Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Congrats for these writers!

Congrats to first-year fiction writer Melissa Scholes Young:

"My poem "My Problem" has been accepted for publication in MO: Writings from the River, the literary journal of Montana State University. It will appear in their Spring 09 issue."

and to third-year poet Kerry James Evans:
"My poem "A Year or More" has been accepted for Agni's website."

Congrats, Melissa and Kerry! Happy holidays to all!

MO: Writings from the River

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Catching up with Clint Cargile and Gillian King (MFA '05)

Good news about Gillian King (MFA '05) via her man, Clint Cargile (MFA '05):

Just wanted to pass along that Gillian's short story, The Dead Kid, is in the Winter 2008 issue of Carve Magazine:


It will also be published in their 2008 anthology sometime next year.

And it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize!

Take care,


Congrats, Gillian! Great to hear from you both!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Pinckney in Sonora Review with "The Beginnings of Sorrow"

And now a message from fiction faculty member Pinckney Benedict:

"Hi, Allison. Just wanted to pass along the news that my long (about 13,000 words) apocalyptic story "The Beginnings of Sorrow" - in which a talking dog is a secondary character - appears in the most recent issue (#54) of Sonora Review, from the University of Arizona, Tucson. It contains the haunting phrases, "The strong will do what the strong will do. And the weak will bear what they must."'

Good going, PB--way to end the world!

Sonora Review website:
Sonora Review

Guenette Quickie

from Matt Guenette (MFA '99, poetry):

My short poem "Commercial Zoning" is up at decomP.

Here's the web address:

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Melanie Martin (MFA '04) featured poet in new issue of PEARL

Melanie Martin, MFA '04, is the featured poet in the new issue of PEARL (#39, Fall/Winter 2009), a national literary journal based in California. Of Melanie's poems, editor Joan Jobe Smith writes: "In some of the most powerful, beautifully-written poems we've ever come across, she lays bare the emotional reality of a life haunted by loss--of lives and relationships destroyed by mental illness, of a beloved grandmother fading into Alzheimers." Nine of Melanie's poems are featured in this issue, along with a beautiful author photo!

Check out PEARL's website at
PEARL website

Check out a poem by Melanie from "Leaving the Ones Leaving:"
Melanie excerpt

Friday, December 05, 2008

more Kerry James news

Just got this from Kerry James Evans (third-year MFA, poetry):

"I just received an email from Jose A. Rodriguez at Harpur Palate: '"Your poem "Soldier's Apology" has been selected as a
Finalist/Honorable Mention for the Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry. As such, we'd like to publish it in our next issue."'

Go, Kerry! Congrats!

Harpur Palate is published in New York at Binghamton University. More about them here:

Harpur Palate

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

SIUC Poets in new issue of RATTLE

Poems by Helena Bell (MFA '08) and Amie Whittemore (current second-year poet) grace the pages of the new issue of RATTLE. Hel's poem is "Dalton's Law," and Amie's is "The Calendar." Amie's poem was an honorable mention in RATTLE's annual poetry contest.

For more about RATTLE, visit

RATTLE website