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    Publications, awards, and accomplishments by students, faculty, and alumni

    Breaking Muse News:

    • Jennifer Sommer (MFAC '09) is the winner of the annual Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award for authors over the age of fifty who have not been traditionally published in the children’s literature field. More information on SCBWI site. 

    • "Girl Meets Language," a poem by Caitlin Bailey (MFA '12) is a featured web exclusive on The Carolina Quarterly's site.

    • Mandy Davis's (MFAC '11) debut middle grade novel STUPERSTAR will be published as part of a two-book deal by Katherine Tegen Books with editor Jill Davis (MFAC '12). Mandy is represented by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. 
    • Sarah Ahiers(current MFAC) sold her debut YA fantasy All That Remains,and one other book, to HarperTeen. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2015.
    • Norita Dittberner-Jax's (MFA '13) thesis collection of poems, Stopping For Breath, will be published by Nodin Press in October of 2014. Norita has joined Redbird Chapbooks as a poetry editor, and also had her poem "Monet, Van Gogh, at Home" featured on The Writer's Almanac on May 25, 2014.
        

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    Spring/Summer 2014

    Zach Czaia (current MFA) had a poem, "The Blades of Grass in the Garden of Gethsemane Speak to Me" published in Sojourner's Magazine in April, as well as the poem, "Saint Paul Lives Here (in Minnesota)," in Commonweal magazine

    Finishing Line Press is publishing current MFA student Paige Riehl's poetry chapbook Blood Ties this summer. The chapbook explores themes of coming-of-age, rural life, and family. The book will be printed in July, but pre-sale copies can be ordered online now.

    Brian Farrey-Latz (MFA '08) has sold his standalone middle grade novel, The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse,plus one other book, to Algonquin Young Readers. Publication information forthcoming. 

    Taylor Brorby 
    (MALS '13) has been asked to conduct 75 interviews this summer with farmers, ranchers, and landowners in the Bakken region of western North Dakota through the Dakota Resource Council. Taylor's work will culminate in a book, which will be published by the DRC in the fall.

    MFAC faculty Claire Rudolf Murphy's newest picture book,& My Country, 'Tis of Thee (forthcoming from Henry Holt and Company) received a rave review from School Library Journal. Read the review here.

    Nicole Mary Kelby's 
    (MFA '98) newly released novel, The Pink Suit, is on O Magazine's top ten list! Read more about The Pink Suit at the Star Tribune.

    MFAC student Cheryl Minnema was featured in the March issue of Ojibwe Inaajimowin, celebrating a grant awarded for her beadwork and for the upcoming publication of her children’s book, Hungry Johnny, due in May from Minnesota Historical Society Press.

    Congratulations to CWP alum Melanie Hoffert (MFA '08), winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction for Prairie Silence. Also, hearty congratulations to CWP adjunct faculty Matt Rasmussen and Ethan Rutherford, winners in Poetry and Novel & Short Story.

    Bill Kennedy's 
    MFAC '09) intermediate grade novel, Tramp: A T.K. and Associates Detective Story, is out now from North Star Press.

    Molly Beth Griffin 
    (MFAC '09) was named a winner of a 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers (in children's literature). More information from Loft.org


    Winter/Fall 2013

    Poems from CWP faculty Deborah Keenan's new chapbook, so she had the world, published by Red Bird Press, have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Deborah worked in collaboration with painter Susan Solomon, artist and MFA '12 graduate. Check out and purchase the book at Red Bird Chapbook's site.

    And the Hills Opened Up, by David Oppegaard (MFA '06), is out now from Burnt Bridge and received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly.

    Mpls. St.Paul Magazine named six hot young poets in their February 2014 issue and three of them are CWP grads Congratulations to Jen March (MFA '08), Gretchen Marquette (MFA '12), and Joe Horton (MFA '11) for the well-deserved recognition.


    Congrats MFAC faculty Gene Luen Yang (Young Adult Literature) and CWP adjunct faculty Ethan Rutherford (The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction), both L.A. Times Book Award finalists.

    Taylor Brorby (MALS '13) was featured the Sunday, Feb 2, edition of All Things Considered (listen to audio) for his work in western North Dakota, the area affected by the Bakken oil boom. Taylor was also recently appointed a Contributing Editor to The EcoTheo Review.

    Jamie Swenson's
    (MFAC '09) new picture book, Big Rig, (illustrated by Ned Young) is out today from Disney-Hyperion.

    Anika L. Eide's MFA '13) poem, "A Dancer Considers Her Brief Life," was a finalist for the Pocataligo Poetry Contest for Yemassee Journal Volume 20.2. Also, her piece, "Some Parents," won the Editor's Choice for the Fineline Competition and was published in Mid-American Review in Fall 2013. The piece has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

    Mark Rapacz's (MFA '07) great new story, "Harrier," is newly published at Revolver Lit Mag. Read "Harrier" on the Revolver site.

    BFA Student, Lee Kisling, will be doing a poetry reading for his new chapbook, The Lemon Bars of Parnassus, published by Parallel Press in December.

    MFAC faculty Anne Ursu weighed in on "OVER/UNDER of 2013: The Overlooked, Underappreciated Middle Grade Reader" at Bookyurt blog.

    The newest books by CWP faculty Swati Avasthi and Anne Ursu were both profiled in Saturday's Star Tribune as: "Minnesota authors who write for kids and teens, are extraordinarily good, and increasingly celebrated."Read the article here.

    Addie Zierman's (MFA '11) memoir, When We Were on Fire, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Previously titled How to Talk Evangelical, the book came from Addie's MFA capstone project.

    Congratulations to Peter Pearson (MFAC '12), Wendy Skinner (MFA '12), current student Kelly Hansen Maher, and adjunct faculty John Colburn and Matt Rasmussen -- all 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant winners.

    CWP faculty Katrina Vandenberg's lovely poem "First Snowfall in St. Paul" is the featured poem today at the Writer's Almanac.

    Zach Czaia has both an essay, "On Tears & Teaching," and a poem,"Better," in the great new book Keeping the Faith in Education, edited by Ellie Roscher and published by Avenida Press.

    MFAC faculty Anne Ursu's latest, The Real Boy, received a glowing review in The New York Times. Read the review. 

    Christine Heppermann (MFAC '10) and CWP faculty Ron Koertge's debut series Backyard Witch, about three best friends and a mysterious visitor who appears for curious adventures just when you need her most, sold to Greenwillow Books, in a three-book deal.

    Five of the eight winners of the 2013 Loft Literary Center Shabo Award for Children's Picture Book Writers are students and alums of the low-residency program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline. Congratulations to Andrew Steeves, Randy Boerema, Jenny Barlow, Sarah Rose, and J.J. Austrian. Winners will participate in a day-long master class taught by best-selling picture book author Nancy Carlson, with a follow-up session to polish their manuscripts.

    Tami Mohamed Brown (MFA '09), recipient of a 2013 Loft Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant. Also, Tami's essay, "Picture Without Words," will appear in the Holy Cow! Press anthology The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home.

    Pam Schmid's (MFA '13) alphabet essay "My Big Book of Yearning" appears in the latest issue of Sliver of Stone literary magazine. Read the essay here. 

    Congratulations to the many CWP alumni and current students who were named winners, finalists, and honorable mentions for the 2013-2014 Loft Mentor Series.

    Poetry Winners: Caitlin Bailey Thompson MFA '12, Sandra Evans MFA '12

    Poetry Honorable Mention: Kate Lucas (Current MFA)

    Poetry Finalists: Sarah Spleiss Anika Eide MFA '13

    Fiction Finalists: Andrew Cleary MFA '13, Jenny Barlow MFAC '13,
    Alison Morse MFA '06, Charlotte Sullivan MFA '08

    Creative Nonfiction Winners: Pamela Schmid MFA '13,
    Elizabeth di Grazia MFA '03

    Creative Nonfiction Honorable Mention: Taylor Brorby MALS '13

    Creative Nonfiction Finalists: Lucie Amundsen (Current MFA),
    Laura Theobald Benda MFA '12, Anika Eide MFA '13, and
    Tracy Harris (Current MALS)

    Jenniey Tallman (current MFA) is in the current issue of The Summerset Review with a CNF piece, "The Incredible Elk versus Sally P. Squirrel." Read it here.

