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

Friday, January 31, 2014

poet Max Schleicher (MFA '13) writes with great news

Finally some good news. MAR is picking up my poem "Grape Picker's Song."

Hope Faner Hall is still bracingly austere!

Congrats, Max!!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

fantastic news for Brooks Rexroat (MFA fiction)

I'm profoundly grateful to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference
Katharine Bakeless Nason Endowment and the Camargo Foundation for
selecting me as a 2014 Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellow, which will
allow me to work for a month on the Camargo campus in Cassis, France.
I also appreciate the incomparable Allison Joseph, who recommended I
check into Bread Loaf in the first place. After another year with four
day jobs, this is welcome news and welcome writing time.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Utterly Fantastic News About Ben Percy, SIUC MFA Graduate

Something to howl about: FOX TV is adapting Red Moon as a series and
I'm co-writing the adaptation with Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (A
Beautiful Mind, Winter's Tale)

Congratulations, BEN!!!!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fwd: publications

New publication news from Mark Jay Brewin, Jr (MFA '11, poetry):

ahoy there, allison.

hope all is well with you fine folks out in carbondale. i am pleased to say that Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations accepted my poem "Mix-tape (#5) With the One That Still Always Breaks My Heart," Rappahannock Review accepted "Mix-tape (#4) With the One That I Still Haven't Learned the Lyrics To," Waccamaw accepted my Sweetelle "In Vineland" (again, such a great form!), Jabberwock Review accepted "Helium," and The MacGuffin accepted "Self-Portrait at 13."


Congrats, Mark!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fwd: Poetry Publication

Good news for MFA poetry alum Andrea Wagner (MFA '13):

Hi Allison,

I can't believe that I've kept forgetting to email you with good news:
my poem "This Is How You Hold the Reins" is forthcoming in CALYX in
2014! Pretty fine first pub, I think.

Hope all is well in Carbondale!



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SIUC MFA alum featured in NY Times

Just wanted to share this interview with SIUC MFA graduate Kerry James Evans, which appeared in the New York Times yesterday.  Kerry James's first book of poems, Bangalore, was recently published by Copper Canyon Press. He is a PhD graduate of Florida State as well as a graduate of our MFA Program: