MFA Creative Writing Faculty

Core Faculty
Director of Creative Writing
M.A. & Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Texas - Austin
B.A. in English/Creative Writing, Knox College

Poetry: Barrier Island Suite, Time Capsules, and Landscapes and Architectures
Translation: Hercules, Richelieu, and Nostradamus
Textbook: A Writer's Craft: Multi-Genre Creative Writing
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: Paper Thin, Loose Hog, On How to Accommodate Marlo's Frying Pan, Daughters, The Problem with Peter, and The Breeze Bends the Grass.
Poetry: Scapegoat, To Square a Circle
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: Biloxi, Always Happy Hour, The Last Days of California, Sweet King Jesus, Big World, and Less Shiny
Ph.D. in Creative Writing, Florida State University
M.F.A in Creative Wriitng, University of Texas at Austin
B.S. in Biolochemistry, University of Calabar, Nigeria
Ph.D.. in English/Creative Writing, Florida State University M.A. in English/Creative Writing, Florida State University
B.A. in Psychology, University of Arkansas
B.A. in English, University of Arkansas

Fiction: The Palace Blues

2022-23 Visiting Faculty
Paulette Boudreaux
M.F.A. in English, Mills College
B.A. in Journalism, Northeastern University
Fiction: Mulberry
Ellen Ann Fentress
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Bennington College
B.A. in Modern Languages, Mississippi College
Documentary: Eyes on Mississippi
Nahal Suzanne Jamir
Ph.D. Creative Writing-Fiction, Florida State University
M.F.A. Creative Writing-Fiction, Texas State University 
B.S. Biochemistry, Clemson University
Fiction: In the Middle of Many Mountains: Stories. Press 53, 2013
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)

Previous Visiting Faculty
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
Poetry: Pitch Dark Anarchy, The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street, and The Definition of Place
Nonfiction: Hook: A Memoir and Roxbury
Danielle Pafunda
Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing, University of Georgia
M.F.A. in Poetry, New School University
B.A. Bard College
Poetry: Beshrew 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
Prose: The Book of Scab
Jacqueline Trimble
Ph.D. in English, University of Alabama
M.A. in English, University of Alabama
B.A. in English, Huntingdon University
Poetry: American Happiness
Nicole Lavalis 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
Fiction: Summer 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
Fiction: Skinny 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
Poetry: Skandalon, 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
Essays: The Muse In The Machine and Available Surfaces
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
Allen Weir
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)
Fiction: Things 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. See them on our department's faculty list.