Friday, December 18, 2009
Just got notice that the Valparaiso Poetry Review accepted the poem "My Brother's House" for publication next fall. I was pleasantly surprised to find and read your poem in the current issue.
Congrats, TM, and thanks for noticing!
Valparaiso Poetry Review
Thursday, December 17, 2009
wow. goodness. i got a lovely e-mail yesterday from the River Oak Review asking to publish my poem "What Einstein Saw Before Typing His Theory of Relativity," and after checking my e-mail today (some 19 hours and 1200 miles later...) i got an e-mail from The Pinch expressing their interest in publishing "The Group" and "Our Lady of the Water Glass." what a week. keep it coming.
River Oak Review
Monday, December 14, 2009
I'm happy to report that The Adirondack Review has accepted my poem "And This" for publication!
Also, I was informed this weekend that two of my poems were among the fourteen finalists for the Yellowwood Prize, which Mark ultimately won with his awesome poem.
Good news all around!
The Adirondack Review
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Mark, whose poem was selected for this honor by Beth Ann Fennelly, will receive $500!
Hi, Allison -
Wanted to report that my story "American Soiling Fees" is up at www.the2ndhand.com. The story is quite short, but it involves Ireland, Goldman Sachs, Tatyana Ali, and puking. In other words, it is posted just in time for the Holidays.
Hope all is well,
American Soiling Fees
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Hope your weekend is off to a great start. Just wanted to give word that my story 'True Hair' has just been published in the December issue of Storyglossia. A nifty little interview with me should be on the site as well. It's a great little mag and I'm stoked to have the story there.
Here's the link:
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Hey, Allison. I've had some good luck the past couple months and thought I'd pass these on.
My poems "Westbound Elegy" and "Post Grads" were taken by American Poetry Journal, "Touch" was taken by Los Angeles Review, and "Tattoo Parlor" was taken by Barn Owl Review. Also, "To the President of the American Begonia Society," "Mother’s Day," "If The World" and “Racial Memories” were taken by New York Quarterly. A short story, "The Hero's Wife," was accepted by Planet Magazine. Last, my poem, "Oasis," will be published as an Honorable Mention in the New Millennium Writings poetry contest, judged by Nikki Giovanni.
Hope you're well! Take care,
Congrats, MM! That's a lot of published and forthcoming work!
American Poetry Journal
Los Angeles Review (they like us; they really like us!)
Barn Owl Review
New York Quarterly
New Millennium Writings
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
My Spock poem, "Vulcan Logic," is finally going to see the light of day in Los Angeles Review, and "Metal Concubines" will be published by Juked as one of the finalists in their poetry competition. Those poems have been floating around for a while, so I'm happy they found their homes!
Looks like they like us in LA! Congrats, Sara!
Los Angeles Review
I'm finally writing with some good news. I had three poems accepted for publication over the weekend. Albatross picked up "Breakup on the Guadalupe" and "Elegies and Requiems." And the Los Angeles Review accepted "Capital Wire and Cable, 1968."
Congrats, Will--three poems accepted in one weekend is quite a weekend!
Los Angeles Review
Monday, December 07, 2009
Harpur Palate has accepted "I watched her going into a gas station," for publication. I also found out that my manuscript About the Dead was a semi-finalist for the Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes out of the University of Wisconsin.
U of Wisconsin Poetry Series
Friday, December 04, 2009
Letting you know that Southern Humanities Review picked up two of my poems ("For the Restless Flycatcher" and "On the Eve of My Father's Second Book") for its next issue.
And my story "The Human Moments" that was originally published in Clarkesworld a couple years ago is now coming out this month in the anthology Realms 2: The Second Year of Clarkesworld.
It's also 3 degrees here right now.
Southern Humanities Review
Thursday, December 03, 2009
The poem "Burning Billboards" is up on BOMB's website for the next week, along with a high falootin' Q & A.
Here's the link:
Jake's Q & A
Also, the poem "Meditation at Sunrise" will appear in North American Review this spring, and the poem "Trying to Remember a Hermit Thrush" will be in Hawk and Handsaw. I've got some chapbooks circulating, but I've backed off trying to unleash a full-size book on the unsuspecting world.
North American Review
Hawk & Handsaw
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Apparently, it's my lucky week. It actually snowed in Texas! And I
have the following news to pass along: my short story "After Failing
at Suicide" was a finalist for the 2009 Fulton prize and now appears
in the winter issue of The Adirondack Review. Also, Squid
Quarterly nominated "In front of the Aquarium" for a Pushcart Prize.
All the best,
Congrats, Rachel! Keep the good news coming!
Monday, November 30, 2009
The Yalobusha Review, the literary magazine of the University of Mississippi, has accepted a piece of my nonfiction entitled "Silk Flowers."
My essay "Living and Sometimes Laughing" just came out in the anthology Voices of MS published by LaChance.
