These people make Gravel a thing.
Kira Ciupek is a Writing Consultant at the Temple College Writing Center, where she advises undergraduate students who need help writing essays or research papers for various classes. After raising three children, she recently returned to college and earned her B.A. in English at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, which awarded her the Performance Award in Creative Writing in 2013. Her fiction has been featured in The Lookout, Cahoodaloodaling, and Flash-Fiction World.
Chad Matthews is a social activist who uses the process of storytelling to invest in men and women experiencing homelessness. Using film, written word and spoken word, Chad travels all over the country capturing stories from the street, befriending and partnering with people experiencing homelessness to ensure that their stories are heard throughout the world. In 2010 he was featured in the documentary The Cries of the Broken, a forty minute film following him across the country as he experienced homelessness, and in 2014 he produced the film series Stories Still Breathing, a collection of 15 films that tell the often unheard story of how men and women become homeless. His creative nonfiction has been featured in Her Magazine and Appeal Magazine. He lives in south Texas with his wife and three kids.
Nicole Provencher-Natale is a poet and high school English teacher. She has worked in the San Antonio School District as part of Gemini Ink’s Writers in Communities. Nicole’s recent projects have included teaching myths, fables, and fairytales in the San Antonio Independent School District and working in the genre of autobiography and memoir with incarcerated mothers. Nicole’s recent publications appear in Ghost Town, The Concho River Review, Nimrod International Journal, Karamu, Nexus, and The Lullwater Review. She holds a BA and MA degrees in English from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter on a sustainable homestead.
Jessica Housand-Weaver is an internationally published creative writer in fiction and poetry as well as an MFA graduate student at The University of Arkansas at Monticello. She also has writing and editing experience in a wide range of subject matter from travel, food, and fashion, to real estate, education, and business. Her literary publication and award credits include or are upcoming in: Stone Soup Magazine, Poetic Voices Magazine, The Dark Fiction Spotlight, Mused-The BellaOnline Literary Review, Mocha Memoirs Press, Malpais Review, Fickle Muses, Poetry Pacific, The New Poet, Crack the Spine, and Red Ochre Lit, among others. Her short stories have won awards. Additionally, she was nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award. You can view her webpage here.
Faculty Advisor: Diane Payne, MFA Director