Julie Brooks Barbour teaches creative writing and poetry and edits Border Crossing, the program’s journal of art and literature, with Mary McMyne. She earned her MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her chapbook, Come To Me and Drink, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Other honors include being endowed with an artist enrichment grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New Zoo Poetry Review, roger, PigeonBike, UCity Review, Waccamaw, and Kestrel, and have been anthologized in Migrations: Poetry and Prose for Life's Transitions and Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems. Her book reviews have appeared in The Rumpus and Barn Owl Review. Before joining the LSSU faculty, she taught writing at the University of Kentucky and creative writing at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. She was one of the founders of LSSU’s creative writing program, and a founding editor of Border Crossing.
Eric Gadzinski has taught English at LSSU since 1995. One of the founders of LSSU’s creative writing program and of the literary journal now called Border Crossing, he teaches creative writing and poetry. He holds a PhD in English from Temple University, where he wrote his dissertation on American soldier poetry of the Vietnam War. Aside from his academic research and publication in the poetry of war and modern American poetry generally, his own poetry has been published widely in a variety of online and print journals, and one of his poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006. He has been invited to give public readings locally, in public schools and at several universities, and has been a regular workshop leader at the annual Creative Writing Festival held at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. He is currently preparing a poetry collection for publication. In addition, he is editing a collection of poems and stories by State Prison inmates, following a year and a half long workshop he was invited to conduct. Before coming to LSSU, he taught writing, developmental writing, and literature at Temple.
MFA, New York University
MFA, Louisiana State University
Area of expertise:
Novel and Short Story Writing
Critical Fiction and Retellings in Literature
Innovative and Experimental Fiction
Mary McMyne teaches creative writing and fiction, and edits Border Crossing, the program’s journal of art and literature, with Julie Brooks Barbour. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in fiction from New York University, and another Master’s in English and creative writing from Louisiana State University, where she studied literature, theory, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and screenwriting. She is currently finishing two novels, one of which won the Faulkner Prize for a Novel in Progress in 2007. Her other honors include winning the Robert Olen Butler Short Story Award in 2001 and the Tony Bill Screenwriting Award in 2002 while at LSU. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography have been published or will soon appear in Double Dealer, New Delta Review, Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Letters and Life, Country Roads, Web Del Sol, and The Nervous Breakdown. Before coming to LSSU, she taught expository writing, creative writing, and literature at New York University, ASACAP Columbia University, New Jersey City University, and South Louisiana Community College. For more information, please visit her website.
J.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Law
MA & MFA, McNeese State University
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Janice Repka teaches creative writing and fiction, organizes the Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writer Reading Series. An author of novels, short stories, and poetry, she has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and both a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in English from McNeese State University. Her first novel, The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco, published by Dutton Children’s Books in 2004, was a Junior Library Selection and a 2008 Nebraska Golden Sower Award Honor Book. It was also nominated for the Sunshine State Young Reader Award, the Young Hoosier Book Award, the Great Stone Face Award, and the Keystone to Reading Book Award. Her second novel, The Clueless Girl’s Guide to Being a Genius, was published by Dutton Children’s Books in 2011. Kirkus Reviews has called it a “fantastical and funny story” that is “equal parts silly and endearing.” Repka’s poetry and short stores have been published by Potomac Review, Writer’s Journal, and The Louisiana Review. Her short story, “Love’s Final Selection,” was the 2001 winner of the Antietam Review Literary Contest and was published in that journal. Before joining the LSSU faculty, she taught at McNeese State University and was a guest speaker and presenter at creative writing conferences, schools, and libraries across the county. For more information, visit her website.
Jillena Rose teaches creative writing and poetry. She earned an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2006. One of the founders of LSSU’s creative writing program, she serves as a liaison between the program and the local, regional, and academic creative writing communities, and organizes publicity and publication opportunities for Michigan and Eastern Upper Peninsula Writers. She has worked with the community to establish the Cabin Fever Writer's Group and the Superior Cafe Poetry Reading Series, which brings both regional and nationally known poets to Sault Saint Marie. Her poems have appeared most recently in The Bijou Poetry Review, Third Wednesday and PigeonBike. She has work forthcoming this Spring in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry Series. Before joining the LSSU faculty, she taught lyric and narrative poetry at Warren Wilson. She was a founding editor of Border Crossing.
"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas." [ more ]