Friday, June 29, 2012

congrats to Mark Brewin (MFA 11)

I am pleased to announce that my second flash fiction piece titled "Accessories" was accepted for publication in the December print issue of Emerge Literary Magazine. A little cross-genre love...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Young Writers Workshop 2012 starts today!!

The Young Writers Workshop, SIUC's annual creative writing conference for high school students aged 15-18 starts today!

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

8-9 PM: Guest Author Reading with Laura Benedict, fiction writer, Harry T. Moore Auditorium, Faner Hall

Thursday, June 21:
4-5 PM: Graduate Student Reading, Faner 1005: Elise Foster, Brett Gaffney, Jenny Flack
8-9 PM: Visiting Author Reading w/ fiction writer Nicole Louise Reid

Friday, June 22:
4-5 PM: Graduate Student Reading, Faner 1005: Andy Harnish., Andy McSorley, Derand Wright
8-9: Visiting Author Reading with fiction writer Geoff Schmidt, Harry T. Moore Auditorium

Saturday, June 23:
1:05-3:15 PM: Young Writer Workshop Participants Reading, Pulliam Hall #34, Cisne Auditorium

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Great News for Staci Schoenfeld!

Congrats to second-year poet Staci Schoenfeld:

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

Publication Gone "Live" for Andrew McSorley

Third-year poet Andrew McSorley's work is up!

     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:


- McSorley

Congrats, Andy!

Catching Up with Jared (JY) Sexton (MFA '08)

Fiction alum Jared (JY) Sexton sends this update: The biggest news is that I got hired on for the tenure-track fiction position at Georgia Southern University and will join their faculty in August. On top of that, my interview with Chuck Klosterman was the cover story for the latest issue of BULL, my piece "New and Better Things" was just published in Dark Sky Magazine, NANO Fiction will publish my story "The Hatred in Their Eyes, The Cruelty in Their Hearts," Metazen will publish my story "I am the Oil of the Engine of the World," Stymie will publish my story "Of All That Breathes Across the Earth," my story "A Man Gets Tired," originally featured in PANK, will appear in Press 53's upcoming anthology of bar stories, and the book trailer for my collection "An End to All Things," directed by film maker Jake Bottiglieri, recently premiered. (

Monday, June 04, 2012

Update on Alex Lumans (MFA '09)

In case you've been wondering what a certain redhead's been up to, here's an update from Alex Lumans:
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.