    Alida Winterheimer (MFA '12) was recently featured in a "contributor spotlight" for Midwestern Gothic Literary Journal. Read the interview.

    The first episode of SLASH, Evan Kingston's (MFA '11) long-awaited, meta-fictional erotic thriller/comedic murder mystery/romantic slasher novel, is here! SLASH is easily downloadable, only $2.99, and really great. Visit Slashsite to download.

    Gretchen Marquette's (MFA '12)poem,"Ode to a Man in Dress Clothes," appears in the current issue of The Paris Review and will be reprinted in the August issue of Harper's Magazine

    Spring/Summer 2013

    Kyle Adamson (BFA '12) is featured on Revolver mag's site today with a set of poems, "War Poems." Read the poems on Revolver site.

    Caren Stelson's (MFAC '09) "Sachiko: War, Peace, and the Atomic Bomb" manuscript won the SCBWI Anna Cross Giblin Work-in-Progress grant this year.

    Sarah Turner (MFA '12) was a finalist in the Vita.mn Summer Short Story Contest, which had a "Choose Your Own Adventure" theme this year. Sarah read her piece, "Dating Can Be Deadly," in front of a crowd on the rooftop of Union Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis with other finalists on July 24.

    Emily Wharton (MFA '05) is the 2013 recipient of the A Touch of Genius Award by the National Braille Press, and the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award by the National Federation of the Blind Read more about Emily's story here


    Peter Pearson (MFAC '12) will have his picture book,How to Eat an Airplane,and an unnamed second picture book, published with Katherine Tegen Books.

    Taylor Brorby (MALS '13) and Debra Marquart, who teaches at Iowa State University, were recently awarded a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council that will allow them to teach creative writing for three weeks in the Bakken oil field, in western North Dakota. Taylor and Deb will hold writing workshops each day, numerous public readings, and interview members of each community to get a larger sense of the oil boom affecting the region. Deb and Taylor will be guest-editors of the Humanities Council's publication On Second Thought in addition to writing essays for national publications.


    Tamera Will Wissinger's (MFAC '09) forthcoming picture book from Sky Pony Press has a release date and an illustrator! The illustrator is Matt Loveridge and the release date is June 2014.

    Taylor Brorby (MALS '13) has been offered a a writer-in-residency at Holden Village, where he will be creating a book from over 80 hours of audio interviews about Holden's history,tentatively titled 50 Years of Memories: Holden Village and Its Legacy.

    MFAC faculty Jackie Briggs Martin's newest book, Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table (illustrated by Eric Shabazz Larkin), a picture book biography of urban farmer Will Allen, will be published in September 2013 by Readers to Eaters Books.

    Jamie Swenson
    's (MFAC '09) picture book, Boom! Boom! Boom! is out today, from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux BYR.

    Addie Zierman(MFA '11)has placed her book How To Talk Evangelical with Convergence, a new imprint at Crown/ Random House. It is part of a two book deal and due out in October as part of their inaugural line.

    At the May 8th Midwest Book Awards,The SILENT HEART: A Personal Journey Back from Cardiac Arrest,by Larry Matthews (MALS '09), was awarded 1st Place in the "self-help" category.

    MFA alum Geoff Herbach's Nothing Special has won a Minnesota Book Award for Young People's Fiction. Congratulations, Geoff!

    Barbara Herkert's (MFAC '09) picture book biography,Sewing Circles: The Life of Harriet Powers, has been acquired by Knopf Children's. Publication date forthcoming.

    Tamera Will Wissinger's (MFAC '09) newly released middle grade novel in verse,Gone Fishing, is featured at Writer's Digest(along with a great interview with Tamera).

    MFAC student Elizabeth Verdick's new picture book,Peep Leap, is available now from Amazon Children's publishing.

    Two CWP alums are nominated for Minnesota Book Awards! Nothing Special, by Geoff Herbach (MFA '06), and Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin (MFAC '09), are both finalists for best young people's literature.

    Evan Kingston
    (MFA '11) has a new short story published at local art and cultural magazine site, Revolver. Read the story here.

    Geoff Herbach (MFA '06) announced a new two book deal with Sourcebooks. The first, Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleader, will be out in 2014.

    CWP alum Charlie Broderick's (MFA '11) short story, "Practically Human," was published in Revolver lit magazine

    Current MFA student Allegra Lingo's short play "Mixology" will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of the West Trade Review

    Winter/Fall 2012

    MFAC student and alumni publication news galore! Miriam Busch just sold a picture book, Lion, Lion, to Balzer and Bray. Christine Heppermann's YA poetry collection, Poisoned Apples, was just bought by Greenwillow Press. Diane C. Mullen's YA novel, Pieces of a Wreck, was just sold to Charlesbridge. Molly Burnham just signed a three-book deal with Katherine Tegan Books, starting with Tent Boy.

    Melanie Hoffert's (MFA '08) newly released memoir, Prairie Silence, is getting great press, reviewed positively in The Star/Tribune. Read the review.

    Nolan Zavoral's
    (MFAC '09) chapbook, Sequences Dark and Light was published by Red Bird Chapbooks. Available for online purchase.

    MFA students Lynne Maker Kuechle and Susan Nettell, as well as MFA faculty Juliet Patterson, have been awarded Minnesota Arts Initiative grants (prose) from the MN Arts Board.

    Sara Dailey (MFA '11) had her book Earlier Lives published by Dos Madres Press, as well as a poem, "That Summer," published at Asheville Poetry Review. 


    Wendy Skinner's
    (MFA '12) story "Tabitha, Arise", the opening of ten linked stories from her collection, The Lucky Ones, has been published on Mused

    A poem by Kyle Adamson (BFA '12), "The First Snowfall in the Al Anbar Province Since 1991," has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of Alaska Quarterly Review.

    MFA student Akmed Khalifa's new book, The Camel's Shadow Has Four Humps: African Myth Urban Mystery (self-published), is available Barnes and Noble.com and Amazon.com as well as Iuniverse.com

    Caitlin Bailey (MFA '12) will have three poems in the Spring issue of Hayden's Ferry Review.

    MFA student Lynne Maker Kuechle has a piece published on the Mill City Bibliophile literary blog. Visit Mill City Bibliophile.  

    Alison Morse's (MFA '06) story, "The Truth About the Lead Plates At the Romm Press," won the 2012 Tiferet Fiction Award and 2nd prize in the 2012 Press 53 Open Awards. She is also a writer for the 2012 Women Peacemakers Program at the Joan Kroc institute for Peace and Justice alongside current Hamline MFA candidate, Sigrid Tornquist.

    MFAC faculty Ron Koertge's newest Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses receives favorable review in the New York Times: "Koertge is a master at getting to subtle and uncomfortable emotional truths and relaying them in just a few precise lines."
    Read the whole review.

    CWP faculty Katrina Vandenberg's poem "Abyss" was featured as the poem of the day at Poetry Daily on September 29.

    Congratulations to MFAC students/alums Daniel Bernstrom, Kristin Gallagher, Peter Pearson, and Rebecca Stanborough, as well as MFA alum Charlotte Sullivan -- all recipients of The Loft 2012 Shabo Award for Children's Picture book Writers.

    Alum Jason O'Keane (MFA '11) has been selected as a 2012-2013 Loft Mentor Series selection in fiction, along with MFA students Paige Riehl and Kelly Hanson Maher have both been selected in poetry.

