MTSU Creates thanks the creators within the MTSU community who have chosen to share their works with us. Here, you will find them, alphabetized by last name, along with some biographical information they’ve offered to share and links they’ve provided.
Abotaleb, Mohamed–video producer
Blair Bandy is a senior at MTSU studying Photography and Business. On her personal website, she notes, “It’s hard to say where my love for photography sparked from. It’s like it’s always been there. However, I’m striving everyday to improve and learn more about myself and my work.” See part of her project focusing on her grandmother here, or experience more her work on her WordPress or VSCO sites or on Instagram.
Bivens, Bryce — writer
Bryce Bivens is a Political Science student studying International Relations (Specializing in East Asia) and Japanese language at MTSU. He has lived in several states across America and in Australia, as well as having traveled to many countries. He enjoys studying history, philosophy and politics, and his interests include outdoor recreation, gaming, science, and mechanics. Some of his favorite franchises are Star Wars, Warhammer 40k and Fantasy, Halo, the Sheanera series, and many others. Indeed, his interests extend into many areas, including writing, wherein he specializes in science fiction and fantasy, which he loves most; he prefers to write short stories but dabbles in poetry. He also is an amateur blacksmith learning the craft. Read his poem “The World is a Play” on MTSU Creates.
Hearl, Holly Marie.–writer
Holly Marie Hearl brings her years of experience in the Navy and as a restaurant cook to MTSU, where she may also be finding a niche as a writer! Read her essay “‘Kiss My Wookie!’: The Quote that Changed It All.” You’ll be rewarded by a fine reading experience and an associated graphic novel page!
Lindsey Larsen is a student in the College of Media and Entertainment. She is also a member of the Sandbox student organization. See Sunshine Twin, an example of her visual artwork.
Lomax, Mamie M.
Mamie M. Lomax is a journalism student at MTSU. She also works as a barista in her “spare time,” as well as dabbles in bass, writing, and being a pug mom. A sampling of her cemetery pics are available on MTSU Creates, and you can find her on Instagram at _mamiem.
Marht, Bronson. — musician
Bronson is the writer, bass player, and singer for Two Piece Dalmatian, “an OKC native psych-pop band.” You can follow the band on Twitter and Instagram – @2piecedalmatian – or check out their Facebook page. Experience the band’s singles “Nostalgia” and “Trippin’ on Her” here on MTSU Creates.
Phillips, Frank. — musician and writer
Frank Phillips (a pseudonym) is an English major at MTSU who makes music and writes fiction in his free time. His music encompasses a wide array of styles and moods ranging from alternative to punk to experimental electronic. His single “Sick at Sea,” from the Humanities Regress Project, is linked on MTSU Creates, as well as on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, and iTunes.
Tabb, Jaden. — writer and graphic design
Jaden Tabb is a Fine Arts major studying graphic design at Middle Tennessee State University. He grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee. His other passions include reading, writing, illustrating, playing guitar and bass, as well as studying history, philosophy, science, and a multitude of other subjects. Jaden’s goal as a writer is to connect with other people, and bring them together through the language. Read Jaden’s poem “Chimaera.”
Thurston, Angel L. — writer
Angel L. Thurston is an English major senior at Middle Tennessee State University. She will be graduating from MTSU on May 5, 2018. Angel’s first publication—the flash fiction piece Wintry Dreams—appeared in the 2016 anthology Wolf Warriors III, edited by Jonathan W. Thurston. Angel, inspired by her brother’s writing and the many books she read, has been writing since she was in the seventh grade. Her dream is to have a novel written and published—not for fame, but as an inspiration and guide to others. Along with her brother, her boyfriend David has been her greatest inspiration by encouraging her every step of the way, even when she was too depressed to return the gestures. Angel can be found reading children’s literature, young adult novels, or fairy tales in a local cat café, sipping away sweet coffee and petting cats (even though she has never done this, she is present there in soul, mind, and heart). Her poem “Septic Purity” offers a new twist on an old tale!
Tri, Dana. — visual artist
Dana Tri was born at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and has traveled most of her life. She found the constant moving exhilarating and discovered she had a passion for culture and language. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and spent her time in service as a Korean Linguist. Currently, she and her husband reside in Spring Hill, Tennessee. After obtaining her Associate of Science at Columbia State Community College, she has now transferred to Middle Tennessee State University to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts where she plans to graduate in Spring of 2018. Her medium of choice is oil, both on canvas and board. She has had work published in print and web media. Coordinating both nationally and internationally, she has completed personalized commisions in both traditional and digital mediums from places such as Hawaii, Florida, and England. You may view Dana’s online portfolio and sketchbook, or see her painting Over the Next Hill here on MTSU Creates.
Waggoner, Anna — musician
Nashville based singer-songwriter and MTSU Recording Industry student Anna Waggoner wrote her first song when she was 10 years old, and has been in love with songwriting ever since. Her songs span multiple genres, and she cites her main influences as James Taylor, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, and Taylor Swift. Playing guitar, piano, ukulele, harmonica, and self-recording most of her songs, Anna is a musician as well as a wordsmith. Lyrics are usually her favorite part of a song, and she tries to write lyrics that are introspective and cognizant of the human condition. Along with releasing her music online, Anna debuts many of her songs on her weekly radio show, “Around The Waves” on WMTS 88.3 FM. She has been a radio DJ for the past few years, and was recently hired at another radio station as an on-air personality. Listen to her songs “Never Yours” and “Lips of a Stranger” here on MTSU Creates, or check out other songs by Anna at https://soundcloud.com/anna-waggoner . You can also keep up with her on social media @AnnaE_Nashville to get updates about her song releases and radio show.
Yellowitz, Jessica — musician/songwriter
Jessica Yellowitz is a commercial songwriting major and an entrepreneurship minor. She is also an accomplished performer, her first stage appearance at age 6. At MTSU, she currently performs original works for prospective students and their parent four days each week, and she has sung The National Anthem at baseball and women’s basketball games. Most of her performing career, however, has taken place in the Washington D.C. area, closer to her Northern Virginia home. She has recently been recording at Suckerpunch Recording Studio in Bethesda, Maryland, and The Very Beginning, an EP, is available on iTunes. MTSU Creates is proud to feature her singles “Life is Sweet” and “Old Fashioned,” and you can find other works in a variety of places, such as Soundcloud, Spotify, and YouTube. You can keep up with Jessica on her website and Facebook page.