And some old and new news. "Guinea Pig," which was published by the New Plains Review, has been nominated for a Pushcart. Alex Lumans found this link online to a video excerpt of Doug Goetsch introducing me and the reading.
New Plains Review
Melissa reading "Guinea Pig"
Congrats, MSY, on everything!
Friday, November 27, 2009
I'll tag onto Janelle's note by letting you know that Main Street Rag is also nominating my story "The Pet Mortician" for a Pushcart Prize.
Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving!
Rachel's story appears in this anthology:
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I just found out that Main Street Rag is nominating my short story "Vampire Crop" for a Pushcart Prize. This is the story that came out last spring in the anthology Dots on a Map.
Main Street Rag's Fiction
Friday, November 20, 2009
I just had a story picked up for publication! My story "A Color Story" will be forthcoming for the Spring 2010 issue of "The Meadowland Review." Good news! What a way to round out this week.
Yeah, Katie! Congrats!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I just found out my manuscript, Eternal Return, won the DeNovo Award through C&R Press!!!!!!
Oh My GAWWWDDD!!!!! (Hyperventilate!)
Congrats, Sara! Catch your breath and go out and celebrate!
"An exercise I designed, "Cul-de-sac: Rescuing Composition Time and Salvaging Inspiration," has been accepted for presentation at AWP's 2010 Pedagogy forum for poetry. I will be presenting FRIDAY, April 9 from 9:00-10:15 AM in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 107.
The annual AWP Conference in Denver will be April 7-10, 2010.
"I wanted to let you know that my story "Machete Maneuvers" has been accepted by Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environment for Issue No. 25 (to be launched around March 2010). The story was workshopped around this time last year, so I have to give a thankful shout-out to Pinckney Benedict and the rest of that workshop, whoprovided comments that proved helpful in revising that story.
Also, my pedagogy paper "Brave Writing: Embracing the Tough Details" has been accepted to be shared at a fiction and drama pedagogy forum taking place at the Denver AWP."
Congrats, Rachel! See you in Denver!
"The characters in a new story of mine, "The Angel's Trumpet," are named Albertus Magnus, Ptolemy Philadelphus, and Cunobelinus Togodumnus. The narrator's named Athelstan Brunanburh. They're all brothers, last name of Goins. It'll be in the winter issue of APPALACHIAN HERITAGE. Their father thought it would be cool to give them all bizarre names."
Congrats, PB, on the forthcoming story!
For My Brother
In addition, a new poem by Michael appears in the latest issue of Atlanta Review. "The First Crush" is featured on page two of the Fall/Winter 2009 issue.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Go Tim! Go Salukis!
Friday, November 13, 2009
If you’re looking to meet some interesting NoCo people and stimulate your brain, head to the Thyme Table in Ferguson this evening for a free reading and discussion by German-born poet Adrian Matejka.
Sponsored by UMSL’s Graduate Writers’ Association and the Northern Arts Council, tonight’s event features some of Matejka’s award-winning work from the 2008 National Poetry Series, as well as an open dialogueon the craft of poetry.
Drinks and light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 7pm. Thyme Table Cafe, 304 S. Florissant Rd, 7:30 – 9pm.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I'm writing fiction again, a little bit. I wanted to let you know about a couple of things in case you want to post it on the MFA bulletin board.
I've had a story, "The Funerals of Important Men," accepted by The Republic of Letters. It won't appear until issue #22, so it's still a ways off. (They're just about to publish issue #20.) Here's the link to the mag:
The Republic of Letters
Another story I wrote, "Notes on Infidelity," just received the Honorable Mention prize for the 2009 Memphis magazine Fiction Contest. (They awarded one grand prize and two honorable mentions this year.) The official announcement gets made in the magazine's December issue, which should come out in two weeks or so. I think the story might be published online in January 2010, but I need to clarify. Here's a little more info about the contest:
Wonderful to hear from you, BT! Congrats on all these accolades!
Congrats, KD! Love that cross-genre action!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Millikin University Literary Festival
Just wanted to let you know that I have a poem--yes, a poem, crazy, right?--entitled: 'to maggie: a girl who I once saw naked in eighth grade during steven hindrich’s pool party and whom I briefly might have been in love with' forthcoming in Anthills. Should be out soon. Thanks.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
I'm fortunate enough to be reading or presenting at three Spirit & Place Festival events next week, and I hope you can make it to one (or all!) of them. This is an amazing festival whose themes are at the center of my creative work and community involvement, so I'm honored to be a part.
