MFA Students

  • Sean Enfield is a writer from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Texas and is now pursuing an MFA in Non-Fiction Writing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a member of the Denton collective, Spiderweb Salon, a recipient of the 2020 Michael Steinberg Memorial Essay Contest, and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered for their Three-Minute Fiction contest. His work is published in a number of online literary journals–all of which can be found at seanenfield.com. Though he has dabbled in a number of genres, he was once chastised for failing to introduce himself as a poet. He has not made that mistake since.
  • Born and raised in Southern California, Heather Ezell earned her BA in English literature and creative writing from Colorado College. She works as an editor, book coach, tutor, copywriter, and admissions reader and is pursuing an MFA in fiction. Heather writes both contemporary and speculative young adult novels about unlikable and sometimes creepy girls who make questionable decisions. In March 2018, her debut novel, Nothing Left to Burn, was published with an imprint at Penguin Random House. Her writing has also appeared in The Rumpus and The Leviathan.
  • Greg Hindy  is pursuing his MFA in creative nonfiction. He was born and raised in Nashua, NH and got his BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University. After spending a few postgrad years walking, working in photography and digging holes to pay rent, he gave up and came to UAF to learn how to read and write, while simultaneously learning how to teach others. He’s known to procrastinate and spend time outside with his dogs.
  • K Janeschek grew up in western Michigan. They mostly write poetry these days after a long and rocky relationship with prose. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Swamp Literary Magazine, Split Rock Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review and elsewhere. They received a BS in mathematics and creative writing from the University of Michigan, where they also won Hopwood awards in poetry and nonfiction. They have worked various positions at various libraries including a law library, a map library, and an anarchist library.
  • Michael Kay grew up in southern California and received an honors degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. He has previously worked at various non-profits as a community organizer, an editor and a lobbyist. Now an MA/MFA candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, his work has appeared in Blacklist Journal and Writer’s Room.
  • Daniel Emerson Lyew was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and has thus far lived in Moscow, Monterey, Beijing, London, Arlington, Saint Paul, and now, Fairbanks, where he is pursuing an MFA in poetry. He received his BA in philosophy and mathematics from Macalester College, and has previously worked as a groundskeeper and meat-packer. Beyond writing and reading, he enjoys cooking, playing guitar and bass guitar, watching films, and shooting hoops with his fellow grad students.
  • Alison Miller is a born-and-raised Texas girl who comes to Fairbanks by way of Seattle. She earned her BA in Biology/Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and has since led an eclectic professional life including stints in marketing, waitressing, yoga teaching, nonprofit cancer research administration, and more waitressing. She’s not really sure of much except that she loves words more than anything else. She spends her free time cooking, reading, going for walks with her pitbull Zeus, and contemplating the inevitable heat death of the universe.
  • Keely O’Connell grew up on the coast of Maine and took off to have adventures as soon as she could convince the adults in her life to allow it. In her years as a classroom teacher–first in Arkansas, then in rural Alaska–she became highly adept at imparting the basics of algebra to kids who’d rather have been duck hunting. She makes a mean pizza, has an excellent sense of direction, and recently won a wood-chopping contest. Writing nonfiction gives her a dubious excuse to spend her time doing outdoor things that might someday be worth writing about.
  • Aaron Salzman is a fiction writer from Rochester, New York. He earned a BA in English from the College of Wooster. His senior year, he turned in an undefeated springboard diving season on his way to the NCAA Nationals. He did not win. He has won two Donaldson Prizes, one for independent study and another for short fiction. He completed service with Teach For America at the Hmong American Peace Academy, where he taught reading and writing to first generation English speakers.
  • Courtney Skaggs is a writer from Columbus, Ohio. They graduated from The Ohio State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minors in Creative Writing; Scandinavian Studies; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They served on the editorial team for Writing Against the Stigma, a quarterly reading by and for writers living with mental illness in Central Ohio. Courtney was a writer-in-residence at the Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency in November of 2019. Their work can be found in Lammergeier Magazine, Memoir Mixtapes, and Rejection Letters.
  • Susan Sugai began taking creative writing classes at UAF in 2015 after retiring from UAF, where she was an oceanographer, instructor, and research administrator for 30 years. Having spent her entire career living off soft money (extramural grant funding), she needs deadlines to be “creative,” isn’t discouraged by rejection, and knows she’s in her final race against obsolescence.
  • Rebecca Wood is an MFA student in fiction at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in creative writing from Arizona State University. Rebecca worked for a rural school district in northern Arizona before making the drive to Alaska in August 2018. She writes fiction and poetry, mostly about the desert places of her home.
  • Cade Yongue grew up in California, just north of San Francisco. He got his undergraduate degree in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing from Boise State University. He works mainly with fiction, but dreams of one day writing plays. His literary influences are Joan Didion, William Faulkner and Suzan-Lori Parks. He also loves the movie Rango.