Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Alumni Sightings: Southern Indiana Review

The Spring 2010 issue of the Southern Indiana Review has work by several alums: poetry by Adrian Matejka (MFA '01) and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (MFA '09) and fiction by Alex Lumans (MFA '09).

Southern Indiana Review

Alumni Sightings: Greensboro Review

The Spring 2010 issue of the Greensboro Review has work by two alums: fiction alum Brian Hyer (MFA '04) has a story titled "Package" in its pages; poetry alum Travis Mossotti (MFA '10) has a poem titled "After the Snowmelt."
Greensboro Review

Monday, May 24, 2010

Catching Up with Kerry James Evans!

An update from Kerry James Evans (MFA '09, poetry):

I have poems in the current issues of Agni, Briar Cliff Review, and New Letters. Also, New South just accepted a new poem, "Alligator Swamp and the Bayou Blues." Hope all is well in the Dale.

Congrats, KJE!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Congrats and a Reading Reminder

Travis Mossotti (MFA '10) writes with good news:

Poet Lore just accepted my poem "Rain" for their upcoming fall/winter issue.

Congrats, TM!

Poet Lore

Reminder: Travis Mossotti and second-year fiction student Shawn Mitchell will read from their work this Saturday at the Yeiser Arts Center (200 Broadway) in Paducah, KY as part of the River Town Reading Series. The reading begins at 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Storyspotting: Melissa Scholes Young

Current third-year fiction writer Melissa Scholes Young writes:

My flash fiction "The Town Crier" is up at Paradigm. I wrote this short piece in Jacinda's class this semester when we studied microfiction.

The Town Crier

Congrats, MSY!

Congrats to A.K. Thompson!

Great news also for third-year fiction writer A.K. Thompson:

My interview with Donald Ray Pollock (Real Life: An Interview with Donald Ray Pollock) has been accepted for publication in The Chiron Review. Woo-hoo!


Congrats, A.K.!

Chiron Review

Congrats to Rick Pechous!

Current third-year fiction writer Rick Pechous has great news:

Just heard from Underground Voices, they're wanting to publish a story I wrote called "Outside and Inside." Good stuff. It'll be included in the June issue.


Congrats, Rick!

Underground Voices

Monday, May 17, 2010

Catching Up With Ben Percy (MFA '04)

from the fabulous Ben Percy (MFA '04, fiction), who's always up to something:

Hope all's well in Carbondale. Again, I had a great time visiting last month.

As requested, here's some news:

Have an article in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers called "Home Improvement: Revision as Renovation"

Have an article coming out in the June '10 issue of Outside Magazine called "Never Been to Disneyland"

Recently sold a short story/novel excerpt (from The Wilding) to Tin House for their fall '10 "Class in America" issue.

Recently sold a short story to Gulf Coast for fall '10 issue.

Recently sold a short story -- "Writs of Possession" -- slated for the the spring '11 Virginia Quarterly Review

And my collection Refresh, Refresh has been chosen by UW-Stevens Point as their shared freshman text, so all incoming students will be reading and discussing it.

Whoa, Mr. Percy! That's a lot of work and a lot of congrats from your friends here in Carbondale.

Friday, May 14, 2010

News and Notes about/from SIUC MFA Alums & Faculty

A round-up of recent/forthcoming publications and honors for SIUC writers:

Travis Mossotti (MFA '10, poetry):
"Just got a notice that Southern Humanities Review has accepted "Inside the Skull" for publication." Travis will also read from his work at the Yeiser Arts Center (200 Broadway) in Paducah (along with current fiction student Shawn Mitchell) on May 22 @ 7:30 pm as part of the River Town Reading Series.

Pinckney Benedict, fiction faculty:
"In the Hot Type column of the June issue of Vanity Fair: "Independent presses burn red hot this month. In Miracle Boy and Other Stories (Press 53), the Chekhov of Appalachia, Pinckney Benedict, highlights a culture in which the bizarre and grotesque are commonplace." Pinckney's new fiction collection, Miracle Boy and Other Stories, will be celebrated with a reading during this year's Young Writers Workshop (June 22-June 26). Pinckney will read at 8pm in Faner Hall's Harry T. Moore Auditorium on June 22, 2010.

