry, Black Heart Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2017 he was awarded the Fabian Worsham Prize for fiction. He has been a featured reader for Glass Mountain Magazine and Public Poetry’s library reading series. In addition, he was one of the editors responsible for The University of Houston-Downtown’s literary magazine, The Bayou Review, during their special prison issue which focused on the writings of authors serving sentences in Texas prisons. He is currently co-editor of Defunkt Magazine, a literary and arts magazine based in Houston. Christopher is the author of the chapbooks Bear Down Into Hell With Me (As Only a True Friend Would), and Thirst, and Other Poems through Iron Lung Press, and the chapbook Christiana, and Dialogos: Mexico City Poems from Analog Submission Press. He grew up in Mexico City and writes in both English and Spanish. He is currently working on his first novel.   

 

Devereux Fortuna (PhD, Poetry)

Devereux Fortuna is a writer and artist. She is a candidate for a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston and received her MFA in Poetry from New York University. She is a poetry editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and teaches creative workshops at UH and for Writers in the Schools. Her work has been published by Triangle House ReviewWaxwing Magazine, and American Chordata.

 

Leah Fretwell (PhD, Fiction)

Leah Fretwell is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia and has an MFA from Brigham Young University.

 

Madeleine Gaudin (MFA, Fiction)

Madeleine Gaudin grew up in Austin, Texas. She earned her BA in English and Film Studies from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Houston, she taught elementary school in Detroit.

 

Vanessa Beatriz Golenia (MFA, Fiction)

Vanessa Beatriz Golenia grew up straddling the Tijuana-San Diego border in a home with no common language. Prior to moving to Houston, she bounced between Brooklyn and Los Angeles, writing capitalist poetry for corporate beauty brands. Her work has appeared in Longreads, the Rumpus, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and elsewhere. In 2020, an essay she wrote was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. These days you can find her slowly chiseling away at her first book. 

 

Emelie Griffin (PhD, Poetry)

Emelie Griffin holds an MFA from Syracuse University, where she served as art editor and poetry editor for Salt Hill. She is currently the managing editor for Gulf Coast

 

KT Herr (PhD, Poetry)

KT Herr is a queer writer, musician, and curious person from Lancaster, PA. They hold a BA from Smith College and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where they were the recipient of a Jane Cooper Fellowship and the Thomas Lux Scholarship Award. Their writing has appeared in Barrow Street 4x2, Frontier, The Rupture, as winner of the 2020 Sweet Lit Poetry Contest, and elsewhere. KT has been the grateful beneficiary of creative support from the Atlantic Center for the Arts and from Great Lakes Experimental Arts. In a past life, they served beer to Midwesterners. More recently, they have found joyous employment as an educator, ghostwriter, podcast producer, and mentor. 

 

Maria Hiers (MFA, Poetry)

Maria Hiers is from Tampa, Florida. She holds a BA in English from Florida State University. She served as an editorial intern at The Tallahassee Democrat, and is now a licensed yoga teacher. During the pandemic, she worked as a server in a sushi joint and a receptionist in an upscale barbershop.

 

Rob Howell (PhD, Fiction)

Rob Howell earned his MFA from Louisiana State University. His fiction has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He’s the Digital Editor for Gulf Coast.

 

Dan Hunt (MFA, Fiction)

Dan Hunt grew up outside of Philadelphia. His work has most recently appeared in Portland Review.  He holds degrees from the University of Delaware and Villanova University School of Law. From time to time, he can be found reviewing and revising legal contracts without any recollection of how such activity began.

 

Gabriella Adriana Iacono (MFA, Poetry)

Gabriella Adriana Iacono grew up in Staten Island, New York, where she earned her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the College of Staten Island CUNY. She has worked in public education since 2014, and has served as an editor for NYSAI Press. Iacono is currently working on her first collection of poems.

 

Justin Jannise (PhD, Poetry)

Justin Jannise is the author of How to Be Better by Being Worse (BOA Editions), which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Best of the Net, Copper Nickel, Yale Review, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. Recently a recipient of the Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry and a former Editor-in-Chief of Gulf Coast, Justin is pursuing his PhD in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Houston.

 

fey kamba (MFA, Poetry)

fey i. kamba (she/they) is a poet, linguist, and activist originally from london, uk. she gained her undergraduate degree in linguistics and cognitive science from princeton university, where she studied the links between thought, language, and meaning. currently an mfa candidate in the creative writing program at the university of houston, she is a recipient of the inprint c. glenn cambor fellowship, and serves as an assistant poetry editor at gulf coast: a journal of literature and fine arts.

