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Cicily Bennion

Cicily Bennion (she/her) is a Ph.D. student and Voertman-Ardoin fellow at UNT where she specializes in nonfiction and personal essays. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Brigham Young University and her essay, "About Boredom," was recognized in Best American Essays 2020. In 2021, Cicily was the first-place winner of UNT's University Writing Award in the graduate nonfiction division. Other essays have been published or are forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, The Windhover, Under the Gum Tree, and elsewhere. She also serves as a managing editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. When she's not on campus, you'll usually find Cicily at home reading, baking, or racing Hot Wheels with her husband and young son.

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Anna Chotlos

Anna Chotlos's writing has most recently appeared in Sweet Lit, Hobart, Complete Sentence, and Hippocampus Magazine. She is a Ph.D. student focusing on creative nonfiction at UNT.

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Brian Czyzyk

Brian Czyzyk is a Voertman-Ardoin Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Poetry at UNT. He is originally from Traverse City, Michigan and received his MFA at Purdue University. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and recognized by Best American Essays 2020 and the 2019 AWP Intro Journal Awards. His work most recently appears in The Cincinnati Review, The Journal, and Colorado Review.

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James Davis

James Davis is a Voertman-Ardoin Fellow at the University of North Texas, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing (poetry.) His debut poetry collection, Club Q, was selected by Edward Hirsch for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and published by The Waywiser Press in Fall 2020. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as American Literary Review, Bennington Review, Copper Nickel, The Gay & Lesbian Review, and two installments of Best New Poets (2011 & 2019). He writes a bi-monthly column on videogame music for Cartridge Lit, where his poetry has also been featured. Originally from Colorado Springs, he has lived in Houston, where he received his BA at the University of Houston; Gainesville, Florida, where he received his MFA at the University of Florida; and Denver, Colorado, where he worked as a Content Strategist for Chipotle Mexican Grill. He is ranked among the top 100 Scrabble players in North America.

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Danny Daw

Danny Daw is a Ph.D. student and Voertman-Ardoin fellow at UNT specializing in poetry. He received both his BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. His poems, including haiku and senryu, have appeared or are forthcoming in Inscape, tsuri-dōrō, Trash Panda, Prune Juice, and others. Besides poetry and prose, secondary scholarly interests include film and television, music, and video games. Danny is married to the poet and writer, Alexandra Malouf.

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Daniel DeVaughn

Daniel DeVaughn is a writer and poet from Birmingham, Alabama. His work has appeared in Southern Humanities Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Nashville Review, Fogged Clarity, and elsewhere. Films he has written have been official selections of the CODÉC Festival in Mexico City, the Avalonia Festival in Brooklyn, the Athens Digital Arts Festival, the Indie Memphis Film Festival, and elsewhere. He received an MFA from the University of Oregon, and he is a Voertman-Ardoin Fellow at the University of North Texas where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing.

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Jonathan Duckworth

Jonathan Louis Duckworth received his MFA in fiction from Florida International University. His work appears in Southwest Review, Pseudopod, New Ohio Review, Gulf Coast, Bayou, and elsewhere. He has been nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is a Ph.D. student in poetry at University of North Texas.

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Michelle Eshbaugh-Soha

Michelle Eshbaugh-Soha is a Ph.D. student in Creative Writing (Fiction) at UNT. She and her husband raised two boys before Michelle returned to school. She loves reading Shakespeare, teaching others about traditionally healing foods, and writing fiction that toys with reality but is grounded in the all-too-human experience. Her first accepted short story is forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review.

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Madison Garber

Madison Garber is pursuing a doctorate in creative writing with a concentration in fiction at the University of North Texas. She received her MFA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University, where she was the managing editor of Swamp Ape Review and the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. From 2018 to 2020, she taught fiction, nonfiction, and poetry as the creative writing Artist in Residence at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Her work has appeared in Watershed Review and Still Point Arts Quarterly.

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Vince Granata

Vince Granata is a writer from New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of the memoir, Everything Is Fine. His writing has recently appeared in Rolling Stone, Fourth Genre, The Massachusetts Review, Creative Nonfiction, and LitHub, and has been recognized in Best American Essays 2018 and Best American Essays 2020. He holds an MFA in creative writing from American University and is currently a third year Ph.D. student in creative writing at the University of North Texas.

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Cassia Hameline

Cassia Hameline (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) at UNT. Her writing appears in Capsule Stories, The Fix, Cosmonauts, and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize and was awarded the 2020 UNT University Writing Award in Graduate Creative Nonfiction. She has also presented on topics such as Multimodality and Student Engagement at the CWSO Mini-Series, UNT's First Year Writing workshop series, and multiple UNT graduate seminars. She currently lives in New York and teaches online courses remotely for UNT while working on her dissertation. When she's not writing or teaching, you can find her hiking, skiing, or running with her dog, Moab.