    CWP faculty Juliet Patterson has been named a 2012 Loft Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant Winner.

    Alumna (MFA '12) Elena Cisneros' poem "Wokiksuye", is going to be published in the Minnesota Center for Book Art's "Winter Book". The poem was also published in this year's St. Paul Almanac.

    Carol Pearce Bjorlie's (MFA, '01) book, Behind the Cello, will be published by Martin Street Rag publishing this fall.

    Spring/Summer 2012

    Sara Dailey (MFA '11) will have new poems released or upcoming in Cider Press Review, Sleet. The Chaffin Journal, Blood Lotus, and New South. Her first full-length collection of poems, Earlier LIves, is due out from Dos Madres press in late fall 2012.

    Molly Beth Griffin (MFAC, '09) has won the 2012 Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature. The prize awards the best manuscript for young readers that Milkweed accepts for publication during the calendar year by a writer not previously published by Milkweed.

    The Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section named Stupid Fast, by Geoff Herbach (MFA '06), Outstanding Book by a Wisconsin Author for 2012.

    MFA Alum Mark Rapacz's story "Bellwether" published originally in the Water~Stone Review, has been selected for the Best American Nonrequired Reading series for 2012.

    MFA alumna Michelle Janssens Keller recently had a piece from her thesis entitled "The Language of Maps" published in Consequence Magazine, Spring 2012.

    CWP Professor Sheila O'Connor was awarded an Artist Residency at the Anderson Center. She spent the month of June in-residence working on a new novel.

    Alison Anderson Holland (MALS '09) will be contributing 6 posts on the Teaching Artist Journal's ALT/space blog over the next 9 months or so.

    If I Know It's Coming, the debut novel by Nick Hupton (MALS '08) has been published by North Star Press, Inc. It is a middle grade novel about a 13-year-old boy whose mother is an Army nurse deployed to Iraq and was released in June 2012. A version of the novel won the award for Best Creative Synthesis in 2008.

    Rebecca Weaver (MFA '01) has been named the Brittain Fellow and will teach at Georgia Tech next year.

    MFA Alum Mindy Mejia (MFA '09) has had her novel The Dragon Keeper accepted for publication by Ashland Creek Press it will debut in September 2012.

    MFA Alum Lisa Higgs has had her poem published in the latest issue of Midwestern Gothic, due to be published in July 2012. Here's a peek at the cover

    Current MFA Student Caitlin Bailey has had two poems published in Paper Darts.

    MFA Alum Maya Washington (MFA '06) has won the 2012 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival Prize for Best Short for her Short Film,"White Space."

    Current MFA Student Sara Clay will have her poems "Objects Put to Sleep Against their Will" and "The Care and Keeping of Tom" published in the inaugural edition of the South85 Journal. She has also had her one-sentence short "Junior" published by Monkey Bicycle.

    Current MFA Student Pamela Schmid has had her essay "Woman Not Coming Back" published in Sweet's latest issue.

    MFA Alum Brian Farrey (MFA '08) won the Minnesota Book Award for Young People's Literature for With or Without You.

    Current MFAC Student Bonnie Sue Hitchock won the Orlando Prize for her flash fiction piece "The Smell of Other People's Houses", which is part of her upcoming Thesis.

    CWP Professor Sheila O'Connor's novel Sparrow Road won the International Reading Award for Intermediate Fiction.

    MFA Alum Kathy Weihe's (MFA '02) new book of poetry Unless you Count the Birds will be published by North Star Press in May, 2012. She will be giving a reading on Friday, June 8th at 7:00pm in GLC 100E.

    Larry Matthews (MALS '09) won 1st prize in this competition for his script "Old Bones", and as a result there will be a staged reading of his script on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at Jungle Theater


    MUSE NEWS! Hamline faculty and alumni have a great presence amongst the
    Minnesota Book Award finalists.

    • Children's Literature: Nancy Loewen, (MFA ’07) The Last Day of Kindergarten, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa (Marshall Cavendish Children)
    • Young People's Literature: Brian Farrey (MFA ’08), With or Without You (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division)
    • Novel, Short Story: CWP Director, Mary Francois Rockcastle, In Caddis Wood (Graywolf Press)
    • Poetry: MFA Faculty, Jim Moore, Invisible Strings(Graywolf Press), and Su Smallen (MFA ’03), Buddha, Proof(Broadcraft Press). It's also notable that Smallen's book of poetry was published by Broad Craft Press, which is a small press created by Master in Fine Arts alums Meghan Maloney-Vinz (’06), Kate Shuktnecht (’11), Meg Masterson (’11), and Julia Jenson (’12). www.broadcraftpress.com

    MFA alum Norita M. Dittberner-Jax's essay "The Poetry of Stone" will be published in the upcoming Fall issue of Stone Voices.

    MFA alum David Oppegaard's stories "A Fairy Tale for the Incarcerated" and "The Rotation of the Earth" will be published in Writes of Spring and Cifiscape Vol. II.

    Invisible Strings (Graywolf Press), by MFA faculty Jim Moore, has been shortlisted for The Believer magazine Poetry Award. Congratulations, Jim!

    MFA Faculty Patricia Kirkpatrick, poetry editor of Water~Stone Review, will have poetry published in the April 2012 issue of POETRY magazine which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the magazine, and will be given away by the Poetry Foundation to celebrate National Poetry Month.

    Current MFAC student Elizabeth Verdick's new book The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders has been published by local press Free Spirit.

    Michele Heather Pollock (MFA '06) received an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission to pursue a part of her poetry/visual art project "What It Means To Be Human."

    Check out Sleet Magazine, an online literary journal run by current student Susan Solomon. The magazine recently featured an interview with Barrie Jean Borich conducted by MFA student Kadattir. Their summer edition also featured Deborah Keenan and Jim Moore’s work.

    MFAC Faculty Anne Ursu and Gary Schmidt made Amazon's TOP TEN Children's Middle Grade Books of 2011.

    Tami Mohamed Brown (MFA ’09) and current student, Lynne Maker Kuechle were selected by the creative nonfiction judge to participate in the 2011-2012 Loft Mentor Series. Elizabeth di Grazia (MFA ’03) and Annette Schiebout (MFA ’08) were awarded Honorable Mentions in creative nonfiction. Jacey Choy (MFA ’04) and Libby Casey Irwin (MFA ’00) were named finalists in poetry, and Mindy Mejia (MFA ’09) and Cindy Rogers (MFA ’08) were named finalists in fiction.

    N. M. Kelby (MFA ‘98) was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Loft-McKnight Artist Fellowship in Fiction. Joan Wolf (MFA ‘01) was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Loft-McKnight Artist Fellowship in Children's Literature.

    MFA Student, John Woodington’s short story, “Love Story from a Scatterbrain’s Journal,” was published in online literary journal, Pens on Fire. John’s novella, Goodwill, is published in the novella collection, Meat and Potatoes. The fall issue of The Sewanee Review will feature his work, “Camouflage.”

    The Newport Review published current MFA Student Nico Taranovsky’s nonfiction piece, “First Meeting” in their Summer 2011 edition.

    Last fall, MFA student, Erik DeLapp’s poem "Ghazal" appeared in the inaugural print edition of Foothill: a journal of poetry.

    Two of Haley Lasché’s (MFA ’08) poems were picked up by Old Dominion University's Barely South Review. "Remember Whom You Leave Shackled by Love" appeared in the April 2011 edition and "As for the Exiles" was published in the January 2012 edition. Haley’s poem, “You Burn Me” will be published in the upcoming White Space Anthology.

    North Star Press published Susan Koefod’s (MFA ‘04) debut novel, Washed Up in September, 2011. Notable bestselling authors, such as William Kent Krueger, have already praised it, with Krueger calling Koefod “a bold new voice in the crime genre.”