 

Tayyba Kanwal (MFA, Fiction)

Tayyba Kanwal is a Pakistani-American writer who has wandered between the coasts and now calls Houston home. Her work appears in anthologies and journals including Juxtaprose, Quarterly West, Fireside, The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review and others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester, NY and an MS from the University of Oregon, both in mathematics. Since then she has worked in technology consulting for financial services in Silicon Valley and moved on to implementing risk management software in the energy capital of the world. She tried to reclaim her soul by moving into arts nonprofits administration, launching a small theater company and a creative writing organization in Houston.

 

Hannah Kelly (MFA, Fiction)

Hannah Kelly grew up in Charleston, SC and received her BFA in fiction writing from Emerson College, where she  ran two literary magazines, The Kindling Zine and Stork. She attended an arts high school for creative writing and previously self-published a book of short plays. In 2019, she had a book of short stories published, As Most Things Are.  

 

Daniel Kennedy (PhD, Fiction)

Daniel Kennedy grew up in rural Pennsylvania. He graduated from Boston University with a BA in English and was a member of BU’s Division 1 wrestling team. He holds an MFA from Virginia Tech, where he won the Emily Morrison Prize in fiction. His stories have appeared or will appear in The Carolina Quarterly, Arts & Letters, The Madison Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Ghost Parachute’s flash fiction anthology, and elsewhere. He previously served as an assistant fiction editor for Gulf Coast and managing editor for the minnesota review. He’s working on his first novel.

 

Aris Kian (MFA, Poetry)

Aris Kian (MFA, Poetry) is an inaugural member of CoogSlam, the 4th in the nation collegiate slam team. She has work published in Underground Journal. She was a blogger for AfroVibes Media and co-hosted poetry workshops for Writers in the Schools. She has been a featured reader for Write About Now Poetry (w/ CoogSlam), The Vibe Experience, and Glass Mountain.

 

Leisa Loan (PhD, Poetry)

Leisa Loan is from Boston, Massachusetts.  She received her BA in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing from Marymount Manhattan College and her MFA in Poetry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  At UNLV she was co-managing editor of Interim Poetics.  Her work often combines elements of music, theatre, and sculpture and she has a devoted interest in translation. 

 

Madeleine Maillet (PhD, Fiction)

Madeleine Maillet (PhD, Fiction) is a writer, translator and French Canadian. Her stories have been published in Prism International, THIS Magazine, No Tokens, Joyland, Matrix, and anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories 27 (M & S). She is the Fiction Editor of Cosmonauts Avenue. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto in English Literature and an MA from Concordia University in Montréal in English Literature and Creative Writing. In Texas, she will miss the snow.

 

Katie Edkins Milligan (MFA, Fiction)

Katie Edkins Miligan's work appears or is forthcoming in Fiction, Tahoma Literary Review and North Dakota Quarterly. She is Fiction Editor at Gulf Coast, the 2021 recipient of the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Fiction, the UH CWP Inprint Creative Writing Intern, and an Inprint Brown Foundation Fellow. She will be attending the 2021 Tin House Summer Workshop and has received support from Aspen Summer Words, the Southampton Writers Conference and the GrubStreet Short Story Incubator program. She grew up in Maine and earned her BA in English and Psychology from Dartmouth College. Find her at katieedkinsmilligan.com

 

Aaron Neptune (MFA, Fiction)

Aaron Neptune is from Aurora, Colorado. He has a BA in English and Drama from the University of Virginia. Before moving to Houston, he worked for the state of Colorado as an attorney.

 

Zarlasht Niaz (MFA, Poetry)

Zarlasht Niaz is a writer and organizer from Minneapolis, Minnesota whose work focuses on immigration and women's rights. 

 

Colby Ornell (PhD, Fiction)

Colby Ornell is from a small town in Massachusetts. She holds a BA from Wheaton College and an MFA from Butler University. Her fiction has been published in The Cobalt Review and Curbside Splendor. She is a fiction editor for Gulf Coast

 

Weijia Pan (MFA, Poetry)

Weijia Pan is a poet, writer, and translator originally from Shanghai, China. Prior to entering the MFA program in poetry at the University of Houston, he read comparative literature at UCLA, then worked as an education consultant for highschoolers in China. He writes in both English and Chinese.

