MFA Faculty

MFA Director Christian Kiefer with summer residence faculty

Fiction

Christian Kiefer, Ashland MFA Director

Christian Kiefer, Director

Fiction

Books by Christian Kiefer:

  • Kingdom of Wolves (forthcoming from Liveright / W.W. Norton)
  • Phantoms: A Novel (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2019)
  • One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide (Nouvella Books, 2016)
  • The Animals (W.W. Norton, 2015)
  • The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury, 2012)

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Kirstin Chen, Ashland MFA Fiction Faculty

Kirstin Chen

Fiction

Books by Kirstin Chen:

  • Bury What We Cannot Take (Little A/Amazon Publishing, 2018)
  • Soy Sauce for Beginners (New Harvest/Amazon Publishing, 2014)

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Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera

Fiction

Books by Nayomi Munaweera:

  • What Lies Between Us (St. Martin's Press, 2016)
  • Island of a Thousand Mirrors (St. Martin's Press, 2014, St. Martin's Griffin, 2016)

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Derek Palacio, Ashland MFA Fiction Faculty

Derek Palacio

Fiction

Books by Derek Palacio:

  • The Mortifications (Tim Duggan Books, 2016) 
  • How to Shake the Other Man (Nouvella Books, 2013)
  • His short story "Sugarcane" appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013 (Anchor Books2013)

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Matthew Salesses, Ashland MFA Fiction

Matthew Salesses

Fiction

Books by Matthew Salesses:

  •  Own Story: Essays (Little A/Amazon Publishing, forthcoming Spring 2019) 
  • The Murder of the Doppelganger: A Novel. (Little A/Amazon Publishing. forthcoming Fall 2018)
  • The Hundred-Year Flood: A Novel (Little A/Amazon Publishing, 2015) 
  • I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying: A Novel (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2013) 

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Naomi J. Williams, Ashland MFA fiction faculty

Naomi J. Williams

Fiction

Books by Naomi J. Williams

  • Landfalls (Farrar, Straus & Giroux (North America) and Little, Brown, UK (UK, Australia, New Zealand), 2015).

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Brian Conn, Ashland MFA Fiction Faculty

Brian Conn

Fiction

Books by Brian Conn:

  • The Fixed Stars: Thirty-Seven Emblems for the Perilous Season, winner of the Bard Fiction Prize

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Sarah Monette, MFA Faculty in Fiction

Sarah Monette

Fiction

Books by Sarah Monette / aka Katherine Addison:

  • The Goblin Emperor (Tor Books, 2014)
  • The Iskryne Series (with Elizabeth Bear, Tor Books): A Companion to Wolves (2007), The Tempering of Men (2011), An Apprentice to Elves (2015)
  • The Doctrine of Labrynths series (Ace Books): Melusine (2005), The Virtu (2006), The Mirador (2007), Corambis (2009)

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Poetry

Dexter L. Booth Ashland MFA Poetry

Dexter Booth

Poetry

Books by Dexter Booth:

  • Scratching the Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2013), winner of the 2014 Cave Canem Award

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Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Ashland MFA Poetry Faculty

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Poetry

Books by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo:

  • Cenzontle (BOA Editions LTD, 2018), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize
  • Dulce (Northwestern University Press, 2017), winner of the Drinking Gourd Prize
  • Children of the Land: A Memoir (Harper Collins, forthcoming)

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Kate Gale, Ashland MFA Poetry faculty

Kate Gale

Poetry

Books by Kate Gale

  • The Goldilocks Zone (University of New Mexico Press, 2014) 
  • Echo Light (Red Mountain Press, 2014)
  • Mating Season (Tupelo Press, 2004)
  • Fishers of Men (Red Hen Press, 2000)
  • Selling the Hammock (Red Hen Press, 1998)
  • Where Crows & Men Collide (Red Hen Press, 1995)
  • Blue Air (Garden Street Press, 1993)

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Sandra Simonds, Ashland MFA Poetry

Sandra Simonds

Poetry

Books by Sandra Simonds:

  • Orlando (Wave Books, 2018)
  • Further Problems with Pleasure (Akron Poetry Press, 2016)
  • Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015)
  • The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014)
  • Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012)
  • Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009)

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Creative Nonfiction

Chris Feliciano Arnold, Ashland MFA Creative Nonfiction faculty

Christopher Feliciano Arnold

Creative Nonfiction

Books by Christopher Feliciano Arnold:

  • The Third Bank of the RiverPower and Survival in the Twenty-First Century Amazon (Picador USA, 2018)

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Garrard Conley, creative non-fiction

Garrard Conley

Creative Nonfiction

Books by Garrard Conley:

  • Boy Erased (Riverhead, 2016)

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Lily Hoang, creative nonfiction faculty, Ashland MFA

Lily Hoang

Creative Nonfiction

Books by Lily Hoang

  • A Bestiary (Cleveland State Poetry Center, 2016), winner of CSU Poetry Center's Essay Collection Contest
  • Unfinished: stories finished by (Jaded Ibis Press, 2012)
  • The Evolutionary Revolution (Trenchart: Maneuvers) (Les Figues Press, 2010)
  • Changing (Fairy Tale Review Press, 2008)

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Kate Hopper, Ashland MFA creative nonfiction faculty

Kate Hopper

Creative Nonfiction

Books by Kate Hopper:

  • Silent Running: Our Family's Journey to the Finish Line with Autism with Robyn K. Schneider (Triumph Books, 2015)
  • Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood (University Of Minnesota Press, 2013)
  • Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers (Viva Editions, 2012)

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Lauren Markham, Ashland MFA Creative Nonfiction Faculty

Lauren Markham

Creative Nonfiction

Books by Lauren Markham:

  • The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life (Crown, 2017)

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Angela Morales, Ashland MFA Creative Nonfiction Faculty

Angela Morales

Creative Nonfiction

Books by Angela Morales:

  • The Girls from My Town (University of New Meixo Press, 2016), winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize and the 2017 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. 

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Katherine Standefer, Ashland MFA CNF Faculty

Katherine Standefer

Creative Nonfiction

Books by Katherine Standefer:

  • Lightning Flowers (Little, Brown & Company, forthcoming in 2019)

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Kelly Sundberg, MFA Faculty in Creative Nonfiction

Kelly Sundberg

Creative Nonfiction

Books by Kelly Sundberg:

  • Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival (HarperCollins, 2018)

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MFA Staff

Paige Brown, MFA Administrative Director

Paige Webb

Administrative Director

pwebb2@ashland.edu
419.289.5098

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Jaion D. Harris

Jaion D. Harris

Office Assistant

mfa@ashland.edu
419.289.5098

Sara Grider, MFA Department

Sara Grider

Office Assistant

mfa@ashland.edu
419.289.5098

Jackson Schultz, MFA Department

Jackson Schultz

Office Assistant

mfa@ashland.edu
419.289.5098