On Tuesday, November 10, I'll be reading at "Nature Awakens Creativity," which includes art, music, and writing inspired by Central Indiana Land Trust nature preserves. My poem "Hemlock Cliffs, December 2007" will have improvisational accompaniment by the Indianapolis Women's Chorus. The event is 7-9 p.m. at the Indianapolis Art Center
On Thursday, November 12, I'll be pitching an idea at Pecha Kucha night at the IMA to start an independent book publisher, Pogue's Run Press, in Indianapolis. 10 presenters, and one of them walks away with a $10,000 check to get started. Our focus will be on making books for kids by kids with Second Story and on publishing place-based writing, as well as graphic novels and innovative collaborations with Big Car. Bring your friends. 9-11 p.m at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. A free ticket is required, which you can reserve through the IMA. There's a bar. A good audience helps my presentation (20 slides for 20 seconds each for a total of 6:40). Go to the bar before or after my presentation, not during.
And on Friday , November 13, I'm reading my "Barns" essay along with other Spirit & Place Festival essayists as part of the Made for Each Other event at the Wheeler Arts Community. The reading starts at 7:30, Jim Walker will emcee and facilitate a Q&A at the end, and local band Tonas Triad will play at intermission and after the reading. Second Story is partnering on this, and Big Car and Made for Each Other will have two photography shows, one with cell phone pictures and another with photos shot with disposable cameras by Fountain Square residents. This should be a great Friday night.
And one final pitch: my chapbook, "Dream Wilderness" is available for pre-order. (Scroll down to me). These poems started in graduate school and lived in the woods for awhile, so I'm happy to see them in print soon.
Finishing Line Press
Congrats, KMK, on all this activity!
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Fiction alum Justin Hamm (MFA '05) is also in the same issue:
The Secret of Healers and Monsters
Love it when SIUC alums/current MFAs are in the same journal!
Friday, November 06, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
to Travis Mossotti on the acceptance of his poems "Saxifrage" and "A Piece of Advice" for publication by Roger, the literary journal located at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Roger has a fondness for SIUC writers! Check their guidelines here:
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
My poem "After the Snowmelt" (a poem that ran through your workshop) has been accepted at the Greensboro Review for their
spring 2010 issue.
You can't stop the Mossotti, nor can you hope to contain him!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
“The Hill Woman’s Rant” and “The Trouble with Genealogy” forthcoming in Big Muddy, A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley
“Song of Songs” and “Egrets in Abundance” in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment,XVI, No.2, Spring 2009
Second year poetry MFA Katie Zapoluch will read in Chicago as part of this upcoming special reading:
NEW VOICES: UKRAINIAN AMERICAN WRITERS
With keynote speaker Irene Zabytko and poets Sonya Arko, Petrusia Duncan, and Katie Zapoluch
Saturday, November 7, 7:00 PM
The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Ukrainian American Writers
Fiction alum Andrew Lewellen (MFA '08) sends this news:
This Wednesday, November 4th, I will be reading at RUI: Reading Under the Influence, a monthly reading series here in Chicago that was the Chicago Reader's 2009 pick for Best Reading Series. At the event, folks read published work, original work, and trivia.
RUI takes place at Sheffields (3258 N. Sheffield) from 7-9 pm. There is a $3 cover charge.
I'll be reading from my--honestly--nearly-completed novel. It would be great to see some SIU people there!
Check out these links for more info:
Reading Under the Influence
Monday, November 02, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Congrats to Rachel for the publication of her story "When Your Wet Suit Fails" and to Tim for the publication of his essay "Mile One." In addition, an essay by Ira Sukrungruang appears in the issue (Ira was an SIUC undergrad and an editor of Grassroots during his time in Carbondale).
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Aside from finding out I'm a finalist for the Southwest Review's Morton Marr Poetry Prize, I just got news that my poem "Only Then" will be featured in the Cigar Lounge section of the The Smoking Poet (an online journal for lovers of cigars and literature). Ha!
Morton Marr, Southwest Review
The Smoking Poet
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Recent publication news from Ben Percy (MFA '04, fiction):"Go the Distance: What Rocky Taught Me About Submission" in Poets & Writers, Nov/Dec 2009 (print edition only)"The Disrespected" an article about Stephen King and his new novel Under the Dome, in the Nov/Dec issue of Esquire"The Tree" in the fall 2009 issue of EcotoneOh, and the graphic novel adaptation of Refresh, Refresh -- co-authored by James Ponsoldt and illustrated by Eisner-nominated artist Danica Novgorodoff -- came out this October with First Second Books (a division of Macmillan).Congrats, Mr. Percy!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
From second-year poet Mark Brewin:
just got a happy little note in my e-mail. my poem "On Peeling Skin" has been accepted for publication in Iron Horse Literary Review. nice.
From alum Justin Hamm (MFA, fiction, '05):
Just wanted to drop a line to let you know that I'll have new fiction,"The Secret of Healers and Monsters," in next month's Hobart online.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Bending the Bow
The readers this time are
Rick Pechous, second-year fiction writer
Katie Zapoluch, second-year poet
Brenna Lemieux, second-year poet
Janelle Blasdel, second-year fiction writer
Readings are free and open to the public!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Hi, Allison -
My story "The Dog-Gone Dog is Gone" appears tomorrow Wednesday 10/14 on cellstories.net. If you go to the website, it will tell you to pull up the page on a web-enabled phone (turns out there is even an app for Flaherty!). So, to read the story you must do so on a phone -- it's, like, their thing.
