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Sayeeda Tahera Ahmad, GTA
Sayeeda Tahera Ahmad is an MFA candidate in Poetry at KU. Her debut poetry collection, Across Oceans, was published by Bengal Lights Books in Dhaka in November 2016. Her work has appeared in ditch, Stone’s Throw, Six Season’s Review, Anomaly, Wasafiri, Safina Radio Project, Arts & Letters, and Arbolarium, among others.

Jason Baltazar, GTA
Jason Baltazar writes strange stories. His work has appeared in Boston Review, F(r)iction Magazine, The Future Fire, and other venues. His research and teaching interests include creative writing, speculative fiction, Latinx literature, the occult, and anything featuring a good old-fashioned monstrous transformation.

Nick Banach, GTA

Divya Bhalla, GTA

Tina Blue, Lecturer

Anthony Boynton, GTA
Anthony Boynton is a Southern scholar-blerd based in Lawrence, KS and a doctoral student in English. This Georgia native earned his B.A. in English at Fort Valley State University and his M.A. in English at Georgia College & State University. He is a teacher, cultural critic, and speculative fiction writer who writes (and writes about) the future, magic, popular culture, gender, and blackness. He is an Editor for the Journal of Science Fiction. You can find his work on Abernathy Online, Open Cultural Studies, The Essay Review, and his personal blog.

Rachel Brown, GTA

Alex Burdge, GTA
Alex is working toward a Master's degree in literature, having received his BA in Environmental Studies from KU. He is concerned primarily with early modern poetry from Spenser to Milton, with other interests including formalist criticism and poetics, Platonism and Christian theology, and T. S. Eliot.

Jordan Burr, GTA

Arnab Chakraborty, GTA

Jimin Choi, GTA

Dana Comi, GTA

Douglas Crawford-Parker, Lecturer

Aundrea Davis, GTA
Aundrea Davis is working toward her master’s degree in literature. She earned her undergraduate degree in English literature from Missouri State University in 2017. Her research focuses on contemporary literature by African American and Caribbean women. Her interests include migration, trauma, gender, sexuality, identity, spirituality, and revolution..

Megan Dennis, GTA
Megan Dennis holds her MA from the University of Kansas, BA from William Jewell College, and is currently a doctoral student in English literature at KU. She holds a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from KU (Fall 2018). Dennis studies twentieth-century American literature with an emphasis in African American literature. Her completed Master's thesis traces the trajectory of early African American detective fiction through the works of Pauline Hopkins and Rudolph Fisher and investigates the inversion of traditional detective tropes as a way to question identity, race, and systems of knowledge. She regularly incorporates issues of race and gender in the writing and literature courses she teaches. In spring of 2018, she was the recipient of an Applied Humanities Summer Fellowship at the Kansas City Public Library through the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas, through which she contributed multiple articles to KCPL's digital humanities site, The Pendergast Years: Kansas City in the Jazz Age and Great Depression.

Adam Desnoyers, Lecturer

Kari Despain, GTA

Leighann Dicks, GTA

Susan Duba, GTA

Kathryn DuBois, GTA

Cody Dye, Lecturer

Meghara Eichhorn-Hicks, GTA
Meghara Eichhorn-Hicks is a Ph.D. candidate in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British and Irish literature; she holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Kansas. Meghara’s current research focuses on W.B. Yeats’s rhetorical construction of Ireland as an unpolluted, anti-industrial green space in the early years of the Irish Renaissance. Other research interests include cultural geography, Ecocriticism, pastoralism, and postcolonial studies.

Iain Ellis, Lecturer

Gibette Encarnación, GTA
Gibette Encarnación is working toward a doctorate in literature at the University of Kansas.  She holds a Masters degree in English from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI.  Gibette specializes in post-1960’s American literature with an emphasis in Latinx and Afro-Latinx literature.  She has a special interest in diasporic race studies in the Americas.  As part of her dissertation, she is currently researching Dominican writers in the United States and their transnational connections to the history and culture of the Dominican Republic.

