Monday, December 15, 2014

Congratulations to SIUC's own Jon Tribble

Fabulous news from Jon Tribble, SIUC's most-hardworking editor:
It is my great pleasure to announce that my first collection of poems, Natural State, will be published by Glass Lyre Press in 2016. I will sign my contract next month after everyone is back from the holidays, but I received word from the publisher and managing editor, Ami Kaye, that it was fine for me to share this news and I couldn't be happier. I had such a great experience working with Ami and Lark Vernon Timmons on the recent feature in Pirene's Fountain and I look forward to working with them and all the Glass Lyre Press staff on my first book (at least from the writer's and not the editor's side).
Thanks to Allison and to so many friends over the years for continuing to remind me that I am a writer as well as an editor. I hope this confirms your faith and encouragement.

Friday, December 05, 2014

SIUC MFA grad Michael Meyerhofer (MFA '06) has won the Etchings Prize for his fantasy novel, Wytchfire!

Details about the prize here:

Details about the book here

SIUC fiction prof scores GRAMMY Nomination

Congrats to SIU MFA fiction professor Scott Blackwood, who has earned a GRAMMY nomination!

Here's the official nomination information from the site:​

Happy: The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides
David Sager, album notes writer (Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra)
Label: Archeophone Records
I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70
Alec Palao, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Label: Light In The Attic Records
Offering: Live At Temple University
Ashley Kahn, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
Label: Resonance/Impulse
The Other Side Of Bakersfield: 1950s & 60s Boppers And Rockers From 'Nashville West'
Scott B. Bomar, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Label: Bear Family
Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
Jon Kirby, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Label: The Numero Group
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)
Scott Blackwood, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Label: Third Man Records/Revenant Records

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

SIU MFA Graduates Win NEA Fellowships!!!

Congratulations to Staci R. Schoenfeld (MFA '14) and Kerry James Evans (MFA '09) on receiving National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry!!!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Schedule for the 2014 Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival

The 2014 Devil's Kitchen schedule is set! 

2014 Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, October 22 – 24
(All Events in SIUC’s Morris Library)


8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Reading by Kathleen Hale
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)


11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.         
Fiction Panel featuring Janet Burroway, Kathleen Hale, Justin Herrmann, and Victoria Redel
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Poetry Readings by Dan Albergotti and TJ Jarrett
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Reception and Book Signing featuring festival readers
1st Floor Rotunda (Morris Library)
(sponsored by the SIUC Dept. of English and the Southern Illinois University Bookstore)

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Readings by the 2014 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award Winners in Poetry and Prose
Steven D. Schroeder and Victoria Redel
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)


11:00  – 11:50 a.m.
Poetry Panel featuring Dan Albergotti, TJ Jarrett, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, and Steven D. Schroeder
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Readings by Justin Herrmann and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Fantastic News for Three SIUC Poetry Alums!

The creative writing faculty woke to the spectacular news that three
of our alumnae won large amounts of poetry cash in the annual Dorothy
Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize competition.

Leslie Adams (MFA' 12) Ruth Awad (MFA '12), and Amie Whittemore Shea
(MFA '10) all won for poetry they submitted to this national poetry
competition! Leslie and Ruth are winners in previous years as well.

For more details about this contest, visit

Friday, January 31, 2014

poet Max Schleicher (MFA '13) writes with great news

Finally some good news. MAR is picking up my poem "Grape Picker's Song."

Hope Faner Hall is still bracingly austere!

Congrats, Max!!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

fantastic news for Brooks Rexroat (MFA fiction)

I'm profoundly grateful to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference
Katharine Bakeless Nason Endowment and the Camargo Foundation for
selecting me as a 2014 Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellow, which will
allow me to work for a month on the Camargo campus in Cassis, France.
I also appreciate the incomparable Allison Joseph, who recommended I
check into Bread Loaf in the first place. After another year with four
day jobs, this is welcome news and welcome writing time.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Utterly Fantastic News About Ben Percy, SIUC MFA Graduate

Something to howl about: FOX TV is adapting Red Moon as a series and
I'm co-writing the adaptation with Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (A
Beautiful Mind, Winter's Tale)

Congratulations, BEN!!!!!