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The University of Central Missouri offers both a minor and an individualized major in Creative Writing. Students enrolled in the program take a series of courses in English and World literature and several creative writing workshops. They are also encouraged to work closely with individual faculty members on large creative projects and to participate on the staff of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing. Our graduates have gone on to publish nationally in such journals as New Letters, Southern Humanities Review, Texas Review, Kenyon Review, The Laurel Review, American Book Review, Cimarron Review, Lit, Crab Creek Review, and Allegheny Review. They also frequently continue their studies at the MFA or PhD level at other universities.
Matthew Eck, Assistant Professor, fiction.
Matthew Eck holds an MFA from the University of Montana and is the author of the novel The Farther Shore (Milkweed, 2007), which won the Milkweed Fiction Prize, earned a “5 under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. His second novel is forthcoming. With Phong Nguyen, he edits fiction for Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing & Reviews.
Phong Nguyen, Assistant Professor, fiction.
Phong Nguyen holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His first collection of short stories, Memory Sickness (Elixir, 2011), won the 2010 Elixir Press Fiction Award, and his stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Agni, Beloit Fiction Journal, Boulevard, Florida Review, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, Meridian, and Portland Review. Former editor of Cream City Review, he serves as Editor of Pleiades.
Kathryn Nuernberger, Assistant Professor, poetry.
Kathryn Nuernberger received her PhD from Ohio University, where she was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship. The winner of a 2010 Intro Journals Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, she also received a 2010 Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers from the American Antiquarian Society. Her first poetry collection, Rag & Bone (Elixir, 2011) won the 2010 Antivenom Prize. With Richard Smith, she edits poetry for Pleiades.
Richard Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor, poetry.
Richard Smith holds an M.F.A. from the University of Washington. He's the author of All Talk (Poor Claudia 2014) and Great Poem of Desire and Other Poems (Poor Claudia 2013). Recently, his poems have appeared in tin House, Barrow Street, City Arts, Hobart, Verse Daily, Pinwheel and elsewhere.
In addition to the literature courses offered by the Department of English & Philosophy, The Creative Writing Program also offers these seminars: