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Courses in this program are taught by experienced writers who are published authors, journalists, and editors. Our instructors are dedicated to providing useful, personalized feedback and instruction in our workshops, craft classes, and literature classes.  

Tony D'Souza
MFA, University of Notre Dame 

  • Author of three novels: Whiteman, The Konkans, and Mule
  • Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Whiteman
  • The Konkans was called a best novel of the year by the Washington Post
  • Mule was recently optioned for film by Warner Bros
  • Tony has contributed to The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, Salon, Granta, Mother Jones, McSweeney's, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim, an NEA, and an O. Henry
  • Website

Wm. Anthony Connolly
PhD in English, University of Missouri; MFA, Goddard College

  • Author of three novels: The Jenny Muck, Get Back, and The Obituaries (Canadian bestseller, 2005)
  • Named one of the best bloggers in America by Creative Nonfiction, 2012
  • Winner, Flint Hills Journal Prize, 2012
  • Finalist for the Zone 3 Press Book Award, 2012
  • Multiple Pushcart Prize nominations
  • Website

Zachary Tyler Vickers
MFA, Iowa Writers’ Workshop

  • Named Provost’s Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop
  • His short story, "Karst," has been optioned for feature film, and he is co-writing the script
  • His work has appeared in The American Reader, KGB Bar Lit Journal, Hobart, and elsewhere
  • Recipient of the Richard Yates Prize and the Clark Fisher Ansley Prize for excellence in fiction

Nicole McInnes
MA, Northern Arizona University

  • 100 Days (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan, 2016) - Contemporary young adult novel
  • Brianna on the Brink (Holiday House, 2013) - Contemporary young adult novel
  • Panelist and featured speaker at national literary conferences and festivals
  • www.nicolemcinnes.com

Kali VanBaale
MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts

  • Author of the novels The Space Between, The Good Divide, and The Cure for Hopeless Causes (pending publication)
  • Recipient of an American Book Award, the IPPY silver medal for general fiction, the Fred Bonnie Memorial First Novel Award, and a State of Iowa Arts Council major artist grant
  • Short stories and essays have appeared in Numéro Cinq, The Milo Review, Northwind Literary, Poets & Writers, The Writer, and several anthologies.
  • Website: www.kalivanbaale.com

Scott Berzon
MFA, University of Michigan

  • The Frank Vincent Memorial Prize, selected by Gerald Barrax
  • Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship and The Meader Family Award
  • Work has appeared in numerous journals including Center, Cream City Review, River King Poetry Supplement, New Zoo Poetry Review, and Southern Indiana Review

Beth Mead
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Director, Lindenwood University MFA in Writing Program
  • Editor, The Lindenwood Review
  • Winner, Jim Haba Poetry Award, 2010
  • Honorable Mention, River Styx MicroFiction Contest, 2007
  • Publications include Fiction Weekly, Mid Rivers Review, and Cuivre River Anthology

Eve Jones
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Bird in the Machine, Poetry Collection, Turning Point Press, 2010
  • 2011 nominee for Award for Poetry Excellence by the Pikes Peak Arts Council
  • Eve's poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Poet Lore, Hotel Amerika, AGNI, Nimrod, Natural Bridge, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize
  • Website

Kelli Allen
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Poetry Collection: Otherwise, Soft White Ash, Fjords Book Series, 2012
  • Chapbooks: Applied Cryptography; Picturing What Breaks
  • Poetry and fiction have appeared in Puerto del Sol, Echo Ink Review, Poetry Quarterly, Fjords, Abridged, Other Poetry, Lyre Lyre, The Blue Sofa Review, WomenArts Quarterly, The Caper Review, It Has Come to This: Poets of the Great Mother Conference, Foliate Oak, Greatest Lakes Review, Lugh Review (where she was the featured author), Blackmail Press, The Chaffy Review, Euphony and elsewhere. She has been the featured poet for Desperanto Press’s segment “Tea With George” for September 2011. Her fiction has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she was a finalist for the 2011 Rebecca Lard Award.
  • Served as the Managing Editor of Natural Bridge, Founder of the Graduate Writers Reading Series for the University of Missouri St. Louis, and Managing Editor for Words for Open: an anthology series for and of the special needs and autism spectrum
  • Website

