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Marty Baldwin, GTA

Alyse Bensel, GTA
Alyse Bensel is the author Not of Their Own Making (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and Shift (Plan B Press, 2012). Her poetry has most recently appeared in Mid-American Review, Menacing Hedge, Heavy Feather Review, and burntdistrict, among others. She serves as the Book Review Editor at The Los Angeles Review and Managing Editor of Beecher’s. She is a third-year PhD student in creative writing at the University of Kansas. 

Divya Bhallla, GTA

Tina Blue, Lecturer

Rachel Broenkow, GTA

Matthew Broussard, GTA
Matthew Broussard holds a BA from Southwestern University, a MA from the University of Texas at Dallas, and is working on his PhD at the University of Kansas in English – Literature. His academic interests include identity, passing, colorism, otherness, and post-colonialism from the Harlem Renaissance through contemporary literature. Outside of teaching and scholarship, Matthew is involved with The Project on the History of Black Writing at KU, which is dedicated to innovative literary scholarship and recovery in black studies. 

Creighton Nicholas Brown, GTA
Doctoral student in English Literature; M.A. in English Literature (University of North Dakota); B.A. in English, Spanish & Hispanic Studies, and Religion (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN). Research interests: 20th and 21st-century literature of the global south; postcolonial theory; life writing; and critical pedagogy.

Rachel Brown, GTA

Jordan Burr, GTA

Danny Caine, GTA
Danny Caine is pursuing his MFA in poetry at the University of Kansas. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Ohio ReviewAtticus ReviewOff the Coast, and The Cafe Review. Holder of an MA in English from John Carroll University, he is former editor of The John Carroll Review. He is co-editor of Beecher’s.  In 2014, he was the masters-level recipient of the 2014 Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award. For more info and samples of his work, see dannycaine.com.

Josh Canipe, GTA

Peter Carrillo, GTA

Paula Console-Soican, Lecturer

Douglas Crawford-Parker, Lecturer

Will Cunningham, GTA

Megan Dennis, GTA

Adam Desnoyers, Lecturer

Leighann Dicks, GTA

Kathryn DuBois, GTA

Cody Dye, GTA

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
Heather Emge, Lecturer
Stephen Evans, Lecturer
Garrett Fiddler, GTA
Melissa Gilstrap, GTA
Melissa Gilstrap is a second-year Master’s student at the University of Kansas focusing on social critique in nineteenth-century American women’s fiction. Other interests include nineteenth-century queer literatures, feminist Marxism, New Historicism, the digital humanities, and Mark Twain. She graduated with University and Departmental Honors from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in English and a Bachelor of Journalism.
Jason Goodvin, GTA
Justin Hampton, GTA
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.
Jacqueline Holland, GTA
Mark Jaskowski, GTA
Stephen Johnson, Lecturer
Megan Jones, GTA
Casey Keel, GTA
Casey is currently working on her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Knasas. She earned a B.A. in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition from Creighton University. Her research interests include Digital Media, African American Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, and Visual Rhetoric.

Meaghan Kelly, GTA
Meaghan is pursuing her M.A. in Literature & Literary Theory and a Graduate Certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies. She received her B.A. in English and Secondary Education at Framingham State University. Her research interests include poststructuralist/feminist literary theory, global and domestic human rights, representations of human rights in literature, and not-for-profit organization operations. Meaghan also holds a position at KU’s Achievement and Assessment Institute researching for Dynamic Learning Maps, a national assessment consortium for K-12 students with cognitive disabilities.

Melissa Kleinschmidt, GTA
Melissa is an MA student at the University of Kansas studying Medieval and Early Modern Literature. She recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Concordia University Wisconsin double-majoring in Secondary Education and English. She is particularly interested in investigating patterns of word choice, plot elements, and stage properties, as well as how these patterns mirror the historical and cultural implications for and understandings of the medieval and early modern audience. Her other interests include manuscript studies, cyclical narratives, science fiction in contemporary culture, and dystopian literature.

Robert Knapp, GTA
Robert Knapp is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry. He holds a MA in Literature from the University of Montana and a BA in English from the University of Kansas. His research interests include the work of writers from the Beat Generation and the Black Mountain School, especially Ed Dorn, Robert Duncan, and Kenneth Irby. Also: experimental poetics, the occult, alchemical poetics, performance poetry, mysticism, classical antiquity, queer & trans theory, ecopoetics, melancholy, Pound, & Shakespeare

Margaret Rayburn Kramar, Lecturer
Margaret Kramar is a lecturer who recently completed the Ph.D. in the areas of modernism, autobiography and disability studies.  She is currently working on a revision of her creative dissertation, now titled Sometimes They Die: A Manual for Losing a Child or Anything Else of Vital Importance.  A chapter from this work captured the first place award in the Kansas Authors Club District Contest.  Her creative nonfiction has most recently appeared in Joy Interrupted: An Anthology on Motherhood and Loss and Echoes from the Prairie: a Collection of Short Memoirs. She and her family live at Hidden Hollow Farm where they produce organically grown fruits, vegetables and free-range eggs.

Tim Lantz, GTA
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.

