Meet Our MFAs!
Jackie Chalghin (MFA in fiction) is currently working on a novel. She writes stories too.
Nitya Gupta (MFA in fiction) is an Indian American writer from Chicago. She was a 2023 Tin House Summer Scholar and a finalist for the 2022 Jesmyn Ward Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review and Grist Journal.
R.E. Hawley (MFA in fiction) is a writer and graphic designer. Her essays and cultural criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Gawker, and other publications. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she served as the creative lead of The Chicago Reader. She is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Patrycja Humienik (MFA in poetry), daughter of Polish immigrants, is the author of Anchor Baby, forthcoming with Tin House in 2025. She serves as an editor and teaching artist for literary organizations including The Seventh Wave. Patrycja has developed writing and movement workshops for the Henry Art Gallery, Northwest Film Forum, Puksta Civic Engagement Foundation, in prisons, and elsewhere. She holds an MA in Communication from the University of Colorado-Denver and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Maryhilda Ibe (MFA in poetry) is a Nigerian and holds a B.A. in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar. Her works are on Brittle Paper, Blue Marble and elsewhere.
Iqra Khan (MFA in poetry) was born and raised in India. She is a Pushcart-nominated poet, and an accidental lawyer. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Southeast Review, Adroit Journal, ANMLY, Frontier Poetry, swamp pink, Pidgeonholes, Apogee, Four Way Review, HAD, Palette Poetry, and Baltimore Review, among others. Her work is centered around the experiences of the brown Muslim body, collective nostalgia and the aspirations of her community.
Phoebe Kranefuss (MFA in fiction) writes about women struggling privately and behaving badly. Her work has been selected by T Kira Madden as winner of Hey Alma’s first fiction contest; as a finalist for Breakwater Review’s 2023 Fiction Contest; and has been published in The Rejoinder, Slackjaw, The Belladonna Comedy, and elsewhere. She’s at work on her first novel.
Juj E Lepe (MFA in poetry) is a first-generation Mexican American poet from the San Joaquin Valley. They studied Creative Writing and Latin American and Latinx studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Their work has been featured or is forthcoming in Pile Press, The Acentos Review, and TWANAS. Juj is also an auntie, a dancer, a mycophile, and a recovering “no sabo kid.”
Robert Sorrell Bynum (MFA in fiction) is a bi fiction writer who grew up in the Midwest but became an adult in Philadelphia, where he was a member of the Kelly Writers House Writers Workshop. In his fiction, Robert pushes the boundaries of realism while still being deeply engaged in the dynamics, nuances, and politics of the present. His fiction was recently selected for the 2022 Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction by writer Camille Acker, and his nonfiction, journalism, and reviews have appeared in the South Side Weekly, Mosaic: Art and Literary Journal, and The Cleaver.
Jonny Teklit (MFA in poetry) is a recipient of the 2019 Aliki Perroti and Seth Young Most Promising Young Poet Award. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Academy of American Poets, Catapult, and elsewhere. He has an animal fact for every occasion.
Andrew Chi Keong Yim (MFA in poetry) was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has been a middle school English teacher in Boston and New York City and holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College and an M.A. in Education from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. His work has appeared in AAWW’s The Margins.