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As of October 2017
Jeanne Bonner’s (Fiction, June ’16) essay, “Return Trip to Italy: You Can Recapture Travel Magic,” was published at CNN Travel.
Rebecca Chace (Fiction, June ’08) published an essay in the LA Review of Books, "Regarding the Pain of Trump" and her first book for children, June Sparrow and the Million Dollar Penny, from Harper Collins (Balzer and Bray).
Carrie Cooperider’s (MFA candidate in Fiction) story "Stutterers" was included in Best Small Fictions 2017 guest edited by faculty member Amy Hempel. It was originally published in Friday Flash Fiction.
A.N. Devers (Fiction, June ’08) essay, “Beyond Bronte, Underappreciated Women Writers,” was published in Fine Books & Collections.
Teresa Fazio (MFA candidate in Nonfiction, January ’18) published an op-ed titled, “The Thickest Glass Ceiling in the Marine Corp Breaks,” in the New York Times. Fazio and Jen Hinst-White (Nonfiction, June ’12), read their work at Veterans Voices 2017 featuring the play, Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home. The kickoff event was emceed by Catherine Parnell (Fiction, June ’00), who moderated a panel on the cost of living and dying in today’s world, recognizing morality as a responsibility, and through storytelling, to, as Sebastian Junger said, “share the moral burden of war.”
Laura Gill’s (Nonfiction, June ’17) essay, “Forever Young, a Literacy,” was published in Entropy.
Hannah (Pfeifle) Harlow's (Fiction, January ’07) story "The Farmers' Market," originally published in SmokeLong Quarterly, was selected for The Best Small Fictions 2017, guest edited by faculty member Amy Hempel and published by Braddock Avenue Books.
Danuta Hinc’s (Fiction, June ’16 ) essay, “The Lessons of My Childhood in Communist Poland are Relevant Again,” was published by LitHub.
Andrea Jarrell's (Fiction, June ’01) debut memoir I'm the One Who Got Away was on LitHub's "The Ultimate Preview: The Most Recommended Books of the Fall" and was recommended by Buzzfeed, Bustle, Redbook, The Rumpus, and Southern Living among others. Jarrell's essay "Tending to the Rituals of My Lost and Found Father" recently appeared in The New York Times.
Julia Lichtblau’s (Fiction, June ’11) short story, “Far Rockaway,” will appear in the American Fiction Prize Anthology. Her story, “Deserters,” was a finalist for the Narrative Fall 2016 Prize and won Honorable Mention in the 2017 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. She has an essay on dance forthcoming in The American Scholar.
Rebecca Manery’s (Poetry, June ’09) poetry collection, View from the Hotel de l'Etoile was published by Finishing Line Press. She co-edited Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught?: Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy (10th Anniversary Edition) from Bloomsbury Press.
Joanne Nelson (Nonfiction, June ’14) won the Hal Prize for her essay, "Things That Won't Happen Again." Her essay, "On Coming Home From the Conference," was listed as an Honorable Mention and was published in The Peninsula Pulse and another essay, "Just Leave the Damn Thing Open" was published in the museum of americana.
Catherine Parnell's (Fiction, June ’00) "The Human Cost: Discussing Political Storytelling with Olivia Kate Cerrone" appeared in The Rumpus, and her essay, "At Home With My New Jewish Family" appeared in the Boston Jewish Journal. She moderated two panels at Boston Book Festival 2017: "BBF Unbound: The Joys and Realities of Small Press Publishing" and "War on the Home Front." Her short story, "Whiteout," will appear in Redivider.
Joanne Proulx’s (Fiction, June ’14) second novel, We All Love the Beautiful Girls was recently published by Viking and “serves as a powerful examination of race and class,” according to The Toronto Star. Her first novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet won Canada’s Sunburst Award for Fantastic Fiction and is being made into a major motion picture.
Mickey Revenaugh’s (Fiction, January ’16) essay, “Bakersfield,” was published by Cleaver Magazine.
Erin Kate Ryan (Fiction, June ’14) won the 25th Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship, which comes with a $10,000 award, for her manuscript titled “Quantum Girl Theory.”
Hugh Ryan (Nonfiction, January ‘09) has been hired to write a biweekly queer history column for them., the new LGBTQ lifestyle publication from Conde Nast (it is their first new title in more than a decade.) Ryan’s inaugural piece looks at Mabel Hampton, a black lesbian dancer, singer, and civil rights activist born in 1903, and how her story was preserved by the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
Emily Mohn Slate’s (Poetry, June ’14) essay, "The Colossal: Iris van Herpen and Girls Write the Museum" was published in At Length Magazine.
Leah Souffrant's (Poetry, January ’03) book Plain Burned Things: A Poetics of the Unsayable was published in 2017. Her poems appeared this year in Bone Bouquet, Interim: Poetry & Poetics, and Poet Lore and she regularly publishes critical nonfiction in Jacket2.
Kathy Stevenson (Nonfiction, January ’11) published “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Social Media,” at Brevity and her essay, “A Sexual Harassment Primer for Girls,” aired on WHYY (NPR) in Philadelphia.
Kathleen Stone’s (Nonfiction, June ’16) essay, “Road Trip,” was published in the Timberline Review, summer/fall 2017 issue.
Sandra Worsham’s (Fiction, June ’06) memoir, Going to Wings was published by Third Lung Press.
Jamie Zvirzdin’s (Fiction, June ’15) essay "'Shuddering Before the Beautiful': Trains of Thought Across the Mormon Cosmos" won the $5,000 prize in a collaborative Science & Religion issue published by both Creative Nonfiction Magazine and Issues in Science & Technology. The launch event for this issue was held on October 13th at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Technology in Washington, D.C., and included a panel of science and religion correspondents from The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard. She now teaches in the Master of Arts Science Writing program at Johns Hopkins University.
As of August 2017
American Movie Classics (AMC) will adapt Sarai Walker's (Fiction, June ’03) book "Dietland" into a 10-episode series in 2018. "Mad Men’s" Marti Noxon will be executive producer, writer, and showrunner. Walker has called "Dietland," "the female version of Fight Club." Jeff Haas’ (Nonfiction, June 2007) book The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther, adapted for film by Chris Smith, will be developed for the big screen by Antoine Fuqua at Sony.
