MAPH Alumni Writers

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The number of successful MAPH writers continues to grow. From fiction to collections of poetry, from blogs to critically acclaimed graphic novels, MAPHers are all over the literary sphere. 


For alumni looking for a place to submit a piece of writing, MAPH recently founded Colloquium. Colloquium brings attention to the excellent, wide-ranging work produced by students, alumni, and friends of MAPH. The journal showcases critical and academic work, fiction, poetry, visual art, video interviews, and other forms.


In 2003, several MAPH alumni founded the online literary journal Contrary, whose editors welcome work from MAPH alumni as well as writers across the globe. In 2010, Contrary was listed as one of the top 50 online literary journals according to Writer's Digest

Many MAPH alumni have published poems, stories, commentaries, or reviews with ContraryIn addition to many of the writers listed below, these writers include: Angela Argentati, Thea Brown, Gregory Byala, Gabriel Check, Mike Frechette, Ted Frisbie, Harriett Green, Jen Harris, Chris Ingraham, Leigh Knittle, Laura Kolb, Courtney MacNeil, Monika Elise Nagy, Patrick Reichard, David M. Smith, Linda Smith, Tracey Steinhandler, Rafael Torch.

Last Names A-C

  • David Alm ('03) helped launch and served as chief writer for Kenneth Cole's Awearness Blog, providing daily commentary on cultural, political, and social issues, until the project ended in May, 2010. He now serves as the anchor for Contrary Blog, freelances for print and online magazines, and he teaches journalism at Hunter College and NYU's School for Continuing and Professional Studies.
  • Angela Argentati (’09) currently blogs for Contrary and previously served as a contributing writer for Seattle Sound Magazine (now merged with City Arts Magazine). She has also put pen to paper for the Chicago Weekly.
  • Shaindel Beers ('00) has published poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in numerous journals and anthologies. She is currently an instructor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, in Eastern Oregon’s high desert and serves as Poetry Editor of Contrary. Her first full-length poetry collection, A Brief History of Time, was released by Salt Publishing in 2009, and she recently published The Children's War and Other Poems last February. Find her online at, and check out her recent interview at Writer's Digest.  Three of her poems are featured in Issue 3 of Colloquium.
  • Shevi Berlinger ('07) has written for Borough of Manhattan Community College's Inquirer journal, for Crain's New York Business, for the Onishi Gallery in New York, for Columbia (the alumni magazine for the university), and for Contrary. She strives to reduce food waste in New York City by writing at Egg in a Box.
  • Thea Brown ('07) has published poems in jubilat, Web Conjunctions, The Collagist, CutBank, TriQuarterly, Best New Poets 2011, and elsewhere, and has a chapbook called We Are Fantastic from Petri Press. She's a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
  • Laura M. Browning ('06) is managing editor of the A.V. Club, the arts publication of The Onion. She has also been a staff writer for, covering the arts, and a monthly columnist for Is Greater Than. She has written book reviews and served as associate editor for the online literary journal Contrary and has written for print publications including Outdoor Illinois magazine.
  • Halley Cohen ('02) writes "Choose Your Own Adventure"
  • Colleen Coyne ('05) has published poems in Hayden's Ferry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review,Handsome, alice blue, Women's Studies Quarterly, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere.

Last Names D-G

  • Gina DiPonio ('01) has published work in ContraryStory Week ReaderTraverse Magazine, and others.
  • Hilary Vaughn Dobel ('09) has published poetry in Ploughshares and Kenyon Review Online. She recently completed a translation of Juan José Saer's novel, The Clouds. She also holds an MFA in poetry and translation from Columbia University. 
  • David Driscoll ('03) has appeared in a number of literary magazines including Mississippi ReviewMain Street RagTriQuarterly Online, and Inkwell.
  • Joseph Drogos ('06) has written a column on Chicago's cultural history, The Silver Colored Yesterday, in the Chicago literary magazine MAKE and on their website. His essays have also been published by Midnight Mind and Contrary magazines.
  • Dana Dunham ('04) is one of five authors of a new first-year writing textbook, Gateways: Entering the Argument, published in 2012 by Kendall Hunt. Dana is a lecturer in DePaul University Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse.
  • Oline Eaton ('04) is doing doctoral study at King's College London, for which she is writing a biography of Jackie Onassis. Her writing on books, celebrities, and the lives of women has appeared in Contrary, the Chicago Reader, and on, and her essay "'Desperate Women Gamble All': Stars, Sex Toboggans and Jackie O" is set to be published in the anthology Celebrity: In Search of Authenticity in 2014. She blogs at
  • Lara Ehrlich ('04) is a YA writer represented by Regal Literary Inc., and a writer/editor for Boston University. Her work has been or will soon be published in The Hairpin, STET!, Guide to Literary Agents, and U.S.1 Worksheets. Visit her website at
  • Steven Flores ('10) published his story "The Pain of Becoming" in the August 2013 issue of The Iowa Review. His work can also be found online at Revolver and in Contrary. 
  • Gigi Generaux ('06) published an article on careers in teaching, "Abject Professors," in Las Vegas CityLife in 2011.
  • Austin H. Gilkeson ('04) writes children's and YA fiction. His work has appeared in Spellbound and Underneath the Juniper Tree, and he blogs at

