Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Literary Happenings in C-dale: Week of February 22, 2010

The Graduate Writers Forum presents readings by four current MFA students: poet Hannah Katie New, fiction writer Nick Ostdick, fiction writer Melissa Scholes Young and poet John Stanford Owen.
4PM SIUC Student Center Kaskaskia Room, Thursday February 25. Free and open to the public.

The staff of GRASSROOTS, SIUC's undergraduate literary and art magazine, presents an Open Mike Party, also on February 25th. Starting at 7 PM, there will be food and music in the Faner Hall Humanities Lounge. Bring your poems and prose to read, or just come listen. Free and open to all.

A Plethora of Good News from Alums and Current Students

So much good news to report from SIUC MFA alums and current students:

Betsy Taylor (MFA, fiction, '99) reports:
My flash fiction, The Chocolate Bar Kid, was accepted by Apparatus magazine, an online publication. The story went up this week, and the url is Apparatus

Tim Marsh (MFA, fiction, '06) says:
February has been a good month. Prick of the Spindle will publish my CNF piece "Getting to Know You" in its next issue (4.1, late March). I've also been selected as the feature poet for the Spring Issue of Litterbox Magazine (please refrain from the obvious joke if you don't like the poems). The poems "Post Grad" and "Adult Supervision, White Horse Beach. 4th of July" will appear in the issue.

Jason Brown (MFA, fiction, '08) writes:
Poetry: In early April, RockSaw Press will publish my poetry chapbook, Blue Collar Fathers, which should debut at the AWP conference, and I have poems in the current issue of the American Poetry Journal (“Advice for the New You”) and Spoon River Poetry Review (“Intersection”) —both poems are in the chapbook.

Fiction: The Literary Review has accepted for publication my short story “Big Cowboy” (a.k.a the penis festival story). And an excerpt “Hognose” from my thesis will appear in the Platte Valley Review.

Editing: I have finished editing, with Jay Prefontaine, the new anthology, New Stories from the Midwest (Ohio University Press), which is slated for a winter 2010/2011 publication. The generous Lee Martin wrote the introduction. I also have to say that the anthology would not have been possible without Shanie Latham, who I can’t thank enough.

Kerry James Evans (MFA, poetry, '09) sends this news:
SIUC alums are well-represented in Copper Nickel's new issue :
Adrian Matejka's "Ego Elevator Music," "Mass Appeal" and "Money Folder"
James Miller's "Ike Turner at the Stackhouse: Clarksdale, MS 1998" and "Evening Train: Skip James, February 1931"
Kerry James Evans' "Mary Magdalene Leaving Jesus" and "Atlanta"

A.K. Thompson (current second-year student, fiction) says:
The Smoking Poet accepted my creative non-fiction piece, "Poor Man's Cocaine ~ or ~ A Question of Tobacco" for publication in their next issue (March 2010), Website: The Smoking Poet

From James Scoles (current second-year student, fiction):
I got word yesterday that my story 'Train Running Through' was a Finalist in Glimmer Train's Open Fiction Contest. Also, huge, huge thanks to Pinckney Benedict for nominating a story of mine (featured in Prairie Fire) for Pushcart Prize XXXV.

From Rachel Furey (MFA, fiction, '09):
I have a couple more for you. Stymie Magazine accepted a piece I wrote back in Carbondale, "Hey, ref, what's up with the mercy rule?" for their Autumn/Winter '10 issue. I also had a short memoir piece,"Directing Frog Traffic," accepted into an upcoming anthology titled A Daughter's Story. A shout-out and thank you to the CRWROPPS list,where I discovered both of these opportunities.

Congrats to everyone on these successes! Thanks for keeping the MFA Carbondale blog lively!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Poemspotting: Amie Whittemore

Current third-year poetry MFA Amie Whittemore's poem "Movement of Heat" appears in the Winter/Spring 2010 (Volume 22, number 1) issue of Sycamore Review .

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Congrats to Kerry James Evans (MFA '09)!

Kerry James Evans (MFA '09) has been one busy poet:

I'm the featured poet for Beloit Poetry Journal for the month of February. So far we've had some good discussion up on the forum: musicality, blues, section breaks, space, distance, landscape and more. I'm looking forward to see where the discussion can go.

