Friday, October 19, 2018

Job Opening at the MFA Program in Creative Writing at SIUC

Department of English
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Position: Assistant Professor, Fiction Writing (Digital Humanities), tenure track, continuing, 9-month appointment, Department of English, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Qualifications: Completed MFA in fiction, and/or PhD in Creative Writing (fiction). Candidates must have at least one published or accepted book of fiction, and must have experience teaching fiction writing classes, preferably at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates must also show preparation to contribute, via teaching and/or creative activity, to an emerging program in digital humanities,broadly-defined: podcasts, VR narratives, game scripting, blogging, and/or other forms of online/digital publication.
Duties: Teach undergraduate fiction classes, graduate workshops and seminars in fiction and/or creative activities related to digital humanities. Applicants will be responsible for maintaining an active independent research/creative activity agenda relevant to the discipline and service activities to assist the Department.
Appointment Start Date: August 16, 2019.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2018, or until filled.
Application Procedure: Send letter of application, current CV, and names of three references by mail to:
Professor David Anthony, Chair
Department of English
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Mail Code 4503
1000 Faner Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901
Or by email to: davidantATsiuDOTedu

Monday, October 15, 2018

Creative Writing Education Today
 A national nomadic symposium
Following the successful launch of the nomadic symposium at the University of South Florida (with host Dr. Dianne Donnelly) on October 5, “Creative Writing Education Today”, next appears at:
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Illinois
Friday, February 1 2019
You are invited to propose a short paper (15 minutes) and to engage in discussions in this unique nomadic symposium. Papers can explore any topic in such areas of interest as:
- New ideas in Creative Writing Teaching and Learning
- Assessment
- National and global developments in Creative Writing Research
- Co- Curricular Opportunities
- The Future for Creative Writing / Creative Writing Studies
Sessions in each national location will be introduced and hosted by authors in the New Writing Viewpoints (MLM) book series and from New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (Taylor and Francis). The IWU host is Dr. Mike Theune. All participants will also be invited to participate in a national survey of creative writing education today.
Send proposals (150 words) to:
Proposal Deadline: November 30 2018
Attendees who do not wish to present are also very welcome and can register by sending and email to or reserve a place via Doodle registration at:
The nomadic symposium is free, but places in each location are limited. Early submission/registration at your local symposium is thus highly recommended.
Inquiries: Dr. Graeme Harper, Chair, Creative Writing Symposium,

Monday, October 12, 2015

Websites of Some Wonderful SIU MFA alumni

Here's a far-from complete list of SIU Carbondale MFA alums:

Sarah Burge:
Hannah New:
Amie Whittemore:
Sarah McCartt Jackson:
John McCarthy:
Sequoia Nagamatsu: 
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum:
Michael Meyerhofer:
Adrian Matejka:
Benjamin Percy:
Kerry James Evans:
Mark Jay Brewin Jr.:
Paul Guest: 
Travis Mossotti:

2015 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at SIUC

Coming soon: October 21-October 23, 2015
Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
The Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival, named after the famous lake, is an annual three-day festival featuring readings, panels, and book signings by published writers from across the country. The event is a great opportunity to meet published authors and to celebrate their works. It is free and open to the whole Southern Illinois community. Three of the authors attending are winners of the Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction, David Tomas Martinez (Poetry), Megan Milks (Fiction), and Ben Tanzer (Nonfiction). They will read from their works as a part of the festival.
The festival starts on Wednesday October 21st and ends Friday October 23rd. There are a total of eight events including readings by the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction, readings by other honored guests, writing panels, and book signings by the many acclaimed authors. All of the events will be held in the first floor of the Morris Library, schedule below.
Event, Date, Time
Book Reading by Ben Tanzer
Oct. 21st, 8-9 PM
Writers Panel featuring Sass Brown, Lisa Fay Coutley, Angie Macri, David Tomas Martinez, Megan Milks, and Ben Tanzer
Oct. 22nd, 11-11:50 AM
Poetry Reading by Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Authors - Sass Brown and Lisa Fay Coutley
Oct. 22nd, 2-3:15 PM
Reception and Book Signing featuring all visiting writers
Oct. 22nd, 3:15-4:30 PM
Readings by the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award Winners in Poetry and Fiction featuring David Tomas Martinez and Megan Milks
Oct. 22nd, 4:30-6 PM
Q & A 20 Years of Crab Orchard Review: A Conversation with Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor Allison Joseph and Managing Editor Jon Tribble
Oct. 23rd, 10-10:50 AM
Readings by Grassroots Editors and Contributors
Oct. 23rd, 1-1:50 PM
Poetry Readings by Angie Macri
Oct. 23rd, 2-2:50 PM

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!!!