Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Ahoy there and Happy Holidays, Allison!
I am thrilled to announce that my Creative Audio version of my poem "Seven
Places I Have Found My Grandmother in the Last Six Years" is featured on The
Collagist's website for their December 2012, Issue 41! Please please please,
check it out!
Scroll down and find the link Creative Audio at:
Monday, December 03, 2012
Happy December news-- my character poem, "Trans/Verse," was recently
published by Boxcar Poetry Review
Today, I received word that BPR has selected my poem as one of their
2012 Pushcart Prize nominations. Hooray!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Fiction alum (MFA '12) Nick Ostdick has a short story published in a new Main Street Rag Publishing Company fiction anthology called "Aftermath: Stories of Secrets and Consequences."
Congrats, Elena and Nick!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
NYC friends: I'll be reading at NYU as part of a series called
"Literary Publishers Present," readings hosted by editors featuring
their magazines' or presses' authors (so far they've had McSweeney's,
Paris Review, Granta, and Bellevue Literary Press). Zoetrope:
All-Story will be featured on Thursday, February 28, at 7 PM. The
host/introducer is the wonderful Adrienne Brodeur, founding editor of
Zoetrope, and the other readers are David Means and Kathryn Harrison.
There will be wine and cheese afterward!
Sounds like a great time, PB!
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
honor--it's cross-genre too!
"Stitches," a one-act play I wrote and directed, took Outstanding Production
(the top honor) at the South Carolina Theatre Association Community Theatre
festival. The show will represent South Carolina at the Southeastern Theatre
Conference in Louisville next March.
Wonderful news, CA!!!
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (MFA '09) appears in the new issue of Copper
Adrienne's fiction piece "Murdered Girl" and Andy's poem "Ghost Gear"
appear in Issue 18 of this great journal. Congrats to Adrienne and
For more about Copper Nickel, visit:
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Just letting you know that Southern Humanities Review picked up my
poem "Donation Doctor's Visit" and that Burnside Review accepted "A
Bridge is like a Tongue" for publication in its upcoming issue.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I just found out I won the Outstanding Thesis Award. Out of the entire university!!!! I am now utterly dizzy with excitement and disbelief! A world of thanks to Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph, Jon Tribble, and Rodney Jones for your wonderful letters and for being incredible mentors. J'adore!
Fantastic news, Ruth Awad! The honor is well-deserved!!!!!
Ritual" appears in Issue 2 of the Lindenwood Review, the literary
journal published by Lindenwood University!
BTW, the Lindenwood Review is reading submissions for Issue 3 until
December 15, 2012 (guidelines here):
Monday, October 29, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I am pleased to announce that New Madrid has accepted my poem "Puerta la
Reina, First Movement" for its upcoming issue, and that Booth Online Journal
has accepted my poem "A Borrowed Childhood Memory, Alloway, 4 July 1967" for
their Spring 2013 line-up. Pretty stoked.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Festival is this week!!!
Here is the schedule for the 2012 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival:
2012 Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, October 24 – 26
(All Events in SIUC's Morris Library)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24
8:00 – 9:15 p.m.
Readings by Wally Swist and Scott Blackwood
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Poetry Panel featuring Katie Chaple, Wally Swist, Daniel Nathan Terry,
and Marcus Wicker
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Poetry Readings by Daniel Nathan Terry and Marcus Wicker
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)
(sponsored by the SIUC Dept. of English and the Southern Illinois
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Readings by the 2011 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners in Poetry and Prose
Katie Chaple and Patricia Ann McNair
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
11:00 – 12:00 a.m.
Fiction Panel featuring Scott Blackwood, Patricia Ann McNair, and Peter Orner
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Fiction Reading by Peter Orner
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)
3:00 – 3:50 p.m.
Publishing Talk by Kevin Morgan Watson, founder, publisher, and Editor
in Chief of Press 53
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)
(sponsored by the SIUC Dept. of English Graduate Writers Forum)
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 Dept.
of English Graduate Writers Forum, the SIUC Creative Writing Program's
Visiting Writers Series, the SIUC Department of English, the SIUC
College of Liberal Arts, and CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.
