MFA Student Profiles
Fall 2014

Bridget Apfeld

Bridget Apfeld

fiction

hometown: Mequon, WI
BA: English, University of Notre Dame

Bridget is a second-year fiction writer who works as a teaching assistant in the creative writing department. Her previous and forthcoming work can be found in various journals including Better: Culture & Lit, Able Muse, Prick of the Spindle, So to Speak, Verse Wisconsin, Dislocate, and the NewerYork Press.

   
MFA student Jason Bradford

Jason Bradford

poetry

hometown: Center Point, IA
BA: English and creative writing, Coe College
MA: English and creative writing, University of Northern Iowa

Jason began writing poems around age 15, when he realized he wasn't going to be a rock star. Now he co-edits Cant Journal, an annual literary journal, and is creator and curator for Digital Roots Reading Series, an online poetry reading series. His poems have appeared in BloodLotus, Burner Magazine, and Psychic Meatloaf. His second chapbook of poems, The Inhabitants, was recently published by Final Thursday Press.

   
Clark Brooks

Clark Brooks
fiction

hometown: Rochester, MI
BA: Creative Writing, Western Michigan University

After witnessing the largest inland tar sands oil spill in North American history, Clark's fiction has been informed by environmental consciousness and social justice.

   
Anna Llewellyn Coe

Anna Llewellyn Coe

nonfiction

hometown: New York City, New York
BA: English Language and Literature, The University of Chicago

Anna has lived, for varying amounts of time, in Arkansas, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Illinois, and Vermont. In between moves, she attended residencies at The MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. She is currently a first-year nonfiction candidate, teacher for Writers in Action, and editor of the UNCW Department of Creative Writing newsletter, The Coast Line.

   
Elizabeth Grace Davis

Elizabeth Grace Davis

poetry

hometown: East Bend, NC
BA: Literature, Writing, Catawba College

Elizabeth Grace Davis is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  She serves as a creative writing teaching assistant (via Direct Independent Study), an instructor for Writers in Action, and as the director of sales and marketing for UNCW Student Media. Her work has appeared in the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Competition anthology and various undergraduate literary magazines.  She speaks softly but carries a big notebook.

   
Eli Didier

Eli Didier
fiction

hometown: Cincinnati, OH
BA: Creative Writing, University of Central Florida

 

Eli is a teaching assistant in the creative writing department. Before coming to UNCW, he interned at the Florida Review, worked at an independent bookstore, and led middle school writing workshops throughout Orlando and the Space Coast.

   
MFA student Alexa Doran

Alexa Doran
poetry

hometown: Syracuse, NY
MA: English and creative writing, Austin Peay State University

Alexa is a second-year poet who awaits further confirmation that she is the female incarnation of Dante. In the meantime, she works both as a teaching assistant in the creative writing department and as a waitress. Her work has appeared recently in Ekphrasis, S/tick, and Petrichor Review.

   
Elle Drumheller

Elle Drumheller
fiction

 

hometown: Holly Springs, NC

BA: Exercise and Sport Science, Romance Languages, University of North Carolina


After deciding against a career in medicine, Elle began pursing her writing goals full-time. She enjoys reading and writing moving literature in all forms. She is a distance runner and owner of a rescue greyhound named Boo. If she never has to hear the word "retrosynthesis" again, she will die happy.

   
Megan Ellis

Megan Ellis
nonfiction

hometown: Orlando, FL

BA: Creative Writing, University of Central Florida

When she’s not busy in the UNCW Publishing Laboratory, Megan is an MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction. Previously, she was the assistant editor of the Florida Review, as well as the associate editor of the UCF Undergraduate Research Journal. Her work appears in the Cypress Dome, as well as on her parents’ fridge.

   
Evan Gray

 

Evan Gray

poetry

hometown: Jefferson, NC
BA: Creative Writing, Appalachian State University

Evan Gray was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. He currently works with 7th graders at Roland-Grise Middle School as a member of Writers in Action. Gray is influenced by many poets from Black Mountain College, as he too is interested in the idea of experimental poetics. His writing has been featured in The Peel Review.

   
MFA student Mitchell McGinnis

Mitchell McInnis
poetry

hometown: Portland, OR
BA: philosophy, Concordia College

Mitch McInnis was born and raised in Montana. More recently, he's lived in Minneapolis, St. Louis, Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, OR. In these locales, he's worked as a journalist, copywriter, private investigator, and coffee importer. Mitch is the co-founder and literary editor of the arts journal HoboEye. His poems have appeared in Cold-Drill, So to Speak, and other publications. While promoting his first poetry collection, The Missing Shade of Blue, he was a featured author at the Montana Festival of the Book, High Plains Bookfest, and the Univeristy of Montana-Western's "Dances with Words" series.

   
Kate McMullen

Kate McMullen
fiction

hometown: Greensboro, NC
BFA: English, Professional Writing, Western Carolina University

Kate writes short fiction about North Carolina and the Chesapeake Bay islands. Her work appears most recently in Pisgah Review, as well as Western Carolina University's Nomad. She is the marketing and design graduate assistant for UNCW's Campus Life Arts and Programs department.

   
Catey Miller

Catey Miller
fiction

hometown: Boone, NC
BFA: creative writing, UNCW

Catey enjoys working at UNCW as a writing tutor and graduate assistant. Her first literary love is contemporary young adult fiction, and she is at work on a YA novel. Her work is forthcoming in the Young Adult Review Network.

