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Graduate Student Directory
Graduate Student Directory
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Jamaica Baldwin

Jamaica grew up in Santa Cruz, CA. She earned her B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Smith College and her M.F.A. in poetry from Pacific University. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Third Coast, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry, Rattle, The Missouri Review, and TriQuarterly, among others. She was the winner of the 2019 San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Contest in Poetry and received an honorable mention for the 2019 International Literary Award's Rita Dove Prize. Her writing has been supported by Hedgebrook and the Jack Straw Writers program. Jamaica lives in Lincoln where she is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing (poetry) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Sydney Baty

Sydney Baty is a second year M.A. student in Literature Studies. She explores issues in 21st century literature, women and gender studies, digital humanities, video game studies, and internet studies. Previously, Sydney has worked on The George Eliot Archive while studying at UNL. She earned her B.A. from Simpson College in Iowa with a minor in Women and Gender Studies.

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Alexandra Bissell

Alexandra Bissell is a doctoral student in English Literary and Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Women’s & Gender Studies. Her current work centers on poetry & poetics, queer theory, trauma, and the affective role of literature in cultural archives. She holds an M.A. in English from DePaul University and a B.A. in English with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Northern Iowa. She served for two years as the executive editor of the literary magazine, Inner Weather, and has presented papers on the poetry of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Thom Gunn. Some of the accolades she has received for her critical and creative work include the Selina Terry Poetry Award, the James Hearst Award, and the James HiDuke Writing Award. She is also currently a recipient of the Crompton Fellowship. 

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Maura Bradshaw

Maura Bradshaw is a first year master’s student in Literary and Cultural Studies. Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and creative writing at the University of Montana in Missoula, before working as a legal writer in Chicago, Illinois. Beginning in 2017, Maura spent a year as an academic coach for AmeriCorps in Federal Way, Washington, and has since returned to work in a university setting in the recruitment office at Montana Technological University. As a graduate student at UNL, Maura is focusing her research on the ways rural communities are represented through literature, especially in relation to specific bioregions.

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Joelle Byars

Joelle Byars is a M.A. student in creative writing with particular interest in Short Fiction and Lyric Nonfiction. She received her B.A. in English with Honors from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she was awarded the Myrtle Clark Award in Creative Writing and the Ernest Hemingway Undergraduate Award. Her academic interests include social politics, ethnic studies, and women’s studies, all of which influence her creative work.

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Jordan Charlton

Jordan Charlton is an M.A. student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a focus in creative writing, specializing in poetry. He earned his BA in English from Oklahoma State University.

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Avee Chaudhuri

Avee Chaudhuri is a first year Ph.D. Student in Creative Writing. His stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Necessary Fiction, Maudlin House, Always Crashing, and elsewhere. He has taught writing and literature at Stephen F. Austin State University, Upward Bound PDX and the Louisiana Governor's Program for Gifted Children. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in English Literature from McNeese State University, as well as a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. He used to coach Ultimate Frisbee. 

Jonathan Cheng

Jonathan Cheng is a direct-admit doctoral student specializing in digital humanities and new media studies. He came to UNL after majoring in English with a minor in Computer Science at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign. Jonathan has worked on several text-analysis projects including “Mapping Mutable Genre in Structurally Complex Volumes”. Currently, he works at the Walt Whitman Archive and writes about computer/videogames in terms of literary theory.

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Adrienne Christian

Adrienne Christian is the author of two poetry collections, 12023 Woodmont Avenue (Willow Lit 2013), and A Proper Lover (Main Street Rag 2017). Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including the Los Angeles Review as The Editor’s Choice. She was a finalist for The 2016 Rita Dove International Award for Poetry. She was also awarded the 2016 Parent Recognition Award, for her outstanding contribution to students. Adrienne is also the new Assistant Poetry Editor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's literary journal, Prairie Schooner. To learn more about her and her work, please visit her website at

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Rachel Cochran

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Rachel is a Ph.D. student in creative writing (specializing in fiction and creative nonfiction) and 19th-century studies. She studies Victorian and neo-Victorian writing, focusing on the Gothic and crime genres, and is particularly interested in postcolonial, feminist, and queer responses to and reworkings of Victorian history. She has taught classes in composition, creative writing, children's literature, and women's literature.

