Margot Singer is a Professor of English at Denison and the Director of the Eisner Center for the Performing Arts. She has served as the director of the Reynolds Workshop since 2010. She is the author of a novel, Underground Fugue (2017), winner of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award and finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Fiction; the short story collection The Pale of Settlement (2007), winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; and co-editor of Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction (2013), a collection of critical essays. Her work has been recognized with the Reform Judaism Prize, the Glasgow Prize, the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship for Prose. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah, an M.Phil. from Oxford (where she was a Marshall Scholar), and a B.A. from Harvard.
Peter Grandbois is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Denison University. He is the author of 12 books: three novels, half-burnt, Nahoonkara, and The Gravedigger; two memoirs, The Arsenic Lobster and Kissing the Lobster; a collection of short fictions, Domestic Disturbances; three novella collections or “monster double features”—Wait Your Turn, The Glob Who Girdled Granville, and The Girl on the Swing—and three collections of poetry, This House That, Triptych: the Three-Legged World, and Last Night I Aged A Hundred Years. His plays have been performed in St. Louis, Columbus, Los Angeles, and New York. His poems, essays, and short fiction have appeared in over one hundred magazines and been shortlisted for Best American Essays, Best American Horror, and the Pushcart Prize. He is the Poetry Editor for Boulevard magazine and coaches Denison’s varsity fencing team.
Michael Croley was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Corbin, Kentucky. He is the author of the short story collection Any Other Place (2019). He won a 2016 NEA Fellowship in Literature as well as an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Croley’s work has appeared in Lit Hub, Narrative, Kenyon Review Online, The Paris Review Daily, Blackbird, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Fourth Genre, and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. He teaches creative writing at Denison University.
Alison Stine ’00 was a student in the inaugural Reynolds Young Writers Workshop and has been a member of the Reynolds faculty since 2002. She is the author of seven books: two novels, Road out of Winter (2020) and Trashlands (forthcoming in 2021); a novella, The Protectors; a YA novel, Supervision, two award-winning books of poetry: Wait and Ohio Violence; and a poetry chapbook, Lot of My Sister. She has taught at Fordham University, Gettysburg College, at the University of Maryland, where she received her MFA, and at Ohio University, where she received her PhD in English.
Anne Barngrover ’08 is the author of two books of poetry: Brazen Creature (University of Akron Press, 2018) and Yell Hound Blues (Shipwreckt Books, 2013). She’s also co-author, with poet Avni Vyas, of the chapbook Candy in Our Brains (CutBank, 2014). Anne earned her BA from Denison University, her MFA from Florida State University, and her PhD from University of Missouri. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Leo University and lives in Tampa, Florida. She has served on the Reynolds Workshop staff since 2008.
Jennifer Luebbers Leonard
Jennifer Leonard ’09 has held scholarships and fellowships at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, New York State Summer Writers Institute, and Indiana University, where she received her MFA in poetry and served as Editor-in-Chief of Indiana Review. Most recently, she served as the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She is a recipient of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and a 2013 Ruth Lilly finalist. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the poet Keith Leonard and their two children.
Matthew Moser Miller
Matthew Moser Miller ’10 is a Denison graduate and born-and-raised Ohioan. He holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, and his work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Narrative, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and lecturer at the University of Michigan, he now works as an orchardist and cidermaker in upstate New York and on his family’s Ohio farm.
Abigail Current Carlson
Abby Current Carlson ’14 was raised in southern Ohio, then spent a few years in New Mexico, where she earned an MFA in fiction from the University of New Mexico, before moving back to Ohio again. She has been writing all her life and attended Reynolds as a student in 2008 before coming to Denison and joining the Reynolds staff in 2012. She writes fiction, often tangling magical elements with real to explore moments of tension, transformation, and the unspoken bubbling up. Abby lives with her partner and their dog, Cassie, who occupies about 80% of her camera roll.
Isabella Antonelli ’20 received her B.A. in English Literature and Narrative Journalism from Denison University. She works in Los Angeles as a Production Assistant for the Art Department on national commercials and manages the social media for two companies. During her time at Denison, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of Exile (the literary magazine), as Features Editor for the Denisonian (newspaper), was an editorial intern for LA Magazine, studied in Norway for five months, produced a podcast, and more. This is her fourth year as a TA at the Reynolds Workshop and she is so excited to lead community activities and to assemble the anthology.
Creative Writing at Denison University
Creative writing majors take writing workshops across the genres plus a range of literature classes. We offer many sections of the introductory multi-genre class plus advanced workshops in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary translation, and/or other genres (no application required). All senior majors complete a full-year independent writing project. Senior writers work in small groups under the close mentorship of a creative writing faculty member and produce a book-length work!
Denison’s concentration in Narrative Journalism is open to students in any major who are interested in writing that combines rigorous research with compelling, story-driven prose. Students gain experience researching and writing long-form journalism on topics in their areas of interest. They build skills in fact-based storytelling with a focus on ethical reporting and research, gain experience through independent writing projects, and make connections through internships and workshops with editors and writers.
Denison’s large creative writing faculty includes prize-winning poets and writers David Baker, Michael Croley, Peter Grandbois, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Jack Shuler, Margot Singer, and Ann Townsend.
Denison’s endowed Beck Series brings prominent writers to campus for short residencies to give readings, craft talks, workshops, and manuscript consultations. Recent visiting writers have included Billy Collins, Ted Kooser, Louise Erdrich, Bill McKibben, Stephen Millhauser, Michael Pollan, Louise Glück, Pam Houston ’83, and many others.
The creative writing program also publishes Exile, a biannual award-winning student-edited literary magazine. We also have a vibrant creative writing club, student readings, and much more!