Heather Emge, Lecturer

Derek Graf, GTA
Derek Graf received his BA in English from the University of South Florida and his MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Oklahoma State University. His research interests include contemporary American poetry, lyric theory, and postmodern American fiction. His poems have been published in Portland Review, Booth, The Boiler, The Cape Rock, and other journals. He is currently in his third year as a PhD student at the University of Kansas, where he teaches composition, creative writing, and introductory poetry courses. ​

Jeff Griffin, GTA
Jeff Griffin is the author of Lost and (University of Iowa Press, 2013). He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is an associate at Griffin Moss Industries, Inc., and operates the publishing house Slim Princess Holdings. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Creative Writing/Poetry at the University of Kansas. Research interests include poetry, literature of the desert southwest, and rural American literature.

Christopher Hall, GRA
Chris Hall is a PhD candidate and Hall Center for the Humanities Doctoral Fellow. He received his BA from KU and his MA from Arizona State. Hall's dissertation, Worlding Modernism: The Political, the Postcolonial, and the Modern Body, focuses on gender, race, and the nonhuman in modernism and modernity, and on allying modernism with the postcolonial and biopolitics. His work has appeared in the International Journal of Transmedia Literacy and is forthcoming in the Facta Ficta Journal of Theory, Narrative & Media and Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies. Hall also serves as Managing Editor for the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

Jacob Herrmann, GTA
Jacob is a PhD candidate in English Literature.  He earned his M.A. in English Literature from South Dakota State University in 2013.  His research interests include Medieval and Renaissance literature, monster theory, nationalism, and writing pedagogy.

Giovana Hill, GTA
Giovana Hill is a PhD student in Rhetoric, Language, and Composition. She has a background in Journalism and English/Creative Writing and seeks to endeavor how to weave creative writing practices into teaching composition for transfer across disciplines for both native and non-native English writers, beyond academic pursuits into the workplace. Her research focus on a melange of translingual studies and how the approaches to multilingual students can also benefit native English speakers.

Marcus Höhne, GTA
Marcus Höhne attended the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg for his undergraduate coursework for English and German for teaching Gymnasium. He completed his M.A. in German through the University of Kansas in Spring 2015. In Fall 2015, he began his doctoral studies with the English Department at KU focusing on early modern English literature. His research interests include ‘Shakespeare and Religion’, ‘Shakespeare and Music’, German-English cultural and political intersections in early modern English literature, and receptions and adaptions of Shakespeare in Germany. His essay “Hamlet in Elsinore, Hamlet in Wittenberg: Traces of the Protestant Reformation in Shakespeare’s Tragedy” was published in the essay collection Critical Insights: Hamlet, ed. by Robert C. Evans, under Grey House Publishing in January 2019.

Lucia Iglesias, GTA
Lucia Iglesias holds a B.A. from Brown University and is pursuing her MFA in Fiction at the University of Kansas. If she were in a fairytale, her godmothers would be Angela Carter, Catherynne Valente, and Margaret Atwood. And she wouldn’t be a princess, but she would be part wolf. Her speculative fiction has appeared in Shimmer, Liquid Imagination, Flash Fiction Magazine, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, and other publications. 

James Jackson, GTA

Sandra Jacobo, GTA
Alessandra (Sandra) Jacobo is a PhD student in the English department. Her research focuses on Afro-Caribbean narratives from the Hispanophone Caribbean and Haiti. At present, her pedagogical goals are to teach and present her students with Caribbean literature; highlighting other[ed] experiences of blackness in the United States.