Short stories and essays by Rachel have appeared in New Ohio Review, Deep South Magazine, Glassworks, Literary Orphans, and others, and have won the Margaret McKinney, George Mahan, and Virginia Grabill awards in fiction and the New Ohio Review nonfiction contest. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Creative Writing, co-advisor to Laurus, UNL's undergraduate literary journal, and the coordinator of the No Name Reading Series. Before coming to Nebraska, she received her B.F.A. from the University of Evansville in 2012 and her M.A. from the University of Missouri in 2014.

Andrew Del Mastro

Andrew Del Mastro is a Ph.D. student in Literary and Cultural Studies, and is also pursuing a certificate in Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies. He received his B.A. in English Education at Illinois State University and, after working as a high school English teacher in Illinois for four years, returned to ISU for his master's degree in English. His research interests include Gothic literature, Victorian science, monster studies, and transatlantic Romanticism.

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Alexandra DeLuise

Alexandra DeLuise is a doctoral student in Composition and Rhetoric with a concentration in Digital Humanities. Her research interests center on composition pedagogy, including the ways technology can be most effectively used in the writing classroom to facilitate increased student agency. Prior to her work at UNL, Alex taught as an adjunct instructor at various Connecticut colleges and universities, focusing primarily on first-year writing and Accelerated Learning Program courses. She earned her M.A. in English from Southern Connecticut State University, where she focused on the importance of space and place in novels by Virgina Woolf and E.M. Forster. Her work has been published in the South Carolina Review and the Virginia Woolf Miscellany.

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Saddiq Dzukogi

Saddiq Dzukogi is a doctoral student in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln creative writing program, where he is a recipient of the Othmer Fellowship. He is the author of Inside the Flower Room, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. His recent poems are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, African American Review, Transition, DIAGRAM, Spillway, Crab Orchard Review, Volta and elsewhere, while others have appeared in Prairie Schooner, New Orleans Review, South Dakota Review, Best American Experimental Writing Series, and Verse Daily. Saddiq is an Editorial assistant at Prairie Schooner and also a fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency. 

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Luke Folk

Luke Folk is a second year M.A. student in literary and cultural studies. His research centers on modernism and critical theory. He is specifically interested in perpetual civil war and global crisis in modernist novels. Luke teaches first year writing as a teaching assistant in the English department. He earned his B.A. in English from Thomas Edison State College.

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Ángel García

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Ángel García is the author of Teeth Never Sleep, winner of a 2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize and a 2019 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and finalist for the 2019 PEN American Open Book Award. Currently, a Ph.D. student in English with focuses in creative writing and ethnic studies, Ángel has earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Redlands and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Riverside. His work has been published in the American Poetry Review, Miramar, McSweeney’s, Huizache, and The Good Men Project, among others. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers-Squaw Valley and Vermont Studio Center. In addition to his creative work, Ángel is also the cofounder of a non-profit organization, Gente Organizada, that works to educate, empower, and engage communities through grassroots organizing.

Linda Garcia Merchant

Linda Garcia Merchant is a doctoral student concentrating in U.S. Latina and Chicana Literatures, and Digital Humanities. Linda focuses on the restoration and reconstruction of the counter narrative as an aid in rehabilitating the discourse of resistance and social movement.

As the co-founder of the Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Memory Collective, Linda and Dr. Maria Cotera of the University of Michigan have produced over 125 filmed oral history interviews and collected more than 7,000 documents and ephemera from iconic figures of the Chicana and Feminist movements. In April 2012 Linda, coordinating an effort with Dr. Andrea “Tess” Arenas of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin State Historical Society began the Somos Latinas Oral History Project to collect and archive the historical narrative of Wisconsin Latina activism. In January 2014, Linda partnered with Dr. Elena Gutierrez of the University of Illinois Chicago to launch the Chicana Chicago/MABPW Collection project, collecting the histories of Latina leadership in Chicago.

