Field Studies in Writing



The University of Arizona Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce the continuation of its Field Studies in Writing Program, made possible with support from the Agnese Nelms Haury Program Environment and Social Justice and under the leadership of Alison Hawthorne Deming, Haury Chair and Regents’ Professor. This initiative explores how the literary arts can create humane responses to climate change, social justice and border issues. The program offers a two-week summer residency for current MFA candidates to work in one of two sites: Grand Manan Island in the Canadian Maritimes or the borderlands of Patagonia, Arizona.



Kim Bussing is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Arizona. Originally from Seattle, she has worked as a journalist and editor in Los Angeles and Australia, and at a farm in the Pacific Northwest. Her writing explores the intersections between mental health, the female body, and the environment, using mythology and folklore to interrogate these themes and the social-cultural circumstances from which they emerged. She also enjoys traveling, rain, and coffee.







Emilio Carrero is a writer from Orlando, Florida. He is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona and is the editor-in-chief for Sonora Review. His writing explores issues of poverty, sexual violence, and suicide. He is currently working on a book that investigates the nature of creaturely life and serves as a foreground for the exploration of memories (both repressed and remembered) and the socio-political realities of American life.


Kevin Mosby is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Kevin regularly writes about kitsch, crime, gender, and family. He is currently working on a book about the cultural fascination with the true crime genre




Katerina Ivanov is a Mexican-Russian writer raised in the swamps of Northern Florida. Her work in multiple genres has been published in Bird’s Thumb, The Florida Review, and The Nashville Review. Most recently, she won the John Weston Award for Fiction. She is currently an MFA student at the University of Arizona in Tucson.


Logan Phillips is a bilingual poet, performer, educator and DJ based in Tucson, Arizona. Born in Cochise County, Arizona to a family of Irish-Slavic ancestry, Phillips lived in and around Mexico City 2006-2011, where he contributed to organizing and hosting the country's first regular poetry slam series. He has regularly performed in venues across the U.S., Latin America and beyond since 2007, and is author of the full-length book of poems Sonoran Strange (West End Press, 2015). Phillips is currently a MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Arizona.


Miranda Trimmier grew up in Milwaukee, lives in Tucson, and is writing a book about how concepts of land shape place. Her work has been published in Places Journal, The New Inquiry, Terrain, and other outlets.



Field Studies 2018



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