Graduate Student Profiles

Ruth Baumann

Ruth Baumann is a PhD candidate in poetry, & holds an MFA from the University of Memphis. She is the author of two books: Parse (Black Lawrence Press, 2018) & Thornwork (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2020). She is also the author of five chapbooks. Poems are published in Colorado Review, Sycamore Review, Third Coast & others listed at She co-edits Nightjar Review with Tara Mae Mulroy.

Eleanor Mary Boudreau

Eleanor Boudreau has poems in recent issues of American Poetry Review, Tin House, Barrow Street, Waxwing, Willow Springs, FIELD, Copper Nickel, and New American Writing. She has worked as a dry cleaner and as a radio reporter. Currently, she is working on her PhD and teaching at Florida State University. Her website is

Maari Carter

Maari Carter is originally from Winona, MS. She received her BA in English at The University of Mississippi, an M.F.A. at Florida State University, and is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State University. Her poems have appeared in Meridian, Crab Creek Review, and SundogLit, among others. She currently lives in Tallahassee, FL.

Tanya Grae

Tanya Grae is the author of Undoll (YesYes Books 2019). Her poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Post Road, The Massachusetts Review,, and other journals. She was selected for Best New Poets 2019, selected by Cate Marvin, and is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and the Tennessee Williams Prize, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa. She is currently a Kingsbury Fellow and a fourth year PhD in creative writing. Find out more at:

Alex Jaros

Alex Jaros received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago in 2015, where he was a Follett Fellowship recipient. He earned his BA in English from the University of Missouri in 2011. His work can be found in Narrative Magazine, Glimmer Train, Bird’s Thumb, Ghost Proposal, .LDOC, Goreyesque, and Epic. He hails from Kansas City, Missouri and is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State University.

Laurel Lathrop

Laurel Lathrop is a PhD candidate in Fiction at Florida State University, where she has been awarded a Legacy Fellowship. Prior to coming to FSU, she earned a BA in comparative literature with a minor in creative writing from Princeton University and an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University. Her fiction has recently appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She is a two-time Jeopardy! champion.

Zach Linge

Zach Linge (pronouns they/them/theirs) is a PhD student in Poetry and the Editor-in-Chief of The Southeast Review. Zach’s publications include poems forthcoming or published in Poetry Magazine, Split Lip Magazine, and The Journal, and a refereed article in African American Review, vol. 52 no. 1. Previous volunteer positions include: Assistant Editor and Online Editor of The Southeast Review; Managing Editor of Sagebrush Review; summer mentor for The Adroit Journal; first reader for CLMP’s Firecracker Award; and peer reviewer for The Explicator.

Clancy McGilligan

Clancy McGilligan is the author of the novella History of an Executioner (Miami University Press, Jan. 2020). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Slice Magazine, Sycamore Review, Columbia Journal, Santa Monica Review, the Ploughshares blog, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. Currently he’s a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at Florida State University, and he serves as the Reviews/Interviews Editor at Split Lip Magazine. He’s online at

Keri Miller

Keri Miller is pursuing an MFA in Fiction. She often writes about her home state, Florida.

Daniel Moysaenko

Daniel Moysaenko, a Ukrainian-American poet, is the author of the chapbook New Animal (H_NGM_N Books, 2015). Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Journal, Kenyon Review Online, New American Writing, Pleiades, Verse Daily, West Branch, and elsewhere. He has received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Emory University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he earned his MFA. He is a PhD candidate in Poetry at Florida State University.

Aram Mrjoian

Aram Mrjoian is an editor-at-large at the Chicago Review of Books, the assistant editor of The Southeast Review, and the managing editor of TriQuarterly. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast online, The Millions, The Rumpus, Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Joyland, Kenyon Review online, Longreads, Booth, and many other publications. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University and is a PhD student in Creative Writing at Florida State.

Tiffany Palumbo

Tiffany Palumbo is a writer, editor, and glitter enthusiast. Specializing in narrative nonfiction, she has been featured in publications such as The Chevy Chaser, New Limestone Review, Shale, Prairie Margins, and The Kentucky Kernel. In fall 2017, she studied with Roxane Gay through AWP's Writer-to-Writer Mentorship program. Tiffany currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida, where she is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in narrative nonfiction. She graduated in May 2019 with her BA in the University of Kentucky's Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies program. She is originally from Portland, Oregon.

Jayme Ringleb

Jayme Ringleb’s poems appear recently or are forthcoming in Poetry, Ploughshares, AGNI, and Gulf Coast. He has received scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and he has received fellowships to the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat. Jayme currently serves as a Poetry Editor for The Southeast Review.

Erin Slaughter

Erin Slaughter is editor and co-founder of The Hunger, and the author of I Will Tell This Story to the Sun Until You Remember That You Are the Sun (New Rivers Press, 2019), as well as two chapbooks of poetry. Her poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid writing has appeared in Black Warrior Review, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, Split Lip Magazine, New South, Passages North, and elsewhere. In 2019, she was a semifinalist for the YesYes Books Pamet River Prize, a finalist for the Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize, and received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention in Nonfiction. Originally from north Texas, she holds an MFA from Western Kentucky University, and is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State University. You can find her online at

Natalie Tombasco

Natalie Tombasco is a first-year poetry PhD student and serves as the Assistant Interviews Editor of The Southeast Review. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Butler University and grew up in Staten Island, NY. Her poems have appeared in The Minnesota Review, Antioch Review, Southwest Review, Sonora Review, The Pinch, Meridian, Salt Hill, Third Coast, and The Rumpus, among others.

Karen Tucker

Karen Tucker’s fiction appears in The Missouri Review, The Yale Review Online, Boulevard, Epoch, Tin House Online, and elsewhere. She serves as Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review. Born and raised in North Carolina, she’s the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for Emerging Writers and a P.E.O. Scholar Award, and is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State.

Kelsey Ward

Kelsey Ward earned a BA in Creative Writing from Florida State in 2015. She is now a third-year MFA student in Creative Nonfiction and the Essay and serves as the Assistant Nonfiction Editor of The Southeast Review.

Mat Wenzel

Mat Wenzel is a PhD candidate in Poetry and Queer Studies. He was a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow. His work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Glitterwolf Magazine, Feminist Theory, Crab Fat Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, Off the Rocks Anthology, Carve, Stay Thirsty Anthology, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry, among others. He earned an M.Ed. from Lesley University and an MFA from Ashland University. He’s currently focused on bees, zines, and the Queer Art of Failure.