Please welcome our incoming Fall 2013 MFA class:
Patience Armstrong (f) originally majored in fine arts with an emphasis on painting and printmaking, but she has explored almost every media including welding, earthworks and performance art. Her imagery often had a social-political context around societal labeling and expectations. She worked as a visual artist for many years and showed her artwork in competitive shows, won several awards and painted several large-scale public murals. She also has taught yoga for the last thirteen years in all its aspects including philosophy and teacher training. Having lived originally in the Northeast, then in Austin, the Midwest and Southern California, Patience finally settled in Raleigh, NC for twenty one-years where she raised her two sons. Although she had written most of her life, it wasn’t until her children left for college that Patience began to realize that she was meant to be a writer.
John-Michael Bloomquist (p) is from Gilbert, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Creative Writing. Last year, he was awarded a Global Writing Fellowship to attend Western Michigan’s Prague Summer Program. His poetry has been published in many journals including The Carolina Quarterly, Third Coast, and The Tampa Review. He currently lives in Austin, where he works as a Barista.
Sarah Curry (f) is the Legislative Strategist and Policy Manager with the We Belong Together campaign, a campaign to engage everyday women and immigrant women side by side in the fight for immigration reform as part of the struggle for women’s equality. She loves research and stories and any venue, be it policy report, political action, or short story. She graduated from George Mason University with aN MA in Anthropology and received a BA in Community Development from the University of Kentucky. She hails from Kentucky but more recently has lived in Seattle, WA and Berkeley, CA. In addition to writing and reading, she loves hiking, playing soccer, and travelling. You can find her tweeting @SarahManonCurry and moderating a conversation on gender and immigration at Think Immigration.
Patricia Dodson (f) graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1981 with a BA in English and completed an MA in English at VCU in 1984. She earned a nursing degree along the way. She is currently employed as a research nurse at the Massey Cancer Center but has come to believe that short fiction might have more restorative powers than medicine. She is fascinated by short fiction and blogs from time to time at www.storystreams.net.
Chelsea Gillenwater (f) is a Virginia Tech graduate from the class of 2013 with a duel degree in English and communication—concentrations in creative writing, media studies, and history. She worked as an associate editor of Virginia Tech’s undergraduate research journal for liberal arts, Philologia, for two years and has published feature articles and short stories there. She has lived in Gate City, a very small town in southwest Virginia, her entire life, in a house on a hill surrounded by her family’s cows. She claims to be an introvert with a rather obvious obsession with cartoons and gothic literature, and she’s a non-denominational Christian who has to stop sleeping in on Sundays.
Christie Maurer (p) received her BA in English from the University of Houston. She graduated summa cum laude with membership in the Honors College and Honors in Major. A native Houstonian, she enjoys excessively spicy food and life-threatening rainstorms. In addition to poetry, she is interested in mythology, analytical psychology, and belly dancing. She hopes to take up knife throwing soon.
Kate Zipse (f) comes from the rainy lands of Portland, Oregon. She has spent the last three years adjusting to sunlight in Boulder, CO while also completing a Masters degree in Religious Studies. She loves several things, including chocolate chip cookies, dragonflies, and bicycles. She is particularly interested in art and writing that involve identity, power structures, land, and language.