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Current MFA Students

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James Abele
James Abele is a reader-of-things (and writer of them!) hailing from sunny California. After having completed his undergraduate study in English at the University of Southern California, James is thrilled to be part of the MFA program in Creative Writing here at Syracuse University. From Walt Whitman to Marie Howe, Emily Dickinson to Roger Reeves, James' poetic inspiration is drawn from voices that are distinct, detailed, and wondrous — voices that resonate sincerely and strongly with their readers.
Frances (Frankie) Barnet
Frankie Barnet is a fiction student in the MFA program at Syracuse University. She is originally from Canada and has both and undergraduate and graduate degree in English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal, QC.
Bridget O' Bernstein
Bridget O’Bernstein is a poet from Brooklyn, and founder of the poetry reading series Sang For Nothingin Williamsburg. She is an MFA candidate for poetry at Syracuse University, where she is Poetry Editor for Salt Hill. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The McNeese Review, Jet Fuel Review, Black Heart Magazine, Forklift, Ohio and The Bennington Review.
Joshua Burton
Joshua Burton is a poet from Houston, TX. Before attending Syracuse University he attended the University of Houston. He is a fan of Elliott Smith, Emily Dickinson, Haruki Murakami, Sylvia Plath, Marie Howe, Tracy K. Smith, Terrance Hayes, Kate Bush, Bjork, Joanna Newsom, '90s and 2000's anime, tequila, and sleeping.
Tim Carter
Tim Carter lives in Syracuse, NY, where he attends Syracuse University's MFA program and leads poetry workshops for high school students at the Downtown Writers Center. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets, his poems can be found in The Seneca Review, Copper Nickel, Berkeley Poetry Review, Birdfeast, Radar, and others.
Alexandra Chang
Alexandra is a third-year fiction MFA student. You can find her work and more at
Rohan Chhetri
Rohan Chhetri is a Nepali-Indian poet. His first book of poems, Slow Startle (Winner of the Emerging Poets Prize 2015) was published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Fulcrum, Prelude, Rattle, Vinyl, EVENT & translated into French for Europe Revue. He was a 2016 Norman Mailer Poetry Fellow.
Ariel Chu
Ariel Chu is a fiction writer from Eastvale, California. She is a recipient of the Robert G. Wilmers Travel Fellowship and the Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowship for Creative Writing. She received a B.A. in English from Williams College in 2017.
Joel Cuthbertson
Joel Cuthbertson is a fiction writer originally from Denver. He entered the program in 2015.
Sarah Edwards
Sarah is a poetry MFA candidate from North Carolina. Her prose and poetry have been published in The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Joyland, Two Serious Ladies, The Baffler, The Village Voice, and, among other places. 
Ross Farrar
Ross John Farrar was born in San Francisco and raised in Rohnert Park, CA. In 2004, he started the punk band, Ceremony. Since then, he has traveled the world playing music for the black clad youth. In 2016, he graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in English. His published works include Society Verse, a collection of writing spanning from 2004-2010, and the L-Shaped Man Poems, a chapbook.
Amanda Fatemi-Badi
Amanda has bachelor's degrees from NYU in Film/Television and Religious Studies. She is a third-year fiction MFA candidate. 
Sarah Fielding
Coming soon.
William Georges
Will is from Michigan and messes up a lot of poetry as an MFA candidate. He is grateful to be living in Syracuse and thanks you for reading about our lives.
Erin Gravley
Erin Gravley grew up in the West and has since lived in Ohio, Spain, and New York. She writes short stories.
Emelie Griffin
Emelie Griffin is a third-year poetry candidate from the Florida panhandle. 
Victor Hernández Jaime
Victor Hernández Jaime is a Mexican writer of prose and poetry. He graduated with honors from UT Austin (B.A. ’14). For his writing he has won the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics, the San Antonio's Man of the Year accolade and the 2015 David Nathan Meyerson Prize in Fiction. The Southwest Review called Victor’s winning entry "Hardboiled and poetic. Deeply empathetic. The lyrical precision of Hernández language is often striking and enviable." Hernández is interested in Abrahamic religions, the War on Drugs, Mandarin Chinese, mysticism, and translation.
Vt Hung
Vt Hung was born and raised Dorchester, Massachusetts. His parents are Vietnamese refugees. He attended Boston Public Schools, B.C. High, Boston College, and the Lynch School of Education. After completing his M.Ed. in Secondary Education and English, he worked in Boston and New York City schools. He is a Kundiman Fiction Fellow and a Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
Anna Kelley
Anna Kelley is pursuing an MFA in poetry at Syracuse University. She moonlights as a skater for Assault City Roller Derby. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Citron Review, Literary Orphans, Up the Staircase Quarterly, CICADA, Split Lip Magazine, and others. 
Myriam Lacroix
Myriam Lacroix grew up in various suburbs of Montreal with her single mother. Since her time studying creative writing at the University of British Columbia, she has been in an open yet committed relationship with the Pacific Northwest. Myriam likes to explore the intersections of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Or, other times, she just likes to be funny. Her work has appeared in Blue Mesa Review, Vancouver Magazine, Other:_____ Magazine, and was a finalist in the Gigantic Sequins Flash Fiction Contest. Myriam is also a translator of literary and non-literary texts. Find her online at
Jakob Maier
Jakob Maier is a poet from Portland, OR. He is the author of the chapbook "Conversations" (Ghost City Press 2017), and works as Editor-in-Chief of Salt Hill Journal. His writing explores small moments of domestic connection and disruption, the ubiquity of digital culture in intimate moments, and love under encroaching environmental decay. His work appears in FlockfieldsShabby Doll HousePublic PoolMetatron, and more.