Yes, it is semi-hip. And yes, it is slightly annoying. I apologize. Think of it as reading a really long and really well-written text message from me.
My story is up all-day Wednesday and this weekend in the weekly recap.
Hope all is well,
Just got the news I'll be joining Brenna in an issue of Salt Hill. My poem "My ignorance astounds me far too often" was accepted for publication.
Congrats to you both!
Salt Hill Journal
Monday, October 12, 2009
October 15, 2009
Community Poetry Circle, 3-5 pm
Poetry readings with community poets
Rustle Hill Winery, Makanda, IL
Bending the Bow Poetry Reading, Book Signing and Refreshments
6-9 pm, SIUC Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium
October 16, 2009
Bending the Bow Museum Reception with Lawrence Sykes, artist
Gallery talk by Lawrence Sykes at 5 pm
SIUC, University Museum, Faner Hall
Poets participating during the celebration are Daniel P. Kunene (professor emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Rashidah Ismaili (widely anthologized author of short stories, plays and poetry). Father Joseph Brown (director of Black Studies at SIUC and author of a new poetry collection, The Sun Whispers, Wait) and Allison Joseph (director of the MFA Program at SIUC).
Irish Studies conference
NB: Beth sends this correction to what appears in the article above: "Just in case you're dying to attend the poetry reading on Friday night, it's actually in the Harry T. Moore Auditorium, rather than in the Glove Factory."
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 29 - 31
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
8:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Readings by Sebastian Agudelo and Fred Leebron
Student Center Auditorium
9:15 - 10:00 p.m.
Festival Reception (sponsored by the SIUC Dept. of English)
Student Center J.W. Corker Lounge
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
- panel discussions, Student Center Auditorium -
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Poetry Panel featuring Sebastian Agudelo, Eugene Gloria, David Kirby, and William Notter
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Fiction Panel featuring Jane Alison, Fred Leebron, L.E. Miller, and Donald Ray Pollock
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Readings by William Notter and L.E. Miller
Student Center Auditorium
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Reception and Booksigning featuring all festival readers
Student Center Old Main Lounge
5:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Readings by Donald Ray Pollock and David Kirby
Student Center Auditorium
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Readings from the new CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, “Color Wheel: Cultural Heritages in the 21st Century”
Student Center Auditorium
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Readings by Eugene Gloria and Jane Alison
Student Center Auditorium
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE -- Sebastian Agudelo
Sebastian Agudelo was born in Mexico City, and he earned his MA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His poetry collection, TO THE BONE, was selected by Mark Doty as the winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize in 2008, and he is also the author of the artist collaboration book ON COLLECTING, published by Shandy Press. His poems have in appeared in numerous periodicals including LUCID STONE, BELLINGHAM REVIEW, MUVFAGGE, and KARAMU, and his translations of Robert Lowell and Frank O’Hara have been published by EDICIONES EL EQUILIBRISTA. Agudelo has taught at Temple University, Drexel University, and The University of the Arts, and this Fall he’s offering a poetry workshop for the MFA program at Rutgers.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE -- Jane Alison
Jane Alison was born in Canberra, Australia, and spent two years in Australia as a small child, growing up mainly in the United States as a child of diplomatic parents. She attended public schools in Washington, D.C., and then earned a B.A. in classics from Princeton University in 1983. Before writing fiction, she worked as an administrator for the National Endowment for the Humanities, as a production artist for the Washington City Paper, as an editor for the Miami New Times, and as a proposal and speech-writer for Tulane University. She also worked as a freelance editor and illustrator before attending Columbia University to study creative writing.