Julia Gordon-Bramer
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Author of: Night Times, a memoir, to be published in 2015 by Walrus Publishing
  • Working on: The Magician's Girl: the alchemical marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes; and Fixed Stars Govern a Life: interpreting the work of Sylvia Plath through tarot and mysticism
  • Awards: Second Place, 2007 Raymond Carver Short Story Award; First and Second Place winner, 2007 St. Louis Writers Guild Poetry Award; First place winner, 2007 Writers Guild Fiction Award; nominated for the 2009 Stanley Hanks Poetry Award; and others
  • Presentations: Presenting on Plath's "A Secret" at the Lawrence Durrell Centenary, London, England, June 2012. Presenting on Plath's "Ariel" at the Sylvia Plath Symposium, Indiana University, October 2012, and others
  • Poetry and prose has appeared in: Plath Profiles, The Arkansas Review Journal of Delta Studies, MARGIE: the American Journal of Poetry, and others

David Hollingsworth
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Fiction has appeared in Pubscriber and Space and Time Magazine
  • Teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Lindenwood University

Mary Anderson
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Publications include Ploughshares and River Styx
  • Teaches cross cultural courses and creative writing at Lindenwood University

Andrew Pryor
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, Packingtown Review, Puerto del Sol, Open City, Quarter After Eight, and Witness
  • His poem "Pastoral For The Small Eddy At Your Waist" was featured in Indiana Review's 2009 Special Highlight On Short Essays and the Prose Poem
  • Served as Managing Editor for Natural Bridge no. 17, which focused on new and emerging writers
  • Awarded scholarship to The Southampton Writer's Conference in 2007, where he studied with poet Billy Collins

Christopher Candice
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Fiction in Thin Air Magazine
  • Creative Non-Fiction in Natural Bridge
  • Freelance Editor, Blue Lantern Publishing

Ryan Patrick Smith
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Ryan's poems appear or are forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Birdfeast, Salt Hill, and other journals.
  • His poetry was selected as the runner up in the Boston Review's 2015 poetry contest and semi-finalist in the 2015 Discovery/Boston Review contest.
  • A chapbook manuscript, The Death Metal Pastorals, was finalist in the Diagram/New Michigan Press Chapbook Contest.
  • He has been a contributing editor to River Styx, Natural Bridge, and WomenArts Quarterly Journal.
  • Website: https://ryanpatricksmith.net/

Ted Morrissey
PhD, English, Illinois State University; MA with Fiction specialization, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

  • Author of five books of fiction, including the novels An Untimely Frost and Men of Winter and the novella Weeping with an Ancient God (named a Best Book of 2015 by Chicago Book Review)
  • Short stories have appeared in nearly forty journals, among them Glimmer TrainPANKEleven Eleven, and (forthcoming) Everest and Southern Humanities Review.  Essays and reviews have been included in North American ReviewWriters Ask, and Slush Pile Magazine.
  • The title story of Ted’s forthcoming collection, Crowsong for the Stricken, won the Flyleaf Journal Editors’ Choice Reprint Award in 2015. The story originally appeared in Noctua Review. His story “A Wintering Place” was a semifinalist in the ScreenCraft 2015 Short Story Contest.
  • Ted’s monograph The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters (Edwin Mellen) won the D. Simon Evans Prize for distinguished scholarship and has been acquired by more than 600 university and research libraries around the world, including the Library of Congress, the British Library, and Australian National University. He’s also a William H. Gass scholar, and several of his conference papers on Gass’s work are available at his 12 Winters Blog.
  • He founded Twelve Winters Press in 2012 and co-directs it with his wife Melissa, an educator and children’s author. Visit his website tedmorrissey.com and follow @t_morrissey.

 

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