An award winning Chicana filmmaker, her films Las Mujeres de La Caucus Chicana (The Women of the Chicana Caucus), Palabras Dulces, Palabras Amargas (Sweet Words, Bitter Words), Yo Soy Eva, and Thresholds are shown in courses on women of color feminism, global feminisms, queer and social movement both nationally and internationally. In 2014, Palabras was featured in Dr. Bill Johnson González’s article, “The Limits of Desire: On the Downlow and Queer Chicago Film” for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Linda is currently working on An Evening with La Tess, an experimental documentary on the life of award winning Chicana poet, activist and scholar Andrea “Tess” Arenas.

In 2017 Linda, as a Digital Scholar Incubator Fellow through the UNL Center for Research in the Digital Humanities, created the Scalar and Omeka research site, Chicana Diasporic: A Nomadic Journey of the Activist Exiled, a media rich, literary exploration of the political-ideological journey of the women of the Chicana Caucus of the National Women’s Political Caucus, 1973-1979. “Chicana Feminism Virtually Remixed,” the abstract on this research project, has been selected for publication in the Fall 2018 American Quarterly special edition on Digital Humanities.

Linda continues to write, guest lecture, and present on Chicana Feminism, Chicana Filmmaking, community archiving, visual historiography, and short form filmmaking. She has written articles and blogposts in Dialogo, Mujeres Talk, The Chicago Reporter, Viva La Feminista and La Bloga.

Gretchen Geer

Gretchen Geer is a first year M.A. student. She holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in English and Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Philosophy. She also has an M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut. Gretchen studies angelology, demonology, and magic in medieval and early modern literature and theology.

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Samantha Gilmore

Samantha Gilmore is a doctoral student, concentrating on Nineteenth Century Studies, and an Othmer Fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her scholarship focuses on early-to-mid nineteenth-century American literary and historical studies, digital humanities, archival research, and manuscript culture, specifically surrounding journals/diaries and commonplace books. Samantha holds a B.A. in English from Penn State University and a M.A. in English from West Virginia University, where she taught first-year composition and research writing. Currently, she works as a research assistant for The Walt Whitman Archive and The Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive at UNL, as well as for The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson: A Scholarly Digital Edition with Northeastern University’s Women Writers Project

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Nora Harris

Nora Harris is a first year M.A. student studying Composition and Rhetoric. Her research interests include writing center theory, writing and language pedagogy, and second-language writing. She holds a B.A. in Literature and Culture Studies, with a minor in Psychology, from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has also worked as a writing center consultant and as an ESL teaching assistant in Murcia, Spain.

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Mark Houston

Mark Houston is a doctoral student in composition and rhetoric. His current research focuses on pedagogy, ecocomposition, material rhetorics, theories of entanglement, food justice, and place-based education. His teaching practice centers on helping students think and write in ways that challenge binary dualisms and isolated subjectivities by exploring their place in the world’s complex intra-relations. Mark has contributed to the Husker Writers Project, conducting a class partnership in 2019 between a UNL writing class and a local high school class. He and his teaching partner received Husker Writers Teaching Excellence awards for their collaboration. Mark has also worked in UNL’s writing center and currently serves as an associate director there. In 2019, Mark received the English department’s John Robinson Award for Scholarly Papers for his “Monstrous Entanglement and Deep Time in Louise Erdrich's Future Home of the Living God.” Before coming to UNL, Mark taught composition at Blinn College and a variety of courses at York College, including composition, world literature, and American literature. Mark has also been active in the Nebraska Writing Project, where he helped lead a chapter of the Nebraska Warrior Writers, assisting veterans to develop their own writing projects. He holds B.A. degrees in English and religious studies from York College and a master’s degree in literature from Texas A&M University.

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Phillip Howells

Phillip Howells is pursuing a Ph.D. in English with a focus on Digital Humanities. He received his B.A. from Westminster College in Pennsylvania and his M.A. from Kansas State University. At K-State, he focused on Cultural Studies, receiving a graduate certificate in Gender/Women/Sexuality Studies. He works as a TA in the English department as well as an RA in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities located on the third floor of Love Library.

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Liz Husmann

Liz Husmann is a first year M.A. student in literary and cultural studies. She earned her B.A. in English and Art from UNL.

