Graduate Students

Students in UIUC's M.F.A. in Creative Writing program come from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and their work in prose and poetry explores a wide range of literary styles. While enrolled in the program, students past and present have published writing in the PANK, Passages North, Mid_American Review, Cincinnati Review, Massachusetts Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Paris Review, Copper Nickel, Sou'wester, Alaska Quarterly Review, Sycamore Review, Image, Denver Quarterly, South Carolina Review, Arkansas Review, Georgia Review, Black Warrior Review, Texas Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Grain, Kalliope, 13th Moon, North Dakota Quarterly, Raven Chronicles, Berkeley Fiction Review, Michigan Review, Phoebe, BorderSenses, Boxcar Review, RHINO, Pebble Lake Review, Storyglossia, Fiction International, Oxford Magazine, The Believer, and elsewhere.



Third Year

Michael Hurley (poetry)

BA English Writing, English Literature, and Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Katherine Kendig (fiction)

BA, Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fairport, New York

Caitlin McGuire (fiction)

BA, English, University of California, Berkeley

Seattle, Washington

Alison Syring (fiction)

BA, English and History, University of Maryland, College Park

Shorewood, Illinois

Jess Williard (poetry)

BA, English, Queens College

Madison, Wisconsin


Second Year

Chekwube Danladi (fiction)

BA, Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College

Baltimore, Maryland

Skyler Lalone (poetry)

BA, English, Arizona State University

Phoenix, Arizona

Taylor Harrison Micks (poetry)

BA, English, The Ohio State University

Columbu, Ohio

William Schwartz (fiction)

BA, History, New York University

Queens, New York

Annah Omune Sidigu (poetry)

BA, International Studies, Kenyon College

Nairobi, Kenya and Dayton, Ohio


First Year

Katrina Gaffney (poetry)

BA, English, BS, Psychology, University of Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Edgar Garbelotto (fiction)

MS, International Development, American University

Florianopolis, Brazil and Chicago, Illinois

Amelia Hawkins (fiction)

BA, English, University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Liz Howey (fiction)

BA, Creative Writing and English Literature, University of Pittsburgh

Wilkes-Barre, PA

Benjamin Pearce Miller
(poetry)

BA, English, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Greensboro, North Carolina

Nicholas Molbert (poetry)

BS, Mathematics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
BA, Religious Studies and English, Louisiana State University

New Iberia, Louisiana