Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Congrats to Mark Jay Brewin, Jr!

Congrats to Mark Brewin (MFA '11, poetry):

I am pleased to say that my poems "On Sea Glass" and "Mother('s)-"
(which won third place in the Roxana Rivera contest) have been
accepted to be printed in the Fall/Winter Issue of Interrobang?!,
while my poem "A Turn of Phrase" is being featured on the main page of
their website:

Check it out. It's nice to have a little online presence.

Great news, Mark! Congrats!

Congrats to Melissa Scholes Young (MFA '11, fiction)

News from Melissa Scholes Young (MFA '11, fiction):

Saw Palm accepted my nonfiction piece entitled "Bean Point" and I have
a poem, "Escape from Brazil" coming out in the next issue of Tampa
Review. I also have an interview with Ana Menendez being published
with the good folks at Fiction Writers Review. I'll let you know when
it's live.

Congrats, MSY!

Congrats to Jung Hae Chae!

Third-year poetry MFA Jung Hae Chae has great news:

I'm delighted to share news of my upcoming publication (first ever!).
My poem, "Dream of the Forest Inside Desert," will be published in
Third Coast in Fall 2012.

Congrats, Jung!!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Congrats to Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.

Congrats to Mark Brewn (MFA '11, poetry) on another forthcoming publication!

I am happy to say that my poem, "Letter about my last night in
Carbondale, Illinois" was accepted for publication in Mason's Road out
of Fairfield University. It's a long one, too. Another poem that would
have never come to be--skill or subject wise--if I hadn't attended the
wonderful MFA program at SIUC. Missing all of you.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Lumans update: Pushcart Nomination

Congrats to Alex Lumans (MFA '09, fiction):

The Journal has decided to nominate my story, "The American Indian is
Dead," which came out in their spring issue and which is still up on
their website, for a Pushcart Prize. I'm now indebted forever to them.


Publication Alert: Rick Pechous

Congrats to Rick Pechous (MFA '11) on this newly published story:

It'd be great if you could post the link to this story I wrote a while
back that just came out today from Nashville Review. It's a longer
piece titled, "The Eagle Has Conjured Itself into a Dry Leaf Floating
in the Wind."

Nashville Review

Publication Alert: Ruth Awad

Congrats to Ruth Awad (MFA '12, poetry)

I'm happy to pass along news that RHINO has accepted my poem "Winter
Salat" for publication and will be out in print in April 2012.

Congrats, Ruth!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SIUC faculty poet to read at Tusculum College

SIUC faculty poet Allison Joseph will read from her work at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN on December 1:

Joseph reads

Congrats to Travis Mossotti!!

Upcoming publications from Travis Mossotti (MFA '11, poetry):

"The Logger" is forthcoming at Fourth River (another eight-page poem)
"Midnight, After the Snowstorm" is forthcoming at The Briar Cliff Review
"Trends Motel" is forthcoming at River Styx (Honorable Mention for their
International Poetry Prize)

Congrats, TM!

congrats to Amie Whittemore!!!

Amie Whittemore (MFA '10, poetry) has news of recent accepted work:

My poems "Tadpole Season" and "In Which Great Aunt Whitt Becomes the
Patron Saint of Leaving" have been accepted for publication by
Cimarron Review.

My short story "Pythagorean Theorem" has been accepted for publication
by Valparaiso Fiction Review.

Congrats, Amie!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Alumni Alert: News from Chad Simpson (MFA '05)

Fiction alum Chad Simpson (MFA '05) sends fine news as well:

I have a bit of news for the blog:

My story "Your Place in the World" is included in the latest issue of
Midwestern Gothic, along with work by a couple of other SIUC folks.

My essay "On Helplessness" was recently published in Fifth Wednesday Journal.

And: My chapbook, Phantoms, previously sold out, was recently
re-released by Origami Zoo Press as an e-book for the Kindle.

Staci Schoenfeld publications forthcoming!

First-year poetry MFA Staci Schoenfeld also has great news:

I just received the news that The Dead Mule School of Southern
Literature will publish my poems "World Wide Web," "Exploring the
Boundaries of Comfort," and "Kentucky Woman" in March 2012.

Congrats, Staci!!!

Andrew McSorley publication forthcoming!

Second-year poetry MFA student Andrew McSorley writes this great news:

Good publication news: The Minnesota Review accepted my poem, "Hunting
Poy Sippi Swamp" for their Spring 2012 issue! Good things.

Congrats, McSorley!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nick Ostdick on a roll!

More great news from Nick Ostdick (third-year fiction):

The title story for my thesis/collection, 'Somewhere Between This
World and Another,' has just been picked up by THE2NDHAND for their
broadside series. Looks like it'll go to print in early 2012. Not too

Congrats to Nick Ostdick!

Third-year fiction writer Nick Ostdick has more good news:

The First Line has accepted my story Accidents Happen for their winter
issue. It should be out in a few months, I think, and it's a paying
gig too! I'll take that.

Congrats, NO!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Come Join Our Faculty: Fiction Position Announcement

The English Department at SIU Carbondale seeks applications to fill a faculty
position at the level of tenure-track Assistant Professor in fiction writing for
the Creative Writing Program. Candidates must possess an earned MFA or PhD in
fiction writing or a related field, a record of national publications, and
teaching experience. Principal responsibilities include teaching undergraduate
and graduate level courses, maintaining a successful publication record in the
area of expertise, and serving on departmental, college, and/or university
committees. Application deadline: 12/23/11 or until filled. Send letter of
application, current c.v., and writing sample to Professor Michael R. Molino,
Chair, Department of English, Mail Code 4503, SIU Carbondale, 1000 Faner Dr.,
Carbondale, IL 62901. SIU Carbondale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and
staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All
applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

SIUC writers are taking the show on the road!

This semester Writers On the Road heads up to Champaign via U of I's
MFA program, and this Saturday at 5:30 PM at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op
in downtown Champaign, SIUC MFA's Josh Bontrager, Jenny Flack, Austin
Kodra, Shawn Mitchell, and Nick Ostdick will read their work, rock the
house, etc. Should be fun!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

poetry publication alert: Mark Brewin (MFA 11, poetry)

Good news today from poetry alum Mark Brewin (MFA '11, poetry):

I am pleased to say that The Hollins Critic has accepted my poem
"Conversion" for publication.

Congrats, Mark!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Congrats to Nick Ostdick!

Third-year fiction MFA Nick Ostdick is on a roll:

Very stoked to say my short story 'Woundedness' has just been accepted for publication by the good folks at Main Street Rag for their Secrets anthology, forthcoming in 2012.

Congrats, NO!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Congrats to Maggie Graber!

