Meet the Faculty

Johnnie Clemens MayJohnnie Clemens May (johnnie.may@gccaz.edu) has an M.A. in creative writing from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in poetry.. She has been advisor of the school poetry club and an advisor and poetry judge of The Traveler.  Along with having published her own poetry, she has hosted poetry readings at a local coffeehouse, has delivered lectures on poetry to organizations in the community, and has been a student of nationally recognized poets. Several of her students have won awards in poetry and the personal essay.


Laura White Schuett Laura White  (laura.white@gccaz.edu) has taught at Glendale Community College for the English Department since 1993.  In the past, her work has appeared in Northwest Review, Black Warrior Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Confrontation, Pennsylvania English, Original Sin: The Seven Deadlies, Come Home, Women Behaving Badly, Calyx, Event,  Kaleidoscope, and elsewhere.

David NelsonDavid Nelson (david.nelson@gccaz.edu) has a B. A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing (poetry) from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, and a M. F. A. in Creative Writing (fiction) from Arizona State University where he was an associate editor of the Hayden’s Ferry Review.  He enjoys all sorts of writing, though his main concern continues to be fiction.



John VentolaJohn Ventola (john.ventola@gccaz.edu) teaches creative writing and composition in the English Department at GCC. His work has appeared in numerous national publications such as The Baseball Review, The Rust Belt Review, Art Voice, and Raven Chronicles, a college composition textbook, and an anthology of working-class literature called The Workplace: Robinson’s View of the Literature of the Worker.

Betsey Wheeler As an avid journal writer, Betsey Wheeler (betsey.wheeler@gccaz.edu) brings passion and experience to the art of writing.   She holds a master’s degree in both Education and English which she skillfully combines to teach writing in its most expressive form.   Journaling can be a critical step in spurring creativity, improving health, and recording remembrances.  This is Betsey’s tenth year of teaching writing at Glendale Community College.  Join her in this voyage of discovery called journaling.



Gary Lawrence has been a storyteller all his life – ask someone that knows him, or spend five minutes chatting with him.  He has a BA in English from Rockford College, and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  After 30 years in business, he retired from the corporate grind, returned to his love of fiction and teaching for an “encore” career, and now teaches Developmental English, English Composition and Creative Writing at Glendale (AZ) Community College.  He lives in Phoenix with wife and partner, Linda.  “Why I’m Here” is Gary’s first published story; it appeared in Short Story America’s contemporary library online, and also appeared in Volume 2: Short Story America Anthology (2012).  "Garage Sale" appeared in Volume 3: Short Story America Anthology (2013).  "Trinity" appeared in December 2013 in the inaugural issue of Phoenix' Fourchamber Press magazine.  Gary's full collection of short stories and writing craft essays, Baffled and Other Stories, was also published in 2013.    Gary has also presented creative writing seminars and readings at SSA Festival and Conference (2012 and 2013), at GCC, and in his home town of Rockford IL.

Vicky Campo (vicky.campo@gccaz.edu) has mentored writers since 1994. She has been a full-time faculty member at Arizona State University, she has led and facilitated writing support groups, and she now teaches Creative Writing in the Maricopa Community Colleges. Vicky Campo earned her Masters Degree in English from Arizona State University in 1997 with distinction. Her work has appeared in such publications as The Palo Verde, Sandcutters, The Angle, Open Channels, Strategies for Teaching First-Year Composition, The Bedford Bibliography of Basic Writing, and others.

   For information, contact David Nelson, M. F. A.
Coordinator, GCC Creative Writing Program, Phone:
623-845-4775, HT2-106, GCC Main campus

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