Friday, December 21, 2007

The Chapbook King Returns

These bits of good news arrived in this morning's mail from Michael Meyerhofer (MFA '06, poetry):

" I found out this morning that my manuscript, "The Clay-Shaper's Husband", won the Codhill Press Chapbook Award. The prize is $500 and fifty copies. I know, I know... four chapbooks now, and I'm still trying to get that second full-length book taken somewhere! ;)

I also found out in today's mail that two of my poems, "Peccadillo" and "Samsara", are forthcoming in River Styx! :)"

Congrats, MM! You're on a roll!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Meyerhofer Reviewed in Mid-American Review

Congratulations to Michael Meyerhofer (MFA '06, poetry) for receiving a rave review of his first full-length collection of poems, Leaving Iowa (Briery Creek Press, 2007) from Mid-American Review, the national literary journal headquartered at Bowling Green State University. An excerpt from the review, written by Karen Craigo, the journal's editor-in-chief, reads as follows:

"What is striking about the collection is its unabashed confessionalism. But it is confessionalism that has an effect on the reader--not just the effect of catharsis for the writer, like so many poems that tread into personal black waters. In writing about his own life, the death of his mother, his childhood poverty, his medical problems at birth that left visible marks on him for a lifetime--Meyerhofer offers a brand new way of seeing."

Congrats, MM!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Chapbook Forthcoming for Melanie Jordan (MFA '01)

Great news from Melanie Jordan (MFA '01, poetry)--Melanie's chapbook "Ghost Season" will be published by Ropewalk Press in Spring 2008. This press. located at the University of Southern Indiana, was the publisher of fellow SIUC MFA alum Matt Guenette's chapbook, A Hush of Something Endless.

Congrats, Melanie!

For more about Ropewalk Press, visit:
  • Ropewalk Press
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2007

    Happy News from Jake Boyd (MFA '07)

    Just received this note from Jake Boyd (MFA '07, poetry) about a sonnet of his to be published in an upcoming issue of Measure:

    "It's called "Crow & Winter" and gonna be in the 2008 issue. So I'm stoked. Merry Christmas to you."

    Congrats, Mr. Boyd!

    For more about Measure, look here:
  • Measure
  • Beth Lordan and "Writers on the Road" to read at Murray State University

    Beth Lordan, fierce fiction writer, longtime SIUC creative writing faculty member, and director of the SIUC Irish Studies Program will read at Murray State University on January 9, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery (6th floor, Price-Doyle Fine Arts Building).

    Earlier that same day, a trio of SIUC MFA graduate students--poets Will Tyler and Andy McFadyen-Ketchum and fiction writer Jared Sexton--will read during the Murray State MFA January residency. They will read in Faculty Hall, room 208 from 1-2 pm.

    For more information on Murray State's MFA program, visit
  • Murray State MFA
  • Monday, December 10, 2007

    more on Pinckney and the Pushcart

    Read here about Pinckney Benedict's latest Pushcart Prize, his third:
  • SIUC News
  • Saturday, December 08, 2007

    Congrats to and a Tip from Jason Brown!

    more happy news and a publishing tip from Jason Lee Brown, third-year fiction MFA:

    "Natural Bridge has selected my poem “Why Mr. President Loves Soap Bubbles” for publication in Issue no. 19, guest edited by Mary Troy.

    Check out the submission call for the next theme issue that ends December 31: “The Literature of Place, local or exotic.”
  • Natural Bridge
  • Thursday, December 06, 2007

    Congrats to Tim Shea!

    Third-year poetry MFA student Tim Shea has had his poem "Baseball, 1996" accepted for publication by Poet Lore! The poem will appear in an issue due out in April 2008.
    Congrats, T-Shea!

    Poet Lore:
  • Poet Lore
  • Jason Brown Is a Busy Guy!

    Third-year fiction MFA Jason Lee Brown has been a busy guy this semester! Here's what he's been up to:

    "Third Wednesday has selected my poem “Haruka’s Sestina” for publication.
  • Third Wednesday

  • “Rooster,” an excerpt from my novella, appears in Emerging Writers Network’s Holiday Gift Email that was sent out last week.
  • Emerging Writers Network

  • My poem “The Embittered Muse” that was published in Pearl Magazine last year is now featured in Agora, an online journal of news, opinion, and creative expression written and produced by members of the English Department of Eastern Illinois University. Click on “Poetry Sampler” to read my poem.

  • Congrats, Jason!

    Wednesday, December 05, 2007

    Upcoming Literary Events in Carbondale

    Tonight @ Melange, Reading & Drinking, 7 pm
    607 S Illinois Avenue, Carbondale
    Poetry-Fiction-Drama-Drink Specials-Trivia-Prizes

    The High Life: the Champagne of Poetry
    Allison Joseph presents her English 382B class
    reading from their poetry
    Dec 10, 2007, 4 pm, SIUC Student Center
    Kaskaskia Room

    Both events are free and open to the public.

    Tuesday, December 04, 2007

    Congrats to Carolyn Alessio!

    Former SIUC creative writing lecturer, current Crab Orchard Review prose editor, and all-around friend of the MFA program Carolyn Alessio has been awarded a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts!

    Details here:
  • NEA
  • Congrats to Andy McFadyen-Ketchum!

    Congrats to second-year poetry MFA student Andy McFadyen-Ketchum, whose poem "For the Unspoken" was accepted for publication by Sou'wester, the national literary journal located at our sister university, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

    For more about Sou'wester, visit
  • Sou'wester
  • Monday, December 03, 2007

    Anthology Announcement from Josh Woods!

    The following comes from Josh (J. Dillon) Woods, second-year
    fiction writer--congrats, Josh!

    "The anthology I have been putting together, The Versus
    Anthology, has found a home with the publisher Press 53
    ( The release is set for spring 2009.
    The works in VS will be based on the theme of pitting iconic
    characters/forces against one another. VS has a fantastic list
    of contributors, but there are still a few slots open, so feel
    free to contact me at jw234(at) if you are interested."