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Amy Sayre Baptista
Amy Sayre Baptista

Amy Sayre Baptista is co-director of the St. Louis Writers Workshop. Her writing has appeared in The Best Small Fictions (2017), Ninth Letter, The Butter, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other journals. Her flash story collection, Primitivity, is a Black River Competition Winner (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). She was a SAFTA fellow (2015), a CantoMundo Poetry fellow (2013), and a fiction scholarship recipient to the Disquiet Literary Festival in Lisbon, Portugal (2011).

She has performed her work at various venues including The Poetry Foundation in Chicago, and upcoming at The St Louis BookFest. She is a performer with with Kale Soup for the Soul, a Portuguese-American artist’s collective, and a co-founder of Plates&Poetry, a community arts program focused on food and writing. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and teaches Humanities at Western Governors University. She lives in Illinois.

Joanna Beth Tweedy
Joanna Beth Tweedy

Joanna Beth Tweedy, co-director of the St. Louis Writers Workshop, is the editor and host of Quiddity international literary journal and broadcast, produced in partnership with NPR Illinois. Publications include a novel (The Yonder Side of Sass & Texas, Southeast Missouri University Press), poems and short stories, as well as academic book chapters and articles in journals related to creative craft and leadership. Her work has received honors from Glimmer Train and the Southern Women Writers Conference, among others.

Tweedy holds a PhD from Benedictine University and a BS and MA from the University of Illinois and has presented throughout the United States and internationally on her research interests, which include publishing, linguistic dialects, writing, flourishing, and leadership. She has served as faculty-in-residence at the University of Illinois as well as an Associate Professor of Arts & Letters and Dean of Academics at Benedictine University. An ardent foreign adventurist with chronic homesoil leanings, Tweedy is originally from the Illinois Ozarks, where she lives and loves at the edge of a lake on top of a bluff that has seen civilizations and seas come and go. She currently teaches at WGU and consults for the Center for Values-Driven Leadership.

Angela Mitchell, director STLWW
Angela Mitchell

Angela Mitchell is director emeritus of the St. Louis Writers Workshop. Her stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines, including Colorado Review, New South, Carve, Midwestern Gothic, and others. Her story, “Animal Lovers,” was the winner of the 2009 Nelligan Prize from Colorado Review; it was given special mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXV; more recently, her work has been included in The Best Small Fiction 2018 (Braddock Avenue Books). In 2011, she was honored as a MasterMind recipient by the Riverfront Times for her work in the literary arts. Recently, she attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar. Angela holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well as an M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas, and a B.A. in English from the University of New Orleans. A former college administrator, she has taught fiction writing classes through St. Louis Community College’s Department of Continuing Education and given lectures and readings at conferences and universities. In addition to writing and teaching, she is a past associate fiction editor for december magazine. Her short story collection, Unnatural Habitats & Other Stories, was published WTAW Press (2018). More information about Angela can be found at and she can be contacted at


Current Instructors:

Analeah Loschiavo Rosen
Analeah Loschiavo Rosen

Analeah Loschiavo Rosen is a Masters of Fine Arts candidate in Fiction at Washington University in St Louis. She is currently working on a collection of writing that explores irradiated soils, transnational environmental justice movements, swarm intelligence, and living collaboratively in the trouble.

Kim Lozano

Kim Lozano teaches creative writing workshops for Oasis, a lifelong learning organization for adults 50 and older, and regularlyspeaks on writing to area school and community groups, and has served as senior contributing editor at River Styx. She has been nominated for a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and is a winner of the Kentucky Women Writers ConferenceBetty Gabehart Prize for fiction. Her poetry, essays, and short fiction have been published in The Iowa Review, Poetry Daily, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Journal, Denver Quarterly, Poet Lore, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, New Poetry from the Midwest, and many other journals and publications.

Past Instructors: 

Tanya Seale

Tanya Seale began her career almost two decades ago as a children’s writer, and has published her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in all the magazines you surreptitiously still read in your dentist’s office. Her work for adults has been published in Midwestern Gothic and Pitkin Review, and her plays have been presented and produced in Missouri, Texas, and Vermont. Tanya also served for several years as a Contributing Editor at River Styx. In addition to studying with industry professionals at Playwrights’ Center, The Highlights Foundation, and the Dramatists Guild Institute, Tanya holds a BA in Creative Writing with minors in Theatre and Scriptwriting from Webster University, and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Goddard College. You can learn more about Tanya at

Tina Shen

Tina Shen earned a BA in gender studies from the University of Chicago and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Formerly the managing editor of River Styx literary magazine, she currently teaches writing at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also volunteers as a Residential Life faculty associate.

