Monday, October 12, 2015

Websites of Some Wonderful SIU MFA alumni

Here's a far-from complete list of SIU Carbondale MFA alums:

Sarah Burge:
Hannah New:
Amie Whittemore:
Sarah McCartt Jackson:
John McCarthy:
Sequoia Nagamatsu: 
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum:
Michael Meyerhofer:
Adrian Matejka:
Benjamin Percy:
Kerry James Evans:
Mark Jay Brewin Jr.:
Paul Guest: 
Travis Mossotti:

2015 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at SIUC

Coming soon: October 21-October 23, 2015
Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
The Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival, named after the famous lake, is an annual three-day festival featuring readings, panels, and book signings by published writers from across the country. The event is a great opportunity to meet published authors and to celebrate their works. It is free and open to the whole Southern Illinois community. Three of the authors attending are winners of the Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction, David Tomas Martinez (Poetry), Megan Milks (Fiction), and Ben Tanzer (Nonfiction). They will read from their works as a part of the festival.
The festival starts on Wednesday October 21st and ends Friday October 23rd. There are a total of eight events including readings by the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction, readings by other honored guests, writing panels, and book signings by the many acclaimed authors. All of the events will be held in the first floor of the Morris Library, schedule below.
Event, Date, Time
Book Reading by Ben Tanzer
Oct. 21st, 8-9 PM
Writers Panel featuring Sass Brown, Lisa Fay Coutley, Angie Macri, David Tomas Martinez, Megan Milks, and Ben Tanzer
Oct. 22nd, 11-11:50 AM
Poetry Reading by Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Authors - Sass Brown and Lisa Fay Coutley
Oct. 22nd, 2-3:15 PM
Reception and Book Signing featuring all visiting writers
Oct. 22nd, 3:15-4:30 PM
Readings by the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award Winners in Poetry and Fiction featuring David Tomas Martinez and Megan Milks
Oct. 22nd, 4:30-6 PM
Q & A 20 Years of Crab Orchard Review: A Conversation with Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor Allison Joseph and Managing Editor Jon Tribble
Oct. 23rd, 10-10:50 AM
Readings by Grassroots Editors and Contributors
Oct. 23rd, 1-1:50 PM
Poetry Readings by Angie Macri
Oct. 23rd, 2-2:50 PM

Monday, December 15, 2014

Congratulations to SIUC's own Jon Tribble

Fabulous news from Jon Tribble, SIUC's most-hardworking editor:
It is my great pleasure to announce that my first collection of poems, Natural State, will be published by Glass Lyre Press in 2016. I will sign my contract next month after everyone is back from the holidays, but I received word from the publisher and managing editor, Ami Kaye, that it was fine for me to share this news and I couldn't be happier. I had such a great experience working with Ami and Lark Vernon Timmons on the recent feature in Pirene's Fountain and I look forward to working with them and all the Glass Lyre Press staff on my first book (at least from the writer's and not the editor's side).
Thanks to Allison and to so many friends over the years for continuing to remind me that I am a writer as well as an editor. I hope this confirms your faith and encouragement.

Friday, December 05, 2014

SIUC MFA grad Michael Meyerhofer (MFA '06) has won the Etchings Prize for his fantasy novel, Wytchfire!

Details about the prize here:

Details about the book here

SIUC fiction prof scores GRAMMY Nomination

Congrats to SIU MFA fiction professor Scott Blackwood, who has earned a GRAMMY nomination!

Here's the official nomination information from the site:​

Happy: The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides
David Sager, album notes writer (Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra)
Label: Archeophone Records
I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70
Alec Palao, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Label: Light In The Attic Records
Offering: Live At Temple University
Ashley Kahn, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
Label: Resonance/Impulse
The Other Side Of Bakersfield: 1950s & 60s Boppers And Rockers From 'Nashville West'
Scott B. Bomar, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Label: Bear Family
Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
Jon Kirby, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Label: The Numero Group
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)
Scott Blackwood, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Label: Third Man Records/Revenant Records

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

SIU MFA Graduates Win NEA Fellowships!!!

Congratulations to Staci R. Schoenfeld (MFA '14) and Kerry James Evans (MFA '09) on receiving National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry!!!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Schedule for the 2014 Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival

The 2014 Devil's Kitchen schedule is set! 

2014 Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, October 22 – 24
(All Events in SIUC’s Morris Library)


8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Reading by Kathleen Hale
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)


11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.         
Fiction Panel featuring Janet Burroway, Kathleen Hale, Justin Herrmann, and Victoria Redel
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Poetry Readings by Dan Albergotti and TJ Jarrett
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Reception and Book Signing featuring festival readers
1st Floor Rotunda (Morris Library)
(sponsored by the SIUC Dept. of English and the Southern Illinois University Bookstore)

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Readings by the 2014 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award Winners in Poetry and Prose
Steven D. Schroeder and Victoria Redel
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)


11:00  – 11:50 a.m.
Poetry Panel featuring Dan Albergotti, TJ Jarrett, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, and Steven D. Schroeder
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Readings by Justin Herrmann and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Fantastic News for Three SIUC Poetry Alums!

The creative writing faculty woke to the spectacular news that three
of our alumnae won large amounts of poetry cash in the annual Dorothy
Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize competition.

Leslie Adams (MFA' 12) Ruth Awad (MFA '12), and Amie Whittemore Shea
(MFA '10) all won for poetry they submitted to this national poetry
competition! Leslie and Ruth are winners in previous years as well.

For more details about this contest, visit