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