First-year poetry MFA student Maggie Graber also has publication news:

I just got news from Yes, Poetry that they're accepting my poem "4
Poets and a Bicycle Walk Through Empty Parking Lot" and it will be
featured in their January issue.

Congrats, MG!!!!

Congrats to Sequoia Nagamatsu!

Second-year fiction MFA Sequoia Nagamatsu has great news:

West Branch will be accepting my story, Before You Melt into the Sea,
for their web edition (w/ some cash to boot). The person that emailed
me was also the former editor at the Kenyon Review for a while and
said he had advocated for my work in the past, which was also an added
bonus to say the least. Yay!

Congrats, Sequoia! Well done!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival Event Schedule: 2011

This week is the 10th! annual Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival:

Information here:
Festival Schedule

Monday, October 24, 2011

Congrats to Mark Brewin!

Mark Brewin (MFA '11, poetry) writes with happy publication news:

I am pleased to say that Copper Nickel has accepted for publication my
poem "Turkey Point."

Thursday, October 20, 2011

a new anthology is born!

Congrats to third-year fiction writer Nick Ostdick, who writes this
morning with very fine news:

Some big news, actually. I've spent the last few months working on
this and I'm overjoyed to say my anthology of short stories inspired
by hair metal songs is forthcoming mid 2012 from Orange Alert Press, a
Chicago-based indie publisher. The anthology is called Hair Lit, Vol.
1, and is packed with amazing writers. Seriously, it's pretty insane.
I'm thrilled!

Superb work, Nick! Congrats!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Newly Published: Imaginary Logic by Rodney Jones

Rodney Jones, poet and longtime SIUC faculty poet, is celebrating the publication of his new book, Imaginary Logic!

Details here:
Imaginary Logic

Monday, October 17, 2011

Panel for Undergrads Considering the MFA: Thursday, 4 pm, Faner Humanities Lounge

the SIUC Graduate Writers Forum will be hosting an MFA program
Application/Info panel for undergrads interested in pursuing an MFA in
the near future. Please notify any students you think may be
interested in such a session. We'll be discussing funding, the nuts
and bolts of application packets, letters of reference, statements of
purpose, the GRE, writing samples, and what exactly the value of an
MFA is/isn't. The panel will be on Thursday, October 20th in the Faner
Humanities Lounge.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Exciting news for first year poet Maggie Graber!

First-year MFA in poetry Maggie Graber has great Friday news:

My following poems will be featured in the summer 2012 issue of Avatar Review:

"Bees Turn House into Hive"
"In the Garden"
"Poem for the Glassmaker"
"The Sweatshirt"

Congrats, Maggie!

Avatar Review

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Congrats to Melissa Scholes Young!

Melissa Scholes Young (MFA '11, fiction) writes with news of publication:

I have a poem entitled "Safety" up at Switched-on Gutenberg Issue 17:
Accidental. Judy, Mark, and Brenna had their hands all over this one.

Congrats, MSY

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mini-Conference on "Life After the MFA": October 15, 2011

On Saturday (yes, you read that right) Oct 15th, SIUC faculty poet
and MFA Program Director
Allison Joseph will lead a mini-conference on "life after the MFA."

Here's the mini-conference schedule:

1-3pm: CVs and Resumes, Academic Job Searches (How to read a job posting)


3:30 pm-5pm: Non Academic Jobs for MFAs, getting recommendations,
post-MFA fellowships, writing colonies andconferences; Should I get
another degree?

We will meet in the Faner Humanities Lounge.

Judy Jordan to speak for Sigma Tau Delta

SIUC faculty poet Judy Jordan will speak and read new poems for Sigma Tau Delta on Thursday, October 13th at 6 pm in the SIUC Student Center Mackinaw Room. All are welcome to attend.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Congrats to Nick Ostdick!

Happy news from Nick Ostdick (third-year fiction):

Super good news this morning: my short-short 'Junk' has been accepted
for publication by the Emprise Review for their forthcoming issue. No
firm date yet, but very cool. Thanks!

Congrats, NO!!!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Congrats to Beth Lordan!

Congrats to fiction faculty member Beth Lordan whose story "A Useful
Story" (which first appeared in New England Review, volume 31, number
1) has been cited as a "Distinguished Story of 2010" in Best American
Short Stories 2011!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Catching Up with Travis Mossotti (MFA '10)

Here's what Travis Mossotti (MFA '10, poetry) has been up to:

Pub Updates:
Got two: "Dust" got picked up at Burnside Review (with a reading in
Portland, OR at the Crow Manor House Wednesday, February 22, 2012);
"Santorini" got picked up at Cream City Review.

Interview with Tim Green should also be coming out soon with Rattle.
Edward Byrne at Valparaiso Poetry Review nominated "My Brother's
House" for "Best of the Net 2011." I'll be down in your neck of the
woods this Friday, October 7th: Reading @ 4pm in Harry T. Moore
Auditorium. Reading at the River Styx Reading Series in St. Louis with
Erika Meitner on Monday, October 17th @ 7:30pm @ Duff's in the CWE.
Invited to the Utah Humanities Book Festival October 26th & 27th for a
reading at the Salt Lake City Main Public Library, a screening of
"Decampment," followed by a reading at Utah State University the next

See you soon, TM!

Congrats to Staci Schoenfeld!

First-year poet Staci Schoenfeld has these upcoming publications to announce:

My poem "Misdiagnosed" will be published in the Fall 2011 issue of
Appalachian Heritage. "Miscellaneous Merchandise" and "On the Way Home
from Lexington to Frankfort Via Leestown Road" will be published in
Accents Publishing's Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short
Poems in November.

Congrats, Staci!!!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Shawn Mitchell update

Third-year fiction student Shawn Mitchell has been very busy:

I've got a few things up over at the Fiction Writers Review, inc.:

An appreciation/review of Pinckney Benedict's "Miracle Boy":

which is the book of the week over there right now!