Join the discussion at
Kerry James Evans

I also have poems in the current issues of Fugue and The Florida Review and Beloit Poetry Journal just accepted two more poems for publication: "An Empty House" and "Packed in Ice."

Congrats, KJE!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Congrats to Melissa Scholes Young!

Second-year fiction MFA student Melissa Scholes Young has news to share as well:

The editor of Mothering just called to let me know they want my essay, "To Nurse or Not to Nurse" (forgive me, Shakespeare, but Mama needs a new pair of shoes), to be the feature article in their May/June print magazine.
LINK: Mothering

Also, my paper "In Service of the Body: An Academic and Creative Approach to the Interdisciplinary Study" was accepted for presentation at the National Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at Indiana University in March. It's a research paper that resulted in a short story. I wrote it last semester between Dr. Klaver's class and Beth's workshop.

Congrats, MSY! Way to work academia!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Congrats to Brenna Lemieux

Second-year poet Brenna Lemieux writes again from Ireland:

I'm writing to let you know that I'm behaving myself (for the most part) here in Ireland and that I've just heard from
The Connecticut Review that they've accepted the poem "My Father's Moonlilies" for publication in their next issue.

Congrats, Brenna! Someone likes SIUC MFAs in CT!

Storyspotting: Alex Lumans (MFA '09)

Alex Lumans (fiction, MFA '09) has a story in the latest issue of the Greensboro Review (Fall 2009, Number 86). The story is titled "Brainbarn."

Congrats to Tim Marsh (MFA '06)!

Fiction grad Tim Marsh has good news to share:

I had a few acceptances last month. My piece "A Month Before 30, Summit of Signal Hill" will appear in an upcoming edition of The Splinter Generation. The Evansville Review will also publish my CNF story "Discovery Channel" in Issue XX.

Splinter Generation
Evansville Review

Congrats, Tim! Keep the good news coming!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Congrats to Travis Mossotti!

Current third-year poetry student Travis Mossotti continues to place poems in fine magazines:

The Cincinnati Review accepted "One Act: Opening Night" for publication. Also, the Connecticut Review accepted "Too Many Hillsides for the Dead" for one of their upcoming issues. I love snail-mail surprises.

Congrats, TM!

Cincinnati Review
Connecticut Review

Monday, February 08, 2010

Allison Joseph's new book now available

Faculty poet Allison Joseph's latest collection of poems, My Father's Kites, is now available from Steel Toe Books.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Alumni Reading Alert: Melanie Dusseau MFA '03, poetry)

Melanie Dusseau, MFA '03, author of the new poetry collection The Body Tries Again will read from her book at 3 pm on Thursday, February 25th, at the Carlson Library on the main campus of the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. This venue is located at 2801 Bancroft, in the Canaday Center, 5th Floor. For more information, visit
U Toledo Library

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Congrats to Jan La Perle (MFA '06)

Poetry alum Jan LaPerle (aka Jan Matthews) has had a short-short published by Hobart! Congrats, Jan!

Congrats to John Flaherty (MFA '09)

John Flaherty (MFA '09, fiction) writes with new story news:

Hi, Allison -

Just wanted to report that a story of mine went up today on McSweeney's. It is entitled "An Aspiring Club DJ Reluctantly Moves On to Weddings." I'm including the link here, and it is also available on their iPhone app, if, you know, you're into that sort of thing.

Hope all is well!


John Flaherty

Congrats, John!

Words, Photos, Music

A multimedia presentation of a ghazal written by faculty poet Allison Joseph for the re-opening of SIUC's Morris Library can be found here.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Alumnispotting: Sou'wester and Southern Indiana Review

A new poem ("A Mural in the Abandoned Cane Hill Asylum") by Melanie Jordan (MFA '01) appears in the new issue of Sou'wester, the literary journal of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

New poems and stories by SIUC-connected authors appear in the most recent issue of Southern Indiana Review. In this issue, you'll find new poems by faculty poet Allison Joseph and poetry alum Matthew Guenette and a new story by fiction alum Ben Percy.