Here are biographies of the writers who will be reading at this year's
Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival:
Scott Blackwood is the newest member of the graduate faculty in the
MFA program in creative writing at Southern Illinois University
Carbondale. His novel, We Agreed to Meet Just Here (New Issues Press,
2009), won the AWP Prize for the Novel, the Texas Institute of Letters
Award for best fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN USA Literary
Award for fiction. His award-winning collection of stories, In the
Shadow of Our House, was published by SMU Press in 2001. His fiction
has appeared most recently in American Short Fiction, the Gettysburg
Review, Boston Review, and Southwest Review, and the title story from
his collection is featured on the New York Times Book Review's "First
Chapters" website. His feature essays and reviews have appeared in the
Austin Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, Bookslut, and Revenant
Record's NPR-featured American Primitive Volume II. He's a recipient
of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, two Texas
Commission on the Arts Fellowships, and was a distinguished
writer-in-residence at Wichita State University. Blackwood holds an
MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University.
Katie Chaple, this year's winner of the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award
in Poetry, is the author of Pretty Little Rooms (Press 53, August
2011). She teaches poetry and writing at the University of West
Georgia and edits Terminus Magazine. Her work has appeared in the
Antioch Review, Crab Orchard Review, Passages North, The Rumpus,
Southern Humanities Review, StorySouth, and Washington Square, among
Patricia Ann McNair, this year's winner of the Devil's Kitchen Reading
Award in Prose, is the author of The Temple of Air (Elephant Rock
Books, 2011), which was also named a finalist in the Chicago Writers
Association's 2nd Annual Book of the Year Awards. has lived 98 percent
of her life in the Midwest. She has managed a gas station, sold pots
and pans door to door, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, worked on the
trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and taught aerobics.
Today she is an Associate Professor in the Fiction Writing Department
of Columbia College Chicago, where she received the Excellence in
Teaching Award as well as a nomination for the Carnegie Foundation's
US Professor of the Year. McNair's fiction and creative nonfiction
have appeared in various anthologies, magazines, and journals
including American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging
Writers, Other Voices, F Magazine, Superstition Review, Dunes Review,
River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and others.
She is also published in The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in
Creative Nonfiction edited by Dinty W. Moore. She's received numerous
Illinois Arts Council Awards and Pushcart Prize nominations in fiction
and nonfiction. McNair divides her time between city and small town
with her husband, the visual artist Philip Hartigan.
Peter Orner is the author of two novels, including Love and Shame and
Love, a New York Times Editor's Choice Book, and The Second Coming of
Mavala Shikongo, Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His
first book, Esther Stories, received the Rome Prize from the American
Academy of Arts and Letters, and is being re-issued next year with an
introduction by Marilynne Robinson. Orner is also the editor of two
non-fiction books, Underground America and Hope Deferred: Narratives
of Zimbabwean Lives, both published by McSweeney's. His work has
appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, Granta, and Best
American Stories. Born in Chicago, Orner currently lives in San
Friday, October 19, 2012
storycompetition hosted in London by the Telegraph newspaper!
The story is titled "Angel of Death" and can be accessed here:
As winner, Brooks will travel to London next year to meet with editors
and publishers from across Great Britain!
Hope all is well. Some good news this morning: Corium Magazine has
accepted my very short story 'Columbus Day' for publication in the
upcoming fall issue. Should be out in a few weeks, I think. It's a
great pub and I'm stoked to be involved with it.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Thursday, October 18th at 4pm at the Old Baptist Recital Hall (red brick building north of Faner Hall).
Free and open to the public!
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Just got word from Prime Mincer that my story, "There's No One Down
There," will be published in the anthology The Man Date: Fifteen Bromance
Stories, alongside our own Pinckney Benedict, alum Shawn Mitchell, and
several other very talented folks including Rick Bass and Alan Heathcock.
In addition, Ryan's poem "In the Park" is forthcoming in New York Quarterly.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Pittsburg (KS) State:
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Exit 7 has accepted my story "Somewhere Between This World and
Another" for publication in their next issue, due out in February. I'm
Congrats, Nick! We miss you in the Dale!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
My story "Mercy" is included in the new edition of THE OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, just out from Oxford University Press. It's included with a veritable Murderer's Row of folks, from Washington Irving to Jhumpa Lahiri via Eudora Welty and Ha Jin. Pretty happy about this one.Here's are links:http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/LiteratureEnglish/AmericanLiterature/?view=usa&sf=toc&ci=9780199744398http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0199744394/ref=kinw_rke_rti_1Congrats, PB!!!
