Joshua Barnhart

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Joshua Barnhart grew up in San Luis Obispo, California. He received a BA in English from UC Berkeley with a minor in Creative Writing. A longtime musician, he currently performs music under the name Strange Pilgrim. His poetry often explores family history, touring life, identity, and his connection to the California landscape. In his spare time, he can be found riding his bike, wandering around in the woods, and going on long camping road trips.

Morgan Corona

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Morgan is a 2nd year poetry candidate from Santa Cruz, CA. She writes prose poems about loss, grief, farming, and the maternal figures in her life. When she’s not writing, you can find her working towards becoming a birth and postpartum doula.

Rebecca Martin

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Rebecca Martin is a first-year Poetry MFA candidate. She is interested creating poetry that centers queer womanhood through the personal and political, simultaneously in conversation with and troubled by the parameters of history. She earned a BA in English Writing (poetry) and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and worked at a literary nonprofit as a program and accessibility coordinator in Pittsburgh before moving to Corvallis this past fall.

Chris Smith

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From West Texas. Most recently in Chicago and Houston. Falling in love with Corvallis one grocery store at a time. My background is in arts administration with theaters, community spaces, education non-profits, and, briefly, a podcasting festival. I’m so moved to be reading poetry and learning from my cohort and teachers while also getting to share my love of writing and poetry with my students. “Turn soft and lovely any time you have a chance.” -Jenny Holzer


Carrie Vaughn

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I came to OSU from New York City where I taught science, occasionally tagged horseshoe crabs, and was an in demand aunt. Right now my writing focuses on memory, grief, and the body. I love poetry that cracks me open and gets in my core. In Corvallis, I live with my partner and can be found walking our meatneck pit bull around the streets of Southtown while listening to an audiobook and musing about the enormous west coast trees.

Meriden Vitale

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Meriden is a 2nd year poetry candidate originally from Virginia. For the past six years she has worked for the Forest Service throughout Oregon and Washington as a Wilderness ranger, trail crew leader, and most recently as a fire lookout. She’s fascinated by animals and the internet and her favorite poets include Franny Choi and Chelsey Minnis.


Rachel Attias

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I am interested in fiction that allows us to see events through different perspectives in order to understand our past and our present more clearly. Fiction is the best way to live as other people, which is sometimes the only way to make things make sense. I particularly love authors who write, either subtly or overtly, about the ways we are shaped by the places and eras we live in. Some favorite authors include Toni Morrison, Jesmyn Ward, and Alice Munro.

Joe Bohlinger

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I'm a second year fiction MFA student. Born and bred in L.A., most of my work centers around attempting to capture the place I'm from in a light that it typically doesn't get depicted in. I have been most inspired by authors like Kazuo Ishiguro, Toni Morrison, and William Maxwell. In my non-writing hours, you might find me playing basketball at Dixon, lounging lazily in Mary's River, or parading my cat Lu Lu on a ridiculous leash around Corvallis.

Meg Fancher

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Meg’s first piece of original fiction, “The Mystery of the Missing Ring,” was well-received by her second-grade class, spurring a lifelong interest in intrigue and deceit as a vehicle to interrogate deep truths of the human condition. Her fiction, and many of her favorite books, explores empathy and manipulation, queer sexuality, aesthetic philosophy, authority and authenticity, and beautiful works of art. Her work in this vein while earning her MFA at Oregon State suggests the possibility she has been writing the same story continuously since second grade, now just with fewer wolves.

Tessa Finley

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I think that reading and writing fiction allows us to encounter truths that elude us and are difficult to understand and express in our daily lives. I love fiction that explores the complex and often contradictory feelings and ideas that are always just beneath the surface. Some of my favorite writers include Kazuo Ishiguro, Alice Munro, Elena Ferrante, and Rachel Cusk.

James Craig Hartz Jr.

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James Craig Hartz Jr. is an MFA Candidate in Fiction whose work focuses on bringing disparate cultural myths into modern contexts and conversations in order to reflect healing and change. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado Denver, where he studied English Writing and Philosophy. Prior to academia, he served as a Combat Medic in the Army for several years. His work has appeared in F(r)iction and Watershed Review, and has recently been nominated for Best American Short Stories. He believes, in the late Brian Doyle's words, that "Stories are prayers of terrific power."

Catherine Malcynsky

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I am interested in poetic realism in literary fiction, with a regional focus. My work examines how one’s sense of home can color the way we see and experience the “elsewheres” of the world. My current project explores the folklore, ecology, and varying seasonal dynamics of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Lanesha Reagan

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Reading and writing have always been such important elements of my life. From Pony Pals by Jeanne Betancourt as a kid, to my first real novel The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, the words written have connected me with people and stories I never would've dreamt of before. Exploring my own stories and helping people connect to each other through words is something I love and I can't imagine something more beautiful than that.

Emma Uriarte

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I’m a Southern California native and consider Spain my second home. I love fiction that explores unlikely friendships and makes you fall in love with unlikeable characters. Fredrik Backman and Gail Honeyman are some of my current favorite authors. I write about surfers and old dudes and kids getting lost in spooky forests. I’m interested in the power of storytelling and all its varied uses: as a coping mechanism, a way to form connections, or to put the past into perspective.

Creative Nonfiction

Katie Hutchinson

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Katie is a former radio DJ, volunteer coordinator, Waldorf teacher, and dishwasher, among other things. Her work has appeared in Tone Madison and is forthcoming from The Swamp. She is happy to once again be reading, writing, and bicycling in her home state of Oregon.

Chloe Pfeiffer

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Chloe is a second-year student in creative nonfiction. Her favorite line in literature is from The Brothers Karamazov: “Thus, drawn to other thoughts, he became distracted and decided not to ‘think’ about the ‘disaster’ he had just caused, not to torment himself with remorse, but to go about his business, and let be what came.”

Jason (Jay) Sepac

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I grew up in Pittsburgh and therefore have ketchup in my veins and a pierogi for a heart. I’m interested in creating work that blends image and text as a means of exploring memory, family, photography, and a whole lot of 80s and 90s pop culture. I really admire the work of Lauren Redniss, John Edgar Wideman, and Rebecca Solnit. When I’m not writing, you’ll find me spending time with my two true loves, my partner Adi and our geriatric pug Milhouse.

Audrey J. Smith

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I'm a Creative Nonfiction MFA candidate from Greensboro, North Carolina, and my writing centers on queerness, the body, and regional identity. While much of my work takes the form of personal or lyric essays, I also dabble in comics/graphic narratives and am currently working on a true crime memoir.

Paige Thomas

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I read Drifts by Kate Zambreno over winter break and I cannot recommend it enough. Zambreno's prose messes with the expectations of genre and is great at building a narrative arc through the accumulation of vignettes which are two craft decisions I am always trying to emulate in my own writing. Buy it from an independent bookshop near you!

Riley Yuan

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E.B. White said to the New York Times in 1961, "All that I ever hope to say in books is that I love the world. I guess you can find it in there, if you dig around." No books to my name yet. Only a handful of scrappy essays and photographs, and perpetual confusion about whether I consider myself a nonfiction writer or a documentary photographer or both. But what White said resonates and remembering it puts me at ease momentarily—helps me forget about labels for a second. I too just want to say, medium notwithstanding, that I love the world.