Saturday, March 31, 2007

Meyerhofer, Chapbook King--

Got this note from the unstoppable Michael Meyerhofer (MFA '06) today:

Hi, Allison. I just found out (as in, 20 minutes ago) that my chapbook, Real Courage, won the Terminus Magazine and Jeanne Duval Editions Poetry Chapbook Prize, judged by Thomas Lux. Prize is 200 copies. :)

Congrats, MM, on your third chapbook!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Allison Joseph wins Writecorner Press Poetry Contest

Allison Joseph's "A Love Note to Teenagers" is the first winner of the Writecorner Press Poetry Contest.
You can find out about this award (and other awards offered by Writecorner Press) at

  • Writecorner Press
  • Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest Winners

    Announcing the Winners of the 2007 Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest
    Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Women’s Studies Program
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale

    Judge Joy Katz, visiting poet at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, has chosen
    to honor the following poets and their poems:

    First place, “the midwife's children,” by Sarah E. Grandt
    Second place, “The Bone Glow of Streetlamps” by Abby Blank
    Third place, “Scattered Stars” by Spring Beck

    Honorable Mentions:
    “Mermaids” by Aaron Deutsch
    “leaving spiro, oklahoma” by Sarah E. Grandt

    First Place, “Barrel Vault” by Alexander Lumans
    Second place, “The Bird World” by Alexander Lumans
    Third place, “After The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” by Alexander Lumans

    Honorable Mentions:
    “Spring Cleaning,” by Tracy Conerton
    “Literary Festival,” by Tracy Conerton

    Please join us on Friday, March 30 at 4 pm in the SIUC Student Center Auditorium
    for an awards ceremony featuring a reading from our judge, Joy Katz, the author of
    Fabulae (Southern Illinois University Press) and The Garden Room (Tupelo Press).
    The winners will also read their award-winning poems. There will be
    a booksigning and reception in the Old Main Lounge after the ceremony.

    The Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest honors the memory of Roxana Rivera, who
    was a poet and graduate student in English at SIUC at the time of her death in 2003.
    Additional support for this contest comes from the Judge William Holmes Cook Endowment.

    Monday, March 26, 2007

    Congrats to Kerry James Evans

    Today I received this good news from first-year MFA in poetry Kerry James Evans:

    Just wanted to let you know I just had two poems accepted for
    publication: "There, Between" in Poet Lore and "Monopoly" in

    Congrats, Kerry! We'll be on the lookout for those new poems!

    Thanks for a great reading!

    Thanks to Matt Guenette '99 and Michael Meyerhofer '06 for a great reading--the first of many alumni readings to come.
    New work by Matt will appear soon--"Nickname Letter" in the next issue of Diagram, "Compound Fractures"
    in the next issue of Sojourn.
    Forthcoming for Meyerhofer: -"Late September" and "Limbic Self-Loathing, Post-Emperor's Chicken" in Arts & Letters.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    Congratulations to Melanie Dusseau (MFA '03)!

    Melanie Dusseau's first collection of poems, The Body Tries Again, has been accepted for publication by Word Press of Cincinnati, Ohio. The book is due in 2009.

    Here's Mel D contemplating her cover options:
    "I'm trying to find out if I can reuse one of those pulp covers from old paperbacks: you know, a
    scantily clad woman smoking a cigarette in a seedy alley with a dangerous stranger lurking behind her?
    She rolls on the wrong side of town! She fell from grace in the big city! And I think it would be fun to
    emblazon that title over a fun piece of pop?"

    That's our Mel D! Congrats, girl!

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007

    Spring 2007 In-House Readings

    Spring 2007 In-House Readings
    Sponsored by the Graduate Writers Forum
    Department of English, Creative Writing Program

    All readings (except for 4/17) are in the Student Center Mississippi Room,
    Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Renee Evans, fiction
    Kerry James Evans, poetry
    Brandon Bond, fiction

    Rachel Furey, fiction
    Martin Call, poetry
    Josh Woods, fiction

    Shanie Latham, fiction
    Will Tyler, poetry
    Rachna Sheth, fiction

    4/17 4:30-5:30 pm, Illinois Room, Student Center
    Jared Sexton, fiction
    Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, poetry
    John Flaherty, fiction

    Mary Keck, fiction
    Sara Burge, poetry
    Andrew Lewellen, fiction
    Jason Brown, poetry

    All readings are free and open the the public.

    Monday, March 19, 2007

    Benjamin Percy (MFA '04) Wins Plimpton Prize!

    from the Paris Review website:

    The Plimpton Prize
    $10,000 is awarded to the best work of fiction published in The Paris Review in a given year by an emerging or previously unpublished writer.

    The 2007 Plimpton Prize will be awarded to Benjamin Percy for his story “Refresh, Refresh” from issue 175.

    The Plimpton Prize honors The Paris Review's longtime editor, George Plimpton, who presided over the magazine for fifty years, until his death in September 2003. The prize will be awarded annually for the best piece of fiction by a newcomer to appear in The Paris Review that year. The prize continues the tradition of the magazine's Discovery Prize, which has been awarded to such writers as Elizabeth Gilbert, Julie Orringer, and Karl Iagnemma.

    Congrats, Ben! You make us proud!

    Alumni Reading--Friday, March 23

    Two alums of the Carbondale MFA Program, Matthew Guenette and Michael Meyerhofer, will read from their chapbooks on Friday, March 23 in SIUC Student Center at 4 pm. This reading is free and open to the public.

    About Matt:

    Matthew Guenette’s A Hush of Something Endless was published by Ropewalk Press in October 2006. A 1999 graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's MFA program, Guenette was an instructor of English at University of Southern Indiana from 1999 to 2002. He currently teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including Passages North, Southern Indiana Review, Diagram, Poetry Midwest and Poems and Plays.

    About Michael:

    Michael Meyerhofer is the author of two chapbooks, Cardboard Urn (winner of the Copperdome Prize) and The Right Madness of Beggars (winner of the Uccelli Press Chapbook Competition). His full-length collection, Leaving Iowa, was the first winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award for Poetry and is due from Briery Creek Press in April 2007. He is the recipent of the James Wright Poetry Prize from Mid-American Review and the Laureate Prize from the National Poetry Review. He teaches at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

    Tuesday, March 06, 2007

    Grassroots Open Mike Reading, March 8

    GRASSROOTS, SIUC's undergraduate literary journal, will sponsor an open-mike reading on Thursday, March 8 at the Longbranch Coffeehouse (100 E. Jackson in Carbondale).
    Come to share and/or listen to original poetry and short fiction.
    This event is free and open to the community.

    Ben Percy on the Radio

    from Ben Percy (MFA '04):

    This Sunday, March 11th, my story "Refresh, Refresh" will be read on National Public Radio as part of the show, Selected Shorts. I don't know if IL carries the program. If not, and if you feel like tuning in, you can listen online -- live -- at many NPR affiliate station web addresses, including this one:

    Monday, March 05, 2007

    What fun!

    It was great to see so many SIUC MFA alums and current students at the annual AWP Conference in Atlanta, GA. Hope we can sponsor another reception soon, if not for the 2008 New York AWP, then definitely for the 2009 Chicago AWP.