Last Names H-L

  • B. E. Hopkins ('03) is a freelance editor, writer, and English teacher. His fiction, articles, and translations have appeared in PEN International, Steppe magazine, and Boma Books' A Book of Jews in the UK; Contrary and The Independent in the US; and the catalogs of Paris-based artist Matthieu Kavyrchine in France. He has written a novel, The Impediments to Joy, and Model Homes, a collection of short stories. Visit his Web site at
  • Anna Jarzab ('07) published her first novel, All Unquiet Things, with Delacorte Press (Random House) in 2010. The novel began as a MAPH thesis. Her second novel, The Opposite of Hallelujah, was released by Delacorte in October 2012. Her latest novel, Tandem, was released in October of 2013.
  • Debra Kamin ('09) is the breaking news editor for the Jerusalem Post, based out of Tel Aviv. She took the position after 15 months as an editorial assistant for The New York Times. Prior to MAPH, she was the editor of the San Diego Jewish Journal.
  • Alan Kellner ('09) is co-author of “Dumbledore, Plato, and the Lust for Power” (with David Lay Williams), in The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles, ed. Gregory Bassham (Oxford: Wiley Publishing, 2010): 128-40.
  • Gregory Lawless ('04) published his first collection of poems, I Thought I Was New Here, through BlazeVox. His first published poem, Snapshots of the Epic, won a Best of the Net Award in 2007. His poems, books reviews and interviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from such venues as Contrary, The Hollins Critic, Artifice, The Cortland Review, H_NGM_N, Zoland Poetry, Third Coast, Cider Press Review, and Best of the Net 2007. He recently published his chapbook Foreclosure through Back Pages Books. Three of his poems are featured in Issue 2 of Colloquium.
  • Kristin Lueke ('08) published her first chapbook, (in)different math, earlier this year through Dancing Girl Press. She has also been published in a handful of online journals, including NAPdecomPthe Acentos Review, and Untoward

Last Names M-P

  • Emma Martin ('11) writes for the Newberry Library's CB&Q Everywhere West blog. She also curates and contributes to Side Dish Mag, a creative commune for liked-minded young humans in their 20s and 30s interested in sharing and learning from the adventures of their kindred.
  • Jeff McMahon ('02) writes about climate change for Forbes. His work there has been syndicated in the Chicago Tribune. He also has written about writers and writing as a regular contributor to PEN International Magazine and Chicago's Newcity magazine.
  • Maureen McMahon ('07) has been a ghostwriter for the Mayor of Chicago and is currently a regular contributor and the senior editor of The Crazy Wisdom Community Journal, as well as the communications coordinator for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
  • Eric McMillan ('10) was a 2012-2013 "Made" fellow at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle. His essay "This Father's War" was featured on The Atlantic's blog in 2012. He is currently working on a novel, which he read from at MAPH's 2014 Alumni Reading at AWP. 
  • Emina Melonic ('05) went to SUNY Buffalo for her PhD in Comparative Literature after MAPH. She has written for The National Review, The Catholic Thing, and The Imaginative Conservative, among others.
  • Ariana Nadia Nash ('13) is the recipient of the 2011 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry for her poetry collection Instructions for Preparing Your Skin, published in 2013 by Anhinga Press. She is also the author of the chapbook Our Blood Is Singing, published by Damask Press. She is the winner of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize and received a MacDowell Colony fellowship. Her work can be found in print in The Café Review, Rock & Sling, Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, and The Southeast Review and online in Painted Bride QuarterlyTreehouse, and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, among other journals. Reviews of her first book can be found at The RumpusThe Mom Egg, and Switchback.
  • Jeanelle Olson ('07) writes at Wooden Spoon Society, a food and cooking blog in Chicago.
  • Kiki Petrosino ('04) published her first book of poetry, Fort Red Border, with Sarabande Books in 2009.  It garnered reviews in The Believer and Rain Taxi, and was shortlisted for the Foreword Book of the Year Award in Poetry. Petrosino was profiled in Poets and Writers as part of the 2010 Debut Poets Roundup. She currently teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Louisville. In 2011 she and a colleague launched a biannual poetry journal, Transom. Her most recent book, Hymn for the Black Terrific: Poems, was published in July by Sarabande Books.

Last Names R-T

  • Adam Richardson ('97) has published a book, Innovation X, about innovations in business and challenges to contemporary planning. He blogs at
  • Douglas E. Riggs ('04) blogs and reviews at
  • Michael Robbins ('04) is the author of Alien vs. Predator (Penguin, 2012).  A book of critical work, Equipment for Living, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster, as is his second book of poems. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Boston Review, Harper's, and elsewhere.  His essays and reviews have appeared in the London Review of Books, the New York Observer, and elsewhere. He has also written music reviews for Spin, the Village Voice, and The Daily.
  • Brook Rosini ('05) writes for the Hyde Park Art Center's blog, social media presences, and newsletters, and edits the organization's catalogues and brochures in her capacity as Marketing & Communications Manager. She is a contributing writer to The Rainbow Times and a guest blogger for The Seen: Chicago's International Art & Design Blog. You can find cuts of her works at See Brook Write. She occasionally blogs short fiction at
  • Andrew Rostan ('10) published a graphic novel, An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, in 2011.  His work has been reviewed in USA Today and elsewhere on the web.
  • Shaun Rouser ('11) published a collection of short stories, Family Affair, with Redbird Chapbooks in 2013.  His short story "The Unfinished Letter" appeared in Issue 1 of Colloquium.

Last Names V-Z