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Core Faculty

Kendall Dunkelberg

Kendall Dunkelberg, Director of Creative Writing
M.A. & Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Texas - Austin
B.A. in English/Creative Writing, Knox College
PoetryBarrier Island Suite, Time Capsules, and Landscapes and Architectures
TranslationHercules, Richelieu, and Nostradamus
TextbookA Writer's Craft: Multi-Genre Creative Writing

Kris Lee

Kris Lee
M.F.A. in Playwriting/Creative Writing, Spalding University
M.Ed. in Secondary Education, Mississippi State University
B.A. in Communication and Theatre, Mississippi State University
Drama: Paper Thin, Loose Hog, On How to Accommodate Marlo's Frying Pan, Daughters, The Problem with Peter, and The Breeze Bends the Grass.
Poetry: To Square a Circle

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Mary Miller
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Texas at Austin
M.A. in English, University of Southern Mississippi
B.A. in Psychology, Mississippi State University
Fiction: Biloxi, Always Happy Hour, The Last Days of California, Sweet King Jesus, Big World, and Less Shiny.


Iheoma Nwachukwu
Ph.D. in Creative Writing, Florida State University
M.F.A in Creative Wriitng, University of Texas at Austin
B.S. in Biolochemistry, University of Calabar, Nigeria

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Brandy T. Wilson
Ph.D.. in English/Creative Writing, Florida State University
M.A. in English/Creative Writing, Florida State University
B.A. inPsychology, University of Arkansas
B.A. in English, University of Arkansas
FictionThe Palace Blues

Part-Time Faculty

Spring 2022
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Paulette Boudreaux
M.F.A. in English, Mills College
B.A. in Journalism, Northeaster College

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Ellen Ann Fentress
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Bennington College
B.A. in Modern Languages, Mississippi College
DocumentaryEyes on Mississippi

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Nahal Suzanne Jamir

Ph.D. Creative Writing-Fiction, Florida State University
M.F.A. Creative Writing-Fiction, Texas State University 
B.S. Biochemistry, Clemson University
Fiction: In the Middle of Many Mountains: Stories. Press 53, 2013

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L. Lamar Wilson
Ph.D. in African-American and Multi-Ethnic Literatures in the Americas, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Virginia Tech University
B.S. in Journalism Florida A&M University
DramaThe Gospel Truth (musical adaptation of Sacrilegion)

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Randall Horton
Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing, State University of New York Albany
M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry, Chicago State University
B.A. in English, University of the District of Columbia
PoetryPitch Dark Anarchy, The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street, and The Definition of Place
NonfictionHook: A Memoir and Roxbury

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Danielle Pafunda
Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing, University of Georgia
M.F.A. in Poetry, New School University
B.A. Bard College
PoetryBeshrew That Heart That Makes My Heart To Groan, The Dead Girls Speak in Unison, Natural History Rape Museum, Manhater, Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies, My Zorba, and Pretty Young Thing
The Book of Scab

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Jacqueline Trimble
Ph.D. in English, Unviersity of Alabama
M.A. in English, University of Alabama
B.A. in English, Huntingdon University
PoetryAmerican Happiness 

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Nicole Lavalais Martinez
Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois at Chicago
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Chicago State University
B.S. in Psychology, Florida A & M University
FictionSummer of the Cicadas


Diana Spechler
M.F.A. in Fiction, University of Montana
B.A. in Creative Writing and Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
FictionSkinny and Who By Fire


T. R Hummer
Ph.D. in American Literature/Creative Writing, University of Utah
M.A. on English/Creative Writing, University of Southern Mississippi/Center for Writers
B.A. in English/Philosophy, University of Southern Mississippi
PoetrySkandalon, Urn, Ephemeron, Bluegrass Wasteland, The Infinity Sessions, Useless Virtues, Walt Whitman In Hell, The 18,000-Ton Olympic Dream, Lower-Class Heresy, The Passion Of The Right-Angled Man, The Angelic Orders, and Translation Of Light
EssaysThe Muse In The Machine and Available Surfaces

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Crystal Wilkinson
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Spalding University
B.A. Eastern Kentucky University
Fiction: The Birds of Opulence, Water Street, and Blackberries, Blackberries

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Allen Wier
M.F.A in Creative Writing, Bowling Green University 
M.A. in English, Louisiana State University
B.A. in English, Baylor University (English--philosophy minor)
FictionThings About to Disappear, Blanco, Departing as Air, A Place for Outlaws, and Tehano.

Moira Crone M.A. in Writing, Johns Hopkins University B.A. in English, Smith College
Fiction: The Ice Garden, The Not Yet, What Gets Into Us, Dream State, A Period of Confinement, The Winnebago Mysteries and Other Stories, and The Life of Lucy Fern.

Shayla Lawson
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Indiana University
B.Arch. in Architecture, University of Kentucky
Poetry: A Speed Education in Human Being

Current MUW Languages, Literature, and Philosophy faculty may also teach in the new MFA program. See them on our department's faculty list.