Thursday, March 31, 2011
Huff Post Books
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
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
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.
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
the Little Grassy Literary Festival April 7&8!
Special Collections Research Center
Southern Illinois University
605 Agriculture Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
Fax: (618) 453-3440 (for all staff)
I have an interview with Danielle Evans up at Fiction Writers Review.
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:
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"
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
Cold Mountain Review just asked if they could publish by poem "Piranha Fishing." It's got fancy dropped lines. I said yes.-Melissa
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Thursday, March 10 · 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Harry T. Moore Auditorium
Monday, March 07, 2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011
and MFA fiction grad has this news:
Dr. stephen dollinger (the director of the psychology department here
at siuc) and I have co-authored an article that has been accepted for
publication this fall in
the journal called Imagination, Cognition and Personality.
The article's name: Does the ACT Predict "Inside the Box" Thinking
or Creativity?: Creative Characters in the Personality Imagination
Congrats, Alberta!! Very intriguing!!!
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
awarded a 2011 grant of $5000 from the Illinois Arts Council!!!
Join SIUC’s Creative Writing and Women’s Studies Programs as we honor the memory of a wonderful poet and celebrate Women’s History Month.
The Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest honors the memory of Roxana Rivera (1977-2003), who was a first-year creative writing graduate student from Lynwood, California. Roxana, a graduate of California State University Long Beach, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and English. While at SIUC, Roxana was a PROMPT Scholar and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of English.
To remember this special woman and poet, a campus-wide poetry contest will be held, with divisions for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Gift certificates will be awarded as prizes in both divisions:
$50 for first place $30 for second place $20 for third place
This contest is open to all students currently enrolled at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Students of all majors are encouraged to participate in this contest.
This Year’s Theme: “Her Present, Her Future, Her Past”
DEADLINE: Monday, March 21, 2011 at 4pm
Submission Guidelines: Submit an entry packet with:
1) A cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and poem title(s). Indicate on your cover sheet whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student.
2) Poem(s) on individual sheets (one poem only per page). No identifying information on the poems themselves, please. There is no entry fee, but there is a limit of three poems per entrant. If sending entries via e-mail, please send in rtf file format only—send all poems in one file.
The contest theme is provided to spark your creativity, and entries that reflect upon the theme in the lives of women are particularly welcome.
Entry packets should be submitted to Prof. Allison Joseph, English Dept., Faner Hall 2380, Mail Code 4503. Entries may be sent via campus mail or dropped off at the English Department office (Faner Hall 2380) during regular campus office hours.
Entries can also by e-mailed to
(replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).
Winners will be honored at a special awards ceremony to be held March 24, 2011.