I heard from the New Plains Review that they accepted my poem "On
Silent Retreat at The Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist, Kentucky." Woot!
It will be out in their Fall 2012 issue. :)
Thursday, August 30, 2012
humdinger of a poem in the middle of my first book manuscript--has
been accepted for publication at Connotation Press. One more poem left
to be published!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Scott Blackwood's site
Friday, August 17, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
My story "Signs and Wonders" is now up at Blackbird. It hails all the way back to my slot in Pinckney's workshop, and there's no way it would be out in the world now without that class.
My story "Phys. Ed. 112 Syllabus: You and Your Apocalypse" was accepted by Toasted Cake, which does podcast reprints.
I was a finalist in Press 53 2012 Open Awards Contest in the Flash Fiction category.
And an audio version of my poem "Looking over His Shoulder, Eadward Muybridge Addresses the Mirror" that came out in Sycamore Review is now up on their site.
Monday, July 02, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Here's the schedule of this year's readings. All readings are free and open to the public!
Tuesday, June 19:
8-9 PM: Faculty Reading w/ fiction writer Pinckney Benedict, Harry T. Moore Auditorium, Faner Hall
Wednesday, June 20:
4-5 PM: Graduate Student Reading, Faner 1005: Pete Lucas, Dan Paul, Max Schleicher
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Just passing along the happy news I got today that my poem "Attempts at Flight" was chosen as a finalist in Yemassee's 2012 Pocataligo Poetry Contest. My name will be listed in the upcoming magazine and website as a finalist, and the poem will be published on Yemassee's website. :)
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
The newest issue of Rougarou is up online and contains, amongst other cool work, my poem "Backyard Rink." Here's the link for the current issue:Yee-haw!- McSorley
Monday, June 04, 2012
I had a story accepted and published recently at Clarkesworld called "All the Things the Moon is Not". They also have it available as an audio podcast for download.
The Blue Mountain Center in upstate NY offered me a one-month Residency Fellowship, which I'll be heading to in a few weeks.
And then I'll go the ART342 Program in Fort Collins for six weeks because they also offered me an artist residency.
That certainly solves the question of how I was going to survive this summer. Sadly, it means I'll be missing the lovely Shea-Whittemore wedding.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP
Department of English, Southern Illinois university Carbondale, Faner Hall 2380, Mailcode 4503, 1000 Faner Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901
Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Younkin-Rivera Prizes For Young Writers
Carbondale, Illinois: The Young Writers Workshop, an annual creative writing workshop for high school writers, is proud to announce the winners of the annual Younkin-Rivera Prizes for Young Writers. Each winner will receive an award of $250 and free registration to the 2012 Young Writers Workshop, to be held on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
In prose, this year's winner is Kate Mirly of Smithton, Illinois for her story "The Story of a Villain." Kate attends Freeburg Community High School in Freeburg, Illinois.
In poetry, this year's winner is Monique Ocanas of Park Forest, Illinois for her poem "A Reflection." Monique attends Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois.
The awards, open to creative writers aged 15-18 from across the country, are named in memory of Brad Younkin and Roxana Rivera, two young writers who were once students in Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.
The Young Writers Workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a four-day, co-ed, residential creative writing workshop for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in developing their skills in the writing of poetry and prose. In 2009, the workshop will held from June 19 to June 23, 2012. Additional information about this year's session can be found at www.dce.siu.edu.
The awards will next be offered in 2013. For information about next year's awards, please contact Allison Joseph, the Young Writers Workshop Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 07, 2012
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Squee! I sold a story! The lovely Shimmer magazine has accepted "In Light of Recent Events I Have Reconsidered the Wisdom of Your Space Elevator" for a future issue. :)
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
cordially invites you to attend
our MFA Celebration
April 28, 2012
5:30-7 pm: Reception
7-9:30 pm: Readings
at the Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois
These seven graduating students will read briefly from their thesis works:
Jung Hae Chae
John Stanford Owen
Derand E. Wright
Please join us in wishing them congratulations and godspeed.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I'll be an Assistant Professor of English at St. Charles Community
College this fall, I just found out I won the Blue Moon Poetry
Chapbook Contest at Missouri State for My Life as an Island (first
half of a longer manuscript--Western Humanities Review is publishing a
fifteen page spread from that manuscript this summer), and Prairie
Schooner will be publishing a ten page poem, "Yellowstone Wolf
Project," from a different manuscript in fall 2012.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Very excited to share news of an upcoming publication--the Calyx
Journal picked up three of my poems: "Language Acquisition,"
"Generations," and "She was the ugliest girl" in either July 2012 or
January 2013 issue. Groooovy!