Jasmin Darznik’s (Fiction, June 2014) debut novel, Song of A Captive Bird is forthcoming from Random House in February 2018. It’s based on the life of the rebel poet Forugh Farrokzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice, and love - inspiring generations of women.
Jamie Quatro’s (Fiction, January 2009) debut novel, Fire Sermon, is forthcoming in January 2018 from Grove Press in the US, Picador in the UK/Commonwealth, Anansi International in Canada, Atlas Contact in The Netherlands, and Minimum Fax in Italy.
Susan Vinocour’s (Nonfiction, January 2015) narrative nonfiction, Nobody’s Child, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2018. Based on the trial of Barbara Briggs, an African American woman charged with the murder of her grandson, it examines the insanity defense told through her lens.
J. Mae Barizo’s (Poetry, January 2011) essay "A Motion of Pleasure" appeared in Guernica, part of the series The Kiss. She was a featured reader, with Brenda Shaughnessy, at the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival.
Faculty member April Bernard’s latest poetry collection, Brawl & Jag, was reviewed by The Rumpus.
Jeanne Bonner’s (Fiction, June 2016) essay, "Personal Journeys: Leaving Atlanta," was published in The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Eli Burrell's (Poetry, June 2012) essay, "Elegy with Records on the Doorstep," was published in The Rumpus and two poems from his forthcoming collection, "Troubler," were published in North American Review (Issue 302.3, Summer 2017).
Willa Carroll's (Poetry, June 2011) manuscript, "Nerve Chorus," was a finalist for The Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Award and The Georgia Prize.
Linda Michel Cassidy's (Fiction/Nonfiction, January 2015) interview, "Little Seizures of Grief," was featured at The Rumpus.
Elaine Fletcher Chapman's (Poetry, June 1999) poetry collection, Hunger for Salt, was published by Saint Julian Press. Laura Lipson (MFA Candidate in Fiction) produced a trailer and three videos for the book.
Sharon Love Cook’s (Fiction,June 1996) novel, Phantom Baby, was a Judges' Top Ten in the Southern Florida "Write Now" contest.
Jessica Danger’s (Nonfiction, June 2016) essay, "No Heroic Measures" was published in Mud City Journal.
Joe De Quattro (Fiction, June 2005) published "The Muslim Car" in The Los Angeles Review.
Allison Devers’ (A.N. Devers) (Fiction, June 2008) essay "The Teenage Dreamland of Twin Peaks" appeared in Longreads and she wrote the cover story "The Lost Libraries of London," for Fine Books. She also wrote "Digging up Dali: What the Spectacle of the Artist’s Exhumation Reveals about Us" for Prospect Magazine.
American Short Fiction interviewed Alumni Fellow, Libby Flores (Fiction, June 2014), about her story "GOOD," which ran as a web exclusive in March.
Celeste Fremon's (Nonfiction, June 2009) series for WitnessLA, "Beating Children," won second place for best online investigative reporting at the LAPress Club awards.
Agatha French (Fiction, January 2016) interviewed Margaret Atwood for the LA Times book section on receiving the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Megan Culhane Galbraith’s (Nonfiction, January 2015) essay, "Talking Points," was published in The Coachella Review. A print from her visual art project, "The Dollhouse," was selected by Michael Oatman for FENCE SELECT at The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
Jayne Guertin (Nonfiction, January 2015) has three erasure poems – "Crime of Passion," "A Vague State," and "A Vague State 2" – in the latest issue of SHUF: Home of Experimental Poetics.
Laura Gill’s (Nonfiction, June 2017) essay, "Disorder," was published in Windmill.
Robert V. Hansmann’s (Dual Genre, June 2011) three poems – "Must Be Santa," "165 State Street, 4:27 a.m.," and "Isla Verde," were featured in the New Guard Review’s BANG! section.
Madeline Hennessey’s (Poetry, January 2016) first poetry collection, Body of Water was published by Ra Press, and features cover art by another MFA grad, Tessa Gerling (Fiction, January 2016).
Judith Hertog’s (Nonfiction, January 2010) essay, "Jerusalem Syndrome," was longlisted for the Notting Hill Prize.
Poetry faculty member Major Jackson curated and edited "Renga for Obama" for Harvard Review.
Didi Jackson (Poetry, June 2014), read her poem, "On the Death of my Father" which was published in Hunger Mountain.
Andrea Jarrell's (Fiction, June 2001) debut memoir, "I’m the One Who Got Away," was listed by editors at The Rumpus in "What to Read When You Need Some Good News."
Alum and physician, Suzanne Koven (Nonfiction, January 2012), wrote a no-holds barred letter about what female physicians go through. "Letter to a Young Female Physician" was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and reprinted in UpWorthy.
Faculty member Dinah Lenney’s book, Object Lessons, was reviewed in Proximity Magazine.
Keith Lesmeister’s (Fiction June ’15) story collection, "We Could Have Been Happy Here" was published by Midwest Gothic Press.
Alysse Kathleen McKenna (Poetry, June 2015) has won a 2017 University and College Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her poem, "Time is Blood," was published at Poets.org.
Bennington faculty member Alice Mattison wrote "Two People and a Thing: On Writing Climactic Moments" for Signature. Her latest book, The Kite and the String is a veritable how-to for any writer. She also has a story in the anthology, "New Haven Noir," edited by Amy Bloom.
Jen Logan Meyer's (Fiction, June 2017) story, "Slide," is featured in the latest edition of The Sewanee Review.
Jennifer Stewart Miller’s (Poetry, June 2014) poems, "The Parable of Baby Doc & the Green Crab" and "Thirsty Birds," were published in The Green Mountains Review.
Denton Loving’s (Poetry, January 2014) reviewed "The Nix" by Nathan Hill, and wrote "Every Memory Has a Scar," for The Kenyon Review.
Melissa McInerney’s (Fiction, January 2015) story "A Delicate Dance" was published by Jet Fuel Review.
Don McMann’s (Fiction, January 1999) story, "In Sickness and in Health" was published in the spring edition of Evening Street Review.
Joanne Nelson’s (Nonfiction, June 2014) essay, "Things That Won’t Happen Again" won the Hal Prize prose award.
Stefani Nellen (Fiction, January 2017) wrote, “How to “Write Science” Without Becoming a Lecturer,” for Glimmer Train.
