CURRENT PHD FELLOWS
Susana Ferreira is a Portuguese-Canadian freelance reporter, producer, and longform writer for magazines and film. As a correspondent and stringer, she has filed from throughout the world for major dailies, wires, television news networks and radio. She speaks five languages — six, if you count "Toronto English."
SAMUEL MERRIMAN GILPIN
Samuel Merriman Gilpin is a poet originally from Portland, OR. He received a BA in English from the University of Utah, and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in various journals and magazines, most recently in Prism Review, Prime Number, and REAEDR. He is an avid people watcher, jazz aficionado, and a devoted cat dad.
FRANCIS MOI MOI
Francis Moi Moi is a native of Las Vegas and an alumnus of UNLV. He holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and earned his M.A. in English with an emphasis in literature. Beginning Fall 2019, he will return as a Ph.D candidate as well as the inaugural BMI Fellow in Literary Studies, availing him the opportunity to take on the position of editorial assistant at BMI’s Believer Magazine. His intended area of focus will center on Pacific Islands literature. He has presented and chaired at the Far West Popular Culture Association conferences hosted here, presented as the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference in Spokane, Washington, and this June, he will be attending the Native American Indigenous Studies Association conference in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Joe Milan Jr. is a BMI PhD Fellow of Creative Writing at UNLV, a past fiction editor at Witness and a MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He's American with Korean ancestry and taught in Korea for nine years. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in wonderful places like The Rumpus, Broad Street, F(r)iction (2017 Short Story winner selected by Celeste Ng), The LA Review of Books’ Blarb, BooksActually’s Gold Standard 2016 anthology, The Kyoto Journal, and others.
Oscar Oswald is a poet and editor teaching at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is completing his PhD in English and Creative Writing, expecting to graduate later this year. He recently served as the Poetry Editor of Witness and as an Assistant Editor for Noemi Press. His poetry has appeared in the journals Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Lana Turner, Laurel Review, New American Writing, and Volt, among others.
Robert Ren is a writer and teacher in New York. He has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from Columbia University. He is currently at work on a novel.
Sreshtha Sen is a writer from Delhi, India and one of the founding editors of The Shoreline Review, an online journal for and by South Asian poets. She studied Literatures in English at Delhi University and completed her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published in Bitch Media, Breakwater Review, The Margins, MACK, Meridian, and elsewhere. She was the 2017-2018 McCrindle Foundation Fellow for Readings/Workshops at Poets & Writers.
Wendy Wimmer is a PhD fiction fellow at Black Mountain Institute/University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is the fiction editor of Witness literary journal and the founder of UntitledTown book and author festival in Wisconsin. Her work has been published in Barrelhouse, Blackbird, Per Contra, ANMLY, Drunken Boat, Paper Darts, Non-Binary Review, Salt & Syntax and more, as well as nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes, AWP Intro to Journal and Best New Voices. Her short story collection was recently named a semi-finalist for the Hudson Prize. She was most recently a participant author at Believer Fest 2018. She lives in Nevada but her heart remains in the Midwest. Follow her on Twitter @wendywimmer or her very irregular website www.wendywimmer.com