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M.F.A. Creative Writing

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156

Fax: 208-885-5944

Email: creativewriting@uidaho.edu

Web: English

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M.F.A. Students

Samantha Burns is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction.

Caitlyn Curran is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry at the University of Idaho, where she serves as the current Marketing Editor for Fugue. Her recent work can be found in The American Journal of Poetry, Hubbub, Miramar, Raleigh Review, Spectrum, Silk Road Review, and elsewhere.

Shane Dominguez is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. He is from Big Bear City, California, and received a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and literature from California State University Long Beach before pursuing his M.F.A. at the University of Idaho.

Ryan Downum is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. He is from Lake Zurich, Illinois, and received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Knox College. He was a recipient of a scholarship from the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. Poems of his have been published or are forthcoming in BOAAT, H_NGM_N, Witch Craft Magazine, Pretty Owl Poetry, IDK Magazine, Bear Review, Reality Beach, and jubilat.

CMarie Fuhrman, an Indigenous daughter of the West, was born in Colorado and has lived in various rural towns all along the Rocky Mountains. She has earned degrees in Exercise Physiology, English, American Indian Studies, and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Idaho, where she is Program Coordinator for IKEEP (Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program) and the Associate Poetry Editor for Fugue. Cindy’s writing, both poetry and nonfiction, can be found in Broadsided Press’s NoDapl compilation, two anthologies, and several literary journals, including Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, Yellow Medicine Review, and Sustainable Play, among others. She is recipient of the Burns Award for Poetry and multiple fellowships and scholarships, including Centrum at Port Townsend and Fishtrap at Lake Wallowa. Cindy is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology of Indigenous poetics for Tupelo Press. She divides her time between Moscow and McCall, Idaho

Stephanie Hamilton is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction.

Caitlin Hill is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction. She is an esssayist, memoirist, and columnist from South Dakota whose work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Silk Road Review, Superstition Review, and in various newspapers. Caitlin is a 2017-18 Writer in the Wild Fellow and the Associate Nonfiction Editor for Fugue. Much of her writing intertwines with threads of place studies, and her current focus is looking at place aesthetics and identity through the philosophies of twentieth-century economist Thorstein Veblen. In the process of researching this project, Caitlin was recently funded by the UI English Department to spend four days at the Historic Veblen Family Farmstead in Minnesota, and was accepted into the Cirenaica Summer Writers Residency in Wisconsin to work on her Veblen writing. She lives and writes in northern Idaho with her plant/life companion Bruce the golden pothos. Learn more at www.caitlinhillside.com

Jack Hill is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction.

Tara Howe is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction. She completed a bachelor's degree in anthropology and will finish her doctorate in Applied Ecopsychology. After fifteen years within the healing arts profession (and more to come), she returned for the Master of Fine Arts in order to sharpen her skill as a writer and situate herself in the broader scope of academia to become effective in communicating the voices of embodiment. She believes direct experience matched with the appropriate language can revolutionize.

Kat Lewis is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry and a current Writing in the Wild fellow from northwest Pennsylvania. She appreciates the fine things in life, like traveling and dad jokes and the cats of Moscow. Her work can be found in The Fourth River: Tributaries, The Superstition Review, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, and elsewhere.

Grant Maierhofer is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction, and the author of Flamingos (chosen by Blake Butler for VICE as a best book of 2016), Gag (recently chosen as a best work of fiction in 2017 for Dennis Cooper's blog), Grobbing Thistle and others. His work has appeared in LIT, Berfrois, The Fanzine, and elsewhere.

Cameron McGill is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry, where he serves as the Poetry Editor of Fugue. He is the recipient of a Silver Creek Writer’s Residency, a scholarship to the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and a University of Idaho Centrum Fellowship. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, The Harvard Advocate, La Presa, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Fogged Clarity, Poetry East, and Grist.