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Jasmyn Huff

Jasmyn Huff (she/her) finished her MA in Creative Writing and will begin her Ph.D in fall 2022. She practices gender sorcery and IT wizardry on the side while raising a son. Her work can be found in Sweet Literary, Sunday Short Reads, Semicolon Literary, the speculative parenting anthology And if that Mockingbird Don't Sing, and just femme and dandy Vol. 2.

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Marcella Hunyadi

Marcella Hunyadi is an English Creative Writing Ph.D. Teaching Fellow at UNT where she was the Fiction Editor for the North Texas Review in 2020/2021. She received an MFA in fiction from Hollins University and a Stonecoast MFA in fiction/popular fiction from the University of Southern Maine, mentored by Karen Bender, Rick Bass, and Elizabeth Hand. Marcella was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary where she wrote for the country's first online literary magazine, the INteRNeTTo; in the States, she studied screenwriting and filmmaking with Oscar nominee Sam Green and finished directing Death of a Salesman seven months pregnant. Marcella is the second-place winner of Narrative's 2019 Fall Short Story Contest and The Woven Tale Press 2019 Literary Contest, and her novel-in-progress was nominated for the Kirkwood Prize. When she is not writing or teaching, you'll find Marcella traveling with her two daughters or practicing ballroom dancing with her pro partner, Lachezar Todorov.

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Tiffany Isaacs

Tiffany Isaacs teaches writing at the University of North Texas where she is a doctoral student. She is the fiction editor at American Literary Review. Her writing has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Environmental Writers' Conference. Her fiction and essays appear in River Teeth, the Santa Monica Review, and World Literature Today. She received her MFA from Florida State University where she served as the assistant fiction editor at the South East Review and holds a BA in philosophy from Brown University.

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Parul Kaushik

Parul Kaushik is a Ph.D. Candidate in Creative Writing (Fiction). She holds an MFA from Pacific University in Oregon and was the recipient of 2021 Bread Loaf Writer's Conference scholarship in Fiction. One of her stories has been accepted for publication in The Georgia Review. Parul grew up in India and has been living in the US for two decades. Currently, she resides in Frisco with her husband and three children.

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Colleen Mayo

Colleen Mayo's writing appears in The Sun, Crazyhorse, The Rumpus, Hobart, The Chattahoochee Review, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere. Her work has received special mention for the 2019 Pushcart Prize, the Jerome Stern Series Spotlight Award for nonfiction, and an AWP Intro Journals Award for fiction. She holds an MFA in fiction from Florida State University and is a Ph.D student and Voertman-Ardoin fellow at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She's currently at work on a novel set in her hometown of Austin, TX.

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Andrew McConnell

John William McConnell lives and writes, sometimes in that order, in Texas. His work has appeared in various publications, including the Cincinnati Review, the New Orleans Review, the Mid-American Review, [PANK], and American Chordata. You can learn more at his website johnsnotreal.com. He was once a cheese monger.

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Kat Moore

Kat Moore is a Ph.D. Candidate in Creative Nonfiction at UNT. Her essays have been featured in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Image, Hotel America, Passages North, Diagram, The Rumpus, Entropy, Hippocampus, Whiskey Island, Salt Hill, and others. Her fiction has appeared in Cheap Pop Lit, Hobart, and Craft. An essay of hers was included in the anthology Bodies of Truth: Personal Narratives on Illness, Disability, and Medicine. She was a 2021 Bread Loaf Writer's Conference Scholar in Creative Nonfiction.

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Erik Moyer

Erik Moyer is from Hillsborough, New Jersey. He holds a BS from the University of Virginia, an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently a creative writing Ph.D. student and Voertman-Ardoin fellow at the University of North Texas. His work has been featured in Apricity, Bluestem, Constellations, Hawaii Pacific Review, Little Patuxent Review, Lullwater Review, NōD, and North Dakota Quarterly, among others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Outside of school, he works as a data scientist. He also enjoys songwriting, stand-up, and chess.

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Aza Pace

Aza Pace is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing (Poetry). Her creative research interests include eco-poetry and retellings of myth and folklore. Her poems appear in The Southern Review, Copper Nickel, New Ohio Review, Passages North, Mudlark, Bayou, and elsewhere. She is the winner of two Academy of American Poets University Prizes and an Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry. She also holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Houston. Visit her website at azapace.com.

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M. Robbins

M. Robbins is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of North Texas. He is a graduate of Iowa State's Creative Writing and Environment program and has received residencies from Art Farm in Nebraska and the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.

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Jarred Stewart

J.W. Stewart is a Ph.D. student in Creative Writing (Fiction) at UNT. He received his MA in history from Sam Houston State University. His short story "A Walk to Lafeyette" has appeared in Footnote 5 and was a semifinalist for the Oak Charter Award for best historical fiction. In addition to contributing to several books on baseball history, his research into children and baseball has appeared in Base Ball: History of the Early Game and was presented at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He is part of the staff of the Texas Academy of Math & Sciences at UNT and lives with his husband and cat in The Colony.

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