 

Kim Philley (PhD, Fiction)

Kim Philley was born in Singapore and grew up in Indonesia, Thailand, and Virginia. She is a multi-genre writer currently focusing on fiction. Among other publications, her essays have appeared in The New York Times and The Caravan; fiction in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 (ed. Dave Eggers) and Epiphany; poetry in AGNI and The Indiana Review. She has reported on the Cambodian-Thai border war at Preah Vihear temple for The Caravan, and on Burmese spirit possession ceremonies from Mandalay for the BBC’s “From Our Own Correspondent.” A former Henry Hoyns Fellow in poetry at the University of Virginia, she has taught at the University of Virginia, Boise State University, and the University of Houston.

 

Blaine Prescott (PhD, Fiction)

Blaine Prescott received a BA from Western Kentucky University, an MA from Auburn University, and an MFA from the University of Oregon. He has worked in both retail and agriculture, as well as in the oil and gas industry, and his fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter and Shenandoah. He is from Kentucky.

 

Joy Priest (PhD, Poetry)

Joy Priest is the author of Horsepower (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), selected as the winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She is the recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a 2019-2020 Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, and the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series and The Atlantic, among others and her essays have appeared in The Bitter Southerner, Poets & Writers, and ESPN. Joy is currently editing an anthology of Louisville poets, which will be published by Sarabande Books.

 

Stephanie Pushaw (PhD, Fiction)

Joy Priest is the author of Horsepower (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), selected as the winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She is the recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a 2019-2020 Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, and the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series and The Atlantic, among others and her essays have appeared in The Bitter Southerner, Poets & Writers, and ESPN. Joy is currently editing an anthology of Louisville poets, which will be published by Sarabande Books.

 

Paige Quiñones (PhD, Poetry)

Paige Quiñones is the author of The Best Prey, winner of the 2020 Pleiades Press Lena Miles-Wever Todd Prize for Poetry. She has received awards and fellowships from the Center for Mexican-American Studies, the Academy of American Poets, and Inprint Houston. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Juked, Lambda Literary, Orion Magazine, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. 

 

Nick Rattner (PhD, Poetry)

Nick Rattner is a former basketball journalist and Editor for Ugly Duckling Presse. New poems and translations can be found in Midwest Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Denver Quarterly, Salt Hill, Grist, and Asymptote. With Marta del Pozo, he has translated the work of poets Yván Yauri and Czar Gutiérrez. At present, he is translating the work of Spanish poet Juan Andrés García Román.

 

Scott Repass (MFA, Fiction)

Scott Repass has a Master of Liberal Studies from City University of New York and wrote his master’s thesis about body-switching movies.  His writing has appeared in Vox, Fort Necessity, Film Quarterly, and Houston and Nomadic Voices.  His novel, Last Call Lounge, won the Houston Writers Guild 2012 Novel Contest.  Scott owns bars and coffee houses in Houston. 

 

Kaitlin Rizzo (MFA, Poetry)

Kaitlin Rizzo grew up in a small town on the Florida coast. In 2016, she received a series of grants to trace the life of the Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) in Florence, Rome, and London. After, she just couldn’t quit Italy. Most recently, she worked as the Program Assistant for an archaeological field school in Tuscany. Kaitlin is the recipient of the Fred L. Stanley Award and the Cody Harris Allen Award from Florida State University.

 

Jaxson Spencer (MFA, Poetry)

Jaxson Spencer is a maker of poems from southern Indiana. He holds a BS in Biology from Purdue University. Generally, his work deals in love, loss, etc., in the verbiage of the biological, colloquial, etc. Most of his downtime is given to something musical, and he can’t find enough of either.

 

Will Seelen (MFA, Fiction)

Will Seelen was born in Vermont and grew up back and forth between New Hampshire and Boston. He's never sure how to answer when asked where he's from. After barely graduating high school, he spent his adolescence wreaking havoc and perpetrating various delinquencies. He discovered blacksmithing in his early twenties which settled him down and drew him westward, eventually leading him to Illinois. After deciding to pursue higher education, he first attended community college, followed by Southern Illinois University, and he finished his BA in creative writing after transferring to the University of Illinois. At University of Illinois he was the recipient of the Quinn Creative Writing Award both years he attended and worked as a tutor in the Writers Workshop. He staves off existential dread by finding the beauty, absurdity, and dark humor in the contradictory and dissonant American wallow and—if the spirit takes him—writing about it.

 

Annie Shepherd

Annie Shepherd (PhD, Fiction) taught ESL in China for two years before returning to her home state of Texas to obtain an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University. Prior to entering the PhD program in fiction at University of Houston, she taught writing and literature at Texas State University and University of the Incarnate Word. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in North American Review, The Greensboro Re- view, and North Dakota Quarterly.

