Thirteenth Annual Festival
November 14-16, 2013

2013 Workshop Presenters

Below, please find biographical notes for our 2013 Winter Wheat workshop presenters (the readers' bios may be found on the About page.

A pdf file of the biographies can be downloaded here.

A pdf file of the 2013 Winter Wheat General Schedule can be downloaded here.

Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing 2013 Workshop Presenters
Liz Breazeale is a first-year MFA fiction student at Bowling Green. She is an assistant editor for Mid-American Review. Her work has appeared in the Poydras Review and Moon City Review. She received a degree in Creative Writing and a degree in Literature from Missouri State University, where she also reviewed for LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Christiane Buuck earned an MFA from the University of Arizona, and completed a creative writing Fulbright to France in which she walked and wrote about medieval pilgrimage routes. She currently teaches writing at Ohio State University. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous literary publications including Cutthroat, Crab Orchard Review, and The Sun. She is a member of Wild Women Writing and regularly gives readings with that group.
Catherine Carberry is a second-year MFA candidate at Bowling Green. Her fiction has appeared in various publications, including Word Riot, Tin House's Open Bar, Flyway, and North American Review.
Justin Carter is an MFA candidate at Bowling Green State University & the co-editor of Banango Street. His poems appear/ are forthcoming in The Bakery, Hobart, Nap, Red Lightbulbs, Revolution House, Sundog, & other places. He maintains a blog at & also co-runs, with Karissa Morton, the site Poets on Sports.
Jenelle Clausen is a first-year MFA student at Bowling Green State University and Assistant Poetry Editor of Mid-American Review. She earned her BA in literature and creative writing from the University of Evansville. She loves meter and form, particularly the powerful and versatile sonnet form. She is grateful for the opportunity to focus on her poetry for two years and delay entering the so-called "real world" that she often hears people talking about.
Abigail Cloud is editor-in-chief of Mid-American Review and advisor of Prairie Margins. She teaches English, creative writing, and literary editing & publishing at Bowling Green State University, from which she earned her MFA in poetry. Cloud's first book, Sylph, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize and is due out from Pleiades Press in 2014.
Lawrence Coates has published work in The Chicago Tribune, The Missouri Review, Greensboro Review, and elsewhere. His first novel, The Blossom Festival, won the Western States Book Award for Fiction and was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program. His second novel, The Master of Monterey, was published in 2003. His third novel, The Garden of the World, was published in February of 2012 and won the 2013 Nancy Dasher Award in Creative Writing. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and he teaches Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University.
Jackie Cummins is a first-year MFA candidate in fiction at Bowling Green State University. She holds a BA in English with a creative writing focus from Cleveland State University, where she was winner of the 2010 Plain Dealer Essay Award. Jackie’s fiction has appeared in Mixed Fruit Magazine and she occasionally blogs humorous and terrifying anecdotes about family life for the What to Expect When You’re Expecting website. She is an assistant editor at Mid-American Review and is the managing editor of The Dirty Napkin.
James De Monte teaches at Columbus State Community College, and works with the staff of campus literary magazine Spring Street, printing students, faculty, and staff of CSCC.
Michelle Deschenes is a perpetual tourist currently visiting Bloomington, Indiana, where she sits on the board of the local writers' guild and pans for gold at the university's nonprofit sector. She is a law school widow and mother of two who enjoys enjoyable things and unenjoys unenjoyable things. She still has her appendix.
Meredith Doench earned a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University and teaches writing at the University of Dayton. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Hayden's Ferry Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, and Gertrude. She serves as a fiction editor at Camera Obscura: Journal of Literature and Photography and is currently working on her second novel in her crime series that features Luce Hansen, an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation detective.
Dave Essinger teaches creative writing and advises the literary magazine Slippery Elm at The University of Findlay. His most recent work appears in Weber—the Contemporary West and Sport Literate.
Brad Felver's fiction and essays have recently appeared in The Beloit Fiction Journal, The Minnesota Review, Ascent, and Fiction Writer's Review among other places. He lives with his wife in Toledo and currently serves as Assistant Director and Instructor in the General Studies Writing Program at BGSU.
David Giffels is an assistant professor of English at University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. His most recent book is the memoir All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2008). In March 2014, Scribner will release The Hard Way on Purpose, a collection of essays about life in the Rust Belt. Giffels is coauthor of Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! (SAF Publishing, 2003), and Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron (University of Akron Press, 1998) and was a longtime columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal. His essays appear in Rust Belt Chic (RBC Publishing, 2012); The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Indiana University Press, 2006); The Appalachians: America's First and Last Frontier (Random House, 2004); and West Point Market Cookbook (University of Akron Press, 2008). He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Grantland, Redbook and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. His recent awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature, the Ohioana Book Award and the Associated Press' "Best News Writer in Ohio" award.
