Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Writing through Critical Thinking" was accepted for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference's Pedagogy Forum.
Congrats to second-year MFA poetry student Sara Burge, whose poem "The Valley, The Shadow" appears in the new issue of River Styx as one of their annual poetry contest winners.
Congrats to second-year MFA fiction student Jason Lee Brown, whose story "Chicken Without a Head," appears in the new issue of The Journal.
Poems by current student Helena Bell, current faculty Allison Joseph, MFA grad Chad Parmenter, and former faculty members Lucia Perillo and Margot Schillpp appear in the new issue of Margie (volume 5).
Former faculty member Lucia Perillo's new book, "Ground Truth: On Disability, Poetry, and Nature" is forthcoming from Trinity University Press.
Monday, December 11, 2006
You can find out more about Arkansas Review (but unfortunately can't see the poem) at
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
at the Longbranch Coffeehouse (100 E. Jackson) in Carbondale.
The reading, which is free and open to all, will start at 8PM.
Come to read, listen, or both.
Friday, December 01, 2006
My poem "Grandparents' House, Venezuela" has been accepted for publication at Compass Rose. I will be published in both the 2006-2007 online edition and the 2007-2008 printed edition. I submitted to Compass Rose after reading about their call for submission that you posted on CRWROPPS.
NB: CRWROPPS is the Creative Writers Opportunities List--see the link for it at right on the "Links" list.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
AMERICA'S REPORT CARD, at the Student Center Bookstore on Thursday, November
30, from noon to 2:00.
John is the author of two novels, AMERICA'S REPORT CARD and THE BOOK OF
RALPH, both published by Free Press (Simon and Schuster), and one story
collection, TROUBLEMAKERS, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award.
His recent awards include a Jenny McKean Moore fellowship from George
Washington University and a Chesterfield Writer's Film Project fellowship
sponsored by Paramount Pictures. He's also edited five anthologies,
including the forthcoming WHEN I WAS A LOSER (Free Press, 2007).
A native of Chicago's southwest side, John is presently an associate
professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
This presentation will be held Wednesday, November 29 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Student Center Illinois Room. The talk is free and open to the public.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
For more about Jacinda's award, check out this news release:
Monday, November 13, 2006
Emerging Writers Network's Dan Wickett, our panel moderator, has written his impressions of the festival--you can read his accounts at
Monday, November 06, 2006
Four award-winning editors will be on hand during the Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival to share their expertise about today's publishing climate. The editors are:
C. Michael Curtis, Senior Editor, the Atlantic Monthly
M.M. Hayes, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Story Quarterly
Ted Genoways, Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review
Richard Newman, Editor, River Styx
This panel is made possible by funding from SIUC's Fine Arts Activity Fee, Crab Orchard Review, the Judge William Holmes Cook Endowment, and the Graduate and Professional Student Council.
The panel will be on November 11 from 11:45 to 12:45 pm in the SIUC Student Center Auditorium.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
All events are free and open the the public!
2006 Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday - November 9 – 11
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Readings by Donald Platt & Lamar Herrin
Student Center Auditorium
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Festival Reception (sponsored by the SIUC Dept. of English)
Student Center J.W. Corker Lounge
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
— panel discussions, Student Center Auditorium —
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Poetry Panel featuring Susanna Childress, Jennifer Maier,
Donald Platt, & Crystal Williams
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Fiction Panel featuring Kevin Brockmeier, Amanda Filipacchi,
Lamar Herrin, & Roxana Robinson
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Reception and Booksigning featuring all festival readers
Student Center Old Main Lounge
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Readings by Jennifer Maier & Kevin Brockmeier
Student Center Auditorium
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Readings by Susanna Childress & Amanda Filipacchi
Student Center Auditorium
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Readings by Crystal Williams & Roxana Robinson
Student Center Auditorium
The festival is sponsored by GRASSROOTS, SIUC's undergraduate literary magazine.
The Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival is made possible through funding from
the SIUC Fine Arts Activity Fee, the SIUC Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers
Series, and CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.
Monday, October 30, 2006
So I’ll be grading papers all weekend. Yea! Kevin and I were going to come to the Devil’s Kitchen, but he is doing catch up, and I am doing a balancing act (both, for academia).
I am currently working on a manuscript for helping incoming freshmen (Summer Bridge) make that transition from high school to college. For some reason I realized that they go from teenagers to adults in a small span of time (May/June –August). After reading the Freedom Writers Diary we came up with our own, tentatively titled: Our Last Summer: Six Weeks of Writing to Independence. Through journaling they are able to address their fears, concerns, weaknesses, strengths, and discoveries of their goals and dreams. I plan on using this as a learning tool for future Summer Bridge students, in conjunction with IPFW’s Sociology Department, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services, and the Writing Center. They have all been instrumental in the project, and in the development of the students.
(Note: Curtis teaches at his undergraduate alma mater, IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne). His first book of poems, Tough Boy Sonatas, is forthcoming.)
