Second year


Michelle Meyers is an MFA fiction candidate at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She received her BA in Literary Arts and Writing for Performance from Brown University and is currently a PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellow in fiction. Her writing has been published in the Los Angeles TimesDOGZPLOT, jmww, Grey Sparrow Journal, and Juked. Her piece “Primal Beauty” was named as one of the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions of 2014. Michelle is originally from Los Angeles, CA and her debut novel, Glass Shatters, is forthcoming from She Writes Press in spring of 2016.

David Morgan O’Connor is from a small village on Lake Huron but keeps his Irish passport proudly updated.  He has worked in nine countries as an jobbing actor and TEFL teacher and visited more than 40. He is delighted to be a MFA candidate in fiction at The University of New Mexico. His writing has been published in Collective Exiles, Bohemia Journal, Fiction, StrayLight, Electric Windmill Press, The New Quarterly and The Guardian.

Cady Vishniac is a Distinguished University Fellow and fiction MFA at The Ohio State University. She has won the Alexander Cappon Prize at New Letters, the Sherwood Anderson Award at Mid-American Review, and the 41st Fiction Award at New Millennium Writings. Check her out at


Kristine Sloan is a self-identified queer brown femme from Baltimore, Maryland. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Wyoming. She is also pursuing a graduate minor in gender and women’s studies. She received her BA from Washington College in English and Philosophy. Her work has appeared in The Margins, TINGE, and Reservoir.


Emylisa Warrick is an MFA poetry candidate at the University of South Carolina. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in English and served as poetry editor and Editor-in-Chief for KIOSK, KU’s premier art and literature magazine. Since graduating, she has worked in the magazine and independent book publishing industries. Notable places include Coffee House Press, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, and the Loft Literary Center. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @heyemyemy.


Bailey Boyd will be a Master’s student at the University of Missouri’s creative writing Program in August 2015, studying creative non-fiction. She is an alumna of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and is one of very few native-born Floridians. As such, she can cope with, and even find pleasure in, extreme levels of humidity. She is a certified paralegal, a small-time yogi trying to master the handstand, and a novice snowboarder.

Martina Clark is currently in her second year of her MFA in creative non-fiction at Stony Brook University. This year she will be focusing on her teaching practicum, shaping her thesis (memoir) and continuing to strengthen her skills as a writer. Between semesters, she continues to do public health consulting to pay the bills. She will be splitting her time this year between Southampton and Brooklyn.


Porscha Coleman is a poet who also writes non-fiction. She will be an MFA candidate at New England College. Based in Washington, DC, Porscha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from The University of the District of Columbia. Her work has been featured in Yeah Write, Reflections: Literary Arts and Magazine, and several other publications. Porscha’s work primarily deals with race, class, culture and current events. Follow her @PorschaWrites and on her website.

Kat Saunders is an MFA candidate at West Virginia University. Although her specialization is in creative non-fiction, she also writes fiction. In 2015, Saunders graduated from Ohio University’s graduate creative writing program with a Master of Arts in creative non-fiction. Saunders is the associate fiction editor at Stirring: A Literary Collection (a Sundress Publication). She has also worked in publishing as a publicity and marketing assistant. You can follow her on Twitter @huncamuncamouse.

Lauren Sharkey is an MFA student at Stony Brook Southampton, specializing in creative non-fiction. She graduated magna cum laude from Stony Brook University with a BA in multidisciplinary studies (which is just a fancy way of saying “liberal arts”). When she’s not writing, Lauren enjoys baking, Netflix, and rocking out to the best of 90s pop with her car windows down. You can follow her on Twitter, or stop by her blog.