    This coming Fall, Beacon Press will publish Melanie Hoffert's (MFA '08) book, Prairie Silence, a memoir about reconciling sexuality with family, faith and the silence of the emptying prairie and its people.

    Main Street Rag Publishing in Charlotte, North Carolina has accepted Carol Pearce Bjorlie’s (MFA ‘01) book of poetry about music, Behind the Cello.

    The online University of Va. Medical School literary magazine will publish "About Her Losing a Breast" by Donna Isaac (MFA '07) in their Feb edition.

    MFA student, Reneé Beauregard Lute’s poem, “From the Terribly Disturbed Sky” was selected for publication as a finalist for Bellevue Literary Review’s Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry. It will be featured in the Spring 2012 issue.

    Naomi Kinsman Downing’s (MFAC ‘11) book, Shades of Truth (Zonderkidz, 2011) received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.

    The Star Tribune picked up an essay written by MFA student, Norita Dittberner-Jax, called “Luxe is back! (Just not for these kids).” The essay was included in the Sunday, October 23rd Opinion section. Norita wrote the essay in Patricia Weaver Francisco’s class, The Essay.

    Georgia Greeley (MFA ’01) was featured online on Quodlibetica in the article: “Why Do Artist Books and Book Arts Still Matter?” This summer, the magazine, HER VOICE, interviewed Georgia about claiming creative space and also included two of her poems, “River,” and “Equal Sign.” www.her-voice.com Her poem, “The Flood,” was in the August issue of Talking Stick.

    Joanne Esser (MFA ’02) published her poetry chapbook, I Have Always Wanted Lightning, with Finishing Line Press in November 2011.

    Faculty member Deborah Keenan’s libretto, “Positive,” a work about living, not dying with HIV), was performed this February at the VocalPoint Inaugural Concert.

    In January of this year, Northeastern University Press published Cruel and Unusual: The American Death Penalty and the Founders’ Eighth Amendment, a book by MFA alum John Bessler (’05).

    MFA alum Todd Wardrope (’10) will have a short story featured in Zombie Kong Anthology published by Books of the Dead Press.

    North Star Press will be publishing John Medeiros’ (MFA ’06) poetry manuscript, couplets for a shrinking world.

    MFA alum, Brian Farrey’s (’08) young adult novel, With or Without You, was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association. It is also a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in the Young Adult Category. Brian’s debut middle grade novel, The Vengekeep Prophecies, will be out in October 2012. The book is the first in a trilogy.

    MFA student, Marjorie Hakala, published her essay, “Seven Reasons to Read A Dance to the Music of Time” in the online book review, The Millions. You can read it here.

    MFAC faculty member Eleanora E. Tate was named a Circle of Elders Award recipient at the 29th Annual National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference in Atlanta, GA in November. The Circle of Elders award is given annually to selected persons aged 60 and older from around the country for their "years of involvement and commitment to the African Oral Tradition" and for their "honored presence in the storytelling community." Also in November, Eleanora's fiction story "What Goes Around Comes Around" is included in What Writers Do, an anthology of stories, poems and essays written by writers in the Lenoir-Rhyne University Writers Series. 

    Holly Harden (MFA ’02) was featured in the Winter 2012 St. Olaf Magazine about her work as a writer for Garrison Keillor. Deborah Keenan was also interviewed for the article. Read it here.

    The MPR website has recently featured several MFA and MALS students. MALS student, Taylor Brorby, had a commentary featured on January 25th, 2012. MALS/MFA student Allegra Lingo’s commentary published on December 9th, 2011. MFA student, Akmed Khalifa, had three commentaries: April  7th, June 7th and August 8th of 2011.

    Patti Frazee (MFA ’02) novel, Out of Harmony, was published by CreateSpace in January 2012.

    Faculty member, Patricia Weaver Francisco’s essay, “Cezanne’s Pipe” won second place in the Normal School’s creative nonfiction contest, judged by Eula Biss. It will be featured in the Fall issue.

    Spring 2011

    "Hunger," a poem by Pete Heiden MFA '09 was published in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of the Great River Review.    

    The chapbook, The Sun Shines, the Day is On: Poems of Gratitude, features the work of MFA alumni Trish Stachelski ('08), Pete Heiden ('09), and Amanda St. John ('11). Selections from the chapbook, including Stachelski's poem, "On the Shore," were featured in the New and Nearby Reading Series at Trotter's Cafe on November 23, 2010.  

    Three MFA alumni and one MFAC alumna authored books in the Poetry Builders series published by Norwood House Press. Megan Atwood ('09) wrote Connor and Clara Build a Concrete Poem (illustrated by Reginald Butler and Kris Bigalk), Amanda St. John ('10), wrote Sophie and Sadie Build a Sonnet (illustrated by Luanne Marten), Victoria Peterson-Hilleque ('10) wrote Ana and Adam Build an Acrostic (illustrated by Winifred Barnum-Newman), and Pete Heiden ('09) wrote Penelope and Pip Build a Prose Poem (illustrated by Amy Huntington).

    "Murder and Myth: Coping with Unsolved Homicide," an essay by recent MALS graduate, Gabrielle Rose, appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Confluence. Her poem, "Hannah Also," will appear in the Winter issue of The Smoking Poet.

    Jen March, MFA '08, was featured on the KFAI program, Write On Radio! She discussed her poetry collection, SWIM, and her poetry-film production by the same name.

    In November 2010, Cynthia French, MFA '03, accepted the position of Executive Director for the Great River Arts Association in Little Falls, MN.

    Debra McArthur, MFA '10, has sold her middle-grade historical novel, A Voice for Kanzas, to Kane/Miller Book Publishers. The book is based on her creative thesis and is scheduled for release in spring 2012.

    Two CWP faculty members presented at NonfictioNOW, The Bedell Nonfiction Conference, at the University of Iowa in November 2010. Barrie Jean Borich presented two papers, one titled "The Geography of Genre: Where Actuality Matters " on the panel "What's in a Genre? States of the Art of the Essay" and another paper titled "Unbidden" on the panel she moderated called "The Wildness Suite," which explored writing about actual or figurative forms of wildness. Larry Sutin spoke on the panel "When The World Changed" about writing from life-altering circumstances.

    At the 2011 AWP Conference in Washington D.C., CWP faculty member Barrie Jean Borich moderated and presented on the panel "Bodies Politic" and spoke on the panel "Interviewing in My Underwear: Adventures as a Female Memoirist."  She also attended a board meeting at AWP for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. VIDA made news at AWP with their release of "The Count," a web post on gender disparities in literary publishing that has since received international coverage and inspired a lively debate in the blogosphere. At the Modern Language Association Conference in Los Angeles in January 2011, she presented on the panel "Roundtable on the Currency of the Category of Creative Nonfiction."

    Lodestar, a collection of poetry by Lisa Higgs, MFA '01, was published by Finishing Line Press in March 2011.

    Susan Koefod, MFA '04, published Let Them Eat Crêpes: Stories Featuring the French Pancake, with Lulu.com in November 2010. The anthology includes an essay by current MFA student Rachel Gabriel.

    In Caddis Wood, the second novel from CWP DIrector Mary Rockcastle, will be published by Graywolf Press in fall 2011.

    CWP alum and faculty member Su Smallen has released a new collection of poetry called Buddha, Proof, a limited edition chapbook designed and hand-stitched by Broadcraft Press. Broadcraft was founded and is staffed by Meghan Maloney-Vinz, MFA '07, Meg Masterson, MFA '11, Kate Shuknecht, MFA '11, and current student Julia Jenson. About Buddha, Proof, CWP faculty member Larry Sutin writes: "The West is in the process of making the Buddha feel at home. These poems by Su Smallen do just that--invite the Buddha into our lives as someone with whom we might at last have something in common. Lovely."

    Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age, a book by Cheryl Bardoe MFAC '10, was named a 2011 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor book. Her new book, The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur, was released by Abrams in spring 2011. 

    CWP adjunct faculty member Regula Russelle was the winner of the 2011 Book Artist Award. This annual award, presented by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) and the Minnesota Book Awards, recognizes a Minnesota book artist or book artist collaborative group for excellence throughout a body of work, as well as significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community. An exhibit celebrating Russelle’s work ran from January 21 through March 6, 2011 in the second floor literary commons of the Open Book building in Minneapolis and received special recognition and an award at the 23rd annual Minnesota Book Awards gala on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

    Minnesota Public Radio published a commentary on teaching Huckleberry Finn  by current CWP student Karen Morrill-Bryan in January 2011.

    North Star Press will publish Hand Me Down My Walking Cane, a Depression-era novel by Carla Hagen, MFA '02.

    Ann Iverson, MFA and MALS alumna, will publish her new book, Art Lessons, with Holy Cow! Press in fall 2011.

    Literary magazine and poetry blog Poemeleon published an interview with Haley Lasché, MFA '08. At the 2011 AWP Conference in Washington, D.C., Haley moderated a panel called, "The Rosary Effect: The Challenges of Writing from a Catholic Perspective," which included writers Luisa A. Igloria, Linda Norton, Ruben Quesada, and John Reimringer.

    "Venatio," a poem by current student Gretchen Rueth, was included in Volume 1 of Poetry City, USA, an anthology forthcoming from Low Brow Press and edited by Matt Mauch.

    CWP faculty member Barrie Jean Borich has signed a publication contract for her new book, Body Geographic - An Autobiographical Atlas, forthcoming in the University of Nebraska American Lives Series. Release is tentatively scheduled for fall 2012.

    Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, MFA '05, has been selected by the Minnesota State Arts Board to receive a 2011 Artist Initiative grant in creative prose.

    "Places," a poem by current student Mary Kane, will appear in the spring issue of Burner Magazine (issue theme: music), and Mary's poem, "The Winnowing Season," will appear in the spring issue of OVS Magazine.

    
Current student Elissa Cottle curates Gwendolyn's Room, a literary reading series in Southwest Minneapolis art galleries and art spaces that features established and emerging writers. Since its inception in fall 2010, the featured writers have included CWP faculty member Sheila O'Connor, Christopher Title, MFA '09, and current students Susan Solomon and Kelly Hansen Maher.



    Kirsten Dierking, MFA '94,  won The National Education Association (NEA) Art of Teaching Prize for an article she published in the NEA's journal, Thought & Action. The Art of Teaching Prize is described as "a $2,500 award for an article that illuminates one professor’s approach to the complex and intangible dynamic that inspires students with a love of learning or an article that offers practical approaches to improving teaching and learning at the college level." Kirsten presented her article and received the award at the NEA's 29th annual higher education conference in Boston in March. Read the article here.

    Chris Gaumer, MFA '10, wrote and directed Terrific. With Love., a short film that was accepted into the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, NV. A drama with comic flare, the film was well received and played in the strongest grouping of films, which included the Academy Award-winning short film, God of Love. Further press coverage.

    Current BFA student Kyle Adamson's poem, "Debriefing," won an Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Intro Journals Award. His poem appeared in the literary magazine, Artful Dodge, while he was a student at Normandale Community College.

    Split, a novel by CWP faculty member Swati Avasthi,was a finalist for a 2011 Minnesota Book Award. Split was a 2010 Cybils Young Adult Fiction winner and was named to the 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

    With Or Without You, the debut novel from Brian Farrey, MFA ‘08, will be released on May 24, 2011. His second book, the first in a middle grade trilogy, will be released in Fall 2012.

    Work by CWP faculty instructor Eric Lorberer appears in Volume 1 of Poetry City, USA, an anthology forthcoming from Low Brow Press.

    Current student Renée Beauregard is writing monthly literary magazine reviews for a magazine called The Review Review.

    Current student Steve McPherson wrote an article for Skyscraper Magazine that discusses narrative tension in short stories and pop songs. Read his article, "Rebecca Black and the Story Problem."

    "At the Cafe," a poem by CWP adjunct faculty member Patricia Kirkpatrick, appears in She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems, a poetry anthology edited by Caroline Kennedy and published by Voice, an imprint of Hyperion. The anthology includes works by Elizabeth Bishop, Sharon Olds, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, W. H. Auden, Adrienne Rich, Sandra Cisneros, Anne Sexton, W. S. Merwin, Dorothy Parker, Queen Elizabeth I, Lucille Clifton, Naomi Shahib Nye, and W. B. Yeats.

    CWP adjunct faculty member Jim Moore has released a new collection of poetry from Graywolf Press titled Invisible Strings.

    Joan M. Wolf, MFA '01, received an honorable mention for the 2011 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, Loft Award in Children's Literature / Older Children.

    N.M. Kelby, MFA '98, received an honorable mention for the 2011 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, Loft Awards in Creative Prose.

    Barnes and Noble featured CWP faculty member Gary Schmidt's new book, Okay For Now, as a main selection.

    CWP faculty member Katrina Vandenberg contributed work to Poetry City, USA, an anthology of poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews.

    Nancy Loewen, MFA '07, has published her most recent book and first trade picture book, The Last Day of Kindergarten, with Marshall Cavendish. 

    Molly Beth Griffin, MFAC '09, will publish a young adult novel, Garnet for Courage, with Milkweed Editions.

    CWP faculty member Sheila O'Connor's second novel, Sparrow Road, was released in May 2011 and received a starred review from Kirkus.

    Work by CWP faculty member Patricia Kirkpatrick, has been published in Poetry City, USA, an anthology of poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews.

    Current student Akmed Khalifa wrote a commentary on self-publishing for Minnesota Public Radio in April 2011.

    Jane O'Reilly, MFAC '09, read her first stage play, A Promise Made, on April 18, 2011, at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. Further details about Jane and her work.

    Poems by CWP faculty member Deborah Keenan and an essay by faculty member Barrie Jean Borich were included in the anthology, American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice, recently published by New Village Press. Deborah's poems, "So Much Like a Beach After All," "It is Fair To Be Crossing," "Not Getting Tired of the Earth," and "Between Now and Then," and Barrie's essay, "Waterfront Property," appear with work by Sherman Alexie, Dorothy Allison, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrienne Rich, and other influential writers.

    A poem by recent MFA graduate Kate Shuknecht has been published by Poetry City, USA, an anthology of poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews.

    Fall 2010

    Andrea Jenkins MFA '10 received the 2010 Twin Cities Black Pride Community Award in Social Justice and Advocacy.

    Jamie A. Swenson MFA '09 has a second picture book, Boom Boom Boom, that will be published by Farrar Straus and Giroux.

    Michèle Campbell MFA '07 gave six performances of her one-woman show, Pardon My French, at the Playwrights' Center during the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival. The show won Best of Venue.

    A chapbook of sonnets by Lisa Higgs, MFA '01 will be published by Finishing Line Press.

    MFA student Gerri Johnson was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. She was one of the top eight candidates out of 502 applicants.

    Stuart Holland MALS '93 performed in Brazen Theatre’s The Lady in Question by Charles Busch at the Lowry Lab theater in September 2010. In October he will perform in 20% Theater’s Anon by Kate Robin, opening at the Gremlin Theater on October 15.

    CWP faculty member Patricia Kirkpatrick received a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board grant to complete a poetry manuscript and begin a nonfiction book. She received a 2010 Loft Shabo Award to prepare a picture book manuscript for publication. Her poems appeared recently in Prairie Schooner and The Poet's Guide to the Birds, and she read her poetry at "The Poet's Guide to the Birds" reading at AWP 2010.  In 2009 she joined the board of the Saint Paul Almanac; she edited all poems to be published in the 2011 Almanac. Past fellow of the Wilder Foundation’s Shannon Leadership Institute, she recently made a poetry presentation with Graywolf Press Senior Editor Jeff Shotts to Institute alumni.

