Current Students

David Bowen (dbowen@uwm.edu) is a PhD student in Creative Writing. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. His work has appeared at The Literary Review, Monkeybicycle, Main Street Rag, Reconfigurations, The Salt River Review, The Convergence Review, and College English. With some dedicated and tireless friends, he also runs New American Press and MAYDAY Magazine.


Brittany Cavallaro
Brittany Cavallaro

Brittany Cavallaro (cavalla3@uwm.edu) is a PhD candidate in creative writing, working in poetry. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received the David and Jean Milofsky Prize in Creative Writing. Her poetry has appeared in Best New Poets 2011, Gettysburg Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and her awards include scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and a Chancellor's Graduate Student Fellowship from UWM.




Chris Drew
Chris Drew

Chris Drew (cmdrew@uwm.edu) is a PhD student interested in American regional & rural literature, Native American literature, creative nonfiction, and creative writing pedagogy. His work has appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review, Big Muddy: A Journal of The Mississippi River Valley, Concho River Review, The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Red Wheelbarrow, The Sycamore Review, and Quarterly West. Along with Joe Rein and Dave Yost, Chris co-edited an anthology, Dispatches from the Classroom: Graduate Students on Creative Writing Pedagogy, published November 2011 by Continuum Books. Chris is the recipient of the 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award in creative nonfiction, and he is currently working on his first novel, which is set in and around the coal mines of southern Indiana.


Paul Dworschack-Kinter began the program as a poet and then moved into fiction. Having come to creative writing through the school of fine arts, he continues to play with clay, paint and digital media. Currently in the PhD program, he's a blurred genre (so, too his writing). His scholarly interests revolve around mythology and magical realism with strong leanings toward Celtic Studies. He is currently working on finishing his course work, finding time to write and working on a Secret Project.


Elisa Karbin (ekarbin@uwm.edu) is an MA student interested in 18th and 19th century British literature, queer theory, formal poetry, baking and Oscar Wilde.



Elisa Neckar
Elisa Neckar

Elisa Neckar (erneckar@uwm.edu) is a Creative Writing-track Ph.D. candidate who primarily works in creative nonfiction. Her research interests lie in literary journalism, online fan communities, and young adult lit, and she presented at the Film & History conference in 2010, and the Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association conferences in 2010 and 2011. Elisa also teaches composition at Carroll University and Waukesha Area Technical College, and works as a book editor for a local publishing company. She was recently featured in an article in The Writer magazine about the pros and cons of creative writing graduate programs. Find her on Twitter, @erneckar.




Kate Olson Nesheim
Kate Olson Nesheim

Kate Olson Nesheim (olsonke@uwm.edu) is a doctoral student and teaching assistant. She is also the creative non-fiction editor for cream city review. Her interests include pedagogy, fiction, non-fiction, business and professional writing, and southern Africa. Her work has been featured in Smokelong Quarterly and will appear in The Gettysburg Review. She is currently working on a novel about American students in Namibia.




Melissa Olson
Melissa Olson

Melissa Olson (mfolson@uwm.edu) earned degrees in English Literature and Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California, where she also worked for the Daily Trojan newspaper as a features and reviews writer, columnist, and film editor, though not all at the same time. Melissa is currently in the masters program in creative writing at UWM, where she is also an associate editor for the Cream City Review, and working on publishing her two completed novels. Melissa has been published online at Suite101.com and WomenonWriting.com, as well as the Fall 2011 edition of the International Journal of Comic Art. She is also the longtime sporadic film columnist for the Chippewa Falls Herald Telegram in her hometown. She also writes blogs on entertainment, motherhood, and writing at her website, www.melissafolson.com.



Christine Stroik Stocke is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, magna cum laude, with degrees in English and Psychology. Her work has appeared in World Karting Association, West Bend Daily News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Washington University Literary Journal and Cornucopia Weekly. Christine writes fiction and creative nonfiction, and is interested in disabilities in writing, the gothic tradition, magical realism, contemporary fiction and post-modernism.


Katy J. Vopal is a fiction writer currently working on her doctoral dissertation novel, The Way Back to August. Her academic concentration is adolescent literature. A former newspaper reporter, she is currently on faculty at Lakeland College and Ottawa University where she teaches creative writing, composition, American Literature, Child and Adolescent Literature, Women in Literature, and a variety of communication courses. Her short fiction has appeared in Upstreet, Quality Women's Fiction, Characters: Kids' Short Story and Poetry Outlet, Dan River Anthology, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, Scrivener's Pen and other publications. Judy Blume is her hero.


Todd Wellman (twellman@uwm.edu) is in the Creative Writing MA program, with a focus on short fiction. He is Fiction Editor at Cream City Review; Director of Training & Learning at Public Allies, Inc.; and enjoys freelancing in writing, piano, and logo design. He likes discovering new things, such as the public-use mini-islands on the Milwaukee river. Who knew those were there?