Kathryn Auner, GTA

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.

Divya Bhalla, GTA

Amy Billings, GTA

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.

Abigail Breyer, GTA

Alex Burdge, GTA

Alexander Burdge is a doctoral student in Literature, having previously received his MA in English and BA in Environmental Studies from KU. He is concerned primarily with modern British and Irish poetry in the “visionary” or Romantic traditions, especially such authors as W.B Yeats, T.S. Eliot, David Jones, Kathleen Raine, and Vernon Watkins. Critical and philosophical interests include poetics and literary ontology, metaphysics and the sophia perennis, and environmental representation. He also has an abiding interest in modern French poetry, particularly Paul Claudel, Patrice de La Tour du Pin, and François Mauriac.

Arnab Chakraborty, GTA

Jimin Choi, GTA

Dana Comi, GTA

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.

Meagan Dermody, GTA

Susan Duba, GTA

Kristen Emanuel, GTA

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.

Lisa Favicchia, GTA

Brynn Fitzsimmons, GTA

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. ​

Erika Gradstaff, GTA

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, GTA

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.

Ryan Harrigan, GTA

Jade Harrison, GTA

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.

Jasmine Holthaus, GTA

Taylor Irwin, GTA

Shayna Israel, 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). He has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Best Small Fictions Anthology, and Best Microfiction. Though mostly focusing on free verse, lyrical, and narrative poetry, Korbin also works in literary translation, fabulism, and nonfiction. His scholarly interests include queerness, trauma, Latin America (specifically Paraguay), folklore, multimodal rhetoric, and the Guaraní language. Publications include SFO: Photos and Poetry about San Francisco, which he translated from Spanish (Tolsun Books 2019); songs for the long night., his debut collection of poetry (QueerMojo 2019); and “MOONSICK,” an epic poem in the form of a chapbook (Finishing Line Press 2020). Korbin also founded Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal, where he is currently the editor-in-chief.

Logan Jorgenson, GTA

Steven Knapp, GTA

Kim Kankiewicz, GTA

Emma Kostopolus, GTA

Sarah Kugler, GTA

Tracey Lien, GTA

Cassidy Locke, GTA

Yee-Lum Mak, GTA

Sandya Maulana, GTA

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.

Sharon Mugg, GTA

Molly Murphy, GTA

Ogochukwu Ngwudike, GTA

Zachary Parker, GTA

Christopher Peace, GTA

Meleah Perez, GTA

Meleah Perez is a poetry student in the MFA program. She enjoys studying and writing narrative, lyrical, and confessional poetry. Her recent interests also include memoirs and contemporary fiction. Meleah earned her B.A. from the University of Arkansas in journalism and creative writing. Academic interests include politics, race, medicine, and how the three create a context for writing about one's experience in historically marginalized groups.

Faith Scheidemantle, GTA

Elizabeth Schurman, GTA

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.

Katelyn Shirley, GTA

Ashley Simmns, GTA

Zachary Smith, GTA

Hannah Soyer, GTA

Suzanne Tanner, GTA

Kyle Teller, GTA

Kyle Teller (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. student in English 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 record at KU specializing in instructional design, curriculum development, information literacy, and adult learning theory. Her goal is to create accessible, multimodal courses that engage diverse learners with varied incoming skillsets. Her doctoral research interests include cultural studies, creative writing, and adult learning theory. While designing and managing various learning environments, she has also worked extensively in the publishing industry as both editor and designer for various presses and journals, including Willow Springs Books, LandLocked, Beecher's, and others. Her own creative writing often explores the intersections of the body, identity, and magic, and her works appear in The Atticus Review, The Pinch, Grimoire, and elsewhere. For samples of her work, see

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.

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. 

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.

Brendan Williams-Childs, GTA

Brendan Williams-Childs is a Fiction MFA candidate. He received his BA from American University in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared on NPR, in Catapult, Nat. Brut, and in various anthologies. See more at

Ashley Wood, GTA

Nadine Worley, GTA

Wen Xin, GTA

Miriam Young, 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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