Kathie Giorgio's third book, Learning To Tell (A Life)Time, was released on September 17, 2013, and debuted to an audience of over 200 people at the SouthEast Wisconsin Festival of Books, where Kathie was the welcoming Keynote. Lifetime is the sequel to Giorgio’s first book, The Home For Wayward Clocks, released in 2011 by the Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Clocks received the Outstanding Achievement recognition by the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee and was nominated for the Paterson Fiction Award. Her short story collection, Enlarged Hearts, was released in April 2012 by the Main Street Rag Publishing Company as well. Giorgio's short stories and poems have appeared in over 100 literary magazines and in many anthologies. She's been nominated twice for the Million Writer Award and twice for the Best of the Net anthology. She is the director and founder of AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop, an international studio offering online and on-site classes in all genres and abilities of creative writing. She also teaches for Writers' Digest and serves on their advisory board. Keep up with Kathie at and
Jason Marc Harris is a second-year MFA student at Bowling Green State University and Fiction Editor of Mid-American Review. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Washington. Publications include Folklore and the Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (2008) and (with Birke Duncan) Laugh Without Guilt: A Clean Jokebook (2007). Stories in CC&D: The Unreligious, Non-Family-Oriented Literary and Art Magazine, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, EveryDay Fiction, and Midwestern Gothic.
Zachary Kocanda is a BFA student at Bowling Green State University, an intern with Mid-American Review, and the managing editor of Prairie Margins. His work has appeared in The Blue Route and Black Mirror Magazine.
Karen Kotrba is the author of She Who is Like a Mare: Poems of Mary Breckinridge and the Frontier Nursing Service. A graduate of the Northeast Ohio MFA program, she is an adjunct at Youngstown State University and resides in Columbiana, Ohio.
Brian Klueter is a BFA student at Bowling Green State University and creative nonfiction editor/PR chair for Prairie Margins. His work has appeared in The Blue Route and Enormous Rooms.
Katie Mackedanz is a senior at the University of Findlay studying English with emphases in Creative Writing, General Writing, and Literature along with a minor in International Studies. She acts as co-editor of the poetry section of Slippery Elm, the University of Findlay's literary magazine. After graduating she hopes to pursue work in publishing or editing.
Marissa Marangoni is a former high school teacher and college instructor but currently a Content Developer in Cleveland.
Wendell Mayo's new story collection, The Cucumber King of Kėdainiai, is winner of the Subito Press Award for Innovative Fiction sponsored by the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is forthcoming in October 2013. He has three other collections: Centaur of the North, winner of the Aztlan Prize; B. Horror and Other Stories; and a novel-in-stories, In Lithuanian Wood. He’s recipient of an NEA fellowship and a Fulbright to Lithuania. Over one-hundred of his short stories have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Harvard Review, Yale Review, Manoa, Missouri Review, New Letters, Prism International, and others.
Matt McGuire was born and raised in Chillicothe, Ohio. He is double-jointed in both thumbs, has been the target of numerous assassination attempts by an international Geese Consortium, and he may or may not be able to take a punch. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction from BGSU.
Karissa Morton hails from Iowa, & holds an MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University, where she currently teaches creative writing. Her work can be found widely, both in print & online, including recent appearances in Guernica, Indiana Review, The Paris-American, The Rumpus, & ILK. She is the co-founder & poetry editor of Revolution House Magazine & co-runs, with Justin Carter, the site Poets on Sports. She can be found at
Alisha Neumann is a graduate student at The University of Findlay studying for her Masters in Rhetoric and Writing. She is also the Graduate Assistant for Slippery Elm.
Kelcey Parker is the author of Liliane's Balcony (Rose Metal Press), set at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and forthcoming in October 2013. Her first book, For Sale by Owner (Kore Press), won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana in Fiction. She directs the creative writing program at Indiana University South Bend.
Miranda Roehler is a junior double major in Creative Writing and History at the University of Findlay. She serves as one of two prose editors for Slippery Elm literary magazine. This is Miranda's second time presenting at the Winter Wheat conference.
Yosef Rosen is an accomplished chicken soup connoisseur and amateur beer snob. He also writes poems occasionally. Especially about brains. Soft, squishy, noodle-y brains… He likes sonnets, but can't really explain why, seeing as he flouts typical sonnet conventions such as rhyme and meter as often as he can without anyone throwing a moderately heavy book at him.
Linwood Rumney's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Cold Mountain Review, North American Review, Superstition Review, and elsewhere. Linwood has received an emerging writers fellowship from the Writers' Room of Boston and an Emerging Artists Grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation. He currently lives in Cincinnati, where he is pursuing a PhD.
