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Lily Hoang, Brandon Som, and Anna Joy Springer

MFA Faculty


  • Kazim Ali

    Kazim Ali


    MFA, New York University

    Teaching interests: poetry, cross-genre and hybrid writing, dance and performance studies, border studies, indigenous studies, yoga and spiritual practice, translation theory and practice, literature and social movements.

  • Amy Sara Carroll

    Amy Sara Carroll

    Associate Professor

    PhD, Duke University
    MFA, Cornell University

    Teaching interests: creative writing (poetry, creative non-fiction, performance, visual and e-literatures, cross-genre writing); twentieth and twenty-first century Latin/x American art, literature, and cinema; transnational American and border studies; critical theory; cultural studies; ethnic studies; and gender and sexuality studies.

  • Ben Doller

    Ben Doller

    Associate Professor

    MFA, University of Iowa

    Teaching interests: genre intersections, experimental writing, the politics of form, performance and sound poetries, typography and graphic design, and small press publishing.

  • Camille Forbes

    Camille Forbes, Director

    Associate Professor

    PhD, Harvard University

    Teaching interests: flash fiction, short story, creative nonfiction.

  • Lily Hoang

    Lily Hoang

    Associate Professor

    MFA, University of Notre Dame

    Teaching interests: fiction, non-fiction, flash prose, fairy tales.

  • Jac Jemc

    Jac Jemc

    Associate Teaching Professor

    MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    Teaching interests: fiction, experimental forms, speculative fiction.

  • Casandra Lopez

    Casandra Lopez

    Assistant Professor

  • Brandon Som

    Brandon Som

    Assistant Professor

    PhD, Literature and Creative Writing, University of Southern California; MFA, Poetry, University of Pittsburgh

    Teaching interests: 20
    th- and 21st;century poetry, transpacific literature, Asian-American and Chicanx poetry, citational poetics, and sound studies.

  • Anna Joy Springer

    Anna Joy Springer

    Associate Professor

    MFA, Brown University

    Teaching interests: graphic texts and comics, punk rock, feminist ethics, anti-establishment literatures, Buddhist praxis, and radical literary arts pedagogies.

  • Marco Wilkinson

    Marco Wilkinson

    Assistant Professor

    MFA, University of Southern Maine

    Teaching interests: creative nonfiction, ecopoetics, lyric prose, Latinx literature, and queer literature.

Affiliate Faculty

  • Amelia Glaser

    Amelia Glaser

    Associate Professor

    PhD, Stanford, University

    Teaching interests: Russian literature and film, transnational Jewish literature, the literatures of Ukraine, the literature of immigration to the US, the Russian critical tradition, and translation theory and practice.

  • Seth Lerer

    Seth Lerer

    Distinguished Professor

    PhD, University of Chicago

    Teaching interests: Medieval and Renaissance literature, the history of the English language, children’s literature, and the history of the book.

  • Shelley Streeby

    Shelley Streeby


    PhD, UC Berkeley

    Teaching interests: 19th and 20th century U.S. literature and culture; Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies; gender studies and queer theory; film, media, and visual culture; transnational literatures and movements; and fantasy, SF, and speculative fiction.

  • Pasquale Verdicchio

    Pasquale Verdicchio


    PhD, UCLA

    Teaching interests: modern literature; poetics; Italian cinema; cultural studies; environmental movements and literatures.