Open Mic Nights
Picture of Loch Norse Staff at Christmas Open Mic Night
Every month, Loch Norse Magazine hosts open mic nights at the Fort Thomas Antiques and Design Center. Drawing a crowd from both NKU and the surrounding area, these events showcase the depth and breadth of community within the students at NKU. Authors bear their souls to a supportive audience and get an opportunity to become comfortable with reading out loud. See the Loch Norse page for dates as well as news videos discussing the experience.
Image of NKU alum Stephanie Knipper talking about her book

For writers, the goal is often to publish their work, whether it is a small feature online or a full series of novels. Fortunately, NKU students have a great record of securing publications! You can start as early as you enter college by submitting to Loch Norse, the creative writing journal, or Pentangle, which solicits literary analysis. Or, you can seek publication outside of NKU, as many of our alumni do. See the list below to check out where NKU students have been published and see their work!

If you're interested in publishing your own work, contact any of the Creative Writing faculty to find out what venues might be best for your writing.

Published from NKU


Keith Wilson - "Atlantis Calling" and "Gone Things," Prairie Schooner

Sherry Tippey - 5 poems in The Gordian Review

Caroline Plaskett - "How I Feel When a Man Over-Talks Me," Rise Up Review

Erin Wynn - "Pronouns Fade in Twilight," Lavender Review

Nicci Mechler - 2 poems in VAYAVYA

Kristina Brodbeck - Play, Finishing Line Press

Minadora Macheret - Love Me, Anyway, chapbook from Porkbelly Press

Sara Wagner - Hooked Through, chapbook from Five Oaks Press

Hilda Weaver, Kristin Koester, Nicci Mechler, & Wendy Creekmore -in these cups, a collaborative chapbook from dancing girl press


Bailey Swinford-Carmichael - "Time Spent Trying," HerStry

Tonja Reynolds - "Invisible Girls," Streetlight

Stephanie Knipper -The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin, Algonquin Books

Liz Ashlee - "Wishing on Water," novella within Once Upon a Summer, Step Toward You, andSort of Normal, forthcoming 2020.

M.A. Ellis - erotic fiction

Jocelynn Drake - fiction

CB Droedge -Zeta Disconnect, novel from Manawaker Studio

Creative Non-Fiction

Clara Fightmaster and Caroline Wille - "The C Chronicles," The Adirondack Review

David Rigel - "Deliverance," Digging Through the Fat

Alex McIntosh - "Wilderness as a Mindset," Allegory Ridge

Ryan Kauffman - "A Cloud in the Shape of Kentucky," hippocampus

Gavin Colton - "Nearly," The Manifest Station