Arman Chowdhury, MFA in Creative Writing
Arman Chowdhury (he/him/his) is a prose writer from Dhaka, Bangladesh, interested in studying and writing fiction that challenge traditional modes of literary realism and that frustrate the desire for a stable and coherent world. He studied Creative Writing and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. At Notre Dame, he serves as the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHUM) fellow. His work has been supported by The Loft Literary Center, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Sara Judy, PhD in English, MFA in Creative Writing
Sara Judy is a PhD candidate in the University of Notre Dame’s English Department, and a recent graduate of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing MFA in Poetry. Her research explores intersections between poetry and religion in twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature. Her dissertation project, “Skeptical Visions: American Prophetic Poetry After 1945,” examines the self-critical adoption of prophetic rhetoric in twentieth-century US poetry, as American poets seek to intervene through verse in the most urgent social and political issues of their time: racialized violence, the suppression of civil rights, global war, and the climate crisis. Sara is an AY20-21 fellow in the Institute for Advanced Study, as well as an advising editor to both the academic journal Religion & Literature and the undergraduate literary journal Re:Visions. Sara is also an active volunteer in the Moreau College Initiative at Westville Penitentiary.
Mathilda Nassar, Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies
Mathilda Nassar is pursuing a Master of Global Affairs in International Peace Studies at Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. Her research focuses on the intersection of somatics, identity, and decoloniality. She is particularly interested in exploring embodied knowledge and its role in understanding displacement, especially in terms of coloniality. She draws on her experience as a native Palestinian, her passion for dance, her academic studies, and her professional work in peacebuilding capacities to inform her research as well as her sense of what it means to “be” in the world.
Austyn Wohlers, MFA in Creative Writing
Austyn Wohlers is a writer from Atlanta, working on questions of flight, labor, nature, and obsession. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Asymptote, Short Fiction, The Yalobusha Review, and elsewhere. At Notre Dame, she is the Action Books fellow and a graduate affiliate of the Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance symposium and lecture series. At Emory, she was the Stipe fellow of Creative Writing, and received grants from the Stipe Society and the Center for Creativity & Arts to conduct research for her thesis, the novel Hothouse Bloom, which received highest honors.