Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether is retiring from the Department of English and the Creative Writing program this May, after spending 46 years at the University of Minnesota. She leaves a legacy of strong leadership, activism, and citizenship, having spent over 20 years striving to establish a permanent home for the department.
Roy Guzman is in his third and final year of the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota. A passionate poet, he uses his experience from his homeland roots in Honduras and his journey of understanding queerness to write and create social change.
Jordan Thomas is in his third and final year of the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota. He is a winner of the $10,000 Minnesota State Arts Board grant in literature. He strives to bring the discussion of mental illness to light within the black community, by the power of words and his memoir-in-progress.