An interview/conversation with Elif Batuman and Geoff Dyer at the Cuirt
Festival in Galway:

A short appreciation of the Granta Book of the Irish Short Story:

In fiction:

My story "The Pink Missive" just ran over at Johnny America just
My story "She Was Beautiful, Yes" ran over at The Montreal Review awhile ago:

Congrats, Shawn!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SIUC Poet to Read at Central Methodist University

SIUC faculty poet Allison Joseph will read from her work at Central Methodist University on Wednesday, Sept 28, 2011:

Details here:
Poetry Reading, Fayette, MO

2011 Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival @ SIUC

Here's information on our upcoming annual fall literary festival

2011 Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, October 26 – 28
(All Events in SIUC's Morris Library)


8:00 – 9:15 p.m.
Readings by Amina Gautier & Rodney Jones
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

9:15 – 10:00 p.m.
Festival Reception (sponsored by the SIUC Dept. of English)
1st Floor Rotunda (Morris Library)


—panel discussion, John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)—

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Visiting Writers Panel featuring Amina Gautier, Alyson Hagy, Katherine
Riegel, Ira Sukrungruang, & Jerry Williams

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Readings by Brian Barker & Camille Dungy
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Reception and Book Signing featuring all festival readers
1st Floor Rotunda (Morris Library)

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Readings by the 2011 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners
Jerry Williams & Alyson Hagy
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)


11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Readings by Katherine Riegel & Ira Sukrungruang
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
The Anthology Pathology: How to Edit a Creepy Book (Editors and
contributors discuss and read from two new anthologies--The Book of
Villains and Surreal South '11: Monsters and Ghosts)
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

The festival is sponsored by GRASSROOTS, the Southern Illinois
University Carbondale Department of English's undergraduate literary
magazine. The Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival is made possible
through funding from the SIUC Fine Arts Activity Fee, the SIUC
Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writers Series, and CRAB ORCHARD

Festival author links:

Brian Barker website:

Laura and Pinckney Benedict bios and information on the Surreal South
anthologies on the Press 53 website:

Camille Dungy website:

Amina Gautier website:

Alyson Hagy author page at Graywolf Press with links to her books:

Rodney Jones page at The Poetry Foundation:

Katherine Riegel website:

Ira Sukrungruang website:

Jerry Williams bio and Q&A on the blog How a Poem Happens:

Josh Woods bio (bottom of the page) and his anthology The Book of
Villains at Main Street Rag Publishing website:

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Profile of the SIUC MFA Program

courtesy the Daily Egyptian, SIUC's student newspaper:


Thursday, September 22, 2011

more Brewin news

Mark Jay Brewin Jr. (MFA '11, poetry) is definitely on a roll:

I am pleased to say that Cave Wall has accepted for publication the
untitled, prologue-poem for my book which I will affectionately refer
to as by its first line "Water was always the problem

Congrats, MB, on all your recent publication acceptances!

Update: Kevin McKelvey (MFA '04, poetry)

An update from Kevin McKelvey, poetry alum:

So I'm still doing writing-in-the-schools programs, now with my UIndy
students through Second Story ( My students are
also editing, designing, and publishing books for second through
eighth graders at local schools. Here's an article about some of that
work, which I co-wrote with my collaborators from a local IPS school,
Second Story, and a class at Butler University:

Great work, Kevin! Keep us posted!

Monday, September 19, 2011

more Brewin news

Mark Brewin (MFA '11) has more news:

I just found out I was a finalist in the 2011 New Letters Literary Award.

Congrats, MB!!

list of finalists here:

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Portrait of a New Literary Journal: Prime Mincer

Read here about Prime Mincer, a new literary journal founded by SIUC MFA alums and current creative writing graduate students:

Prime Mincer

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kudos to Lumans and Brewin

News from some recent alums:

Alex Lumans (MFA '09, fiction):

A story of mine entitled "The Dictionary of Your Fears" was published
yesterday at Necessary Fiction. And the day before, they posted an
essay of mine with a far too long title ("Parochial Plaids,
Self-Cogitation, the Water Moccasin Myth, and "I Might Want to Come
Back": How You're Already Trying to Figure Out What This List Means").

Also, Blackbird accepted my story "Signs and Wonders" for publication.

Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. (MFA '11, poetry):

I am happy to say that my poem "So Intricate, So Inconceivably
Complex" has been accepted for publication in Columbia Poetry Review.
You, Rodney and Judy have all seen this poem in every incantation, and
it would not have been picked up without your diligent work. Thanks
very much.

Congrats, Alex and Mark!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Writers Workshop, Carbondale Public Library, starting 9/20/11

Third-year MFA students Shawn Mitchell and Nick Ostdick will be
running a semester-long creative writing class/workshop at the
Carbondale Public Library every Tuesday from 6:30PM-8PM starting
September 20th.

Update: Rachel Furey (MFA '09)

Spectacular news from Rachel Furey (MFA '09, fiction):

I hope all is well in Carbondale.
I thought I'd pass along news of recent publications. My short story
"Jody's Solo" took second place in the American Fiction Prize and will
be published in Volume 12 of American Fiction: The Best Unpublished
Short Stories by Emerging Writers. The story was also a finalist for
the Normal School Fiction Prize, so I am happy it found a home. Also,
my story "Stealing Scalpels" will appear in Fifth Wednesday Journal,
my story "Baby Girl" in the Tidal Basin Review, and my story "The
Blood Donation" in New Texas.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Fiction Forthcoming from Nick Ostdick!

Congrats to third-year MFA fiction writer NIck Ostdick:

My flash fiction 'About That' has been accepted for publication by the good folks over Big Lucks for their 'real talk' issue.

Congrats, Nick!

Big Lucks:
Big Lucks

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Congrats to Pete Lucas!

Second-year fiction MFA student Pete Lucas has this great news:

My short story, "For the Good of the Family" received an honorable
mention in Glimmer Train's June Fiction Open.
list of honorable mentions

Monday, August 29, 2011

Alumni Publications: New and Forthcoming

SIUC MFA alums have been busy:

Brenna Lemieux (MFA '11, poetry):
Ploughshares has just accepted my poem "Precision," for its Winter 2012 issue.

Mary Jay Brewin, Jr. (MFA '11, poetry):
My poem "Kansas Burning" was accepted for publication at storySouth. I
like the sound of that.

Melissa Scholes Young (MFA '11, fiction):

My interview with Devil's Kitchen's very own Jennine Capo Crucet is
up at Fiction Writers Review. Enjoy!

Congrats to all on these excellent publications!

Friday, August 19, 2011

SIUC MFA Program Ranked at #25 in 2012 Poets and Writers rankings!

Poets and Writers Magazine has ranked the SIUC MFA Program in Creative Writing at #25 in the nation!

Details here:
the Top 50

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Welcome to Carbondale, New MFA Students!

MFA Carbondale is happy to welcome the following new students to Carbondale:

Josh Bontrager, Poetry
Jenny Flack, Fiction
Mary Kate Flannery, Fiction
Elise Foster, Fiction
Brett Gaffney, Poetry
Maggie Graber, Poetry
Josh Gray, Fiction
Ben Guerette, Fiction
Patrick Hunt, Fiction
Austin Kodra, Poetry
Zach Macholz, Poetry
Staci Schoenfeld, Poetry
Ashley Sigmon, Fiction

Welcome and thanks for coming!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

MFA Orientation: Monday, August 15 @ 3:30 pm

Come one, come all (MFA students and faculty that is):

MFA Orientation for New and Returning Students
MFA Program in Creative Writing
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Meeting time: 3:30 pm
Meeting date: Monday, August 15th, 2011
Meeting place: Harry T. Moore Auditorium, Faner Hall

We will welcome our new class of MFA students officially to the SIUC MFA Program!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Travis Mossotti to be featured on "The Writer's Almanac"!

