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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

Email: creativewriting@uidaho.edu

Web: English

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M.F.A. Students

Alex Baker is a second-year master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction.

Paul Bisagni is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. He also has degrees in Latin & Greek and applied linguistics. He often thinks and sometimes writes about the extremities of language, tenuous connections, neuroticism, sibyls, and film actresses. He aspired to be a translator and armchair ornithologist.

Michael Bishop is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction hailing from Oahu, Hawaii. Informed by 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 appears or is forthcoming in The Normal school, About Place Journal, Ruminate, Points In Case, and Honolulu Civil Beat. he has received a 2019 Writing in the Wild Fellowship and a 2021 Fulbright grant for creative writing in Aotearoa/New Zealand. He is an avid explorer of both wilderness and consciousness alike.

Georgia Cloepfil is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction. Her essays have appeared or are forth coming in n+1, Sport Literate and Howler Magazine and have been featured on Longreads, The Rumpus, and WBUR Boston's Only a Game. She was listed as a semi-finalist for the 2020 Southeast Review Ned Stuckey-French Nonfiction Contest.

Libby Croce is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. from Knox College in English and Creative Writing. Her poems explore the relationship between memory, place, and the sacred ordinary.

Neil Davidson is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. He has work published in anthologies by Gnashing Teeth, Browncoat Press, and Scary Dairy Press, as well as in Unbound: Literary Arts Magazine. A former line cook, his work focuses on the service industry, labor practices, and the hospitality traditions that surround food.

Scott Dorsch is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. His work has appeared in The Midwestern Gothic and he recently served as the Fiction Editor of Fugue. In 2018, he was awarded Northern Michigan University's Legler Memorial Poetry Prize and VandeZande Fiction Award. he is a recipient of a 2019 Writing in the Wild Fellowship from the University of Idaho and the Fiction Editor for Fugue. Beyond writing, he is a gardener, musician, and certified wildlife tracker with a rock-climbing obsession. He is currently at work on his first novel and short story collections.

Zach Eddy is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Idaho, where he serves as the Web Editor and Assistant Poetry Editor for Fugue. He has been awarded the Wenatchee Valley College Earth Day Poetry Prize, a Centrum Writers' Conference Fellowship from Central Washington University, and an honorable mention in the Academy of American Poets University and College Contest. His work can be found in High Desert Journal, Mirror Northwest, The confluence, and The Comet Magazine. He is a former aluminum worker and is of the Pacific Northwest.

Cady Favazzo is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. She born and raised in Wyoming where she also studied education and worked as a public school teacher. She is Web Editor for Fugue, the Write in Idaho Blog Curator, and Assistant Director of the University of Idaho's Writers in the Schools (WITS) Program.

Joely Byron Fitch is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry and the associate poetry editor for Fugue. She's from Dayton, Ohio, and is a graduate of Bennington College.

R.M. Fradkin is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. She has worked as a teacher, music publicist, concert programmer, and organizer of arts education programs in Madrid, Rome, and the Bronx. With the help of residencies at the Anchorage museum, Art Farm in Nebraska, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods, in Washington State, she finished her first novel: a children's ecological myth. Her short fiction has appeared in Cherry Tree, Theaker's Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, and Tincture Journal, among others. She is also Affiliate Editor of the Alaska Quarterly Review.

Laur A. Freymiller is a first-year MFA candidate in fiction. They grew up in small-town Indiana where they were drawn to the connection between wildlife and writing. With a bachelor's degree in ecology, Laur continues to bring their love of the natural world to their short stories, other topics include magical realism, zombies, queerness, fairy tales and birds. You can find their work published by Hobart, The Fabulist: Words & Art, and Entropy Magazine or at their weird website: lfreymiller.com

Court N. Fund is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry, a student researcher for the Gay Rodeo Oral History Project, the Marketing Editor for Fugue, and all-around cowperson. Court's poetry queers rural lexicons, troubles binaries, and recenters queer longing in natural landscapes.  Their work can be found in Stonewall 50: 21 Poets Connected by Arkansas on Queer Life after the Stonewall Riots and in the Voices of Gay Rodeo online oral history exhibit. 