    Current student Naomi Kinsman Downing has sold her first book, Shadows, to Zondervan. The novel will be the first in a two-part series and will be published under the name "Naomi Kinsman."

    Loretta Ellsworth MFA '09 has sold her young adult novel, Unforgettable, to Walker Books for Young Readers. Unforgettable is about a boy with a perfect memory, who is unable to forget. It is scheduled to be released in fall 2011. 

    Beth Mayer MFA '08 has been hired as a full-time English Instructor at Century College, a community college in the MnSCU system in White Bear Lake.

    Current MFA student Charlie M.F. Hartman published her interview with Ed Bok Lee in Sleet Magazine.

    “Losing Dylan,” a short story by John Medeiros MFA '06 won third place in the 2010 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition, internationally recognized and in its 30th year, received 1,653 entries in 2010.

    Current student Gretchen Rueth’s poem, “Why Loneliness” is a finalist in the 2010 mnLIT: What Light Poetry Project. Gretchen also placed her poem, "Pollen," in the Summer 2010 issue of Sleet Magazine. Another poem, "Providence," was lovingly catalogued under the section "Irregulars" in the same issue.

    Current MFA student Alida Winternheimer has been awarded the 2010 Confluence Fiction Award for an excerpt from her novel, God's Mirror. The excerpt will appear in the October issue of the Confluence journal, and Alida will receive a cash prize at the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas.

    CWP alumna Anne Holzman will have two poems published in the 2011 Saint Paul Almanac.

    “Doctor Haskins,” a story by current MFA student Wendy Skinner, has been published in the online journal Monkeybicycle. Wendy has also published stories in Technicolor Magazine ("Erik Einsam”) and The Potomac Journal of Politics and Poetry ("The Incident").

    Lilly and the Pirates (Boyds Mills, 2010), a middle grade book by CWP faculty member Phyllis Root, has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. According to the Kirkus Reviews, “a star is assigned to books of unusual merit."

    Current student Ann Matzke has written two books that will be published by Rourke Publishing in Fall 2010. Can You Guess? is a picture book for K-2 readers,  and Plus 1, Minus 1 supports math curriculum topics.

    An excerpt from Stephani Maari Booker MFA '04 had an excerpt from her thesis, The Tabitha Times, entitled "Coloring," published in the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.

    Sandy Beach MFA '00 is a finalist in the 2010 mnLIT: What Light Poetry Project. “Do-It-Yourself-Narcissus” was chosen by juror Chris Fischbach of Coffee House Press. This is her third poem to be chosen for this series.

    Donna Isaac MFA '07 will have her poem, "New Year," published in the 2011 Saint Paul Almanac.

    Aaron M. Wilson MFA '08 has placed stories in numerous publications in 2010. “What’s for Dinner” appeared in Twin Cities: Citiscape Vol. I (Onyx Neon Press, Aug./Sept. 2010); “Recession Love” appeared in the September 2010 issue of Eclectic Flash; “Apopthis” appeared in eFiction Magazine; “Spilling Sunlight” appeared in Evolve; “Beyond Peaking” and “The Methuselah Project” appeared in The Hive Mind; and  “Dog Fight” appeared in Pow Fast Flash Fiction. “The Paperless Doctrine of 2152”  will appear in The Last Man Anthology (Sword and Saga Press, October 2010), which also includes stories from Barry N. Malzberg, C.J Cherryh, and Ray Bradbury. “No Compromise” will appear in the Girls With Guns Anthology in Winter 2010-11. On September 16, Aaron participated in John Hayes' Writers Talk, which included both an interview "Writers Talk with Aaron M. Wilson" and his story "Beyond Peaking."

    Alison Morse MFA '06 had her microfiction story, "My Sister," included in the 2009 and 2010 mnartist.org Ministories series. Another story, "Adult Education," was published by The Pedestal in 2010.

    “Thinking Like a House,” an essay by Diane LeBlanc MFA '05 was published in the 2010 issue of The Briar Cliff Review.

    Current MFA student Sigrid Tornquist has been selected to be a Peace Writer for the 2010 Women PeaceMakers Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice in San Diego, CA. The Women PeaceMakers Program documents the stories and best practices of international women leaders who are involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts in their home countries. Women PeaceMakers are paired with Peace Writers to document in written form their story of living in conflict and building peace in their communities and nations. Tornquist is paired with PeaceMaker Sarah Akoru Lochodo from Kenya.

    Loretta Bebeau MALS '98 is one of 55 artists chosen to exhibit in “Revealing Culture,” a “groundbreaking exhibit on disability” at the Smithsonian Institution's International Gallery that ran through August 29. The four works that were included in the exhibit visually document how hearing loss affects communication.

    Spring/Summer 2010

    MFA student Jason O’Keane has placed his short story, "The Way it is Around Here," with Bellevue Literary Review. It will appear in the forthcoming fall issue.

    Orangutans Are Ticklish: Fun Facts from an Animal Photographer, written by MFA student Jill Davis and photographed by Steve Grubman, was released by Schwartz and Wade on June 8, 2010.

    Brian Farrey MFA ’08 sold his middle grade novel, The Vengekeep Prophecies, to HarperCollins Children's in a three-book deal. The first book is due out in late 2012.

    Jamie A. Swenson MFA ’09 will publish her picture book, If You Were A Dog, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux in fall 2010.

    "Vegas Elegy," a poem by Sandy Beach MFA ’00 was chosen to be one of the subjects for the artist's brush at the Ninth Annual Crossings' Poet Artist Collaboration, an exhibit held at Crossings at Carnegie (Zumbrota, MN) during the month of April 2010. Sandy also participated in a reading and reception for the exhibit on April 16th.

    CWP alum and faculty member, Georgia Greeley’s article, “Moving From Text to Form—Making Handmade Books,” was published in the August 2009 issue of Bound & Lettered. Georgia’s books, Cuttings and Sightings, were featured in the “Reader’s Art 10” ten-year anniversary exhibition at the Sue Hensel Gallery (March - April 2010). Her work is also featured in the “Artists’ Book Cornucopia” at the Abcedarian Gallery in Denver (April - May 2010) and in “Foot in the Door” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (March - June 2010).  Her poem, “Body Business,” is forthcoming in The Wind Blows, The Ice Breaks: Poems of Loss & Renewal by Minnesota Poets (Nodin Press), and “S.W.A.K. After 50” will be in When Last on the Mountain: The View from Writers Over Fifty (Holy Cow! Press with Turtle House Ink).  Two more of her poems have been accepted by InkSpotter Press in Canada for the anthology, Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra.

    City Chickens by recent MFA graduate Christine Heppermann will be published by Houghton Mifflin in 2012. Two of Christine’s poems will appear in forthcoming issues of 5 AM and The Horn Book.

    Current MFA student Jamie Buehner placed three poems in the Fall 2009/Winter 2010 issue of Sleet Magazine: "Breakfast at Bobs," "Lake Swan," and "What Would You Say As the Earth Gets Further and Further Away?" Her poems, "Barn Light" and "Growing Up," and an interview with CWP faculty member Jim Moore appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of Sleet.

    
The New and Nearby Reading Series featured poets Amanda St. John (MFA student) and Pete Heiden MFA ’09 on April 28, 2010 at Trotter's Café in St. Paul.
 


    The visual art of MFA student Karen Morrill-Bryan will be featured in a solo show at Yogallery in Duluth, May 21-June 21, 2010. The show will feature 14 of Karen’s pieces. Her work was also featured in a community show at Trotter's Cafe in St. Paul during April 2010.
 


