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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: englishdept@uidaho.edu

Web: English

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M.F.A. Students

Michael Andrews is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction.

Jerri Benson is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. Jerri has been selected as the 2016-2017 UI Hemingway Fellow.

Naomi Brownson is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in nonfiction.

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

Garrett Lee Chavis was born in Seattle, Washington, and hails from Portland, Oregon, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Lewis & Clark College. He writes poems and is regularly victim to voice, as are his colleagues.

Jordan Clapper, hailing from a town you haven’t of in Pennsylvania, is a candidate in both the Master of Fine Arts in fiction and the Master of Arts in English Literature. He is working on a collection of short stories fictionalizing his hometown, writing a series of essays describing his journey to reconnect with his tribe, the Ponca (the trip funded by the English Department) and working on perfecting his fry bread and fried chicken recipes; all of these contribute to his weight problem. His academic work tends to focus on narrativity, gender/cultural issues, video games and environmental themes. His two disciplines tend to inform each other. In addition to his school work, Clapper is the fiction editor/administrator for Four Winds Magazine, the co-chair of the Feminist Masculinities Interest Group for the National Women’s Studies Association and plans to coordinate anthologies of off-reservation Native American literature and contemporary video game studies, separate projects. He’s also an average bowler and a trombone player.

Ash Goedker is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. She hails from Brainerd, Minnesota. Goedker received her Bachelor's in Arts degree in Literature at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a Master's in Art's degree in literature and pedagogy at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan (both along Lake Superior). She's obsessed with Lake Superior and cheese.

Caroline Hall is a transplanted New Englander, hiker and third-year fiction writer. Her work explores perfectionism, failure and shame in Boston subcultures and communities.

Ross Hargreaves' work has appeared in Paragraphiti, Literary Orphans, James Franco Review and Dogzplot. He lives and writes in Idaho.

J. Hamilton is a fiction and screenwriter who has lived all over the western United States, but will always refer to Montana as home. He is currently working on a novel about America's drug war.

Tara Howe is a Master of Fine Arts student in creative nonfiction. She completed a bachelor's degree in anthropology and will finish her doctorate in Applied Ecopsychology. 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.

Canese Jarboe is a mermaid and a poet.

Kat Lewis is a new poet from Northwestern Pennsylvania who spends her time photographing and writing in equal proportions. She has to-do lists for her to-do lists and has flown over 80,000 miles in her life thus far. 

Grant Maierhofer is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate from Wisconsin. His second novel, Postures, was recently published as the eighth in Publication Studio's Fellow Travelers Series. His first story collection, Marcel, was recently showcased on Dennis Cooper's blog. He has work in Fanzine, Berfrois and elsewhere.

Jason Mastaler is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. He holds degrees from Harvard University and The University of New Mexico and spent fifteen years as a computer engineer where he published in numerous scientific journals. At UI, he served as Managing Editor for Fugue Literary Journal and also taught undergraduate English composition and rhetoric. His creative writing can be found in such publications as Harvard Review, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review and Tusculum Review. In 2013 he received a distinguished essay notation in The Best American Essays, and was a 2014 finalist for the Cincinnati Review's Schiff Award in Prose. He is the recent recipient of a "Writing in the Wild" fellowship which will send him to the heart of Idaho's Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. During free time he enjoys floriculture, candy making, street photography, badminton, and inline skating along the Palouse.

Cameron McGill is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. He is originally from Champaign, Illinois, though spent the last ten years working as a musician in Chicago. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois. Cameron currently teaches English 102 and serves as the Poetry Editor for Fugue. He can be found singing for his supper in Moscow. He loves “The Beautiful Game” and should probably get a dog.

Corey Oglesby is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. He is from the Washington, DC area and holds a bachelor's degree in English from Frostburg State University in Western Maryland, where he studied under poets Gerry LaFemina and Stephen Dunn. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry JournalBackbone Mountain Review, Broadkill Review, and CityLit Press' Clash By Night, a poetry anthology tribute to The Clash's London Calling. He serves as the Marketing Editor for Fugue.

Jason Sarna is a second-year Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction) candidate at the University of Idaho. In 2014, he self-published his first novel, Night Burger. Prior to graduate school, Jason studied sketch comedy writing, improvisation, acting, stage directing and playwriting at various theaters throughout Chicago. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA and has a background in video production, editing, teaching, tutoring, web design and professional writing. Visit his website at babushkaheaven.com.

Karl Utermohlen is a nonfiction writer from the Dominican Republic where he was raised. He is an American by birth (in Miami, Florida) and also holds a German passport, thanks to his ancestors. Karl strives to find the magic in the mundane and humanize that which is rejected or frowned upon in our society. His tone, style and voice have been heavily influenced by Hunter S. Thompson, Sarah Manguso and Kurt Cobain respectively, with investigative journalism seeping into his writing — Jon Krakauer and Susan Orlean are somewhere in his art as well.

Sarah VanGundy is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in nonfiction.

Paul Warmbier is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in nonfiction. He is an Idaho native and former middle school teacher. In the early 2000’s Paul served in a Marine Infantry battalion as a grunt deploying to Iraq’s Al Anbar province twice and later traveled domestically and internationally helping those affected in disaster zones through a veteran non-profit group. Now, besides writing, he designs and builds fine furniture in his garage and is co-founder and co-owner of Dauntless Wine Co. based in Portland, Ore. Paul explores his time in and out of uniform through memoir and essay.

Lauren Westerfield is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in nonfiction. She is an essayist and arts journalist from Northern California whose interests include lyric and conceptual essays, the body, memory, identity and epigenetics. Currently, she is the Nonfiction Editor for Fugue and an Assistant Essays Editor at The Rumpus.

Sally Yazwinksi is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction.

Laura Zak is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction.


2016 Graduates:

Myles Barker, MFA Fiction

Sarah Barrett, MFA Fiction

Nathaniel Brown, MFA Fiction

Lane Culton, MFA Fiction

Michelle Cushing, MFA Fiction

Jordan Durham, MFA Poetry

Max Eberts, MFA Fiction

Misty Ellingburg, MFA Fiction

Nathan Fisher, MFA Poetry

Ryan Kalis, MFA Fiction

Courtney Kersten, MFA Nonfiction

Michael Landreth, MFA Poetry

Jamie Lyon, MFA Fiction

Jessica McDermott, MFA Nonfiction

Joseph Perreault, MFA Fiction

Zana Previti, MFA Poetry

Melanie Thongs, MFA Nonfiction

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: englishdept@uidaho.edu

Web: English

Directory Map