- BA, The University Of West Florida
- MFA, University Of Tennessee-Knoxville
Gene Gazelka has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. They received a nomination for a John C. Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award and placed first in the John C. Hodges Graduate Fiction Contest. Their poetry has received Honorable Mentions in the League of Minnesota Poets 37th Annual Contest, and their debut chapbook Tender One is forthcoming. In their free time, they can be found typing tags on their typewriter, listening to records, or planning their next backpacking adventure.