Kristina Erny, M.F.A – Asbury University
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Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

Department: English

Office: MO303

Kristina is Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing program at Asbury University. A third-culture teacher’s kid raised in Seoul, South Korea, she has spent much of her teaching career abroad with her husband and three kids. After graduating with a degree in English Education, she has subsequently served as a higher level English Literature International Baccalaureate teacher in Daejeon, Indianapolis, and Seoul, and also volunteered as a member of a servant team with Word Made Flesh in Sierra Leone.

In 2010, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Her creative work is the recipient of numerous awards and is published in The Los Angeles Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Yemassee, Bluestem, Booth, and Jelly Bucket, as well as other places. Her poetry manuscript, Wax of What’s Left, has been a finalist for many poetry prizes. She is interested in otherness, motherhood, third culture, identity, place, translation, and aliens, among other things.

She joined the faculty of Asbury in 2018-19. She is married to visual artist Benjamin Erny and together they are raising three children.

Academic Degrees

  • BS in English Education grades 6-12 from Asbury University (2006)
  • MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Arizona (2010)


  • WitnessSonora Review, April 2021
  • “The Lord Appears to                   ” traveling with show as introductory poem alongside Leticia Huckaby’s photograph Ask, Seek, Knock in Again & Again, CIVA, Spring 2021
  • “Resurrection Psalm,” paired with Keith Barker’s photograph “Stone of Help,” traveling with show AGAIN + AGAIN, CIVA, Spring 2021
  • I AM” and “Elijah on Mt. Horeb” Lenten Reader, Year B, Episcopal Charities, Spring 2021
  • “The Children” and “On that Night in March”, Sarabande Writing Labs Vol. 18 & 19, TAUNT 
  • Han / 한“, The Portland Review, June 2020
  • “Elijah and Obadiah” and “Elijah,” Lenten Reader, Year A, Episcopal Charities, Spring 2020
  • Poems “Elijah Fed by Ravens” and “Elijah and the Widow” published in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Blackbird, Vol. 18, No. 2, Fall 2019
  • Poem “Nobody’s Mother” published in Rabbit Catastrophe Review #015, Fall 2019
  • Poem “Vulture” won Third Prize in the Bright Wings Poetry Contest from Makers and Mystics, August 2019
  • Featured poet with poems: “The Mother of All Mothers”, “Memory of the Mother”, “Letter from the Mother”, “The Mother in the Wild” and “The Mother”, published in Eastern Kentucky University’s Jelly Bucket, Issue Nine, 2019
  • Poem “The Aliens Seek to Understand Pain” published in Butler University’s Booth, July 2019
  • Poem “The Aliens Consider the Bright She” and “The Aliens Watch a Mother Dream” published in Eastern Illinois University’s Bluestem, December 2018
  • Poem “Elijah Fed by Ravens” and “The Way to Horeb” published in The University of South Carolina’s Yemassee, Spring 2018, Issue 25.1
  • Poem “meditation” published in Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park, May 2017
  • Poet participant in the Tupelo Press 30/30, January 2017 cohort
  • Poem “Paraclete: The One Who Answers the Cry” – Winner of Tupelo Quarterly Inaugural Poetry Contest, chosen by poet Ilya Kaminsky, October 2013
  • Poem “What’s Left,” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, February 2012
  • Poem “Compound: Freetown, Sierra Leone,” Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award Winner 2011, Red Hen Press, published in the Fall 2012 issue of The Los Angeles Review,
  • Manuscript Wax of What’s Left has been finalist for the Ahsahta Sawtooth Poetry Prize, January 2017, the Colorado Prize for Poetry – December 2016, The Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize 2014, the Slope Editions Poetry Prize 2013, the Anhinga Robert Dana Prize for Poetry 2013, the Tupelo Press Dorset Prize 2011 and the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Award 2011

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