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Denise Bickford is a third year Poet from the Stephen King area of Maine. She, too, likes ghosts. When she is not writing & teaching she is pretending she is a cowgirl explorer with her partner Miles and their dog Rocket.


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Erin Rose is a third year MFA fiction writer who loves black cats, country music and a well made manhattan. She currently spends most of her time working on her thesis, Vinegar, and waiting for happy hour to start. She received her BA from the University of Southern California Irvine where she studied with Ron Carlson, the only man she seeks to impress in this world. Erin is a journalist, blogger, lyricist, and most recently a humbled short story writer. She aspires to visit every continent, fall in love, publish a novel, attend the running of the bulls, learn how to make a well made manhattan, and graduate.
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Jackie is a third year in the MFA Fiction program with ties to the Rustbelt, the South, and Tokyo. Before moving to Idaho, she completed a solo-drive across the country with only her dog for company. Identity, home, magic, social misfits, animals, and terrible temp jobs frequent her work. She received her BA in Creative Writing and Social & Cultural History from Carnegie Mellon University where she worked on the Carnegie Mellon Press. Her work has previously appeared in Paper Darts and Literary Orphans. Jackie is a short story writer, poet, essayist, and independent college admissions consultant. She is currently working on her first novel.

Ashley Barr

Ashley Barr is a second year poet who grew up in Boise, Idaho and graduated from The College of Idaho in 2013. When she can tear herself away from her two cats, she manages programs and events for Ghosts&Projectors and Big Tree Arts. Her first chapbook, Call the Bees to Come was published by dancing girl press in April 2015.

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Katie is a second year poet. She holds an MA in English from the University of Maine, where she edited the journal Stolen Island and served as editorial assistant at Paideuma. Her poems have appeared in WSQ and the SP CE LOVEbook, among others. Since coming to Idaho, she has worked as a teaching-writer with The Cabin’s Writers In the Schools (WITS) program. She moves slowly towards bodies of water and light, her grandmother, 44 Joy Street, and any Rihanna song.

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Sean Frede is a second-year fiction student from southern California. He spent most of his life in the eastern foothills desert hiking along dead oak trees and Yucca. He holds a B.A in creative writing from U.C. Riverside and is doing his best to raise a puppy without killing it with his girlfriend. He is currently the Graduate Assistant Editor for the Idaho Review.

Sam Campbell

Sam is a first-year poet, hailing from the suburbs of Chicago. He received his BA in English from Concordia University-St. Paul where he earned two all-conference awards in football. He lived in Germany, Colorado and Montana before settling in Boise. A former editor of Nickel Beer Night Poetry and Mat Black Online Magazine, Sam’s work has appeared in Bareback Lit, Clockwise Cat, Misfits’ Miscellany and others.

Dan Lau
Dan Lau is a Chinese American poet from Queens, New York. A Kundiman fellow, he is the recipient of scholarships and grants from The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Queer Cultural Center, and San Francisco Arts Commission. His poems have been published in Generations, Cape Cod Review, Gesture, RHINO, CRATE, and others.


Natalie Disney
Natalie Disney is a first-year fiction writer from the woods of Wisconsin. She spent the last four years exploring Colorado before making her home on this side of the Rockies. She now explores the foothills behind her house while listening to westerns on audiobook. She enjoys painting horses, talking around campfires, and dreaming of New Orleans. Her short-term goal is to drink coffee with J.K. Rowling. Her long-term goal is to drink Irish coffee with J.K. Rowling


Nolan Turner
Nolan Turner is a first-year fiction fiction student. Although he comes to Boise from Brooklyn, he has spent much of his life along the northern edges of San Diego County. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. Some of his literary preoccupations include Satanism and Jimmy Buffett. His work has appeared in Playboy and Juked.


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Matt Naples is a first year poet from New Jersey. He received his BA in English from Rutgers University. He loves buffalo chicken wings and the Philadelphia Eagles. But most of all, he loves and misses his family and friends back in Jersey. He has one poem on MEAD: The Magazine of Literature and Libations.

News and Announcements

  • The MFA program is pleased to welcome Denis Johnson, winner of the National Book Award, as our Visiting Distinguished Professor this semester. He is teaching the MFA workshop in fiction and also doing a reading that's open to the public on November 6th at 7:30pm in the Simplot Ballroom.
  • MFA program director Mitch Wieland's short story "Snow Angels" appeared in the summer issue of The Missouri Review. The story, set in Tokyo, is an excerpt from Strange You Never Knew, his novel in progress.
  • In April, Professor Martin Corless-Smith published his sixth book, a new novel titled This Fatal Looking Glass from SpiltLevel Texts.