2011 MFA poetry alum Travis Mossotti has more good news:

Just found out that Garrison Keillor is going to be reading my poem, "Crossing the Gap" on NPR's The Writer's Almanac this upcoming Monday, August 8th 2011. The broadcast will be available online at, The Writer's Almanac official website.

Great news, Travis!!!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Congrats to Nick Ostdick!

Third-year fiction MFA student Nick Ostdick starts August off with some very good news:

My story 'Thursday' has been picked up by Anthills for their sixth issue due in November. It's the first story from thesis to be picked up. How 'bout that, huh?

Congrats, Nick!!!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Travis Mossotti update

Travis Mossotti is now a daddy!  And yes, his poems are still being accepted everywhere:

Genie and baby are doing great: sleeping, feeding, sleeping, feeding, well, you get the picture. I read Cora the last half of "Song of Myself" between last night and the early hours of the morning. She was a fan. Might move on to some Allison Joseph next.

Got some pub news: 5AM took "At the Deli Counter" for publication this winter, and Dark Horse accepted "Delivering the Bad News" for this fall.   

Congrats on the publications, Travis, and congrats to you and Genie and the birth of Cora!

Mark Brewn publication update

Poetry alum Mark Brewin (MFA '11, poetry) writes:

I am pleased to announce that my poem "On Garages" was accepted for publication at Arroyo Literary Review. Thanks very much to all of my peers and professors from SIUC for helping this piece get this far. I hope all is well, and--I must say--I miss The 'Dale quite a bit.

Congrats, MJB!

Brenna Lemieux publication update

MFA '11 grad Brenna Lemieux writes with fine poetry publication news:

I'm writing with some publication news for a steamy summer day. I just found out that Prairie Schooner will publish my poems "Three-Fingered Willy" and "Mislaid Memory about Pigeons," and RHINO has accepted "Ear Training.

Congrats, Brenna!!!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fantastic News for Alex Lumans!!!

Great news from fiction alum Alex Lumans (MFA '09):

I was awarded a fellowship to attend the MacDowell Colony. So, this fall, I'll be there for seven weeks in the deep dark woods of New Hampshire.

American Short Fiction accepted a story of mine, "The Unicorns," for publication in their web exclusives. It will be on their website in August.

The Normal School accepted my story "Limes" for publication.

I received Honorable Mention in the 2011 Press53 Open Award for Short Story and I was also a finalist in their Short-Short Story category.

And my stories in The Yalobusha Review and The Journal are now officially out.

Congrats, Lumans!!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Good News While Waiting!

Travis Mossotti (MFA '10) sends good news while he and wife Genie wait for the new addition to their family:

Good news as we await the little one to arrive by stork, Manchester Review took "Hills" for their October 2011 issue. A decidedly American epic poem, scooped up by a British mag. Go figure.

Congrats, TM!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Kevin McKelvey update

News from poetry alum Kevin McKelvey (MFA '04):

The Indiana Arts Commission awarded me a grant to write poems about the Wabash River in Indiana. Looking forward to new poems and research, and also offering readings and writing workshops in Geneva, Huntington, Peru, Logansport, Delphi, Lafayette, Perrysville, Terre Haute, Vincennes, and New Harmony. 

Congrats, Kevin!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Catching up with Brooks Rexroat (MFA '11)

Great news from fiction grad Brooks Rexroat:

Exciting publication news from my home state and abroad...
The Cleveland Review has accepted my short story, "Destroying New Boston." It should be posted July 31 at
My short-short "Legacy" will appear in the upcoming 13th issue of The Literary Bohemian, published out of the Czech Republic.

Congrats, Brooks!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Congrats to Pete Lucas!!

Good news on a hot day for second-year fiction writer Pete Lucas:

My short story "A Selfish Gift" will be published in the next print issue of Gertrude.


Congrats, Pete!

Mid-Summer Alumni News: July 11, 2011

News from:

Chad Simpson (MFA 05, fiction):

My story "The Woodlands" is the July web exclusive over at American Short Fiction. The story's here:, and there's an interview with me about the story here:

I also received some good news from folks with SIUC ties: My story "American Bulldog"--from COR's Land of Lincoln issue--has been chosen by John McNally to appear in Jason Brown and Shanie Latham's New Stories from the Midwest 2011, which is going to be put out by Indiana University Press.

And: My story collection was recently named one of three finalists for Sarabande's Mary McCarthy Prize. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only former Saluki on the list of finalists and semi-finalists:

Helena "Hel" Bell (MFA 08, poetry)

a flash fiction piece I wrote has just been published by Brain Harvest:

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Congrats to Ruth Awad!!!

Congratulations to third-year poet Ruth Awad for winning this year's poetry contest from Copper Nickel!

Details here:

Copper Nickel

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

new Josh Woods anthology coming soon!

Great news from Josh Woods (MFA '09, fiction):

I've got a new anthology out that features very cool work from two other SIUC MFAers, Lumans and Flaherty. The anthology is a collection of stories about villains called, believe it or not, The Book of Villains. It releases Aug. 30th, but pre-orders get a massive discount. Below is the link.
Please help me spread the word!

Josh is also the editor of the Versus Anthology (Press 53, 2009).  

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Catching Up with Tim Marsh (MFA '06, fiction)

Great news for fiction grad Tim Marsh (MFA ''06):

I have some news for the blog: This autumn I'll have stories appearing in Quiddity and Sweet. I've also just received a writer's fellowship to the Can Serrat residency program in Barcelona, which will give me 4+ weeks in Spain either this November or next April, 2012.

Congrats, Tim, on all your good news!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Melissa Scholes Young Update

Melissa Scholes Young (MFA '11, fiction) has loads of juicy news:

I have the poems "Coconut Water," "Piranha Fishing," and "Escape from Brazil" in the spring editions of Cold Mountain Review, Tampa Review, and Tapestry.  Also, I got a big girl job teaching writing full-time at American University beginning this fall.  Couldn't have done any of that good stuff without the amazing folks at SIU. A million thanks to you and Jon and the whole crew. See you in D.C.!

Congrats on all this great news, Melissa!!!!

Congrats to Sequoia Nagamatsu!

Great news for second-year fiction MFA student Sequoia Nagamatsu:

Just got word that my story, "The Passage of Time in the Abyss", has been accepted for the 2012 issue of Gargoyle Magazine. And I'd just like to give a shout out to everyone who helped me with this one esp. those who reminded me of Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth in their critique letters, which ended up being a quite helpful model. Huzzah!