Mark Jaskowski, GTA

Korbin Jones, GTA
Korbin received his Bachelor of Arts in Writing: Creative Writing & Publishing and in Spanish from Northwest Missouri State University (Spring 2018). He is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas (Spring 2021). Korbin mostly works in free verse, lyrical, and narrative poetry; literary translation; fabulism and magical realism; and nonfiction. His scholarly interests often revolve around queerness, contemporary poetics, Latin American narratives, multilingual practices, South American folklore/mythologies, and the country of Paraguay. Publications include SFO: Photos and Poems about San Francisco, which he translated from Spanish (Tolsun Books, April 2019); songs for the long night., his debut collection of poetry (QueerMojo, April 2019); and several individual pieces published in various literary magazines and journals (Levee Magazine, The Oakland Review, Indolent Books, The Vehicle, The Blue Route, and Obra/Artifact, among others). Korbin founded Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal, where he is currently the editor-in-chief, and in the past worked for The Laurel Review (GreenTower Press) as an editorial assistant and associate editor.

Casey Keel, GTA
Casey Keel is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric & Composition. She is interested in researching neoliberal rhetorics, activist and community rhetorics, and diverse career professionalization for Humanities graduate students. In addition to being both a graduate instructor and the communications assistant at the Spencer Museum of Art, she collaboratively develops social action initiatives at the Spencer. Casey is pursuing a communications career in cultural institutions throughout the Kansas City region.

Emma Kostopolus, GTA

Sarah Kugler, GTA

Tim Lantz, Lecturer
Jonathan (Tim) Lantz earned an MA in English from Illinois State University (where he was a Sutherland Fellow for his poetry) and a BA in English from Central Michigan University. Currently a PhD student at KU, he is interested in hybrid forms between poetry and essay. His work has appeared in Prick of the Spindle, Blip Magazine, Airplane Reading, alice blue, DIAGRAM, and other publications. His research interests include Chinese and Chinese American literature and languages, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, and code-switching in creative writing.

Aaron Long, GTA

Aaron researches mechanical, animal, and mechanical animal bodies in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature.  His dissertation, The Rise of the Mechanimal, traces the confluence of imperialism and the ways that writers of scientific romance imagined futuristic, animal-shaped machines.  He is a recipient of the William and Mary Burgan Prize from the Midwest Victorian Studies Association, and of the Daniel J. Bernstein Future Faculty Teaching Award from KU’s Center for Teaching Excellence. Curriculum Vitae (Pdf).

Demetra McBrayer, GTA

Demetra McBrayer is a current master’s student who graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2013 and studied internationally in the UK for a brief period. Her interests are in nineteenth-century American literature and print culture, examining the ways in which these two concepts create an American identity and negate voices disparate from the ideal narrative

Charlesia McKinney, GTA

Joshua McKnight, GTA
Joshua McKnight is an aspiring PhD candidate in English literature focusing on Jacobean tragicomedy and Early Modern Drama more generally, with theoretical interests in the Pragmatist and Humanist traditions. He also loves novels, some fantasy and science fiction, games (whether analog or digital), and this new Golden Age of the small screen, and at times harbors daydreams of writing on these topics.

David Miller, GTA

Sheila Murphy, Lecturer

Sarah Ngoh, Lecturer
PhD in English (University of Kansas), M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies (University of Louisville), M.A. in Pan-African Studies (University of Louisville), B.A. in English literature (Ottawa University). Areas of interest: African literature, African masculinities, nationalisms, post-colonial theory, gender and sexuality theory, feminist theory, American protest literature, contemporary Native American literature and criticism, African American literature, and criticism and writing pedagogy. Sarah also specializes in awesomeness!

Ogochukwu Ngwudike, GTA

Kate Nygren, GTA

Jonathan Patterson, GTA

Arielle Raymos, GTA
Arielle Raymos is an M.A. literature theory student and a graduate teaching assistant at KU, from Manchester, Tennessee who received a B.A. in English from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee with minors in history and African American studies. Currently interested in African American literature, specifically LGBT authors such as James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. 

Brett Salsbury, GTA
Brett Salsbury has had individual poems published in journals such as Causeway Lit, The Poet’s Billow, Poetry City USA, and Foothill, and was once nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the MFA program at UNLV, he has also served as a writer-in-residence at Sundress Academy for the Arts. His broad writing and research interests include ecopoetry, lyric essays, art history, literary theory, and Kansas and the Great Plains.

