Creative Writing Instructors

Our summer 2018 Creative Writing Instructors will be introduced here in January!

Meanwhile, meet our Creative Writing Instructors from summer 2017.

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Christopher Ayala

Christopher Ayala is from Milford, MA. He is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at UMass Amherst where he teaches Composition and Creative Writing.

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Andy Nicole Bowers

A graduate of Columbia University, Andy Nicole Bowers is an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Amherst and a returning JIYW instructor. Her fascinations include still lifes, illustrated anatomies, cabinets of curiosities, dioramas, and reliquaries. Her recent work has appeared in Big Big Wednesday and Structo.

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Joe Crescente

Although born in New Jersey, Joe Crescente has been in transit most of his life. Joe earned a BA in communications and creative writing at The Evergreen State College, MAs from Indiana University and New York University, and a certificate in Culture and Media from NYU. He is currently a first-year MFA student in Creative Writing-fiction at UMass Amherst . 
Joe spent much of the 2000s in the former Soviet Union as a nonprofit manager, researcher, traveler, and writer, earning a meal ticket everywhere from Vladivostok on Russia’s Pacific Coast to the broiling sands of Turkmenistan. He has written for the Moscow TimesKinokulturathe Directory of World CinemaIn Your PocketRussia DirectRussia Beyond the HeadlinesAb ImperioArtMargins, and international supplements for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Daily Telegraph (UK). He is currently at work on a novel, a screenplay, and a memoir, but would love to get back to writing plays someday. He also writes short stories and translates.

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Amanda Dahill-Moore

Amanda Dahill-Moore is a poet and MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Amherst. She has work forthcoming in Fence.

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Otto Leinsdorf

A native of New York City, Otto Leinsdorf spent almost a decade in California attending college and working in the technology industry before he returned to the East Coast. He is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at UMass Amherst where he also teaches College Writing to freshmen and sophomores. Despite his very German name, he speaks very little German.

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Elizabeth Mikesch

Elizabeth Mikesch is an MFA candidate in fiction at UMass Amherst. Her collection of short stories Niceties: Aural Ardor, Pardon Me was published by Calamari Archive in 2014. In 2015, she wrote and performed a minivan opera, How Could I Speak Except Timidly Like This? in honor of Clarice Lispector. Her work has appeared in BOMB, The Believer, Unsaid, Sleepingfish, and Caketrain.

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Davis Wang

Davis Wang is a third-year MFA candidate in fiction at UMass Amherst. He grew up in Amherst and is currently working on his first novel.

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Lindsey Webb

Lindsey Webb is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Amherst. Her poems and other writings have appeared in Asymptote JournalSixth FinchH_NGM_N, and interrupture, among others. She lives in Northampton, MA and was born in Utah.