    “The Way to Mercy,” a short story by Beth Mayer MFA ’08, was published in the July 2009 issue of The Sun Magazine. This story was selected by the editors of Best American Mystery Stories of 2010 for inclusion among "Other Distinguished Stories," and will appear in New Writing from the Midwest from Ohio University Press, available in winter 2010/2011.

    On February 5, 2010, CWP faculty member Patricia Weaver Francisco was the Everyday Hamline Hero featured in the First Friday Forum series. She engaged participants in a discussion titled “Telling: When the Personal Becomes Political.” In January, she was interviewed by the Minnesota News Network about the work and cultural influence of J.D. Salinger.

    Jen March MFA ’08 is a 2010 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant in Literature-Poetry from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She plans to create an online web-book that combines written text with video images, music, and graphic design.

    CWP faculty member Liza Ketchum's historical novel, Newsgirl (Viking), was published in the fall of 2009. Newsgirl is on the ALA's Rainbow List and on Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher list. It has been nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award and will be honored as a "Highly Recommended Book" by the Boston Author's Club at their 2010 Julia Ward Howe Award ceremony. Liza will speak at Grub Street Writer's "Muse and the Marketplace" conference in Boston May 1-2 and at the New England SCBWI conference May 15-16.

    CWP faculty member Margot Fortunato Galt has published a poem, "Nocturne," in the spring issue of Turtle Quarterly, and had a winter poem, "Cardinal Points," on the website Flurry this winter. As part of the Laurel Poetry Collective, Margot published The Quiet Eye: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Nature in late 2009. She presented on a WITS (Writers in the Schools) panel at the 2010 AWP Conference in Denver. The topic was "Writing with Immigrant Students," based on her book The Circuit Writer (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2006). Recently at St. Paul Academy, Margot read from her collection of poems, Between the Houses, based on Delor Erickson's small paintings of the same name.

    John Medeiros MFA ’06 has been awarded an Artist Initiative grant in Literature-Poetry from the State Arts Board. His essay, “One Sentence,” which was originally published in Gulf Coast in 2006, appears in the college textbook, Text Wrestling, by David Fleming (UMASS Amherst, 2009). His work, “Week,” was published in Swell, an online GLBT literary journal out of Chicago in October 2008. John is co-curator of the Queer Voices reading series sponsored by Hamline and Intermedia Arts.

    CWP faculty member Eleanora E. Tate participated in a book signing at the Cool Kidz Expo held at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC, on April 18, 2010.

    Cynthia Rogers MFA ’08 is the recipient of a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board grant in prose.

    Cynthia French MFA ’03 and 2010 Minneapolis Women's Poetry Slam Champion,
 is the recipient of a 2010 VERVE grant from Intermedia Arts.

    CWP faculty member Katrina Vandenberg's second book of poems, currently titled The Alphabet Not Unlike the World, is under contract with Milkweed Editions and will be published in 2012 or 2013. Poems from the manuscript are forthcoming in, or have recently appeared in, The Southern Review, Memorious, Blackbird, The Rumpus, Orion, and the anthology Visiting Dr. Williams (University of Iowa Press). She received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and was a finalist for the Howard Fellowship at Brown University. At the 2010 AWP conference in Denver, she served on a panel about Fulbright fellowships in creative writing.

    “North Haven Island,” a story by MFA student Renee Beauregard, will be published in a forthcoming issue of Words and Images.

    CWP faculty member Sheila O’Connor was awarded a 2009 Bush Fellowship and has served as a fiction mentor as part of the Loft-McKnight Mentor Series. Her short story, "Wake Up, Maggie," was published in the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Great River Review, and her novel, Sparrow Road, is forthcoming from G.P. Putnam in Spring 2011. Sheila presented two panels at AWP 2010: "What We Teach and Why--Using the Assessment Mandate to Improve Creative Writing Programs" and "From MFA Thesis to First Novel--Five  Writers Share Their Stories." The latter panel included alums Geoff Herbach MFA ’06 and Patti Frazee MALS ’02.

    MFA student Jana Larson has been awarded a State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant in Media Arts-Video.

    CWP faculty member Juliet Patterson has received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant in Literature-Nonfiction to complete a full-length creative nonfiction manuscript.

    Two photographs by MFA student Ryan Rodgers were bought by Backpacker Magazine. Ryan also supplied all the artwork in the Summer 2010 issue of Brevity, a journal of concise literary nonfiction.

    Recent MALS graduate Alison Holland has been named Outreach Coordinator for a grant awarded to Pine Technical College by the Department of Labor. The grant will allow the college to train people in health care careers.

    Aaron Wilson MFA ’08 is the featured author in the June issue of eFiction Magazine. The feature includes an interview with Aaron and three of his short stories, all of which were part of his MFA thesis project.

    Trouble (Clarion, 2008), a novel for young adults by MFAC faculty member Gary D. Schmidt, was named a 2010 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award finalist.

    In March 2010, CWP faculty member Barrie Jean Borich appeared as part of the Riggio Forum at the New School in New York City to discuss the state of women's literature and to celebrate the formation of Women in Letters and Literary Arts. At the 2010 AWP Conference in Denver, she led a panel titled “Body as Landscape. Place as Blood” and presented on the panel, “Writing Intimacy, Writing Sex.” Barrie’s work has appeared in recent issues of The Seattle Review, Seneca Review, Ecotone, New Ohio Review, and Hotel Amerika, and her essay, "On a Clear Day, Catalina," won the Crab Orchard Review 2010 John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize.

    In Search of Mockingbird (Henry Holt, 2007), a novel for young adults by Loretta Ellsworth MFA ’09, was named a 2010 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award finalist. Mockingbird was also awarded a notable book citation in young adult fiction from the International Reading Association. Loretta’s third novel, In a Heartbeat, was released by Walker & Company/Macmillan in February 2010 and has been named a 2010 Midwest Connections pick.

    Storm Codes by Tracy Nelson Maurer MFA ’09 was named to the 2010 Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List for 4th through 6th grade students. Tracy presented her paper, “Wordless Picture Books: Versatile Immersion Tools Beyond Third Grade,” at the CARLA/CAL International Immersion Conference in St. Paul in October 2009. The paper is based on her critical thesis for the Hamline MFAC program, and it supported the conference theme, “Immersion Education: Pathways to Bilingualism and Beyond.”

    Haley Lasché MFA ’08 has published her poems, “The Whole Whale” in Dossier and “RE: After all this time” and “Uncle Henry” in Poemeoleon. "21 New Ways You Know It's Special" and “Untapped Potential” will appear in Not a Muse: The Inner Lives of Women, a World Poetry Anthology which will be released by Haven Books in June 2010. Haley also presented on “Not a Muse,” a panel on post-feminist poetry, at the 2010 AWP Conference in Denver.

    CWP alum and faculty member Su Smallen placed second for the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize for her poem “The Last Of,” published in Cutthroat’s fifth anniversary issue.  Other publications include poems in The Saint Paul Almanac 2010, Water~Stone Review, Packingtown Review, the Tupelo Press Poetry Project, The Quiet Eye: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Nature  (anthology from Laurel Poetry Collective), plus two forthcoming anthologies, The Wind Blows, The Ice Breaks: Poems of Loss and Renewal by Minnesota Poets (June 2010) and Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined (fall 2010). Su was the featured poet in the October 2009 issue of Midway Journal. Christopher Watson was inspired by what he read in Midway Journal to choreograph “One Long Right Now,” premiered by his company in February 2010. More poetry-inspired dance: Su’s Salon performance received notice in mnartists.org 2008 Year in Review.

    MFA student Jenny McDougal’s poems, “Yokohama” and “Key West Conjure: a footnote,” were featured in the Fall 2009/Winter 2010 issue of Sleet Magazine.