Jeff Nesheim’s (Poetry, January 2008) manuscript “Overseeing the Downfall” was a finalist for the 2016 New American Poetry Prize. He’s had two poems, "In The Corporate Conference Room" and "before you" published in Straight Forward and Big Muddy, respectively.
Ashley Olsen’s (Fiction, June 2017) flash fiction "Confessions" was published in the spring issue of Devil’s Lake.
An article about Robert Perkins’ (Nonfiction, January 2007) visual artwork that intersects with poetry, "The Written Image," was featured in Fad Magazine.
Cheryl (Tucker) Pappas (Fiction, June 2007) published a craft essay "Learning To See Again, with Annie Dillard" in Essay Daily and her fable "This Violent and Cherished Earth" was published by Hermeneutic Chaos Journal.
Ivy Pochoda’s (Fiction, January 2011) new novel, Wonder Valley, will be published this fall by Harper Collins.
Namrata Poddar (Nonfiction, June 2016) wrote, "Climate Change, Global Media, and Neocolonial Storytelling," for Resilience Magazine.
Katie Pryor (Poetry, June 2017) won the 2017 James Dickey Prize for Poetry given by Five Points Press. Her poems will be featured in Volume 18, number 3 of the journal.
Jamie Quatro’s (Fiction, January 2009) short story "Belief" (Tin House 67) was awarded a 2018 Pushcart Prize. She recently joined the faculty at the Sewanee School of Letters, where she’ll be teaching fiction in the MFA program this summer.
Mickey Revenaugh’s (Fiction, January 2016) story, "Triplets," was published in The Thing Itself Journal, Issue 44. Her review of Anne Elizabeth Moore’s collection of essays Body Horror was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her essay, "Papyrophobia" was featured in Catapult.
Kate Martin Rowe (MFA candidate in nonfiction) published her first essay, "Summer Missionary," in Brevity.
Erin Kate Ryan (Fiction, June 2014) was awarded the Tennessee Williams fellowship to attend The Sewanee Writers Conference.
Hugh Ryan (Nonfiction, January 2009) was awarded a prestigious NYSCA/NYFA grant in nonfiction. The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program makes unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, awarding five per year on a triennial basis.
Hayden Saunier’s (Poetry, June 2005) collection, "How to Wear This Body" was published by Terrapin Books.
Kathy Stevenson’s (Fiction, January 2011) short story, "Bloom," was published in Cease, Cows, and "Re-thinking an Essay After It’s Too Late" for Brevity. She also wrote an opinion piece for the Chicago Tribune.
Emily Mohn Slate’s (Poetry, June 2014) poems "& then she wailed & screamed & coughed on her own drool," and "Feed" were published in Muzzle. Her poem "Landscape with Ex-Husband Lingering" is in the latest edition of Gulf Stream Lit Magazine. Her manuscript, "The Falls," was a finalist for the 2017 Blue Light Books Prize offered by Indiana Review/Indiana University Press. The Falls was also a semifinalist for the 2017 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition. Her latest essay "I Feel Like I Live in Somebody Else’s Body" was published in Racked.
Grace Singh Smith's (Fiction, June 2017) story "The Haircut" was published in The Texas Review.
Brian Tierney (Poetry, June 2013) published "U-Turn" and "Inventory" in the latest edition of Diode Poetry. He was also a finalist for PSA’s George Bogin Memorial Award.
Four of Barrett Warner’s (Poetry, June 2014) poems, "Rainbow Pig," "Oxon Run," "All the Latest Talk in Paradise Concerning Butterflies" and "Motion Detector," were published at Verse Wrights. Warner also reviewed Keith Lesmeister’s, "We Could Have Been Happy Here," for Atticus Review.
Nicola Waldron (Nonfiction, January 2013) was a finalist for the essay prize at Proximity Magazine.
Previous publications news
As of May 2017
J. Mae Barizo's (Poetry, January '13) piece, "A Motion of Pleasure" was part of a series in Guernica called "The Kiss." Barizo will be a featured reader in the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival with Brenda Shaughnessy on April 23.
Rebecca Boyd’s (Fiction, January ’97) story, “Miss November,” was published in Watershed Review.
Shevaun Brannigan’s (Poetry, June ’13) poem, “Sixteen,” was a finalist for the Crab Creek Review poetry prize.
Kelly Browne's (Fiction, June '15) review of the podcast, "A Phone Call from Paul," was published in Entropy.
Amber Caron (Fiction, June ’16) was awarded a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. The generous grant will give her the time to finish her collection of short stories and begin her novel. She also recently won the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and her work will appear in The PEN America Anthology for Best Debut Short Stories.
Linda Michel-Cassidy (Fiction/Nonfiction, January ’15) interviewed Gonzalo Torne for The Rumpus.
Diane Cameron (Nonfiction, January ’99) gave a TEDx talk about her book, titled Never Leave Your Dead–A True Story of War Trauma, Murder, and Madness.
Elaine Fletcher Chapman's (Poetry, January '99) poetry collection, Hunger for Salt, is forthcoming from Saint Julian Press.
Agatha French (Fiction, January ’16) was named a staff writer in the books section at the Los Angeles Times.
Teresa Fazio (MFA candidate in Nonfiction, January ’18) published a short story, “Little,” in the fiction anthology, The Road Ahead and her article, “What Civilians Don’t Understand about Military Sexual Harassment,” appeared in Rolling Stone.
Libby Flores (Fiction, June ’14) was named Director of Literary Programs at PEN Center USA.
Megan Culhane Galbraith (Nonfiction, January ’15) was named a fellow of The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her essay “Sin Will Find You Out,” was selected Best of 2016: Best Online Articles and Essays by Entropy. Her craft essay, “Child’s Play: How Creative Play Unlocked My Nonfiction” was published in Cleaver Magazine.
Tod Golberg (Fiction, June ’09) reflected on the past year in “2016: An essay about us” for The Desert Sun.
Richard Gotti (Fiction, June ’07) had his play, The Wave, selected by Warrior Productions of Rhinecliff and Centerstage Productions for the Second Annual Short Play Festival.
Tanya Grae’s (Poetry, June ’13) manuscript “Undolled” was a finalist for the Brittingham/Pollack Prize, and also a finalist for the Four Way Intro Prize. She has new poems in The Massachusetts Review and Barrow Street.
Madeline Hennessey's (Poetry, January '16) first collection, "Body of Water," was published by Ra Press.
