Boldface 2017 | Meet our Faculty

Boldface Conference are delighted to introduce our talented 2017 Faculty line-up.


Rachel Ballenger is an MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Houston. She has a BA in English from UC Berkeley. Before moving to Houston, she lived in a trailer in Sonoma County, homesteading a meadow by trial and error.



Corey CampbellCorey Campbell’s fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, The Rattling Wall, and other publications, and is forthcoming in the anthology New Stories from the Southwest. A UH PhD student and graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA program, she has received support from Inprint, Sewanee, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She’s a contributing editor for the journal Waxwing and a former fiction editor for Gulf Coast.

Originally from Brooklyn, Dan Chu is completing his MFA in poetry at the University of Houston. He is a recipient of a Brazos Bookstore/Academy of American Poets Prize and the Inprint Paul Verlaine Prize in Poetry, and serves as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast.



Niki HerdNiki Herd grew up in Cleveland and earned degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and Antioch University. Nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, she is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been supported by the Astraea Foundation and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has appeared in several journals and anthologies including Feminist Formations, North American Review, The Feminist Wire, Split This Rock, and Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky. Her debut collection of poems, The Language of Shedding Skin, was published as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Series.


Jonathan Meyer was born in Texas and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and a BFA from Emerson College. His writing has appeared in Gauge, The Emerson Review, The Boston Phoenix, Microchondria, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the 2017 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Fiction, among other awards. He teaches or has taught for Writers in the Schools, Boldface, the BELL Foundation, and the University of Houston, where he serves as Online Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast.

Josie Mitchell is in her second year of her MFA at the University of Houston. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she received a BFA in Creative Writing. Before moving to Houston, she worked as a preschool teacher in Dalian, China, where her Chinese name translated to “Dumpling.” Josie is from San Diego, California, and is at work on a novel set there.


Christopher MurrayChristopher Brean Murray is a PhD candidate in the creative writing program at the University of Houston. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat, New Ohio Review, Pleiades, North American Review, Forklift Ohio, and other journals. He lives and teaches in Houston, Texas.


Matthew SMatthew Salesses is the author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A, 2015), an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Familiesd Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, The Murder of the Doppelgänger (Little A, 2018), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2019)


 Cait WeissCait Weiss‘ work has been or soon will be published in Boston Review, Chautauqua, FIELD, Hobart, Juked and more. Her poems have recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2016, and her manuscript VALLEYSPEAK recently won Zone 3 Press’ First Book Award judged by Douglas Kearney. VALLEYSPEAK will be out in print October 2017.


Charlotte Wyatt is an MFA student in fiction at the University of Houston, and a Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast. She also serves as Director of Admissions for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and is so happy to join the fiction faculty for Glass Mountain’s Boldface!



About Boldface

Founded by the Glass Mountain staff in 2009, Boldface is the country’s only literary conference specifically for emerging writers.  An intimate conference experience that includes daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels, Boldface is an experience for emerging writers like no other.  Boldface is held on the University of Houston Campus each May and is attended by as many as 100 writers from around the country.

Registration for the 2018 Boldface Conference opens 3rd January 2018. 

Shared on-campus housing and manuscript consultations with the 2018 Visiting Writers will be available on a limited basis for additional fees.