Meet some of our accomplished alumni.
Dwight Watkins, M.F.A. '14
D. Watkins is a writer whose work has been published in Huffington Post, Vice, StopBeingFamous, 1729mag and Salon. Watkins has been featured on NPR’s Monday Morning, The Marc Steiner Show and Huff Post Live. Watkins also holds a master's degree in education from Johns Hopkins University, is an adjunct professor at Coppin State University and runs a creative writing workshop at the Baltimore Free School. Watkins' debut memoir, Cook Up, will be published by Grand Central in 2015.
Steven Leyva, M.F.A. '12
Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared in The Fiddleback, The Light Ekphrastic, The Cobalt Review and Little Patuxent Review. He is a Cave Canem fellow, the winner of the 2012 Cobalt Review Poetry Prize, editor of the Little Patuxent Review and author of the chapbook Low Parish. Steven teaches in the University of Baltimore undergraduate writing program.
Christine Lincoln, M.F.A. '11
Christine Lincoln is the current Poet Laureate of York, an artist activist who dreams of using her poetry and fiction to save the world, like Princess Diana of Themyscira (Wonder Woman), only with words instead of an invisible jet and lasso of truth. Lincoln is the author of the novel Sap Rising. She was featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, “Phenomenal Woman” October 2000. She has appeared on television and radio and participated in the Annual International Writer’s Festival, in Durban, South Africa in 2001. Her literary style has been described by critics as revealing her deep conviction that the writing process can redeem the poverty, ignorance and cruelty in her characters’ lives.
Raphael Posey, M.F.A. '11
Rafe Posey writes and teaches writing in Baltimore. His short story collection, The Book of Broken Hymns, was a 2012 Lambda Literary Awards finalist for Transgender Fiction. His other short fiction, poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in places including Urbanite, The Light Ekphrastic, BuzzFeedLGBT, The Rumpus, Welter, Empty Sink, Wilde Magazine and Poydras Review. In earlier versions of himself, Rafe has been a bookseller, a seventh-grade science teacher, a high school English teacher, a film festival volunteer and a girl. Rafe is a writer/author member of the Association of Writing Programs, the American Library Association and its young adult services group, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. If he’s not teaching or writing, he’s probably on Twitter at @ponyonabalcony. Rafe is represented by Laura Biagi of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.
Adam Robinson, M.F.A. '10
Adam Robinson runs a small press called Publishing Genius and works as a publishing consultant. He is the author of two books of poetry, Adam Robison and Other Poems (Narrow House 2010), which was shortlisted for the Goodreads Readers Choice Award, and Say Poem, which he self-published. His work has appeared in numerous journals and online at HTMLGiant, where he is a contributor. He is the editor of Our Primary Focus, an ebook about small press culture, and for fun he plays softball and an $89 guitar.
Heather Rounds, M.F.A. '07
Heather Rounds' debut novel There, based on her experiences in Iraqi Kurdistan between 2007 and 2008, won Emergency Press' 2011 International Book Award and was published by the Press this year. Her poetry and short works of fiction have appeared in such places as PANK, The Baltimore Review, Poet Lore, Blue Stem, Big Lucks, DecomP, Marco Polo Literary Journal and Smokelong Quarterly. She's a co-founder of the roaming curatorial collective The Rotating History Project and currently lives in Baltimore. She graduated from UB in 2007 with an MFA in Creative Writing and Publication Arts.
Jenny O'Grady, M.F.A. '06
Jenny O'Grady is a writer and book artist living in Baltimore. She is director of marketing at University of Maryland, Baltimore County and associate editor of UMBC Magazine. She is editor of a quarterly ekphrasis journal called The Light Ekphrastic, which pairs writers and visual artists from all over the world to create new works online. The Baker Artist Awards named Jenny a 2013 b-Grant winner for her book arts. She is the 2013-14 writer-in-residence for HoCoPoLitSo. She was one of five Baltimore writers featured in the 2009 “Emerging Writers” issue of Urbanite magazine. In addition to the Urbanite, her poetry has been published in the Little Patuxent Review, The Rusty Nail, Welter, and online in Cobalt Review, What Weekly, Everyday Genius and Splotches: Visual Pulse. Her book, “Autobiography,” was included in the 2009 Bind-O-Rama on the Book Arts Web.