Characters of SHSU's MFA program in Creative Writing

Creative Writing faculty member Ching-In Chen

Major Accomplishments

The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press. 2009); recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017) co-editor, The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press); co-editor, Here is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press)


Ching-In Chen
Assistant Professor 

(Ph.D, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee)

Creative Writing; Contemporary poetry

Office: Evans 116
Phone: (936) 294-1944
E-mail: ching-in@shsu.edu

Dr. Ching-In Chen (Ph.D, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee) is the author of The Heart's Traffic and the forthcoming recombinant, as well as co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities and Here is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets. A Kundiman, Lambda Fellow and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and have been a participant in Sharon Bridgforth's Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have also been awarded fellowships from Can Serrat, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Norman Mailer Center and Imagining America. Their work has appeared in The Best American Experimental Writing, The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. A senior editor of The Conversant, they have also served on the Woodland Pattern board, Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and as editor-in-chief of cream city review. www.chinginchen.com



Major Accomplishments

The 26-Hour Day (New Issues, 2015); Disasters of the First World (Grove Atlantic, 2017)

Olivia Clare
Assistant Professor 

(Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2016)

Creative writing, fiction and poetry

Office: Evans 211
Phone: (936) 294-3156
E-mail: olivia.clare@shsu.edu

Olivia Clare is the author of a short story collection, Disasters in the First World, and a novel, both forthcoming from Grove Atlantic. She is also the author of a book of poems, The 26-Hour Day (New Issues, 2015). Her awards include a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award (in fiction), the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship from Colgate University (in poetry), a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and fellowships from the Tin House Writers' Workshop, the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. In 2014, she won an O. Henry Prize for her first published story, “Pétur.” Her stories have appeared in GrantaSouthern Review, n+1, Boston Review, Ecotone, and elsewhere. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, London Magazine, FIELD, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Literature with Creative Dissertation from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was a Black Mountain Institute Fellow. www.olivia-clare.com

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Major Accomplishments

Ordination (Ohio State University Press, 2006); Pet Shop Girls, by Anja Snellman, co-translator with Helena Halmari (Ice Cold Crime 2012)

Associate Editor, Journal of Finnish Studies

Director, MFA Program

Scott Kaukonen
Associate Professor

(Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2006)

Creative Writing; Contemporary Fiction;
20th Century American Literature;
Religious Culture and Literature

Office: Evans 412
Phone: (936) 294-1407
E-mail: kaukonen@shsu.edu

Dr. Scott Kaukonen (Ph.D., University of Missouri) teaches graduate courses in fiction writing, publishing, and twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. His debut collection of stories, Ordination, won the Ohio State Prize for Short Fiction, and was published by the Ohio State University Press. The collection includes the story, “Punnett’s Squares,” winner of the Nelson Algren Prize from the Chicago Tribune. He’s a past recipient of a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he’s also received an AWP/Prague Summer Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Barrelhouse, Normal School, Third Coast, and elsewhere. His novel-in-progress, The Martyrdom of Katie Deeds, explores the relationship between American fundamentalism and American consumer culture.



Major Accomplishments

We Don't Know We Don't Know
(Graywolf Press, 2010); The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors' House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010); How to Dance as the Roof Caves In (Graywolf Press 2014); You, Beast (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017)

Editor, Texas Review

Nick Lantz
Assistant Professor

(M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005)

Creative Writing, Publishing, Poetic Theory

Office: Evans 314A
Phone: (936) 294-1990
E-mail: nick.lantz@shsu.edu

Nick Lantz (MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison) teaches graduate courses in poetry, poetic theory, and publishing. His fourth collection of poetry, You, Beast, is forthcoming in 2017. His previous books are We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (2010), The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors’ House (2010), and How to Dance as the Roof Caves In (2014). His books have won the Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, the Council for Wisconsin Writers Posner Award, the Larry Levis Reading Prize, the Felix Pollack Prize, and the Brittingham Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His work has appeared in journals such as New England Review, Gulf Coast, FIELD, and Pleiades. Lantz is also a playwright, having written an opera, a musical, and a variety of short and full-length plays, including an adaption of Georg Büchner's Woyzeck, performed at SHSU in 2016. Lantz co-curates the poetry website, The Cloudy House, which is dedicate to the poetry "project book." In 2016, he became the editor of Texas Review


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