Faculty member Major Jackson weighed in at The New Yorker with his picks for “Books We Loved in 2016” and curated and edited more than 200 poets in “Renga for Obama,” a celebratory ode to the 44th President, published by Harvard Review.
Sherril Jaffe (Fiction, June ’01) published, “During the Republican Convention” in Superstition Review 18.
Patti Jazanoski (Fiction, June ’12) published an opinion piece in The San Francisco Chronicle titled, “Tech CEOs, say you will not build a Muslim registry.”
Morgan Jerkins’ (Fiction, June ’16) wrote “In Search of Black Atlantis” for Hazlitt, “How America Fails Black Girls,” for The New York Times, “The Important Conversation We Should Have Surrounding the San Bernardino School Shooting,” for TeenVogue, and “The Forgotten Work of Jessie Redmon Fauset,” for The New Yorker.
David Kalish’s (Fiction, June ’06) essay, “A Path to Fatherhood, With Morning Sickness” was published in the Modern Love column of The New York Times. It was made into an NPR podcast, with Dash Mihok (of Showtime’s Ray Donovan) reading the essay.
Keith Lesmeister’s (Fiction, June ’14) forthcoming collection, We Could Have Been Happy Here, is included in Memorious’ list of most anticipated books of 2017.
Julia Lichtblau (Fiction, January ’11) had an essay about girls’ education and returning to her lycée in Côte d’Ivoire after more than four decades published in The American Scholar’s Winter 2017 issue. Her interview with Ivoirian writer Fatou Keïta on female genital excision, and an essay on talking about Trump in Africa appeared in The Common.
Don McMann's (Fiction, January, '99) story, "In Sickness and in Health," appears in the spring edition of Evening Street Review.
Jen Meyer (MFA candidate in Fiction, June ’16) published a poem, “The Lie,” in the Los Angeles Review. It is an ekphrastic prose piece written in response to a painting by Félix Vallatton, The Lie. She is also a featured fiction contributor at December Magazine.
Jennifer Miller’s (Poetry, June ’14) poem, Thief, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Jabberwock Review.
Jacqueline Murphy’s (Nonfiction, January ’15) review A Modern Greek Tragedy was published in CONSEQUENCE Magazine.
Stefani Nellen’s (Fiction, January ’17) story “How the Mind Can Exist in a Physical Universe” was the runner up in Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for Fiction, judged by Adam Johnson. She won Cutbank’s fiction prize for her story, “Saffira.”
Joanne Nelson’s (Nonfiction, June ’14) essay, If Not For the Mess, was published in Midwestern Gothic.
Susan Pagani’s (Fiction/Nonfiction, June ’15) story, The Fledgling, was published in The Rappahannock Review.
Namrata Poddar’s (Fiction, June ’16) story “Ladies Special,” first published in Lowestoft Chronicle, was translated to Portuguese by Tiago Silva and Roland Walter. Sociopoetica 16.1 published “Convivência”/”Living Together;” “Nature, Nurture” was published by The Feminist Wire; and “Excursion” was published in Necessary Fiction and won the 2016 International Short Story Conference prize judged by Bharati Mukherjee and Clark Blaise.
Jennifer Porter’s (Poetry, January ’14) story, Army Mom, was nominated for storySouth’s Million Writers Award.
Cassie Pruyn (Poetry, June ’14) wrote “Report from the Field: Speaking into Silences,” for VIDA, Women in Literary Arts. Her first poetry collection, LENA, is forthcoming from Texas Tech University Press.
Sue Rainsford (Fiction, January ’17) received the Critical Writing Award from Visual Artists Ireland for her review of Vanessa Donoso López’ exhibition ‘to swallow a ball.’
Walter Robinson’s (Nonfiction, June ’14) essay, “White Cloth Ribbons,” from The Harvard Review was listed as a “Notable” essay in Best American Essays. His essay, “This Will Burn and Sting,” originally published in The Sun has been abridged by Reader’s Digest.
Shawna Kay Rodenberg’s (Poetry, January ’12) article, “How Evangelical Women Found a False Savior in Trump,” originally published in The Village Voice, was named Best of 2016: Best Online Articles and Essays by Entropy.
Kate Martin Rowe’s (MFA candidate in Nonfiction, ’18) “transgenre” piece “Evangelism” was published in the Winter 2017 issue of Hotel Amerika.
Faculty member Lynne Sharon Schwartz’ essay, “But I Digress...,” appeared as “Story of the Week” in Narrativemagazine.com, and she reviewed Rwandan author Scholastique Mukasonga’s memoir, Cockroaches, for the Los Angeles Review of Books. A review of her new poetry collection, No Way Out But Through, by Rachel Hadas was featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Erin Kate Ryan (Fiction, June ’14) short story A Girl Is (Not) a Pirate Ship was published in Booth. She was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for work on her first novel, The Many Deaths of Paula Jean Welden.
Emily Mohn-Slate’s (Poetry, June ’14) manuscript, The Falls, was a finalist for the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize offered by University of Pittsburgh Press.
Erik Shonstrom (Fiction ’12) has his second book, The Indoor Epidemic, due in the spring.
Jennifer Solheim’s (MFA candidate in Fiction, ’18) interview with Sam Allingham was published in the Fiction Writers Review.
Faculty member Peter Trachtenberg wrote “A Train, an Old Guy with a Banjo, and a Chained Dog,” about Vic Rawlings’ feature-length documentary film Linefork, for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Eliot Treichel’s (Fiction, June ’03) YA novel, A Series of Small Maneuvers, is a finalist in the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature category of the Oregon Book Awards.
Nicola Waldron (Nonfiction, January ’13) writes for ASSAY: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, about the Fibonacci Sequence, spiral patterns in nature, and in writing. Her article, “Containing the Chaos: On Spiral Structure and The Creation of Ironic Distance in Memoir,” explores Alcott, Dyer, and Diski.
Faculty member Joan Wickersham is a columnist for The Boston Globe and wrote, “Decorating the White House Christmas Tree,” and “You Said it all in those Women’s March Signs” and “Health Care in the US is an Expensive Mess. How Does Canada Do It?”
Corina Zappia (Nonfiction, January ’15) published, My Sandwich Is Going to Eat Me, at The Stranger.
Marilyn Martin Zion’s (Nonfiction, January ’10) essay, “State of Grace,” which originally appeared in Third Coast, was named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2016.
