2019 Creative Writing MFA Final Thesis Reading


Location: Eck Auditorium (View on map )

Trish Hartland makes sounds, poems, and translations with tongues that work to lather and lap at their borders and margins.

Christina Leo

Jake McCabe

AM Ringwalt is a writer and musician. Called "haunted" by The Wire, her words most recently appeared or are forthcoming in the Bennington Review and the Kenyon Review. She has performed at the Watermill Center and the New Yorker Festival. "Like Cleopatra," her debut poetry chapbook, was published by dancing girl press. Her albums "Fog Area" and "AM" released in 2018 to acclaim from Bandcamp, The Wire, The Line of Best Fit and more.

Jacob Schepers is the author of A Bundle of Careful Compromises (Outriders Poetry Project, 2014). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Verse, The Fanzine, The Common, PANK, Entropy, Tupelo Quarterly, and My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry (BlaxeVOX 2017). A critical article on poetics, “Correction of Disfigurements,” can be found in Contemporary Women’s Writing 12.1 (Oxford University Press). His thesis, Ugly Ground Swell Moss, examines the roles of rhetorical “filler,” allegory, and close relationships through the framework of ecopoetics and taxonomic nomenclature. Alongside his MFA from the University of Notre Dame, he is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in English with a graduate minor in the History and Philosophy of Science.

Jac Smith is from Long Beach, California. She is a 2014 recipient of the UCLA Phyllis Gebaucer Scholarship in writing and was recently awarded a 2018 artist residency through the Studios of Key West. In 2018 she received a Graduate Student Research Award at the University of Notre Dame and a Biddlecon Research Grant through the Gender Studies department to support her novel in progress, The Loose. Set in Key West, The Loose, follows Johnny Longfellow as he attempts to escape an adolescence pockmarked by loss. A nightly revue whose performers entertain by combining social phenomena with acts of illusion, The Loose celebrates the strange, questions the truth, and favors the bold. They lure Johnny, mild and perfectly normal, into their web, leading him on a transformative journey that challenges his understanding of grief, loss, love and friendship.

Kim Swendson

Joseph Thomas

Lavinia Xu was born in Nanjing, China, and she earned her BA from Ohio State University. Her poetry explores Chinese identity, family memory and history. Her intimacy with water and forests also finds its way into her poetry. She is also interested in myth making and the subversive potential of Western and Asian fairytales in her poetry. She likes to make origami, necklaces or other fun crafts, hike or walk in forests or by the river, visit art museums when not writing poems.