Meet Our Writing Coaches

Eric Collins

Eric CollinsEric is from a small Louisiana town just off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.  He graduated with a BA in English from UNO in 2014 and is now enrolled in the first year of the graduate program.  When not busy, Eric enjoys playing music, writing, swimming in the ocean, and walking around the city, among other things.  He also enjoys the comfort of his tempestuous feline, Chiyo.


 Meiloni Erickson

Meiloni EricksonMeiloni is a third-year MFA candidate in the Creative Writing Workshop emphasizing in fiction.  She hails from California but has forsaken her homeland for different (if not always greener) pastures.  Meiloni is currently the Senior Fiction Editor of Bayou Magazine, and her interests include reading, writing, and discussing Start Trek: TNG in great detail. 


Bruce Green

Bruce GreenBruce grew up on a family farm in southwest Missouri, where he tended cows, worked the family restaurant, and read as often as possible.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Culver-Stockton College (don't worry, you are not the only one who's asking where that is) with a B.A. in English.  While there, he was involved in four bands, three choirs, honors societies, Greek life, and the literary magazine.  His academic interests fall into three areas: intersections of vastly separate fields of study, interdisciplilinary pedagogy, and perceptions of masculinity and femininity.  His non-academic interests include long walks on the beach, red wine, that Whedon show that Fox cancelled, traveling, amateur environmentalism, and terribly crafted puns.

Andrew Kindiger

Andrew KindigerAndrew is in his second year of the Creative Writing program at UNO, concentrating in poetry.  Before moving to New Orleans, he worked as a technical writer and dabbled as an improvisational actor.  He is interested in traveling to new places to encounter a variety of characters and the stories they share.



 LB Kovac

LB KovacLB is originally from Oak Grove, a farming town in northeast Louisiana.  She occasionally misses farm life but thinks that the energy of a big city is a fair trade-off for fried green tomatoes and fresh hay.  LB attended LSU and briefly the University of Rhode Island while pursuing her undergraduate degree, and she is currently working on her graduate degree here at UNO's Creative Writing Workshop.  Her focus is in fiction.  In her spare time, of which she always wishes there was more, she likes running, drawing, playing video games, and learning more about Scotch.  She reads a lot of webcomics, historical novels, and sci-fi.


Brandon Simmons

Brandon SimmonsBrandon graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Film Production from UNO in 2011.  He is currently pursuing an M.A. in English with an emphasis on British Literature and Classical Rhetoric.  He has lived around the world in various countries.  In Cameroon he traversed waterfalls and hot lava rock, in Switzerland he climbed mountains an glaciers, and in Brazil he dwelt in Arpoador, a tiny paradise wedged between the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana.  Brandon is married with three children.


Erin Wylie

Erin WylieErin grew up in Cottonwood, Arizona, where she spent most of her free time reading books.  She went to college at Colorado State University to try out that whole "winter" concept.  She got her BS in Biomedical Sciences, with a minor in English, and volunteered at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Center, where she helped to rehabilitate vicious carnivorous birds.  Eventually, in between bouts of frenzied reading, cleaning up bird poop, and studying hideous diseases, she decided that her vastly disorganized brain was more suited to writing than doctoring.  She is now pursuing her MFA in fiction at the University of New Orleans, where she hears they have something called "humidity."