I have totally used CRWROPPS to get my journal pubs. They have all been in E-Zines, and, per Rodney's suggestion, I have used my Mother's maiden name 'Trebellas' as my writer's name. My father always resisted, while my Mother assisted, so I think that's fair. After getting into some electronic journals, I decided to stick with them, mainly because they were interesting to me and a little strange (to my generation). It surprised me how astute some of the editors are--especially the ones who liked my poems ;). If I didn't take the E's seriously before, I do now. A few of them even struck up conversations and I was delighted to have some clever new friends. The transition to print journals seems intimidating. After the MFA, I just wanted to write more poems while I had the momentum. The E-Journals seemed friendly and it was less trouble to click "send" than lick stamps.
I have been taking jobs here and there--doing most anything. I own my old gas station, so I don't need much money, and my health is holding up. I have tried to keep a high level of involvement in writing. I spent two semesters as a kind of guest coach at WIU where I worked with grad students who submitted a creative thesis. This allowed me to get some of my own new poems critiqued. A high point for me was a visit to the CCCC convention in Chicago where I saw Teresa Kramer, and my old subversive friend Dr. Strickland. For now, I want to start entering contests. I have a chapbook ready and have about a third of the poems in it taken. When I get around half of them taken, I'll be ready to send it out along with many dollars.
Hi to everyone! Allison, Jon, Rodney, Judy, and Mag. To my workshop peers, you know I miss you all. Hopefully, I'll see some of you at this years Devil's Kitchen. Ta, you Speedsters! Steve
Sunday, October 29, 2006
2007 FSPA Contest Guidelines
Thursday, October 26, 2006
You can visit Ben at his web site:
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Beauty Rises: Four Lives in the Arts
Commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Illinois Arts Council, this poignant and inspiring film interweaves the compelling stories of four artists in widely divergent mediums living and working in Illinois. Trumpeter and composer Orbert Davis, Carbondale poet and educator Allison Joseph, large scale metal sculptor Dessa Kirk of Chicago, and Albany Park Theatre Project co-founder/co-director Laura Wiley speak candidly about the challenges, sacrifices and rewards of their work, and the importance of “passing the torch” to young and developing artists.
In Chicago, "Beauty Rises" will air twice (on the 12th at 8 and on the 15th at 6 pm. In southern Illinois, it will air on WSIU on the 12th at 11pm. It will also be on the internet at the WTTW website (www.wttw.com/arts).
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Reading from their work will be MFA students Alex Lumens (fiction), Martin Call (poetry) and Will Tyler (poetry). The reading is sponsored by the Graduate Writers Forum and the MFA Program in Creative Writing. All are welcome.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
The first of a series of "In-House" Graduate Student Readings will
happen this October 4th at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the SIUC Student
Center Illinois Room.
Reading from their work will be MFA students/fiction writers Jared
Sexton and Andrew Lewellen, along with MFA student/poet Kerry James
SIUC's undergraduate magazine, Grassroots, will hold its first open
mike reading of the semester on October 5, 8 pm to 10 pm, at the Long
Branch Coffee House, 100 East Jackson Street, in Carbondale.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
For more information:
Rodney Jones will be reading from his new collection, Salvation Blues, at the Southern Festival of Books in Memphis, TN on Sunday, October 15, from 12 noon to 1 pm.
For more information:
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Save these dates:
Fall 2006 MFA Program In-House Readings
sponsored by the Graduate Writers Forum
All readings are in the SIUC Student Center Illinois Room,
Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 pm
Jared Sexton, fiction
Kerry James Evans, poetry
Andrew Lewellen, fiction
Martin Call, poetry
Alex Lumens, fiction
Will Tyler, poetry
Mary Keck, fiction
Helena Bell, poetry
John Flaherty, fiction
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, poetry
Jason Brown, fiction
Jon Tribble, poetry
All readings are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I've checked out the blog and was once again impressed by the great talent SIU's MFA program hosts and has nurtured. I don't know that this news is blog-worthy, but I wanted to share with all of you that I had a doctor's appointment yesterday morning, and the doctor confirmed that I'm pregnant! I'm due May 3rd-ish, and Kevin and I are both thrilled.
We are currently living just outside Chicago, and I've started my fifth year at College of DuPage. I had the opportunity to chair the Creative Writing Committee last year, which was exciting, and I've just become the advisor for the school's literary arts magazine, The Prairie Light Review, this term. The only poet currently on faculty (at least the only one who identifies herself as one--the other retired last spring), I'm also the advisor of the poetry/music club at the college. This place keeps me busy with my interests--I love it here. They have also given me a very kind schedule for the year: I'm teaching 2 Introduction to Literatures online and 1 & 1/2 Compositions online (1 then 2 in the spring), a poetry writing class, and the literary magazine class that produces the magazine for the college's district each term.
Those who are curious about the daddy-to-be will be happy to hear that Kevin's busy with new research projects at the federal halfway house for which he's done research for the past three years (it's run by the Salvation Army) and is teaching graduate research methods for Loyola University in downtown Chicago.
