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Courses in our MFA 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 is the recipient of a Guggenheim, an NEA, and an O. Henry
  • Tony’s nonfiction and investigative journalism have received major prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Florida Magazine Association and the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
  • Tony has contributed to Esquire, Playboy, Salon, Granta, and McSweeney's. His nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Outside, Salon, NPR and many other venues.

Tony D'Souza

Kali White VanBaale

MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts

  • Author of the forthcoming novel The Monsters We Make (Crooked Lane Books, June 2020, published as Kali White) and the novels The Space Between and The Good Divide (published as Kali VanBaale)
  • Recipient of an American Book Award, an Eric Hoffer Book Award, an 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 The Coachella Review, The Chaffey Review, Midwestern Gothic, Nowhere Magazine, The Milo Review, Northwind Literary, Poets & Writers, The Writer, and several anthologies
  • Assistant editor for the online micro essay journal Past Ten
  • Volunteer writing mentor and reader for PEN America Writing for Justice prison writing program
  • Website

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Zachary Tyler Vickers

MFA, Iowa Writers’ Workshop

  • Named Provost’s Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop
  • Author of Congratulations on Your Martyrdom!, a selection for the ABA Winter Institute. 
  • His work has appeared in The Boston Review, The Iowa Review, The Mid-American Review, The Seattle Review, Diagram, and elsewhere.
  • Recipient of the Richard Yates Prize, the Clark Fisher Ansley Prize for excellence in fiction, and the Kurt Vonnegut Prize. 

 Congratulations on Your Martyrdom!

Ted Morrissey

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

  • Author of seven books of fiction, including the novels Mrs Saville and Crowsong for the Stricken (winner of the International Book Award in Literary Fiction, as well as the American Fiction Award, from Book Fest, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of 2017), and the novella Weeping with an Ancient God (a Chicago Book Review Best Book of 2015).
  • His fiction (mainly), reviews, essays and poems have appeared in approximately 70 journals, among them Glimmer Train, Paris Transcontinental, North American Review, Southern Humanities Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Central American Literary Review.
  • Ted’s monographs include Trauma Theory As a Method for Understanding Literary Texts and The ‘Beowulf’ Poet and His Real Monsters, winner of the D. Simon Evans Prize for Distinguished Scholarship. He’s also a William H. Gass scholar, and his conference papers on Gass’s work are available at his 12 Winters Blog. He has been a featured speaker and presenter at conferences nearly twenty times, including in Louisville, Ky., Boston, Mass., Hue, Vietnam, and Lisbon, Portugal.
  • He founded Twelve Winters Press in 2012 and co-directs it with his wife Melissa, an educator and children’s author. Visit his website and follow @t_morrissey.

Ted Morrissey

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

Ron Austin

MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, his first collection of linked stories, won the 2017 Nilsen Prize.
  • Winner of a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellowship
  • Short stories placed in Pleiades, Story Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, and other journals.
  • His short story, "The Gatecrasher of Hyboria," received a special mention in Pushcart Prize Anthology 15
  • Short stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes several times.
  • Has served as a reading series director, editor, and interviewer for publications such as SmokeLong Quarterly, River Styx, and more.

Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar book cover

Eve Jones

MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Bird in the Machine, Poetry Collection, Turning Point Press
  • Nominee for Award for Poetry Excellence by the Pikes Peak Arts Council
  • Pushcart Prize nominee
  • Eve Jones's poetry and photography has appeared in such journals as AGNI, Blackbird, DIAGRAM, FIELD, Lydwine, Mid-American Review, Nimrod, Poet Lore, and Vinyl.

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

Gene Pfeiffer

MFA, Washington University in St. Louis

  • Awarded the Hurst Fellowship at Washington University
  • Mentored by two-time national poet laureate W.S. Merwin in extended thesis study
  • Poems published in Cincinnati Poetry Review, UCity Review, Spillway, Volt, and other journals
  • Creator, scriptwriter, and producer of Gateway: The City's Reason, cli-fi story cycle and television series in development
  • Managed professional writing, marketing communications and internal communications projects for the following clients: Emerson, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Centene, Cisco Systems, City of St. Louis, Clayco, Express Scripts, Honda of America, KWMU Radio, Lindenwood University, Olin College of Business, Ralston-Purina, Reuters of America, Saint Louis University, St. Louis Area Food Bank, Children’s Hospital, Southwestern Bell, University of Louisville,  and Washington University
  • Recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for writing and communications arts by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AR 100, Communication Arts, Create Magazine, the Riverfront Times, Business Marketing Association, St. Louis Advertising Federation and the International Association of Business Communicators.

