Meet some of our students.
Wallace Lane (Baltimore, Maryland) is a behavioral specialist and mentor for at-risk youth, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a poet/writer. He uses his experiences of growing up in Baltimore City to create an artistic expression in his work. When Wallace is not writing, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
This program has allowed me to build relationships with writers I may have never encountered before. I am fortunate to be surrounded by diverse writers who are committed to improving their craft just as much as I am.
Ann Elise Gallagher
Ann Elise Gallagher is a writer and editor who lives in Maryland. She is a second-year student in the University of Baltimore's M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program, where she has learned a great deal about craft. Currently, she is seeking representation for her first fiction novel. Her shorter works have appeared in Skelter and The Raven’s Perch.
In my fiction workshop our professor shared a Michelangelo quote, in which he tells his student ‘Draw, Antonio; draw, Antonio; draw and don’t waste time.’ One of the most important things I've learned about writing is: never stop writing. Persist, persist, persist.
LaShunda Colvin (Chattanooga, Tennessee) is a fiction writer and tea lover who works as a web content editor. She's part of the 2016 editorial staff of Welter. Her work has appeared in the UB Post and Hypertrophic Lit.
Each semester has been about discovering a new joy, and accepting that my style of writing is more patchwork than anything, like stitching together a southern gothic aesthetic to a world of magical realism.
John C. Tobin
Born and raised in Gambrills, Maryland, John often writes about his upbringing in the mystic Maryland countryside. He received his B.A. with a dual major in Creative Writing and Literature, and Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is currently a graduate teaching assistant, teaching college writing to underclassmen.
The program at UB has a unique interest in identifying and supporting the distinct styles of each student. It avoids prescriptive feedback for what determines acceptable writing and provides students a thorough understanding of the publishing process.
Libby Zay (Cleveland, Ohio) is a communications professional and an award-winning travel writer. She is the assistant editor of University of Baltimore Magazine and also works on many writing and editing projects for UB. She has contributed to three Latin American guidebooks, and her nonfiction has appeared in many other travel and lifestyle publications. When she’s not writing (and sometimes when she is), you can bet she’s daydreaming about her next trip.
I’ve learned so much from the faculty and other students in this program. I feel more confident about my writing ability and am so happy to have found this community of writers.
Brion Gill, a.k.a. Lady Brion, is an international spoken word artist, poetry coach, activist, organizer and educator. Lady Brion is a 2016 National Poetry Slam Champion. In 2015, she was Baltimore’s Grand Slam champion and represented Baltimore at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California and at the Individual World Poetry Slam in Washington, D.C., that same year. Lady Brion is also the recipient of the Open Society Institute Fellowship for her project facilitating poetry workshops in prisons and group homes throughout Maryland. She received her B.A. in Communications from Howard University.
I grew up always hearing the term starving artist, but I don't accept that. I am a STRIVING artist, that is always learning, strategizing, and planning in order to better my craft and the UB community is helping to make me a better professional.
Egypt Kosloski (Baltimore, Maryland) is a memoirist, graphic designer, and the creator of gutterslutwrites.com , a website dedicated to the deconstruction of sexuality, gender, and promiscuity. She has worked as an editor for five separate literary publications, including a position as Managing Editor for UB's Skelter.
I have a preoccupation with filth and profanity. Rather than attempting to scrub my prose clean, UB's M.F.A. program helped me to create the kind of filth that masquerades as good china. Basically, they've helped me to become ME.