Groovy indeed!!! Congrats, Jung!!
Copper Nickel is going to publish my short story "Murdered Girl."
This is my first publication ever, so I am pretty pleased.
Great news, AD!!!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I'm doing an online video "event" tomorrow, Wednesday, April 18, at 6 PM Eastern time. It's an experiment - you all know me well enough to be aware of what a gadget guy I am, and it seems to me that this latest gadget will have some role in how book tours and such are done in the (near) future. I'll be giving a brief reading from Miracle Boy and Other Stories, and then there will be a Q&A period, during which webcam-equipped attendees (who can virtually raise their hands!) can ask me questions and so on.I freely admit that I have no idea how this will go, so you're likely to see me fall flat on my face, or hit the wrong button and blip out of existence. What could be better?Hit the link below to add yourself to the guest list. The event coordinators will then send you an email with the link to the actual reading, as well as a reminder when the reading is about to start. There's no software to install, as the whole thing works in a conventional browser.Hope to see ("see") some of you there ("there").
Monday, April 16, 2012
The scholarship I received from the Highlights Foundation is $600
toward a Young Adult Boot Camp in June with Rich Wallace and Kathryn
Erskine. The folks at the foundation asked that I spread the word to
other writers, so if others are interested in children's/YA writing,
they might check out the list of workshops:
They're happy to answer any questions and send a scholarship
application via email.
Congrats, Rachel, and thanks!!!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Friday, April 06, 2012
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Monday, April 02, 2012
A piece of mine was selected as Poem of the Month a while back and has
been posted on The
Pinch's website. It's a longer piece titled, "Seven Places I Have Found My
Grandmother in the Last Six Years."
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
SPONSORED BY THE CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM AND THE WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
Judge Catherine Pierce, poet and professor at Mississippi State
University has chosen to honor the following poets and poems:
Winner: Jessica Lynn Suchon for "When you glimpse his hand, the heel
of his shoe,"
Runner Up: Jeffrey Haynes for "My Great Aunt Dies of Creeping
Paralysis at Age Sixteen"
Runner Up: Jessica Lynn Suchon for "The Anatomy of Guilt"
Winner: Max Schleicher for "Story"
Runner Up: Ruth Awad for
"A Name for the Year's Longest Night: My Father's Grade-School Crush
Among the Maronite Militia"
Runner Up: Austin Kodra for "Parentless, In Her Childhood Home"
Please join us on Thursday, March 29 2012 at 7 pm in the SIUC Student
Center Mackinaw Room for an awards ceremony featuring a reading from
our judge, Catherine Pierce, author of The Girls of Peculiar and
Famous Last Words, both published by Saturnalia Books. The winners
will also read their award-winning poems. There will be a booksigning
and reception in the Faner Humanities Lounge after the ceremony.
The Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest honors the memory of Roxana
Rivera, who was a poet and graduate student in English at Southern
Illinois University Carbondale at the time of her death in 2003.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Massacre" will be published by The New Republic and seen in print
during the next year. I'll keep you posted on a more specific date.
Congrats, Ruth!!! Excellent publication!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
After a year of waiting...my book of poetry, Learning About Fire, has just been released from Texas Review Press! Check it out here:
Learning About Fire
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Readers include Ruth Awad, Jenny Flack, Brett Gaffney, Staci Schoenfeld, Maggie Graber, Alberta Skaggs, Allison Joseph, Jung Hae Chae, and Judy Jordan.
SIU Student Center, Missouri Room, 7 pm, March 8, 2012
Monday, March 05, 2012
I'm going to be the new Fiction and Screenwriting professor at Georgia Southern in Fall '12. It's bittersweet because I'm looking forward to the new post, but I'm leaving a lot of lovely people and the state I adore. Thanks to everyone who's been supportive over the last few weeks, and Go Eagles.
