Creative Writing

MFA Student Profiles
2016-17

Kate Barber

Kathryn M. Barber

fiction
Hometown: Kingsport, TN
BA: Carson-Newman College
MA: Mississippi State University

Kate is a second-year fiction writer and teaching assistant. Raised in the mountains on the Tennessee/Virginia state line, much of her writing is informed by place and small town constructs. Before UNCW, she taught freshman and junior composition at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her work has appeared in Literary Orphans, Palaver, and Cape Fear Review. She’s currently working on novels and stories that explore themes of religion, revenge, social classes, music and sound, and the legendary Johnny Cash.

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.

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 at UNCW and copy editor of Ecotone. In his free time, Eli enjoys reading fiction by Donald Barthelme, James Purdy, and Amy Hempel, among others

Martha Lundin

Martha Lundin

nonfiction
hometown: Northfield, Minnesota
BS: English, Northern Michigan University

Martha Lundin is a teaching assistant in the creative writing department at UNCW. Before coming to Wilmington she lived much farther north, and worked as a trail guide in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her work has been featured in Gertrude Press.

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

Megan Ellis is the designer for Ecotone, an intern at Lookout Books, and a Publishing Laboratory Graduate Teaching Assistant. Before coming to UNCW, she was an assistant editor at the Florida Review. Her work appears in Bluestem and the Cypress Dome, and she was a finalist for Crab Orchard Review's 2015 Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award.

Isaac Falaschini

Isaac Faleschini

fiction
hometown: Minneapolis, MN
BFA: Creative Writin, Hamline University

Isaac is a first year MFA student at UNCW. He has a review on-line at Rain Taxi Review, a smattering of poems published in Paper Lantern, earned Hamline's award for outstanding journalism while working on their undergraduate newspaper the Oracle, he has worked as a Supplemental Instructor, Writing Center (and in-general) tutor, interned and coordinated donations for the Minneapolis Writing Festival, has edited for an undergraduate literary journal, managed a rental property, understudied with a handyman, cooked professionally for fifteen years, and assists his wife-sometimes-in raising their three children.

Ross Gormley

Ross Gormley

nonfiction
hometown: Wilton, CT
BA: English and Environmental Studies, Wesleyan University

Ross Gormley enjoys putting himself in ridiculous situations to then later write about them. He previously worked as a copywriter in New York. A story he wrote about shark fishing won Wesleyan's nonfiction writing prize, giving him the panache to continue writing.

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. 

Lauren Krouse

Lauren Krouse

nonfiction
hometown: Knoxville, TN
BA: English with a focus in Creative Writing, College of Charleston

Lauren is a first-year creative nonfiction writer who works as a teaching assistant in the creative writing department. Her latest writing explores religion, spirituality, and philosophy from the west to the east through the eyes of a lapsed Catholic/atheist-agnostic. Her work has appeared in College of Charleston Magazine, Gravel Literary Magazine, A Narrow Fellow, The Journal, and Paper Darts. Recently, her poem "black sun" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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.

Anna Patton

Anna Patton

fiction
hometown: Piedmont, CA
BA: World Arts & Cultures, UCLA

Anna Montgomery Patton is a fiction writer from the Bay Area. She received her BA from UCLA where she was on the staff of OUTWrite as a fiction contributor and editor for the magazine. After graduation she worked in New York, including an internship for Workman Publishing and stint as an assistant at SAG-AFTRA. She spent a year at the University of Iowa participating in the Summer Writing Festival, nonfiction seminars, and fiction workshops, and as a volunteer for Iowa Youth Writing Project and reader for the Iowa Review. Anna is the graduate assistant for UNCW Campus Life Arts & Programs marketing.

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.

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.

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Bob Taylor

fiction
hometown: Missoula, MT
BA: Sociology, University of Montana

After earning his BA, Bob delivered pop for many years before realizing he wanted to write. He studied Creative Writing at UM before being accepted to the MFA program at UNCW. So far, he has written stories about working class characters trying to make their way in the world, often despite themselves. He also wants to write and learn as much as he can about Poetry and Creative Nonfiction.

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.

Stephanie Trott

Stephanie Trott

fiction
Hometown: Cedar Grove, NJ
BA: English, Bryn Mawr College

Stephanie Trott is a second-year fiction candidate and a graduate assistant in the creative writing department. In addition to serving as a poetry editor for Ecotone, she is involved with Writers in Action and mentors local high school seniors in the college essay process. Her work appears most recently in Cleaver Magazine and The Rumpus.