Academics > Creative Writing Faculty


Kate Aspengren
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
B.A. The University of Iowa
M.F.A. The University of Iowa, Playwrights Workshop

Kate Aspengren's plays include Flyer, Rule of Nines, Too Fast to Fall, Adrift, and Blue Yonder. Her work has been published by Samuel French, Inc. and has been produced throughout the United States and Canada, including productions by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The New American Comedy Festival, Three Graces Theatre Company and Six Figures Theatre Company. She teaches annually in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and holds a yearly residency at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware.

Charles Aukema
Professor of English
A.B. Calvin College
M.F.A. University of Iowa, Iowa Writers' Workshop

In addition to teaching creative writing, Professor Aukema teaches studies computer applications in writing. These include writing hypertext fiction. He is the founder of The Coe Review, the college's nationally known literary magazine.

Gordon Mennenga
Assistant Professor of English
B.A. University of Northern Iowa
M.F.A. University of Iowa, Iowa Writers' Workshop

Professor Mennenga is a fiction writer whose short story, "Peepers" won a Nelson Algren Award. He has written monologues for Garrison Keilor and a film based on a monlogues was released in 1999. Professor Mennenga teaches film and creative writing and is the academic advisor for Coe's nationally circulated magazine, the Coe Review. His academic interests include hip hop music and popular culture.

Nick Twemlow
Assistant Professor of English

B.G.S., University of Kansas
M.F.A., University of Iowa, Iowa Writers' Workshop
M.F.A., University of Iowa, Film & Video Production

Professor Twemlow teaches creative writing and film. His first collection of poems, Palm Trees (Green Lantern Press, 2012), won the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poems have been published in A Public Space, Best American Non-required Reading, Boston Review, Fence, and elsewhere. His film and video works have played Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, Athens, and many other film festivals. He is the recipient of a Princess Grace Honorarium in Filmmaking. He is a senior editor for The Iowa Review and co-edits Canarium Books.