Creative Writing Faculty
Cary Holladay is the author of seven volumes of fiction: Horse People: Stories (LSU), The Deer in the Mirror (Ohio State UP), A Fight in the Doctor's Office (Miami UP), Mercury (Shaye Areheart Books / Crown), The Quick Change Artist: Stories (Swallow Press / Ohio UP), The Palace of Wasted Footsteps (U Missouri P), and The People Down South (U Illinois P). Her awards include an O. Henry Prize and an NEA fellowship.
She has published over 70 stories in journals and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, Epoch, Five Points, Georgia Review, Glimmer Train, Hudson Review, Oxford American, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, and Tin House.
Courtney Miller Santo is the author of two novels, The Roots of the Olive Tree and Three Story House, both published by HarperCollins. Her works have been translated into German, Italian, Hungarian, Korean, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Turkey, and Slovenian. Her debut novel was selected by Redbook Magazine to launch its monthly book club.
Currently, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Pinch and as director of the River City Writers Series. She also chairs the MidSouth Book Festival.
In addition to her novels, she has published a number of essays, fiction and poetry in Shark Reef, Green Briar Review, the Los Angeles Review, Irreantum, Memphis Magazine and Mason's Road among others.
Since beginning her writing career in 2011, Courtney's work has been an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist, won the Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest Grand Prize, been nominated for a Whitney and placed in the Porter Fleming Literary Contest.
Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center. His first collection Maybe the Saddest Thing, a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Wicker's poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, and Boston Review. His second book, Silencer, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September. He is poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.
Alice Bolin is the author of the essay collection Dead Girls (Wm. Morrow/Harper Collins, 2018). Her essays have been in numerous publications including the LA Review of Books, Racked, Salon, The Awl, The New Yorker's Page-Turner Blog, and The Paris Review Daily. She is also a poet and the author of the chapbook Motel Diary (Poor Claudia, 2014). Her poems have appeared in Guernica, Blackbird, Washington Square, Hayden's Ferry Review, FIELD, Ninth Letter, and many other journals. She is the nonfiction editor of Okey-Panky, Electric Literature's weekly literary journal of short things.