Congrats, Sequoia!!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Matt Guenette (MFA '99) update

News from Matt Guenette (MFA '99, poetry)

The July issue of Diode ( will run a handful of poems, including a number from the soon-to-be publishedAmerican Busboy.
The July issue of iO Poetry ( will run a review I wrote of Julie Hanson's book Unbeknownst.
My poem "Wasps" was accepted by the Spoon River Poetry Review.
My poem "The Produce & Me" appears in the latest issue of Crab Creek Review.
My poem "Job Performance" has been accepted for publication in Prime Mincer.

Congrats, Matt on the upcoming publication of your second book, American Busboy!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Brooks Rexroat (MFA '11) news

Great news from Brooks Rexroat (MFA '11, fiction):

Weave Magazine has accepted my short story,  "Moving Day." It'll be printed and shipped out in January; in the meantime, I'm quite excited that I'll be teaching this fall at Xavier University in Cincinnati. 

Congrats, Brooks!!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Surreal South '11 to feature fiction alums

Surreal South 11, the third volume in the anthology series edited by Laura and Pinckney Benedict, will feature work by A.K Thompson, Alex Lumans, and Josh Woods, all recent alums of the SIUC MFA program. Congrats to all, especially to Pinckney and Laura for continuing this project!

Details here
Surreal South 11

Friday, June 17, 2011

Young Writers Workshop 2011: Back for Another Summer

The faculty, staff and participants of SIUC's 13th Annual Young Writers Workshop cordially invite you to join them for this year's Reading Series. All events are free and open to the public!

Young Writers Workshop 2011 Reading Series: Southern Illinois University Carbondale

JUNE 21, 2011:
SIUC Faculty Reading: Pinckney Benedict
Faner Hall, Harry T. Moore Auditorium, 8 pm
SIUC fiction faculty member Pinckney Benedict will read selections of his work.

JUNE 22, 2011:
SIUC Graduate Creative Writers Reading:
Ruth Awad, Shawn Mitchell, and Andrew McSorley
Faner Hall 1005, 4-5 PM

Visiting Writer Reading: Allison Joseph and Jon Tribble, poets
Harry T. Moore Auditorium) 8PM
SIUC MFA Program Director Allison Joseph and Crab Orchard Review Managing Editor Jon Tribble will read from their nationally-published works of poetry.

JUNE 23, 2011:
SIUC Graduate Creative Writers Reading:
Dan Paul, John Stanford Owen, and Sequoia Nagamatsu
Faner Hall 1005, 4-5 PM

Visiting Writer Reading: Travis Mossotti, poet
Harry T. Moore Auditorium 8 PM
Travis Mossotti received his MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His poetry continues to appear widely. Mossotti was awarded the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review in 2009. His first collection of poems, About the Dead (Utah State University Press, 2011), was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award.

JUNE 24, 2011:
SIUC Graduate Creative Writers Reading:
Pete Lucas, Max Schleicher, and Nick Ostdick
Faner Hall 1005, 4-5 PM

Visiting Writer: Michael Meyerhofer, poet
Harry T. Moore Auditorim 8 PM
Michael Meyerhofer’s third book of poems, Damnatio Memoriae, won the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. Previous poetry books are Blue CollarEulogies (Steel Toe Books) and Leaving Iowa (winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award). He also has a fantasy novel, Wytchfire, that is forthcoming from Triskaideka Books. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Arts & Letters, River Styx, Quick Fiction and other journals, and can be read online at

JUNE 25, 2011:
Young Writers Workshop Participant Reading
Cisne Auditorium, Pulliam Hall 34, 1:30 PM

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Travelstead and Scholes Young to read at River Styx's HYP June edition

River Styx ’s popular summer reading series kicks off with The Hungry Young Poets, the fourteenth season of readings by six poets under the age of 33. We hope you can join us at Duff's Restaurant, located at 392 North Euclid in the Central West End , on June 20 at 7:30 pm.

Among the readers this June are our own Melissa Scholes Young (MFA '11, fiction) and Jonathan Travelstead (third-year, poetry)

Hungry Young Poets Series

NB: SIUC poets Andrea Wagner and Andrew McSorley will read for the July HYP! Salukis represent!

great news for Rick Pechous (MFA '11)

from Rick Pechous (MFA '11, fiction):

I'm happy to report that The Nashville Review is wanting to publish a longer piece of mine, "The Eagle Has Conjured Itself into a Dry Leaf Floating in the Wind," for their fall issue. It should be out December 1st. It's all really, very exciting.

Congrats, Rick!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Congrats to Nick Ostdick!

Third-year fiction MFA student Nick Ostdick has new publication news:

A flash fiction of mine called 'How To Keep Your Boy' was just published in THE2NDHAND. Great little mag.

Congrats, Nick!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fantastic news for Kerry James Evans (MFA '09)

Congratulations to Kerry James Evans (MFA '09, poetry) on this fantastic news!!!!

My book, Bangalore will be coming out late 2013 with Copper Canyon Press.

Superb work, KJE!!!  Proud of you!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Joplin Benefit: Langston Out Loud


Tuesday, June 14, 2011
4-6 pm
Harry T. Moore Auditorium, Faner Hall 1326

featuring readings from the work of Joplin's favorite son, Langston Hughes

The event is free and open to the public.
There will be drawings for door prizes and donations are welcome.

All donations raised will go to MIssouri Southern State University's fund for displaced students, faculty and staff members.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Congrats to Rick Pechous!

MFA '11 grad Rick Pechous has new publication news to report:

I'm happy to report that Knee-Jerk Magazine has accepted my short piece, "Life with Angela" for publication. It's up now as part of their June issue. You can read it here:

Congrats, Rick!!!

Catching Up with Jim Gill (MFA '99)

Fiction alum Jim Gill (MFA '99) writes with this update:

I have another short piece at The Common, an old piece that finally found a home. 

Also, I thought I'd let you know that I've recently been promoted and will be, for at least the next year, program director of the English Dept at Northwest Christian University here in Eugene.  Yeah, I know, me head of anything seems strange, much less an English Dept, but there it is.  I'm actually very excited to continue working with great colleagues and students in an even larger capacity.  Here's my faculty bio page if you want to post that.  The picture of me is pretty goofy looking, but I guess the camera doesn't lie.  

Congrats, Jim!!!

more good news for Amie Whittemore

Hits just keep on coming for Amie Whittemore (MFA '10, poetry)

My flash fiction piece "She rhymed with jump, I rhymed with rope" has been picked up by the Bellingham Review.

Great cross-genre action, AW!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Congrats to Amie Whittemore!

Congrats to Amie Whittemore (MFA '10) on this upcoming publication:

I just wanted to let you know that my poem, "The Other Field" has been accepted for publication by The Fourth River.

Great news, AW!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

fabulous news for Jessica Easto!

