Matthew Graham is the author of three books of poetry, 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.
Tom Wilhelmus is professor emeritus of English at the University of Southern Indiana. His reviews of contemporary fiction appear frequently in The Hudson Review.
Formerly muscle for the IRS, Ron Mitchell is the co-founder and former editor of RopeWalk Press. He teaches composition, creative writing, and literary editing & publishing at the University of Southern Indiana.
Alice Shen teaches playwriting, theatre history, and English composition at USI. She received her MFA from Virginia Tech and her BA from James Madison University. Her full-length play, Entitled, won the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Charles M. Getchell New Play Award in 2010.
Casey Pycior's debut short story collection, The Spoils, was published by Switchgrass Books in 2017. He was awarded the 2015 Charles Johnson Fiction Prize at Crab Orchard Review, and his work has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Midwestern Gothic, Harpur Palate, BULL, Wigleaf, and Yalobusha Review, among many other places. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from Wichita State University and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Pycior joined the English Department at USI this fall.
Jim Hunter was educated at Miami (OH) University and earned his MA in English at Virginia Tech. He currently teaches composition and literature at USI, and he has worked as an actor, a cook, an accountant, and a paramedic.
Anthony Rintala trained as a poet at the University of Southern Mississippi and Louisiana State University. He has edited for Callaloo, New Delta Review, New Tex[t], and Blinn Literary Journal. His own poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he is the faculty advisor for the University of Southern Indiana's student literary journal, FishHook.
Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center. His first collection Maybe the Saddest Thing, a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Wicker's poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, and Boston Review. His second book, Silencer, is just out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Wicker teaches in the MFA program at the University of Memphis.
Keegan Cook Finberg is a poet and a critic. Her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Believer, and Jacket2, and she has published scholarly articles in Textual Practice and Canada and Beyond. Her recent poetry appears in Prelude Magazine, Bone Bouquet, Rove, and Two Serious Ladies. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and she currently teaches English and gender studies at the University of Southern Indiana.
Leisa Belleau teaches courses in humanities, literature, and creative writing at the University of Southern Indiana. As a Southern Illinois University graduate student, her work was nominated for the AWP Intro Award for Fiction, and she continues to publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Brittney Scott’s first poetry collection, The Derelict Daughter, won the 2015 New American Poetry Prize. She is also a recipient of the Joy Harjo Prize for Poetry, as well as the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Prairie Schooner, The New Republic, Narrative Magazine, Cincinnati Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Linebreak, Indiana Review and elsewhere. She homesteads on seven acres in rural Virginia.
Emily Skaja is from northern Illinois. Her poems have been published in Best New Poets 2015, Blackbird, Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, jubilat, and other journals. She was the winner of The Russell Prize for emerging poets, an AWP Intro Award, an Academy of American Poets college prize, and the 2015 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize. Emily holds degrees in Poetry from Millikin University (BA), Temple University (MA), and Purdue University (MFA), and she is currently a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati. She lives in Ohio.
Matthew Guenette is the author of American Busboy (Akron Series in Poetry) and Sudden Anthem, winner of the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize from Dream Horse Press. His poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, DIAGRAM, The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The National Poetry Review, and other publications.
Mihaela Moscaliuc's first poetry collection, Father Dirt, was published by Alice James Books in 2010. Her poems, translations, reviews, and articles have appeared in The Georgia Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Poetry International, Pleiades, Arts & Letters, Connecticut Review, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Moscaliuc teaches at Monmouth University and in the MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew University.
Rebecca Hazelton has been published in Agni, The Southern Review, and The Gettysburg Review; featured on Verse Daily and Ink Node; and included in Best New Poets 2011. She was the 2010-2011 Jay C. and Ruth Hall Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Creative Writing Institute. Her book first book, Fair Copy, won The Ohio State Press/The Journal poetry award in 2011, and her second book, Vow, is from Cleveland State Press. In 2012, she won The Discovery/Boston Review Prize.
Fall 2017 Interns
Kandis Brinker is finishing her senior year at USI as an English major with a concentration in professional writing and rhetoric and has English minors in creative writing and literature. She tutors students in the Writer’s Room at USI. She was also the publishing editor for FishHook in 2015 and is currently the editor-in-chief.
Baylee Flittner is an English creative writing major, an avid film watcher, and an advocate for equal rights. She spends most of her spare time writing or at least putting some thought toward it.
Megan Miller is an English major with an emphasis in literature and a minor in arts and heritage administration. She works as a writing tutor and copy edits for the campus newspaper. In the past, she has interned with a small museum collection editing its database. On weekends, she drives way too far to teach high school color guard.
Sam Morris worked as a reporter and editor for four years for the US government while serving in the Air Force. He has proofread admission letters, short stories, poems, and two novels. He has a lot of ideas for podcasts that may or may not pan out.
ShaeBreann Richardson is a student of English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in literature. She enjoys working with FishHook and The Shield. When she isn’t trying to make a buck selling books, she thinks about writing one of her own.
Blake Smith is an English major with an emphasis in creative writing. He has also been studying the Japanese language during his four and a half years at USI. In the summer of 2016, he received his TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification. As such, his favorite forms of writing include a fusion of multiple languages and cultures.
Catherine Stanley is a fifth year senior. And she’s an English major with a concentration in professional writing. She’s doing an internship in the library transcribing old tapes. Being a writer is something she’s aspired to be from a young age, and she majored in English in hopes of succeeding in that pursuit.
Megan Woodruff is a senior at USI and plans on graduating with a BA in English creative writing and a minor in Spanish. She enjoys playing video games and reminiscing on the time spent on her Walt Disney World internship.
Caitlin Woolsey is currently a senior at the University of Southern Indiana who is studying for a BS in English with a concentration in professional writing and rhetoric along with a minor in literature and, of course, misanthropy. She also works part-time as a personal assistant and in-house IT coordinator for a local salon company. Caitlin intends to go on to graduate school to obtain a master's and doctoral degree, so she can ideally teach at a four-year university.