Welcome our Fall 2020 Incoming MFA Class

August 11, 2020

Please welcome our Fall 2020 incoming MFA class...

Wendi Berry (DG) was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, and is forever grateful for the time she spent in North Carolina studying writing and attending Queens University low res MFA program. Allan Gurganus inscribed in her book once: “Find your stories in holy stories, and listen to others telling in yours,” and she took it as a sign of encouragement. Currently, Wendi is on the contributing staff for The Southern Review of Books, she has published short stories, essays, and feature articles online, and received an Honorable Mention for the now-defunct Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers for her story “Eating Lunch in Cars.”

Kenny Burchett (PY) was born and raised in Petersburg, Virginia. He enjoys writing narrative and persona poems in received form. His interests lie in history, sexuality, and religion—and how these factors shape individual and communal identity. When he is not studying, Kenny can be found gardening in the southside, fishing under the Mayo Bridge, or scavenging condemned buildings for lumber.

Brenna Camping (FC) was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she attended Arizona State University and recently graduated with her B.A. in English: Creative Writing. Coming from the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, she grew up fascinated by her dusty environment and the people who live there—particularly in the rural areas where she lived during her high school and undergraduate years. In her fiction, she seeks to establish a relationship between the hostility and richness of the desert, and the way people’s pasts influence their present actions. She is always interested in the way environment can act as a living character within a story. When she isn’t writing or reading, she’s likely road-tripping to nearby beaches, purchasing another houseplant that she doesn’t need, or performing lackluster poetry at local poetry slams.

Kayleigh Hughes (DG) is from Ohio by way of Austin, TX, where she received a bachelor's degree in English at the University of Texas in 2013. She has a part-time career as a music journalist, with bylines in Pitchfork, Paste, Consequence of Sound, Vox, the Austin American-Statesman, and others. She had the honor of hosting a conversation with Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace on the SXSW stage in 2019. Her literary nonfiction, short fiction, and poetry have been published in Catapult, Analecta, and Hothouse. Her writing most often concerns pain, illness, and the body in relation to womanhood, although she is very funny in real life. Her favorite book is Just Kids by Patti Smith.

Christina McBride (FC) graduated with a B.A. in English from William & Mary in 2020. She writes fiction and reads all kinds of things. She has work in RVA Mag, ROCKET, and Makeout Creek magazine. She was an accepted writer to the New York State Summer Institute where, along with workshopping, she got to talk to Mary Gaitskill about men (which was very cool and weird). Christina enjoys dissecting television shows, re-downloading Adobe free trials, and perusing Twitter for too long.

Rebecca Poyner (PY) grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and just received her B.A. in English from Mississippi State University with minors in creative writing and linguistics. At Mississippi State, she spent two years as a reader for the Jabberwock Review. She dabbles in both fiction and nonfiction, but her primary focus is poetry. In her work, Rebecca draws inspiration from history and science and how those subjects can interact with the art of poetry. Outside of reading and writing, Rebecca can be found drinking excessive amounts of coffee, making origami, or embroidering her clothes while she binge-watches tv shows.

Katy Scarlett (PY) earned her M.A. in art history from Hunter College, CUNY in 2012, and has since been working as an educator, writer, and independent curator in Philadelphia. She has curated exhibitions at venues such as the University of Maryland's Stamp Gallery and Arlington Arts Center. She is interested in artists and writers who deal with historical omission, body politics, and sexuality. Katy currently writes arts and culture reviews for Broad Street Review and has been a poet probably since 2nd grade. She has two nieces and 1 rescued cat who is named after her grandmother. She is a big time Taurus.