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Core Faculty

Kendall Dunkelberg, Director of Creative Writing
M.A. & Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Texas - Austin
B.A. in English/Creative Writing, Knox College
PoetryLandscapes and Architectures, Time Capsules, and Barrier Island Suite
TranslationHercules, Richelieu, and Nostradamus
TextbookA Writer's Craft: Multi-Genre Creative Writing (forthcoming 2017)

Kris Lee
M.F.A. in Playwriting/Creative Writing, Spalding University
M.Ed. in Secondary Education, Mississippi State University
B.A. in Communication and Theatre, Mississippi State University
Drama: Loose Hog (Tennessee Williams Award) On How to Accommodate Marlo's Frying Pan (Algonquin/ITAP Award), Daughters, The Problem with Peter, and The Breeze Bends the Grass.
Poetry: To Square a Circle

Mary Miller
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Texas at Austin
M.A. in English, University of Southern Mississippi
B.A. in Psychology, Mississippi State University
Fiction: Always Happy Hour, The Last Days of California, Sweet King Jesus, Big World, and Less Shiny.


Brandy T. Wilson
Ph.D.. in English/Creative Writing, Florida State University
M.A. in English/Creative Writing, Florida State University
B.A. inPsychology, University of Arkansas
B.A. in English, University of Arkansas
FictionThe Palace Blues


Visiting Faculty

Fall 2018

Ellen Ann Fentress
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Bennington College
B.A. in Modern Languages, Mississippi College
Documentary: Eyes on Mississippi

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Danielle Pafunda
Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing, University of Georgia
M.F.A. in Poetry, New School University
B.A. Bard College
PoetryBeshrew That Heart That Makes My Heart To Groan, The Dead Girls Speak in Unison, Natural History Rape Museum, Manhater, Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies, My Zorba, and Pretty Young Thing
ProseThe Book of Scab

Summer 2018

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Paulette Boudreaux
M.F.A. in English, Mills College
B.A. in Journalism, Northeaster College


Jacqueline Trimble
Ph.D. in English, Unviersity of Alabama
M.A. in English, University of Alabama
B.A. in English, Huntingdon University


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L. Lamar Wilson
Ph.D. in African-American and Multi-Ethnic Literatures in the Americas, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Virginia Tech University
B.S. in Journalism Florida A&M University
Poetry: Sacrilegion
Drama: The Gospel Truth (musical adaptation of Sacrilegion)


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Randall Horton
Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing, State University of New York Albany
M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry, Chicago State University
B.A. in English, University of the District of Columbia
PoetryPitch Dark Anarchy, The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street, and The Definition of Place
NonfictionHook: A Memoir and Roxbury


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Nicole Lavalais Martinez
Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois at Chicago
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Chicago State University
B.S. in Psychology, Florida A & M University
FictionSummer of the Cicadas


Diana Spechler
M.F.A. in Fiction, University of Montana
B.A. in Creative Writing and Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
FictionSkinny and Who By Fire


T. R Hummer
Ph.D. in American Literature/Creative Writing, University of Utah
M.A. on English/Creative Writing, University of Southern Mississippi/Center for Writers
B.A. in English/Philosophy, University of Southern Mississippi
PoetrySkandalon, Urn, Ephemeron, Bluegrass Wasteland, The Infinity Sessions, Useless Virtues, Walt Whitman In Hell, The 18,000-Ton Olympic Dream, Lower-Class Heresy, The Passion Of The Right-Angled Man, The Angelic Orders, and Translation Of Light
EssaysThe Muse In The Machine and Available Surfaces

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Crystal Wilkinson
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Spalding University
B.A. Eastern Kentucky University
Fiction: The Birds of Opulence, Water Street, and Blackberries, Blackberries

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Allen Wier
M.F.A in Creative Writing, Bowling Green University 
M.A. in English, Louisiana State University
B.A. in English, Baylor University (English--philosophy minor)
FictionThings About to Disappear, Blanco, Departing as Air, A Place for Outlaws, and Tehano.

Moira Crone M.A. in Writing, Johns Hopkins University B.A. in English, Smith College
Fiction: The Ice Garden, The Not Yet, What Gets Into Us, Dream State, A Period of Confinement, The Winnebago Mysteries and Other Stories, and The Life of Lucy Fern.

Shayla Lawson
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Indiana University
B.Arch. in Architecture, University of Kentucky
Poetry: A Speed Education in Human Being

Current MUW Languages, Literature, and Philosophy faculty may also teach in the new MFA program. As they are approved by Graduate Council and assigned to specific courses, they will be added to this list. In the meantime, you can see their specialties on our department's faculty list.