Creative Writing Faculty & Staff

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Lisa Jane Ampleman

Managing Editor, A&S English



Lisa Ampleman is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Romances (LSU Press, forthcoming in 2020) and Full Cry (NFSPS Press, 2013), as well as the chapbook I've Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State UP, 2012). Her poems have appeared recently in journals such as Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, 32 Poems, Image, and Southern Review, and on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She is managing editor of the Cincinnati Review and poetry series editor at Acre Books.
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Chris Bachelder

Professor, Director of Creative Writing, A&S English



Chris Bachelder is the author of four novels, including The Throwback Special, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Paris Review's Terry Southern Prize. Dayswork, a novel written collaboratively with Jennifer Habel, was published in 2023. Bachelder has taught fiction writing at UC since 2011.
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Michael Griffith

Professor, A&S English



Michael Griffith's books of fiction are Spikes (Arcade, 2001), Bibliophilia (Arcade, 2003), and Trophy (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2011), which was named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books for that year. His book of nonfiction, The Speaking Stone: Stories Cemeteries Tell, appeared from the University of Cincinnati Press in 2021. He is working on a novel tentatively called Grimster & the Cruciverbalist.

Griffith's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Southern Review, Ninth Letter, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, New England Review, Five Points, Oxford American, Pleiades, Salmagundi, Golf World, Shenandoah, and many other periodicals, and his puzzles--crosswords, acrostics, and hink pinks--have appeared in The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, and in other places. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center (2007-08), the National Endowment for the Arts (2004), the Sewanee Writers' Conference (2001), the Louisiana Division of the Arts (2001), and others. Griffith was founding editor of the Yellow Shoe Fiction series for Louisiana State University Press (2005-2021) and Fiction Editor of Cincinnati Review. Griffith was the recipient in 2005 of the English Department's Boyce Award for Outstanding Teaching, and in 2012 he was awarded UC's university-wide Doctoral Mentoring Award. Since 2013 he has been a Fellow of the Graduate School.
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Jennifer L Habel

Coordinator of Creative Writing, A&S English



Jennifer Habel is the author of two full-length poetry collections—The Book of Jane, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and Good Reason, winner of the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition—and a chapbook, In the Little House, which won the Copperdome Prize. Her writing has received three Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council, and has appeared in journals such as The Sewanee Review, The Believer, Gettysburg Review, and Gulf Coast. 
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Kristen Iversen

Professor, A&S English



Kristen Iversen holds a Ph.D in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver (1996). She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literary nonfiction and fiction, and also serves as Literary Nonfiction Editor of The Cincinnati Review and faculty editor of the undergraduate journal Short Vine. Her work includes the books Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats (2012, paperback/audio 2013; selected by universities around the country for their First Year Experience/Common Read programs); Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth (1999, third edition 2018)Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction (2004); and two edited anthologies, Doom with a View (2020) and Don’t Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn't Seen (2020). Essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The American Scholar, Fourth Genre, Beloit Fiction Journal, and others. Several documentaries have been based on her work, including a new documentary Full Body Burden (forthcoming 2023) and an option for a tv series. In 2020-2021, she was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar for the University of Bergen, Norway (temporarily postponed due to Covid). Forthcoming books are Friend and Faithful Stranger: Nikola Tesla in the Gilded Age and Wide and Generous World: New and Published Essays. See
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Rebecca K Lindenberg

Area Director of Creative Writing, Assistant Professor, A&S English


Rebecca Lindenberg is a poet, essayist, translator, and literary editor.  She is the author of Love, an Index (McSweeney's) and The Logan Notebooks (Mountain West Poetry Series), winner of the 2015 Utah Book Award. Her third poetry collection, Our Splendid Failure to Do the Impossible, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in Fall 2024. Her work also appears in many national magazines and literary journals including POETRY, The Believer, McSweeney's Quarterly, American Poetry Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Seneca Review, Iowa Review, and many more.  She is the recipient of several grants and awards including an Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Grant, a seven-month fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and residencies at the MacDowell Arts Colony, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and elsewhere.  In addition to her work as a writer, she is the Poetry Editor of the Cincinnati Review.  
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Nicola F Mason

Editor of Acre Books, A&S English


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Aditi P Machado

Assoc Professor, A&S English



I am a poet, translator, and scholar whose work draws on translation and transnational literatures; experimental writing methods; historical prosodies and theories of the sentence. While I read across time periods, my research tends to focus on twentieth- and twenty-first century US and transnational poetries with particular emphases on global avant-gardes; the poetry of philosophy; literatures of migration and displacement; ecocriticism; serial/longform poetics; literatures of witness and documentary poetics; and the haptic.


Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Cincinnati, 2023-
          Affiliate Faculty, Department of Romance and Arabic Languages & LIteratures, 2020-
Assisant Professor, Department of English, University of Cincinnati, 2020-2023
Visiting Writer-in-Residence, Department of English, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2018-2020


PhD, University of Denver, 2019
MFA, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2012 


Emporium. Nightboat Books, 2020. James Laughlin Award 2019 from the Academy of American Poets. 
          Emporio. Slimbook Editorial [Argentina], 2022. (translation into Spanish by Guadalupe Alfaro and Tomás Fadel)
Some Beheadings. Nightboat Books, 2017. The Believer Poetry Award 2018.
Prosopopoeia by Farid Tali. Action Books, 2016. (novel translated from the French)


now. Sputnik & Fizzle, 2022. (poetry)
The End. Ugly Duckling Presse, 2020. (essay)
Rhapsody. Albion Books, 2020. (poetry)
Prologue | EmporiumGarden-Door Press, 2018. (poetry)
This TouchBelladonna*, 2018. (essay)
Route: Marienbad. Further Other Book Works, 2016. (poetry)
The Robing of the BrideDzanc Books, 2013. The Collagist Chapbook Contest, 2012. (poetry)

Selected journal publications are listed on my personal website.
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Matthew S OKeefe

Associate Editor of The Cincinnati Review, A&S English



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Michael Christopher Peterson

Asst Professor - Research, A&S English



Michael C. Peterson curently serves as the Curator of the George Elliston Poetry Room and Archive, located in Langsam Library on the Uptown Campus. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Vermont Studio Center, the Kenyon Summer Writer's Institute, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His poems have appeared in journals such as the Boston Review Online, Kenyon Review Online, Southern Review, Blackbird, Fence, Bat City Review, Laurel Review, american letters & commentary, New American Writing, and in the anthologies They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (eds. Muench, Simone and Dean Rader; Black Lawrence Press, 2018) and Of Rivers: Poems After Langston Hughes (eds. Brown, Jericho and Sandra Lim, et al; Southern Humanities Review, 2015). He's been a finalist for the National Poetry Series, The Berkshire Prize, and Omnidawn Poetry Prize. Since 2021 he has been working on an edition of poems by Black American poet Tom Postell, forthcoming under the title Tom Postell: On the Life and Work of an Unsung Master (Pleiades Press/Unsung Masters, forthcoming 2024).

Research interests include twentieth century avant garde poetries, postwar mimeograph and print culture, lyric acoustics and psychoacoustics, alignments of audio technologies, recording techniques, and lyric innovation in the twentieth century, archival praxis, participatory curation, and oral history.
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James A Schiff

Professor, A&S English



Born and raised in Cincinnati, Jim Schiff received his B.A. from Duke University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. He is the author or editor of five books on contemporary American fiction, including John Updike Revisited, Understanding Reynolds PriceUpdike's Version: Rewriting The Scarlet Letter, and Updike in Cincinnati. He was named by the John H. Updike Literary Trust to edit a volume of Updike's letters, which will be published in 2022. His essays and interviews have appeared in American Literature, Critique, Missouri Review, Southern Review, South Atlantic Review, Studies in American Fiction, Tin House, and elsewhere. He reviews books for newspapers, magazines and journals, and serves as the editor of the John Updike Review as well as a consulting editor of Critique and Philip Roth Studies. He has served on various boards, including the Duke University Trinity Board of Visitors, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, The Seven Hills School, the Community Learning Center Institute (CLCI), WCET-TV, and the Mercantile Library.
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Leah Stewart

Professor, A&S English



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Felicia Marie Zamora

Assoc Professor, A&S English



Felicia Zamora (she/her) is a poet, educator, and editor. She is the author of six full-length poetry collections and two chapbooks including, Quotient (Tinderbox Editions, 2022), I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize (University of Iowa Press, 2021) and the 2022 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, Body of Render, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award (Red Hen Press, 2020), Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press),and Of Form & Gather, winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press). She’s received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, and Tin House. She won the 2022 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize from The Georgia Review, the 2020 C.P. Cavafy Prize from Poetry International, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Tomaž Šalamun Prize, and a 2022 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2022, Boston Review, Georgia Review, Guernica, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, Orion, Poetry Magazine, The Nation, West Branch, and others. She is an associate professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and poetry editor for the Colorado Review.