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Joe Milan, Ph.D.

Creative Writing | Assistant Professor

Ph. D. in English with emphasis in Creative Writing, (2020); Barrick Graduate Fellow, Black Mountain Institute Ph.D. Fellow – University of Nevada; Las Vegas.
M.F.A. in Fiction (2012) – Vermont College of Fine Arts
B.A. in English with emphasis in Drama (2006) – University of Washington
Joe Milan, Jr. was the 2019-20 David T.K. Wong Creative Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia in Norwich England. He was also a Barrick Graduate Fellow and Black Mountain Institute Ph.D. fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He was a M.F.A. graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a past fiction editor at Witness.

Joe is an American with Korean ancestry and taught in Korea for nine years. In 2016, he was included in BooksActually Gold Standard anthology “comprising short fiction by the best cult writers of East Asia, Southeast Asia and the diaspora.” Celeste Ng selected his short story “Once, a little blue frog told his mother no.” for F(r)iction’s 2017 short story award. His work has appeared in wonderful places like The Rumpus, Broad Street, The Kyoto Journal, and others, and has also been nominated for both Pushcart awards and the Best of the Net.

Currently, he’s hard at work on Without a Handle, a coming-of-age novel about Bucky, a Korean American high school senior whose deported from the USA and conscripted by the ROK.