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Current MFA Students

Ashley BarrBarr

Ashley Barr is a third 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.

 Sean FredeIMG_0957-1

Sean Frede is a third-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 CampbellCampbell

Sam is a second-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 second-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 second-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 second 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 GreenMFA student Michael Green

Michael McKee Green is a first year poet by way of Oregon. He is a former mentor in Portland State’s University Studies program and was the recipient of PSU’s Tom and Phyllis Burnam Poetry Scholarship, selected by Ed Skoog. Because he attended Japanese Immersion School throughout his childhood, he quite likes those squid ball things and harnesses the “ability” to be only slightly terrified when lost in Japan. Michael has poems in or forthcoming in Fog Machine and The Academy of American Poets, among others.

MaryMFA student Mary Lowry Lowry

 Mary Lowry is a first 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 first-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.

News & Announcements

  • 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.
  • Ahsahta Press, directed by Janet Holmes, saw three of its seven 2015 publications land on Best of 2015 lists. Read Maureen McLane's review of Anne Boyer's Garments Against Women in the New York Times Book Review.
  • 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 SplitLevel Texts.