Thursday, September 30, 2010

Riverfront Times of St. Louis Names Alum Best Local Poet

Adrian Matejka (MFA '01) has been named "Best Local Poet" by St. Louis's entertainment newspaper, The Riverfront Times:
Riverfront Times

Congrats, AD!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Catching Up with Adrian Matejka (MFA '01)

Poetry alum Adrian Matejka (MFA '01) sends this update:

I've got poems forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Natural Bridge, and Ploughshares, along with a couple of cool new online journals: Bestiary and Vinyl. There are also poems in the recent issues of Tuesday; An Art Project and the Southern Indiana Review.

Congrats, AD!

Grassroots Open Mic Party: Wednesday September 29

The editors of Grassroots, SIUC's undergraduate literary journal, invite you to join them for an Open Mic Party in the Faner Hall Courtyard at 7 PM on Wednesday, September 29. All are welcome to come read from their poetry and prose. There will be food and music as well. For more information, contact the editors at (

Jon Tribble & Allison Joseph in Little Rock, AR

Crab Orchard Review editors Jon Tribble and Allison Joseph will travel to Little Rock, Arkansas for Pulaski Technical College's "Banned Books" celebration on September 30:

Details here:
J&A at PT

Mitchell interviews Percy

Shawn Mitchell (current second-year in fiction) interviews Ben Percy (MFA '04) for Fiction Writers Review:

Ben and Shawn

The Wilding is Released! Congrats to Ben Percy (MFA '04)

Today is the release date for Ben Percy's new novel The Wilding. Read more about it here:

The Wilding

Faculty Reading: Pinckney Benedict at the New School, NYC

from Pinckney Benedict, SIUC fiction faculty:

I'll be reading and talking with the audience at the New School next Monday, October 4. The event's at 6:30 PM at the Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, room 510. It will be moderated by Robert Polito.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mega-Congratulations to Ben Percy (MFA '04)

from the Deals Section of Publishers' Weekly:


Congrats to Tim Marsh!

More good news from fiction alum Tim Marsh (MFA '06):

Seems there's been a lot of good news lately from the program. Here's some more: My piece "Residuals" will appear in the Winter issue of The Battered Suitcase; my piece "Transit Wives" will appear in the next issue of "Prole", out of the UK. I've also been selected as a finalist for a Headlands Artist Residency in San Francisco. If that doesn't pan out, I was recently awarded a scholarship and writer's residency at the Montana Artists Refuge in Basin.

Congrats, Tim!

The Battered Suitcase
Headlands Center for the Arts
Montana Artists Refuge

Congrats to Travis Mossotti!

Travis Mossotti (MFA '10, poetry) writes from Cali with news of impending publication:

New South accepted my poem "My Life as an Island" for their upcoming long poem issue.
New South

Congrats, TM!

Alumni Sighting: Sweet

Check out a new essay by Greg Schwipps (MFA '98) in Sweet:

Literary Doings in and out of Carbondale

SIUC faculty poet Rodney Jones reads in Atlanta, GA for the literary journal New South on September 23:
New South

SIUC fiction faculty member Pinckney Benedict reads for Sigma Tau Delta on September 21, Saline Room, SIUC Student Center, at 6pm.

Reading & Drinking: Carbondale's literary feast @ Callahan's Pub in Carbondale @ 8pm (Tuesday, Sept. 21th)
Door prizes, raffles, great fiction/poetry, and half off drinks and food. Huzzah! Bring your friends. Bring your spouses/significant others. Good times to be had by all.

Current lineup consists of:

Kathleen Hale
Mark Brewin
Lane Kareska
Sequoia Nagamatsu
Janelle Blasdel
Daniel Paul
Shawn Mitchell

Wednesday, September 22 from 4 to 5:30 pm Graduate Writers Forum In-House Reading Series
Mississippi Room, second floor, SIUC Student Center
Featuring poetry and fiction readings from MFA candidates Leslie Adams, Ruth Awad, Nick Ostdick and Shawn Mitchell

Friday, September 17, 2010

Catching Up With Michael Meyerhofer (MFA '06)

A note from poetry alum Michael Meyerhofer:

Got some poetry publication updates: “Ode to the Boxing Clapboard” was taken by Hayden’s Ferry Review, “The Birthdays of Ex-Lovers” was taken by Los Angeles Review, “Sensei” was taken by Chiron Review, “Lilium Lophophorum” was taken by Summerset Review, and “Zen for Dummies” and “Postmodern Zazen” were taken by Mandala Journal.

A few prose updates, too: “I Should Warn You” was taken by Flashquake, my fantasy novella, “Taliessa’s Wish,” was taken by Realms, and a sci-fi story, “Celestial Encounters,” was taken by Encounters Magazine.

Also, I’ll be giving a little lecture at the Writers’ Center of Indiana on October 23.

