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Fort Worth Instructors

Blake Kimzey, Founder & Executive Director, Fiction


Blake Kimzey founded and directs Writing Workshops Dallas. Named one of D Magazine's Artists to Learn From, he is a graduate of the MFA Program at UC Irvine; Blake also sits on the Board of the Elizabeth George Foundation and received a generous Emerging Writer Grant from the Foundation in 2013. His fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, Vice/Terraform, Redivider, D Magazine, Green Mountains Review, Short Fiction, FiveChapters, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Booth, Faultline, FLAUNT Magazine, Malibu Magazine, Day One, PANK, Fiction Southeast, Surreal South '13, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, an Indie Bestseller, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. He recently completed his first novel and is working on his second. Blake has been awarded fellowships to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Vermont Studio Center. He is proudly represented by Ryan Harbage at The Fischer-Harbage Agency. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at SMU and has also taught creative writing at UT-Dallas and UC-Irvine. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeKimzey, find him online at, contact him at, or use the Contact link above. 


Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Fiction


Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 50 publications both literary and speculative such as Clarkesworld, Hobart, and Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror as well as in six languages. Her work has been featured on LeVar Burton's podcast LeVar Burton Reads. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and won the Grand Prize in the SyFy Channel's Battle the Beast contest; Syfy turned her story set in the world of the Magicians into an animated short. She also curates the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth.


Rebecca Balcárcel, Fiction


Rebecca Balcárcel's novel The Other Half of Happy from Chronicle Books has received starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal. University of St. Mary's Pecan Grove Press published her book of poems, Palabras in Each Fist. Over forty of her essays and poems have appeared in literary journals, including North American Review, Third Coast, Segue, Mothering Magazine, Oklahoma Review, Concho River Review, descant, and South Dakota Review. She holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington Writing Seminars where she received the Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. As Associate Professor of English, Rebecca serves the students of Tarrant County College. Rebecca is also YouTube's SixMinuteScholar, with 20K subscribers, and she can be found on Twitter (@r_balcarcel), Instagram (rebeccabalcarcel), and Facebook (rebeccatheauthor), as well as via her website,

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