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Graduate Placements and Achievements

Ph.D. Placements and Achievements 

  • Aaron Alford 's essays appear in Memoir, Hobart online, River Teeth, The Los Angeles Review, Sonora Review, and elsewhere. He serves as Managing Editor of Southern Humanities Review, Nonfiction Editor of Arcadia, and is a doctoral candidate in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University.
  • Paula J. Smith Allen (Ph.D. 1997) is Professor of English at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She is the author of Metamorphosis and the Emergence of the Feminine: A Motif of “Difference” in Women, published in the Peter Lang Series “Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature.”
  • Lauri Anderson Alford 's fiction has appeared in PANK, The Cincinnati Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Passages North, The Common, The Greensboro Review, NANO Fiction, and elsewhere. Her recent awards include The Tobias Wolff Award, The Robert Watson Literary Prize, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She also won Round Six of NPR's Three-Minute Fiction Contest.
  • Catherine Blackwell (Ph. D. 2012) teaches at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
  • Jonathan Bohr Heinen (Ph.D. 2011) teaches writing and publishing courses at the College of Charleston. He serves as Managing Editor for Crazyhorse. He has published work in Pilgrimage, Arroyo Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Word Riot, The Florida Review, and other journals.
  • E. Leigh Bonds is Digital Research Services Librarian for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University.
  • Allison Boye is Assistant Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center at Texas Tech University, she is also Coordinator of the TEACH and TEMPO Programs.
  • Irenna Chang (Ph.D. 2009) is an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Tunghai University in Taiwan.
  • George David Clark (Ph.D. 2012) is Visiting Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University. His first book, Reveille (U of Arkansas P, 2015) won the Miller Williams Prize and his recent poems can be found in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Antioch Review, The Believer, Blackbird, FIELD,The Greensboro Review, The Missouri Review,The Southwest Review,The Yale Review and elsewhere, as well as online atVerse Daily and Poetry Daily. He was the 2011 Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University. He is the editor of 32 Poems Magazine.
  • Sean Cleveland (Ph.D. 2011)is Lieutenant Colonel in United States Army, is Assistant Professor of English at United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • Jordan Cofer (Ph.D. 2009) is Professor of English and Head, Department of Literature and Languages at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Georgia.
  • Chase Dearinger is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of quarterly literary journal Arcadia.
  • Lynn Di Pier is Assistant Professor of English, Southern Arkansas University.
  • Diana Dominguez (Ph.D. 2004) is Associate Professor and Graduate English Program Coordinator, University of Texas at Brownsville.
  • Stephanie Eckroth is an Editor in the Office of the Historian at the US State Department, declassifying documents for publication.
  • Carol Erwin (Ph.D. 2010) is Associate Professor of English and Department Chair at Eastern New Mexico State University.
  • Daniel Ferguson (Ph.D. 2012) is Professor of English and Assistant Dean at Amarillo Community College.
  • Gail Folkins (Ph.D. 2006) is the author of Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit, released in September 2007 by Texas Tech University Press. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.
  • Joey Franklin (Ph.D. 2012) serves on the creative writing faculty at Brigham Young University. His recent publications include South Loop Review, Mid-American Review, Brevity, Sport Literate, and Poets & Writers. His essay “Working at Wendy's” won the 2006 Random House Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers contest and appears in an anthology of the same name.
  • Rachel Furey teaches fiction writing and composition at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri (2014). Her awards include a $1800 Scholarship to the Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Young Adult Workshop, August 2013. She won the 2012 William Richey Short Fiction Award from Yemassee Review with story, "The Biology Bee" and the 2012 Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award from Crab Orchard Review with story, "Calls That Carry for Miles" and the Creative Nonfiction Category from Press 53 with her essay, "Mississippi Mud."
  • Quan Ha (Ph.D. 2011) is Associate Professor of American Literature at the University of Montana.
  • Chloe Honum is the author of The Tulip-Flame, winner of the 2013 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, among other journals, and anthologized in Best New Poets 2008 and 2010. She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, and the Kerouac House of Orlando.
  • Rebecca Gayle Howell published her first collection in translation, Hagar Before the Occupation / Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books), which was named a 2011 best book of poetry by Library Journal. After arriving at Tech, Howell received the CSU First Book Prize, selected by Nick Flynn;Render / An Apocalypse, was published in spring 2013 and since received strong reviews from such as InQuire, The Rumpus, and The Los Angeles Times. She is the new poetry editor of the Oxford American. She is a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
  • Ayanna Jackson-Fowler (Ph.D., 2009) is Associate Professor of English, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth. She was formerly a Research Fellow at the University of North Texas.
  • Toni Jensen (Ph.D. 2006) published her first story collection, From the Hilltop, through the Native Storiers Series at the University of Nebraska Press. Her stories have been published in journals such as Fiction International, Denver Quarterly, and Passages North and have been anthologized in NewStories from the South,Best of the Southwest, andBest of the West: Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. Her short story “At the Powwow Hotel” won Nimrod International Literary Journal's Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. She is Métis, and she teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas.
  • Carrie Jerrell (Ph.D. 2009) is the author of the poetry collection After the Revival, 2008 winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and published in the United States and Great Britain by Waywiser Press. She is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Murray State University, where she helps direct the MFA program and serves as coordinator for the undergraduate creative writing program.
  • Karen Keck is part-time Instructor at TTU
  • Christine Kitano is the author of Birds of Paradise, published by Lynx House Press. Her poetry has earned several awards, most recently an Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writer's Center. She teaches creative writing at Ithaca College as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow. Recent poems are published or forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Tar River Poetry, and The Pinch.
  • Brent Newsom (Ph.D. 2012)is that author of Love's Labors, due out in spring 2015 from CavanKerry Press. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, PANK, Best New Poets 2010, Birmingham Poetry Review, Measure, and other journals and anthologies. He is currently assistant professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University.
  • Maria O'Connell (Ph. D. 2012) is Assistant Professor of English at Wayland Baptist University, Texas.
  • Michael Palmer received a 2014 residency at the Vermont Studio Center. He won the 2014 Annie Dillard Award in Creative Nonfiction from Bellingham Review with essay, “A Glossary of West Texas” and the 2014 annual writing prize in nonfiction from Cobalt Review with essay, "Nights after Amy".
  • Richard Pierce (Ph. D. 2012) is Assistant Professor at Wayneburg University; Cooper Dillon Press will be publishing a chapbook of poems drawn from his dissertation.
  • Ruben Quesada (Ph.D. 2013) is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities, Eastern Illinois University. He is the author of Next Extinct Mammal (Greenhouse Review Press, 2011) and translator of Luis Cernuda: Exiled from the Throne of Night (Aureole Press, 2008). Quesada is founding editor of Codex Journal, poetry editor at The Cossack Review, and co-founder of Stories & Queer.
  • Jake Ricafrente 's (Ph.D. 2013) w ork has appeared in Chicago Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, The South Carolina Review, and elsewhere. He served as a Rotary Foundation Fellow and Writer-in-Residence at the University of the Philippines.
  • Ito Romo is associate professor of Literature at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of El Puente/The Bridge (UNM Press, 2001) and The Border Is Burning (UNM Press, 2013).
  • Chris Shaw (Ph.D. 2013) is Assistant Professor of English at Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia.
  • Michael Shewmaker is a third-year PhD student in creative writing, is currently representing Texas Tech as a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Yale Review, Southwest Review, Sewanee Theological Review, Paris-American, New Criterion, Measure, Hopkins Review, and other literary journals and anthologies. His work has also been awarded a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Most recently, he was named as a finalist for the Boston Review/“Discovery” Prize and the winner of the 2013 Morton Marr Poetry Prize.
  • Jacob Shores-Arguello came to Texas Tech from a year at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Since coming to Lubbock he has published his first collection of poems, In the Absence of Clocks, with Southern Illinois University Press. He has read and participated in panels at several literary events across the state of Texas, and has won a month long fellowship to the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, California. He is the 2015 Amy Clampitt Residency Fellow.
  • Brandon Shuler (Ph.D. 2014) is a conservation lobbyist and editor-in-chief of the on-line literary magazine New Border. His creative non-fiction appears inOutdoor Life, Saltwater Sportsman, E: The Environmental Magazine, and other utlets. His fiction and poetry appears in The Texas Review, Dark Sky Magazine, NAP Literary Magazine, Red River Review, and various literary journals. He is co-editor of New Border Voices: An Anthology (2014) and Glory of the Silver King: The Golden Age of Tarpon Fishing (2011).
  • Sarah Viren won The Pinch's Creative Nonfiction prize, judged by Lee Martin, for her essay "My Murderer's Futon." She spoke on Iowa Public Radio about her essay, "How to UnMarry Your Wife, Summer 2014 and has many excellent publications.
  • Amy Wells is Associate Professor of English in the Applied Foreign Languages Department at the Université de Caen/Basse-Normandie, France.

