Thursday, May 31, 2007

Chad Simpson Update

News from Chad Simpson (MFA '05):

My essay, "The Perseids," which I read at the gala two years back, is out in the Duck & Herring Co. Warm Weather Pocket Field Guide . I also recently got word that I received a work-study ("waiter") scholarship to attend this summer's Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Congrats, Chad!

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference:

  • website
  • Monday, May 28, 2007

    Congrats to Melanie Martin!

    Received this note from MFA program grad Melanie Martin (MFA '04) recently:

    "I wanted to spread the love that I just received a letter from Pearl Magazine editor, Marilyn Johnson, that I will be the invited feature poet for the poetry issue in Spring '08! I'm totally excited about this because they are my "thesis poems." I will receive 10 copies of the magazine, have 15 pgs. of poems and be the featured reader at their publication party. While it's still a year away, I feel honored and pleased to get some lovin' for those poems that I know represent my growth coming from the LBC to C'dale. Thank you, thank you, all of you who read and pushed my poems forward."

    Congrats, Mel M--we'll be looking for the poems in Pearl!

  • Monday, May 21, 2007

    SIUC Poets to Read in St. Louis!

    SIUC MFA poets Sara Burge, Andy McFadyen-Ketchum and Kerry James Evans will read in St. Louis as a part of the annual Hungry Young Poets series at Duff's Restaurant in St. Louis.

    Sara, Andy, and Kerry will read on June 18th at Duff's Restaurant, 392 N. Euclid, St. Louis, MO.
    The reading starts at 7:30 PM. It's $5 at the door, $4 for River Styx members, students, and seniors.

    Thanks to the great folks at River Styx for including SIUC MFAs in the merrymaking!

    More information at
  • River Styx
  • Crab Orchard Review Receives Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards!

    Crab Orchard Review is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards this year!

    The Literary Awards program from the Illinois Arts Council recognizes individual literary works published by journals in the state of Illinois. Each Illinois-based writer receives $1000, and each journal receives $1000 for each recognized work. This year, Crab Orchard Review is proud to announce receiving two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards--one for "Claudia Leaving," a story by Emily Gray Tedrowe and one for "Middle Aged Adam's and Eve's Bedside Tables," a poem by Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein. The winning works appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Volume 11, no.2.

    Congrats to these authors!

    Illinois Arts Council
  • website
  • Sara in Print!

    A note from Sara Burge (second-year MFA, poetry):

    "Just though I'd let you know that my poem "Mirror Ball" just came
    out in Cimarron Review's Spring edition."

    Congrats, Sara!

    Thursday, May 17, 2007

    Fiction Frenzy!

    Chris Bryson (MFA '07)'s first published story, "Sunglasses," will appear in the Fall 2007 issue of the Madison Review.

    "Amtrak," a story by Chad Simpson (MFA '05) appears in the Spring 2007 issue of Blue Earth Review.

    "Mijo," a story by Carolyn Alessio (former SIUC lecturer in creative writing and current Crab Orchard Review prose editor) has been chosen for an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. The story originally appeared in Triquarterly.

    Congrats to all!

    Wednesday, May 09, 2007

    Coming Soon--Young Writers Workshop 2007!

    SIUC's annual Young Writers Workshop, our residential creative writing workshop for writers age 15-18, will be held this June 27-June 30, 2007. There's still plenty of time for your favorite young writer to enroll or for alums/friends of MFA Carbondale to make scholarship donations.

    For more information about the workshop visit:
  • Press Release

  • and
  • Interview with Allison about Young Writers

  • To enroll, visit the Division of Continuing Education
  • Continuing Education
    click on "Youth," then on "Academic Camps."

    To make a scholarship donation, send your check to

    Young Writers Workshop
    c/o Ms. Pat Eckert
    Division of Continuing Education
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Washington Square C
    Carbondale, IL 62901

    Make the check out to "SIUC" and write "Young Writers Workshop" on the memo line.
    We'll name the scholarship after you, or anyone else you please!
  • Poemspotting, Matejka Edition

    Two poems by Adrian Matejka (MFA '01) appear in the new issue of Sou'wester, published by our sister school, SIUE.
    In fact, Adrian will be joining the creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville this coming fall.
    These new poems ("Equality" and "Communication") are from an in-progress manuscript about Jack Johnson, the first black world champion heavyweight boxer.

    About Sou'wester:
  • Sou'wester
  • Welcome Hattie!!!

    A new addition to Liz "Kershner" Whiteacre's home (MFA '02):

    "Our baby girl's name is Hattie Mae, and she was born 5/2 at 5:11 am. She was 6lbs 5oz and 19 1/4 inches long.

    We had her check up yesterday afternoon, and she's already at 6lbs 14oz, so she's already started growing and getting cuter and more entertaining by the day. Kevin and I have been spending our time bonding with her (lots of quiet tummy time that involves lying down and dozing)--he's still got 3 more weeks of family leave (he's already jealous that mine lasts until late August).

    I hope that you all are enjoying a wonderful start to spring and ends of terms, if you're still term-ing.

    Kevin and Hattie send their hugs and hellos too."

    Congrats, Liz and Kevin!

    Friday, May 04, 2007

    Chad Simpson News

    from a note in my e-mail today, from Chad Simpson ('05):

    "I got word today that I'm going to be a Tennessee Williams Scholar in fiction at Sewanee this summer."

    Congrats, Chad!

    About the Sewanee Writers' Conference:
  • SWC
  • Wednesday, May 02, 2007

    from SIUC to VT with Love: A Literary Reading

    In the last few weeks, everyone at Virginia Tech has, of
    course, been in the thoughts of all of us here at SIUC. In
    honor of the victims of those tragic events, their families,
    and to the entire Virginia Tech community, the English
    Department here in Carbondale is sponsoring a reading of works
    by the creative writing faculty at Virginia Tech: “From SIUC to
    VT with Love.”

    This reading will be held on Thursday, May 3rd from 4-5 pm in
    the Mississippi Room at the SIUC Student Center. We hope to raise
    money for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, which will be used to
    cover expenses including assistance to victims and their
    families, grief counseling, memorials, communication expenses,
    and comfort expenses.

    Furthermore, with the unusual emphasis that these tragic events
    have placed on creative writing, the purpose of this reading is
    to present the writing of VT’s faculty – poets and prose
    writers who are dedicated to the art of teaching and to the
    power of the word.

    SIUC faculty and creative writing graduate students will read
    from the work of Nikki Giovanni, Lucinda Roy, Ed Falco, Fred
    D’Aguiar, Katherine Soniat, Bob Hicok, and Jeff Mann. This
    reading is free and open to the public.

  • Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund
  • Tuesday, May 01, 2007

    Ben Percy movie news--part deux

    Got this note from Ben Percy (MFA '04) today:

    "I've signed the contract, so it's official: I'm now a tenure-track professor at UW-Stevens Point.

    Oh, and the "the "Refresh, Refresh" screenplay was accepted into the Sundance lab. This is an invite-only workshop held every June, where five emerging screenwriters work with Redford and other industry veterans for twelve days. James Ponsoldt (the writer/director) and I are feeling very lucky and excited."

    Congrats, Ben, on the job and the screenplay!