Congrats, Jared, and best of luck in Statesboro!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
It seems I'll be employed again next year. The Literature Department
of American University has offered me another contract to keep doing
what I do. I'm a lucky lady, indeed.
Also, The Truth About the Fact, the literary journal of Loyola
Marymount University, has accepted my nonfiction essay "On the Verge
of Everything" for spring publication. Hopefully, I'll be out in LA
in April to read for their launch party.
Conclave: A Journal of Character is publishing a short story of mine
entitled "The Application" due out in their October print edition.
Monday, February 20, 2012
I hope all is well in Carbondale. I thought I'd pass along the good
news that my story "The Biology Bee" won the William Richey Short
Fiction Contest and will be published in Yemassee.
The editor of Fifth Wednesday Journal also let me know about this kind
Great work, Rachel!!!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Man, sorry I haven't sent you anything in so long. It's been a pretty
amazing 12 months or so, but the first few weeks of 2012 have been
just out of control. The highlights:
"Corridor" and "Driving into the Cumberland" were selected to be in
The Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee
My anthology proposal for a book of Apocalyptic Lit (working title
Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days) was accepted by
Upper Rubber Boot Books
I was given first prize in the Emerging Poets Prize awarded by
Methodist University's 22nd Southern Writers Symposium.
I just became (today!) a Contributing Editor for Southern Literary
Review. Check out my web-column called "poetry=am^k" (The title was
Ron Mitchell's idea, not mine) on their website,
And I had 3 panels taken by AWP that are going to be awesome. I have a
feeling you may know a few of the participants:
F114. Redefining Lyric: Five Poets Featured on PoemoftheWeek.org Read
Their Work on Friday at 9:00, F138. Apocalypse Now: A Multi-Genre
Reading of Apocalyptic Literature on Friday at 10:30, and F149.
Ghostwriting the Eulogy: How to Survive and Make Your Name beyond the
Academy with a Degree in Creative Writing at noon.
Congrats on all this, AMK!
Monday, February 13, 2012
My story "A Man Gets Tired" is forthcoming from PANK, "Now I Am Become
Death, Destroyer of Worlds" is forthcoming in Pulp Modern, "Everybody
Must Give Something Back for Something They Get" is forthcoming in The
Platte Valley Review, "The Right Men For the Job" appeared in 10,000
Tons of Black Ink, "Mediation" appeared in the newest issue of The
Raleigh Review and was nominated for the Million Writers Award, "It is
Wide and It is Deep" appeared in Prime Mincer and was nominated for a
Pushcart, I was named Managing Editor at BULL and was just interviewed
by The Review Review, and Atticus Books just announced that my first
collection, "An End to All Things," will be released November 23rd,
Black Friday, later this year.
Congrats on all this bounty, Jared!
'11) in Memphis:
It seems that The Pinch is so interested in my work that the
Editor-and-Chief just emailed me and asked that besides having my poem
"Seven Places..." as the April "Poem of the Month" that she would love
one of her favorites of my submission "Lily of the Valley" be printed
in the upcoming issue as well!
An update for the blog:
My hyper-short story "Vacuum" appeared in issue 21 of Boston Literary
Magazine. It's out in print and online at
The Jet Fuel Review at Lewis University published "Five Meals in
Paris" in its fall edition. http://jetfuelreview.com/?page_id=749
"In the Center" was included in the first issue of Literary Juice.
Generations Literary Magazine has accepted the story "Wisdom of Age"
for its upcoming third print edition.
The folks at Alt Hist Fiction have posted an interview with me. It's
up online, along with an excerpt from my story "To the Stars," which
came out in the new edition of that publication.
My story "Destroying New Boston," which was first published last July
by The Cleveland Review was the story of the day for Jan. 31 at
"Last Night" was chosen by author Louise Doughty from among 700
submissions as one of six finalists for the Telegraph Newspaper's
(England) Short Story Competition.
