MFA Student Profiles



Class of 2020

Ash Baker recieved their Bachelor's in English and Cinema Studies from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Ash is an MFA Candidate in Fiction, focusing on short stories.

Leigh Glanzman lives in Lexington, KY with too many books, never enough coffee, and one ornery old cat named Ella. She's lived and worked all around the US, most recently in Phoenix, and she is grateful on a daily basis to be back in the land of sweet tea and seasons. She has a BA in English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her poetry investigates the relationship between sound and sense, between speculation and science, between the precision of morphological meaning and the mystery and music of language. Her work has appeared in Iodine Poetry, Innisfree, and Kakalak: An Anthology of Carolina Poets.
John Larson is a fiction writer from Tinley Park, Illinois. He received a BA in English from the University of Kentucky in 2018.
Michael McEwen grew up in Garrett County, Maryland and reveived his B.S. in English Literature at Towson University. He has worked in undergraduate classrooms as a Writing Fellow and Tutor. 
Kaylen Rose writes about place, art, relationship, and spiritual practice as gateways to resilience in the face of tragedy, trauma, and illness. She holds a BA in Visual Art from Rice University and an MA in Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life from the Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Raquel Olive grew up in Carbondale, IL where she later received her BA in English at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She has spent most summers and holidays with her family in Caracas, Venezuela and her fiction encompasses social issues and matters of identity in both the rural Midwest and South America. 
Zeke Perkins is a writer from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He has spent most of his working life fighting for social justice as part of the labor movement in Upstate New York, New York City and Los Angeles. He has traveled to Latin America, sat under waterfalls in Big Sur, and slacked off in Brooklyn. His fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in HobartPulp, Entropy, Queen Mobs Tea House, and Lab Letter. He has a bachelor degree from Bard College.
Dane Ritter
Hagan Smith is from Breathitt County, Kentucky.
Peter Williams holds a master's degree in English Literature from Kansas State University. His English areas of interest are cultural studies, the contemporary novel, and British and American satire. He mostly write stories about the people of Kansas and Missouri. 


Class of 2019

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.
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

Austin Baurichter

Austyn Gaffney

Dorian Hairston

Parker Hobson

Jordan Hubrich

Rachel Kersey

Max LeNeave

Neleigh Olson

Krystin Santos

Kate Tighe-Pigott

Sophie Weiner


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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