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Our graduate students come from all parts of the country as well as Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Indonesia, and Australia. They write no single type of narrative or poetry. What they have in common is the faculty's deep interest in and critical support of their work.

Recent graduates of our program have won the 2013 Pushcart Prize, the 2012 Arab American Book Award, the 2012 Anne Halley Prize from Massachusetts Review, the 2011 Tim R. McGinnis Award from The Iowa Review, the 2010 Cleveland Arts Prize for Emerging Artist and the 2010 International Publication Award from the Atlanta Review, among other honors. Our graduates have also been awarded recent National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in fiction, poetry, and translation, as well as Wallace Stegner, Bush Foundation, and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships.

Information about the professional activities of our graduates prior to 2002 can be found at Alumni News.

Alison Powell’s On the Desire to Levitate (Ohio U.P., 2014)
Congratulations to Alison Powell (Poetry, 2006) whose On the Desire to Levitate won last year’s Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, and has just been released by Ohio University Press.
(Cover design by IU alumni and poet/book designer Mary Speaker)

This striking collection includes vivid, unflinching meditations on aging, mythology, poetry, and family. In tight, elegant lines that alternate between homage and elegy, these poems explore known subjects with a rebellious eye: a defeated Hercules and a bitter Eurydice, a sympathetic Lucifer, and generations of adolescent girls as mythical adventurers moving within a beloved but confining Midwest. Yet in Powell's skillful hands, hardship never overtakes: as judge Charles Hood writes, “There's often a delicious humor in this work, and always a deep and lasting integrity.”
http://www.ohioswallow.com/book/On+the+Desire+to+Levitate

Amelia Martens received an MFA from Indiana University in 2007 and is an adjunct instructor at West Kentucky Community & Technical College where she helps to edit Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art. She was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Recently, her poems have appeared in Bellingham Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Whiskey Island, and Willow Springs. Her first poetry chapbook, Purgatory, won the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012. Floating Wolf Quarterly published her next chapbook, Clatter, online in 2013. Her third poetry chapbook, A Series of Faults, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2014. She is married to the poet Britton Shurley; their collaborative projects include two daughters. Please visit: www.ameliamartens.com

Laurie Filipelli is the author of a collection of poems, Elseplace, released by Brooklyn Arts Press in 2013. She earned her MFA from Indiana University and now lives in Austin, Texas where she works as a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach. Her essays and poems have appeared or are forthcoming at Coldfront, The Rumpus, Web del Sol: The Potomac, Madison Review, Salamander, apt, and So and So Magazine.

(2000 Graduate) Nikki Moustaki’s memoir, “The Bird Market of Paris: a Memoir,” is forthcoming from Henry Holt in early 2015. Nikki holds an MA in poetry from New York University (1997), an MFA in poetry from Indiana University (2000), and an MFA in fiction from NYU (2008). She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry, along with other national writing awards, including three Pushcart Press nominations. Her poetry and essays have appeared in various literary magazines, anthologies, and textbooks, including Poetry After 9-11: An Anthology of New York Poets, and America Now, chosen by Robert Atwan, editor of the Best American Essays series; she has also published fiction in the American Literary Review, and others. Nikki’s 45 published educational and how-to books, on topics from choosing a college to training dogs, have been translated into five languages and have sold over half a million copies worldwide, including “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Poetry” and the Cliff’s Notes to “Dante’s Inferno” and Orwell’s “1984.” Before beginning her career as a freelance writer and editor, Nikki worked as an acquisitions and development editor at Macmillan Publishing and IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., where she specialized in the non-fiction market and edited more than 60 non-fiction titles. Nikki splits her time between New York City and Miami Beach.


Kelly Wilson Porter (2011 Graduate) Kelly Wilson Porter is a 2011 graduate of Indiana University with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (poetry) and an M.A. in English Literature. Her poems have appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Ruminate Magazine, Third Coast, and Pank Magazine. Kelly has a B.A. in English and Political Science from DePauw University. Currently, she works at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on making postsecondary education a reality for more Americans. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two dogs.

Bradley Bazzle (2010 Graduate) Bradley Bazzle's stories appear in New England Review, The Iowa Review, Epoch, Phoebe, New Ohio Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, and elsewhere. His writing has won awards from the Ledig House International Writers Residency, CollegeHumor.com, New Ohio Review (judged by Stuart Dybek), and The Iowa Review, which gave him its Tim R. McGinnis Award for humor. He lives in Athens, Georgia, where he's working on a PhD at UGA.

Elizabeth Hoover (2010 Graduate) Elizabeth Hoover is now the Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University where she is also an assistant professor of Creative Writing. http://www.jmu.edu/furiousflower/


Luke Hankins (2009 Graduate)
Luke Hankins (MFA, '09) is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and is the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets (both from Wipf & Stock). A chapbook of his translations of French poems by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, I Was Afraid of Vowels...Their Paleness, was published by Q Avenue Press in 2011. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including American Literary Review, The Cortland Review, Contemporary Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry East, and The Writer's Chronicle, as well as on the American Public Media national radio program "On Being." He serves as Senior Editor at Asheville Poetry Review and Poetry Editor at The Freeman. www.lukehankins.net

Hannah Faith Notess (Photo by Luke Rutan) (2008 Graduate) Hannah Faith Notess is the author of Ghost House, a poetry chapbook and winner of the 2013 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, and the editor of Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical, an edited collection of personal essays (Cascade Books, 2009). Following her graduation from IU, she was the 2008-2009 Milton Center Postgraduate Fellow at Image Journal. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, Slate, Mid-American Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Hampden Sydney Poetry Review, among other journals. She is the managing editor of Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine and lives with her family in Seattle. Learn more about her work at hannahnotess.com.

