Thursday, October 28, 2010

Catching Up with Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

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

"The Word Damn and the Word God" has been picked up by New Letters. Very pleased with that!

And my panel got a very generous time slot at AWP-DC:

From the Page to the Small Screen: What the Information Age Means for Us
Scheduled Day: Saturday, February
Scheduled Time: 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Scheduled Room: Virginia A, Marriott

See you at AWP, Andy!

New Letters

Travis Mossotti Update: Forthcoming Poems

Here's an update on forthcoming publications by Travis Mossotti (MFA '10, poetry):

"Somewhere in Illinois" and "Sidewalk Superman" got picked up at Harpur Palate, "Fox Creek Road" got picked up by Green Mountains Review, "Preparing the Table" got picked up by Open City, "O Captain! My Captain!" got picked up by Sou'wester, and "The Second Coming of Christ in the Form of a North American Alligator" got picked up by Tampa Review.

Good work, TM!

Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival: Schedule and Author Bios

SIUC's annual fall literary festival, the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival, begins today! Details here:
Schedule and Author Biographies

Welcome to Carbondale, visiting writers!

A Banner Day for Mark Brewin!

Third-year poet Mark Brewin had quite a day yesterday!

Note #1: 
"I am happy to report, and a little amazed, that my poem "The Root Whiskers" has been accepted for publication at The Greensboro Review.  October always was my favorite month."

Note #2:
" I am semi-speechless to say that The Pinch has accepted my poem "Milford Sound" for publication.  Two in one day."

Congrats, MB!  What a day indeed!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Congrats to Jared Yates Sexton (MFA '08)

Fiction alum Jared (JY) Sexton has good news to share too!

My story "Mediation" was accepted for publication in the next volume of The Raleigh Review. So. That's cool.

It is indeed, JY!  Congrats!


Kudos to Rodney Jones!

SIUC's own Rodney Jones' poem "The Eviction" appears in the latest edition of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses anthology! The poem was originally published in Five Points.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Kudos to Mark Brewin!

Lovely news on a lovely fall day from third-year poet Mark Brewin:

"His Grandmother as a Wind Chime" was just accepted for publication at the South Carolina Review.

Congrats, MB!

South Carolina Review

Poemspotting, movie-style: Travis Mossotti

Here's a very interesting way to present poetry, via the talents of Travis Mossotti (MFA '10, poetry) and his filmmaker brother, Josh Mossotti:

Decampment, the film

Poemspotting: Travis Mossotti and David Bond

SIUC MFA grads Travis Mossotti (poetry,'10) and David Bond (poetry,'98) have new poems up at Valparaiso Poetry Review:


Fantastic News for Greg Schwipps (MFA '98)

Exciting news for SIUC MFA grad Greg Schwipps!:

Greg Schwipps wins Emerging Writer Award

Congrats, Greg!
And thanks to Kevin McKelvey for letting the MFA Carbondale blog know about this great news.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Congrats to Sarah McCartt-Jackson

Awesome news from third-year poet Sarah McCartt-Jackson:

"I just read that I have been selected for the first Tidal Basin Review Series Poet Center Feature for my loooong poem "Calf Canyon." Much love to CRWOPPS and many thanks to all my fellow SIUC writers who read this for me!"

Congrats, Sarah! Well done!

Tidal Basin Review

Congrats to Leslie Adams!

Great Friday news from second-year poet Leslie Adams!

"Saw Palm accepted a poem ("Ghost Crab") for their next issue. Just in time for weekend celebrating!"

Congrats, LA!

Saw Palm

Monday, October 18, 2010

Allison Joseph to read at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

SIUC faculty poet will read from her poetry at Lamar University on Wednesday, October 20 at 7 pm in the Science Auditorium.
Lamar University

Crossgenre action with Helena "Hel" Bell

MFA poetry grad (MFA '08) Helena "Hel" Bell's first published story is now online:

Helena Bell fiction

Catching Up with Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

SIUC MFA poetry grad Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum has had a string of good luck lately:

It's been a good fall so far...

Potomac Review took "Slag" first three-pager to be taken!

Eclipse took "Golden Paper Wasp"

And Poet Lore took "Night Driving"

I'm also Managing Editor of a new literary blog, Adhominem. Please submit to us with your association with SIUC in the subject line or something so that I can notice it...we'd love to see some stuff from grad students, alumni, and faculty on the site!