M.A. Placements and Achievements

  • Kim Armstrong (M.A. 2009) is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Connecticut.
  • Ashleigh Brewer (M.A. 2009)teaches at South Plains College.
  • Gretchen Cohenour (M.A. 2004) completed her Ph.D. at the University of Rhode Island.
  • Emily Donnerberg Rowin (M.A. 2009) is a marketing manager for Bedford-St. Martins.
  • Jill Fennell (M.A. 2014) is aPh. D. candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Tabitha Lowery (M.A. 2014) is a Ph.D. candidate and W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at West Virginia University.
  • Christopher Gage (M.A. 2008) is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Florida.
  • Esther Guenat (M.A. 2008) teaches at Temple College, Texas.
  • Kara Marler-Kennedy(M.A. 2002)completed her Ph.D. at Rice University.
  • Rotem May (M.A. 2006) teaches at Axia College.
  • Karen Beth Strovas (M.A. 2007) is Assistant Professor of English at Wayland Baptist University.
  • Megan Peiser (M.A. 2009) is a Ph. D. candidate at University of Missouri, Columbia.
  • Elizabeth Porter (M.A. 2006) is a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University.
  • Lauren Wallace (M.A. 2009) teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.
  • Kelly Wisecup (M.A. 2005) completed her Ph.D at the University of Maryland and is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Texas.
  • Brian Yost (M.A. 2009) completed his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Georgia.

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