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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jas Huff (she/they), pursues an MA in nonfiction and fiction while practicing gender sorcery and IT wizardry on the side and raising a son. Her work can be found in Sweet Literary, Sunday Short Reads, and Semicolon Literary, and she has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Forthcoming work in the speculative parenting anthology And if that Mockingbird Don't Sing.
Joshua Jones received his MFA from UMass Boston and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Texas. His poems and essays have appeared in Image, Southwest Review, and Salamander among other journals. He and his wife wrangle dachshunds in Frisco, TX.
Minadora Macheret is a Ph.D. Candidate in Poetry at the University of North Texas. She received the James Merrill Poetry Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in Salamander, A Dozen Nothing, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook, Love Me, Anyway, (Porkbelly Press, 2018)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carly Susser is a creative writer and instructor at the University of North Texas, where she is a Ph.D. candidate in English and Creative Writing, concentrating in Fiction. She previously earned her B.A. in Creative Writing and American Literature, and M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her prose and poetry are published in various journals including Indigent Press, Word Riot, Luna Luna Magazine, The Mom Egg, Construction Literary Magazine, Flatbush Review, Sweet Tree Review, and Yes, Poetry. Her flash fiction, "Small World," was adapted into an award-winning animation short that was selected for screenings by the New York Film Critics National Series. You can learn more about her at https://carlysusser.com/