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1st Year

  • Tina Lawson

    Tina Lawson

    BA, English, Creative Writing, UCLA

    Writing and research interests: Open poetics, hybrid prose with more integration with visual aesthetics (including typography, collages, and origami), nature motifs, trans/feminist/animal subject matter, sexuality, interpersonal relationships, the acts of consumption and cannibalism, the human body, social justice (abuse, aggression, and violence of all varieties) within our contemporary global-Western culture.

    Published in Los Angeles Review, White Stag, Entropy Magazine, and Poets.org. Editor for Angel City Review.

  • Ayden LeRoux

    Ayden LeRoux

    BA, The Interaction of Text and Image, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University

    Writing and research interests: Creative nonfiction, epistolary writing, poetry, fiction, visual art, art theory, material poetics, gender and sexuality, food studies, pilgrimage.

    Selected publications: Odyssey Works (book)Excerpts from "Every Bed I've Ever Slept In" (Nonfiction Vignettes)"Matryoshka Doll" (essay).

  • Evelyn Murdock

    Evelyn Murdock

    BA, English and Theatre with a focus on Dramaturgy, University of Alabama at Huntsville

    Writing and research interests: counter-culture, queer studies, Theatre of the Absurd, dramaturgy, Southern Gothic writing, punk rock, science fiction, animation, noise.

  • Alison A. Ogunmokun

    Alison A. Ogunmokun

    BA, English, DePaul University

    Writing and research interests: African American Studies, American Literature, Black Diaspora, Relationships, Malawian Culture, Nigerian Culture, First Generation American essays and poetry, Jazz, Harlem Renaissance, and Social Justice.

2nd Year

  • Zachary Bushnell

    Zachary Bushnell

    BA, Literature and Creative Writing

    Writing and research interests: Prose, poetry, theory, performance, game, situation, surveillance, the position of an observer in a world altered by observation, artificial intelligence, artificial life, relation, involvement, event, divination, music, anatomy, hacking.

    Selected publications: http://juked.com/2016/05/zachary-bushnell-water-hyacinths.asp.

  • Valentina Calvache

    Valentina Calvache

    BA, Communication, Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia)

    Writing and research interests: Prose. Translation, Digital Humanities, Pop Culture, Cultural Production, Hispanics/Latinos in the United States, Internet Architecture, Fashion.

  • Shelby Driscoll-Salemi

    Shelby Driscoll-Salemi

    BA, English and Creative Writing, Thematic Minor in Spanish and Portuguese, University of Arizona

    Writing and research interests: Ecopoetics, hybrid forms, translation.

    Selected publications: Translations of poet Gabriela Helena Borges.

  • Estefani Loza Torre

    Estefani Loza Torre


  • Calvin Walds

    Calvin Walds

    BA, Political Science and Ethnic Studies, Albion College
    MA, Pan-African Studies, Syracuse University
    MS, General and Special Education, Touro College

    Writing and research interests: Twentieth Century African Diaspora Literature; Black Travel Writing; James Baldwin studies; Geography; Fugitivity and Marronage; Race and Continental Philosophy.

3rd Year

  • Katherine Agard

    Katherine Agard


  • Ken Saragosa

    Ken Saragosa


  • Gina Srmabekian

    Gina Srmabekian



MFA in Writing

Program Director
Anna Joy Springer

Graduate Coordinator
Tania Mayer
139 Literature Building
(858) 534-8849

Application Period
Sep. 5 - Dec. 14, 2017

Decision Notifications
February - March 2018

Program Begins
September 2018