Kendra Hayden

MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Pushcart nominee by The Louisville Review.
  • Finalist in NorthernPros Literary Contest.
  • Kendra Hayden has published photography and fiction in literary journals in the United States and Mexico including Natural Bridge, Rio Grande Review, The Louisville Review, and Damselfly, Hiss Quarterly, OFI Press and Upstreet.

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

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

Zack Strait

PhD, Florida State University; MFA, Wichita State University; MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Common, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere
  • Former Poetry Editor of BOAAT

Katherine Dudley

MFA in Film Production, Full Sail University

  • Writer and Director of the following Award-winning films:
    • Short documentary, The Perfect Selfie
    • Short Comedy, The Bet
    • Feature Documentary, Making a Difference
  • Katherine is the writer and director of several films, has a true passion for writing, visual storytelling, and education.

MFA Faculty Advisors

Writing professors Gillian Parrish, Beth Mead, and Mary Anderson are MFA faculty members and serve as faculty advisors for Lindenwood University students. 

Gillian Parrish

MFA, Washington University in St. Louis

  • Assistant Professor of Writing
  • Curator of MFA Craft Talks
  • Author of two books of poems, of rain and nettles wove and supermoon (Singing Horse Press)
  • Pushcart Nominee. Fiction, essays and poems have appeared and are forthcoming in various journals (including Gulf Coast, The Sycamore Review, The Missouri Review, Newfound, Luna Station Quarterly, Cimarron Review, and Hayden's Ferry Review) and in the book anthologies They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology Of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence Press) and Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene (Wesleyan University Press)
  • Co-translator (with Ye Chun) and editor of Long River, collected works of contemporary Chinese poet Yang Jian.
  • Essays on ecopoetics have been published in Earthlines and in Ecozon@, a publication of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment.
  • A chapbook, cold spell, was published by the DUSIE Kollektiv; an essay on "writing in the gaps" was published in Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Contributes pedageekery to a higher-ed publication: Faculty Focus.


Beth Mead

MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Professor of Writing
  • Editor, The Lindenwood Review
  • Story collection: Dancing Madly (Adelaide Books 2019) -
  • Publications of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry in journals such as Adelaide Literary Journal, Fiction Weekly, Noise Medium, Foliate Oak, A Story in 100 Words, Mid Rivers Review, and Cuivre River VI
  • Winner, Jim Haba Poetry Award; Honorable Mention, River Styx MicroFiction Contest

Mary M. Anderson

MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Assistant Professor of Writing
  • Teacher of fiction and poetry in the MFA Program online and literature and Native American Studies in the classroom.
  • Publications in Ploughshares, River Styx, The American Journal of Poetry.
  • Continuing studies toward an MA in American Culture Studies, Washington University, Saint Louis, MO

MFA Faculty - Distinguished Alumni

A limited number of our outstanding MFA alumni who have gained substantial university teaching experience after graduation and have published their creative writing work have been recruited by the program director to serve as instructors for specialized courses in our MFA program. 

Lisa Haag Kang

MFA, Lindenwood University; Distinguished Alumni Instructor

  • Poetry has appeared in Passages North, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Spillway, The Lyric, The Lindenwood Review, The Examined Life, Third Wednesday, Earth's Daughters, and others.
  • Poetry chapbook, Recombinant Loves, was a runner-up in the 2012 Main Street Rag poetry chapbook contest.
  • Poetry chapbook, A Benign Sort of Cannibalism, won the 2014 Clockwise poetry chapbook competition.
  • Poetry chapbook, Stiletto Moon, has been published by Aldrich Press, an imprint of Kelsay Books.
  • Pushcart Nominee. Essays have appeared in The Lindenwood Review, Crack the Spine, and The Animal Anthology Project, Brain, Mother, and Education About Asia.

Anothai Kaewkaen

MFA, Lindenwood University; Distinguished Alumni Instructor

  • Thai was a Fulbright researcher specializing in literary translation in 2012.
  • He has received the Gabo Prize for Translation and Multilingual Texts; won first place in The Bangkok Literary Review's first translation competition; has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets.
  • He has served as an editor for Sundress Publications and River Styx magazine and twice presented at AWP.
  • Thai is currently a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature, Track for International Writers, at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Interviews and articles:,,

Anothai Kaewkaen

Patricia Feeney

MFA, Lindenwood University; Distinguished Alumni Instructor

  • Teaches The Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA and The Memoir Essay
  • Member of the St. Louis Writers Guild and Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
  • Founding member of the Crooked Tree Writers critique group
  • Work published in award-winning Muse Press anthology, Shifts; The Lindenwood Review; Inscape; Windmill; and Bayou Magazine
  • Essay, “Lifeline,” nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Patricia Feeney

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