IE Fellowship Program Candidates 


nicholas gulig

Nicholas Gulig is a Thai-American poet from Wisconsin. Educated at the University of Montana (BA), the Iowa Writer's Workshop (MFA), and the University of Denver (PhD) his work has been published over thirty times in various print and on-line journals such as the Colombia Poetry Review, the Black Warrior Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Cutbank. The author of two book-length poems, "North of Order" (YesYes Books, 2015) and "Book of Lake" (Cutbank Press, 2016), his work has also received numerous national awards. The recipient of the Grist Pro-Forma Prize, the Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize, the Cutbank prize for Prose Poetry, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, The Red Hen Press Poetry Award, and the Camber Press Chapbook Award, his most recent manuscript, "ORIENT," is currently a finalist for the Omnidawn Poetry Prize and Pleiades' Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize for poetry. He has also served in an editorial capacity at both the Iowa Review and the Denver Quarterly. Since receiving a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010-2011, Gulig's creative and critical work has focused primarily on binary (mis)constructions of "eastern" and "western" cultural ideals as they occur in both popular and academic mediums. Of his writing, Graham Foust has written that Gulig's poems are "a record of someone struggling to find the vital combinations for the words with which he's both struck and stuck, an essaying that succeeds in creating for us-in lines and stanzas and sentences something akin to a new vocabulary. Here is language "hungered into," which is to say "verse," that strangest of nourishments." 


courtney luedke

Courtney Luedke earned her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin. Her research focueses on college access, persistence and success for underserved populations including low-income, first generation, and Students of Color in higher education. She is currently serving as a Co-PI on a study launched in the fall of 2014 titled, Academic and Career Socialization for Underrepresented Students (ACSUS). ACSUS is a longitudinal multisite case study developed to understand the role of academic and social support programs in socializing underrepresented students to undergraduate research, career preparation, and strategies for success in college. Additionally, she advises both undergratuage and graduate student researchers in related research that examine equity in higher education. In addition to her research involvement, Dr. Luedke advises the UWW Cahpter of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, In. Dr. Luedke serves as a professor in the Higher Education Leadership masters program at UWW.




Milwaukee based visual artist Mutópe J. Johnson received his MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts - Department of Art & Design. Johnson also earned a BFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Fine Arts Program. Johnson was selected 1 of 2 out of a crowded field of MFA graduate students by the UWM Art & Design faculty as a National 2014 Dedalus Foundation Award-nominee. (Fellowship awards granted to notable graduating MFA students).  Mutópe represented UWM Cultures and Community Department as a distinguished 2013-14 Imagining America P.A.G.E. Scholar, (Publicly Active Graduate in Education).

Mutópe’s professional background and broad range of experiences have included positions at large and small graphic design companies, advertising agencies and marketing communications firms, where he served in positions such as Chief Creative Officer, Global Marketing Brands Manager, Creative Director and Art Director while concurrently painting for more than 15 years as a professional visual artist. Mutópe was co-founder of the former Strive Media Institute, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit training ground for teens in TV, communications and journalism. Johnson’s volunteer service includes: a Board member of the Urban Economic Development Association - Wisconsin (UEDA), former board member of the City of Milwaukee–Arts Board, Milwaukee Art Museum African-American Art Alliance–Board of Directors and University of Wisconsin Whitewater - College of Arts and Communications former Advisory Board member. Mutópe’s visual art works have been included in art exhibitions at the Overture Center Fine Arts Gallery, Madison, WI. • UWM Peck School of the Arts INOVA Gallery • Charles Allis Fine Arts Museum, Milwaukee • Northern Kentucky University • Charles A. Wustum Fine Arts Museum, Racine Wisconsin • Milwaukee Art Museum • Juxtaposition Gallery Minneapolis and Susan Woodson Gallery Chicago along with many others.

Johnson has stated; “As an Inclusive Excellence Program Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, it will be my interest to make sure that students will want to develop their own creative and intellectual abilities. This intellectual ability can find its expression in a variety of forms such as visual, verbal, and individual performance. The theory being, if the students can gain self-awareness of their creative and artistic abilities, they can then work through various situations wherein they can become lifelong learners as well as long-term creative professionals.”


Alexandria Delcourt received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program in 2014. Her creative work focuses largely on questions identity, belonging, and representation, especially as they relate to love, food, the body, relationships, and larger cultural forces like colonialism and race/ethnicity. She is currently working on a first collection of poems, which delves into her own experiences growing up in rural Wisconsin, as well as a historical fiction novel based on her great-grandmother who lived in the Philippines in the years leading up to World War II. She is largely influenced by traditional forms of storytelling, folklore, and myth. She has a particular interests in indigenous literature, post/colonial expressions of identity, and the role of language in how we interact with the world around us. Her work has appeared in Kalyani Magazine, FULCRUM: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics, Poetry Quarterly, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Written River, and other publications.


Kaori earned her BA in English and Intercultural Communication in 2006 from Dokkyo University, Japan, and moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa for pursing her MA in Communication at University of Northern Iowa in 2008. She earned her PhD in Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014. She lives in Milwaukee.

Her specialty is rhetorical criticism. Her research areas are rhetoric of identity, social movements, race, gender, and immigration. Her recent study investigates ways in which ethnic identity, loyalty, and citizenship were rhetorically constructed in the U.S. by analyzing discourses surrounding the Japanese American incarceration during World War II.       

She is currently teaching cross-cultural communication and interpersonal communication at the department of communication here at UW-Whitewater. She can be contacted by