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Hannah Kanninen

Hannah Kanninen is a second year M.A. student in Literary Studies, specializing in Medieval and Renaissance Literature. Her academic interests include: women's history, Shakespeare, and sensory history. She graduated with honors from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a B.A. in English Literature and minors in Classical Studies and German. She currently works for the Willa Cather Archive as an editorial assistant.

MacKayla Kelsey

MacKayla is currently a first year Master of Arts in English student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also received her Bachelor of Arts in English, and currently works as a Project Coordinator for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Academically, her current interests include narratives of displacement/resettlement in relation to place, immigrant/refugee literature, global education, pedagogies in developing nations surrounding literacy comprehension, literature, and creative writing, as well as human rights and humanitarian affairs. Professionally, her interests and experiences surround community outreach, public policy creation, international relations, transnational literature, human rights, and education. Personally, she enjoys devoting her time to the creative development within local communities by volunteering.

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Gina Keplinger

Gina Keplinger is a first year M.A. student who studies the relationships among composition studies, incarceration, place, and restorative justice programming. Her poetry and essays have appeared, or are slated to appear, in Young Scholars In Writing, Leopardskin & Limes, Shot Glass Journal, and Black Heart Magazine. Once a nationally competitive performance poet, Gina now uses her creative writing in service to her composition work, blending the lyrical with the rhetorical, blurring the lines of genre distinction. Her work with Writers’ Block, a non-profit program offering the arts to inmates, has allowed her to facilitate creative writing workshops in Nebraska jails and juvenile detention centers. She holds a B.A. in English with minors in Psychology and Communication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

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Charlotte Kupsh

Charlotte Kupsh is a Ph.D. student in composition and rhetoric. Her interests include writing centers, first-year composition, rural identities, place studies, and creative nonfiction. She is the prose editor of Barstow and Grand, a Midwestern literary magazine, and has published short stories and book reviews in The Madison Review, Pleiades, and The Los Angeles Review. Most recently, she wrote for the serial radio drama Bend in the River. She holds an MA in English-Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Erika Luckert

Erika Luckert is a Ph.D. student in Composition and Rhetoric. A poet, writer, and educator, her research interests lie at the intersection of creative writing, composition studies, and pedagogy. Originally from Edmonton, Canada, Erika earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing at the University of Alberta before moving to New York City. There, she completed an M.F.A. in Poetry at Columbia University, and spent several years teaching creative and critical writing at Hunter College and in New York City public schools through the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Erika's poetry, translations, and essays have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, CALYX, Room Magazine, Tampa Review, F(r)iction, Entropy, Boston Review, and elsewhere. In 2017, she was a winner of the 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize. 

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Katie Marya 337E Andrews Hall

Katie Marya is a poet, translator, and installation artist originally from Atlanta, GA. She earned an MFA in poetry from Bennington College and is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing in Lincoln, NE. Her work has appeared in Waxing, North American ReviewSouthern Indiana ReviewPrairie Schooner, and Five Points as the recipient of the 2018 James Dickey Prize for Poetry. She has received fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and Nebraska Arts Council. Her first full length poetry collection Sugar Work was the Editor's Choice for the 2020 Alice James Award and will be published in June 2022.

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Ilana Masad

Ilana Masad is a fiction writer and book critic, with work published in The New Yorker, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the LA Times, Joyland FictionStoryQuarterly, and many more. She's the founder and host of The Other Stories, a podcast featuring new, emerging, and established fiction writers.

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Keshia Mcclantoc

Keshia Mcclantoc is a Ph.D. student in Composition and Rhetoric. She currently holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Montevallo and a master's degree in English and certification in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her areas of interest include rural and community literacies, especially of women and queer peoples in those spaces. Additionally, she is interested in digital rhetorics and popular culture; her current research focuses on the ways digital communities interact with marginalized identities in rural spaces. Keshia has held positions on the EGSA Executive Board (2017-2019) and within the UNL Writing Center (2017-2019). Currently, she is on the Watershed Executive Board and is a Coordinator for the Writing Lincoln Initiative.

