Creative Writing

Student News

Chelsea Blackburn

Senior Creative Writing major and long-time color guard performer Chelsea Blackburn found the best way to explain winter guard to friends is to let them experience it. She shared her personal story with

Courtney Kersten

Courtney Kersten's essay Let Me Ripen appeared in Thoreau's Rooster, a creative non-fiction journal from Assumption College. Courtney first wrote this piece in a Creative Non-Fiction Writing 308 class at the University of Evansville. She'll be spending next year in Latvia studying theater on a Fulbright.

Preston Frasch

Preston Frasch begins graduate study in creative writing this fall toward a Ph.D. at The University of Cincinnati, where he was awarded a teaching assistantship.

Joy Kito-Hong

Joy Kito-Hong (‚10) is attending the UCLA School of Law. Her short story "Sweet Dreams" was published in the July/August issue of CICADA magazine (Chicago, IL). Joy first wrote "Sweet Dreams" in an upper level creative writing workshop.

Chelsea Ruxer

Chelsea Ruxer is moving to Connecticut, where she will begin working toward a Ph.D. in philosophy this fall at the University of Connecticut.

Susan Elliot

Susan Elliot will be attending graduate school as an M.A. Candidate in the English Program at St. Louis University, where she hopes to serve as a writing consultant.

Nicole Lanteigne

Nicole Lanteigne will be attending Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth to get her Masters in Divinity.

Liz Badolato

Liz Badolato will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, this fall for a Ph.D. in physics.

Heather Powell

Heather Powell plans to attend the University of Louisville for sign language to become an interpreter.

Autumn Harvey

Autumn Harvey will be starting her professional career at Harrison County Public Library in Corydon, IN.


Alan Ackmann

Alan Ackmann ('01) teaches in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse department at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He has an MFA in fiction from the University of Arkansas and in 2007 was a Tennessee Williams scholar at the Sewanee Writer's Conference. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Ontario Review and McSweeney's, and he recently completed his first novel.

Cara Bateman

Cara Bateman ('07) is living in Los Angeles, CA. She is writing for Demand Media Studios and has several articles published on She is also teaching music and writing music for film.

Laura Beyers

Laura Beyers ('10) will begin a job with Shea Writing and Training Solutions, a Houston-based company that does technical writing for local and global businesses.

John Estes

John Estes directs the Creative Writing Program at Malone University in Canton, Ohio where he lives with his wife and sons. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri, where he concentrated in poetics and environmental literature. Recent poems have appeared in Tin House, New Orleans Review, Southern Review, Iron Horse, and AGNI. His first book, Kingdom Come, was published in 2011 by C&R Press, and he is author of two chapbooks: Breakfast with Blake at the Laocoön (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and Swerve (PSA, 2009), which was selected by C.K. Williams for a National Chapbook Fellowship from the Poetry Society of America.

Erica Schmidt Fehreman

Erica Schmidt Fehrman ('01) has edited children's books, taught English and designed PEZ Candy dispensers. Erica's work has been published online at and She lives in Lexington, KY and edits Local Perspectives on and manages Evo Conference in Park City, UT.

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman ('98) is a Contributing Editor at Writer's Digest and an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati.

Melissa Knackmuhs Kiefer

Melissa Knackmuhs Kiefer (‚08) lives in Southern Illinois and coaches speech and teaches Honors English classes at Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville, IN.

Kristen (Woszcynski) Lund

Kristen (Woszczynski) Lund ('08) was the senior writer at Tucker Publishing Group in Evansville, IN. Her work has been published in Indianapolis Monthly and The Indianapolis Star's community magazines and has aired on WNIN public radio. She is currently Director of News Services at the University of Evansville.

Judy Martin

Judy Martin ('91) is a Technical Writer at VISA Corporation in San Francisco, California.

Devon Moody

Devon Moody ('09) attended graduate school at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, where she received her Master of Letters in Creative Writing. Her dissertation received First Class Honors. Upon graduating, she interned at Copper Canyon Press, a non-profit poetry publishing house in Port Townsend, Washington. She currently lives in Irvine, California.

