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 (Picador) and The German Woman (Harcourt). His work has been published in Ploughshares, Playboy, Zoetrope, The Telegraph of India, and many other magazines, journals, and anthologies and has been translated into a half dozen languages. He is the recipient of UofL’s Oustanding 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.

Brian Leung is the author of the short story collection, World Famous Love Acts (Sarabande), winner of the Mary McCarthy Award for short fiction and The Asian American Literary Award for Fiction. His novels are Lost Men (Random House) and Take Me Home (Harper/Collins) which won the 2011 Willa Award for Historical Fiction. His fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction appear in numerous magazines and journals. Leung is currently the Director of Creative Writing at UofL and is a board member of the nonprofit organization, Louisville Literary Arts.

Kiki Petrosino’s publications include a collection of poems, Fort Red Border (Sarabande) and a chapbook, The Dark is Here (Forkift Ink).Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The New York Times, Tin House, Jubilat, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, 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. She has been awarded two staff scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and a post-graduate writing fellowship from the University of Iowa. Her latest collection of poems will be released from Sarabande in 2013.

Jeffrey Skinner’s 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.

Sena Jeter Naslund, Writer in Residence, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where she attended public schools and received the B.A. from Birmingham-Southen College. She has also lived in Louisiana, West Virginia, and California. She received the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her recent works include Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette (2006) and Adam & Eve, forthcoming in September 2010. She is the author of the novel Four Spirits, the national bestseller Ahab's Wife, Ice Skating at the North Pole, The Animal Way to Love, Sherlock in Love, and the short-story collection The Disobedience of Water. Her short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and many other journals. For twelve years, she directed the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisville, where she teaches and holds the title Writer In Residence. In 1980 she was appointed University of Louisville's first Distinguished Teaching Professor, and in 2000 she received the President's Award for Distinguished Creative Activity. She is editor of the literary magazine The Louisville Review, which she founded in 1976, and the Fleur-de-Lis Press at Spalding University, where she is Program Director of the Spalding Brief-Residence Master of Fine Arts in Writing, and she has taught at the University of Montana and Indiana University. She has served as Visiting Eminent Scholar at the University of Alabama-Hunstville in 2008 and 2010, and as Pascal Vacca Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Montevallo. She is a recipient of the Harper Lee Award and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council.

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). All of his writing, including his research, involves elements of creative nonfiction. He has published essays on creative nonfiction in several journals and anthologies, including the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Creative Writing. 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.


Term and Part-Time Lecturers

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.

Pablo Miguel Martínez’s collection of poems, Brazos, Carry Me (Kórima Press), received the 2013 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in Americas Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Gay and Lesbian Review, Inkwell, New Millennium Writings, North American Review, Pilgrimage and the San Antonio Express-News, among other publications. His poetry has been anthologized in This Assignment Is So Gay, Best Gay Poetry 2008, Poetic Voices without Borders 2, and Queer Codex: Chile Love. He has been a recipient of the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence, the Oscar Wilde Award, and the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize. His literary work has received support from the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. In addition to being a Co-Founder of CantoMundo, a national retreat-workshop for Latina/o poets, he has participated in Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Writers’ Workshop. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University.

Kristen Miller received her MA in English from the University of Louisville in 2011. Her poems have appeared in Kiosk, KC Voices, The Heron's Nest, and The Basilica Review, and have been honored by the Sara-Jean McDowell Award and the Robert Haiduke Prize. Kristen's play, “The Story of Izanagi and Izanami,” won the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Ten-Minute Play Contest and was anthologized by Backstage Books, and her play, “Plastica,” was a finalist in the Humana Festival’s Ten-Minute Play Contest. She is currently an MLitt student at Bread Loaf School of English and the Director of Operations and Outreach for Sarabande Books.

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.