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Molly McConnell

Molly McConnell is an M.A. student in Composition and Rhetoric. Prior to this, she was the Gregory Maguire Writing Fellow at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece for two years after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English and minors in Creative Writing and American Studies. She also worked as a writing coach at the UNC Writing Center. Her work in creative nonfiction can be found in various publications including EntropyRoads and Kingdoms, and Sidereal.

Zoe McDonald

Zoe McDonald is a Ph.D. student in rhetoric and composition with a specialization in women's, gender, and sexuality studies. She holds B.A. in English and gender studies from the University of Wyoming and a M.A. in English from the  University of Vermont.

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Tim Meadows

Tim Meadows is a Ph.D. student in composition and rhetoric. His interests include first-year composition, writing centers, place-conscious teaching, and literacy studies. Since 2016, he has been a lecturer with Programs in English as a Second Language (PIESL) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During this time, his interest in teaching writing developed as he taught composition courses to international students. He has presented about the use of writing histories to improve instruction in first-year writing courses designed for international students and ways in which instruction about human rights can be integrated into writing curriculum. He received a Bachelor of Music with a major in church music from Carson-Newman University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Old Dominion University, and a Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also has a teaching license from the Virginia Board of Education with endorsements in ESOL k-12 and choral/vocal music k-12.

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Teo Mungaray

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Teo Mungaray is a queer, chronically ill, latinx poet. He holds an M.F.A. from Pacific University of Oregon and is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a co-founder and co-EIC of Cotton Xenomorph. His poems can be found in Cosmonauts Avenue, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Prelude Magazine and The Bellevue Literary Review. He has a cat named Lysistrata.

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Reagan Myers

Reagan Myers is a first year M.A. student studying Composition and Rhetoric, with an interest in communities and modern poetics. She holds a BA in English with a minor in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Reagan is the youngest Grand Slam champion to ever come out of Nebraska, and was the first woman to hold the title in seven years. She's been to two National Poetry Slams as a member of the Omaha team, founded and represented the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational for two years, and was the Woman of the World Poetry Slam Nebraska rep for 2016, in addition to being a member of different teams for regional competitions. You can see her work on Button Poetry, which has accumulated over 2.5 million views, and has also been written about in The Huffington Post, Bustle, and Everyday Feminism.

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Xavier Navarro

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Xavier Navarro Aquino was born and raised in Puerto Rico. His fiction is forthcoming in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and has appeared in Guernica, The Literary Review, and Day One. He has published poetry in The Caribbean Writer and is forthcoming in an anthology that will be realized by Peekash Press. He was a work-study scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2014 and received a travel scholarship to Ghana, Spain, and Morocco in 2014 from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras where he earned an M.A. in English Caribbean Studies. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Olufunke Ogundimu

Olufunke Ogundimu is a Ph.D. student in Creative Writing (Fiction). She is a graduate of the University of Lagos and University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ MFA International program in fiction. She is a Caine Prize for African Writing finalist, a Miles Morland Writing Scholarship finalist, and a Pushcart Prize winner. Her work has been published in Transition Magazine, New Orleans Review, Red Rock Review, Johannesburg Review of Books, Asymptote Journal, Jalada Africa, and other places.

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Linda J. Pawlenty

Linda J. Pawlenty is a doctoral student in English Literary and Cultural Studies, focusing on American working-class women writers of the early twentieth century, with a specialization in Ethnic Studies. A former truck driver, she is interested in the ways women function doing "men's work" and the ways in which labor is represented in literature and popular culture. Linda's research interests also include transportation, travel writing, and the language of locomotion.

Linda holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and UNO's Advanced Writing Certificate in Creative Nonfiction. Outside the university, she volunteers for organizations in Lincoln and Omaha, teaching adult literacy and English to non-native speakers. Before joining UNL, she taught undergraduate classes in composition, technical writing, writing for criminal justice, and truck driving. She currently teaches first-year writing at Lincoln.

Katherine Pierson

Katherine Pierson is a first-year M.A. student in 19th-century studies. She has worked as a writing center consultant, a developmental English instructor, and an LPS student mentor. She is a volunteer with Lincoln Literacy Council and is married with two young children.