Thanks for the update, MM! Congrats on all of this good news!

Congrats to Nick Ostdick!

Great news from second-year fiction writer Nick Ostdick:

My short story 'Storms' was accepted by Knee Jerk Magazine and should be coming out in their October or November issue. Very stoked. It's another piece that started in Jacinda's forms class this past spring. Thanks to all in the class for help in shaping the story. And thanks to you, Allison, for keeping up with this blog and spreading the love.

You're welcome, NO, and congrats!

Knee Jerk

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Congrats to Alex Lumans!

News today from 2009 fiction grad Alex Lumans:

Some cross-genre action: a poem called "The Difference Between You and Me is Millions of Years" was just published in issue 14 of the online magazine The Collagist.


Here's Alex's poem:

Reading & Drinking Makes Its Carbondale Return

Reading & Drinking: Carbondale's precocious literary feast is making its fall debut in a new locale:

First R&D of the year!
Tuesday, September 21st
Callahan's Irish Pub
760 E Grand Ave
8 PM
Raffles, door prizes, readings, beverages.
Half-price food and drink, too! God-bless Tuesday evening specials!
Be there!

SIUC MFAs rule NANO Fiction Contest

Lovely news from third-year poet Sarah McCartt

SIUC MFAs strike again! Shawn Mitchell and I both finished in the top five in NANO Fiction's contest--which means, as the editor pointed out, our program had 40% of the top five entries!

They will be publishing my piece "Creston" and Shawn's piece "Me and Medusa" in the next issue.

Congrats to Shawn and Sarah!

Congrats to Matt Guenette (MFA '99)

Fantastic book publication news for MFA alum (poetry, '99) Matthew Guenette:

American Busboy is an Editor's Choice in the 2010 Akron Press Poetry Competition. Publication is slated for Fall 2011!

Congrats, Matt! Looking forward to the publication of your second book!

U of Akron Press

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Congrats to Justin Hamm (MFA '05)!

Fantastic news for Justin Hamm (MFA '05, fiction):
RockSaw Press is going to publish my chapbook, Illinois, My Apologies in the spring of 2011. We're also going to do a companion CD of me reading the poems. I'm very excited about this project!
Congrats, Justin!  BTW,  Rocksaw Press is the brainchild of Jorge Christopher Evans, who received his undergraduate English/Creative Writing degree at SIUC and was an editor of Grassroots while an undergrad.
Rock Saw Press

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Faculty Reading: Allison Joseph @ SIU Edwardsville

SIUC faculty poet Allison Joseph will be read from her work on Thursday, September 9, at 7.00 pm at our sister university, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in the Morris University Center Bookstore.
SIUE English

Congrats to Leslie Adams!

Second-year poet Leslie Adams reports this good news via Facebook:

Disquieting Muses Quarterly (DMQ Review) picked up a poem called "Some Invisible." They said it should be coming out in their next issue!

Congrats, LA!

DMQ Review

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Congrats to Shawn Mitchell!

Happy news from second-year fiction writer Shawn Mitchell:

Torpedo's Greatest Hits is out from Hunter Publisher's in Australia now. It features work from Australians and non-Australians, graphic artists, Brian Evenson, Jim Shepard, Richard Brautigan, and, also, my story "It's Not the Heat So Much as the Jelly." The magazine is sadly closing down, but the back issues are still available in electronic editions for cheap on Amazon. Looking forward to getting my copy in the mail.

Here's more on it:
Torpedo's Greatest Hits

It's for sale here, not cheap but worth it:

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Congrats to Emily Pruitt!

Poetry (MFA '03) grad Emily Pruitt, who publishes her work under the name, EI Pruitt, sent this good news along today:

Calyx will be publishing one of the poems from my "Should've Beens" series-- "Should've Been, 1"-- in an upcoming issue.

Congrats, Emily!


Congrats to Nick Ostdick!

Second-year fiction writer Nick Ostdick also has fine news:

I have a new story recently published at Necessary Fiction called "On the Coast."' If you have the time, wander on over and take a look. It's short. Could be a nice reprieve from your day. The link is below. Hope all is well.

On the Coast

Congrats to Mark Brewin!

Fine news this morning from third-year poetry student Mark Brewin:

Two of my poems ("Bivalve, Cumberland County" and "By the Margin of Water") are now in Milk Money Volume Eight, When Jeff Goldblum Speaks, We Listen; AND, today, I just found out that my poem "Standing in the Atlantic Ocean with Tesla's Pigeon" has been accepted for publication in The Labletter (which is a paying gig...nice, nice).

As always, a quick thanks to you and your Creative Writing Opportunities listserv for letting me know about these publications/opportunities!

You are welcome, MB! And thanks for giving props to CRWROPPS!

Milk Money
The Labletter
Creative Writers Opportunities List