Second-year fiction writer Jessica Easto has great news:
I've just been notified that I've won a scholarship (free room, board, tuition) to participate in the Oxford American's first Summit for Ambitious Writers this summer (!!! David Remnick, Kevin Brockmeier, and Wells Tower (among many delightful others) are on faculty. Couldn't be more excited!
Sounds fantastic, Jessica!!!  Many congratulations!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Catching Up with Michael Meyerhofer (MFA '06, poetry)

News from one proflic alum:

My third poetry book, "Damnatio Memoriae," should be released by September. You can still pre-order it here: My fifth chapbook, "Pure Elysium," is at the printers and should be out soon, as well. Oh, and a lil' side project, a fantasy novel called "Wytchfire," was accepted for publication by an indie press called Triskaideka Books. It's (hopefully) the first of a series, to be released in print and e-book format, probably also around September.

Congrats, MM!!

Congrats to Melissa Scholes Young!

Melissa Scholes Young (MFA '11) writes with poetry publication news:

My poem "Safety" was just accepted for publication by Switched-on Gutenberg.  It'll be out in the fall.

Congrats, MSY!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Congrats to Leslie Adams!

Third-year MFA poet Leslie Adams sends great news from Ireland:

North American Review has accepted "Making Camp" for publication. Nice news to go with the gorgeous weather here. Can't wait to see everyone in a few weeks!

Congrats, Leslie!  We've missed you!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

MFA Graduation GALA--May 6, 2011

The Creative Writing Program of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Department of English

cordially invites you to attend

our MFA Celebration

May 6, 2011

6-7 pm: Reception
7-9 pm: Readings

at the Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois

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

Janelle Blasdel
Lane Kareska
Brenna Lemieux
Charlie Lemmink
Richard Pechous
Brooks Rexroat
A,K. Thompson
Melissa Scholes Young
Katie Zapoluch

Please join us in wishing them congratulations and godspeed.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Congrats to John Stanford Owen!

MFA graduate student in poetry John Stanford Owen has late afternoon good news for the blog!

I'm happy to announce "Devil's Drop" will be appearing in Third Coast.

Congrats, JSO!!!

Melissa Scholes Young to Read at Hungry Young Poets Series

from Melissa Scholes Young (MFA '11, fiction--but she writes (and publishes) everything):

I'm reading some poetry about Brazil for the Hungry Young Poets Summer Reading Series June 20th in St. Louis.  

Congrats, MSY!!!

Congrats to Renee Wells (MFA '06, poetry)

on her new job at Michigan Tech! I'll let Renee tell you about it:

I'll be working at Michigan Tech as their new Assistant Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Coordinator of LGBTQ Outreach. I will also teach LGBT poetry in their diversity minor.

Congrats, Renee!!!

Upcoming Publications for Kerry James Evans (MFA '09)

the news from Kerry James Evans:

Hope all is well in the 'dale. I've had a few poems accepted. Ploughshares accepted "Blackbird," Tampa Review accepted "Buffalo Rock" and Water-Stone accepted "Killing the Snake." 

Congrats, KJE!!  Great publications!!!

Update from Rachel Furey (MFA '09)

Fiction alum Rachel Furey writes with news of a critical nature:

I hope all is well in Carbondale and the semester is rounding itself
out well! This is not a creative publication, but since you wanted to
know, I will pass it along. My essay "Sentence Fragments, Sound, and
Setting in Suttree and The Road" has been accepted for publication in
The Cormac McCarthy Journal. It was exciting for me to see that I
could perform in this arena of writing as well.

Congrats, Rachel! Way to go!

Congrats to Bryan Estes!

news from Bryan Estes, first-year poet:

I just received word from The Minnesota Review that they would like to use one my erasure poems for the cover of their next issue. 

How unusual!  Congrats!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Congrats to Brooks Rexroat

MFA 11 grad Brooks Rexroat (hey, at this point, third-year student hardly applies) has more great news:

I found out this weekend that "Basement Party," a short story inspired in part by the untimely passing of R&B singer Nate Dogg, will appear this June in The Montreal Review. They must like what we're doing: roughly 20 percent of the fiction they've accepted this year has come from current SIUC folks.

Congrats, Brooks!!! You are on a roll!

SIUC's Jon Tribble to be part of Oregon State's first Editorial Festival

Jon Tribble, Crab Orchard Review's managing editor and Series Editor for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry will be part of Oregon State University's first

Editorial Festival:

Details here:

Monday, May 02, 2011

Benefit Reading for the Victims of the Southern Tornadoes

SIUC faculty and graduate students will read from the work of Alabama
authors on Thursday, May 5th from 4 PM to 6PM
in the Harry T. Moore Auditorium, Faner Hall.

Featured reader will be Alabama native and SIUC's own Rodney Jones.

Donations welcome.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Farewell to Jacinda Townsend

MFA Carbondale wishes a fond farewell to Jacinda Townsend, who is leaving the creative writing faculty at SIUC for a position on the creative writing faculty at Indiana University. Carbondale's loss is Bloomington's gain! We will long remember your talent, your laughter, your beauty and your smarts! Best of luck, Jacinda!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fantastic News from Fiction Alum Jared (JY) Sexton

via Facebook, Jared (JY) Sexton (MFA '08) made this wonderful announcement:

The good people at Atticus Books have optioned my book of stories, An End to All Things. Really excited about this and am thankful for all of the people who've been supportive and kind over the last few years.

Congrats, Jared!!  Fine work!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

News from fiction alums Jim Gill and Alex Lumans

from Jim Gill (MFA '99)

My story "The Poacher" is in the current issue of Night Train.  

from Alex Lumans (MFA '09):
he Journal accepted a story of mine called "The America Indian is Dead" for its next issue.

And I have two new poems now online: "With Teeth" at Strange Horizons and "The North Pacific Land-Bridge that Reappears Every Seventeen Years" at The Pedestal.

Congrats, guys!  Thanks for the links!

Monday, April 25, 2011

John Owen and Nick Ostdick to read in Rivertown Reading Series

SIUC's own John Owen and Nick Ostdick will read on May 7 at the
Yeiser Arts Center as part of the Rivertown Reading Series.
Congrats, John and Nick, on being selected to read in the Series!

Yeiser Arts Center website:

More good publication news for Tim Marsh (MFA '06 fiction)

Fiction alum Tim Marsh is on a roll:

This morning within ten minutes of each other (which has never happened), I received good news from two more magazines. Knee-Jerk will run my story "Relegation, North Sumatra" in an upcoming issue, and Mason's Road will publish my piece "Skydiver". Pretty cool.

Congrats, Tim!  Keep the good news coming!


Congrats to Lane Kareska!

Third-year fiction MFA student Lane Kareska has happy news to start the week:

I just received the very pleasant news that my short story "Cursed" will be included in issue 32 of Berkeley Fiction Review. It's a dark one, featuring James Dean's haunted car, an ex-con and garden shears. 

