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RopeWalk Staff

Tom Wilhelmus is professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana and senior editor of the Southern Indiana Review. His reviews of contemporary fiction appear frequently in The Hudson Review. Together with Matthew Graham, Tom is a founding director of RopeWalk.  We have a nice new color picture of Tom, but he doesn't look nearly so literary and wise as in this one.

 

Matthew Graham is the author of three books of poetry, A World Without End, New World Architecture and 1946, and is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Vermont Studio Center. He teaches creative writing at the University of Southern Indiana where he also co-directs The RopeWalk Writers Retreat, the RopeWalk Visiting Writers Series, and is senior editor of the Southern Indiana Review.  He plays hockey on one of the worst teams ever to lace up skates.
Linda Cleek is director of Continuing Education and associate dean of Extended Services at USI, a job requiring her to do "everything not specifically assigned to someone else," happily including RopeWalk. She handles logistics for the retreat and refuses to have a new picture taken.
Ron Mitchell is editor of the Southern Indiana Review and editor and co-founder of the RopeWalk Press. He teaches composition, creative writing, and literary publishing at USI.  There's a rumor that Ron's mulleted background includes a stint with now-extinct rock band Quick Nixon.  You can ask him when you see him.

Randy Pease teaches English at USI and is an alumnus of RopeWalk.  An accomplished songwriter, he has two CDs to his credit, Call Me Ishmael (1997) and Sometimes the Moon (2003).  He recently completed his first novel and is trying diligently to get it published.  Randy lives in New Harmony and is a great source of local information. If we are lucky, he'll play his songs for us.

 

Nicole Louise Reid is the author of the short story collection, So There! (SFA University Press) a novel, In the Breeze of Passing Things (MacAdam/Cage), and two fiction chapbooks, If You Must Know (Burnside Review Press) and Girls (RockSaw Press).  Her award-winning short stories have appeared in the Southern Review, Other Voices, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, and Meridian.  Winner of the 2010 Dana Award in Short Fiction and 2011Burnside Review Fiction Chapbook Competition, she teaches creative writing at the University of Southern Indiana, where she directs the RopeWalk Reading Series and is editor of RopeWalk Press and fiction editor of Southern Indiana Review.  Of all the things that bring her pleasure, building a career on the art of telling lies is one of the finest.