I've also got a Web site up and running at brooksrexroat.com
Hey Allison! Hope the new year is treating you right! Things are
pretty awesome on this end. It's been a while and a lot of things have
Publications: New Plains Review has just published my essay "Patience"
in their latest issue; The Kartika Review has just included one of my
pieces "Banjar Dalung" in their 2011 Anthology of Asian Pacific
Islander American Literature, available on Lulu and Amazon; Ninth
Letter will be publishing my nonfiction piece, "Something Californian"
in their Spring 2012 issue; Quiddity will be publishing another essay
of mine in their 2012 issue, due out in the spring I think.
Fellowships: I've received a full bursary from the Tenot Foundation in
France, which grants me 6 weeks at the CAMAC Centre d'Arts, in
Marnay-sur-Seine, not far from Paris. Utterly stoked about this. I've
also received a scholarship to the Can Serrat International Arts
Center and will be spending June as a writer-in-residence in
Bigger News: Though I'm not totally committed to this yet, I also just
received a conditional acceptance into the Aberystwyth PhD Creative
Writing Program in Wales. I'm a finalist for a departmental
scholarship that would fund my entire first year...so please keep your
fingers crossed, and anything else on your body that can overlap.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
I am happy to say that my poem "On Thunderstorms" was recently accepted for
publication at Georgetown Review, as well as my poem "Seven Places I Have
Found My Grandmother in the Last Six Years" which was not only accepted at
The Pinch, but will be featured as their "Poem of the Month" for April!
Congrats, Brewin! Wonderful!
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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 the winning entry, $25 for two runner-ups
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 Body, Her Self"
DEADLINE: Friday, March 23, 2012 at 4pm
Submission Guidelines: Send 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) No identifying information on the poems themselves, please. One poem per page. There is no entry fee, but there is a limit of three poems per entrant. When sending entries via e-mail, please send in rtf or doc file format (no docx) —send all poems as 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.
Entries accepted via e-mail only at
(replace -AT- with @ in sending e-mail).
Winners will be honored at a special awards ceremony to be held March 29, 2012.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
So happy to share news that my poem, "Happiness" found a
home--Georgetown Review will publish it in 2012 or 13 or 14 (strange,
but they didn't confirm the exact date). No complaints though.
Something to look forward to! Congrats, Jung!
Friday, February 03, 2012
I just got word that my short story "Holding Hands," which used to be
called "Anywhere But Here," will be published with Sliver of Stone. I
saw that they published your awesome naked mole rat poem, so I know
I'm in good company. The story is the first in my short story
collection, and I'm pretty proud it finally found a home.
I have an interview with Ana Menendez up at Fiction Writers Review:
My past interviews with Devil's Kitchen's own Danielle Evans and Jennine Capo Crucet are over there, too.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A story of mine entitled "Eighty-SIx Ways to Cross One Desert" was
accepted by Fifty-Two Stories. And Booth took a story called "Phys Ed
112: You and Your Apocalypse."
Hobart also accepted a story of mine that's told in tweets called
"Twitterfeed: TheSinner'sCorpse." It's up now:
I also have a story starting today at Necessary Fiction called
"Acknowledge the Corn" for their Origin Stories Month:
And The Collagist will soon publish my book review of Michael Griffith's Trophy.
Congrats on everything, Lumans!
Monday, January 30, 2012
the way from France:
West Branch will be taking "Half-Water Meditation," "Men Eating
Alone," "Meditation with Lines from Wallace Stevens," and "The Beach
House." It's great when some of your favorites get picked up together!
All best, and miss you all,
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Clarkesworld Magazine (you may remember that they published a story by
Alex Lumans a while back) has accepted "All the Young Kirks and Their
Good Intentions" Will send a link when it goes live.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
"...just came out today from Mason's Road. It's a longer piece
titled, "Letter about my last night in Carbondale, Illinois."
Monday, January 23, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
First-year poetry MFA student Staci Schoenfeld has publication news:
I just received word that nibble will publish two of my poems -
"Desire from A to Z" and "Valentine" in their next issue!
First year poetry MFA student Brett Gaffney also has publication news:
The Medulla Review accepted two of my poems into their next (all women) issue
The poems are "Night People" and "The Scream Queen."
I'm writing with the glad tidings that three of my poems have recently
been accepted for publication: "Someone Else's Pain" and "Mrs. Eder's
Sunday School Class" got picked up by Bellevue Literary Review, and
"The Gospel of Household Plants" was accepted by cream city review.