As of December 2016
J. Mae Barizo (Poetry, January ’11), reviewed Imaginary Vessels by Paisley Rekdal for the November issue of Nylon Magazine.
“Morta Sicura,” an essay by A.W. Barnes (MFA candidate, Nonfiction), will be published by Away Journal. The essay was part of his thesis.
Associate Director Megan Mayhew Bergman (Fiction, January ’10), will serve on the fiction faculty for the Bread Loaf ORION Environmental Writer’s Conference this summer, and is writing a series of essays about literature and the natural world for The Paris Review.
Jeanne Bonner’s (Nonfiction, June ’16) essay, “Recording the Sound of My Child’s Voice,” was published in The New York Times online blog Well.
K.L. Brown’s (Fiction, January ’16) story “The Spaniard” was published in Santa Monica Review.
Amber Caron (Fiction, June ’16) wrote about Elise Juska's Transfer Station and Paul Ruffin’s Hog-Killing Weather for her “From the Archives” series at Ploughshares, and reviewed Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City for Kenyon Review Online.
Linda Michel Cassidy (Fiction/Nonfiction, January ’15) interviewed Spanish novelist Gonzalo Torne for The Rumpus.
Andrea Caswell (MFA candidate, Fiction/Nonfiction) interviewed Irish novelist Darragh McKeon in “Imagining the Unimaginable” for the Columbia Journal.
Jessica Danger’s (Nonfiction, June ’16) essay “No Heroic Measures” will be published in the next issue of Mud City Journal, and her essay “18-minute Chili” was published in The Tishman Review.
Jack El-Hai’s (Nonfiction, January ’09) essay, “The Shaming of the Cherry Sisters: How Vaudeville’s ‘Worst Act’ Fought for Fame and Respect on the Stage,” was published in Longreads.
Agatha French (Fiction, January ’16) interviewed Stephanie Danler for the LA Times about her bestseller, Sweetbitter. She also interviewed Jill Soloway and Eileen Myles about creativity, “queer art,” and the end of their relationship.
Megan Culhane Galbraith’s (Nonfiction, January ’15) essay “Find Me Here” was published in The Dandelion Review, “Kaizen: A Management Seminar” appeared in Beyond, and “Learning to Mother Myself” appeared in The Manifest-Station. She was one of 12 artists selected for the Nuts & Bolts & Beyond program at The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
Justa Lanie Garrett (Fiction, January ’15) recently became a lifestyle columnist for The Baytown Sun where she will have a featured article every other Sunday.
Faculty emeritus Donald Hall wrote a meditation, “Double Solitude,” about writing, Jane Kenyon, and death in The New Yorker.
Andrea Jarrell (Fiction, June ’01) wrote a craft essay titled “Becoming an Outlaw, Or: How My Short Fiction Became a Memoir” for Cleaver Magazine.
Morgan Jerkins (Fiction, June ’16) wrote about Luke Cage, black superheroes and black empowerment, for VICE and reviewed Solange Knowles’ latest album, A Seat at the Table, for Elle.com.
Joanna Kadish (Fiction, January ’15) received an honorable mention in the Glimmer Train Emerging Writers contest.
Faculty member Dinah Lenney wrote “Jar Watch” for The Paris Review.
Keith Lesmeister (Fiction, June ’14) will publish his first short story collection, We Could Have Been Happy Here, with Midwestern Gothic in Spring 2017.
Julia Lichtblau’s (Fiction, June ’11) story "Far Rockaway" will be published in the 2017 American Fiction Prize anthology.
Tiffany Steward Melanson (Poetry, June ’15) had two poems published in Compose Journal’s Spring 2016 issue, served as guest poetry editor for issue 5 of Bridge Eight Magazine, and was a panelist for Art (Re)Defines Us, a local TedX conference in her hometown of Jacksonville, FL.
Winsome Monica Minott’s (MFA Candidate, Poetry) first collection of poetry, Kumina Queen, was published by Peepal Tree Press UK.
Titi Nguyen (Poetry, January ’11) wrote “Beyond Sympathy: Seeing Myself in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer” and “Bombing the Subway” for Ploughshares.
Namrata Poddar’s (Nonfiction, June ’16) story “Excursion” won the first prize at the contest organized by the 14th International Short Story Conference (Shanghai), which was judged by Bharat Mukherjee and Clark Blaise. It was published in Necessary Fiction.
Jennifer Porter’s (Poetry, January ’14) story “Army Mom” was nominated by storySouth Million Writers Award, which honors and promotes the best fiction published in online literary journals and magazines during 2015.
Sue Repko’s (Nonfiction, January ’12) essay “Gun-Sitting” appear in Hippocampus, where it was named Most Memorable for June 2016. Her essay “The Gun Show” appears in the current issue of The Southeast Review, and “Detours,” in Literal Latte, was named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2016.
Faculty member Lynne Sharon Schwartz reviewed poet Stevie Smith’s collection, All the Poems: Stevie Smith, for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Jennifer Solheim (MFA Candidate in Fiction) was named a Contributing Editor at Fiction Writers Review. She wrote “Stories We Love: Empathy and Omniscience in [Grace] Paley’s ‘Samuel,’” for the magazine.
A number of poems by Brian Tierney (Poetry, June ’13) have been published: “Pyramid, America” and “How to Make a Ghost in the Time Between Wars” in West Branch; “Among Half Gods” and “Autopsy of a Shadow” in Four Way Review; “Migraine” in Gettysburg Review; “Judas” in Poetry Northwest; and “Earth is a Door” in Sixth Finch.
Nicola Waldron (Nonfiction, January ’13), published two poems, “Crawlspace” and “After A Flood,” and an essay titled “Spill,” in Marked By The Water, by Muddy Ford Press. She read “Spill” at the opening event at Tapps Art Centre in Columbia, SC, on the anniversary of Columbia’s 1,000 year flood. Her essay “Hypothesis” is forthcoming in the anthology Travellin’ Mama.
Faculty member Mark Wunderlich’s poem “The Son I’ll Never Have” was featured as a “Poem-A-Day” on poets.org.
Corina Zappia (Nonfiction, January ’15) has been a frequent contributor to The Stranger’s Food & Drink section, including her recent “Mackerel, You Sexy Bastard: In Defense of Sardines, Herring, and other Maligned Fishy Fish,” “Washington Is Getting so Cheesy,” and “The Best High End Happy Hours in Seattle Right Now.”
