MFA-CW Awards & Highlights
- Adjunct History Professor at Reinhardt University.
- Forthcoming Publications in "el Nagual" in the Fourth World Journal
- His novel, The Palms, will be published by Adelaide Books.
- "The Snake Preacher" - Finalist for Adelaide Literary Award for Best Short Story of 2018. Publication of "The Snake Preacher" in the Adelaide Literary Award Anthology vol. 2.
- Will present his short story "The Eye" at the Popular Culture Association 2019 National Conference in Washington D.C.
Theresa Lynn Ast
- Recently published an essay in The Blue Mountain Review (Vol. 8), which examines the various types and degrees of colorblindness and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sach’s book, Island of the Colorblind
- Additionally, The Blue Mountain Review accepted a historical essay, “Thinking About Genocide” for their upcoming fall issue, along with three poems, “Late at Night,” “Shepherds Watch,” and “With Children”
- Dr. Ast is a professor of European History, but spends summers participating in the Reinhardt University MFA – Creative Writing workshops
- Graduated from Oglethorpe University with a double major in English and Education and a minor in writing.
- She has taught high school English for 22 years, first in public school for 7 years and then at The King's Academy for the last 15 years.
- In 1995, I received an award for Excellence in the Teaching of Composition.
- She has been married for almost 24 years and has 4 children.
- She has been published in Atlanta Parent Magazine and has self-published a novel.
Katie Fesuk Hartsock
- Katie Fesuk Hartsock resides in Kennesaw with her husband and two young children. Her poem, “Two Kinds of Light, Our Own,” can be found in the Winter Issue of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s journal, Forum. Since September, she has been an invited poet/speaker for several Atlanta-area women’s groups and spiritual retreats, presenting her own work amassed during the Etowah Valley program and helping attendees generate their own poetic material. She has read recently at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and at Marietta Public Library’s Poets Read Series, where she will be a featured poet in August 2019.
- Her manuscript, Mambird, seeks a publisher and is under consideration at over twenty presses. She continues to study and learn, most recently in Master Poets classes with renowned Cecilia Woloch, author of Tsigan and seven other works. Katie tutors students in grades 6-12 and cares for her dad with dementia, writing and recording his stories, too. She is actively applying for work as a professor or in academia for Fall 2019; generating a series of poems about x-rays, tools, and language; and trying her hand at new genres: CNF, a children’s book called Memory Day, and a middle-grades manuscript about a girl named Hallelujah. Her scholarly research about precursors and matriarchs in contemporary women’s poetry continues.
- Thanks to her friends in the program (Wes Young and his wife, Robin), the newest addition to Katie’s family is an Irish Setter/Hound mix named Willa, in memory of her mother’s favorite author.
Casanova Green '18
- Since graduation, Casanova has been working diligently both in and out of writing. He has recently been published in the winter issues of The Raw Art Review and Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review.
- He recorded his second major album, Songs from the Journey, which is scheduled to be released in late Spring 2019.
- Starting in August 2018, he began work as an Adjunct Instructor at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, OH.
- Casanova continues to serve as the Lead Pastor of True Vision Christian Community in Lancaster, OH.
- Justin is still teaching at Cherokee High School, where he is the Chair of the Gifted Department.
- Recently had an artist’s profile published in December’s Family Life Magazines.
Tia King '18
Professor Atiya King is an Adjunct Instructor of Communication. She earned both her B.A. in Communications and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Reinhardt University. She freelance writes for Canton, North Fulton, and Woodstock Family Life Magazines, profiling local artists and musicians.
The Denver native, who recently became a vegan, is a serious animal lover and mother to three cats. Before joining our staff, King spent over a decade in the skincare industry. When she wasn’t taking years off her client’s skin, she was traveling the Caribbean, visiting Belize, Honduras, Grand Cayman Islands, and the Dominican Republic.
In her spare time, the ex-beauty expert, social media addict, and big time dreamer loves to write and hopes to one day become a respected author. She is excited about teaching communications and hopes to instill the same love of learning in her students, as her Reinhardt professors instilled in her.
Maria Klouda '18
- Copy Editor & Social Media Manager, The James Dickey Review
- Recently published in Reinhardt’s Sanctuary vol. 2017
- Recently published in Blue Mountain Review (issues One and 7)
- Recently published Artist’s Profiles in Family Life Publications
- From 2009-2010 was the owner and publisher of edible Metro & Mountains magazine
- Teaching ENG 100, 101, 102 at Reinhardt University
- Published "Sixes Degrees of Coca Cola" in Southern Fried Karma, where she received a Pushcart prize nomination
- "Welcome Home" forthcoming (Feb) publication in The Fourth World Journal
- Certified Georgia Master Naturalist , sponsored by The University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
- Enrolled In UNGa TEFL Certification program
- Her critical thesis will be included in UGA’s collection of Janisse Ray’s work.