Her first novel, THE LOVE-ARTIST, was published in 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and has been translated into seven languages. It was followed by THE MARRIAGE OF THE SEA, a New York Times Notable Book of 2003. Her third novel, NATIVES AND EXOTICS, appeared in 2005 and was one of that summer's recommended readings by Alan Cheuse of National Public Radio. Her latest book is a memoir, THE SISTERS ANTIPODES, published in 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It was a PEOPLE Magazine Editor's Pick and has also been published in Australia and the Netherlands. Her short fiction and essays have recently appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES; INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE; TRIQUARTERLY; YOU Magazine; and FIVE POINTS. She has also written several biographies for children and co-edited with Harold Bloom a critical series on women writers. She teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Programs at the University of Miami and at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE -- Eugene Gloria
Eugene Gloria was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in San Francisco, California. He earned his BA from San Francisco State University, his MA from Miami University of Ohio, and his MFA from the University of Oregon. He is the author of two books of poems: HOODLUM BIRDS, published in the Penguin Poets Series in 2006; and DRIVERS AT THE SHORT-TIME MOTEL, which was selected for the 1999 National Poetry Series and the 2001 Asian American Literary Award. Gloria’s poems have appeared widely in journals, including PLOUGHSHARES, PRAIRIE SCHOONER, and THE GETTYSBURG REVIEW. He has received a Fulbright Fellowship, an artist grant from the San Francisco Art Commission, 96 Inc.’s Bruce P. Rossley Literary Award, and the Poetry Society of America's George Bogin Memorial Award. He has been a scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaíso in Spain, and at Le Château de Lavigny in Switzerland. He currently teaches creative writing and English literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE -- David Kirby
David Kirby is the winner of the 2009 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry for his collection of poems THE TEMPLE GATE CALLED BEAUTIFUL. He is the author or co-author of twenty-nine books, including the poetry collections THE HOUSE ON BOULEVARD ST.: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, THE HA-HA, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHT, and THE TRAVELING LIBRARY, and essay collections, including WHAT IS A BOOK? and ULTRA-TALK: JOHNNY CASH, THE MAFIA, SHAKESPEARE, DRUM MUSIC, ST. TERESA OF AVILA, AND 17 OTHER COLOSSAL TOPICS OF CONVERSATION. He has received many honors for his work, including the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and his work appears frequently in the BEST AMERICAN POETRY and PUSHCART PRIZE volumes. David Kirby has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Florida Arts Council. His poetry has appeared in many publications, including THE KENYON REVIEW, THE SOUTHERN REVIEW, and PLOUGHSHARES. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Kirby also writes regularly for THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, and CHICAGO TRIBUNE. He currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida, where he is a member of the creative writing faculty at Florida State University.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE -- Fred Leebron
Fred Leebron has been a faculty member at Gettysburg College since 1997. He is also program director of the master's in fine arts in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves as curriculum director of the Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop at Hollins University, Virginia.
He has received several writing awards, including a Pushcart Prize, a James Michener Award, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and an O. Henry Award. Leebron received a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, a master's from the Johns Hopkins University and a master's in fine arts from the University of Iowa.
Fred Leebron is the author of three novels: SIX FIGURES (which was made into a movie featured at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005), IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS, and OUT WEST. He also co-edited POSTMODERN AMERICAN FICTION: A NORTON ANTHOLOGY and co-authored CREATING FICTION: A WRITER’S COMPANION. His work has also appeared in magazines and anthologies such as TIN HOUSE, DOUBLETAKE, GRAND STREET, PLOUGHSHARES, NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, TRIQUARTERLY, FLASH FICTION, MORE, and REDBOOK. A new long story of his, “Life in Wartime,” has been optioned, and he is currently working on its novelization so that it can be made into a feature film.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE -- L.E. Miller
L.E. Miller has published short fiction in THE PEN/O. HENRY PRIZE STORIES 2009 (for her story "Kind," which was originally published in THE MISSOURI REVIEW); SCRIBNER'S BEST OF THE FICTION WORKSHOPS 1999, edited by Sherman Alexie; and twice in CALYX. Miller holds an MA in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Newbury, Massachusetts, and is at work on a collection of short stories.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE -- William Notter
William Notter won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award for his collection HOLDING EVERYTHING DOWN, which was published by Southern Illinois University Press in Fall 2009. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nevada Arts Council, and Sierra Arts Foundation, and was awarded the Walton Fellowship twice from the University of Arkansas program in creative writing. His chapbook, MORE SPACE THAN ANYONE CAN STAND, was published as the 2001 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize winner from Texas Review Press. His poems have appeared in ALASKA QUARTERLY REVIEW, AGNI ONLINE, ASCENT, THE CHATTAHOOCHEE REVIEW, CONNECTICUT REVIEW, THE MIDWEST QUARERLY, SOUTHERN POETRY REVIEW, WILLOW SPRINGS, the anthology GOOD POEMS FOR HARD TIMES, and on NPR’s THE WRITER’S ALMANAC. He received a BA from the University of Evansville and an MFA in poetry from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and he has taught writing at Grand Valley State University and the University of Nevada, Reno.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE -- Donald Ray Pollock
Donald Ray Pollock is the winner of the 2009 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose for his collection of stories KNOCKEMSTIFF. His work has appeared in, or is forthcoming in THE NEW YORK TIMES, THIRD COAST, THE JOURNAL, SOU’WESTER, CHIRON REVIEW, RIVER STYX, BOULEVARD, FOLIO, and THE BERKELEY FICTION REVIEW. Donald Ray Pollock was born in 1954 and grew up in southern Ohio, in a holler named Knockemstiff. He dropped out of high school at seventeen to work in a meatpacking plant, and then spent thirty-two years employed in a paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio. Currently, he is a graduate student in the MFA program at Ohio State University and still lives in Chillicothe with his wife, Patsy, a high school English teacher. He hopes to someday teach fiction writing.
He is currently at work on a novel set in 1965, about a serial killer named Arvin Eugene Russell.
