Department of English

Four Creative Writing Alumni Render Notable Publications

Thu, March 8, 2012
Four Creative Writing Alumni Render Notable Publications

The Department of English congratulates creative writing graduate alumni Dana De Greff, Spencer Wise, Nicky Arscott, and Martha Stallman on their recent notable publications, awards, and continued pursuit of the craft and scholarship of creative writing.

The Department of English Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, formerly the Master of Arts in creative writing, is a two-year degree with a specialization in fiction or poetry.

Dana De Greff

In her last semester at UT, Dana was awarded the Fania Kruger Fellowship in Writing and the Michael Adams Thesis Prize in Fiction.  Since graduation she has gone on to teach bilingual creative writing workshops with elementary school children with Badgerdog Literary Inc., as well as workshops for adults with American Short Fiction. She is also the electronic production coordinator for Prufrock Press Inc.

Recent awards include the 2011 Palooka Prize in Fiction and publication in the spring 2012 issue for “Spanish Guinea, 1938-1939” and 2nd place in The Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest for “The Butcher’s Hands.”  Both stories are excerpts from a novel in progress.

When she is not writing fiction, she is writing about food, which can be read here.


Spencer Wise

Spencer Wise grew up in the suburbs north of Boston. After receiving his BA from Tufts University, he worked at Time Out NY and Sports Illustrated before attending the University of Texas creative writing program. His work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, New Ohio Review, Hobart, Pank, Jabberwock Review, Southeast Review, and Smokelong Quarterly, among others. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing at Florida State University where he also works as Robert Olen Butler’s research assistant. This summer he is going to Guangzhou, China to live in a dormitory at a shoe factory to research the novel he is currently writing.

Of his story in Narrative, Spencer says, “It was a real honor to have my fiction featured as the Story of the Week. My inspiration for the story is pretty simple: I come from four generations of shoe manufacturers. During WWII,  my grandfather, who owned a shoe factory in Amesbury, Massachusetts, was making footwear for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. The second plotline, about the SS St. Louis, is one of those devastating stories from the Holocaust you hear once and never forget. Over time, the two plots sort of merged for me, and I saw a Jewish boy at a shoe factory who, in the deepest part of himself, needed to work. It was one of those rare moments when all the pieces fell into place.”

Nicky Arscott

Nicky Arscott grew up in Hereford, England, and studied at Bristol University. After leaving Austin, she worked as a schoolteacher in London before moving to the mountains of mid Wales, where she now concentrates on painting. She found that the period of study on the MA Creative Writing course encouraged the development of the narrative within much of her visual work. Nicky has three horses, a young daughter, and is expecting another baby in April.

Recent publications include:

Bat City Review Art & Writing Collaboration Prize, 2012; feature in Tatler magazine, May 2011; Aesthetica Creative Works Annual, 2011; Mslexia, 2010; The North, 2010; Succour, 2010.



Exhibitions include the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2010), the Osbourne Studio Gallery, Belgravia (2011), prizewinner at the Society of Women Artists 150th Anniversary Exhibition (2011), and a recent solo show at the Courtyard, Hereford (2012).

Some of her work can be viewed here.

Martha Stallman

Martha Stallman received her BA in creative writing from the University of Houston in 2007 and her MA in creative writing from the University of Texas in 2010. She has presented work at the International James Joyce Conference and recently co-authored a book review for the James Joyce Quarterly. She is currently working as an assistant to Dr. Margot Backus on her book Odd Jobs: James Joyce’s Scandal Work (forthcoming, Notre Dame Press) and presenting new writing at the upcoming ESA conference at CUNY. Martha is a regular contributor to Precipitate: Journal of the New Environmental Imagination and

2011 Playboy College Fiction Contest winner, “Hot Damn”

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