Thursday, January 29, 2009

More Great News from Students and Faculty

First, this news from Rachel Furey, third-year student in fiction:

Dear Allison:

Just wanted to pass along the news that I have a piece coming
out in the Twins and More edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul,
due out this March.

Best Regards,
Rachel Furey

Congrats, Rachel!

Chicken Soup Website

Second, I am happy to announce the publication of my chapbook, Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press, 2009).
Watch this blog for information on a post AWP book release party.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Congrats to Andy McFadyen-Ketchum!

You all are keeping me busy blogging with all this good news! This time, the good word is from third-year poet Andy McFadyen-Ketchum:

Hey Allison, I just got word from Blueline that they'll be taking two poems, "When the Dark Heads of Sleep" and "Tonight." When it rains it pours I guess...

Thanks, keep warm,

Congrats, Andy!



Congrats to Chris Bryson (MFA '07)

The good news just keeps on coming! This time, it's from MFA grad Chris Bryson:

Hi, Allison!

I've got something to brag about at AWP this year. My story "Thirteen
Months Unemployed" has been selected as a Story of the Week at Narrative
Magazine ( It might not be up for a few
months, but people should go there and check back frequently.


Congrats, Bryson! We'll be on the lookout for the story!


Narrative Magazine

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Congrats to Rachel Furey!

Every day I get more good news! This time, the news comes from third-year fiction writer Rachel Furey:

Dear Allison:

I thought I'd pass along the news that my short story "Drowning
Beetles" was one of the 25 finalists in Glimmer Train's
November Short Story Award for New Writers.

Best Regards,

Congrats, Rachel!

Glimmer Train

Monday, January 26, 2009

Acceptances and Honors Abound

More good news from current MFAs--this time from third year poet Kerry James Evans and second-year poet Hannah New:

Georgetown Review accepted "The Bidding," an auction poem.

Georgetown Review

My poem, "Cold Creek" was selected as one of 25 semi-finalists in the Donald Barthelme Prize for Gulf Coast.
Hannah K New

Gulf Coast

Congrats, Kerry and Hannah!

Congrats to Travis Mossotti!

News today from Travis Mossotti, second-year in poetry:


My poem "Funhouse of Mirth" was accepted for publication at Passages North, a journal out of the University of Northern Michigan.


Travis Mossotti

You can't stop that Travis!

Passages North

Poemspotting: Sou'wester Edition

Poems by Stefan Forester (MFA '99) and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (current third-year poet) appear in the new issue of Sou'wester, the national literary journal published by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (our sister school in the SIU system). In addition, the journal includes a review of MFA '04 alum Ben Percy's latest short story collection, Refresh, Refresh.

for more about Sou'wester, visit:

Friday, January 23, 2009

Prairie Fire is Hot for SIUC

Dig this note from Ethan Castelo (MFA '06, fiction):


To ride shotgun on James's news--Prairie Fire accepted my story "Nothing Is Impossible" for their Fall 2009 issue.

I hope all is well with everyone in C-dale.

Take care,

Looks like there's much love for our fiction writers in the Great White North!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Congrats to Andy McFadyen-Ketchum!

Looks like this is the season for acceptances! More congrats in order for current third-year poetry student Andy McFadyen-Ketchum:

Hi Allison,

Sou'wester has informed me that they plan to publish a poem (or a number of poems) of mine in a forthcoming issue, not sure which one(s) yet.

And the River Oak Review took "Proffer Mountain," one of the Mary poems.

Thank you!


River Oak Review

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Congrats to Jake Boyd (MFA '07)

Hi Allison, "New South" is going to take this here yankee's poem, titled 'Divorce', for their spring/summer 09 issue. Welcome news after a 13 month streak of consistent rejection.

Persistence pays!
Congrats, Jake!

New South

more Scoles good news

No stopping James Scoles, second-year student in fiction:

And today I got even more good news... 'The Electricity of
Crime,' a 5500-word short story workshopped in Pinckney's class
last semester, has been accepted for publication in Prairie
Fire. It will be featured in a special 'Winnipeg Fiction
Writers' issue coming out in April.

Huge thanks to Pinckney for pointing out serious flaws in POV;
big hugs to sisters Janelle (awesome reader), Melissa (details)
and Azizat (title). Great, great workshop.

Also, in December Pinckney nominated my work in Prairie Fire
for the Pushcart Prize.

Thanks, and all the best,


Congrats, James!

Prairie Fire

Friday, January 16, 2009

James Scoles news

James Scoles, a current second-year student in fiction, has news to share:

Just wanted to let you know some good news... My story "An Early Grey Cup," workshopped in Beth's class last fall, was just nominated for a 2008 National Magazine Award. "El Juego," a short story workshopped in Beth's class and published in Prairie Fire, has been nominated for The Journey Prize in Canada.

Congrats, James!

National Magazine Awards Canada
The Journey Prize

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rodney Jones Elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers

When told this news, I asked, "Well, what took them so long? Do writers come more southern than our Mr. Jones?"

Details here:

Fellowship of Southern Writers

Monday, January 12, 2009

Poemspotting: Alums and Faculty

New poems by current poetry faculty member Allison Joseph, former poetry faculty member Lucia Perillo, and MFA alum (MFA '06) Michael Meyerhofer appear in the new issue of MARGIE.

Poems by SIU MFA alums Curtis Crisler (MFA '04) and Adrian Matekja (MFA '01) appear in the new issue of Ninth Letter, in this issue's special music feature.

Web Links:
Ninth Letter

Congrats to Travis Mossotti!

Second-year poetry MFA student Travis Mossotti has been one busy poet:

New York Quarterly picked up three poems: "An Apology," "For Years" and "Henry's Blues."

Cream City Review out of U. of Wisconsin Milwaukee picked up "Happens Slowly."

Southern Humanities Review out of Auburn took "Decampment" (a seven page poem for which I owe a serious debt of gratitude to Allison's workshop and many others).

I am also a finalist for the North American Review's James Hearst Poetry Prize (Robert Pinsky judging) for my poem "The Dead Cause," which will be published regardless in the spring.

Thanks for everyone who's helped (both in and out of workshop),

Travis Mossotti

Many congrats, Travis!

Web Links:
New York Quarterly
Cream City Review
Southern Humanities Review
North American Review

Friday, January 09, 2009

Congrats to Judy Jordan!

Hearty congratulations to SIU poetry professor Judy Jordan on being awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry for 2009!

Details here:
Illinois Arts Council

Thursday, January 08, 2009

check out this press release

about third-year fiction student Josh Woods's forthcoming anthology:

Versus press release

Monday, January 05, 2009

Catching Up With Sara Burge (MFA'08)

Some news from Sara Burge (MFA '08, poetry):

The New York Quarterly took three of my poems: "Drive," "Spark," and "Miss Queen City." They have a policy that they only publish one poem per poet per issue, so these poems will be appearing in different issues of NYQ. As of now, I'm not sure when they'll be published, but when I find out, I'll let you know.

Also, I know this is way after the fact, but the reason I wasn't at Devil's Kitchen was because I was invited to read at the faculty invitational here at MSU. It was fun--I read in a big room that was PACKED!! I've never read in front of that many people before, but it was kind of a rush.

Congrats, Sara!

New York Quarterly