The festival is sponsored by GRASSROOTS, the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Department of English’s undergraduate literary magazine. The Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival is made possible through funding from the SIUC Fine Arts Activity Fee, the SIUC Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, and CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Hi, Allison --
I just found out that my poem "Limen" will be appearing in the next issue of Salt Hill. I have no idea when it's coming out, but I'd guess next spring or summer or something.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Two of my poems, "This is Not to Say" and "Portrait from a Negative, 1979," were accepted for publication in New South. They should appear in the spring 2009 edition.
Thanks so much!
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
When: October 6, 2009
Where Big Muddy Room, SIUC Student Center
This month Reading and Drinking, aka R&D, goes tribute mode. Did you know that Randy "Macho Man" Savage is a graduate of SIU? Pay him homage on Oct 7 at 7:30 pm at the Mississippi Flyway. There will be the usual literary readings, trivia contests, and drink specials. Mississippi Flyway is in the Murdale Shopping Center (1925 W Main, Carbondale).
SUNY Writers' Forum
Allison Joseph will read from her poetry at the University of Indianapolis on Oct 7:
Kellogg Writers' Series
Monday, October 05, 2009
The readers this time are
Rick Pechous, second-year fiction writer
Katie Zapoluch, second-year poet
Brenna Lemieux, second-year poet
Janelle Blasdel, second-year fiction writer
Visiting on October 23, 2009 will be writers from the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Missouri. That reading will take place in the SIUC Student Center's Mississippi Room at 5:30 pm.
(Thanks to Janelle for this information!)
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
In this reading and presentation, author and editor Joanna Beth Tweedy will discuss with readers and writers not only the publishing process but also the promotion process that takes place before and after the contract is signed, sharing tips on everything from gaining the attention of an agent or editor, selecting a press, getting a book into stores, and conducting readings and signings. She will also read from her novel, published this year by Southeast Missouri University Press and titled The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas.
Tweedy is a native of Murphysboro, and her poetry and fiction have been published in literary journals and anthologies and have received honors from Glimmer Train, the Southern Women Writers Conference, Alsop Review, the Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest, among others. She has taught creative writing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Illinois Springfield, and she is presently an associate dean of academic affairs at Benedictine University in Springfield, where she is also the founding editor and host of Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (MFA '09, poetry) is looking forward to the publication of several book reviews: "Looks like Rattle will be publishing my review of Kristin Bock's Cloisters online (a great way to get free books by the way!) at Rattle on October 10. And Third Coast will be publishing my review of Michael McGriff's Dismantling the Hills in their Spring 2010 issue."
Ben Percy (MFA, fiction, '04) reads at Bowling Green State University tomorrow:
BGSU Visiting Writers
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I just found out that Four Branches Press, a small press out of St. Louis set to publish their inaugural issue in the spring of 2010, are going to use three of my poems, "illinois route 3," "the autobiography, nearly," and "regret against the backdrop of autumn."
P.S. I'm a little embarrassed to be emailing again after you've already been kind enough to celebrate my successes twice in the last week.
No need to be embarrassed! Just a need to celebrate! Congrats, Justin!
Four Branches Press
Monday, September 28, 2009
the electric widower
Travis Mossotti, third-year poetry MFA, had his poem "Inside the Skull" chosen as an honorable mention in the 2009 River Styx International Poetry Contest:
This Wednesday (9/30), we will be holding our second In-House Reading of the semester from 4-5:30 in the Missouri River Room, located on the second floor of the SIUC Student Center.
And here are the charming readers:
Ruthie Awad (1st year Poet)
Leslie Adams (1st year Poet)
A.K. Thompson (2nd year Fiction)
Brooks Rexroat (2nd year Fiction)
"Arachne's Tapestry," a poem by Kerry James Evans (MFA '09), appears in the new issue of the Pinch, the literary journal of the University of Memphis.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
"I've been invited to be the featured reader at the fall launch of the new Prairie Fire issue--featuring my short story "The Electricity of Crime.'" The reading is on the evening of November 5th in Winnipeg.
Hope you guys are having an easy autumn. I really miss that time of year back there. So I'm working in Bali for a while (if you can call it work) and having quite a wonderful experience. Wanted to let you know that my piece "January, Newfoundland" will appear this fall in the Soliloquies Anthology out of Concordia University. I got word yesterday, which I guess would make it your today, or something.
Congrats, Tim! on Bali and on the forthcoming publication!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Hope everybody in C-dale is enjoying the first days of fall. Just wanted to drop a line to let you know that The Chaffey Review is going to use four poems of mine, "What I Have Learned of Grieving," "Sunrise Subterfuge (in the first person)," "Holyghosts," and "Study in Contrast," in their Fall 2009 issue.
All the best,
Four poems at once? Score! Congrats, Justin!