Louie Land is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction.His fiction and poetry has appeared in Heron Tree, Martin Lake Journal, Poetica Review, The Idle Class, FRiGG, the Santa Clara Review, and elsewhere. An active blues-jazz guitarist, his album Afterglow was released on West of Everything Record in 2019. He is serving as a Visiting Lecturer of English at Susquehanna University for the 2020-2021 academic year. He is at work on a novel, a collection of poems, and a second album.

Courtney Lucas is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. She is from Pikeville, Kentucky and graduated with honors from Centre College. She has been published in Still the Journal, and her forthcoming short story cycle will be published by Ohio University Press. Her work confronts and engages with Appalachian stereotypes while exploring the many ways stories can be told. She is a hillbilly and proud of it.

Afton Montgomery is a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction. She holds a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and she is the former buyer for a large independent bookstore in Denver, Colorado. Her work is about memory and mortality, sex and bodies.

Milo Muise is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction. They hold a B.A. from Hampshire College where they studied creative writing, queer theory, and psychoanalysis. Milo's work has appeared in Glass: A journal of Poetry, Prelude, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. They were the recipient of a 2018 Oregon literary Fellowship in Poetry and serve as the nonfiction editor for Fugue.

Emmy Newman is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Oyster River Pages, Yemassee, CALYX: A Journal, and elsewhere. She has been a recipient of the Writing in the Wild Fellowship from the University of Idaho, the 2020 Bryn Lunde Memorial Scholarship from Fishtrap, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She currently serves as co-editor-in-Chief of Fugue.

Steven Pfau is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in nonfiction. He writes primarily about queer culture and history; his thesis-in-progress is a collection of essays on uncles, nephews, and queer tutelage. He is also the managing Editor of Fugue and a coordinator of the POP-UP PROSE reading series. His other interests include gardening, photography, divination and Fiona Apple.

Clare Shearer is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Issue Magazine and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and she has received support from the New York State Summer Writers Institute and the Anderson Center. She is currently the co-Editor-in Chief of Fugue.

Sean Theodore Stewart is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction and the 2020-2021 Hemingway Fellow. He serves as the Fiction Editor for Fugue. The Arkansas International selected a story of his as a finalist for the 2019 Emerging Writer's Prize and has work forthcoming in Salt Hill.

Gianna Stoddard is a first-year MFA candidate in nonfiction. She is an essayist, poet, cook, gardener, and translator with a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Barbara's College in Creative Studies. Her work explores the body's engagement with its physical, metaphysical, and cultural environments and can be found in Miramar and The Furious Gazelle, among other places.

Rob Thornton is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry and a North Idaho writer who has at times lived in Montana, Wyoming, and California. His poems have appeared in descant journal and in Song: The 2018 Writers in the Attic Anthology. He's also reviewed books online for both Broadsided Press and Gulf Coast journal. He enjoys spending time with his wife Courtney and their pets.

Abigail Wotton is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction. Her work has appeared in 805 Lit+Art where her story "I am The Real Gecko" was nominated for PEN America Best Debut Short Stories in 2018, The Somerville Times and Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene. She was a Glimmer Train Short Story Contest for New Writers Honorable Mention in 2018 with her story "Telling the Bees."

2020 Graduates:

Ryan Downum, M.F.A. Poetry

Stephanie Hamilton, M.F.A. Fiction

Ben Avi Shane, M.F.A. Fiction

Keene Short, M.F.A. Nonfiction

Sarah VanGundy, M.F.A. Nonfiction

2019 Graduates:

Caitlyn Curran, M.F.A. Poetry

Shane Dominguez, M.F.A. Fiction

CMarie Fuhrman, M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction

Caitlin Hill, M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction

Jack Hill, M.F.A. Fiction

Stacy Boe Miller, M.F.A. Poetry

Caitlin Palmer, M.F.A. Fiction

Jacob Wilson, M.F.A. Fiction

Lauren Yarnall, M.F.A. Poetry

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

Email: creativewriting@uidaho.edu

Web: English

Directory Map