Stacy Miller is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. She has been published in Mary Jane's Farm Magazine, The Pacific Northwest Inlander, The Mindful Word, and Mothers Always Write where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been awarded the Banks Award, the MLK Graduate Art Award, and the Writing in the Wild Fellowship, all from the University of Idaho. She is also a mother, artist, and small business owner.

Corey Oglesby is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry from the Washington, D.C., area. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAMBeloit Poetry Journal, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Blood Orange Review, The Meadow, and elsewhere. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Fugue.

Caitlin Palmer is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction.

Zachary See is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction.

Ben Shane is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry.

Jeffrey Keene Short is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction.

Dave Struthers is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction.

Robert Thornton is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. His poems have appeared in descant, and he recently finished his first novel. He lives in Idaho—his home state—with his wife, Courtney.

T.J. Tranchell is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. He has published two books: the novella Cry Down Dark, and a collection of short stories, poetry and essays, titled Asleep in the Nightmare Room, both with Blysster Press. Some of his work has appeared in Gallows Hill, Disturbed Digest, Despumation Vol. 1, and elsewhere. He holds an M.A. in Literature from Central Washington University and is a member of both the Society of Professional Journalists and the Horror Writers Association. He lives in Moscow, Idaho, with his wife and son. 

Sarah VanGundy is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction with an interest in the strange, obscure, and unexpected. When she is not busy investigating various in-between spaces as Fugue's hybrid genre editor, she works as a librarian at the University of Idaho Library.

Lauren Westerfield is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction from the Northern California coast. Her essays and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, Hobart, Sonora Review, [PANK], Phoebe, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Permafrost, Redivider, and The Rumpus, where she has also served as an Assistant Essays Editor. She is the recipient of a Kimmel Harding Nelson residency award, an Honorable Mention for the Academy of American Poets Prize, and a University of Idaho Centrum Fellowship. Other projects include co-coordinating the POP-UP PROSE reading series in Moscow, Idaho, and serving as the Nonfiction Editor of Fugue.

Jacob Wilson is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction.

Lauren Yarnall is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry at the University of Idaho. She is from Ellicott City, Maryland, and received her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Salisbury University. Her work has previously appeared in Harpur Palate, Permafrost Magazine, Slipstream Magazine, Barely South Review, Spillway Magazine, and elsewhere.

2017 Graduates:

Jerri Benson, M.F.A. Fiction

Garrett Lee Chavis, M.F.A. Poetry

Jordan Clapper, M.F.A. Fiction

Ash Goedker, M.F.A. Poetry

Caroline Hall, M.F.A. Fiction

Ross Hargreaves, M.F.A. Fiction

J. Hamilton, M.F.A. Fiction

Canese Jarboe, M.F.A. Poetry

Jason Mastaler, M.F.A. Poetry

Jason Sarna, M.F.A. Fiction

Karl Utermohlen, M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction

Paul Warmbier, M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction

Sally Yazwinksi, M.F.A. Fiction

Laura Zak, M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction

2016 Graduates:

Myles Barker, M.F.A. Fiction

Sarah Barrett, M.F.A. Fiction

Nathaniel Brown, M.F.A. Fiction

Lane Culton, M.F.A. Fiction

Michelle Cushing, M.F.A. Fiction

Jordan Durham, M.F.A. Poetry

Max Eberts, M.F.A. Fiction

Misty Ellingburg, M.F.A. Fiction

Nathan Fisher, M.F.A. Poetry

Ryan Kalis, M.F.A. Fiction

Courtney Kersten, M.F.A. Nonfiction

Michael Landreth, M.F.A. Poetry

Jamie Lyon, M.F.A. Fiction

Jessica McDermott, M.F.A. Nonfiction

Joseph Perreault, M.F.A. Fiction

Zana Previti, M.F.A. Poetry

Melanie Thongs, M.F.A. Nonfiction

M.F.A. Creative Writing

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156

Fax: 208-885-5944

Email: creativewriting@uidaho.edu

Web: English

Directory Map