Department of English

Creative Writing Faculty Bios

Elvia ArdalaniElvia Ardalani, EdD Texas A&I University, es profesora asistente en el Departamento de Lenguas Modernas y Literaturas. Entre sus libros publi-cados se incluyen los siguientes poe-marios: Miércoles de Ceniza (Migual Ángel Porrúa, 2007), De cruz y media luna/ From Cross and Crescent Moon, Ed.Bilingüe (Claves Latinoamericanas, 2006), Y comerás del pan sentado junto al fuego (Claves Latinoamericanas, 2002), De cruz y media luna (Tierra de libros, 1996) y Por recuerdos viejos, por esos recuerdos (1989). Su obra ha aparecido en distintas revistas, entre ellas Isla Negra, Perito y Sinalefa. Es corresponsal de la revista española Alborada/Goizaldia y editora de la revista virtual El Collar de la Paloma. Recientemente se ha iniciado en el campo de la traducción literaria y la novela. Pertenece al cuerpo editorial de la revista Céfiro, Hipertexto y de la editorial universitaria UT-Pan American Press.

Dr. Jean Braithwaite, Creative Writing FacultyDr. Jean Braithwaite, Assistant Professor, has published creative nonfiction and fiction in The Sun, The New York Times, Bayou, The Mochila Review, and elsewhere. She received a PhD in English/Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MA in linguistics from Stanford. Her interests include: literary nonfiction, graphic literature, science writing, science fiction, and narratology/linguistics. Several chapters from her book manuscript FAT: The Story of My Life with My Body have been published so far.

David Bennett CarrenDavid Bennett Carren, Associate Professor, earned his Bachelor in Journalism at the University of Texas and his Master in Fine Arts at Spalding University. He has written or produced more than 200 films and television shows, including Star Trek, Stargate, Murder, She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, and Walker, Texas Ranger and his work on the series Capitol earned him a Writers Guild Award Nomination. His one act play Comments was produced at the Back Alley Theater in Los Angeles and was a winning entrant in STC’s Annual Spring Play Writing Con-test. As part of the 2008 Summer I P.A.S.T. program, he directed and co-wrote (with Dr. Jack Stanley) The Red Queen, a feature film starring Valente Rodriquez. Its screenplay also won second place in the 2008 UFVA scriptwriting Competition. He currently has feature projects under option at 2D Films and Quixote Productions.

Emmy Pérez, Creative Writing FacultyEmmy Pérez, Assistant Professor, is the author of a poetry collection, Solstice (Swan Scythe Press, 2003). A graduate of Columbia University’s M.F.A. program, she has received poetry fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work has appeared in North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Notre Dame Review, New York Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, Karavan (translated into Swedish), and other publications. She is interested in service learning and has also taught creative writing in detention centers in New Mexico and Texas for incarcerated women and young adults. 

Dr. Steven Schneider, Creative Writing FacultyDr. Steven Schneider is Professor at the University of Texas Pan-American. Dr. Schneider earned both his Ph.D. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Iowa. His poems and essays have been published in national and international journals, including Critical Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Tikkun, The Literary Review, The Alabama Review, and The Beloit Poetry Journal. He is the author of several books, including a chapbook of poems entitled Prairie Air Show (2000, Hurakan Press), a scholarly book entitled A.R. Ammons and the Poetics of Widening Scope (1994, Farleigh Dickinson University Press), and he is the editor of Complexities of Motion: New Essays on A.R. Ammons’s Long Poems (1999, Farleigh Dickinson University Press). He is a winner of the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poetry and a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship. 

Jose Skinner, Creative Writing FacultyJose Skinner's Flight and Other Stories was a finalist for the Western States Book Award for Fiction and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. He worked as an English/Spanish translator and interpreter before earning his M.F.A. at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has published in Quarterly West, Colorado Review, Boulevard, Western Humanities Review, Puerto del Sol, Other Voices, Bilingual Review, and many other literary journals.

Phil ZwerlingDr. Phil Zwerling, Assistant Professor, holds a PhD in dramatic art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. He is the author of Nicaragua: A New Kind of Revolution (Chicago Review Press, 1985) and After School Theatre Programs and At Risk Teenagers (MacFarland and Co., 2008). He is also the author of several plays that have been produced throughout the country. His areas of specialization include playwriting, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and travel writing.


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