Faculty Biographies

Below are biographies of some of the Creative Writing scholars teaching in the English Department:

Paul Griner, a former Fulbright Scholar, is the author of the short story collection Follow Me (Random House), a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and the novels Collectors (Random House) and The German Woman(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His work has been published in Tin House, One Story, Ploughshares, Playboy, Zoetrope, The Telegraph of India, and many other magazines, journals, and anthologies, and has been translated into a half dozen languages.  His novel Second Life will be published by Counterpoint/Soft Skull in January 2015.  His collection of stories Hurry Please, I Want To Know, will be published by Sarabande in Jun 2015.

He is the recipient of UofL’s Outstanding Teaching Awards at both the college and university levels as well as well as the Graduate School’s Outstanding Mentor Award.  He has a BA in History from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard, and an MA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.

Kiki Petrosino has taught at U of L since 2010, and became Director of Creative Writing in 2014. Her publications include two collection of poems, Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), both from Sarabande Books. Her poems have appeared  in The New York Times, Tin House, Jubilat, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, the LA Review of Books, and elsewhere. Along with a colleague, she co-edits Transom, an electronic poetry journal (http://www.transomjournal.com). Petrosino holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Jeffrey Skinner has been awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. His collection of poetry, Glaciology will be published in 2013 by Southern Illinois University Press. His prose book, The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-help Memoir, was published in 2012 by Sarabande Books. He has published five previous collections of poetry: Late Stars (Wesleyan University Press), A Guide to Forgetting ( a winner in the 1987 National Poetry series, chosen by Tess Gallagher, published by Graywolf Press), The Company of Heaven (Pitt Poetry Series), Gender Studies (Miami University Press) and Salt Water Amnesia (Ausable Press). He has written an informal text on creative writing for high school students, Real Toads in Imaginary Gardens (Chicago Review Press), and, with the poet Sarah Gorham, edited an anthology, Last Call: Poems on Alcoholism, Addiction, & Deliverance (Sarabande Books). His poems have appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, and The Georgia, Iowa, and Paris Reviews. Skinner’s writing has gathered awards from such sources as the National Endowment for the Arts (2 NEA Individual Artists Fellowships), the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the state arts agencies of Connecticut, Delaware, and Kentucky. Three of his plays have been finalists in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference competition, He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, McDowell and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown. Skinner has been Poet-in-Residence at the Robert Frost House, the Arts Festival of Ireland, and the James Merrill House.

Bronwyn T. Williams writes and teaches creative nonfiction as well as courses in rhetoric and composition (and is no relation to the romance novelists who uses his name as a pseudonym). He is also director of the University Writing Center. All of his writing, including his research, involves elements of creative nonfiction. He is also interested in the intersections of creative writing and digital media. He has published essays on creative nonfiction in several journals and anthologies, including the Blackwell Companion to Creative Writing and the forthcoming Guide to Creative Writing Pedagogies. He is also on the editorial board of New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. He has an MA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in Composition Studies from the University of New Hampshire. Before returning to teaching he worked in journalism for newspapers, magazines, and public radio.

Ian Stansel is a writer, teacher, and editor whose collection of stories, Everybody's Irish (FiveChapters 2013), was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham prize for debut fiction.  His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Ploughshares,Joyland, Ecotone, Cincinnati Review, and Antioch Review, among others.  His nonfiction has appeared in CutBank, Salon and The Good Men Project.  He holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston, where he was the editor of Gulf Coast.  He now serves as fiction editor of the online literary journal Memorious.  When not writing, teaching, or editing, he spends his time with his wife, writer Sarah Anne Strickley, and their daughters, Simone and Lila.  Dr. Stansel will join the English Department's Creative Writing Program as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2015.

Dr. Kristi Maxwell is the author of five books of poetry: Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books), Re- (Ahsahta), That Our Eyes Be Rigged (Saturnalia), and PLAN/K (Horseless Press). Her scholarly publications include articles on experimental writing practices and the hybrid writing of Jenny Boully and Anne Carson, and her research interests involve theories of representation and difference, textual performance, and the body. A former Elliston Poetry Fellow, she received a PhD in Creative Writing & Literature, along with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, where she served as editor-in-chief of Sonora Review. She will join the faculty of the UofL English Department in Fall 2016.


Term and Part-Time Lecturers

Miles Fuller is a poet, essayist, and visual artist with an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. His work has received accolades through the Academy of American Poets, AWP, Pushcart, and Best American Essays. He is currently working on a book-length project about Mormons and mental illness.

Martha Greenwald has taught at the University of Louisville since 1999.  Her collection of poems, Other Prohibited Items, was the winner of the 2010 Mississippi Review Poetry Series.   Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Slate, Poetry, Best New Poets, The Sycamore Review, Shenandoah, and many other journals.   She has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and been awarded scholarships from both the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences.  She has also held an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. Works in progress include Shivah Bullies, a memoir, and Well, Bless His Heart, a collection of short fiction.


Ryan Ridge is the author of the story collection Hunters & Gamblers, the poetry collection Ox, as well as the chapbooks 22nd Century Man and Hey, it's America. His next book, American Homes, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press as part of their new 21st Century Prose series. His work can be found in places like PANK, Salt Hill, Tin HouseMcSweeney's Small Chair, FLAUNT MagazineThe Santa Monica ReviewSleepingfish, and others. A former editor for Faultline Journal of Arts & Letters, Bull and others, he currently serves as a managing editor for Juked (http://www.juked.com). Ridge holds a BA in English from the University of Louisville and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine.

Brian Weinberg has published fiction, creative nonfiction, and journalism in a variety of publications, including n+1, Salon, New Letters, Men’s Vogue, ForbesLife, Bellevue Review, Northwest Review, Meridian, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and elsewhere.  He holds an M.F.A. from the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fellow, and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University.  He has taught creative writing at the University of Virginia, the University of Kentucky, the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, the Jefferson County Public Schools Lifelong Learning Program, and St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., where he served as Writer In Residence.  He is currently Deputy Director of the Louisville Story Program, a nonprofit that helps historically underrepresented Louisville residents write and publish books about their lives and neighborhoods.