Workshop Leaders

Adam Clay

Adam Clay

Adam Clay is the author of A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012) and The Wash (Parlor  Press, 2006). A third book of poems, Stranger, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. He co-edits TYPO Magazine and teaches at University of Illinois Springfield.

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Lisa Higgs

Lisa Higgs

Lisa Higgs has taught poetry and composition courses at the University of Illinois Springfield since 2008. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and she has published two chapbooks of poetry, Unintentional Guide to the Big City (2015) and Lodestar (2011). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Water~Stone Review, Crab Orchard Review and Midwestern Gothic. She is Poetry Editor for Quiddity International Literary Journal, a reviewer of poetry collections for Kenyon Review Online, and President of the Vachel Lindsay Association.

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Joe LaFata is a graduate student at the University of Illinois Springfield where he studies creative writing. He earned his B.A. in creative writing with a minor in art from Illinois College. He is the nonfiction editor of Uproota national online literary journal affiliated with the University of Illinois Springfield. His fiction has appeared in Forte and The Alchemist Review. 

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Ted Morrissey

Ted Morrissey

Ted Morrissey is the author of the novels An Untimely Frost and Men of Winter, the novella Weeping with an Ancient God, the novelette Figures in Blue, and his stories and essays have appeared in more than thirty journals, including Glimmer Train Stories, PANK, Writers Ask and North American Review. He has taught literature and writing classes for more than thirty years, including as an adjunct lecturer in English at University of Illinois Springfield and Benedictine University Springfield. A Ph.D. in English studies, he has also published the monograph The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters, recipient of the D. Simon Evans Prize for distinguished scholarship. He reads prose for Quiddity and is on the Vachel Lindsay Association board.

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Amy Sayre Baptista

Amy Sayre Baptista

Amy Sayre Baptista’s stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, S’ouwester, LUSO American Voices, and Chicago Noir. She is a 2013 CantoMundo fellow, a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2011 scholarship recipient to the Disquiet Literary Festival in Lisbon, Portugal. Her play The Widows of White Chapel was produced at the Legacy Theatre. She has an M.F.A. in fiction from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and teaches creative writing and humanities at Benedictine University Springfield.

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Penny Pennell

Penny Pennell

Penny Pennell received an M.A. with an emphasis in creative writing from University of Illinois Springfield. She is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright. Her fiction has appeared in ELM, Underground Voices, Barnstorm, The Illinois Times, The Best of Foliate Oak, and The Journal of Microliterature. She is currently working on a novel and an original television pilot.

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Amy Spies

Amy Spies

Amy Spies currently teaches composition for the Capital Scholars Honors Program at University of Illinois Springfield, but has worked as an activist, archaeologist, wetlands specialist, and historical researcher. Sometimes she writes. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and theatre from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a master of arts from the University of Illinois Springfield.

 

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