2015-2016 Reading Series
Nick Christian is a poet and fiction writer, and he currently studies at UMSL.
Emily Rose Cole is a third-year MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is the winner of the Nancy D. Hargrove Editor’s Prize, the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, and the Sandy Crimmins Award. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Stream, Weave, Jabberwock Review, Passages North, and Fugue, among others.
Adrienne Draper has served as a mentor and educator for at-risk children. She has authored the children’s book Missy’s Mouthing Off and the self- help book Dirty Dishes: Every Woman Has Them.
Teresa Dzieglewicz is a writer and teacher who lives in Anna, Illinois. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and is currently an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she works as an Editorial Assistant at Crab Orchard Review. Her poetry has appeared in anderbo and the South Dakota Review and has received honors from the St. Louis Poetry Center and the Academy of American Poets.
Jessie Eikmann is a Saint Louis native and a senior at UMSL. She was a finalist in the 2011 Missouri State Poetry Society youth contest and has since been published in UMSL’s campus publications Litmag and Bellerive.
Adrian Fort is a writer from Kansas City, Missouri. He has a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Missouri Western State University and a Masters in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University.
Stacy Gorse received her undergraduate degree at UMSL and currently studies in the MFA writing program at Lindenwood University.
Joseph Grailer serves as the webmaster and learning management system administrator for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University. He holds an MFA in creative writing from UMSL, where he served as managing editor for Natural Bridge.
Emily Grise is a poet and editor living in St. Louis, Missouri and working in the field of higher education. She earned her MFA in Poetry from UMSL in 2012. She has served as Assistant Editor for Natural Bridge and a reviews writer for DIALOGIST. She is currently an Associate Poetry Editor for Women Arts Quarterly, a St. Louis-based art and literary journal which features work by women artists. Emily’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in New Delta Review, Architrave, The Los Angeles Review, Postcard Press, and Limestone.
Rosalie James is a graduate student in the Creative Writing program (Poetry) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Two of her poems have been published in the River Bluff Review.
Blake Kirkland graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communications and is pursuing his MFA at Lindenwood University.
John McCarthy's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pinch, RHINO, The Minnesota Review, Oyez Review, Jabberwock Review, Salamander, and Midwestern Gothic. He edited the anthology [Ex]tinguished and [Ex]tinct (Twleve Winters Press, 2014). He is the assistant editor of Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program, and an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Jake Nantz is a graduate student in the Creative Writing MA program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. A former high school English teacher, Jake was born and raised in the Chicago area and now resides in St. Louis.
Justin Phillip Reed is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Washington University in St. Louis. His poetry appears in Anti-, Rattle, and Connotation Press, and is forthcoming in Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. YesYes Books will release his first chapbook, A History of Flamboyance, in 2015. He hails from Florence, South Carolina.
Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis city, currently works as a Youth Specialist with the St. Louis County Library system. During her undergraduate studies at Howard University she studied poetry under Professor Tony Medina. She is currently working on her first collection of poetry entitled In Vein.
Laura Ruffino is from St. Bernard parish, Los Angeles. This spring she graduated from the SIU Carbondale MFA program and was awarded a full scholarship to the New Harmony Writer’s Workshop in June. Her first publication is in the most recent Smartish Pace, issue 22.
Kirk Schlueter is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His work has previously appeared in Thin Air, Animal, and elsewhere.
Melanie Tague is a current MFA student at George Mason University and alumna of the University of Missouri where she received her BA in History and Sociology. She currently works on the literary journals Phoebe and So to Speak and serves as a reader for Stillhouse Press. Her poetry has previously appeared in journals such as Weave Magazine, Rappahannock Review, and Cider Press Review. She has forthcoming work in Route 7 Review and has written reviews for both Newpages and The Cincinnati Review.
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