Hannah Scupham, GTA
Hannah Scupham is a doctoral student in Literature at the University of Kansas and her scholarly interests include: nineteenth-century British literature, semiotics, embodiment, popular fiction, and gender/sexuality studies. She is originally from Indiana, and received her B.A. in English and German from Valparaiso University and her M.A. in Literature from the University of Kansas. Currently a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Kansas as well as a Lilly Graduate Program Fellow, she was also the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship.

Silvan Spicer, GTA

Brian Steinbach, GTA

Suzanne Tanner, GTA

Jesse Tatum, GTA

Kyle Teller, GTA
Kyle Teller (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. student in Literature and Creative Writing at KU. She holds an M.F.A. from Eastern Washington University and a B.A. in English from Concordia College (Moorhead). She is a current instructor of composition and creative writing courses, teaching analytical writing, research, documentation, and style. Her research interests include nineteenth-century British literature, ecocriticism, speculative literature, and monster studies. She has worked extensively in the publishing industry as both designer and editor for various presses, including Willow Springs Books, LandLocked, Beecher's, and others. Her creative writing often explores the intersections of the body, identity, and magic, and her works appear in The Pinch, Whiskey Island, Grimoire, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere.  

Annie Trinh, GTA
Annie Trinh is an MFA student in the Creative Writing Program. A VONA alumni, she has been published in the A3 Literary Review, Litro Magazine, and Emrys Journal.  Her writing and research interests include Southeast Asian diaspora, experimental literature, postcolonial studies, and narrative theory. Currently, she is working on a collection of short stories focusing on the Vietnamese family and the history of trauma through the different generations.

Stefanie Torres-Macsimowicz, GTA

Michael Valk, Lecturer

Ayah Hasan Wakkad, GTA
Ayah Wakkad earned her B.A. and M.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Jordan (UJ), where she also worked as a TA around five and a half years. Recently, she has been granted a GTA scholarship from KU to pursue her PhD in Modern British Literature. Her research interests include comparative jail literature, colonial and postcolonial literature.

Kali Jo Wacker, GTA
Kali Jo Wacker is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition who is also pursuing a Certificate in Museum Studies. She earned a BA in Journalism and Graphic Design from Northwestern College (IA), which she expands upon for her current research in multimodal composition, visual rhetoric, design literacy, innovative pedagogy, and new materialism studies. In addition to being a graduate student and teaching introductory composition courses, Kali Jo is a graduate fellow for KU’s Center for Teaching Excellence, where she serves as the media and web designer and works with faculty across the university on innovative teaching projects. 

Jessica Weatherford, GTA

Lesley Wheeler, GTA

Robbin Williams, GTA

Candice Wuehle, GTA
Candice is the author of the chapbooks curse words: a guide in 19 steps for aspiring transmographs (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and EARTH*AIR*FIRE*WATER*ÆTHER (Grey Books Press, 2015). Some of her poetry can be found in Tarpaulin Sky, The Volta, The Colorado Review, The Fairy Tale Review, SPORK or PRELUDE and her essays can be read in Coldfront and The Heavy Feather Review. She is originally from Iowa City, Iowa and holds an MFA in poetry from Iowa Writers’ Workshop as well as an MA in Literature from the University of Minnesota. Currently a Chancellor’s Fellow at The University of Kansas as well as Poetry Editor for Beecher’s Magazine, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination.

Wen Xin, GTA

Meagen Youngdahl, GTA
Meagen Youngdahl is a hybrid writer and a doctoral candidate in creative writing. She holds a BA in English and Film Studies from UC Berkeley and an MA in English (Creative Writing) from UC Davis. Her work, which is largely influenced by her ongoing research in (bio)semiotics, aims to challenge boundaries between critical and creative writing and thought. An excerpt from her dissertation project, Animal Knowledge (Notes for My Daughter Who Must Live Here), is forthcoming in Food and Medicine: A Biosemiotic Perspective (Springer).



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