David Baxley

He once peed his pants in a Wal-Mart, played on a tarp in a hurricane, has been punched in the face, and met his wife through a staring contest on a band bus. David loves poetry and pop-culture and vows to always write with his knuckles white as stars.

Joy Gaines-Friedler

2016 Alum of Ashland MFA, Joy Gaines-Friedler's book Capture Theory is a 2018 Foreword Review Indie Press Finalist.

Jay Robinson

Jay Robinson is the co-author of The Czar. He teaches at Ashland University and The University of Akron. His Poetry and prose has appeared in 32 Poems, The Laurel Review, Poetry, and Whiskey Island, among others.

Jeff Knorr

Jeff Knorr was the Poet Laureate of Sacramento from 2012-2016 and is the author of four poetry collections: The Color of a New Country (Mammoth Books), Standing up to the Day (Pecan Grove Press), Keeper (Mammoth Books), and The Third Body (Cherry Grove Collections). His other works include the co-authored Mooring against the Tide: Writing Poetry and Fiction (Prentice Hall); the anthology, A Writer's Country (Prentice Hall); and The River Sings: An Introduction to Poetry (Prentice Hall). He lives in Sacramento and is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Sacramento City College.

Madeline Worcester

Madeline is a freshman at Ashland University majoring in Integrated Language Arts education. Her hometown is Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and she is a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School. She is actively involved in Ashland's Newman group, Astronomy Club, and Eagles for Pride. Additionally, she worked backstage on Ashland's production of Little Women in the fall. Outside of writing, Madeline loves to read, draw, and listen to music.

Matthew Robb Brown

Matthew Robb Brown earned the Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Ashland University in August 2016; he worked closely with Angie Estes as his thesis mentor and attended Ashland's first residency in Paris with Angie in 2015. He graduated from Saginaw Valley State University and has been writing and publishing poetry for over 50 years. His poems have appeared in Seeds in the Black Earth, Bellowing
Ark, Christianity Today, Christianity and Literature, The Green River Review, The Country of the Risen King,
(Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Book House, 1978) Barking Sycamores (neurodivergent literature and art), landlockedlyres.com, and Ancient Paths literary magazine. A poem is forthcoming in Image Journal.




Kristi Schirtzinger

I’m Kristi Schirtzinger. I am a proud Ashland MFA student finishing up English 701 this spring and preparing to present my thesis this summer – a historical fiction novel in progress. I have been a high school English teacher in Marion, Ohio for 16 years and live in rural Sunbury, where I grew up and graduated from Big Walnut High School. I live with my husband, the one remaining child at home, a flock of hens, two dogs, and three cats. I spend my free time writing and tending to our large garden and greenhouse.

Erin McElligott

Erin McElligott is an undergraduate at Ashland University. She is majoring in Creative Writing and English. She has always loved reading and started writing stories in middle school. She hopes to publish a novel someday and get a career in writing or publishing.

Eileen O’Leary

Eileen O'Leary is a playwright. She attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop for a year and won a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Eight of her plays have been produced - three by commission - in university, equity and community theaters, and staged in Long Beach, California and off-Broadway. She's won three best play awards. Her screenplay won Second Rounder/Comedy at the Austin Film Festival. She's worked as a freelance writer for The Detroit News and the (now defunct) View from Mid-Michigan Magazine. She recently moved to Cleveland and is finishing her novel The Gods of Change as she finishes her MFA at Ashland University.


Creative Nonfiction


Sara Ludwig is an English and Creative Writing double major at Ashland University who hails from Strongsville, Ohio. Her long-time love for creating realistic stories seeps into her nonfiction work as she tries her hand at relaying her personal accounts within our wonderfully weird world.

Sara Ludwig

Erin Bierne

Erin Beirne is an English teacher and yoga instructor who lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband and two children. She graduated from Ashland’s MFA program in 2011.


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Sandy Wickersham-mcwhorter

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Sandy grew up by the Ball Brother’s railroad tracks on East 18th in Muncie, Indiana, where her love of ‘50s and ‘60s science-fiction movies/TV series, science, and Star Trek blossomed. That love informs her published poetry and novels, and eclectic reading tastes. A desire to return to her nonfiction roots led to a Master of Fine Arts in 2013 from Ashland University, where, oddly, she enjoyed the poetry lectures and wrote some. She must revise her thesis and finish writing a sci-fi novel so she can end a pesky intergalactic war she started.

Anita Mcwhorter

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All visual art and photos on this website are of the back fork area