   
Jamie Lynn Miller

Jamie Lynn Miller

fiction

hometown: Aspen, CO

Jamie Lynn Miller is a writer, DJ, and avid outdoorswoman from Aspen, Colorado. Her work appears nationally in Women’s Adventure, Climbing, OffBeat Magazine, Aspen Peak, and Men’s Health. Regionally, you’ll see her words in SALT, Wrightsville Beach Magazine, WILMA, and the Lumina News. With over 15 years in FM radio, Jamie hosts Sonic Byways with Jamie Lynn, featuring interviews and in-studio sessions with musicians around the country.

   
MFA student Katie O'Reilly

Katie O'Reilly

creative nonfiction

hometown: Palos Park, IL
BS: journalism, Northwestern University

 

Katie serves as managing editor of Ecotone, and previously worked as WHQR Public Radio’s graduate fellow/reporter. Before coming to UNCW, she worked as a Los Angeles-based magazine editor, an editorial assistant for the Huffington Post, an intern for the Onion/A.V. Club, a tour guide with a Chicago-based ghost-hunting bus, and as an ESL teacher in the Czech Republic.

 

   
Ashleigh Bryant Phillips

Ashleigh Bryant Phillips

fiction

hometown: Woodland, North Carolina
BA: English Literature, Meredith College

 

Ashleigh grew up in the same county her family has lived in since the 18th century. At Meredith College, she began covering the NC Triangle music scene for Durham’s Indy Week. Her fiction appears most recently in Lady Parts Zine and Oxford Magazine. She also BBQ'd her first pig at the age of 12.

   
Katie Prince

Katie Prince
poetry

hometown: Southlake, TX
BA: English/creative writing, University of Missouri

Katie is a teaching assistant in The Publishing Laboratory and an intern at Lookout Books. She has also interned at Persea Books and The Missouri Review, and came to UNCW after some brief and unremarkable forays into journalism, news design, retail, and waitressing. Her poems have appeared in Spork, Smoking Glue Gun, and Prick of the Spindle, among others.

   
Elizabeth Roddy

Elizabeth Roddy

creative nonfiction

hometown: Sudbury, MA
BA: art history, Columbia University

Beth Roddy has participated as a switched-up storyteller in the “No, YOU Tell It!” non-fiction series, EARSHOT, Renegade Reading Series, The Gathering of the Tribes, and UNCW & CCNY MFA Reading series. Her work appears in Promethean.

   
Isabelle Shepherd

Isabelle Shepherd

poetry

hometown: Fort Ashby, West Virginia
BA: Political Science, English, West Virginia University

When Isabelle isn’t writing poetry, she’s reporting on the news for WHQR, Wilmington’s public radio station. And when she isn’t tracking down stories, she’s watching her hound dog, Lavender, tree squirrels in her backyard. Isabelle’s poems can be found in Plain Spoke, Connotation Press, and OccuPoetry.

   
MFA student Cathe Shubert

Cathe Shubert

poetry

hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
BA: English, Spanish, University of Michigan
MS: urban education, University of Pennsylvania

Cathe is a teaching assistant in the creative writing department and interns as a nonfiction and poetry reader at Ecotone. Her poetry has appeared in the inaugural issues of the Bread Loaf School of English literary journal, and her nonfiction won the Hopwood Undergraduate Award at Michigan. She's taught English abroad in Andorra on a Fulbright Scholarship, Spanish in Philadelphia with Teach for America, and creative writing Detroit with Inside/Out Literary Arts Project.

   
Jacqueline Thomas

Jacqueline Thomas

poetry

hometown: Emerson, NJ
BA: Literature, Creative Writing, Rampo College

Jacqueline is a first-year poetry candidate and teaching assistant for the creative writing department. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Eratio postmodern poetry, Nude Bruce Review, Burningword, and more. She is interested in the convergence of poststructural poetics and semiotics, and wants to continue her education with a PhD in poetics and critical theory. She writes at heteroglossia.tumblr.com.

   
MFA student Kasey Thornton

Kasey Thornton
fiction

hometown: Wendell, NC
BA: English (creative writing and professional writing & rhetoric), Elon University.

Before landing at UNCW, Kasey worked four simultaneous jobs as an editor, a public relations specialist, a staff writer at a small college, and a music teacher. She was born in a small town, grew up in a small town, and writes about small towns.

   
Stephanie Trott

Stephanie Trott

fiction

hometown: Cedar Grove, NJ
BA: English, Brywn Mawr College

Having previously worked in the field of college admissions, Stephanie is a first-year student hailing originally from the Garden State. She is a frequent reviews contributor for Cleaver Magazine and dabbles additionally in photography. Her work appears in Buffalo Almanack and Polaris Magazine.

   
MFA student Jillian Weiss

Jillian Weiss

creative nonfiction

hometown: Winston-Salem, NC; London, UK
BA: creative writing, Elon University

Jillian frequently finds herself working with middle schoolers in many different settings. She has interned as a youth worker in Memphis, taught sixth- and seventh-graders creative writing in Texas with Duke TIP, and before attending UNCW, she went back to sixth grade for a year as a shadow for an amazing autistic boy. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Pinch and The Susquehanna Review.

   
Laura Williams

Laura Williams
nonfiction

hometown: Wilmington, NC
BA: English/BFA: creative writing, UNCW

By day, Laura is the business manager of Friends School of Wilmington. She says she has to keep working to support her school habit. She is very excited to be in such esteemed company here at UNCW.


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