Jamie Zvirzdin (Fiction, June ’15) talked with MFA Day Job about science writing, the benefits of the low-residency MFA, her favorite authors, and the elation felt from getting the call from Sven!
As of October 2016
Faculty member Ben Anastas reviewed “Thus Bad Begins” by Javier Marias for Bookforum.
“Claims of Outrage,” a review of Christopher Logue’s War Music: An Account of Homer’s Iliad by Michael Autry (MFA candidate in Poetry) appeared in Consequence Magazine.
Shauna Barbosa’s (MFA candidate, Poetry) poem, “Big Sun Coming Strong Through the Motel Blinds,” appeared in No Tokens.
Kelly Browne’s (Fiction, January ’15) short story, “Toucan,” was published in Ascent, the literary journal of Concordia College.
Elaine Fletcher Chapman’s (Poetry ’99) book of poetry, Hunger for Salt, is forthcoming from Saint Julian Press in May 2017. The collection of lyrical poems addresses the idea of the sacred in the lived life.
Miriam Camitta (Fiction, June ’16), received Honorable Mention in the May/June Glimmer Train Emerging Writers Contest.
Amber Caron (Nonfiction, June ’16) wrote “Frontload the Strangeness: On Mark Slouka’s ‘Dog’” for her “From the Archives” blog series at Ploughshares.
Linda Michel-Cassidy (Fiction/Nonfiction, January ’15) had a series of stories published in Bridge Eight in spring 2016, and has three pieces coming out this fall in the museum of americana. She has reviews and interviews at The Rumpus, Electric Literature, and Entropy Magazine.
John Coats (Nonfiction, June ’06) reviewed Kingdoms in the Air: Dispatches from the Far Away by faculty member Bob Shacochis in his article “To Live in Deep Waters” in Consequence Magazine.
Ellen Collett’s (Fiction, January ’11) essay “Undue Familiarity” was published in the September edition of The Sun.
Jessica Danger (Nonfiction, January ’16) was a finalist in the Iowa Review Nonfiction Contest judged by Eula Biss. She will read a new essay, “Traveling with Tomas,” at the John R. Milton Bi-annual Conference at University of South Dakota in October.
Teresa Fazio (MFA candidate in Nonfiction) was interviewed in Consequence Magazine’s “The Joint Chiefs of Staff are Not Reviewing Poetry Manuscripts or Novels: An Interview with Veteran Writers.”
Rachel Feingold (Fiction, June ’14) has been awarded a 2017 Literature Translation Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Roman Kostovski, to complete an English translation of Czech writer Hana Andronikova’s novel Heaven Has No Ground.
Kevin Fitton (Fiction, January ’16) has a new story, “Something Worthy of His Shame,” in the 3rd print issue of The Indianola Review in September.
Libby Flores’s (Fiction, June ’14) story, “Planes,” placed second in this year’s Hayden’s Ferry Review Flash Fiction contest, judged by Tara Ison.
Sean Gandert’s (Fiction, June ’16) book Lost in Arcadia is forthcoming from 47North in May.
Aaron Gilbreath’s (Nonfiction, January ’11) first essay collection, Everything We Don’t Know, is forthcoming in November from Curbside Splendor Publishing.
Paul Hertneky’s (Fiction, June ’01) collection Rust Belt Boy: Stories of an American Childhood was released by Bauhan Publishing in May.
Judith Hertog (Nonfiction, January ’10) was a runner-up in New Letters 2016 Literary Awards for her essay, judged by Mia Leonin.
Jean Hey’s (Nonfiction, June ’16) essay, “Behind My Mother and Mandela,” was published in Solstice Magazine.
Gail Hosking (Nonfiction, ’97) published two essays recently: “Recovery” in Upstreet: A Literary Magazine (Summer 2016); and “Girl With Green Hair Bow Figurine” in Ellipsis (Spring 2016).
Mary Beth Ellis Hunter (Nonfiction, January ’02) won the All Souls Retreat Writing Scholarship.
Poet and faculty member Major Jackson won the 2016 Vermont Book Award for his fourth collection of poems, Roll Deep.
Morgan Jerkins (Fiction, June ’16) reviewed Emma Cline’s book The Girls, for Hazlitt. In addition, she has written recently for ESPN about the legacy of gymnast Dominique Dawes, and for Rolling Stone about “What Colin Kapaernack’s National Anthem Protest Tells us About America.”
Alden Jones’ (Fiction, January ’01) short story collection, Unaccompanied Minors, recently won the Lascaux Book Prize. It was the third prize the book has won. Her third book, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: Afterwords, a hybrid work of criticism and memoir, will be published by Fiction Advocate in 2017.
Ani Kazarian (Nonfiction, June ’15) reviewed Danuta Hinc’s To Kill the Other in her essay “The Idea of Other" for Consequence Magazine.
Faculty member Dinah Lenney adds to her memory collection in an essay titled, “This and That” for a column in Superstition Review. Also, she talked with The Coachella Review in a ranging interview about writing, acting, and her influences.
Woody Lewis (Fiction, January ’07) has published a mini-collection of short stories, Three Lost Souls: Stories about race, class and loneliness which is available in paperback, and as an e-book at gothamlane.com.
Katherinna Mar’s (Fiction, June ’16) essay, “Forgive us Our Sins but Not Theirs: On Kundiman,” was published in Mangal Media. It originated in her graduate lecture at Bennington.
Michael M. Meguid (Nonfiction, June ’13) has published a number of pieces including “The LeRoy catastrophe: A story of death, determination, and the importance of nutrition in medicine,” in Columbia Medical Review, and “The Colors of Pride” and “It takes a Team” in Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities.
Beloved former poetry faculty member E. Ethelbert Miller was honored at the Mayor’s Arts Awards of the Lincoln (NE) Arts Council for his contributions to the field, his many literary achievements, and for his Collected Poems.
Jennifer Miller (Poetry, June ’14) has poems in Hayden’s Ferry Review and in Sycamore Review.
Shonna Milliken Humphrey’s (Nonfiction, ’04), book Dirt Roads and Diner Pie was published in August by Central Recovery Press.
Colleen Olle’s (Fiction, January ’15) “Writerly Fingerprints: Syntax as Style” appeared in the September issue of The Writer’s Chronicle.
