Pratima Cranse graduated from the SNHU MFA program in June 2012. By November of that year she had a book deal with Viking Childrens for her debut novel, All the Major Constellations, which was published in 2015 to good reviews. Pratima wrote the majority of the novel while attending the MFA program. There was a long incubation period between book deal and publication, during which she worked with some wonderful editors at Viking and her amazing agent, Esmond Harmsworth at Aevitas Creative Management. She learned a lot about the publication process.
Since then Pratima has become a mother, has started writing poetry, and has completed the first draft of a new novel, tentatively titled Lovesick, about a nurse who works in a psych ward and becomes obsessed with one of her patients. Learn more at pratimacranse.com.
Daniel Johnson began an editorial internship at The Paris Review while a student in the program. The Review then hired him as their Digital and Development Assistant; under that title, he digitized the quarterly's sixty-four year archive for its website relaunch in 2016. He spent almost a year working at The Paris Review in that capacity, for which he was required to write grants, compose small marketing promotions for The Paris Review's website, and help coordinate large-scale fundraising events--most notably, The Paris Review's annual Spring Revel in both 2016 and 2017. He has also conducted interviews with poets and novelists, and written pieces which feature on The Paris Review Daily.
He is now an Editorial Assistant at Bedford/St. Martin's Press, where he edits textbooks and accompanying digital educational materials for college students in English Composition classes nationwide. He co-edits Assignment Magazine with program director Benjamin Nugent, freelances as a personal assistant for New York Times bestselling novelists, and continues to write fiction and criticism in his spare time.
After working as a boilermaker in the steel mills in Ohio, Kevin P. Keating became a professor of English and began teaching at Baldwin Wallace University and John Carroll University. His first novel, The Natural Order of Things (Vintage Contemporaries), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, and his second novel, The Captive Condition (Pantheon), was launched at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International and is currently in development as a 12-episode television series.
Since starting the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA, Keating has been awarded the Creative Workforce Fellowship, one of the most substantive awards for writers in the United States, and the Cleveland Arts Prize, the oldest award of its kind in America and a testament to the standard of excellence and quality of artists in Northeast Ohio. Previous winners include Toni Morrison, Rita Dove, and Harvey Pekar. He has also been a featured speaker at the Miami Book Fair International. He is currently at work on his third novel.
Since beginning the Mountainview MFA program, Nadia has published essays in The Rumpus, Catapult, The Cossack Review, Columbia Journal, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times. One piece that Nadia workshopped at residency won Assignment Magazine's MFA student contest in 2016, and another that she worked on with Amy Irvine-one of Nadia's mentors in the program-was selected by Leslie Jamison as the second-place winner of LUMINA's 2017 nonfiction contest. As a result of these publications, Nadia has been contacted by agents who are interested in reading her thesis manuscript-a memoir about the fault lines of identity.
Nadia credits the Mountainview MFA program's excellent mentoring, faculty and peer support, and instruction on craft, with giving her the confidence to begin submitting her work. She believes the program helped her to find her voice as a writer and has given her the community she longed for as an artist.
Elizabeth Rush is the author of many books including the recently released Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. She has crossed borders with Bangladeshi cattle smugglers, built homes with Lima's squatters, and participated in the underground performance art scene in Yangon, Myanmar and Hanoi, Vietnam. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harper's, Granta, Orion, The New Republic, Creative Nonfiction, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al Jazeera, Witness, the Huffington Post, Frieze, Nowhere, Asian Geographic, The Dark Mountain Project and others. Her current book project, Rising: Essays from America's Disappearing Shore (Milkweed Editions 2018), is an on-the-ground investigation of five North American coastal communities responding to climate change.
She teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University, and was the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Bates College (2015-2017). Rush is the also the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants including the Howard Foundation Fellowship awarded by Brown University, the Society for Environmental Journalism Grant, the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship, the Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers, and a Howard Center Faculty Development Grant.
Rush has taught at the City University of New York and Southern New Hampshire University. She received her BA in English from Reed College and her MFA in nonfiction from the Mountainview MFA program.