Friday, April 30, 2010

Discover Paul Guest!

Terrific news for Paul Guest (MFA '99, poetry). His memoir, One More Theory About Happiness, has been chosen for Barnes & Noble's "Discover Great New Writers" Program.

You can pre-order Paul's latest here:

One More Theory About Happiness

Congratulations, Paul!

News from Alex Lumans

Alex Lumans (MFA '09, fiction) sends this news:

I have a story called "Wands" in a new anthology called Three Times Daily that just got launched a week ago at the Cuirt Book Festival in Galway, Ireland. It features writing from all of the graduates of the NUIG Masters in Writing program (and somehow I burgled my way into its pages, too).

There's no real link for it yet, but here's the best I can do:

A Profile of Judy Jordan by SIUC's student newspaper

Read the profile here:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More Pinckney Benedict News!

My story "Pig Helmet & the Wall of Life" is up over at Cal Morgan's terrific Fifty-Two Stories
Fifty-Two Stories. 52S is Harper Perennial's "little experiment in social engineering through the regular administration of short fiction," where they publish a new story every week. Our grad students should send them work. Link to submit is on the front page.

Congrats and thanks for the tip, PB!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Congrats to Nick Ostdick!

First-year fiction MFA Nick Ostdick has good news this afternoon:

I'll be presenting some fiction this fall at MMLA in Chicago (November 4-7). I'll be reading on the panel "Menace in Fiction,' and will be presenting my short story 'Mudholes' which was written this semester during Pinckney's workshop. Huge thanks to all in workshop who had a hand in shaping this story. Stoked.


Praise for Pinckney Benedict and Miracle Boy

from Pinckney Benedict, SIU fiction faculty and writer extraordinaire:

"Have just learned that MIRACLE BOY AND OTHER STORIES (Press53, May 23), has been longlisted for the The Cork City - Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. Cork
So there’s that."

There's that indeed! Congrats, PB!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Congrats to Travis Mossotti!

Publication news from third-year poetry student Travis Mossotti: Copper Nickel accepted the poem "Marizibill" over the weekend.

Congrats, TM!
Copper Nickel

Congrats to Kerry James Evans

Kerry James Evans (MFA '09, poetry) has had recent publication news:
The Pinch accepted my poem "Atomic Bible."

Congrats, KJE!

The Pinch

Upcoming Writers on the Road Event: UMSL

The SIUC Graduate Writers Forum will present literary readings by writers from the University of Missouri Saint Louis' MFA Program on Friday, April 30th from 4-5:30 pm in the SIUC Student Center's Mississippi Room. The writers who will be reading from their creative works will be novelist Angie O'Gorman, poet K. William Kyle, fiction writer Kenny Squires and poet Joe Betz.

Congrats to Elena Pearson!

Elena Pearson (MFA '07, poetry) (who publishes under her maiden name, R. Elena Prieto) has had her poem "Courting Mary Ann Cotton" accepted for inclusion in A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, edited by Oliver de la Paz and Stacey Lynn Brown.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Poemspotting: Travis Mossotti

Travis Mossotti's poem "I watched her going into a gas station" appears in the latest issue of Harpur Palate (volume 9, number 2), the national literary journal published at Binghamton University in New York.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Poemspotting: Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

"Winters, We Watch the Snow Descend Slowly," a poem by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (MFA '09 poetry), appears in the Fall 2009 issue of South Dakota Review.
South Dakota Review

Writers on the Road: Mizzou Edition

tip courtesy Shawn Mitchell:

Thursday April 15th, we are sending a Writers on the Road contingent from SIUC to read in Columbia, MO for the MU folks that we had here last semester. The readers will be Mark Jay Brewin, Jr., Shawn Andrew Mitchell, Travis Mossotti, and Richard Pechous. It's at 7:00pm at Top Ten Wines in downtown Columbia, and it's going to be heckova good time.

Congrats to Alex Lumans!

Alex Lumans (MFA '09, fiction) has some great post-AWP news to share:

"I have a story entitled "Tunnel Out of Georgia" in the newest issue of Black Warrior Review that came out in the last week or so. Page 1, baby!

And I also have a poem coming out in the next issue of The South Carolina Review (home state!) entitled "Endangered Species."

