Current Graduate Students

surajSuraj Alva’s last residence before Purdue was somewhere in the Los Angeles area, where he worked odd jobs to support his writing habit. He finished his first story in March 2017 and his work has so far appeared or is forthcoming in The CommonMultiplicity BlogGNU JournalBookends Review, The Fiction Pool and Dragon Poet Review.  


Igbo-born poet, JK Anowe's self-centric poems interrogate the existential, the autobiographical landscape of the psyche—especially as these relate to mental illness and such externals as the body, family and country. He's an MFA candidate in poetry at Purdue University.

shannonShannon Kathleen Campbell writes at the intersection between the magical and the mundane. She tries to live that way, too, but it doesn’t always work out.

blakeBlake Chernin is an MFA candidate in Fiction. She is extremely from New Jersey. She writes speculative fiction about characters who occupy unreal spaces in our real world. Her work has been published in Tilde Literary Magazine, and she absolutely tears it up on twitter @Bcherns


depaniseEmma DePanise is an MFA candidate in Poetry, originally from the eastern shore of Maryland. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared recently in journals such as Poet Lore, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, The National Poetry ReviewPlume Poetry and elsewhere. She is a winner of a 2019 AWP Intro Journals Award and the 2018 winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. She is also an editor for The Shore Poetry, an online poetry journal.

Cassius Epps is a womanist activist and self-proclaimed "Authoress". Find his work in Them and The Pacific Review

hollisAudrey R. Hollis is an MFA Candidate in Purdue's fiction program. She is a 2018 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and the Los Angeles Review, among other places. She lives in Indiana with her wife and cat and can be found on the internet at or on Twitter and Instagram @audreyrhollis.


khanAmina Khan is a Muslim American writer, critic, and art historian from Atlanta, GA. Her work seeks home in diaspora, grounding in the spaces between the histories we are taught and the ones we only know in stories. 

kirbyKirby Knowlton is a poet unsure if she's from North or South Carolina. Her poems have appeared in PoetryTHRUSH, and The Greensboro Review.




odonoghueKate O’Donoghue is a poet and first-generation American from Long Island. She earned her BA at Muhlenberg College, and she is the recipient of a fellowship from the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets. She often writes about femininity, Paradise Lost, the ongoing ecological crisis, Ireland, and sometimes all four at once. In addition to poetry, Kate is an occasional playwright and essayist. Her work has appeared in Glass: A Journal of PoetryThe Tangerine(b)OINK zine, and elsewhere. Her tweets have appeared @kate_odo.

Paul Riker is an MFA candidate in fiction. His writing examines socioeconomic status, communication in the digital age, and inherent human contradictions through a satirical lens (usually). A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Paul lived in Chicago prior to joining Purdue, where he worked as a technology consultant. His work has appeared in Crack the SpineDrunk MonkeysFive on the Fifth, and elsewhere.

sakrAiya Sakr was born in the United States but grew up in Amman, Jordan, with Palestinian, Egyptian, and Jordanian heritage. She is the Author of Her Bones Catch the Sun (The Poet's Haven). A Puchcart Prize nominee, her poems have appeared in Nimrod, Burning House Press, and elsewhere. She has a Master's degree in Literature and Writing from Utah State University. She draws on lore and mythologies to write about the experience of diaspora, and the complexities of a bilingual, dual identity. 

Kelsey WortKelsey Wort is a Poetry MFA candidate and the Assistant Poetry Editor at Sycamore Review. In her work, she chiefly explores identity and relationships. She is a pop-culture enthusiast and her favorite hobby is asking people questions.


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