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Tony D'Souza
MFA, University of Notre Dame 

  • Author of three novels: Whiteman, The Konkans, and Mule
  • Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Whiteman
  • The Konkans was called a best novel of the year by the Washington Post
  • Mule was recently optioned for film by Warner Bros
  • Tony has contributed to The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, Salon, Granta, Mother Jones, McSweeney's, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim, an NEA, and an O. Henry
  • Website

Eve Jones
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Bird in the Machine, Poetry Collection, Turning Point Press, 2010
  • 2011 nominee for Award for Poetry Excellence by the Pikes Peak Arts Council
  • Eve's poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Poet Lore, Hotel Amerika, AGNI, Nimrod, Natural Bridge, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize
  • Website

Catherine Rankovic
MFA, Washington University

  • Meet Me: Writers in St. Louis, Penultimate Press, 2010, which was a Missouri Writers Guild President's Award nominee in 2011, and an Editor's Favorite in Vol. 3, Issue 9 of Cerise Press, 2012
  • Guilty Pleasures: Indulgences, Addictions and Obsessions (Andrews McMeel-Universal, 2003), a collection of short essays, sold 6,000 copies
  • Other books include Island Universe: Essays and Entertainments and Fierce Consent and Other Poems
  • Essays have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Natural Bridge, Belles Lettres, Delmar, St. Louis Magazine and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the anthologies Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak About Health Care in America and Memories and Memoirs
  • Awards include a Pushcart Prize nomination for her poem "The Juke" in Kansas City Voices, 2011; the Missouri Writers' Biennial Award of $5000 for essay writing; First Place, James M. Nash competition, St. Louis Poetry Center, 2010; First Place, Midwest Writing Center's annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest, 2009; an Academy of American Poets award; and the Washington University Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Poetry
  • Website 

Wm. Anthony Connolly
PhD in English, University of Missouri; MFA, Goddard College

  • Author of three novels: The Jenny Muck, Get Back, and The Obituaries (Canadian bestseller, 2005)
  • Named one of the best bloggers in America by Creative Nonfiction, 2012
  • Winner, Flint Hills Journal Prize, 2012
  • Finalist for the Zone 3 Press Book Award, 2012
  • Multiple Pushcart Prize nominations
  • Website:

Zachary Tyler Vickers
MFA, Iowa Writers’ Workshop

  • Named Provost’s Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop
  • His short story, "Karst," has been optioned for feature film, and he is co-writing the script
  • His work has appeared in The American Reader, KGB Bar Lit Journal, Hobart, and elsewhere
  • Recipient of the Richard Yates Prize and the Clark Fisher Ansley Prize for excellence in fiction

Mary Anderson
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Publications include Ploughshares and River Styx
  • Teaches cross cultural courses and creative writing at Lindenwood University
  • Website

Scott Berzon
MFA, University of Michigan

  • The Frank Vincent Memorial Prize, selected by Gerald Barrax
  • Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship and The Meader Family Award
  • Work has appeared in numerous journals including Center, Cream City Review, River King Poetry Supplement, New Zoo Poetry Review, and Southern Indiana Review

Beth Mead
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Director, Lindenwood University MFA in Writing Program
  • Editor, The Lindenwood Review
  • Winner, Jim Haba Poetry Award, 2010
  • Honorable Mention, River Styx MicroFiction Contest, 2007
  • Publications include Fiction Weekly, Mid Rivers Review, and Cuivre River Anthology
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Mark George
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Fiction and poetry have appeared in River Styx, The MacGuffin, the G.W. Review, the Green Mountains Review, the Beloit Fiction Journal, and the Greensboro Review
  • Received the Greensboro Review Literary Award for Fiction and a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2006 for his short story “Bonham Ferry Road
  • Placed third in the 2007 Poets and Writers Writer’s Exchange Competition

Andrew Pryor
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, Packingtown Review, Puerto del Sol, Open City, Quarter After Eight, and Witness
  • His poem "Pastoral For The Small Eddy At Your Waist" was featured in Indiana Review's 2009 Special Highlight On Short Essays and the Prose Poem
  • Served as Managing Editor for Natural Bridge no. 17, which focused on new and emerging writers
  • Awarded scholarship to The Southampton Writer's Conference in 2007, where he studied with poet Billy Collins

David Hollingsworth
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Fiction has appeared in Pubscriber and Space and Time Magazine
  • Teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Lindenwood University

Kelli Allen
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Poetry Collection: Otherwise, Soft White Ash, Fjords Book Series, 2012
  • Chapbooks: Applied Cryptography; Picturing What Breaks
  • Poetry and fiction have appeared in Puerto del Sol, Echo Ink Review, Poetry Quarterly, Fjords, Abridged, Other Poetry, Lyre Lyre, The Blue Sofa Review, WomenArts Quarterly, The Caper Review, It Has Come to This: Poets of the Great Mother Conference, Foliate Oak, Greatest Lakes Review, Lugh Review (where she was the featured author), Blackmail Press, The Chaffy Review, Euphony and elsewhere. She has been the featured poet for Desperanto Press’s segment “Tea With George” for September 2011. Her fiction has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she was a finalist for the 2011 Rebecca Lard Award.
  • Served as the Managing Editor of Natural Bridge, Founder of the Graduate Writers Reading Series for the University of Missouri St. Louis, and Managing Editor for Words for Open: an anthology series for and of the special needs and autism spectrum
  • Website

Michael Castro
Professor Emeritus, PhD, English, Washington University

  • Six books of poetry, including Human Rites
  • Guardian Angel of St. Louis Poetry Award, River Styx
  • Warrior Poet Award, Word in Motion

Peter Carlos
MA, Middlebury Bread Loaf's Graduate School of English

  • Published poetry in Folio, Unicorn, Georgia Review, The Oakland Review, River Styx, Sheba Review, Fat Chance, Isthmus, Natural Bridge, Poema Convidado, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Webster Review
  • Poetry Book, Dreamfish, published in 2011, by Cornerstone Press
  • Awarded two Bread Loaf Writers Conference scholarships
  • Award-winning short films (Big Time, Dad’s Day, Smoke and Mirrors, Tooth and Nail, and gravity) have played in national film festivals and on broadcast television
  • Award Top 100 Multimedia Producers by AV Video Multimedia Producer in 2002

Julia Gordon-Bramer
MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • Author of: Night Times, a memoir, to be published in 2015 by Walrus Publishing
  • Working on: The Magician's Girl: the alchemical marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes; and Fixed Stars Govern a Life: interpreting the work of Sylvia Plath through tarot and mysticism
  • Awards: Second Place, 2007 Raymond Carver Short Story Award; First and Second Place winner, 2007 St. Louis Writers Guild Poetry Award; First place winner, 2007 Writers Guild Fiction Award; nominated for the 2009 Stanley Hanks Poetry Award; and others
  • Presentations: Presenting on Plath's "A Secret" at the Lawrence Durrell Centenary, London, England, June 2012. Presenting on Plath's "Ariel" at the Sylvia Plath Symposium, Indiana University, October 2012, and others
  • Poetry and prose has appeared in: Plath Profiles, The Arkansas Review Journal of Delta Studies, MARGIE: the American Journal of Poetry, and others
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