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (MFA '09, poetry):
An excerpt from his poem "Marysarias" appears in the new issue of Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts (published at the University of Missouri).

Allison Joseph, poetry faculty and Jan La Perle (MFA '06, poetry)
New work by Jan and Allison appears in new issue of the Tusculum Review (published by Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Congrats to Alex Lumans!

Alex Lumans (MFA '09, fiction) writes with happy forthcoming publication news:

I will have a story coming out in the next issue of Gargoyle that's due in June. It's called "Cormac McCarthy, Walmart Greeter." And I also have a story in the freshest issue of Rosebud: "How Tall Love Is."

Congrats, Lumans!


Friday, May 07, 2010

Congrats also to

alums Andy McFadyen-Ketchum, Alex Lumans, Martin Call and Shanie Latham, who also received scholarships to attend this year's Ropewalk Writers Retreat. Current second-year fiction writer Lane Kareska also received one.

Watch out New Harmony, C-dale's coming at ya!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Congrats to Andy McFadyen-Ketchum

News from Andy McFadyen-Ketchum (MFA '09, poetry):

Looks like Hayden's Ferry Review will be running my interview with SIUC's very own Benjamin Percy in November.

Congrats, Andy!

Hayden's Ferry Review

Congrats to Sarah McCartt-Jackson!

Great news for second-year poet Sarah McCartt-Jackson--she's been selected to receive a scholarship to this year's Ropewalk Writers' Retreat!

Congrats, Sarah!

Find out more about Ropewalk here;
Ropewalk Writers' Retreat

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

MFA Graduation GALA--May 8, 2010

The Creative Writing Program of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Department of English
cordially invites you to attend

our MFA Celebration

May 8, 2010
6:00 PM
SIUC Student Center Renaissance Room

These nine graduating students will read briefly from their thesis works:

Jenna Bazzell
Justin Benton
Azizat Danmole
Laura Gross
Travis Mossotti
Hannah K. New
James Scoles
Reynardo Vargas
Amie Whittemore

Please join us in wishing them congratulations and godspeed. There will be a reception with refreshments before the readings and during the intermissions.

Graduate Faculty:
Pinckney Benedict, Rodney Jones, Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph, Beth Lordan, Jacinda Townsend, and Jon Tribble.

Congrats to Melissa Scholes Young!

Very nice news this morning from second-year fiction writer Melissa Scholes Young:

The Village Pariah will be publishing my essay "Lying in Mark Twain's Footsteps" in their inaugural issue out this summer. That makes this Hannibal girl very proud!
The Village Pariah

Also, Paradigm is publishing a piece of my flash fiction entitled "The Town Crier."

Both are publishing print and online editions. I'll let you know when they are up!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Want to read an excerpt...

from Paul Guest (MFA '99, poetry)'s memoir?
Go here:
Guernica Magazine

News and Notes about/from SIUC MFA Alums

Poems by Jan LaPerle (MFA '06, poetry) appear in the new issue of Blazevox. Read them here:
Jan's poems

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (MFA '09, poetry)'s poem "Maenon" is forthcoming in Copper Nickel and his poem "Freak of the Week" is forthcoming in Cold Mountain Review.

Kevin McKelvey (MFA '04, poetry) writes: My Desktop Publishing course at the University of Indianapolis edited, designed, and printed books of creative writing by the 7th grade class at Indianapolis Public School #2, Center For Inquiry. Thirteen university students worked with twenty-nine 7th graders to print the books. Each book is a "flip" book with two authors, two front covers, etc. The 7th graders created the writing while working with The Second Story, a local nonprofit that works to improve kids' attitudes about writing, and students from Butler University. My UIndy students chose what to publish, edited the writing, and designed the books. We created 15 books and printed nearly 200 copies in all. Our release reading last week was a success for us and the 7th graders. Here's a link to an article on the project:
Kevin's project
And the Second Story's website: Second Story