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Jessica Poli

Jessica Poli is the author of four chapbooks: Canyons (BatCat Press, 2018), Alexia (Sixth Finch, 2015), Glassland (JMWW, 2014), and The Egg Mistress (Gold Line Press, 2013). She earned her M.F.A from Syracuse University, and is a first-year student studying poetry in the M.A. program at UNL. She is the founder and editor of the online journal Birdfeast, and also served as Editor-in-Chief of Salt Hill Journal. Originally from Pennsylvania, she also spent several years working on farms in Central New York. 

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Lydia Presley

Lydia Presley is a Ph.D. student studying English Literature and Cultures. Lydia's research is on Native American literatures and boarding school narratives. Her current projects are working with the gossip columns in the Genoa Indian School's newspaper, The Pipe of Peace, and the creation of a digital humanities project that will allow for the preservation and accessibility of stories told by the students at the Genoa Indian School.

Lydia is both an Othmer Fellow and a Great Plains fellow. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Music Performance from Eureka College and her M.A in English Literature with specializations in Great Plains Studies and Ethnic Studies from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also completing her specialization in Digital Humanities and her Certificate in the Teaching of Writing.

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Susannah Rand

Susannah Rand is a first year M.A. student in creative writing, specializing in speculative, queer, and magical fiction of the long and short form variety. Her work investigates gender, trauma, and mental illness through the fantastical. Her general interests include never finishing a painting, killing her plants, and watching her two cats chirp at birds. She graduated with honors from New York University with a B.A. in History and Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

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Emily J. Rau

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Emily J. Rau is a doctoral student in the English Department and a Graduate Fellow in the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She works full-time in the library as the Assistant Editor of the Willa Cather Archive, and also serves as an editorial assistant for Western American Literature. She has published an article in two parts in the Summer 2016 and the Fall/Winter 2016 issues of the Willa Cather Newsletter and Review, and a co-written piece with Gabi Kirilloff in the collection In the Country of Lost Borders: New Critical Essays on My Ántonia, published in 2017 in France. Emily's research focuses on American literature of the long nineteenth century, interweaving those texts with the work of contemporary ecocritics and spatial theorists. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities from UNL and an M.A. in English from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

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Joshua Renner

Joshua Renner is a second year M.A. studying Composition & Rhetoric. He is interested in the fields of procedural rhetoric and new media theory, and primarily studies choice-driven narratives and how they can be used in the classroom, which might explain his passion for visual novels. Outside of academics, Joshua is a freelance editor for many major visual novel publishers, and even moonlights as a writer for 月ware, a company that develops adult visual novels. He received his B.A. in English (Writing) with a minor in Sociology from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where he also worked as a writing center consultant.

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Shawn Rubenfeld

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Shawn Rubenfeld is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing-Fiction. A native New Yorker, he earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Idaho, where he received a Writing in the Wild Fellowship and the university-wide 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. His fiction appears in such journals as Columbia Journal, Portland Review, REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, Thin Air Magazine, and Pine Hills Review. He has an essay in the journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. Outside of writing, his research interests include composition and creative writing pedagogy, Jewish-American literature, and graphic literature.

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Zainab Saleh

Zainab Saleh is a first year M.A. student in Literary Studies, interested in Ethnic Literature and Women's Literature. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.A. in English and double minors in Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies. Her academic interests include women's writers, specifically Arab/Arab-American women writers, film, popular culture, and 20th and 21st century literature. She will be a research assistant this year.

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Carson Schaefer

Carson Schaefer is an M.A. student studying creative writing. With inspiration from both literature and film, his fiction blends high drama, magical realism, and gothic influences. Academically he is interested in the exploration, criticism, and application of different and unorthodox literary forms. He has had photos featured on the official Instagram accounts for Disney Books and Random House. Carson holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Sexuality Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

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Rosemary Sekora

Rosemary Sekora is a M.A. student in creative writing specializing in fiction. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is currently the publicity manager at the University of Nebraska Press where she supervises book publicity for 150 new books a year. She is on the board of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association and lives in Lincoln with her husband, opinionated cat, and new puppy.

