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Sam CampbellCampbell

Sam is a third-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 LauLau
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 DisneyDisney
Natalie Disney is a third-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 TurnerTurner
Nolan Turner is a third-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.


Matt NaplesMatt Naples
Matt Naples is a third 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.


Michael Green 

Michael McKee Green is a second year poet from the Pacific Northwest. His first book of poems, Fugue Figure, won the Stan and Tom Wick Prize and is to be published by the Kent State University Press in the fall of 2018. He is also the author of the micro-chapbook Blue Portrait (forthcoming in early 2018 from Oxidant | Engine) as well as the recipient of an Academy of American Poets College Prize. In 2016, his poem “A Remit” was selected by Ed Skoog to win The Tom and Phyllis Burnam Poetry Scholarship. When not writing, he’s ardently fond of pop (the genre), pop (the kCal juice), and popping in and out of cute eateries throughout Boise.

MaryMFA student Mary Lowry Lowry

 Mary Lowry is a second year MFA fiction student from Austin, Texas where she grew up listening to Willie Nelson and working at Barton Springs. She’ll take any and all advice offered on how to dress for a Boise winter and where to get a great coffee. While at BSU she hopes to finish her novel-in-progress.


MFA student Lindsey AppellLindsey Appell

Lindsey Appell is a second year MFA poet from central-eastern Montana, where she grew up surrounded by sagebrush and rattlesnakes. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Montana and an M.A. in British and American Literature from the University of Utah. She recently returned from a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Romania, but her Romanian is, regrettably, still terrible. Her poetic interests include nostalgia, nightmares, and goats.

Stephen R. Miller

Stephen R. Miller is a first year MFA fiction student. A native Midwesterner, he spent fifteen years living in New York City and San Francisco before moving to Boise. He holds degrees from Brown, UC Berkeley, and UC Hastings Law. He is also a law professor who writes about urbanism and the development of cities. He is excited to have a hand in both The Idaho Review and The Idaho Law Review.

Emma Heldman

Emma Heldman is a first year poet from Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.She has been published in Queen Mob’s Tea House, Prelude Mag, Reality Beach, Forklift Ohio, among others. She also curated a reading series with A Burning Bush in Cincinnati.


News & Announcements

  • Fiction professor Emily Ruskovich was featured in Treasure, the magazine supplement to The Idaho Statesman, in August 2017. The feature includes a video of Ruskovich at home in Idaho City, where she speaks about living in rural Idaho and her childhood on Hoo Doo Mountain.
  • Second year poet Michael McKee Green is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from the Wick Center at Kent State University. His book of poems, Fugue Figure, will be published by the Kent State University Press in the fall of 2018.
  • MFA graduate Erin Rose Belair won third place in Narrative Magazine's 2017 Winter Story Contest. You can read her winning story, "A Place Like This," here.
  • MFA graduate Meghan Kenny's debut novel, The Driest Season, will be published by W.W. Norton in February 2018. The book is based on a short story by Kenny of the same title which won the 2005 Iowa Review Award.
  • Collin Johnson has accepted a spot as a PhD candidate in English (Creative Writing/Poetry) at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. In addition to a GA stipend, he was awarded The President's Doctoral Tuition Fellowship which includes full funding for the first three years of the program.
  • MFA in Creative Writing student Ashley Barr has accepted a Chancellor's International Scholarship from The University of Sussex for an MA in Sexual Dissidence. The MA is co-convened through the School of English and the School of Global studies there, and focuses on queer theory and sexuality studies. When the program was founded 25 years ago, it was the first in the UK and one of the first of its kind in the world.