Faculty Member


Barton Fredrick Barton Intensive Fiction Writing

Fredrick (Rick) Barton is Writer in Residence and Research Professor, at the University of New Orleans where he was the founding director of the Creative Writing Workshop. He has taught in the summer abroad program in Madrid, San Miguel and Cork. He is the author or editor of ten books, including the volume of essays, Rowing to Sweden, the short fiction anthology, Monday Nights and the novels The El Cholo Feeling PassesCourting PandemoniumWith Extreme Prejudice and A House Divided, which won the William Faulkner Prize in fiction. His most recent novel, In the Wake of the Flagship is the story of a university's struggle to recover from a devastating hurricane. His many awards include a Louisiana Arts Prize; the Stephen T. Victory Award, the Louisiana Bar Association’s prize for writing about legal issues; the New Orleans Press Club's annual criticism prize 11 times; and the Press Club highest honor, the Alex Waller Memorial Award. In 2009 he was given an honorary doctorate for career achievement by Valparaiso University. In addition serving as academic director this summer, he will also teach Intensive Fiction writing. 





Mary Breen

Irish Literature & Culture

Mary Breen is a Lecturer at the University County Cork. Her main area of research in the last decade has been Irish Women's writing, in particular fiction and autobiography, and she has published in both areas. She is currently in the second year of a major three-year project on print culture in Ireland from 1770-1830.


Elizabeth Collison

Advanced Fiction Writing


Elizabeth Collison grew up in the Midwest and now lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has worked as an editor, graphic artist, and technical writer. Some Other Town is her first novel.



Cavan Hallman

Solo Performance

Cavan Hallman's writing has been performed at the National WWII Museum, The Elm Theatre, Southern Rep, Strawdog Theatre, Donny’s Skybox, The Artistic Home, RhinoFest, KAPOOT, and Columbia College Chicago, where he received a Bachelor’s in Playwriting. His plays for young audiences have received over 15,000 performances in elementary schools across the country. As an actor he has appeared Off-Broadway and other stages in New York, New Orleans, and Chicago.

He has performed his solo show, Not Easily Forgotten, in New Orleans, Chicago, New York, and Ireland, and is a Resident Artist with The CRY HAVOC Company.



Abram Himelstein

Seminar in Self-Publishing
Intro to Creative Writing

Abram Himelstein learned the power of purchasing and re-selling stories from his great-grandfather, Abe Issacson- owner of Clarksdale, Mississippi’s Book-o-Rama. A fourth generation Mississippian, Abram planned his escape carefully, arriving in New Orleans in 1996. He has worked with the Literacy Alliance, helped create the New Orleans Bookfair, and written about horse-racing for the Daily Racing Form. Abram learned the ropes of publishing on his own nickel, self-publishing 1998’s "Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing", which he co-wrote with Jamie Schwesnedl (nee Schweser), and going on to start an independent publishing company, New Mouth From the Dirty South. Abram earned his MFA from the University of New Orleans in 2005, writing "Decatur Street Stories", a work of fiction, for his thesis. As an assistant professor of professional practice, Abram teaches English Pedagogy and Writing and Literacy Instruction. At the Neighborhood Story Project, you’ll find Abram at work with local youth, teaching writing, fundraising, and dealing  with the printing and distribution of books.  In 2013, he was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of UNO Press.





Dr. Hyunmin Lee

Social Media for Professional & Strategic Communication


Min Lee is an assistant professor at the communication department, where she teaches courses in public relations, communication theory and research methods. Prior to joining Drexel in 2016, Min was a tenure-track faculty in the department of communication at Saint Louis University.

Min's research focuses on social media strategies for relationship and reputation management in PR, as well as examining media messages of public health issues and its psychological and behavioral effects on the public. She has received several rewards from this stream of work, including top paper and poster awards from National Communication Association (NCA), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC).

She has published over a dozen peer reviewed articles in academic journals including New Media and Society, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Corporate Reputation Review, Journal of Health Communication, and Health Communication.




Laura Medina

Digital Storytelling
Ireland in Cinema


Laura Medina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Theatre at the University of New Orleans. She joined the faculty in 2011 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in film producing, film directing, film planning and development, and advanced film production. Since 2015 she has also served as the Department’s Graduate Program Coordinator.

Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Antioch College and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from New York University. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Based first in New York, then Los Angeles and now New Orleans, Laura’s production credits on independent and studio feature films, documentaries, TV pilots and series include: producer, co-producer, line producer, associate producer, unit production manager, 2nd unit director and 1st assistant director. She worked on projects that have filmed all across the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and Russia.

Laura produced and directed the short film Brokedown Paradise (official selection New Orleans Film Festival, Screen Actors Guild Foundation Women Filmmaker Showcase NY); directed the short film To The Limit (developed and in use as university editing exercise); produced, directed and wrote the short film Heart Attack, (audience award Blue Sky International Film Festival, official selection Marco Island, Fayetteville, Taos Film Festivals) and produced, directed and wrote three nationally distributed PSA commercial campaigns.



Jim Miller

Advanced Journalism


Jim Miller holds a B.A. from the University of Kentucky, where he was editor in chief of the daily paper. He holds an M.A. in journalism and worked as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun. He was also Vice-President of Player Personnel for the New Orleans Saints, the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Bears. He has a book coming out from the University of Kentucky Press in February on the racial integration of high school basketball in the state of Kentucky in the 1950s. 



Elizabeth Steeby

Sexuality in Fiction
Iconoclastic Women Writers

Dr. Elizabeth Steeby received her Ph.D. in Literature in 2008 from UC, San Diego, with a focus on U.S. Southern literature and the cultural adaptation of the plantation for the 20th century. She is currently working on a book-length project that considers the "neoplantation" as a critical site for regional struggles involving the division of labor and structures of race and sexuality. Her project considers the connections that plantation slavery, its legacies, and its resistors forged between the U.S. the Caribbean, and beyond. New Orleans continues to be an everyday inspiration in mapping these intersections and witnessing the power of public performance.

Her broad research interests include multiethnic U.S. literature, the history of social justice movements, queer theory, and the relationship between culture and empire. Her local interests often revolve around disaster capitalism, the politics of the city block, anti-prison activism, and notions of reconciliation vs. reckoning.

She has forthcoming articles on radical intimacy in the era of Jim Crow fascism, biopolitics and disaster management of the 1927 Mississippi River flood, and the autobiographical narratives of political prisoners.

In 2011, she won the English Graduate Organization's Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.

She teaches courses in U.S. Modernism, Southern literature, New Orleans regional literature, transnational American literature, and gender and sexuality studies at UNO. She has also taught literature at the Orleans Parish Prison as part of the Orleans Parish Prison Project.



Robin Werner

Irish Ghost Stories
Irish Drama

Robin Werner received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University and both her M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane. She has taught at Tulane and was a seminar leader at the Dickens Universe, a one week program held at the University of California. Robin's research and pedagogical interests are in Victorian Literature, Women and Gender Studies, Theatre History, and Fantasy and Children's Literature. She has taught a variety of special topics courses on children's fantasy literature, supernatural fiction, and Victorian gender roles. Dr. Werner's teaching interests include Fantasy, Horror, Fairy Tales, Victorian Literature, and Gender.



James Winter

Intensive Scriptwriting
Acting Styles

Jim Winter teaches Acting and Theatre History for Southeastern Louisiana University. He is also a professional actor, director, playwright, and producer. His plays have been produced in New York, Cleveland, Texas, Louisiana and Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2010, Jim directed the Southeastern Theatre production of the original play, Parking Lot Babies, which won seven national commendations for excellence.





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