Roberta Kwok (2007 Graduate)
I am a freelance science writer who has contributed to Nature, New Scientist, Salon.com, Conservation, Science News, Science News for Students, and U.S. News & World Report. I earned a B.Sc. in biology from Stanford University, an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University Bloomington, and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2010, I won the American Geophysical Union's Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism. I'm a regular contributor to Conservation magazine and Nature's Careers section, and I blog at The Last Word on Nothing. I live in Seattle, Washington. My specialties include writing about the environment, astronomy, the intersection of science and art, and science for kids.Please visit my website at http://www.robertakwok.com.

Katy Balma (2006 Graduate) Hometown: Harrisburg, Illinois. Pushcart Prize XXXVII (2013); International Publication Award, Atlanta Review (2010); Fulbright Grant (Spain, 2007-2008); Roy Battenhouse Memorial Award, National Society of Arts and Letters (Bloomington, Indiana chapter, 2004). Poetry in The 2River View, Atlanta Review, Booth, Crab Orchard Review, Crate, Cutbank, Drunken Boat, Mid-American Review, Prick of the Spindle, Puerto del Sol, Rattle, Salamander, Sixth Finch, storySouth, and The Cafe Review

Amos Magliocco (2005 Graduate) Recent publications include fiction and nonfiction in The Missouri Review, Isotope, Yemassee, and Redivider.
In 2009, an essay of mine won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in the 2010 Pushcart anthology.
In 2011, my novel Remedy Wheel was a semi-finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Contest. Publisher's Weekly called Remedy Wheel "a sprawling, highly literary tale...a grand old story." I maintain a blog at amosmwriter.com and my contact information is amosm@yahoo.com or on Twitter @amosmagliocco
I'm currently a Senior Lecturer in creative writing at the University of North Texas..

Danit Brown (2004 Graduate) Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan.
B.A., Oberlin College, 1992; M.F.A., IU 2004. Danit Brown is the author of Ask for a Convertible (Pantheon, 2008), a collection of linked short stories that received a 2009 American Book Award and was named a Washington Post Best Book of 2008 . Her fiction has appeared in Story, Glimmer Train, StoryQuarterly, and One Story, among others. Her stories have also been featured on National Public Radio's Hanukkah Lights and anthologized in The Habit of Art: Best Stories from the Indiana University Fiction Workshop (Indiana University Press, 2005). She received the 2003 American Literary Review Fiction Award and was finalist for the 2003-04 Koret Foundation Young Writer on Jewish Themes Award. Current Position: Associate Professor, Albion College.

Shannon Gibney (2002 Graduate)
(Picture courtesy of the NYT) Shannon Gibney's Young Adult novel HANK AARON'S DAUGHTER will be released by Land of Gazillion Adoptees Press in August 2014. A 2005 Bush Artist Fellow, her creative and critical work continue to appear in a variety of venues, most recently including Gawker, The Feminist Wire, The Crisis, Gazillion Voices, The Road Weeps Bulletin, and many others. Gibney is Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Minneapolis Community & Technical College.

Philip Metres (2001 Graduate)
Born in San Diego on July 4th, 1970, Philip Metres grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Holy Cross College in 1992, and spent the following year in Russia on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, pursuing an independent project called “Contemporary Russian Poetry and Its Relationship to Historical Change.” Since receiving a Ph.D. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University in 2001, Metres has written a number of books and chapbooks, including A Concordance of Leaves (2013), abu ghraib arias (2011), Ode to Oil (2011), To See the Earth (Cleveland State 2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (University of Iowa Press, 2007), Instants (a chapbook, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006), Primer for Non-Native Speakers (a chapbook, Kent State 2004), Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling 2004). and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (Zephyr 2003). His writing–which has appeared widely, including in Best American Poetry–has garnered two NEA fellowships, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, four Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Beatrice Hawley Award (for the forthcoming Sand Opera), the Anne Halley Prize, the Arab American Book Award, and the Cleveland Arts Prize. His work has been called “beautiful, powerful, magnetically original” (Cleveland Arts Prize citation). Lawrence Joseph has written that “Philip Metres’s poetry speaks to us all, in ways critical, vital, profound, and brilliant.” His poems have been translated into Arabic, Polish, Russian, and Tamil. He is professor of English at John Carroll University, in Cleveland, Ohio. http://philipmetres.com/

Brian Leung (2000 Graduate) BRIAN LEUNG is the author of the short story collection, World Famous Love Acts (Sarabande, 2004), winner of both the Mary McCarthy Award for short fiction and The Asian American Literary Award for Fiction. His novels are Lost Men (Random House, 2008) and Take Me Home (Harper/Collins, 2010) winner of the 2011 Willa Award for Historical Fiction. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Lambda Literary Award for a Mid-career Novelist. His poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction appear in numerous nationally distributed publications. Leung currently serves on the LGBT Advisory Board at the University of Louisville where he is the Director of Creative Writing.

(1986 Graduate) Elizabeth Dodd is University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University. She is the author of six books, including Horizon’s Lens and In the Mind’s Eye, both from University of Nebraska Press and Archetypal Light from University of Nevada Press. Her webpage is Elizabethdodd.com