Susan Pagani’s (Fiction/Nonfiction, June ’16) “On Living with Geese” was published in Switchback, the literary magazine long associated with the University of San Francisco MFA in writing program.
Stephen Page (Poetry, June ’08) has a poem, “Kitchen Haiku, published in brass bell.
Sue Petrie (MFA candidate in Poetry) is director of Hudson Whitman Press, and one of the books she published as was featured on Wisconsin public television.
Namrata Poddar (Nonfiction, June ’16) wrote “Is ‘Show Don’t Tell a Universal Truth or a Colonial Relic,” for Lithub.
Katie Powers’ (Nonfiction June ’16) essay “Stay Put” was published in River Teeth’s Beautiful Things.
Cassie Pruyn (Poetry, June ’14) won the 2017 Walt McDonald First Book Prize in Poetry. Her book-length collection, Lena, will be published in the Spring of 2017 by Texas Tech University Press.
Shawna K. Rodenberg (Poetry, January ’12) won the 2016 Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing awarded by Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. The prize is $1,500 and is awarded to an Appalachian writer who shows overwhelming promise in the continuation of great writing in the region.
Erin Kate Ryan (Fiction, June ’14) has won a 2017 Minnesota Emerging Writer grant. She is also a 2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative grantee. Both awards support work on her novel about Paula Jean Welden, the sophomore who went missing from Bennington College in 1946. Ryan recently had a short story, “Fodor’s Wapokeneta: Anastasia Posner’s Autobiographical Museum,” in Hayden’s Ferry Review (Spring 2016) and wrote “Missing Girls, Dead Girls, and Shirley Jackson,” for The Loft.
Jayne Guertin Schlott’s (Nonfiction, January ’15) poem “On Becoming a Freshman” has been published in Brain Teen 2016 and her poem “Snow Angel” will be published in Literary Mama’s January 2017 issue.
Grace Singh Smith’s (MFA candidate in Fiction, June ’17) story “The Promotion,” was listed as a “notable” story in the Best American Short Stories 2016, edited by Junot Diaz. It was originally published in the Santa Monica Review.
Emily Mohn-Slate’s (Poetry, June ’14) poem “Needlework” was nominated by the Tupelo Quarterly for the Best of the Net anthology.
Kathy Stevenson (Fiction, January ’11) wrote an essay titled “Phillip Lopate’s Handkerchief” for Brevity.
Kendra L. Tanacea’s (Poetry, January ’07) “A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees” will be published by Lost Horse Press in early 2017.
Barrett Warner’s (Poetry June ’14) essay “Three Men and One Dead Animal” was nominated for a Best of the Net award by The Adroit Journal. “Sit and Discuss the Reflections,” his review of Michael Homolka’s (Poetry, January ’08) Antiquity, appeared in Consequence Magazine. Warner is a recipient of a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council for Creative Nonfiction.
Mame Willey’s (Poetry, June ’99) poem “New Moon” appeared in the first online edition of Bloodroot.
Heather Young’s (Fiction, January ’11) debut novel, The Lost Girls, was published by HarperCollins.
Dan Zigmond’s (Fiction, January ’05) book, Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind, was released by Running Press in September 2016.
Jamie Zvirzdin’s (Fiction, June ’15) essay “Observations of a Science Editor: If Romantic Scientists Pilfered Fiction’s Toolbox, You Can Too,” was the centerpiece of The Kenyon Review’s Fall 2016 special issue on “The Poetics of Science.” In addition, the collection of essays she edited, Fresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women (Signature Books, 2015), was a finalist for the 2015 Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters in Creative Nonfiction. It was also nominated by the John Whitmer Historical Association for 2016 Best Anthology.
As of June 2016
The poetry of current student Shauna Barbosa (Poetry, January ’17) and Reyna Clancy (Poetry, June ’11) will be displayed on the walls of Boston’s City Hall for six months as part of the Mayor’s Poetry Program.
Ellen Prentiss Campbell (Fiction, January ’09) has released a trailer for her debut novel, The Bowl with Gold Seams (Apprentice House Press, May 2016), the story of the detainment of Japanese prisoners of war at The Bedford Springs Hotel in 1945.
Willa Carroll (Poetry, June ’11) won the TQ7 Poetry Prize, judged by Brenda Hillman. Recent work has also appeared in LARB Quarterly Journal, The Tishman Review, and Tuesday; An Art Project, which featured a video rendering of her poem.
Core faculty member April Bernard and Elaine Fletcher Chapman (Poetry, January ’99) have poems in the winter/spring issue of The EcoTheo Review.
Jessica Danger’s (Fiction, January ’16) essay, “No Heroic Measures,” has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Iowa Review Award, judged by Eula Biss.
George Foy’s (Fiction, ’98) latest nonfiction book, Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human, was published by Flatiron Books/Macmillan US in May and was reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly. A novel, Enquête sur Kamanzi, will be published in France in June.
Patti Jazanoski (Fiction, June ’12) recently published a review of Eric Weiner’s The Geography of Genius on Ploughshare’s blog. A review of Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins has also been published in The Rumpus.
Paul Hertneky’s (Fiction, June ’01) book, Rust Belt Boy: Stories of an American Childhood, was published by Bauhan Publishing. A list of upcoming readings is available on his website.
Jenn Hollmeyer (Fiction, January ’12) has a story, “A Thousand Needles,” in the spring/summer issue of West Branch Wired.
Joanna Kadish’s (Fiction, January ’15) story, “The Hick and his Wife,” was published in Quail Bell Magazine recently.
Woody Lewis (Fiction, January ’07) published Three Lost Souls: Stories about Race, Class and Loneliness, a collection of stories about the cost of over-assimilation, modern characters in difficulty, and denial.
Current student Jen Logan Meyer’s (Fiction, June ’17) story, “The Boxer,” is featured in Hobart.
Core faculty member Askold Melnyczuk’s new book, Smedley’s Secret Guide to World Literature, was released in May.
Cheryl Pappas (Fiction, June ’07) recently published an essay in Tin House on Colette’s Duo.
Current student Chloe Stricklin (Poetry, June ’16) has a poem in the Spring 2016 issue of Rust + Moth.
Barrett Warner’s (Poetry, June ’13) collection of poetry, Why Is It So Hard to Kill You?, is reviewed in the March issue of Coal Hill Review.
The Great Hound Match of 1905 by Martha Wolfe (Nonfiction, June ’12) has been nominated for the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Literary Award.
