Meet Our Students
Sarah Brockhaus is a first-year MFA candidate in poetry at LSU. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and
graduated from Salisbury University in Maryland with a B.A. in English. She is blog
editor for The Shore Poetry and a reader for Poet Lore. She is a two-time Best of the Net nominee and her poems can be found in places such as Sugar House Review, North American Review, Tupelo Quarterly, New South, and Cider Press Review.
Kyler Patrick Carter (he/him) is a writer, director, and producer from modest New Jersey. A spinner of
stories from the moment he could string together sentences, Kyler's writing investigates
bodies, religion, transition, and what we do with the passage of time. He graduated
from Pace University with his BA in Sociology-Anthropology, and is now pursuing his
MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. When he isn't on the phone
with family or scribbling in a notebook, he can be found curled up with thick socks
and a good book.
Šari Dale is a first-year MFA candidate from a resource town in Northern Canada. She received
her BA in English & Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia Okanagan
and has been copywriting + creating websites since. Her interests include moose, monster
trucks, and reality TV. Šari's work has been published in Event, The Malahat Review, and Grain among others. Her first collection of poetry, Para-Social Butterfly, was released with Metatron Press in 2022.
Taylor Denton was born in Springfield, Missouri. She began writing short stories when she was in
middle school, publishing her first poem at age thirteen. A graduate of the University
of Colorado Boulder with a BA in English, she is now working towards her MFA at Louisiana
State University in Baton Rouge. You can find Taylor’s creative work in several journals,
including Coffin Bell, the Anti-Languorous Project, and Scribble. Her novella, The Mountain, was published through Running Wild Press in 2019. Taylor’s
debut novel, Antlers of Bone, was published by Running Wild Press in 2022.
Nuha Fariha is a first-generation Bangladeshi American writer. She is currently earning her
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University. Her work has
been published in MAGMA, Thin Air, Stellium Literary, Roadrunner, and elsewhere. She is a 2023 Anaphora Arts Fellow, a 2023 Key West Writers Workshop
Fellow, and a 2022 Juniper Summer Institute Workshop Fellow. Her first book, God Mornings Tiger Nights, will be released in August 2023 with GameOverBooks. You can learn more about Nuha
Xavier Hawkins is an incoming MFA candidate hailing from Hampton University, born in Memphis, TN.
He is a poet with an affinity for flash fiction who focuses on relatability and capturing
moments. He is a recipient of the United Negro College Fund’s Mellon-Mays Research
Fellowship and studies the relationship between music and literature (particularly
within August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle plays). As a trombonist and melody enthusiast,
he enjoys making music and playing with words. A few of his poems can be found in
the Hampton Renaissance Literary Journal, and much more remains to come!
A first-year MFA candidate at LSU, Caldwell Holden
is a writer, bartender, and social artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received
his BA in Literature from Bennington College where he studied “Immersion Based Storytelling.”
He has also studied in Siena, Italy, completed a writing residency in Oatmeal Creek,
TX, and traveled the US living out of his jeep. His fiction has appeared in SHANTIH Journal
and is forthcoming in Atticus Review
. His journalism has appeared in 90.5 WESA
. You can learn more about him and his work here
Justin Howerton is a first-year MFA candidate primarily interested in poetry. Born and raised in
Memphis, he received his BA from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon and promptly returned
to the South. He writes about the pull of memory, the lies we wish were true, and
the magic of cars. His recent work can be found in The West Trade Review among other places.
Brett Hymel is a clay homunculus burdened with cognizance by process of alchemy. He was born
(concocted) in Melbourne, Florida. He will die in an undisclosed location (scrying
results inconclusive). Along the way he has made grave errors (majoring in philosophy,
teaching in the public school system), but he has since made full recovery. Literary
intrigues include the state of American education, the viscosity of cats, and figures
of Cajun folklore. Mediums of interest are the novel and forms adjacent. Add him to
mailing lists at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kayla Jackson is a multi-medium visual artist, classically trained vocalist, emcee, writer, spoken
word poet, and educator from New Orleans, Louisiana. Kayla received her Master’s degree
in English Literature from Tulane University, where she was the co-Founder and co-Captain
of their slam poetry team, Rhyme Verses Rhythm, who placed 7th in the International
Collegiate Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) competition. Currently, Kayla is
working toward her first music EP, her second collection of poetry and is attending
Louisiana State University as a Creative Writing MFA candidate.
A native of Louisiana, Matty Carville Joel is a MFA candidate at LSU, with a focus on creative nonfiction. A graduate of Hobart
and William Smith Colleges, Matty has worked for the Seneca Review, LSU Press, and The Southern Review and served as a speechwriter in the Mayor's Office at New Orleans City Hall. Since
2018, Matty has also served nationwide as a certified full spectrum doula, childbirth
educator, and advocate for accessible, comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all.
In her free time, Matty is an avid aquarist and lives with her husband, two dogs and
cat in Baton Rouge. You can reach her anytime at email@example.com.