Congrats, Lane!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Paul Guest to teach at the University of Virginia

With great pride, MFA Carbondale blog announces the appointment of
Paul Guest (MFA '99) to the creative writing faculty at the
University of Virginia!
Congratulations, Paul!!!!

Travis Mossotti (MFA '10) update

South Dakota Review took "Smokestacks," & Water~Stone Review took a longer poem "If we are humans then let us be fools."  (Kerry James also got a long poem in Water~Stone so I'll be in good company).

Catching Up with Tim Marsh (MFA '06)

Latest note from Tim Marsh (MFA '06, fiction):

I'm in Okinawa right now, surfing, exploring, the usual.

Small news for the blog: My piece "Courage" was accepted by Foliate Oak, and my essay "Banjar Dalung" was taken by The Kartika Review, to appear this May.

Congrats, world traveler!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

2011 Academy of American Poets Prize Winners: Graduate Division

Poet Jake Adam York chose Leslie Adams' "Meditation with Lines from Wallace Stevens" as winner of this year's Academy of American Poets Prize for SIUC graduate students. He also singled out for honorable mention Jung Hae Chae's "Language Acquisition" and Andrea Wagner's "Arkansassy."  

Congratulations to all.

Storyspotting: Chad Simpson

Fiction alum Chad Simpson (MFA '05) announces the publication of a new story:

My story "Adaptations" was published yesterday at Necessary Fiction. 

Congrats, Chad!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Congrats to Brooks Rexroat!

Third-year MFA Brooks Rexroat has more good news!  Congrats, Brooks!

A second batch of good news in one week: Subtle Fiction, an online magazine out of New Zealand, has taken my story "Theft Against Such Beauty." Not only did they accept it--they posted it right away.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Undergraduate Poetry Prize @ SIUC: Deadline 4/14/11

Undergraduate Student Poetry Prize
Cash Award and One Year Membership to the Academy of American Poets

To Enter

Submit: Up to 3 poems
Deadline: Thursday April 14th at 4pm

SIUC undergraduates may submit an entry packet to Prof. Judy Jordan,
English Dept, Faner Hall, Mail Code 4503 or drop off at the English
Faner room 2380 during regular hours.

Entry packet should include:

1) A cover sheet with your name, address (including date address is
good until), phone number, e-mail address and poem titles, plus an
address that is good after May 15, 2011.

2) Poems on individual, separate pages. Include title(s) on poems,
but no names, please.

Mossotti Update: Upcoming Publications

Travis Mossotti (MFA '10) has news of upccoming publications:

Saint Ann's Review took "Outside Pinckneyville" and "Wheat Field with Crows." Nimrod took "The Story of a Plant." Also, all April long I'm writing articles for basalt's website, a literary journal out of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon. Stop by and check them out.

Congrats, TM!  Great to see you at Little Grassy!

Congrats to Brenna Lemieux!!

Third-year poet Brenna Lemieux has great news to share:

Hi, Allison --

I've just heard that Greensboro Review will be publishing my poem "Grief as a Half-Swallowed Kite." What swell news for a swell spring day, huh?



Congrats, Brenna!!  Way to work it!

Congrats to Brooks Rexroat!

Third-year fiction student Brooks Rexroat has great news:

Alt Hist Magazine has accepted my story, "To the Stars." My first fiction publication, and it's a paying gig.

Congrats, Brooks!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

news from Kerry James Evans (MFA '09, poetry)

Kerry James Evans (MFA '09, poetry) sends fine news from Tallahassee:

New Letters nominated my poems from their issue for a Pushcart. 

Narrative Magazine accepted six poems for publication. 

I am the recipient of a Kingsbury Fellowship at Florida State, which allows me to only teach one class in the fall and spring semesters, and includes a $9000 award. 

Congrats, KJE!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Storyspotting: Chad Simpson edition

Fiction alum  (MFA '05) Chad Simpson has new stories just published!

"my pretend heart" appears in Issue Three of Twelve Stories (a and "smoke" appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Moon Milk Review (

Mark Brewin keeps racking acceptances up!

Third-year poet Mark Brewin writes with news of another accepted poem:
Guess I must have done something right: West Branch has accepted another poem for publication, ¨Marriage.¨ They like me, they must really like me.

Congrats to you, MB!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

MFA Graduate Paul Guest Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship!!

Hearty congratulations to Paul Guest (MFA '99) on being awarded a
2011 Guggenheim Fellowship!

Details here:

Reminder: Little Grassy Literary Festival starts today!!!

The Little Grassy Literary Festival starts today with a reading from
Traci Brimhall and Jake Adam York!

Details here:

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

MFA grad Andy McFadyen-Ketchum sends along good news:

Cimarron Review just took "First Catch," the first of the father-story poems to be taken...finally!  And The Writers Chronicle will soon be publishing my interview with Andrew Hudgins.

Congrats, AMK!!!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Allison Joseph to read at Converse College, South Carolina

SIUC poet Allison Joseph travels this week to Converse College in South Carolina for a reading from her work:

Converse College guest writers

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jon Tribble quoted in Huff Post article on "best books about writing"

Crab Orchard Review's managing editor and SIUC poet Jon Tribble is quoted in this Huffington Post article:

Huff Post Books

Upcoming Writers on the Road Events!!!

SIUC MFA writers are busy hosting writers and traveling to other places to read!!!

1) Writers on the Road: SIUC @ Vanderbilt ( )
Nine writers will be traveling to Nashville this Friday for a lighting round literary reading at Mad Donnas Restaurant/Bar. 

2) Writers on the Road: Ohio State @ SIUC ( )
April 23rd, Harry T. Moore Auditorium from 5 - 6:30pm

Storyspotting: Chad Simpson (MFA '05, fiction)

A story just in time for the start of baseball season by MFA grad
Chad Simpson:

Storyspotting: Gillian King-Cargile (MFA '05, fiction)

from Gillian's Facebook page:

Hey, everybody! My short short is a finalist in the Inlander 101 word
fiction contest. It's published here:

Congrats, Gillian, on the publication of this story!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More Brewin news!!

Third-year poet Mark Brewin is on a roll!  He sends more good news along from Ireland:

" I am pleased to announce that my poem "On Thunderstorms" was a finalist in the 2011 Third Coast Poetry Prize,  judged by Natasha Trethewey."

Congrats, MB!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mark Brewin Report!

Third-year poet Mark Brewin's poem "The Root Whiskers" appears in the new edition of the Greensboro Review (Number 89, Spring 2011).  

He sends this news from abroad as well:

I am pleased to announce that my poem "Blackrock Diving Tower" was accepted for publication in Visions, a magazine interested in the environment and sustainable development, centered out of my undergraduate Alma mater, Elon University.