 

giovanni singleton (PhD, Poetry)

giovanni singleton holds an MFA from the New College of California and is the author of Ascension (Counterpath Press, 2011), which won the California Book Award Gold Medal, and of the poetry/art collection AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper (Canarium Books, 2018). She received the African American Literature and Culture Society’s 2018 Stephen E. Henderson Award for literary achievement and served as the 2017-18 Holloway Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has appeared in Poem-a-Day, Poetry, What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America, Best American Experimental Writing, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and elsewhere. Her writing has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces.

 

Katherine Smith (MFA, Fiction)

Katherine Smith joins the UHCWP eighteen years after graduating with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of South Alabama. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Houston ISD Foundation.

 

Brendan Stephens (PhD, Fiction)

Brendan Stephens is a fifth-year PhD fiction candidate. Currently, he serves Gulf Coast as the online fiction editor. His work has appeared in Epoch, The Southeast Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and The Carolina Quarterly. Brendan is the recipient of an Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing, an Inprint Donald Barthelme Memorial prize in Fiction, an Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Nonfiction, an Into the Void Fiction Prize, a Sequestrum New Writer Award, and nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthologies. In addition to his writing, he also plays guitar and provides vocals for Overo, an emotional hardcore band.

 

Patrick Stockwell (PhD, Fiction)

Patrick Stockwell is the author of The Light Here Changes Everything, winner of the 2018 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize. A native of Houston, he holds an MFA from New Mexico State University. 

 

Kaj Tanaka (PhD, Fiction)

Kaj Tanaka's fiction has appeared in New South, The New Ohio Review, Joyland and Tin House. His stories have been selected for Best Small Fictions of 2018, Best Microfiction of 2019, and Wigleaf's top 50 stories of 2019. Kaj teaches creative writing classes at the Harris County Jail, and he is a fiction editor for Gulf Coast.

 

Daniel Tompkins (MFA, Poetry)

Daniel Tompkins is a poet and writer originally from Virginia. His work has appeared in Rattle, Chaleur, Twyckenham Notes, and The Visible Poetry Project, and his first Chapbook, You Are No Phoenix, You Are Merely Aflame, is set to be published by Finishing Line Press.

 

Obi Calvin Umeozor (PhD, Fiction)

Obi Calvin Umeozor received his BA in English from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and taught English Literature before moving to the States in 2015, where he obtained an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida State University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New Orleans Review, Southeast Review, Shift and others. He was shortlisted for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

 

Ernie Wang (PhD, Fiction)

Ernie Wang grew up overseas as a military brat, then studied engineering and worked as a trader for Goldman Sachs and various hedge funds. He holds an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his short fiction and essays have been published in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere.

 

Ashley Warner (MFA, Poetry)

Ashley Warner earned her BA and M.A. in English at the University of West Georgia. She has received scholarships to attend the New York State Summer Writers Institute and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared in Terminus Magazine, The Journal, and the Birmingham Poetry Review.

 

Lisa Wartenberg (MFA, Fiction)

Lisa Wartenberg is a Colombian-born writer of fiction. She holds an Inprint Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Fellowship and is a rising second-year MFA student. As a freelance writer, her nutrition work reaches global audiences with Healthline Media. She will be a Sustaining the Writing Life Fellow at 9th Wonder Agency in the coming year and has enjoyed serving as a fiction reader at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. 

 

Adele Elise Williams (PhD, Poetry)

Adele Elise Williams is a writer, editor and educator from Louisiana. She received her MFA in poetry from Virginia Tech where she served as poetry editor for the minnesota review as well as an assistant editor at Noemi Press, and she currently serves as Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast. Adele has taught creative writing workshops for universities, correctional facilities, The Poetry Foundation, and Inprint of Houston. Her poetry can be found or forthcoming in Guernica, Barzakh, Cream City Review, Bear Review, Split Lip Magazine, Quarterly West, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.

 

Theodora Ziolkowski (PhD, Poetry)

Theodora Ziolkowski is the author of On the Rocks and Mother Tongues. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Writer's Chronicle, Short Fiction (England), and Prairie Schooner, among many other publications. A three-time Pushcart Prize and two-time Best New Poets nominee, Theodora’s prose has been listed in Wigleaf’s Top 50 List of Very Short Fictions (2020). She has received support from the Vermont Studio Center, the National Alumni Association (University of Alabama), and Inprint (Houston, Texas). Theodora is a recipient of the Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing and a Next Generation Indie Book Award. Recently, she served as poetry editor for Gulf Coast and fiction editor for Big Fiction.