The Chaffey Review
Look for THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR #20 (ed. Stephen Jones), which contains twenty-one pieces, among them his long apocalyptic story "The Beginnings of Sorrow."
AND, I quote Mr. Benedict here:
"My new collection of stories (and it's a big one: 14 pieces and 80,000+ words of fictiony goodness at last count) will be published in May 2010 by my good friend Kevin Morgan Watson at Press53. It will be called MIRACLE BOY AND OTHER STORIES. And we have a kick-ass cover photo.
It'll be my first volume in 15+ years. Kind of like Halley's Comet - don't miss it or you might not live long enough to see the next one!"
Press 53 will also publish Surreal South '09, edited by Laura and Pinckney Benedict!
In addition, PB will be a featured author in Appalachian Heritage Magazine in March 2010!
Website of Stephen Jones
My short short "Other People's Houses" has just been published in the print edition of Crafty Magazine, an online arts magazine based out of Melbourne, Australia.
There will be an online version of the magazine up later this year, and the editor is looking for more short prose pieces, poems, and art of any medium that revolve around this issue's theme, "Around the Campfire."
(online version up soon)
Torpedo Magazine (Crafty for sale there)
Monday, September 21, 2009
Crab Orchard Review has received a Illinois Arts Council Program Grant for Fiscal Year 2010 in the amount of $4300. Given that the arts council has suffered tremendous budget cuts recently, it's quite amazing to have received that amount. Kudos to Jon Tribble for writing the grant proposal.
Poems by Paul Guest (MFA '99) appear in the new issue of BOMB (Number 109, Fall 2009). The poems ("Above" and "Invitation") are in Bomb's Literary Supplement.
"Mr. Blues," Allison Joseph's poetic tribute to the unsung early R&B singer Wynonie Harris, appears in the new issue of North American Review.
Fiction faculty member Pinckney Benedict's graphic fiction "Orgo Vs. The Flatlanders" appears in the new issue of the Idaho Review.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Beloit Poetry Journal has asked me to be their featured poet for their blog for the month of February. Also, Florida Review accepted "Lilacs and Razor Wire."
All the Best,
Kerry James Evans
Beloit Poetry Journal
Monday, September 14, 2009
This Wednesday (9/16) marks the day of our very first In-House Reading. Please come out and join us in the Missouri River Room in the Student Center from 4 to 5:30.
Mark Brewin (2nd Year Poet)
Katie Darby (1st Year Fiction)
John Owen (1st Year Poet)
Nick Ostdick (1st Year Fiction)
From here on out, we'll be holding these readings every other Wednesday through October -- same time, same place.
Hope to see you there.
Friday, September 11, 2009
RHINO has accepted two poems for publication: my title poem "About the Dead" and "Form" will be out sometime in 2010.
FYI: those two poems were rejected a combined 83 times. How's that for diligence.
Adrian's Alestle article
Thursday, September 10, 2009
David won second place in the poetry category (plus TWO honorable mentions); Alex won first place in fiction. Congrats, David and Alex!
Writing Contest results
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
My short story 'To Cook an Egg Gently' just won Third Prize in Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award. Of course, the 300 clams are Very Much Appreciated.
My poem, The Broken Cookies, has been shortlisted for Arc's Poem of the Year Award (Canada). In addition to being in the running for the $1500 First Prize, The Broken Cookies is also up for the Reader's Choice Award. These poems will be posted on the Arc website next week, and readers will be able to read the poems and vote; I won't ask that anyone do so, but c'mon, help a Canadian out, eh.
I humbly thank Allison and her workshop for their help and guidance.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
from Amy McKenzie, this year's editor:
Grassroots Undergraduate Literary Magazine will be hosting an Open Mic and Introductory Party Monday, August 31st at 7:00pm in the Faner Courtyard. We’ll have live music and delicious food! This is open to the public, so feel free to bring friends, family members, acquaintances, and whoever else you would like to! Also, don’t forget to bring your work to read!
Reading & Drinking, aka R&D, finds a new home at Mississippi Flyway this semester. First Wednesday of each month at 7PM, there will be readings--poetry, fiction, and drama--plus drink specials, trivia and prizes. Come out and support the merriment at the Murdale Shopping Center (1925 W Main St Carbondale, IL 62901-2167).
Saturday, August 29, 2009
and to Kerry James Evans (MFA '09) whose poem "Leaning in from the Sea" was accepted for publication by Beloit Poetry Journal.
Beloit Poetry Journal
Congrats, you two!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"So, my poem "At the Range" has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming James Brown-themed anthology Say It Loud!
I can't think of a better theme, so I'm hugely excited about this. And I wouldn't have know about this James Brown anthology were it not for your listserv, so many thanks for that opportunity.
Also, as of today, I have two adjunct english teaching jobs: 1) teaching two classes at the Community College of Denver, and 2) teaching one class at Johnson and Wales University.
Now I have to go searching for a third job."
