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A Visit With Some of the Inmates

Beaux Boudreaux completed his undergraduate work at Alabama Southern and the University of West Alabama and is now pursuing his Masters at the Center for Writers. His story "Baptism" was recently included, among stories by such writers as Michael Knight, Tom Franklin, and Suzanne Hudson, in the anthology Climbing Mt. Cheaha.

Allison Campbell received her B.A. in English from Southern Illinois University where she edited the magazine Grassroots and worked as an editorial intern with the Crab Orchard Review.  Her poems have been printed in Grassroots and Papyrus.  And she is now excitedly pursuing her M.A. at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Catherine Davis is a fiction writer riding the floods of the Leaf River in Mississippi after a long tenure in Chelsea, New York City. She has worked as a set decorator in the film business on such projects as Blue Velvet, Lonesome Dove, Copycat, In the Gloaming, Joe Gouldís Secret, Autumn in New York, Serendipity, Tuck Everlasting, and the upcoming Brokeback Mountain. She holds degrees from The University of the South at Sewanee and from Hollins University, and is presently undertaking a doctorate at The University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers, where she has published stories in Product, and taught composition and literature. Her novel, Harmonica Porpoises, is in progress.

Ken Foster is the author of a collection of stories, The Kind I'm Likely to Get and the editor of two anthologies, The KGB Bar Reader and Dog Culture: Writers on the Character of Canines.  His work has appeared in McSweeney's, The Believer, Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice, Newsday, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere.  The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The Sewanee Writers Conference, The Weslyan Writers Conference and the New York Foundation for the Arts, he holds degrees from Lock Haven University, Northeastern University and Columbia University. 

Britt Haraway graduated with honors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he studied literature.  He received his Masterís degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 and will continue his studies at the Center for Writers as a Ph. D. candidate.

Jared Hegwood has B.A.and M.A. degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi. His work can be seen or is forthcoming in The Adirondack Review, The Yalobusha Review, Dicey Brown, Juked, Elimae, Public Scrutiny, Eyeshot, EyeCaramba, Outsider Ink, Uber and 3711Atlantic. His short story "Adjustments" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and named by Story South as one of the "Notable Online Stories of 2004

Erik Johnson received The English Award from Hinds Community College in Raymond and a BA in Creative Writing from USM in Hattiesburg.  In his spare time he started the USM Official Unofficial Juggling Club, in which he is still an active member. Aside from that, he was so impressed by the Creative writing program at USM that he's staying for his MA, and, who knows . . . maybe a PHD. 

Travis Kurowski came to Southern Mississippi from Oregon, where he attained a BA in Theater and a BA in Writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.  During college, he worked in the dramaturgy department at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and also did a short stint at Storyline Press publishing, just on the outskirts of town.  After graduation, he spent nine-months interning at Tin House magazine in Portland.  He is pursuing an MA in fiction at the Center for Writers at USM.

Peggy M. Price is a Masterís student in Creative Writing at The University of Southern Mississippi, where she works as Head of Special Collections in the McCain Library & Archives. Peggy earned a B.A. in English Literature, an M.S. in Applied History, and an M.L.S. from the University of North Texas. She co-edits the Society of Mississippi Archivistís journal Primary Source, is a column editor for Mississippi Libraries, and serves on the editorial board of the library newsletter Library Focus. Peggy has written pieces for all of the above publications. Her fiction has appeared in the online journal Dicey Brown.

Mary Martin Riser is author of a collection of stories, Forming Habits, and is co-editor of an anthology, Literary Mobile.  Her work is included in Mobile Bay Tales and The Splinter Hill Project.  She holds a BS, and two MAís, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at University of Southern Mississippi.  She lives in Daphne, Alabama and teaches at University of South Alabama and Spring Hill College in Mobile.  She has done professional photography and is working on a poetry book illustrated with her photographs.

Ted Roggenbuck writes fiction. He earned his B.A. from Portland State University in Oregon, and his M.A. from the University of North Dakota, where he studied with the legendary Jim Robison, now disappeared. Ted is an ex-submariner and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the Center for Writers.

Regina Sakalarios-Rogers lives in Pensacola, Florida where she is an adjunct instructor of literature, composition, and creative writing at the University of West Florida. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Creative Writing, both from UWF, and travels the highways between Pensacola and Hattiesburg in pursuit of a Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi.  She has previously published fiction in The Emerald Coast Review and poetry in Nightmares

Jordan Sanderson earned his B.A. in English at The University of Southern Mississippi in August 2002.  He entered the M.A. program in Poetry at The University of Southern Mississippi the following January.  Currently, Jordan is pursuing a Ph.D. in poetry.  He has poems forthcoming from Wavelength: Poems in Prose and Verse and Hazmat Review, and has recently had poems accepted by Watershed and Red River Review.

Anne Dyer Stuart graduated with honors from Hollins College and received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She is working on her PhD in fiction at the Center for Writers and won its Garth A. Avant award in 2004. Publications include The Arkansas Review, The Wisconsin Review, Phoebe and The MacGuffin.  

Phillip J Underwood is a fiction writer with contributions to Robot Minions Anthology, and is author of the almost forthcoming novel, Dew West.  He was a founding member of the editorial staff for the University of Mississippiís first undergraduate publication, Hyperbole, to which he also contributed.  He is currently at work on Dew West, its follow-ups, and a short story collection entitled Stories for Voices


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