Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Work by SIUC Writers in new issue of Roger

The new issue of Roger, an art and literary magazine published at Roger Williams University, features the work of two writers with SIUC connections. Third-year fiction writer Renee Evans has a story called "Traverse" in this issue, and Paul Guest (MFA '99) has two poems--"Waiting for the Mail" and "Parts of the Body by Name."

For more information on Roger, visit

To see one of Paul's two poems in this issue, visit
poem will open as PDF

Jon Tribble and Allison Joseph to read at the University of West Georgia

SIUC faculty poets Jon Tribble and Allison Joseph will read from their work at the University of West Georgia on Thursday, October 2. Details here
West Georgia reading

This reading will also be somewhat of an SIUC MFA reunion--teaching currently at UWG are Paul Guest (MFA '99) and Melanie Jordan (MFA '01).

Monday, September 29, 2008

October R&D: Literary Merriment and More at Melange

from Amie Whittemore:

My Dear Fresh Princes and DJ Jazzy Jeffs,

It is time to link your R to your D.

That's right. Reading and Drinking returns for another month of word-laden fun.

The details:

When: Wednesday, October 1st, 2008, 7 p.m.
Where: Melange, 607 S Illinois Avenue, Carbondale
What: The "Skeletons in Your Closet" R&D

So come on out and enjoy three rounds of poetry, prose, plays, trivia, trivial prizes, music and all the sweetness you can pack between two graham crackers.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Congrats to Curtis L. Crisler (MFA '04)

Great news from Curtis L. Crisler (MFA '04, poetry):

"Hi Allison,

How are you doing in C'Dale? I found out I won the Keyhole Magazine
Chapbook Contest. Eugene Gloria picked my manuscript Spill."

Curtis, you're too modest! Congratulations!

Read the words of praise for Curtis's chapbook from final judge Eugene Gloria here:

Keyhole Magazine

Sunday, September 21, 2008

In-House Reading Series: Fall 2008 Schedule

IN HOUSE READINGS: Fall 2008 Schedule
sponsored by the Graduate Writers Forum
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

all readings free and open to the public


AK Thompson (1st year fiction)
Mark Brewin (1st year poetry)
Charlie Lemmink (1st year fiction)


Brenna W. Lemieux (1st year poetry)
James Scoles (2nd year fiction)
Hannah New (2nd year poetry)
Melissa Scholes Young (1st year fiction)


Derand Wright (1st year poetry)
Janelle Blasdel (1st year fiction)
Laura Gross (2nd year poetry)
Justin Benton (2nd year fiction)


Travis Mossotti (2nd year poetry)
Lane Kareska (1st year fiction
Jenna Bazzell (2nd year poetry)

Friday, September 19, 2008

First in-House Reading of the Semester: Wednesday, Sept 24, 2008

First-year MFA students A.K. Thompson (fiction), Mark Jay Brewin (poetry) and Charlie Lemmink (fiction) will read from their work on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 in the SIUC Student Center Kaskaskia Room from 4-5:30 pm.

The reading is free and open to the public.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Jacinda Townsend to speak for Sigma Tau Delta

Jacinda Townsend, graduate faculty in creative writing at SIUC, will speak on the topic of "Writing What You Don't Know: Historical and Foreign-Born Fiction" on Monday, Sept 22, 2008 from 6 to 7 pm at the SIUC Student Center Saline Room.

This presentation is sponsored by the SIUC branch of Sigma Tau Delta.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Congrats to Amie Whittemore!

Amie Whittemore (poetry, second-year) is back with more good news:

"I found out this weekend that two more of my poems have been accepted for publication. Atlanta Review is taking my poem "Visiting" and Bayou is taking "Daughters are such a blessing." I should probably have spent this weekend in Vegas."

Congrats, Amie, on these upcoming publications!

Atlanta Review website:
Atlanta Review

Bayou website:

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Congrats to Joan Dy (MFA '05)!

Joan Dy's chapbook "The Taste of Saltwater" has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. This chapbook was also a finalist in the Slapering Hol and Copperdome chapbook competitions!

Congrats, Joan!

Finishing Line is also publishing a chapbook by Kathyrn Kerr, another SIUC MFA graduate.

Finishing Line Press

Friday, September 12, 2008

Congrats to Amie Whittemore!

Great news from Amie Whittemore (poetry, second-year):

"I am delighted to inform you that I just found out my poem "The Calendar" won Honorable Mention in the RATTLE poetry contest, which means $100 in my pocket and publication in the Winter 2008 issue. Feel free to share and dance a jig. :)"

Congrats, Amie!

Rattle's Website:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Poemspotting: Steve Trebellas (aka Steve Leek) MFA '05

"Sweet Dimes," a poem by Steve Trebellas (aka Steve Leek) MFA '05 (poetry), appears in the current issue of GLASS: A Journal of Poetry.


Glass is now accepting submissions for their next issue:
Submission Guidelines

Congrats to Josh Woods!

from today's e-mail:

"My short story "Small Dead Monkey" will be published in MAIN STREET RAG's anthology about eccentric women. This is the second anthology to feature the Rachel Furey/Josh Woods team-up (or maybe it's just that I'm publishingly stalking Rachel)."

If you're going to emulate anyone, it should be Rachel! Congrats to you both!

Here's information on the anthology both Rachel and Josh will be in:

Main Street Rag Fiction Anthology

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Essayspotting: Melissa Scholes Young

Melissa Scholes Young, a first-year student in fiction, has an essay in the latest issue of Mothering Magazine:

Baby Naming 101

Poemspotting: Kerry James Evans

"Monopoly," a poem by Kerry James Evans (poetry, third-year) appears in the latest issue of Eclipse, a literary journal published in California.

Eclipse has no website, but you can find more about this journal at

New Pages

Monday, September 08, 2008

Good news from Laura Gross!

from an e-mail from Laura Gross, second year MFA student in poetry:

"Just wanted to let you know that my poem "3AM" that appeared in the e-zine Chantarelle's Notebook earlier this year has been selected to be published in their "best of" annual print journal as well. This is one of my older poems that I wrote before starting the MFA program, but I am still excited."

Congrats, Laura!

Here's the issue in which Laura's poem appears:

Chantarelle's Notebook

Sunday, September 07, 2008

New Adrian Matejka poems up at ANTI-

Adrian Matejka (MFA '01) is the featured poet for the literary journal ANTI-

Check out the moves here:

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Schedule for the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival now available!

Here's a press release with the details:

Devil's Kitchen

The Return of Reading and Drinking on 9/10

The long-awaited return!
Reading & Drinking resumes on Wed 9/10/08 at 7pm

Melange, 607 S. Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901

Come hear

Drink Specials

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Illinois Arts Council awards Crab Orchard Review Operating Support Grant

Crab Orchard Review is proud and pleased to announce a grant of $5,610 from the Illinois Arts Council for operational support for Fiscal Year 2009.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Chad Simpson Update

Chad Simpson (MFA '05, fiction) has a "napkin story" up at Esquire's book blog:

Check it out here:
Chad on a napkin