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Cameron Steele

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Cameron Steele is a writer, teacher, and doctoral student in Creative Writing with a focus on Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her nonfiction and poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Entropy, The Fix, Bluestem Magazine, Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, Wherewithal, and Ivy Hall Review. She has won several state journalism awards for her former work as investigative crime reporter at The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina and The Anniston Star in Alabama.

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Jaclyn Swiderski

Jaclyn Swiderski is a Ph.D. student in Literary and Cultural Studies. She is pursuing a certificate in both Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She received her M.A. in British and American Literature from Northern Illinois University, and her B.A. in English with a minor in Linguistics from SUNY New Paltz. Her research interests are 19th and 20th century female novelists and disability studies. 

Rosamond Thalken

Rosamond Thalken is a first year M.A. student interested in digital humanities, postcolonial studies, gender studies, and new media theory. She specifically focuses on the usage of digital literary analysis techniques, such as text mining, as well as the ethics behind such a methodology. Rosamond is also passionate about supporting community literacy, as she serves as the Malone Community Center site coordinator for the Writing Lincoln Initiative. She is the research assistant on an ongoing project analyzing reading and affect with fMRI technology. Rosamond received her B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with majors in English and Film Studies, as well as a minor in Digital Humanities.

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Michelle Trantham

Michelle Trantham is a first year M.A. student in Literature, specializing in 19th Century Studies. Her academic interests include British Romanticism, Victorian Studies, women poets, and memory. She earned her B.A. in English, with minors in Music and History, with Honors at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

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Will Turner

Will Turner is a first year M.A. student in literary and cultural studies. He earned a B.A. in Film and Digital Media Studies from the University of North Georgia. His current research lies at the intersection of continental philosophy, film studies, 20th century literature, and theory of the novel. He is particularly interested in biopolitics, aesthetics of freedom and literary forms as expressions of political imagination and potential futures.

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Matt Whitaker

Matt Whitaker is a doctoral student in Composition and Rhetoric and a graduate fellow with the Center for Great Plains Studies. His work explores environmental activist rhetoric in the Great Plains, focusing specifically on the interrelationships between discourse and space. Matt’s research pulls from a broad range of disciplines and subdisciplines, including critical geography, spatial theory, ecocriticism, animal studies, and material rhetorics. His teaching practices are informed by his commitment to public affairs and community engagement. He contributed to the Husker Writers Project in 2018 and serves as a counselor with the Missouri State Public Affairs Academy. Matt was a recipient of the Robert L. Hough Teaching Award in 2018, as well as the Husker Writer Teaching Award. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Master’s degree in Writing at Missouri State University.

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Cory G. Willard

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Cory Willard is a Ph.D. student in Literary and Cultural Studies where he focuses on ecocriticism and North American nature writing with a particular interest in the literatures of fly fishing. Before coming to Nebraska, Cory received his B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Calgary in his native Alberta, Canada and his M.A. in English Rhetoric and Communication Design from the University of Waterloo. He is a past President of the Sport Literature Association and is currently a Graduate Fellow with the Center for Great Plains Studies as well as a Graduate Editorial Assistant for the journal Western American Literature.

Cory has had book reviews and essays published in such places as The Goose, Western American Literature, Great Plains Quarterly, and Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature. His most recent publication is the essay “Glaciers, Embodiment, and the Sublime: An Ecocritical Approach to Thomas Wharton’s Icefields” in Writing the Body in Motion: A Critical Anthology on Canadian Sport Literature from Athabasca University press.

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David Winter

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David Winter is a Ph.D. student in Creative Writing specializing in poetry. He wrote the chapbook Safe House (Thrush Press, 2013), and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The BafflerGristMeridianMuzzleNew Poetry From the MidwestNinth Letter, and Poetry International, among others. David received his M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, a 2016 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and a 2016-18 Stadler Fellowship from Bucknell University.

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Jonathan Wlodarski

Jonathan Wlodarski is a graduate of the Northeast Ohio M.F.A. and pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing (fiction) here at UNL. His work as a writer and translator has appeared in FLAPPERHOUSEFairy Tale ReviewThird Coast, and Fiction International, among other venues.