Chelsea Lantz-Cashman, GTA

Aaron Long, GTA
Aaron researches mechanized transportation in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century British literatures with particular interest in constructed bodies (e.g., cyborgs, androids, and robots, but also aeroplanes, automobiles, motor bicycles, and submarines, to name a few).  He generally teaches 100-level composition courses and 200-level special topics courses in literature, such as “Wings as Weapons from The Iliad to Iron Man” and “Sea Monsters & Submarines”; he occasionally teaches 300-level courses.  He also works for KU’s Center for Teaching Excellence, where he researches course design, assessment, and student learning.  He loves good coffee, bad puns, chess, and his 1982 Yamahopper.  Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Mark Luce, Lecturer

Charlesia McKinney, GTA

Hui Meng, GTA
Doctoral student (University of Kansas), M.A. in English (University of Kansas), B.A. in English (Heilongjiang University). Areas of interest: 20th Century American literature; Immigrant Literature; Chinese American Literature; Autobiography; Translation Studies; Modern Chinese Literature.

Adam Miller, GTA
Adam Miller is pursuing his M.F.A. in creative writing. He earned his B.A. with honors in Religious Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He writes broadly speculative and fantastical fiction, as well as lyrical essays. Though his focus is creative, he is currently studying creative writing pedagogy. This past summer he taught creative writing courses for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and is slated to present a paper on speculative fiction writing at the Creative Writing and Innovative Pedagogies Conference. ​

David Miller, GTA

Adam Mills, GTA
Adam Mills is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing-Fiction at the University of Kansas. He previously received a B.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in English from Missouri State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast Writing Program. His areas of interest include creative writing pedagogy, narratology, short fiction, fantasy and science fiction, weird fiction, mythology, comic books and graphic narratives, and experimental/non-linear narratives. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as Ideomancer and The Thackery Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. He's also an editor for the World Fantasy Award-Nominated webzine Weird Fiction Review, where he regularly conducts interviews and reviews featured work, among other duties.

Andrew Moos, GTA

Aron Muci, GTA

Chelsea J. Murdock, GTA
Chelsea is a student in Rhetoric and Composition. She received her B.A. in English from Kennesaw State University with a minor in professional writing. Chelsea’s areas of interest and research include: Native American rhetoric(s) (as well as literature,  and  linguistics),  multi- and remix literacies (primarily fan works and creations),  multimodal composition,  made-things, digital rhetoric,  composition  pedagogy,  knowledge transfer,  and audience. Chelsea also works as a graduate writing consultant and peer group facilitator at the University of Kansas Writing Center.

Angela Murphy, GTA
Doctoral student in Rhetoric and Composition (University of Kansas); M.A. in English (Northwest Missouri State University); B.A. in Creative Writing (University of Missouri-Kansas City); Associate of Science (Northwest Missouri State University). Research interests: Rhetoric, multilingual literacy, feminist theory, and international pedagogies. Conferences: RNF at CCCC (2014); Sigma Tau Delta (2012, 2013); Comparative Drama Conference (2012, 2013).

Sheila Murphy, Lecturer

Sarah Ngoh, GTA
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!​

Richard Noggle, Lecturer

Kate Nygren, GTA

Jonathan Patterson, GTA

Jason Poole, GTA

Kate Russell, GTA

Simone Savannah, GTA
Doctoral student in Creative Writing. B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Ohio University; MEd in Cultural Studies from Ohio University. Her areas of interests include Creative Writing (Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction), 19th and 20th Century African American and Black Feminist/Womanist Literature, Sexuality Studies, and autobiography/memoir. She is a contributing writer for the Project on the History of Black Writing's African American Literary Blog. 

Hannah Scupham, GTA
Hannah is currently working on her M.A. in Literature at the University of Kansas.  She earned her B.A. in English Literature and German Studies at Valparaiso University.  She recently was the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, which allowed her to work as English teacher at a secondary school in Chemnitz, Germany. Her research interests include: 19thcentury British literature, specifically sensationalism, popular, and gothic literature; gender studies and feminist theory; transnationalism; and psychology.

Dion Simmons, GTA

Amanda Sladek, GTA
Doctoral student in Rhetoric and Composition (University of Kansas). B.A. in English and Psychology (Midland University). Areas of interest include composition pedagogy and writing knowledge transfer; theories of audience; literacy studies; and English language studies, especially World Englishes and multilingualism. Amanda has an article forthcoming in the International Journal for Educational Integrity. She is also a Graduate Assistant at KU's Center for Teaching Excellence and a project assistant on the Collaborative Humanities Redesign Project (CHRP).

Brian Steinbach, GTA

Rebecca Taussig, GTA

Stefanie Torres, GTA

Brittney Tyler-Milholland, 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.

Jessica Weatherford, GTA

Satarah Wheeler, GTA

Shane Wood, GTA
Doctoral student in English Rhetoric and Composition; M.A. in English Composition Theory (California State University, Fresno); B.A. in English Literature (Western Kentucky University). Areas of interest: composition theory, first-year writing programs, writing assessment, writing across the curriculum, and failure theory.

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 graduate of the MA program in creative writing at UC Davis. Her thesis explores rooms and trauma, as well as the relationship between science fiction and poetry. Meagen earned her BA in English and Film Studies from UC Berkeley, where she also studied translation. Her translations of poems by Tomas Tranströmer can be found in Alchemy. Meagen is former Editor-in-Chief of the American River Review. She is in her first year of doctoral studies in poetry at KU.

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