Directors and Staff
Sena Jeter Naslund
Louisville, KentuckySena Jeter Naslund’s nine books include the bestsellers Ahab’s Wife; Or, the Star-Gazer, Four Spirits and Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette. Other works include The Fountain of St. James Court, or, Portrait of an Artist as an Old Woman and Sherlock in Love, as well as two short story collections, The Disobedience of Water and Ice Skating at the North Pole. Ahab’s Wife, a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection, was selected by Time magazine as one of the five best novels of 1999 and appeared on the notable book lists of the The New York Times Book Review and Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for the Orange Prize (UK). Four Spirits appeared on the notable book lists of The New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times, and The (Louisville) Courier-Journal. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The American Voice, and The Michigan Quarterly Review and has been translated into nine languages. She has received grants from the NEA, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, as well as the Lawrence Fiction Prize, the Heasley Prize, the Hall-Waters Award, the Southeastern Library Association award in fiction, and the Alabama Governor’s Award in the Arts. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
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
Driskell is the author of the poetry collections Blue Etiquette: Poems; Next Door to the Dead; 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 and Mid-American Review, among others, and have been featured in 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 is associate editor of The Louisville Review and a founding member of the Kentucky Writers’ Coalition. She received the Trustees Outstanding Faculty Award from Spalding University. Driskell received her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Associate Administrative Director
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.