Jennifer L. Murvin



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • MFA, Creative Writing, 2014, Pacific University
  • MA, English (Creative Writing), 2008, Missouri State University


  • ENG 215 Introduction to Short Story Writing
  • ENG 216 Introduction to the Graphic Novel
  • ENG 305: Nonfiction II: Memoir
  • ENG 315 Fiction II
  • ENG 501/601 Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENG 562/662 Contemporary American Literature
  • ENG 508 Senior Fiction Portfolio

Professional experience

Published or forthcoming publication in the following literary journals:

  • The Sun
  • The Cincinnati Review
  • Mid-American Review
  • Midwestern Gothic
  • Bellingham Review
  • The MacGuffin
  • Palooka
  • Huizache
  • Baltimore Review
  • American Short Fiction
  • Post Road
  • Phoebe
  • Revolver

A selection of writing in educational comic books:

  • Chickasaw Adventures
  • Stories of the Saints
  • World History Ink (published by McGraw-Hill)

Research and professional interests

  • Short story fiction writing
  • Novel writing
  • Graphic narrative (criticism and craft)

Awards and honors

  • First place, American Short(er) Fiction Contest judged by Stuart Dybek, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Phoebe Fiction Contest judged by Ramona Asubel, 2015
  • Third place, The Baltimore Review's Winter Fiction Contest, 2012
  • Finalist, Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Contest, 2010
  • Presenter, International Journal of Comic Art's ACAG conference, Toronto, 2007
  • Presenter, University of Arkansas Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, 2007
  • Featured speaker, Language Arts Department Annual Dinner, Springfield, Mo., Sept. 2007
    Presentation: “Comics in the Classroom: The value of comic books and comic book scriptwriting in elementary and high school curricula.”
  • Finalist, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Best Multi-Cultural Young Adult Fiction for "Chickasaw Adventures: The Adventure Begins," 2005
  • Alumna, Squaw Valley Community of Writers