Beverly Patterson

Beverly Patterson ('98) graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in Lawrence.

Stef Tarner

Stef Tarner is an Online Project Manager at Oxford University Press after working in marketing at Penguin Books and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She lives in New York City.

Jane Springer

Jane Springer received a $50,000 Whiting Writers‚ Award, which recognizes ten young writers for their extraordinary talent and promise. Her first poetry collection, Dear Blackbird, was published in 2007. She has been published in the Cincinnati Review, New Letters, and the Southern Review, among others. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Hamilton College and lives in Clinton, New York.

Natalie Stigall

Natalie Stigall ('08) graduated from the University of Houston with a Master's in English and American Literature and a Women's Studies Graduate Certificate. She will return to UH for her Ph.D, and her academic interests include women's studies, girl's studies, and popular culture.

Andrew Reinhard

Andrew Reinhard ('94) is Publications Director for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in Princeton, New Jersey. Reinhard was previously the Director of eLearning for Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers where he created software, websites, and eBooks for students of Latin and Greek.

Beth Understahl

Beth Understahl ('96) is pursuing M.F.A. in Poetry Writing, University of California, Irvine.

Benjamin Vogt

Benjamin Vogt has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, while poems and creative nonfiction have recently appeared in American Life in Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, Diagram, Hayden's Ferry Review, ISLE, Sou'wester, and Subtropics. Benjamin has two poetry chapbooks, Indelible Marks (Pudding House) and Without Such Absence (Finishing Line Press). He's currently a lecturer at the Universtiy of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jenny Wohlfarth

Jenny Wohlfarth ('93) is a Journalism Professor at the University of Cincinnati.

Kate Slavens

Kate Slavens is an Assistant Director of Development at Penn State.

Katie Darby

Katie Darby is a graduate student in the M.F.A. program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Corinna McClanahan

Corinna McClanahan, who is a graduate student in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi, is a John and Renee Grisham Fellow in poetry there, and serves as Poetry Editor of The Yalobusha Review, has had a number of publishing successes recently. Her poem "Maidens in the Queen's Court of Immortality," which was first published in The Tampa Review, was selected by Lynn Powell for an AWP Intro Award. Her poem "Prayer for Tundra Land was a finalist in TIFERET's Poetry Contest (judged by Marie Howe). Corinna has also published poems in The Country Dog Review, Hayden's Ferry, Measure, and Waccamaw. She has also written criticism for Hayden's Ferry, as well as a poetry review in The Collagist.

Josh Woods

Josh Woods took a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Kaskaskia College a community college in Centralia, IL. He recently edited the upcoming book The Versus Anthology (May 2009, Press 53), a collection of stories, essays, and graphic narratives all based on the theme of pitting iconic characters against one another. Among the book's contributors is UE Professor Margaret McMullan. Josh is also the Associate Editor of the upcoming Surreal South '09, and his other work can be found in the books XX Eccentric: Stories About the Eccentric Lives of Women as well as The 2008 Press 53 Open Awards Anthology.

Barry Harbaugh

Barry Harbaugh is an Assistant Editor at HarperCollins in New York.

Carrie Jarrell

Carrie Jarrell is Assistant Professor of English at Murray State University. Her poetry collection After the Revival, won the Anthony Hecht Prize and was published by Waywiser Press in 2009. She has poems in IMAGE, The Great American Poetry Show, and The Yalobusha Review.

Johanna Gohmann

Johanna Gohmann has written for Salon, Chicago Sun-Times, Bust,, Elle, Red, The Irish Independent, The Dubliner,, and Her essays were selected for the anthologies: A Moveable Feast - Life Changing Food Encounters Around the World, The Best Sex Writing 2010, and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 (which recently received an Independent Publisher Book Award).

Jill Jamison

Jill Jamison lives in Portland, Oregon, and runs her own business: Hoop to My Loo. She makes and sells her own hula hoops, teaches workshops, and has a website for her business at