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The University of Central Missouri offers both a minor and an individualized major in Creative Writing. Students enrolled in the program take a series of courses in English and World literature and several creative writing workshops. They are also encouraged to work closely with individual faculty members on large creative projects and to participate on the staff of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing. Our graduates have gone on to publish nationally in such journals as New Letters, Southern Humanities Review, Texas Review, Kenyon Review, The Laurel Review, American Book Review, Cimarron Review, Lit, Crab Creek Review, and Allegheny Review. They also frequently continue their studies at the MFA or PhD level at other universities.
Matthew Eck, Associate Professor, fiction.
Matthew Eck holds an MFA from the University of Montana and is the author of the novel The Farther Shore (Milkweed, 2007), which won the Milkweed Fiction Prize, earned a “5 under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. His second novel is forthcoming. With Phong Nguyen, he edits fiction for Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing & Reviews.
Phong Nguyen, Associate Professor, fiction.
Phong Nguyen holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is the author of the upcoming novel The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016), and two story collections: Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2014) and Memory Sickness and Other Stories (Elixir, 2011), won the 2010 Elixir Press Fiction Award. His stories have appeared in numerous national literary magazines, including Agni, Beloit Fiction Journal, Boulevard, Florida Review, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, Meridian, and Portland Review. Former editor of Cream City Review, he now serves as Editor of Pleiades: Literature in Context.
Kathryn Nuernberger, Associate Professor, poetry.
Kathryn Nuernberger received her PhD from Ohio University, where she was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship. She is the author of The End of Pink (BOA Editions, 2016), winner of the 2015 James Laughlin Award, and Rag & Bone (Elixir, 2011), winner of the 2010 Antivenom Prize. The winner of a 2010 Intro Journals Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, she also received a 2010 Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers from the American Antiquarian Society. With Jenny Molberg, she edits poetry for Pleiades. She serves as the director of Pleiades Press.
Jenny Molberg, Assistant Professor, poetry.
Jenny Molberg holds a PhD from the University of North Texas and an MFA from American University. Her debut collection of poetry, Marvels of the Invisible, won the 2014 Berkshire Prize (Tupelo Press, 2016), and her work has appeared in various publications, including Best New Poets, Verse Daily, Missouri Review, North American Review, Copper Nickel, Third Coast, Mississippi Review, and others. She serves as Poetry Editor for Pleiades.
In addition to the literature courses offered by the Department of English & Philosophy, The Creative Writing Program also offers these seminars: