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.
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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