Panels and Presentations

Panel on Pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing

The University of Connecticut’s Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce that it will hold a panel on writing pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 3. The panel will take place in the Stern Lounge, Room 217 of the Philip E. Austin Building, 215 Glenbrook Road, Storrs, CT 06269.

The panel will feature knowledgeable and experienced participants from a wide range of MFA programs.

Erick Piller, a PhD candidate in UConn’s English Department, received his MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College, a low-residency program in Asheville, North Carolina.

Justine Cozell received an MFA in poetry in 2012 from The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, a low-residency program. She currently teaches English for International Students at UConn.

Julie Choffel grew up in Austin, Texas. She is the author of The Hello Delay, which won the Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press (2012). Her poems have appeared in The Seattle ReviewDenver QuarterlyAmerican Letters & CommentaryFairy Tale ReviewArt New England, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in 2005 from UMass Amherst, a three-year on-campus program emphasizing a balance of workshop and academics.

Erin Lynn is a PhD student in Poetry at the University of Connecticut, where she also teaches Freshmen English. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and an MA in Irish Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Grief Diaries, Lunch Ticket, ELKE, and Foothill Journal among others.

Michael Pontacoloni received an MFA from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a two year residency program, in 2015. He currently works as the Head of Marketing for My Home Pro Network, a real estate technology company. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming PleiadesColorado ReviewNew Ohio ReviewHarpur PalateTupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Brian Sneeden received his MFA from the University of Virginia (a two-year, full-residency program) where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in Creative Writing, taught poetry workshops, and served as poetry editor of the literary journal Meridian. His poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry JournalHarvard ReviewTriQuarterlyVirginia Quarterly Review, and numerous other international publications, and have been translated into Greek, Albanian, and Serbian.

Ellen Litman is the author of two novels, Mannequin Girl and The Last Chicken in America, a finalist for the 2007 LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Award. A graduate of Syracuse University MFA Program, she currently teaches at the University of Connecticut and serves as associate director of the Creative Writing program.

A recent transplant from Tucson Arizona, where she taught writing and served as the Literature Discipline Leader for Student Learning Outcomes at Pima Community College, Bronwyn DiPeri now teaches in the English Department at the University of Connecticut. Her short fiction has appeared in Sandscript Literary Magazine and Stonecoast Lines; her monthly travel memoirs appeared in Tucson Momslink. She received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Southern Maine, Stonecoast MFA program.

Matthew Ryan Shelton (Moderator) earned an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. His poetry and translations have appeared in Northern Ireland and Scotland in such publications as Causeway/Cabhsair, Poetry Proper, and Abridged and in the United States in An Gael, Swarthmore Review, Long River Review, and The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal. He is Assistant Director of the Creative Writing Program for AY 2016-17.

The panel, sponsored by the University of Connecticut Creative Writing Program, is free and open to the public.