F. Daniel Rzicznek is the author of two poetry collections, Divination Machine (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press, 2009) and Neck of the World (Utah State University Press, 2007), as well as two chapbooks, Vine River Hermitage (Cooper Dillon Books, 2011), and Cloud Tablets (Kent State University Press, 2006). His individual poems have appeared in Boston Review, The New Republic, Orion, Mississippi Review, Hotel Amerika, and Shenandoah. Also coeditor (with Gary L. McDowell) of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010), Rzicznek teaches writing at Bowling Green State University.
Dr. Jennifer Sader is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Organizational Leadership program at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, where she has worked for the past 5 years. Previously, she served as a Professional Development Coordinator at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and also spent several years working in Information Technology at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Jennifer is a two-time alum of the creative writing program at BGSU (BFA 1992, MFA 1995). She also holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration. She served on the editorial staff of both Prairie Margins and Mid-American Review. She has loved technology ever since she learned to program in BASIC on a Commodore 64 in the 1980s and is a self-taught geek. She has been an enthusiastic user and promoter of social media since its early days, and is looking forward to the chance to show writers how they can use this free and effective media to promote their work and build an audience.
Gabriel Scala is a writer, scholar and editor. She has served as Coordinating Editor for Creative Nonfiction Books, Co-Editor for Tapestry, Co-founder and Poetry Editor for Valley Humanities Review, and Managing Editor for Mid-American Review. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the Willa Cather Foundation and VOX Press and has taught at several institutions including Lebanon Valley College, Delta State University and the University of Memphis. She currently teaches at Ashford University and for the Center for Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi. She lives in Oxford, MS with her dog, Huck.
Karen Schubert is the author of three chapbooks: I Left My Wings on a Chair, a Wick Poetry Center Winner (forthcoming from Kent State Press), Bring Down the Sky (Kattywompus Press) and The Geography of Lost Houses (Pudding House Press). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Common Threads, Jenny Magazine, Extract(s), Lunch Ticket, and Grist Journal. Awards include a 2012 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and 2013 residency at Headlands Center for the Arts. She teaches writing at Youngstown State.
Sharon Short is the author of My One Square Inch of Alaska (Penguin Plume, 2013), Sanity Check: A Collection of Columns (Cornerstone, 2012), and two mystery series. She was a recipient of a 2012 Ohio Arts Council Literary Artist's Fellowship, and was a 2013 Featured Author for the Ohioana Book Festival. She is currently Executive Director of the Antioch Writers' Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and is the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News.
Zach Tarvin is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. He’s currently an MFA candidate at Roosevelt University, where he works as a special projects editor Oyez Review. He is a former technical editor for Mid-American Review and former editor-in-chief of Prairie Margins. You can follow him online at and on Twitter (@themrzt).
Tobin F. Terry is a professor of English at Lakeland Community College and an editor for Chagrin River Review, an online literary journal that he helped establish.
Chase Troxell is an emerging writer studying at the University of Findlay. Currently, he is working on the launch issue of Slippery Elm, a national literary magazine, as Managing Editor. He lives in Findlay, Ohio with his wife Marie and daughter Leona and is in the process of looking at grad schools.
Katrin Tschirgi is an MFA candidate at Bowling Green State University where she serves as the managing editor for Mid-American Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in alice blue review, Post Road, and the Tin House Open Bar. She is originally from Boise, Idaho.
Anne Valente's fiction appears in Ninth Letter, Hayden's Ferry Review, Copper Nickel and Redivider, among others, and her non-fiction appears or is forthcoming in The Believer and The Washington Post. She is the author of the fiction chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics (Origami Zoo Press, 2013), and the forthcoming short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, 2014).
Laura Maylene Walter is the author of the short story collection Living Arrangements (BkMk Press, 2011), which won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, a national gold IPPY, and a Foreword Book of the Year Award. Her fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, and her nonfiction appears in magazines ranging from Poets & Writers to Cat Fancy. She is the recipient of the Ohioana Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant and Washington College's Sophie Kerr Prize. Laura recently left her career as a trade magazine editor to pursue her MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University, where she also serves as an assistant fiction editor of Mid-American Review. She blogs about truth, fiction, and the writing life at
Sarah White is a Bowling Green native who earned her BFA from BGSU, her MA from Iowa State University, and her MFA from Purdue University. Currently, she teaches writing classes at Purdue University North Central and authors A Novel Blog. Her novella A Murder of Crows is available on Amazon.
Tabatha Wolph is a senior Creative Writing Major and Criminal Justice Minor. She is one of the to Prose Editors for Slippery Elm as well as a Copy Editor staff member. She is also working for the University of Findlay student literary journal, From the Writers' Kitchen, for the fourth year.
Jessica Dawn Zinz teaches writing at Bowling Green State University. She is former poetry editor for Mid-American Review. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Rubbertop Review, Licking River Review, and Fjords Review.

2013 General Schedule

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013