Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Alumni Sightings!

MFA graduate (fiction, '09) Renee Evans's story "Strangers" is now appearing in Fogged Clarity:

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

More Love for Justin Hamm (MFA '05)

More good news from MFA '05 grad Justin Hamm:

Hi, Allison.

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."

Be well,

Justin Hamm

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

News and Notes: September 28, 2009

A poem by Justin Hamm (MFA '05, fiction) appears in the new issue of JMWW:
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:
River Styx

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.
The Pinch

Friday, September 25, 2009

Interviewing a Legend

Congrats to first-year fiction writer Katie Darby, who recently had the sublime honor of interviewing country music legend Loretta Lynn!
Details here:
Evansville Courier Press

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Congrats to Kerry James Evans (MFA '09)!

Nothing slows down Kerry James!


Poet Lore took "Grown Men."

All the Best,
Kerry James

Congrats, KJE!

Poet Lore

Grassroots Open Mic Party: Monday September 28

Grassroots, SIUC's undergraduate literary and arts journal, will host an Open Mic Party on Monday, September 28th in the Faner Hall Courtyard. Join the Grassroots staff at 7pm for music, food and poetry and prose readings. Bring your own work to read from, or just come to listen and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Scoles on a Roll

The honors keep coming for third-year fiction student James Scoles:

"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.

Prairie Fire

Congrats to Tim Marsh (MFA '06)!

A note from world traveler Tim Marsh (MFA '06, fiction):

Hey Allison--

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.

Talk later,

Congrats, Tim! on Bali and on the forthcoming publication!

Soliloquies Anthology

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Congrats to Sara Burge!

Sara Burge (MFA '08)'s poem "Smile, Princess" is forthcoming in Margie! Congrats, Sara!


Congrats to Justin Hamm (MFA '05)!

New e-mail from Justin Hamm (MFA '05, fiction) brings this delightful news:

Hi, Allison,

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

Pinckney Benedict Update!

Updates on the career of SIUC fiction writer Pinckney Benedict:

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
Press 53
Appalachian Heritage

Congrats to Shawn Mitchell!

First-year fiction MFA student Shawn Mitchell sends great news this afternoon:

Hi Allison,

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."

All best,
Shawn Mitchell

(online version up soon)
Torpedo Magazine
Torpedo Magazine (Crafty for sale there)

Monday, September 21, 2009

News and Notes: September 21, 2009

Some items of note:

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

Catching Up With Kerry James Evans (MFA '09)

Recently graduated poetry MFA Kerry James Evans (MFA '09) sends this news.


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

Congrats, KJE!

Beloit Poetry Journal
Florida Review

Monday, September 14, 2009

First In-House Reading for Fall Semester

Thanks to Janelle Blasdel for this message:

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.

The Line-Up:
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

Congrats to Travis Mossotti!

Persistence pays for third-year poetry MFA student Travis Mossotti:


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.


Congrats, TM!


Adrian Matejka (MFA '01) profiled in SIUE's student newspaper

Poetry alum Adrian Matejka (MFA '01) is profiled in The Alestle, the student newspaper of SIUE. Adrian is on the faculty of SIUC's sister school.
Adrian's Alestle article

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Congrats to AK Thompson!

AK Thompson (second-year, fiction) served as editor for this newly published book by Matt Bliss:
Sandstone Warrior

Congrats to Ruth Awad!

Congrats are in order for Ruth Awad (first-year, poetry) for her essay just published in Sweet:
Ruth's "In the Skin"

SIUC MFA alums win in 2009 SIWG Writing Contest!

David Bond (MFA '98, poetry) and Alex Lumans (MFA '09, fiction) were winners in the 2009 Southern Illinois Writers Guild contest:
David won second place in the poetry category (plus TWO honorable mentions); Alex won first place in fiction. Congrats, David and Alex!

Results here:
Writing Contest results

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Poemspotting: Adrian Matejka (MFA '01)

Adrian Matejka (MFA '01, poetry) took some time out from celebrating his birthday to appear on Verse Daily:

Verse Daily, Sept. 5, 2009

Congrats and happy birthday, AD!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Congrats to James Scoles!

Third-year fiction writer James Scoles is having a very good day!  Witness the following correspondence:

Hi Allison,

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.



And then later that very same day:


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.



Congrats, James!  Way to make Canada--and Carbondale--proud!


Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Poemspotting: Jason Lee Brown

Poems by Jason Lee Brown (MFA '08) are featured at Somnambulist Quarterly:

Jason Lee Brown