Wednesday, February 22, 2012

News Update from Melissa Scholes Young (MFA '11)

An update from fiction grad Melissa Scholes Young

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

Rachel Furey (MFA '09) Update

Fiction alum Rachel Furey (MFA '09) continues to impress:

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!!!

Good News for John Stanford Owen

Third-year poet John Stanford Owen has great news:

I'm happy to announce StorySouth has picked up "His Knives," the
longest poem in my manuscript.

Congrats, JSO!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

News from Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (MFA '09)

Here's an update from Andrew McFadkyen-Ketchum (MFA "09, poetry):

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 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

News Update from Jared (JY) Sexton (MFA '08)

Fiction alum Jared (JY) Sexton writes with a good news update:

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!

Nick Ostdick nominated!

Third year fiction MFA Nick Ostdick has great news too!

My story "Storms" has been nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize! Kinda
stoked, not gonna lie.

Stoked for you, Nick!

upcoming publication for John Stanford Owen

The good news keeps on coming--this time from third-year poet John
Stanford Owen:

I'm happy to announce "First Barrow" will be appearing in the Southeast Review.

Congrats, JSO!!!

More Brewin doings

Looks like they just can't get enough of poetry alum Mark Brewin (MFA
'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!

Congrats, MJB!

Catching Up with Brooks Rexroat (MFA '11)

Fiction alum Brooks Rexroat also has a lot of great news in his update:

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.

"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

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

Fiction alum Tim Marsh (MFA '06) has loads of great news:

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
Montserrat, Spain.

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 please keep your
fingers crossed, and anything else on your body that can overlap.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

More publication news for Mark Brewin!

More great news for Mark Brewin (MFA '11):

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

2012 Roxana Rivera Poetry Contest Guidelines


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

Re: publication news

Congrats to third-year poet Jung Hae Chae!

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

Congrats to Melissa Scholes Young!

Great news for MFA '11 fiction grad Melissa Scholes Young:

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.

Congrats, MSY!!!


I have an interview with Ana Menendez up at Fiction Writers Review:

Menendez interview

My past interviews with Devil's Kitchen's own Danielle Evans and Jennine Capo Crucet are over there, too.

Spectacular News for fiction alum Chad Simpson

Delightful news for MFA '05 grad Chad Simpson--his story collection "Tell Everyone I Said Hi"--has won the 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Prize!!!!

Details here
Iowa winners

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Congrats to Brett Gaffney!!

First-year poetry MFA Brett Gaffney has great news to share:

Precipitate just accepted by poem "La Isla de las Muñecas, Xochimilco, Mexico."

Congrats, Brett!!!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Helena "Hel" Bell update

Congrats to Helena Bell (MFA '08) on the new story publication:

"All the Young Kirks and Their Good Intentions" is now live at Clarkesworld!