Margaux Wexberg Sanchez

Margaux Wexberg Sanchez studied English at Yale and began her career in the editorial departments of Knopf and Vintage/Anchor Books, divisions of Penguin Random House in New York City, where she also worked on indie magazines nest and Topic. After getting her MFA in fiction writing from UC Irvine in 2009, she moved back to St. Louis, her hometown, and was Assistant Professor of English at Fontbonne University until 2014. In 2016, she launched Forward Literary in partnership with co-agent Joanne Jarvi of Popular Management Group, representing fiction and nonfiction by new and established authors. Her own writing has appeared in People Magazine, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the St. Louis Beacon, and most recently on her website, Dear Saint Louis.

Sarah Kuntz Jones, fiction

Sarah Kuntz Jones lives among the red bricks of St. Louis city. Her fiction and nonfiction work has appeared in The Summerset Review, The MacGuffin, Pembroke Magazine, Midway Journal, and Iron Horse Literary Review, among other literary journals. In 2011, her short-short story “I Still Love You, Richie Sutter” was a finalist in Stymie Magazine’s trading card contest. Her one-sentence story “Some Surprise” was nominated for the Micro Award in 2012. Sarah was awarded an Artist Support Grant by St. Louis’s Regional Arts Commission to develop her interactive reading series Prose|Poem, which seeks to build community through featuring St. Louis poets and writers. She has an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University, as well as a B.A. in Russian from Truman State University, and an M.A. in Russian Language and Literature from SUNY-Albany. For many years, she has taught composition, literature, and creative writing at St. Louis Community College and St. Charles Community College. Recently, Sarah was a co-coordinator of River Styx’s Grand Boulevard Workshops, an outreach program. She continues to write, teach, and build community in our region, as well as edit projects on a freelance basis.

Ryan Krull

Ryan Krull teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Millions, Third Coast, The Rumpus, Hobart, The Brooklyn Rail, december magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Emily Grise, poet
Emily Grise, poetry

Emily Grise is a poet, editor, and Kentucky native living in St. Louis. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she taught writing, and a BA in English from Transylvania University. Her poetry has appeared in New Delta Review, Architrave, The Los Angeles Review, Postcard Press, Limestone, and other publications, and her poetry reviews have been featured in DIALOGIST and WomenArts Quarterly Journal. In 2012, she was nominated for Meridian‘s Best New Poets anthology, and her poem “Nerves” was named a finalist for Yemassee‘s Pocataligo Poetry Prize. Emily has served on the editorial board of a variety of literary journals over the past decade, including Natural Bridge, DIALOGIST, and WomenArts Quarterly, where she is currently associate poetry editor. She is Associate Publicist for the independent poetry publisher Copper Canyon Press.

Myrta Vida
Myrta Vida, fiction

Myrta Vida is an Army Veteran with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri -St. Louis. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in LitMag, CorazonLand Review, Acentos Review, and Puerto Rican Voices. Ms. Vida is the St. Louis Gateway Writing Project’s Lead Artist in Residence for 2017. She currently teaches creative writing for the St. Louis Writers Workshop, and several veteran and minority focused groups. She also serves as an Assistant Editor for december magazine 

Heather Luby, writer
Heather Luby, fiction

Heather Luby’s stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines, including Word Riot, JMWW, LITnIMAGE, Shotgun Honey, WIPs, Emerge Literary Journal, Bartleby Snopes, Halfway Down the Stairs, and Travel by the Books. In 2013 she became an alumni of the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. Heather holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, as well as a B.A. in English from Drury University. Her novel “Laws of Motion” is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt and Hochman Literary Agents in New York. She has taught fiction writing classes through St. Louis Community College’s Department of Continuing Education and is a frequent guest host of the podcast series, “Firsts in Fiction” with author Aaron Gansky. In addition to writing and teaching, she is also a freelance developmental editor.

Denise Bogard
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Denise Pattiz Bogard has been writing professionally for more than 40 years and has had her award-winning fiction and non-fiction published in, among others, The Oklahoma Literary Review, Newsweek, Lady’s Circle, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Teacher Magazine.Her first novel, The Middle Step, was released in 2015. Her new novel After Elise was named a finalist in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Contest, novel-in-progress category and named a  St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2018 “St. Louis and Missouri-connected book of particular appeal.” It is out now from Ardent Writers Press. Denise is the founder and former director of the St. Louis Writers Workshop and has also worked as an adjunct professor, an associate editor and as a co-founding partner of a public relations agency. Most recently, she coordinated the writing program at Lift For Life Academy middle and high school, a Title 1 charter school in downtown St. Louis. Denise earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her BS in journalism and history from Indiana University. Denise lives in St. Louis with her husband and dog, with frequent visits to her three children and five grandchildren. She is hard at work on a third novel.