Those who are curious about the goldfish, currently the objects of our affections, will be happy to know that they haven't shown any signs of jealousy. We're all getting along swimmingly.
I probably won't be down to Atlanta for the 10th-year celebration party, but I'll send you an update. I hope you are all happy and well-rested--I'd love to hear your gossip!
Monday, September 25, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
I'm currently Writer-in-Residence/Lecturer at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. I teach Beginning Fiction and Fiction Workshop, and honestly, it's about the coolest job in the world. I have stories in the current editions of
Georgetown Review and Versal and shorts up online at SmokeLong Quarterly and
juked. I also recently received word that a story of mine has been accepted for the inaugural issue of Avery: An Anthology of New Fiction, which is slated to come out in October. Oh, and it's old news by now, but I received a rockin' fellowship in prose earlier this year from the Illinois Arts Council.
You can keep up with Chad at his blog:
Thursday, September 21, 2006
"Chicken Without a Head" will be published in The Journal (Ohio State University)!
Jason's piece will appear in issue 30.2
The Journal's web site: http://english.osu.edu/journals/the_journal
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
at Oklahoma State University:
I like the program, it's friendly, but unfortunately there aren't very
many poets. Film studies and TESL are big programs here and take up
much of the English Dept. My students are polite, and more respectful
as I gain confidence as a teacher, they call me ma'am and I like that.
I worked on "House" quite a bit this summer, sent it out to 3
contests. I'll send it out to more, but it's really expensive, as you
know. I've met Lisa Lewis, but I won't be taking a workshop until the Spring.
Ai is teaching one now, but I'm, instead, taking a seminar on Marianne Moore
& Elizabeth Bishop which I'm really enjoying.
You know, as much as I didn't think I would, I really do miss
Carbondale and my friends there. But I'm doing my best at
making Stillwater & OSU a good place for me.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Ben Percy (MFA '04) has sold his second story collection to Graywolf Press! Congrats, Ben!
Ben also writes:
I sold a story to Glimmer Train.
Ann Patchett will host a "Best American" evening with Symphony Space. She has selected three stories from the BASS 2006 anthology -- among them "Refresh, Refresh" -- to be read by actors and recorded for their Selected Shorts series. If you're interested in knowing more, here's the link--http://symphonyspace.org/-- the event is listed under "Literature." Can't wait.
Visit Ben's website at www.benjaminpercy.com
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Woman Made is a great venue for art by women and is located at 685 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622.
Their website is located
We are proud and happy to welcome Jacinda Townsend and Pinckney Benedict to our faculty at SIUC.
About Pinckney Benedict:
Nationally known fiction writer Pinckney Benedict is the author of a novel, Dogs of God, and two collections of short stories. Among other awards, he is a recipient of the prestigious Nelson Algren Award from the Chicago Tribune, as well as a James Michener Fellowship.
About Jacinda Townsend:
Jacinda Townsend was a 2003–2004 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing and a 2002 Hurston Wright Award finalist. She has published in numerous literary magazines, and her work has been anthologized in O. Henry Festival Stories and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists. A former Fulbright fellow, she is a graduate of both Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
I have a poem in the Tribute to Filipino Poets issue of Rattle.
You can see it here at: http://www.rattle.com/rattle24.php?id=rattle24/default.php. Otherwise, I've been involved in a love/hate relationship with Korea for the past year. Will be coming back to live in the 'dale. All-night poetry salons complete with homemade chocolates, sword-fighting, and seven-course dinners will resume.
We're planning a reception for current students, alumni, and friends to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MFA Program at SIUC.
Hope to see you there,
Monday, September 04, 2006
I recently installed a bar sink in a friend's house, bagged my first Cascade Range volcano summit (Diamond Peak, 8744 ft.), and had a short story, "Fort Sumter", come out in Grain Magazine. Oregon is paradise! Enough said.
Keep those notes coming!
Sunday, September 03, 2006
My latest thangs are getting a creative writing fellowship at Mizzou, and having my chapbook, "Weston's Unsent Letters to Modotti," place as a finalist in The Laurel Review's compeition. John Gallaher was wonderful enough to take a couple of poems from it for TLR, that will be coming out I think in the winter issue.
My chapbook ( is now available from Ropewalk Press. (Check out my blog www.mcguenette.blogspot.com for details). My manuscript Sudden Anthem continues to be a regular finalist: hopefully it won't be too much longer before it catches on for good. I landed a full-time permanent job at Madison Area Technical College, which has been a godsend. The work is great, the students fantastic, and we (my wife Julie and I) get to live in Madison.
Rodney Jones and Mike Magnuson are on well-deserved sabbaticals. Judy Jordan is teaching the graduate workshop in poetry and Pinckney Benedict is teaching the graduate workshop in fiction. Jon Tribble continues as managing editor of Crab Orchard Review.
I hope that current students and alums will contribute to this blog.
MFA Program in Creative Writing