Core Faculty

Amy Fleury

Amy Fleury is the author of Beautiful Trouble (Southern Illinois UP, 2004), which won the Crab Orchard First Book Award and was named a top ten book of 2004 by the Kansas City Star, and the chapbook, Reliquaries of the Lesser Saints (RopeWalk Press, 2010), and Sympathetic Magic (Southern Illinois UP, 2013) . Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, The American Life in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, 32 Poems, River Styx and The Southeast Review, among other journals and anthologies. She has received a Poetry Fellowship from the Kansas Arts Commission and the Nadya Aisenberg Residency Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, and she was the 2009-10 Resident Poet at the Amy Clampitt House in Lenox, Massachusetts. From 1998-2008 she was on the English faculty at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

For more information about Amy, check out Beautiful TroubleReliquaries of the Lesser Saints,Sympathetic Magic, or this interview.

Christopher Lowe is the author of Those Like Us: Stories (SFASU Press, 2011), You’re the Tower: Essays (Yellow Flag Press, 2016), and A Guest of the Program: Stories, which won the 2017 Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Contest. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, Greensboro ReviewThird Coast, Bellevue Literary Review, Barely South Review, Fiction Southeast, and War, Literature, and the Arts. His fiction has appeared in the Best of the Net anthology series and has been longlisted for the Million Writer’s Award. For more information about Christopher’s writing, visit

John Griswold‘s latest book is a collection of essays from the University of Georgia Press, called Pirates You Don’t Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life. He is the author of a novel,A Democracy of Ghosts, named a 2010 Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine, and another nonfiction book, Herrin: The Brief History of An Infamous American City. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in journals such as War, Literature and the Arts; Perigee; Brevity; Natural Bridge; and Ninth Letter. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, listed as notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and included in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3 (WW Norton). He has also written regularly as Oronte Churm for Inside Higher Ed, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Adjunct Advocate, and other publications.

Before he came to MSU in 2012, John taught at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and at University of Miami, Coral Gables. Before that, he worked as a corporate and freelance writer, as the manager of an ad agency, and as an Army deep-sea diver and frogman.

John also serves as Editor of The McNeese Review.


John Griswold

Keagan Lejeune is the author of Legendary Louisiana Outlaws: The Villains and Heroes of Folk Justice (LSU Press, 2016), which won the Brian McConnell Book Award from the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, and Of Gilded Circles and Sure Trouble (21st Editions, 2012), a poetry and photography collaboration with Josephine Sacabo, and Always for the Underdog: Leather Britches Smith and the Grabow War (University of North Texas Press, 2010). His poetry has appeared in New South, Louisiana Literature, 2River, The Xavier Review,Borderlands, The Review, and other journals and anthologies. He was a finalist for the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival Poetry Prize and a semifinalist for the 2013 Berkshire Prize by Tupelo Press.