Faculty Biographies

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

Kiki Petrosino (Director of Creative Writing) is the author of three collections of poems, Witch Wife (forthcoming in 2017), Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), all 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 on-line poetry journal (http://www.transomjournal.com).

Petrosino holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

She has received research fellowships from the University of Louisville's Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.‬

Paul Griner is the author of five books.  The short story collections Hurry Please I Want to Know (Sarabande Press) and Follow Me (Random House), which was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and the novels Second Life (Counterpoint), The German Woman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Collectors (Random House).  

Hurry Please I Want to Know was nominated for the 2016 Kirkus Prize, a finalist for the 2016 Indiefab Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the 2016 Kentucky Literary Award.   He was selected to be the July 2016 Writer-in-Residence at Aspen Words.

His work has been published in Tin House, One Story, Ploughshares, Story, Playboy, Zoetrope, The North American Review, The Telegraph of India, and many other magazines, journals, and anthologies, and has been translated into a half dozen languages.  
He is a Distinguished University Scholar; the recipient of UofL’s Outstanding Teaching Awards at both the college and university levels, and of UofL’s Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creativity Activity Award for Humanities at both the college and university levels, and the Graduate School’s Outstanding Mentor Award.  A former Fulbright Scholar, 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.

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.

Ian Stansel is a writer and teacher, whose collection of stories, Everybody's Irish (FiveChapters 2013), was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham prize for debut fiction.  His novel, The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017.

His short 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.

When not writing, teaching, or editing, he spends his time with his wife, writer Sarah Strickley, and their daughters.

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.

Emeritus faculty:

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.


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.

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.