Jalen Jones is a Creole, Black and Filipino American writer from Los Angeles. His prose and poetry
explores the surrealist condition of living in America as a person of color. Like
all Californians, Jalen has had his fair share of celebrity sightings. He has worked
at the Oscars, directed an Emmy Award winning PSA, and once, Emma Stone generously
stepped on his foot. He is also a staff writer for Mixed Asian Media. Jalen’s creative
work has been published by Geez and Rainy Day Magazine. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, and this is his first year
in Louisiana State University’s MFA program. You can contact him through email at
is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry. After graduating with a B.A. in English
from Loyola University New Orleans in 2015, she moved to New York to pursue a career
in publishing. Over six years Erin worked as an editorial assistant for Columbia University
Press, Routledge Research, and Penguin Random House. Her poems and essays have appeared
in Chestnut Review
, Hobart After Dark
, Juxtaprose Magazine
, New Orleans Review
, Pembroke Magazine
, and trampset
Parker Logan has a BA in English from Florida State University and is currently pursuing an MFA
in creative writing, here, at Louisiana State University. His work is concerned with
the south, labor, sexuality, sometimes, identity, most of the time, and self-care,
all the time. In his free time, Parker is writing golden shovel poems to his friends
and growing watermelons in their poetry garden, too.
Halley McArn is an MFA candidate at Louisiana State University with a focus on creative nonfiction.
Originally from the northeast, she worked for several years as a caseworker and database
designer for education nonprofits. She’s served as the Nonfiction Editor for the New Delta Review and as an editorial assistant at Speculative Nonfiction. You can find her work in Bright Wall/Dark Room.
Bunny Morris is a second-year MFA candidate in poetry at LSU. He is a trans multimedia artist
born and raised in Louisville, KY. Its work revolves around eroticism, gender, and
the disintegrating boundaries between pain and pleasure. His recent work can be found
in Red Noise Collective, SELFFUCK Magazine, and Anti-Heroin Chic. If you’re interested
in reading about sex work and fish, check out his chapbook A Performance of My Ecstasy (Gap Riot Press 2020). Otherwise, he’s talking about video games.
Emilie Rodriguez is an MFA candidate in Fiction and the former Editor-in-Chief of New Delta Review. A Latinx writer from San Diego, CA, she earned her B.A. from UC Davis. Emilie is
focused on writing stories that explore family dynamics and personal identity within
the Latinx community. Her favorite spaces to write about are the magical, the real,
the fantastical, the painful, and everything in between. Which is another way of saying
anything is game.
Sunny Rosen is an MFA candidate in fiction who loves to write on the borderline of speculative
and literary. Originally from Newark, Delaware, she lived in New Zealand and Florida
before landing in Baton Rouge. Her work has appeared in outlets like Taco Bell Quarterly and The Huffington Post, and she has won an Elda Wollaeger Gregory Poetry Award and a David Madden MFA Award
for Fiction. Sunny also works as a copywriter and publicity coordinator for LSU Press
and The Southern Review, and she serves as the fiction editor of New Delta Review.
Zach Shultz is a third-year MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University.
He has served as nonfiction editor for New Delta Review and editorial assistant for The Southern Review. He is a 2019 Lambda Literary nonfiction fellow and a 2022 Indiana University Writers'
Conference fiction fellow. Before LSU, he worked for many years as a paralegal for
immigration lawyers in New York City. Zach holds a BA in Spanish and Sociology from
the University of Kentucky and an MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.
His work has appeared in Lit Hub, Electric Literature, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.
Brooke Stanish is a writer from Sunrise, Florida and an MFA candidate at Louisiana State University.
She writes poetry and fiction that engage with the terrains of memory, philosophy,
and the inner life, exploring the ways in which language and art can provide embodied
encounters with meaning. Her poems, stories, and essays can be found in America, The Windhover, Time of Singing, Cantos, Living Waters Review, and other publications.
Rose Torres is a second-year MFA candidate at LSU, with a focus on poetry. A graduate of the
University of Texas at Austin, Rose previously worked at UT's University Writing Center,
assisting undergraduate students in developing their high-order thinking, grammar,
formatting, and overall voice. Her writing focuses on memorializing mundane moments
and exploring how it feels to be a young Latina who has many unanswered questions.
She enjoys green tea.
Alejandra Vansant grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
She enjoys poetry, quilting, and walking around.
an chang joon was born in Seoul, Korea, but raised somewhere between Uzbekistan, Korea, and the
eastern coast of the United States. His writing explores borders, not as a flat line,
but as a liminal space of their own. He is never entirely sure how to navigate between
his two-and-a-half names. His prose can be found on Barnstorm and Blue Earth Review and was the runner-up for the Gulf Coast Review’s 2022 Fiction Contest. an chang
joon has an upcoming essay with Atticus Review, and his essay was the runner-up for Columbia Journal’s 2020 Winter Contest. He is the Korean translator for Nellie Hermann’s novel, The Season of Migration.
Jami Kleinpeter is a writer out of South Louisiana, with a wide range of writing interests such as
screenwriting, poetry, and critical prose. Currently,she is a teacher at Louisiana
State University, where she is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing, specializing
in poetry. She was the co-director of the reading series Underpass and has served
the last two years on the committee of the English Graduate Student Association. Her
published work can be found in the Oakland Art Review.
Ian U Lockaby
is the author of "Defensible Space/if a crow—" (Omnidawn) and "A Seam of Electricity"
(Ghost Proposal). He is the translator of "Gardens," by Chilean poet Carlos Cociña
(Cardboard House Press) and his work has been/will be published in journals such as
Fence, Poetry Northwest, Bennington Review, Denver Quarterly, Black Warrior Review
, and Poetry Daily
. He edits the online journal mercury firs
, and with fahima ife, co-edits the forthcoming journal LUCIUS.
penda mbaye z. smith is a Senegalese American writer, educator, and scholar whose work explores the role
of pleasure in the search for and movement toward Black liberation. She has received
support from the Watering Hole, Sun Valley Writers Conference, and Cave Canem fellowship.
Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, Muzzle Magazine, Interim Poetics, Root Work Journal, and more. penda teaches English at Louisiana State University. She enjoys napping.