Hi, I’m Jay Dye.
I’m an artist, writer, and teacher from Southern California. I’m a Creative Writing MFA candidate and English instructor at Chapman University.
I’ve had a passion for art and writing from a young age. In high school, I won an award for design and layout work on my school’s literary journal King Author. During my undergraduate, I was an editor for Chapman’s honors journal Sapere Aude. I also published poetry and short fiction in literary journals including Calliope and Scribendi, who awarded my poem “Hyoo-ack” their Editors’ Choice award.
After graduating cum laude in 2016 with a BFA in Creative Writing, I worked a series of odd jobs while trying to make sense of my twenties. During this time, I got involved in the zine-making scene in SoCal and self-published zines of my art and writing, tabling at zine fests including LA Zine Fest, Orange County Zine Fest, and Joshua Tree Zine Fest. I also did freelance graphic design work for the Luge N Brews series of bicycle festivals in Orange County.
In late 2019, I decided to go to graduate school. I found myself starting back at my alma mater in the fall of 2020, pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. In spring of 2021, my application to be a graduate student instructor was accepted at Chapman, allowing me to teach English 103 Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing for the fall ’21 and spring ’22 semesters. I’ve had a wonderful experience teaching at the college level. It’s always a joy to help students discover how rhetoric and writing are relevant to their own lives.