MFA Directors and Staff
Driskell is the author of the poetry collections Blue Etiquette: Poems, a finalist for the Weatherford Award; Next Door to the Dead, a Kentucky Voices selection by the University Press of Kentucky; Seed Across Snow, a Poetry Foundation national bestseller; Laughing Sickness and Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem. Individual poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Shenandoah, North American Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Greensboro Review, Rattle, and Mid-American Review, among others, and have been featured in anthologies and online at Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry. Her awards include grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and she has received prizes from the Associated Writing Programs and Frankfort Arts Foundation. She serves as Vice-Chair for the Mid-Atlantic region of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and founded and served two terms as chair of the Low-Residency MFA Directors’ Caucus which meets annually at the national AWP conference. She received the Trustees Outstanding Faculty Award from Spalding University and is currently the faculty representative to the Spalding Board of Trustees. Driskell received her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
San Jose, Californiakmann@spalding.edu
Mann is co-founder and administrative director of the low-residency Masters of Fine Arts in Writing, where she puts her varied past career experiences to good use. She has published two novels: The Woman of La Mancha and The Saved Man. She has an MA in Higher Education Administration and an MA with creative writing concentration from University of Louisville. Her bachelor's degree in English is from Indiana University. Karen’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in several anthologies. She was the managing editor for The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press from 1986-2016. She is the recipient of two grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and has served as a grant reader for the Indiana Arts Council. After having lived in the Indiana most of her life, Karen now lives near San Jose, Calif. Visit her website.
Associate Program Director, Poetry Faculty
Louisville, KYledwards02@spalding.edu Edwards is author of three full-length poetry collections, Covet, The Highwayman’s Wife and The Farmer’s Daughter, and the chapbook Kings of the Rock and Roll Hot Shop. Her short fiction and book reviews have appeared in New Madrid, Connecticut Review, Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. Her poems have been featured on Verse Daily. As associate professor of English at Spalding, she directed and taught first-year writing as well as other creative writing and literature courses. Awards include the 2007 Al Smith Fellowship. She is a founding member of Louisville Literary Arts, serving as its president 2008-2013; she currently serves on its advisory board. She served on the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Board of Directors 2012-2017. Edwards holds the PhD in Rhetoric and Composition as well as the MA with Creative Writing Thesis, both from the University of Louisville.
Associate Director for Communications and Alumni Relations
Yocom’s fiction, poetry, essays and journalism have appeared in Salon, The Louisville Review, decomP magazine, New Southerner, StyleSubstanceSoul, Louisville Magazine, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University. Her awards include the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature, grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and residencies at PLAYA, Crosshatch Hill House, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
Coordinator of Admissions and Independent Study
Lichvar is the managing editor of The Louisville Review and is a poetry alum of Spalding’s MFA in Writing program. She was recently awarded an artist enrichment grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, BOAAT, The Journal, The Minnesota Review, Whiskey Island, Typo and others.
Coordinator of Student Services and Marketing
Aprile is the author and editor of nonfiction books, including two collaborations with fine-art photographer Julius Friedman. Her essay “Silence” appears in the anthology This I Believe, Kentucky. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies. Aprile was the recipient of the Al Smith artist fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is a recipient of a Hedgebrook Women Writers Residency and Washington State Artist Trust Writers Fellowship. As a journalist, she was on a team that won a staff Pulitzer Prize for the Louisville Courier-Journal and was an award-winning columnist. She is currently working on a family memoir. She holds an MFA from Spalding University.