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Meet our MFA in Writing Mentors

Many of our mentors publish and teach in multiple genres, including Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Young Adult.

In addition to being experienced and accomplished writers and teachers, our mentors approach working with students and the craft of writing with the true spirit of mentorship. They are deeply invested in the writing success of all our students, not only those with whom they directly work. The camaraderie our mentors share as a team is at the heart of our tight-knit community, setting the tone for the professional relationships with students that continue beyond graduation. 

Each residency, we also feature visiting faculty with a wide variety of experience in the literary world. Recent visitors are listed at the bottom of this page.

Faculty Mentors

Explore the biographies and teaching philosophies of our mentors by clicking the names below. 

  • Kevin Clouther
  • MFA in Writing Program Coordinator 
  • Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Mentor
  • Richard Duggin
  • UNO Professor Emeritus
  • Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Mentor
  • Kate Gale
  • Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry Mentor
  • Art Homer
  • UNO Professor Emeritus
  • Creative Nonfiction and Poetry Mentor
  • Tom Paine
  • Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Mentor
  • Jim Peterson
  • Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Stage & Screen Mentor
  • Lee Ann Roripaugh
  • Former South Dakota Poet Laureate
  • Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry Mentor
  • Teri Youmans
  • Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry Mentor


Visiting Faculty

Each residency, a variety of visitors join us, including published writers and members of the literary publication world. Visiting faculty offer readings, lectures, panel discussions, or individual conferences. Each summer residency, a number of alumni also return to read. Recent or upcoming visiting faculty include:

Sandra Beasley, Chad Christensen, Mary Conroy, Lisa Fay Coutley, Mark E. Cull, Jennifer Egan, Christina Ham, Patricia Henley, Anna Maria Hong, Major Jackson, Liz Kay, Tammie M. Kennedy, Jody Keisner, David Lehman, Julie Mannell, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, David Philip Mullins, Ehren Parks, Cindy Phaneuf, John T. Price, Hugh Reilly, Todd Robinson, Daniel Simon, and Natalia Treviño