Creative Writing Faculty & Staff

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Lisa Jane Ampleman Warren

Managing Editor, A&S English

369B McMicken Hall


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 in journals such as Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, 32 Poems, Image, and Massachusetts Review, and on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She is managing editor of the Cincinnati Review.
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Christopher H Bachelder

Professor, A&S English

350G McMicken Hall


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John P. Drury


John Drury earned his BA in Comparative Literature from Stony Brook University in 1976, his MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in 1978, and his MFA from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1980. He began teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 1985. He is the author of four full-length poetry collections (The Disappearing Town, Burning the Aspern Papers, The Refugee Camp, and Sea Level Rising) and two books about poetry (Creating Poetry and The Poetry Dictionary). He has won the Bernard F. Conners Prize in Poetry from The Paris Review, two Ohio Arts Council grants, and an Ingram Merrill Foundation award, as well as the University's Dolly Cohen Award for Distinguished Teaching. His narrative nonfiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Evansville Review, Alligator Juniper, and as a Ploughshares Solo.

Books of Poems
Sea Level Rising, Able Muse Press, 2015
The Refugee Camp, Turning Point Books, 2011
Burning the Aspern Papers, Miami University Press, 2003
The Disappearing Town, Miami University Press, 2000
Chapbooks of Poems
The Stray Ghost, State Street Press, 1987
Fire in the Wax Museum, The Press at Colorado College, 1980
Books about Poetry
The Poetry Dictionary, revised second edition, Writer’s Digest Books, 2006
The Poetry Dictionary, Story Press, 1995
Creating Poetry, Writer’s Digest Books, 1991
Poems in the Following Magazines
Able Muse, The American Journal of Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Antioch Review, Ascent, The Baltimore Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Boulevard, Carolina Quarterly, The Chattahoochee Review, Cimarron Review, Columbia, Contemporary Ghazals, The Cortland Review, Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, The Gettysburg Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Hotel Amerika, The Hudson Review, Inertia, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Iowa Review, The Journal, Kansas Quarterly, Laurel Review, Light, The Literary Review, Main Street Rag, Measure, The Missouri Review, The New Republic, North American Review, Open Places, The Paris Review, Passager, Pequod, Phoebe, Ploughshares, Poet & Critic, Poet Lore, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Poetry Now, Quarterly West, The Raintown Review, River Styx, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Shenandoah, Smartish Pace, Southern Indiana Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Sou’wester, Tampa Review, Tar River Poetry, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse, Western Humanities Review, Willow Springs, and Xanadu

Narrative Prose
“My Mother’s Choice,” Alligator Juniper XXI (May 2017).
“Heading for a Total Eclipse,” Ploughshares Solos 3.8 (May 19, 2015) and reprinted in Ploughshares Solos Omnibus Volume 3 (2015).
“Interrogator’s Guide,” The Evansville Review (Volume XXV, 2015).
“The House That She Designed,” The Gettysburg Review (Summer 2011).
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Michael Griffith

Professor, A&S English

214C McMicken Hall


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

101B McMicken Hall


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

214B McMicken Hall


Kristen Iversen holds a Ph.D in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She teaches literary nonfiction and fiction, and also serves as literary nonfiction editor of The Cincinnati Review and faculty editor of 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. In 2020-2021, she will be a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bergen. Forthcoming books: Friend and Faithful Stranger: The Untold Story of Nikola Tesla 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

101C McMicken Hall


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 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

229B McMicken Hall

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Aditi P Machado

Assistant Professor, A&S English

229D McMicken Hall


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.

Some additional interests that make their way into my teaching and writing: Beowulf, Old English and Latin, television and cinema, cooking, walking, fashion, and the baroque.


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


Assisant Professor, Department of English, University of Cincinnati, 2020-present
               (also: Affiliate Faculty Member, Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures)
Visiting Writer-in-Residence, Department of English, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2018-2020
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of English & University Writing Program, University of Denver, 2016-2018


Emporium. Nightboat Books, 2020. James Laughlin Award 2019 from the Academy of American Poets. (Poetry Collection)
Some Beheadings. Nightboat Books, 2017. The Believer Poetry Award 2018. (Poetry Collection)
Prosopopoeia by Farid Tali. Action Books, 2016. (Hybrid Novel translated from the French)


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)

More about my publications can be found at my personal website
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Matthew S O'Keefe

Associate Editor of The Cincinnati Review, A&S English

369 McMicken Hall


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Michael Christopher Peterson

Program Coordinator, A&S English

McMicken Hall


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James A Schiff

Professor, A&S English

229C McMicken Hall


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

Department Head, Professor, A&S English

248 McMicken Hall


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Felicia Marie Zamora

Assistant Professor, A&S English

McMicken Hall


Felicia Zamora (she/her/hers) is a poet, educator, and editor. She is the author of six books of poetry including, I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize forthcoming in 2021, Quotient forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions in 2022, Body of Render, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press (2020), Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions, 2018), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press, 2018), and Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press). She's received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, PLAYA, Moth Magazine, and Noepe Center at Martha’s Vineyard, authored two chapbooks, won the 2019 Wabash Prize for Poetry and the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, and was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, CO. Her poems are found or forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, American Poetry Review, Boston Review online, Georgia Review, Missouri Review Poem-of-the-Week, Orion, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, The Nation, and others. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and is the associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review.