MFA Student Profiles

Class of 2019

Laura (Laurie) Clewett has been writing poetry off and on for more than thirty years and is currently working on a memoir. She lives in her hometown of Lexington with her best friend/partner, Sean. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky. If you see her around town and she doesn’t seem to recognize you, it’s probably her twin sister, Naomi.

Angel C. Dye is a graduate of Howard University and a poet and scholar of African American Literature. She originates from Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas by way of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her work has been published in Sixfold Journal, About Place Journal, and African Voices Magazine. Angel enjoys food, reading, binge-watching, roller skating, laser tag, and laughing to the point of tears with her friends. She aims to use her writing and research to illuminate the dynamic and divine narratives of people of color and to keep the LIT in literature.

Jeremy Flick is native of Indianapolis, IN. He holds a Master’s in Creative Writing from Ball State University. He has taught composition at Anderson University and Ball State University. Flick's poetry has been published in The Birds We Piled Loosely and The Broken Plate. He enjoys spending time with family, getting into shenanigans with his dogs, Fenway and Cortana, and occasionally performing music.

Suzanne Fernandez Gray is a writer who holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Kentucky, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. Her essay “Bridge of Cards” won Solstice Literary Magazine’s Nonfiction Award in 2017. Originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida, she lives and works in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.


Tiara Brown is a poet from Lexington, Kentucky. She received her B.A. from Transylvania University with a double major in English and Spanish Literature and Language and a minor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication.
Travis Kitchens, a native of Western Kentucky, began his writing career at the Baltimore City Paper where he contributed a monthly column on country music as well as occasional live concert reviews. Before that, he repaired medical equipment, worked as a professional videographer, waited tables, drove a forklift, and labored at various manufacturing plants in rural Virginia. He collects records and foreign/underground films, produce albums for other artists, and recently purchased a new bicycle with which he intends to explore Lexington. Current obsessions include mycology, mysticism, renegade scientists, obscure religions, and the mindset of the Middle Ages.
Isabelle Johnson, born in California, is a writer, a gamer, and a friend. She holds a BA in English from DePaul University. She writes mostly in the speculative fiction genre, but dabbles in video games, graphic novels, and hypertext literature. Outside of writing, she enjoys the reclining seats at the movies, dogs with shoes on, and eating the food her partner makes for her.
Omaria Sanchez Pratt was born and raised in High Point, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington with a theatre degree before moving to New York City where writing became her main focus. She's been a barista, coffee roaster, administrative intern, meat slicer, warehouse worker, sandwich artist, mailroom clerk, canvasser, and a few other titles not worthy of mentioning. She has always preferred the title of Writer.
Taylor Sarratt was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo!) She graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in English: Creative Writing and a minor in Mathematics. Her area of focus in the University of Kentucky’s MFA program is fiction. She currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her dog, Malecai. He’s a West Highland Terrier, and probably the best dog ever.
Julie Kuzneski Wrinn has directed the Kentucky Women Writers Conference since 2007, after serving for three years on its board. She worked in book publishing in Washington, D.C. for over a decade, most notably as managing editor at Counterpoint Press, where she edited some of Kentucky’s most beloved authors, including Wendell Berry. She is also a Development Writer for the UK College of Arts & Sciences and is pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction. She has an M.A. and B.A. in English from the University of Virginia.

Class of 2018

Evan Arneson is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina and a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. While pursuing his MFA in fiction at UK, he is serving as the managing editor of New Limestone Review. He lives in Lexington with his girlfriend and their dog, a bull boxer named Myra, who is very good at fetch.

Austin Baurichter was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied fiction and poetry as an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati and is currently a second-year MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Kentucky. He is also the fiction editor of UK's literary journal, New Limestone Review. Austin lives in Frankfort, KY with his wife.

Austyn Gaffney is a nonfiction and fiction writer at the University of Kentucky, and the nonfiction editor of New Limestone Review and Rabbit Catastrophe Press. Born in Canada and raised in Kentucky, she currently lives in Lexington with her partner and dog. She enjoys travel, backpacking, farming, and flowers. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Transylvania University.


Dorian Hairston is a poet, scholar, and former college athlete from Lexington, KY. He is an Affrilachian Poet and his work has appeared in pluck!, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and Shale. He currently lives in Lexington where he is completing his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky.


Parker Hobson is a poet & a songwriter/musician & a radio-person who grew up in Louisville, Ky. Before starting at UK, he spent some years at Appalshop, where he helped run a community radio station, and some years traveling & doing music-things. He enjoys two-handed handshakes, breakfasts that go on for way too long, and is "not the sort of person you'd want to cheat at Battleship against."
Jordan Hubrich was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. She now lives in Lexington and is currently pursuing her deep love for fiction at the University of Kentucky. Although generally a very serious person, she finds time for fun in kicking back with an ice cold glass of milk or working on her killer dance moves.
Rachel Kersey was a military child from age 18 months. When asked where she's from, she vacillates between "everywhere" and "nowhere." She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has lived in Washington, DC longer (cumulatively) than any other place, but considers Ramstein, Germany to be her home. She writes science fiction and fantasy, which she recently discovered falls under the genre of "speculative fiction" (*Oooo*) and she dabbles in nonfiction too, with articles and diary entries. She enjoys travel, reading, and good conversations over dinner.
Max LeNeave is a poet from Crestview Hills, KY. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama. His current work explores both elegy and ekphrasis.
Neleigh Olson, a fiction writer originally from Spokane, Washington, has spent the last decade shipping from racetrack to racetrack as a Thoroughbred exercise rider. She has written and ridden in upstate New York, Los Angeles, south Florida and is now happy to find herself back in the bluegrass of Kentucky. Her work has appeared in The Lascaux Review, Willard and Maple, Underwired, Peeks & Valleys, Stone Highway Review and on itty bitty mighty stages in gritty LA theaters.
Krystin Santos is a creative nonfiction writer from Coventry, Rhode Island. She holds a BA in English and a MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. When not writing, Krystin enjoys joy riding in her Subaru WRX and spending time with her dog, Marley.
Kate Tighe-Pigott is a fiction writer at the University of Kentucky, and editor of New Limestone Review, UK's literary and arts journal. Her writing explores marriage, reproduction, the mysterious workings of the universe, the female experience in the third millennium (ie. she's still working it out). Before becoming a fiction writer, Kate worked in communications for organizations in the Philippines, in India, and before that in Boston. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Apocrypha and Abstractions. She lives in Lexington with her family.
Sophie Weiner is a poet from Baltimore, Maryland. She received her bachelor's in English from Towson University. She is the poetry editor for The New Limestone Review.

Class of 2017

Bernard Clay

Chad Gilpin

Amanda Kelley

Gary Smith

Ashlie Stevens


Class of 2016

Sarah Abbott

Joy Bowman

Catherine Brereton

Sean L Corbin

John Duncan

Megan D. Henson

Benjamin Honea

Jesse Houk

Sean Madden

Robin Rahija

Jordyn Rhorer

Erin Shoot

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