Congrats, Lumans!

Upcoming Literary Events in Carbondale

Learn more about the upcoming Little Grassy Literary Festival, sponsored by the Graduate Writers Forum of SIUC, here:
Little Grassy Literary Festival

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Congrats to Travis Mossotti!

Travis Mossotti writes with news of several upcoming publications:

"It's No Secret" was picked up by the American Literary Review; "The Escape Artist" by Washington Square Review; and "Yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion" by Southeast Review.

Congrats, TM!

Literary Events in C-dale: Wednesday, April 14

Grassroots, SIUC's undergraduate journal, will have its spring release party this Wednesday:

Grassroots is pleased to announce we will be celebrating the release of our 2010 issue with a party this coming Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 pm in the Hall of Presidents at Morris Library. We invite all faculty and students to read their work to help us get the party rocking! We'll have delicious desserts and good company, so bring your sweet tooth and a friend!
--Amy Mckenzie, Grassroots Editor-in-Chief

Also on the 14th, SIUC poet Judy Jordan will be presenting at the next Sigma Tau Delta meeting on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Mississippi Room of the Student Center).

Professor Jordan’s first book of poetry, "Carolina Ghost Woods," won the 1999 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the Utah Book of the Year Award, the OAY Award from the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award. Her second book of poetry, "Sixty Cent Coffee and a Quarter to Dance," was recently published by LSU press. This past year she has completed two full-length plays and is currently working on a memoir and a third book of poetry.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Making Mama Proud: More Great News from MFA Carbondale folks

from James Scoles, third-year fiction writing student:
I've been awarded a major writing grant by the Canada Council for the Arts--six months of financial support--for me to work on my novel 'Spit in the Ocean.' The grant also covers a month-long return trip to Ireland this fall.

from Leslie Adams, first-year poetry student:
I just got the news that Quarterly West has accepted two poems, "Notes from the Cold" and "Elegy with Moon and Snake," for publication. Exciting!

from Tim Marsh (MFA '06, fiction):
The Los Angeles Review will publish my story "How to Make White People Happy" in October, and Pure Francis will publish my CNF piece "Communitas Lost" this summer.

How's that for good news!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Congrats to Emily Pruitt!

Emily Pruitt (MFA '03, poetry) has had two poems--"Adult Children Anonymous" and "Tokens"--accepted for publication by Big Muddy, the literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University.

Congrats, EM!

Big Muddy

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Congrats to Lane Kareska!

Second-year fiction MFA student Lane Kareska sends exciting news from Ireland:

I was recently informed that my novel "I Will Kill the Sin Eater" made it to the finalist round of the New Rivers Press MVP contest. The prize is one thousand dollars and publication. This was a contest I entered because of CRWROPPS- so thanks again, Allison!

You are very welcome, LK!

New Rivers Press

Congrats to Melissa Scholes Young!

Current second-year fiction MFA student Melissa Scholes Young has upcoming publication news:

New Madrid accepted my nonfiction essay "Carne" for publication in their Summer 2010 journal. Jon edited this essay for me last fall, and I'm grateful!

Congrats, Melissa!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Looking Forward: Little Grassy Literary Festival Schedule

2010 Little Grassy Literary Festival: April 22 & 23, 2010

sponsored by the Graduate Writers Forum
SIUC MFA Program in Creative Writing

Thursday, April 22, 2010:

3-4:30pm Readings by Todd Hearon and Jennifer Richter
Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium

6:30-8:30pm Readings by Ben Percy and Drew Perry
Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium

Friday, April 23, 2010:

10-11 am Writers Panel Discussion: Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium
Carolyn Forche, David Clewell, Ben Percy, Drew Perry

11am-12pm Reading by David Clewell
Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium

12-1pm Book Signing and Reception
Morris Library, 1st Floor Rotunda

1-2 pm Reading by Carolyn Forche
Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Congrats to Jenna Bazzell!

Third-year poetry MFA student Jenna Bazzell is a winner in this year's annual AWP Intro Competition:
Details here:
Poetry Winners, AWP Intro

Storyspotting: Melissa Scholes Young

Second-year fiction student Melissa Scholes Young has a new story, "Scrap Metal Baby" in The Front View.