Faculty Leaders

  • Lee Busby (poetry)

    Lee received his M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT, and has spent his writing career working alongside such award-winning writers as Terrance Hayes, Marie Howe, David Wojahn and Richard Jackson. He has published poems in The Gingko Tree Review, Connotation Press, Numero Cinq, Moon City Review, Elder Mountain and scissors & spackle, among others. His chapbook, Wild Strawberries, is available from Finishing Line Press.   Lee's first full-length collection, 5th Generation Immigrant, was published in the summer of 2014 by ELJ Publications. Click here to read an interview with Lee.
  • Chaz Miller (poetry)

    Chaz has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has worked with such poets as Charles Harper Webb, Mary Ruefle, and William Olsen, among others. His work has appeared in Moon City Review, Ozarks Watch, Bayou Magazine, and The Southern Review.
  • Rich Farrell (fiction)

    Richard Farrell graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served on active duty until 1993. For a number of years, he was a high school teacher in San Diego before deciding to pursue writing fulltime. He completed his M.F.A. through Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010. He is currently a Senior Contributing Editor at Numro Cinq Magazine and the Non-Fiction Editor at upstreet. Rich teaches at Words Alive, PEN in the Classroom, San Diego Writers, Ink and at the River Pretty Writers Workshop in Missouri. His work, both fiction and non-fiction, has appeared or is forthcoming in Hunger Mountain, Numro Cinq, A Year In Ink Descant, New Plains Review and upstreet. He is currently at work completing a collection of short stories and a memoir on flying. He lives with his family in San Diego, CA. Click here to read an interview with Rich.
  • Steve Rucker (creative non-fiction)

    Steve received his M.F.A in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and his M.A. in Writing from Missouri State University, where he taught creative writing. He has published his work in Numro Cinq, Elder Mountain, and Upstreet ("A Terminal Chord" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays of 2013 anthology), and his essay regarding the life and work of Raymond Carver appears in Research Guide to American Literature: Contemporary Literature 1970 Present. Steve writes from a well-lit front room in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Jen Murvin (fiction)

    Jennifer Murvin’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Catamaran Literary Reader, CutBank, Indiana Review, Post Road, American Short Fiction, The Sun, Mid-American Review, The Cincinnati Review, Bellingham Review, Phoebe, Baltimore Review, and other journals. She was recently the winner of the 2015 American Short(er) Fiction Contest, judged by Stuart Dybek. Jen teaches courses in fiction writing, memoir writing, comics, literature, and theory at Missouri State University and is recurring faculty for the bi-annual River Pretty Writers Retreat. She holds an MA in English from Missouri State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Find more at www.JenniferMurvin.virb.com.
  • Ian Bodkin (poetry)

    Ian received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His first book, Every Word Was Once Drunk, was published in January of 2014 by ELJ Publications. His work has appeared in Atlas & Alice, 491, Rain Taxi, Stride Magazine, and Marco Polo Arts Magazine among others. His Poetic Post Apocalyptic Western Comic Book, The Savage Lyrics with artist, William Bennett, will be coming out in Fall of 2015 from Sink/Swim Press. His second book of poetry, Fingertip Scriptures, a collaborative book of poetry written with poet Lee Busby is due out when both poets can figure out how to get Black Lincoln to step out of his john boat and onto the crab grass of their communal backyard. Ian thinks himself a fool, but his mother wishes he wasn't so definitive. Still, he has an unkempt beard and a wife & son who cull him from the rapids of the mighty James in Richmond, VA.