Congrats, MB!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Mark Brewin poems accepted for publication

Third-year poet Mark Brewin keeps racking up the acceptances: 

I am pleased to say that my poems "The Same Idea" and "Drinking Stories" were accepted for publication in West Branch.

Congrats, Mark!  

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Poet Demetrice Worley to read at SIUC for Women's History Month

Poet Demetrice A. Worley will read from her new poetry collection, Tongues in My Mouth, tomorrow on the SIUC campus at 4 pm in the SIUC Student Center's Kaskaskia Room.

More about Tongues in My Mouth:
Tongues in My Mouth

More about Demetrice Worley:

Demetrice Anntía Worley holds a D.A. (Doctorate of Arts) in English from Illinois State University and an M.A. in English from University of Illinois, Urbana. Currently, is an associate professor of English at Bradley University where she teaches creative writing, exposition, technical writing, business communication, African American literature, and writing theory courses to first year through graduate-level students.

Her debut poetry collection is Tongues in My Mouth (Main Street Rag March 2011). In addition, she is the co-editor of Language and Image in the Reading-Writing Classroom (LEA 2002) and African American Literature 2nd edition (McGraw-Hill 1998); and co-compiler of Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle and Other Modern Verse, 2nd edition (ScottsForesman 1995). Her
Poetry appears in anthologies such as Women. Period. (Spinster Ink 2008), Risk, Courage and Women (North Texas U P 2007) an American Library Association 2008 Top 25 Anthology, and in 44 on 44 (forthcoming March 29, 2011). Her poetry has appeared literary journals such as Reverie, Permafrost, Clackamas Literary Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review.

NO Location Change for Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest Ceremony

Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest Ceremony today at SIUC Student Center @ 4pm. Location changed to Kaskaskia Room. Judge Sara Burge will read from her work, as will the award-winning poets!

Another NEWS FLASH: The Roxana Ceremony is still in the Mississippi Room. Tomorrow's poetry reading with Demetrice Worley, poet and professor of African American Studies from Bradley University, has been moved to the Kaskaskia Room. Sorry for any confusion! Sara and the award winners will be reading in the Mississippi Room this afternoon (3/24) at 4pm.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Little Grassy Literary Festival coming

The Graduate Writers Forum of the SIUC MFA Program in Creative
Writing presents
the Little Grassy Literary Festival April 7&8!

Details here:

Another dose of Other People's Letters!

MFA '09 fiction graduate Abby Wheetley has news of a production of Other People's Letters: 

Abigail Wheetley
Special Collections Research Center
Morris Library
Southern Illinois University
605 Agriculture Drive
Mailcode 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: (618) 453-2516
Fax: (618) 453-3440 (for all staff)
Other People's Letters to Profile Local Family
Carbondale, Illinois, March 26, 20100
This year, Special Collections Research Center at Morris Library, is proud to present Other People's Letters: The Teeter Family Papers, an evening of family revelation, marriage, children, daily life, and unfortunate loss and struggle seen through the letters of this Carbondale family. Saturday, April 9th 4:00-6:30 in the Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. Free and open to the public.
Horace Hollister Teeter arrived in Southern Illinois in 1865 where he married Nancy Belle and had six children while establishing himself as an entrepreneur and businessman in Carbondale. His accomplishments include the development and marketing of an innovative coffee percolator, production of baking powder, and a production and sale of his own brand of furniture polish. Around 1900 he founded the Excelsior Paint Company which he managed until his death in 1924.
Horace and Nancy Teeter had six children, all raised in Carbondale. This reading will showcase correspondence between siblings Kate, Robert and Lillian Teeter, as well as their nephew Louis Teeter and his wife and son. Members of the staff and the community will take on the roles of the Teeters and will read their way through this collection adding voice to this family's history.
The Teeters provide an authentic view of family life in Carbondale and southern Illinois from the end of the 19th century to Lillian's death in 1977. The April 9th reading will illustrate this family history as well as bringing insight into the love, intimacy, and humor expressed in this now almost forgotten art of letter writing

Melissa Scholes Young Interviews Danielle Evans at FWR

Third-year fiction writer Melissa Scholes Young invites you to read her interview with Danielle Evans, who graced us with a reading at
last year's Devil Kitchen Literary Festival: 

I have an interview with Danielle Evans up at Fiction Writers Review.  

2011 Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest Results

Announcing the Winners of the 2011 Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Women's Studies Program

Southern Illinois University Carbondale



Judge Sara Burge, SIUC MFA alumna, poet and instructor at Missouri State University, has chosen to honor the following poets and their poems:


Undergraduate Winners:

First place: Jonathan Veach for "A Death in Baton Rouge"

Second place: Jeffrey Haynes for "Holy Scripture"

Third place:  Rheanna Pulley for "Abraham visits Moriah"


Graduate Winners:

First place:  Ruth Awad for "Kata Doksa"

Second place: Jonathan Travelstead for "Mitch's Motorcycle Salvage and Rebuild"

Third place:  Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. for "Mother('s)"

Honorable Mention: Jonathan Travelstead for  "From a Café in Paris"



Please join us on Thursday, March 24 2011 at 4 pm in the SIUC Student Center Mississippi Roomfor an awards ceremony featuring a reading from our judge, Sara Burge, author of Apocalypse Ranch (C&R Press). The winners will also read their award-winning poems.  There will be a booksigning and reception in the after the ceremony.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Congrats to Melissa Scholes Young!

Third-year MFA fiction writer Melissa Scholes Young keeps racking up the poetry acceptances!  Congrats, Melissa!

Cold Mountain Review just asked if they could publish by poem "Piranha Fishing."  It's got fancy dropped lines.  I said yes.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SIUC MFA Program ranks #25 in nation in poetry

SIUC's poetry program has been ranked number #25 in the nation!  Details here:

Congrats to Mark Brewin!

News from third-year poetry MFA Mark Brewin:

I am pleased to announce that Prairie Schooner has accepted for publication my poems "Hounds" and "Working First Shift at the Progresso Soups Factory." 

Congrats, MB!!!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Jon Tribble reads for Linebreak today

Jon Tribble, Crab Orchard Review's managing editor (and so much
more), reads a poem (not his) for today's edition of

Here's the link:

In-House Reading: Thursday, March 10, 2011

SIUC MFA Program in Creative Writing IN-HOUSE Reading Series

Thursday, March 10 · 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Harry T. Moore Auditorium

The Graduate Writers Forum presents the third In-House Reading of the semester.


Jessica Easto
Max Schleicher
Andrea Wagner
Jonathan Travelstead

Put your books down Thursday evening, and enjoy a reading by SIU's finest. Be sure to tell your classes about this, and maybe offer some extra credit. We appreciate your support!