- Winner of the Etowah Valley MFA Leadership Award
- Co-teacher- Spring 2018 High School Creative Writing Workshop
- 2018-2019 Assistant Literary Editor Fellowship for James Dickey Review
- May 2018 Dante's Old South NPR reading of short story, "The Bystanders"
- November 2018 Artist profile publication in Family Life Publications
- 2018 Panel Judge Milton Literary Festival - Young Authors Contest
- Georgia State University Presenter - 2019 New Voice Graduate Conference
- February 2019 - Joy of Signing - Reading of Prologue to novel, Righteous Room Slayings
- February 2019- Musical collaboration/ Progam Music -Short Story reading of "The Gordy Hall Haunting"
- "The Annual Picnic" - short story published in Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Summer Lovin' 2017 vol.
- Certification in Creative Writing from Emory Continuing Education, 2017
- "The Bystanders" - short story published in Reinhardt University's Sanctuary Journal 2018 vol.
- Won the 2018 Driscoll Award Excellence in Writing
Amy McGee '18
- Published “Prologue” from The Mayor-Do-Well in Reinhardt University’s Sanctuary magazine, 2018
- Published flash fiction pieces “Ever After,” “Something Stolen,” “Surprise Party,” and “Broken Promises” in Typo Magazine
- Read at the 2018 Robert L. Driscoll Convocation of Artists and Scholars
- Winner, 2018 Reinhardt MFA Graduation Residency Scholarship
- Winner, 2018 Reinhardt University Etowah Valley MFA Faculty Choice Award
Bonnie Medford '18
- Forthcoming publication--an artist profile of Betsy Khuri in Family Life Publications
Tina Morris '18
- Has artist profiles published and forthcoming with Family Life Publications
- She recently had her short story, “Blue” published in the Blue Mountain Review
Barbara Newey '18
- Her artist profile on Woodstock's Old School Horn Band appeared in the August issue of Canton Family Life
Krista Shaw '18
- Recently started working as part-time faculty at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN. She is also a tutor in the Teaching and Learning Center for C-State.
- Wes Young teaches high-school English in Bleckley County and writes because he can't help it.
- Recently received the 2018 "Outstanding Writing on Any Subject" award from the South Asian Journalists Association and appeared on an episode of Georgia Public Broadcasting's On Second Thought
- Recent reviews have appeared in the Washington Post and the fall 2018 issue of the Georgia Review
- She is in her second year of a Fellowship for writing about the intersections of science and religion, sponsored by the Templeton Foundation, Arizona State University and the journal Creative Nonfiction
- She is co-teaching an online course for Creative Nonfiction as part of the Fellowship and presented her essay "The Physics of Fire" at the Creative Nonfiction in May
- Her poem "Sunset Cruise at Key West" appeared in the summer 2017 Florida Review and was first runner-up in their annual poetry contest, judged by Denise Duhamel. She is currently submitting her two poetry manuscripts, two new short stories, and “The Physics of Fire” essay to presses and journals.
Karen Salyer McElmurray
- Currently working on revisions of her third novel, Wanting Radiance
- "Now and Then," an essay, is forthcoming in Coming Together, Fallling Apart , edited by Cat Pleska (Mountain State Press)
- Forthcoming in 2018 from University Press of Florida, “Hurricane” will be appear in In Season: Stories of Discovery, Loss, Home, and Places In Between
- In September, was visiting writer at University of South Dakota
- “Writing Joy” will appear in the newest issue of Drafthorse
- “Vertigo,”is forthcoming in the Texas Review
- “Speaking Freely,” is forthcoming in the South Dakota Review
- “Attics,” is forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage
- Was awarded a residency at Yaddo and spent six weeks in Saratoga Springs, NY working on his next novel.
- Recently published in The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, and AWP Chronicle
- Fly Fishing in Times Square will be released in May 2019
- Has been busy with fan mail from the article about Pat Conroy in Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy
- The Carson Monologues, one woman show for the Carson McCullers Centennial (World Premiere at the River Center for the Performing Arts, Columbus, GA)
- Seven Dream of Falling, a play: comic retelling of the Icarus myth (New production at the Collaborative Theatre Project, Medford/Ashland, OR)
- Eddie's Stone Song: Odyssey of the First Pasaquoyan, an opera in one act, libretto (World Premiere at Pasaquan at Beuna Vista, GA, James Ogburn, composer)
- Grass Chapels: New & Selected Poems , was recently accepted and will be released in 2018 by Mercer University Press.
- Specter Mountain , a book of poems collaboratively written with Jesse Graves, was just accepted by Mercer University Press.
- His book of Gerard Manley Hopkins criticism, The Fire That Breaks: Gerard Manley Hopkins's Poetic Legacies, will be released in 2018 by Clemson University Press, Liverpool University Press, and distributed in North America by Oxford University Press.
- He has just had another book of poems, tentatively titled Self-Portrait as Late Autumn Frost , chosen by Iris Press for future publication, as well as a book of essays entitled The Hypnophobic Dreamer: Essays on Poetry and the Imagination.
- The eighth volume of his Southern Poetry Anthologyseries, focused on the poets of Texas, will be released this fall by Texas Review Press.
- Recently published in Prairie Schooner, Kenyon Review, Oxford American, Antioch Review, AGNI, and Epoch