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 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

Core Part-Time Faculty
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
Paulette Boudreaux
M.F.A. in English, Mills College
B.A. in Journalism, Northeastern University
Fiction: Mulberry
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.