Jono Naito
Jono Naito is a writer and game designer in Syracuse, NY. They have been published recently in Cosmonauts Avenue, StoryQuarterly, and elsewhere, including online at They also co-head the journal Salt Hill and create escape rooms for Escape the Estate.
Jacob Oet
Jacob Oet's chapbook, With Porcupine, won the 2015 Ruby Irene Prize from Arcadia Magazine. Their work appears in such journals as The Colorado Review, The Poetry Review, The Adroit Journal, Beecher's Mag, and others. Find them online at
Zeynep Özakat
Zeynep Özakat was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She earned her BA in "Narrating the Self and Character Building in Fiction" from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and is currently earning her MFA in Creative Writing at Syracuse University. Her work appears in Glimmer Train Stories, where she won the Fiction Open Contest, in Black Warrior Review and in Gulf Coast Online Exclusives. She now lives in Syracuse, NY, where she is working on a collection of short stories and a novel. Find her online at
Genevieve Payne
Genevieve is a first-year MFA candidate in poetry. She received her BA in English from Syracuse in 2013. While taking a graduate course in the Poetics of Translation at the University of Maine, she became interested in using poetry to explore translation studies. She experiments with Italian and intralingual translation.
Daniel Peck
Dan Peck is a fiction MFA student at Syracuse University. Before entering the program he worked as a technical writer.
Lucas Peters
Coming soon.
Alexander Sammartino
Coming soon.
Anastsia Selby
Anastasia Selby grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She began fighting forest fires at age nineteen and worked as a firefighter (with a few years off due to injury) until she turned thirty, when she finished out her last year in Alaska. She graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University with honors in 2015, and is currently an MFA candidate in fiction. She was recently awarded the Boulevard Magazine 2016 short story award for emerging writers and is working on a novel.
Anthony Veasna So
Anthony Veasna So is a queer man, a Cambodian-American son of former refugees, and a graduate of Stanford University. A native of Stockton, CA, he was raised on stories of the Khmer Rouge Genocide that often, somehow, ended on a self-deprecating joke. His prose and comics have appeared in Barrelhouse, decomP, Hobart, Nashville Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. He's been known to dabble in standup comedy, in which he makes too many jokes about eating too many Jack in the Box tacos, and he currently serves as a prose editor for The Adroit Journal. You can follow him @fakemaddoxjolie and at
Keith Stahl
After thirty-plus years in the foodservice industry, at the suggestion of his son and with the encouragement and support of his wife, Keith Stahl sold his small restaurant to pursue a BA in English and Textual Studies on the Creative Writing Track from Syracuse University. He graduated with distinction in spring of 2017, and the following fall entered Syracuse University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is currently working on a young adult novel about adolescent Vikings and Native Americans who come of age upon contact with one another in the “New World,” and is full of stories about his trek to L’Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland — the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the only verified archeological site of Norse settlement in North America. Keith’s short stories have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Notre Dame Review, The Madison Review, Per Contra, Prick of the Spindle, Ghost Town, Your Impossible Voice, Euphony, and Corium. He was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist for the 40th New Millennium Literary Award for Fiction.
Nghiem Tran
Nghiem Tran was born in Vietnam and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He is a Kundiman Fellow and his writing can be seen in The Indiana Review, Gulf Coast Online, The Offing, Tinderbox Poetry, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. He is working on a collection about the intersections between the current political climate surrounding immigration and his family’s personal experiences with the process.
Annie Trizna
Annie Trizna has a BFA in Theater from New York University. She is currently working on her MFA at Syracuse University.
Lito Velázquez
A native of Toronto, Lito Velázquez has published stories, poems, and essays in Canada and the United States. His work can be found in, Tahoma Literary Review, and He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won the Gilbert Prize. Among 37 other jobs, he has taught American LGBTQIA+ literature at University of the Pacific in Stockton, thrown parties for Madonna in Miami, and guided over a million tourists through the CN Tower in Toronto. Lito earned a Master’s in English Creative Fiction Writing from UC Davis, and is working to complete his collection of stories and a novel while at Syracuse.
Allyson Young
Allyson is an MFA student in Creative Writing concentrating in poetry. Her work has been published in Bluestockings, The Fairytale Review, Borderlands, The Texas Poetry Review, The Brooklyn Review, and Metatron. Her chapbook The West and Other Mistakes was released in Fall 2016 through Dancing Girl Press.
Corey Zeller
Corey Zeller is the author of Man vs. Sky (YesYes Books, 2013), You and Other Pieces (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015), and Sad Pizza Party (forthcoming, BOAAT Press). His work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Puerto del Sol, Mid-American Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Diagram, Salt Hill, West Branch, Third Coast, BOMB Magazine, Bat City Review, New York Tyrant, New Orleans Review, Green Mountains Review, The Rumpus, PEN America, Academy of American Poets, The Journal, Verse Daily, Sonora Review, McSweeney's, among others. He spent the last seven years working with children with mental and behavioral issues in Erie, PA, and is currently attending Syracuse University under a university fellowship.