Born of a Belgian father and a French mother, Claudine Evans is a native of northeastern France.She started her career teaching her primary language and culture to non-francophone professionals, notably in the paper industry.She received a Master’s degree in French as a Second Language from the Université de Strasbourg (Alsace, France), and a Master’s in Education Science with an emphasis on Training and Development from the Université de Rouen (Normandy, France). She has taught at MWSU for a number of years, as a part-time, half-time and temporary full-time instructor. Her interest in assessment led her to become a Certified Oral Proficiency Interview Tester in French with ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In her free time, Claudine enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cooking. She is always on the lookout for good cheeses, whether imported or local. Although she loves living in Missouri, she does miss the local bakeries and artisanal shops of France.
Brooksie Kluge is from Springfield, Missouri, the hometown of both Brad Pitt and cashew chicken--she likes them both.
She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English with an emphasis in American Literature from Missouri State University. Her favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut, she listens to way too much CCR, and her hero is Ellen DeGeneres. Some of her recent conference pieces include “The Wife of Job: Interpretations in Modern American Poetry” and “Brats Will Be Princes? Disney’s Approach to the Boy Market.” The latter was inspired by watching endless Disney movies with her three children: Chloe (8), Jake (6), and Calvin (1). Brooksie’s husband, Bradley, is her source of constant laughter and is a painter and freelance greeting card designer. They are all excited to get to know St. Joseph and are currently taking restaurant recommendations.
Marianne Kunkel is from Auburn, Alabama. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Auburn University, and MFA in poetry from the University of Florida, and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She's the author of the chapbook The Laughing Game (Finishing Line Press), as well as poems that appear in Notre Dame Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Poet Lore, Columbia Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She's currently circulating a manuscript of poems about girlhood and is working on a new manuscript about the few female characters in The Book of Mormon. She's interned at two university presses and worked as the managing editor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's 87-year-old creative writing journal, Prairie Schooner. She's thrilled to be at Missouri Western, where she'll oversee The Mochila Review and Canvas, and she's lucky that her husband, Dave, agreed to yet another move for her career.
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