My best,

Pinckney Benedict does Macomb (Illinois, that is)

During the coming week, I'll be the Fred Case & Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence at Western Illinois University in Macomb. On Wednesday, Oct 20, I'll be doing an interview and Q&A at 4:00 pm in Simpkins 341 (Writing Center). On Thursday, Oct 21, at 7:30 PM, I'll be giving a reading and signing books in the Sandburg Theater in the University Union. Previous Case writers include Marge Piercy, Ethan Canin, Stuart Dybek, and Albert
Goldbarth, and Rick Bass.

Pinckney at WIU

Friday, October 15, 2010

Storyspotting: Nick Ostdick

from Nick Ostdick (second-year, fiction):

Two quick things here:

1). My story 'True Hair,' which was published last year in Storyglossia, has been nominated for the 2011 Best of The Web anthology. Here's a link to the story:
True Hair

2). 'Storms,' which originally was going to be published by Knee Jerk Magazine, is now coming out in the 2011 issue of The Emerson Review instead. So there's that. Neat.

Congrats, NO!

Storyspotting: Melissa Scholes Young

from Melissa Scholes Young (third-year, fiction):

My flash fiction is up at Word Riot. You can even hear me reading it to you if you are so inclined. There's also the picture of me with Superman. You can't beat that for a Friday.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rodney Jones to read in Saint Louis for River Styx

SIUC's own Rodney Jones will read from his work as part of the River Styx at Duff's series on October 18, 2010:
Details here:
River Styx

Congrats to Leslie Adams!

Good news this afternoon from second-year poetry MFA student Leslie Adams:

The Hollins Critic picked up "How it Was," and they're giving me 25 bucks to boot.

Congrats, Leslie!

Hollins Critic

Monday, October 11, 2010

Poemspotting: Mossotti and Boyd

Two poems by MFA poetry alum Travis Mossotti (MFA '10) appear in the Spring 2010 issue of Roger, a literary journal published at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. The poems are "A Piece of Advice" and "Saxifrage."

Jake Boyd (MFA '07, poetry) has poems appearing in nth position:
Nth position
Jake's poems

Upcoming Literary Events: October 2010

The Graduate Writer's Forum Presents the In-House Reading Series
Wed, October 20th, 4-5:30 pm
SIUC Student Center, Ohio Room

Reading from their work will be MFA candidates Jonathan Travelstead, Adrienne Rivera, John Stanford Owen and Bryan Brower.

October 28, 29, 30, 2010

Festival Schedule here:
Devil's Kitchen

Faculty Focus: A Profile of Pinckney Benedict

Thanks to Andrea Hahn for this profile of SIUC fiction faculty member Pinckney Benedict. Gosh, that guy's talented!

Pinckney Benedict

Congrats to Mark Brewin!

Current third-year poetry student Mark Brewin has even more good news:

Tidal Basin Review has picked up my poem "Scrap Iron." Very excited. Getting into my publication stride for the semester...

Congrats, MB!

Tidal Basin Review

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Congrats to Mark Brewin!

Great news from current poetry student Mark Brewin:

"Excited to say that my poem "Palace Depression" has been accepted for publication in Quiddity. AND, besides publication of the poem, it seems I get to audio record the poem, and it will be played on the NPR station out of Benedictine University @ Springfield. I've always been told I have a face made for radio..."

Congrats, Mark!


Monday, October 04, 2010

Congrats to Melissa Scholes Young!

Current third-year fiction student Melissa Scholes Young has good news to share:

Word Riot accepted a piece of my flash fiction entitled "Mrs. Peabody." It will be published mid-October. I wrote this piece in Jacinda's Forms Class last spring with Nick, Adrienne, Shawn, and Sarah. It's really all of their fault.

Word Riot

Congrats, MSY!

Allison Joseph to read at Penn State Altoona

SIUC faculty poet Allison Joseph will read from her work this week at Penn State Altoona:
Penn State Altoona press release

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Congrats to Rachel Furey (MFA '09)

Fantastic news from fiction alum Rachel Furey:

"My short story "Birth Act" is listed as one of the other distinguished stories in the back of Best American Short Stories 2010. I'm tickled to be on a list that also includes authors such as Ann Beattie, George Saunders, and Joyce Carol Oates. That's sort of like getting to share court space with Diana Taurasi."

Congrats, Rachel!

Best American

Saturday, October 02, 2010

upcoming alumni reading: Melanie Dusseau (MFA '03)

Melanie Dusseau ("The Body Tries Again") will read from her book from 6-8:30 pm on Tuesday, October 19th, at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, main branch at the McMaster Center, in Toledo, Ohio. This venue is located at 325 N. Michigan Street. For more information, visit