We are happy to announce our incoming MFA cohort for fall 2013! Please welcome writers Allie Watson, Brooks Teevan, John Costello, Mike Alberti,Trevor Ketner, Su Hwang, Janna Knittel, Anna Rasmussen, Emily Strasser, Kendra Atleework, Dana d'Amico, and Scott Long. We look forward to working with them.
Nassir Sakandar had his essay, "Why Your Dating Life Needs Classical Music," published by Minnesota Public Radio.
Su Hwang and Trevor Ketner will each have three poems published in the upcoming Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, by Ice Cube Press in Iowa.
Elisabeth Workman's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Altered Scale, Cant, Coldfront, Deluge, Gesture, Martin Stannard's August 1, 2013, Ping Pong, and Third Rail. A new chapbook ANY RIP A THRESHOLD will be out with Shirt Pocket Press this fall. Her first full-length book Ultramegaprairieland is forthcoming from Bloof Books this spring.
J. Fossenbell's hybrid fiction series, "Ziggy and the Infinites," is up now at Moonshot Magazine.
Isabel Harding's short story "Pet Tricks" appears in the Summer 2013 issue of NEAT Magazine.
Carrie Lorig co-authored the chapbook Roots with Russ Woods, which won Radioactive Moat’s Poetry Contest and is now available here (read a review on Actuary Lit. here). Carrie published a poem in TYPO 19. Carrie’s chapbook NODS. was reviewed by Lucy Biederman on Coldfront and by Nathan Kemp in the new issue of DIAGRAM, and a review by Nate Pritts is forthcoming in the Southeast Review. She also has a poem with Russ Woods in the new issue of The Destroyer, as well as a video poem up at The Continental Review.
Francine Marie Tolf (2006) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her essay, "Sheeba at Twenty.”
Emily Bright (2008) had her debut short story published in the autumn issue of Kansas City Voices. Her poetry appears in three anthologies due out in November: The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home (Holy Cow! Press), FEAST: Poetry and Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner (Black Laurence Press), and A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford (Woodley Press). Her first story for radio, "Labor of Love," aired on Interlochen Public Radio in October.
Amanda Coplin (2006), author of the novel The Orchardist, won a Whiting Writers Award, a $50,000 prize given annually to 10 writers who show "exceptional talent and promise in early career." Amanda was also named one of the National Book Awards' "5 under 35."
Alex Lemon (2004)’s The Wish Book was named to The Library Journals’ list of "Ten Essential Poetry Titles for 2014."
Edward McPherson (2011) has a story in the current issue of Epoch magazine.
Brian Laidlaw (2011) will have his first poetry collection, Narcissus the Stuntman, published by Milkweed Editions in 2015, along with a companion album of original music.
David LeGault (2011) was cited as a Notable Essayist in the 2013 edition of Best American Essays (edited by Cheryl Strayed) for his essay “Significant Screams,” originally published by Barrelhouse.
Kristin Fitzsimmons (2013) has her first chapbook out from Dancing Girl Press, called all these empty bone bowls. You can buy it here.
Alex Jones (1991) published essays “Matinee” in the fall issue of the Santa Monica Review, and “The Big Breakfast” in this winter’s issue 45 of Harvard Review.
Kevin Fenton (2007) will publish his memoir (and MFA thesis) Leaving Rollingstone with the Minnesota Historical Society Press in September. Fenton won the AWP award for the novel Merit Badges.
Julie Schumacher has a story in the current issue of Epoch magazine. She also sold her novel-in-progress, an academic satire provisionally entitled Dear Committee Members, to Doubleday. Her essay “Canyon,” published in Brain, Child magazine, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Peter Campion's third collection of poetry, El Dorado, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in fall 2013. Read the jacket copy review in the LA Times Poetry Shelf.
Ray Gonzalez published poetry in the summer issues of American Poetry Review and Great River Review. His work appears in A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (University of Michigan Press), edited by Annie Finch. He has poems forthcoming in 5 Trope, Drunken Boat, anti, Bitter Oleander, Caliban, Malpais Review, and Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms (Persea Books). His two forthcoming books of poetry are Soul Over Lightning (University of Arizona Press, 2014) and Beautiful Wall (BOA Editions, 2015).
Charlie Baxter's story "Bravery," first published in Tin House, will appear in Best American Short Stories 2013, edited by Elizabeth Strout. His essay, "What Happens in Hell," first published in an issue of Ploughshares edited by Patricia Hampl, will appear in Best American Essays 2013, edited by Cheryl Strayed. Charlie Baxter has also sold his new book, There's Something I Want You to Do, to Pantheon/Vintage. The book is a kind of decalogue, with five stories about virtues (Bravery, Loyalty, Chastity, Charity, and Forbearance) and five about vices (Lust, Sloth, Avarice, Gluttony, and Vanity).
Patricia Hampl was honored with the Dr. Matthew Stark Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Faculty Award April 17 at the College of Liberal Arts' Celebrate Faculty Excellence ceremony. The award recognizes Professor Hampl's distinguished writing, teaching, and service in this area, including her work establishing the Scribe for Human Rights Fellowship, which supports an MFA creative writing student working with the Human Rights Program as a writer-in-residence.
Madelon Sprengnether’s review of Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama is in press at the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Her essay “Literature and Psychoanalysis” is forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook for Psychoanalysis in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2104). She served as a discussant for a paper by Gloria Levin titled “Haunted by Absence: The Transgenerational Roots of a Mother’s Projection, for the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and co-organized a public lecture by Professor Jeffrey Prager, UCLA, titled “The Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: Recovering Humanity, Repairing Generations.” Her memoir, Great River Road: Memory, Aging and Reconciliation, will be published by New Rivers Press in Fall 2014.
7 pm, Thursday, October 3, University of Minnesota Bookstore.
Saturday, October 12, cosponsored with RainTaxi, reading at the Twin Cities Book Festival, State Fairgrounds, time TBA
7 pm, Tuesday October 15, location TBA, Esther Freier Lecture Series
7 pm, Thursday, November 7, Weisman Museum
7 pm, Tuesday, November 19, Weisman Museum. Cosponsored with the Humphrey Center and the School of Journalism.
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