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Sierra Lin Yetka|M.F.A. Creative Writing
Sierra Lin Yetka, Fall 2022
Creative Nonfiction
Sierra Yetka is a Creative Nonfiction MFA student from Tewksbury, New Jersey. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science with minors in Creative Writing and Art Studio from Muhlenberg College. Her creative interests include applying environmental and ecological concepts in her nonfiction writing about cross-cultural adoption and research.
J  Q. Salazar|M.F.A. Creative Writing
J Q. Salazar, Fall 2020
Born in Miami, J grew up on hip-hop music and PlayStation 1 games. After completing a four-year stint in the US Air Force, he earned degrees in Film and English at CU Denver. Through speculative and supernatural worlds, his fiction writing focuses on the nature of addiction and the many cunning, often imperceptible forms that give it shape.
Jonathan Rockford|M.F.A. Creative Writing
Jonathan Rockford, Fall 2022
Creative Nonfiction
His youth, and nearly a decade of night shift janitorial and warehouse experience inform Jonathan’s research interests in labor, poverty, and social and cultural class divisions. Currently, he is translating his visual arts educational background into the writing process to engage these themes through text-based and non-traditional modalities.
Rachelle Saint Louis|M.A. English
Caribbean Literature through an Eco-Critical Lens
Rachelle Saint Louis is a Haitian-American writer, born and raised in South Florida. She received a 2018 Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for her poem “Red Blood Cell.” She earned her bachelor’s as a double major in Psychology and English with a Concentration in Multicultural and Gender Studies from FAU.
Wilson M. Sims|M.F.A. Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction
Wilson MacConnachie (He/Him) is an MFA Candidate in Creative Nonfiction, and employed professionally in the field of Behavioral Health. His work was recently published in The Florida Review and The Lascaux Review. He is the winner of the The Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction (2021). @WilsonMacC.
Joseph Precanico|M.F.A. Creative Writing
Poetry, Lyric Essay, Autofiction
Joseph Precanico was born and raised in South Florida. At FAU, he enjoys working one-on-one with students at the UCEW. He is at work on a collection of poems, letters, and lyrics. In the past, he has worked as a content editor for company websites and literary magazines. His writing has been published in Permafrost, PANK, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.
Kennedy Prochak|M.A. English
Nineteenth-Century British Literature
While earning her B.A. in English, Kennedy spent her undergrad years developing an appreciation for British literature, particularly the Victorian era and the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality. Now in the M.A. program at FAU her research interests are centered around this era’s literary canon and its shaping of the modern day.
Alex Borowsky|M.F.A. Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction, Short Essays
Alex Borowsky attended SUNY Oswego and received a Bachelors in creative writing and communication studies. Borowsky fell in love with creative nonfiction, derived from her passion for animals and real world metaphor. She hopes to publish her collection of essays after receiving her MFA, and eventually become a creative writing professor.
Elizabeth Saldana|M.F.A. Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction
After graduating from FIU with her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in 2017, Elizabeth came to FAU to pursue her MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She looks forward to writing a collection of essays centered on parenthood, loss, and grief. Elizabeth enjoys sitting under trees and reading books at FAU and she hopes to graduate in Spring of 2023.
Duncan Tierney|M.F.A. Creative Writing
Fiction, Science Writing, Haiku
Duncan Tierney is trying his best. He is trying so so hard at grad school. He is going to do so good :)
Nannette Mudafort|M.A. English
Rhetoric and Composition
Nannette is from Bradenton, Florida and completed her B.A. in English at FAU with a Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric. She is currently studying to complete her M.A with a continued focus in the field of Rhetoric with goals to grow her career as a freelance writer.
Katelynn Schmiedel|M.A. English
Katelynn Schmiedel, Fall 2022
Rhetoric and Composition
Katelynn is a South Florida native and completed her B.A. in English at FAU with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric and a minor in Communications Studies. She chose to pursue an M.A. to further her rhetoric and composition skills with the goal of becoming an editor or freelance writer.
Justin "Jay" Hersey|M.A. English
They are from Davie, FL with a B.A. in Literature, a minor in Psychology, and a certificate in Exile Studies. They have an interest with older works, related to exile, and also take interest in ancient scholars, having read Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, and Diogenes. They hope to take their gained knowledge and become a full professor of English.
Jacqueline Mullen|M.A. English
Early Indigenous-American Rhetoric and Postcolonial Studies
Jacqueline Mullen is a Florida native and completed her B.A. in English at FAU with a concentration in Multicultural and Gender Studies, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She is currently a fellow with The Center for PJHR at FAU, an Early American scholar focusing on Indigenous Religious Rhetoric, Postcolonial Studies, and Environmental Literature.
Reba K. Dickson|M.A. English
Postcolonial Lit, Critical Race Theory
Reba K. Dickson was born and raised in Dennery, St. Lucia. She decided to pursue her MA degree because she wants to investigate the interpellated figure of the "monster" and their altruicide, in African diasporic literature. Reba hopes to pursue a PhD in English upon graduation, exploring postcolonial, African, and African Diaspora literatures.
Aaron Guile|M.F.A. Creative Writing
Aaron is from Provo, Utah. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a BA in English; Creative Writing. At FAU, he works with and learns from a classy cohort of fellow poets, authors, and scholars. He loves poetry & translation workshops and looks forward to continuing with both after graduation. He has three children and three grandchildren.
Eileen T. Winn|M.F.A. Creative Writing
Eileen Winn is a poet and author from Cincinnati, Ohio currently working on a collection of poems as an MFA student. They are a writing consultant, as well as the managing editor for Swamp Ape Review, the graduate-run literary magazine. After graduation, they plan to pursue a PhD, centering their creative research on trauma and the natural world.
Rebecca M. Peter|M.A. English
Trauma, Archives, 20-21 C. American Lit
Rebecca M. Peter has background in economics, environmental studies, and editing. Upon completing her thesis on dreams and trauma in Toni Morrison’s novels, she will earn her MA in English in Spring 2022 and begin a PhD the following fall with the hopes of attaining a university faculty position or working in archiving or publishing.
Kelsey Moghadaspour|M.F.A. Creative Writing
Fiction and Poetry
Kelsey was born and raised outside of Seattle, WA and has loved reading and writing ever since she can remember. Her main motivation for pursuing writing is to write the stories and the characters that she didn't have as a child, so that other children out there have the characters to look up to that she wished she had.
Merkin Karr|M.F.A. Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction, Epistolary Memoir
Merkin Karr is a creative writer, dog mom and teacher from Manitou Springs, Colorado. Attending FAU's Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program, she focuses on the epistolary memoir. Her work can be found in The Laurel Review, Speciwomen Magazine, The Durango Herald, and more.
Timothy Naslund|M.A. English
Migrant Studies, Aesthetics, Lit. Theory, Nabokov
Timothy is from Margate, Florida, and an MA student. Upon graduating, he will pursue a PhD with aspirations of becoming a professor. His focus on migrant literature and cultural value constituting citizenship is to provide a transnational perspective toward national identity in hopes of making tangible, legislative and ideological change.