As of April 2016
Jennifer Acker (Fiction, June ’11) published an essay on the romance of reading aloud in the Washington Post in late December.
Essays by Ellen Collett (Fiction, January ’11) and Rebecca Chace (Fiction, June ’08) are featured in the Winter 2016 issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal.
Lisa Fetchko (Nonfiction, January ’11) recently published an essay in Ploughshares (Winter 2015–2016) about Felisberto Hernández and a translation of his early, previously untranslated story “Ana’s Face.”
Libby Flore’s (Fiction, June ’14) flash fiction appears on both the Tin House Open Bar and the Guardian Books site. She also has a story in the new issue of Post Road Magazine, and piece forthcoming in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine.
Don McMann (Fiction, January ’99) has two current stories out, one in this year’s Delmarva Review and the other in the Fall 2015 issue of Oxford Magazine.
Current student Stefani Nellen’s story, “News from the Island of Excellence” is in the current issue of Third Coast.
Bill Pierce’s (Fiction, January ’03) essay “Reality Hunger,” on the first three books of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, will be published as a monograph by Arrowsmith Books in December 2016. It was originally serialized in the Los Angeles Review of Books in spring 2015.
Marilyn Zion (Nonfiction, January ’10) (under the name Marilyn Martin) has an essay, “State of Grace,” in the current issue of Third Coast.
Core Faculty member David Gates reviewed Jim Harrison’s newest collection, The Ancient Minstrel, for The New York Times.
As of February 2016
Elijah Burrell’s (Poetry, June ’12) poem, “Tonight, I Wish I Were a Dirtdauber” is included in the most recent issue of AGNI online.
Ellen Prentiss Campbell’s (Fiction, January ’09) story collection Contents Under Pressure (Broadkill River Press) was published February 1. Her novel The Bowl With Gold Seams will be released by Apprentice House Press in May.
Rita Calderon’s (Fiction, January ’16) has published a slightly different version of her thesis story, “Your Dovid,” in the anthology The Catskills, the Holocaust and the Literary Imagination (Academic Studies Press, 2015).
Jessica Danger’s (Fiction, January ’16) essay “Cherry Red Dress” was published in Gold Man Review in November. A second essay, “Lawnchairs,” will appear in the spring issue of Thin Air Magazine.
Two poems by Elizabeth Knapp (Poetry, January ’00), “Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain in Drag” and “Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Wound,” received first place recognition in the 2015 Literal Latte Poetry Awards.
Former faculty member David Lehman’s recently published Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World (Harper-Collins) has received wide attention and praise. The State of the Art: A Chronicle of American Poetry 1988–2014, a collection of forewords to the annual Best American Poetry series which Lehman created and continues to edit, was published by University of Pittsburgh Press.
Sara Majka’s (Fiction, January ’09) debut book Cities I’ve Never Lived In will be published by Graywolf Press in collaboration with A Public Space in mid-February.
Liesl Schwabe’s (Nonfiction, ’05) essay “Teenage Wasteland” appears in the Winter 2015 issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.
Martha Wolfe’s (Nonfiction, June ’12) book The Great Hound Match of 1905: Alexander Henry Higginson, Harry Worcester Smith and the Rise of Virginia Hunt Country came out November 1 and is receiving warm reviews.
As of December 2015
Jesper Andreasson’s (fiction, June ’12) story “Ivan at the Wedding” appears in the current issue of AGNI.
J. Mae Barzio’s (poetry, January ’13) first book, The Cumulus Effect, is now available from Four Way Books.
Megan Mayhew Bergman (fiction, January ’10) recently published an interview in Ploughshares with Jennine Capo Crucet about her latest novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers.
Tiffany Briere’s (fiction, January ’11) essay “Vision” is included in the new Best American Essays 2015 edited by Ariel Levy.
Reyna Clancy’s (fiction, June ’11) poetry manuscript Violent Clarity was chosen as a finalist for the 2015 Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry.
Mary Beth Ellis (nonfiction, January ’02) served an artist residency with Everglades National Park. The National Parks Service is using excerpts from the essay she wrote while in residence to caption a 2016 calendar, as well as a few billboards in south Florida.
Maia Evrona’s (nonfiction, June ’10) translation of Abraham Sutzkever’s poem “Creation on the Bottom of the Sea” was published by Prairie Schooner. Maia was awarded a 2016 Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for her work translating Sutzkever.
Laura Haynes (poetry, January ’12) was selected by Vijay Sheshadri as a runner-up in the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival’s Poetry Contest, and her work appears in the most recent issue of the Crab Orchard Review.
Michael Homolka (poetry, January ’08) has won the 2015 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry for his book, Antiquity. His poems have appeared in poems have appeared in publications such as Antioch Review, Boulevard, The New Yorker, Parnassus, Ploughshares, and The Threepenny Review.
Joanna Kadish’s (fiction, January ’15) short story “Betrayal” was published in the fall issue of Citron Review.
Julia Lichtblau (fiction, June ’11) was recently named a finalist for the Kore Press 2015 Short Fiction Award for her story, “Petrouchka.”
Stephen Page (poetry, June ’08) has published poems and book reviews in RiverLit, South Florida Arts Journal, Mad Swirl, Fox Chase Review, Synesthesia Literary Journal, Poetry Pacific, Lifting the Sky, Foliate Oak Literary Journal, and Unbridled.
Oona Patrick (nonfiction, January ’01) has been named a 2014 Fellow in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Now in its 29th year, the Artists’ Fellowship Program makes unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, five per year on a triennial basis. The program is highly competitive and this year’s 90 recipients were selected by discipline specific peer panels from an applicant pool of 4,117.
Jennie Rathbun’s (fiction, January ’13) story “Night in the Jungle, 1962,” which was published in Valparaiso Fiction Review, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Student Susan Sheu’s story on life with her father and his death, “My Father’s Bones,” was featured on the Santa Monica public radio KCRW’s storytelling show “Strangers.”
Hannah Tennant-Moore’s (nonfiction, January ’10) first novel, Wreck and Order, will be published by Penguin Random House in February 2016.
Linda Woolford’s (fiction, January ’99) story, "After Lola," appears in The Kenyon Review's fall issue (September/October). Another story will be published in Puerto del Sol’s inaugural digital issue, and a third will appear this winter in Southern Humanities Review.