Abigail Cloud

Position: Lecturer and Editor-in-Chief, Mid-American Review

Abigail Cloud, a native of Bath, Michigan, holds a BA in English from Michigan State University and an MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from Bowling Green State University. Her first collection, Sylph, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize and was published by Pleiades Press in early 2014. Her poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, and other literary journals. With a background in dance, Abigail is interested in combining choreography with poetry, and the effect that forms of the body have on the written word. A longtime faculty advisor for the Graduate Writers Club, she now also advises Prairie Margins, the undergraduate literary journal published by this student organization. She is Editor-in-Chief of Mid-American Review.


Lawrence Coates

Position: Professor and Chair of the Department of English

Lawrence Coates grew up in El Cerrito, California. Before beginning college, Dr. Coates served in the Coast Guard and in the Merchant Marine, sailing aboard buoy tenders, oil tankers, and oceanographic research vessels. He holds a B.A. from The University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He recently published his third novel,The Garden of the World. His two previous novels are The Master of Monterey and The Blossom Festival, which was selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover series. He has been the recipient of the Western States Book Award in fiction, the Nancy Dasher Award for Creative Writing, The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose,  and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction.

For additional information please visit Dr. Coates's website at http://www.lawrencecoates.com.


Wendell Mayo

Position: Professor

Wendell Mayo is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. He is recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and a Fulbright to Lithuania (Vilnius University). His story collection, The Cucumber King of Kedainiai, is winner of the Subito Press Award for Innovative Fiction sponsored by the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is author of three more collections: Centaur of the North (Arte Público Press), winner of the Aztlán Prize and finalist in the Associated Writing Programs Award Series in Short Fiction; B. Horror and Other Stories (Livingston Press); and a novel-in-stories, In Lithuanian Wood (White Pine Press), which appeared in Lithuanian translation as Vilko Valanda [Engl: Hour of the Wolf] with Mintis Press in Vilnius. Over one-hundred of his short stories have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Yale Review, Harvard Review, Manoa, Missouri Review, Boulevard, New Letters, Threepenny Review, Indiana Review, and Chicago Review. He has also published on the work of James Joyce, John Cheever, Ingmar Bergman, Antanas Baranauskas, and others. His awards include a Master Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission; two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards; the HarperCollins Fellowship; and resident writer appointments at MacDowell, Djerassi Foundation, Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and Millay Colony for the Arts.

For more about Wendell please visit http://personal.bgsu.edu/~wmayo/home.html.


Sharona Muir

Position: Professor

Sharona Muir, Professor of Creative Writing and Literature, holds a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, an M.A. in Creative Writing and English from Boston University, and an A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. She is the author of four books, most recently, Invisible Beasts: Tales of the Animals that Go Unseen Among Us, Bellevue Literary Press, 2014, as well as The Book of Telling: Tracing the Secrets of My Father's Lives, Random House/Schocken Books; The Artificial Paradise: Science Fiction And American Reality, in the "Studies in Literature and Science" series from University of Michigan Press; and During Ceasefire, a collection of poetry from Harper & Row. For her creative work, she has received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship, and others. Her poetry and prose has been published in numerous journals including The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Harvard Magazine, Parnassus, Michigan Quarterly Review, Partisan Review, and The Jerusalem Report. Awards that she has received for her scholarly work include the Whiting Foundation Fellowship for doctoral studies and the Walter Rathenau Fellowship in Science and Culture Studies at the Technische Universitat Berlin. She has taught previously at Stanford University and at Tel-Aviv University. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Mishkenot Sha'ananim in Jerusalem.


Larissa Szporluk

Position: Associate Professor and Director

Larissa Szporluk, Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature, is author of five books of poetry, most recently, Traffic with Macbeth (Tupelo Press 2011). Her other books include Embryos and Idiots (Tupelo 2007), The Wind, Master Cherry, the Wind, (Alice James Books, 2003), Isolato (University of Iowa Press, 2000: winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize) and Dark Sky Question (Beacon Press, 1998: winner of the Barnard Poetry Prize). Her individual poems have appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, Poetry andPloughshares. Her work has also been widely anthologized, appearing in Best American Poetry 1999, 2001, 2012Best of Beacon 1999, New American Voices, Young American Poets, and 20th Century American Poetry. She is a recipient of an NEA in Poetry for 2003-2004, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Award for Poetry, 2003-2004, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.


Theresa Williams

Position: Senior Lecturer

Theresa Williams has degrees in studio art and English from East Carolina University and earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she won the Devine Award for fiction in 1989. She is the recipient of a $10,000 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grant in fiction (2006). In addition to teaching creative writing at BGSU, she has also taught classes and workshops at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has published in Chattahoochee Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Seems, Comstock Review, Visions International, The Sun, Hunger Mountain: The Vermont College Journal of Arts and Letters, and other magazines. Her novel, The Secret of Hurricanes, published by MacAdam/Cage, San Francisco, was a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize. Her story "Blue Velvis" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Sun in 2005.

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Karen Osborn

Position: Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer

Karen Osborn is author of four novels: Centerville, The River Road, Between Earth and Sky, and Patchwork. Her work has been widely reviewed in The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Atlanta Constitution Journal, and more.  Her awards include a Notable Book of the Year Award from the New York Times and fellowships from the Kentucky State Arts Councils, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Her and poetry have been published in numerous magazines including The Southern Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Wisconsin Review, Clapboard House, New England Watershed, The Seattle Review, Poet Lore, and Mid-American Review. About her work, Karen says, “I grew up on Grand Island, surrounded by woods along the banks of the Niagara River. Places filled with the raw power of nature are one of the main inspirations in my writing. Later, I lived in the Midwest and then the Northeast. I graduated from Hollins College in the Blue Ridge Mountains and attended graduate school in the Ozarks of Arkansas. I seek out places of beauty that are untouched, but I’m drawn in my novels to understand towns, families, marriages, and lovers. My books take place in different areas of the country, and a sense of place is always essential to them.” For more about Karen, visit http://www.karenosborn.net/index.html.