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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

Michael Bishop is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction hailing from Oahu, Hawaii. With undergraduate studies in psychology and philosophy, and a career in environmental work and emergency rescue, his writing often explores the reciprocal determinism between nature and humanity. His work has been published by Honolulu Civil Beat and elsewhere. He is an avid explorer of both wilderness and consciousness alike.

Caitlyn Curran is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry, 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 third-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.

Scott Dorsch is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. His work is forthcoming in The Midwestern Gothic. In 2018, he was awarded Northern Michigan University's Legler Memorial Poetry Prize and VandeZande Fiction Award. Beyond writing, he is a gardener, mixologist, and a certified wildlife tracker, who lives with his life partner, Julianna, in the Palouse.

Ryan Downum is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. Poems of his have appeared in jubilat, Reality Beach, Bear Review, and elsewhere. He has been awarded a scholarship from the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and currently serves as the Poetry Editor for Fugue.

Zach Eddy is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. His work has been published in The Comet Magazine, Mirror Northwest, The Confluence, and is forthcoming in Manastash. His poem "Fish Eyes" received first place for the Wenatchee Valley College Earth Day Poetry Prize. He is a former aluminum worker, and is deeply disturbed by the state of our environment and nation.

CMarie Fuhrman is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction and Program Coordinator for IKEEP (Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program). CMarie's writing, both poetry and nonfiction, can be found in Broadsided Press’s No Dapl compilation, two anthologies, and several literary journals, including Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts and Whitefish Review, High Desert Journal, Yellow Medicine Review, and Sustainable Play, among others. She is recipient of the Burns Award for Poetry and multiple fellowships and scholarships. CMarie is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Native Voices, for Tupelo Press.

Courtney Fund is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. She is the founder of the University of Arkansas's undergraduate literary magazine, The Fiddler, where she served as Editor from 2015-2017. Her poetry is influenced by the body, the ecstatic, and disruptive language. She writes for her dog, Annie.

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

Caitlin Hill is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction. She is an essayist, memoirist, and columnist from South Dakota whose work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Synaesthesia Magazine, Harpur Palate, and elsewhere. During her time at the University of Idaho, Caitlin has focused on Midwestern literature and documentary, economics, place and Great Plains studies as vehicles of her creative writing. She has been awarded a spot at the Cirenaica Writers Residency by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, a scholarship to read at the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature Symposium, and a Writing in the Wild Fellowship. She currently serves as the co-Editor-in-Chief of Fugue.

Jack Hill is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction from Norther California. Prior to graduate school, Jack worked in tattoo shops, social services, and toured in punk bands. He is currently at work on a novel about animal rights activism.

Louie Land is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. Originally from rural central Pennsylvania, his work has appeared in Dog Pond, Frigg, Santa Clara Review, and elsewhere. In addition to studying fiction, he has taught courses in jazz literature and superhero graphic novels. He is also a working musician and is finishing recording on his first album, Afterglow.

Stacy Boe Miller is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. Some of her work can be found in or is forthcoming in Frontier Poetry, Driftwood Press, and Midwestern Gothic. She had been nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize. She has been awarded the Writing in the Wild Fellowship and MLK Graduate Art Award through the University of Idaho, and the Academy of American Poets University and college Prize. She is also a mother, artist, and small business owner.

Emmy Newman is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. She is from Seattle, Washington, and received her bachelor's degree from Beloit College. Her work has been published in The Eunoia Review, The Ekphrastic Review, and by Seattle 4Culture.

Caitlin Palmer is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. Caitlin is a writer from the Midwest who writes about wanderlust, malaise, and small beauty. She has attended the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism, and the Hellenic International Studies in the Arts Program, in Greece. She has work published or forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Under the Gum Tree, Midwestern Gothic, and museum of americana, where she was nominated for the 2017 Best of the Net Award. She will be published in the 2018 Idaho anthology "Writers in the Attic," and is the fiction editor for Fugue. She is the 2018-2019 Hemingway Fellow at the University of Idaho.

Steven Pfau is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in nonfiction. He is also the Managing Editor of Fugue and a coordinator of the POP-UP PROSE reading series in Moscow. He grew up in and around Boston, studied English and comparative literature at Columbia University, and worked for several years at Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Ben Shane is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction, with plans to become a third-year candidate in the near future.

Clare Shearer is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction.

Jeffrey Keene Short is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction. He is also the Nonfiction Editor for Fugue. His work has appeared in Atticus Review, Split Lip Magazine, Waxwing, and elsewhere. Find out more at keeneshort.com.

Sean Theodore Stewart is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. For his B.A. he studied English literature, film, and classical studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His work is influenced by small town life and mythologies, both ancient and contemporary.

Sarah VanGundy is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction. She is a librarian, writer, and editor living in Moscow, Idaho. Her essays have appeared in Harvard Review and [PANK].

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

Lauren Yarnall is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. 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.

2018 Graduates:

Samantha Burns, M.F.A. Fiction

Tara Howe, M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction

Kat Lewis, M.F.A. Poetry

Grant Maierhofer, M.F.A Fiction

Cameron McGill, M.F.A. Poetry

Corey Oglesby, M.F.A. Poetry

Lauren Westerfield, M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction

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