Good luck, Alex! And congrats to your bad self!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
the end is nigh
Saturday, August 15, 2009
and to Mark Brewin, second-year poetry MFA student, who writes, "New Letters has selected my poetry manuscript as a finalist in their 2009 Poetry Contest."
Way to make Mama proud, guys!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Our annual "breakout session" during the English Department's Pre-Semester Workshop will be on Thursday, August 20. This year, the breakout sessions will be preceded by a reception for all graduate students at 3:15 in the new library's Special Collections Room. Then, at four, we'll head to Faner Hall 1222 for our session.
I will have gifts and food for all!
Friday, August 07, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Joel is now on the faculty at the University of Alabama, but he's remembered fondly in C'dale.
Hungry Young Poets, St. Louis, MO:
Hungry Young Poets, STL
Rattle Summer Reading and Release Event, Santa Monica, CA:
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Allison will attend the award ceremony in Detroit on October 3, 2009. Among the other writers in attendance that night will be SIUC MFA grad Curtis L. Crisler.
In terms of the award itself, there's a cash prize of $500 and the 2010 issue of the journal Reverie: Midwest African American Literature will be dedicated to Allison's work.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Southern Indiana Review
Adrian Matejka (MFA '01) will read from his poems on Saturday, August 1 in Chicago as part of Word: Across Generations along with Quraysh Ali Lansana, Angela Jackson, FM Supreme and Kevin Coval, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Perry Mansion Cultural Center in Englewood, 7042 South Perry Ave, Free. Open to the public. Reservations are recommended and can be made online, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 312.422.5580. Each of the poets will perform their work and participate in a post-performance conversation, moderated by spoken word artist Kevin Coval about the power of words. This program is part of The Public Square’s "Looking for Democracy Through the Arts," made possible in part by the Woods Fund of Chicago.
Also, click here for a radio interview Adrian did with poet Kevin Coval:
Curtis Crisler (MFA '04, poetry)'s new book, Pulling Scabs, is now available for purchase from Aquarius Press:
Aquarius Press Order Site
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
My poems have or will appear in the "Iguana Review" and "Not A Muse: the inner lives of women, a world poetry anthology" -- both of which I heard about through your CRWROPPS list. I so appreciate it. I hardly send anything out these days, but your e-list makes it both easier to think about submitting and almost shameful not to.
Not A Muse
Teresa's Writing Center Bio
I just received my issue of New England Review--a humbling and rewarding gift. Also, I've had two acceptances this month: Fugue accepted "Colloquium" and The Comstock Review accepted "Junking Your First Car."
All the Best,
Congrats, Kerry James!
I was offered (and accepted) the Managing Editor position at River Styx. Allison, I'll add my thanks to you for CRWROPPS because I wouldn't have known about this position without it.
Congrats, Shanie! The folks at River Styx are getting a real gem!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Congrats to all!
Spoon River Poetry Review
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Hope Young Writers went well. Some news on the nonfiction front: My essay "Drowning" will appear in the 2010 issue of Words and Images. Also, my story "Impetus for a Sketch" did in fact make the cut for the summer issue of The New Quarterly, which will be out in mid-July sometime.
All the best,
Words and Images
The New Quarterly
Fiction writer (MFA '09) Rachel Furey's prize-winning story "Birth Act" is now out in the new issue (Summer/Fall 2009) of Sycamore Review:
Fiction alums Josh Woods (MFA '09) and Rachel Furey (MFA '09) have stories in new fiction anthology, XX Eccentric, just published by Main Street Rag:
Monday, July 06, 2009
"Found out Sudden Anthem was voted a 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the Wisconsin Library Association. SIU goodness marches on..."
Wisconsin Library Association
Friday, July 03, 2009
I am pleased to announce that my poem "Burning Down the Camper" has been selected as one of the finalists for the Guy Owen Prize at the Southern Poetry Review. The prize is $1,000 dollars, and I will find out the outcome no later than the first week of August. Fingers crossed...
Pretty good for a kid from Jersey, eh? Congrats, Mark!
Southern Poetry Review
Thursday, July 02, 2009
I wanted to let you know that I've been awarded a one week writing residency to Writers in the Heartland in September. A week alone at a spa with vegetarian meals sans bebes? Yeah, I can do that.
Writers in the Heartland
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I won a scholarship to the DePaul Summer Writing Conference, July 17-19. My essay, "My First Time in Japan Visiting In-laws" was chosen as the judging committee’s favorite. Along with the scholarship, I’ll be giving a reading as part of the conference’s closing session at the Chicago Public Library’s Pritzker Auditorium. If not for CRWROPPS, I wouldn’t have even known about this.
You are welcome, Jason! As the moderator of the CRWROPPS list (aka Creative Writers Opportunities List), I'm always happy to hear when folks succeed with information they've gotten from the list. As SIUC's MFA program director, I'm doubly pleased to hear one of the scholarship winners is from the ranks of our alums! Congrats, Jason!