Alumni Spotlight

Barbara  Perez
--MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry)
Barbara Perez received BAs in English and philosophy from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006 and her MFA in creative writing from UMass Boston in 2010. Her poetry has recently appeared in Ploughshares and is forthcoming in The Lumberyard and Poetry. She is a two-time winner of the Academy of American Poets award and has been awarded scholarships to the NY Center for Book Arts and the NY State Summer Writers Institute. She is currently a literature and composition instructor at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas and sits on the education committee for the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, helping to extend the orchestra experience to students in the San Antonio area.

Jennifer De Leon
--MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction)
Jennifer De Leon earned a BA in international relations from Connecticut College and a master of arts in teaching from the University of San Francisco. She received her MFA in creative writing from UMass Boston in 2010. She is the winner of the 2011 Fourth Genre Michael Steinberg Essay Prize. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Ms., Briar Cliff Review, Brevity, Poets & Writers, Guernica, The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010, and elsewhere. She has published author interviews in Granta and Agni, and she has been awarded scholarships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Sandra Cisneros Macondo Writers’ Workshop. The editor of the anthology, Wise Latina: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), she is also working on a memoir and a novel.

Gregory Stenta
--MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry)
Gregory Stenta received his BA in English from the University of New Hampshire at Durham and his MFA in creative writing from UMass Boston in 2010. He lives with his wife Carol in Singapore, where he is a secondary school teacher of English and Literature for the International Baccalaureate program at Anglo Chinese School. He has also taught academic writing at Singapore Management University. His poems have recently appeared in Numinous Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, and War, Literature the Arts. Much of his current work explores the social impact of war and politics.