    CWP faculty member David Chan was selected in 2009 as one of five American delegates for the U.S./China Life of Discovery project sponsored by the University of  Iowa International Writing Program  and the U.S. State Department. In accordance with the project, he traveled to China and his first publication in translation appeared in the Chinese literary journal Yellowriver Literature. In 2009 he also participated in the Writing Seminars Reading Series at Johns Hopkins University. Since joining CWP in fall 2008, he has been awarded fellowships to the Corporation of Yaddo in winter 2009, to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in summer 2009, to the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in summer 2010, and to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in Summer 2010.

    Kirsten Dierking MALS ’94 won a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers in poetry. She is the author of two books of poetry: One Red Eye (Holy Cow! Press, 2001) and Northern Oracle (Spout Press, 2007).

    2009

    Joanne Esser MFA ’02 was a 2009-2010 Loft Mentor Series winner for poetry.

    Someone Named Eva, a middle-grade novel written by Joan Wolf MFA ’01 was included as one of 20 books on the 2009-2010 Texas Bluebonnet Master List. In addition, the novel has been given a Junior Library Guild Premier Selection Award and was included on the 2009-2010 West Virginia state list contest, as well as the 2009-2010 Tennessee state list contest. The novel, which was released by Clarion books in 2007, was re-issued in paperback in spring 2009.

    Dan Harris MALS ’08 has published his piece, "Vices," in Monkeybicycle. His piece, "Letter to my Bowels," won the Smokin Yogi writing contest.

    On May 2, 2009, PFund, the Minnesota foundation dedicated to LGBT equality, presented MFA student Andrea Jenkins the 2009 Power of One award. In April 2009, Andrea’s essay, "Community Organizing in the Age of Obama" was published by BUZZ, the Metropolitan State University Alumni Magazine. The essay includes her poem, "Chicago (a poem for her native sons)." Most recently, Andrea was selected to be a Naked Stages Fellow, supported by the Jerome Foundation, to produce a one-woman show loosely based on her manuscript Black Pearl, and she received a 2010 VERVE grant from Intermedia Arts. Andrea is also co-curator of the Queer Voices reading series sponsored by Hamline and Intermedia Arts.

    Mary Griep MALS ’92 was featured in the Spring 2009 issue of Macalester Today for her work on the Anastylosis Project, a series of drawings of 12th-century sacred spaces around the world.

    Erik Brandt MALS ’07 leader of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, released his solo CD, Sometimes, in January 2009. Erik reflected on his experiences as an educator and the state of education in the U.S. in the Spring 2009 issue of Macalester Today.

    MFA student Wendy Skinner received the Carol Bly Award for Non-Fiction for her submission, "Gloved," which will appear in Dust & Fire, an anthology published by Bemidji State University. Wendy served as coeditor of Journeys 2009: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing published by The Minnesota Literacy Council.

    MFA alums Rita Gila Berger ’02, Rodney Nelsestuen ’08, and Joan Madea Trygg ’05 were 2009 SASE/Jerome Awards finalists in creative nonfiction.

    Megan Atwood MFA ’09 published her short story, “Claws,” on Lines and Stars, a website for poetry and prose.

    The Suicide Collectors (St. Martin’s, 2008), the first published novel by Dave Oppegaard MFA ’06, was named a finalist for the 2008 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Bram Stoker awards are given out by the Horror Writers Association of America and are considered some of the highest honors in the horror writing community. Dave’s second published novel, Wormwood, Nevada (St. Martin’s), was released in December 2009. An essay about Dave’s experience doing research for the novel was recently published in the second issue of The Nevada Review. The journal includes a review of Wormwood, Nevada as well.

    MFA student Ellen Tichich has accepted an appointment to the editorial board of Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins). Ellen’s review of the book, Nurse Executive: The Four Principles of Management, was published in the March/April 2009 issue of the peer-reviewed journal, and her feature article, "Helen Tobin: A Legacy of Leadership," was published in the May/June 2009 (25th Anniversary) issue.

    MFA student Paige Riehl was the featured poet in the April 2009 issue of Words-Myth, an online quarterly poetry magazine. Her poem, “The Baby,” was included in the spring 2009 issue of The Honey Land Review.

    Two of MFA student Alice Duggan’s poems, "Dreams Before Sleep" and "The Gardener Sweeps the Path," have been published in the University of Maine’s Puckerbrush Review.

    Kelly Westhoff MALS ’01 was interviewed by WorldHum.com about her travel photography website, CheSpotting.com. Her poetry website, Haiku By Two (haikubytwo.com), was web pick of the week by Twin Cities Live in April 2009 and was also reviewed in the Star Tribune book section by editor Laurie Hertzel.

    Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude (Holy Cow! Press, 2009) features MFA faculty member Deborah Keenan’s poem, “When the Dead Come To Visit In Dreams,” and MFA student Naomi Haugen’s poem, “T’ai Chi Chu Practice.”

    Maya Washington MFA ’06 was selected as a Cave Canem Fellow and attended the Cave Canem retreat in June 2009.

    Melanie Hoffert MFA ’08 published her essay, "Prairie Beginnings," in the May 2009 issue of The Mochila Review. Her essay, "The Allure of Grain Trucks," was published in May 2009 issue of Muse & Stone, and it won the First Place Writing Award for Nonfiction in the New Millennium Writings competition where it was also published in November 2009.

    “Can You Explain Please?” an essay by Michelle Janssens Keller MFA ’09 was featured in volume 14, no. 2 of the Raven Chronicles: “Architecture in Literature: Doors, Windows, & Walls.”

    Zillah's Gift, a novel by MFA student Lois West Duffy, was published in August 2009 by Beaver's Pond Press.

    Donna Isaac MFA ’07 has published her poem, "Thursday Dinner," in Hunger and Thirst: Food Literature (San Diego City Works Press, 2008). Her poem, "Strength," was published in the Summer 2009 issue of Pisgah Review (Brevard College), and her chapbook, Tommy, was published in fall 2009 by Red Dragonfly Press. The chapbook includes three poems that were included in her capstone, "Sustenance," which received Outstanding Thesis in Poetry in 2007.

    April Schmidt MFA ’06 published "40 Days," an excerpt from her memoir, in the Fall 2009 issue of Ruminate.

    Miriam Kagol MALS ’97 was quoted in the July 2009 issue of the The New Yorker in an article about Al Franken.

    Lori Stoltz MFA ’07 was offered a full-time English Professor Position at St. Paul College for Fall 2009.

    In August 2009, TANGO: The Tale of an Island Dog by Eileen Beha MFA ’07, was released by the Listening Library (Random House Audio) in two formats: an audiobook download and an unabridged CD set, narrated by Kimberly Farr. Her novel of the same name, for young readers ages 8 to 12, was published by Bloomsbury in May 2009.

    Carol Cochran MALS ’04 published a piece on self-help books in the BookShelf section of the October 2009 issue of Minnesota Women's Press. Carol’s “What’s on Your Nightstand?” picks were featured in the Star Tribune books section on August 22, 2009.  In August 2009, her essay, "Once Upon a Time in Cedar-Riverside," was published in the Twin Cities Daily Planet, a web news site, and Southside Pride published a letter-to-the-editor on the Cedar-Riverside/Somali topic in its September 2009 issue.

    MFAC faculty member Ron Koertge’s poem, “Moving Day” was featured in the August 24, 2009 issue of The Writer’s Almanac.

    Jean Larson MFA ’08 published two poems in Midway Journal in August 2009: “Dirty Ginkgos” and “Fear of Abandonment.”

    Nora Murphy MFA ’03 has published the book, Knitting the Threads of Time: Casting Back to the Heart of Our Craft (New World Library, 2009).

    Lines from CWP faculty member Deborah Keenan’s poem, "Small History," were featured in the February 2009 issue of O Magazine.

    When to Go Into the Water, a novel by CWP faculty member Larry Sutin, was released by Sarabande Books in May 2009.

    Enslow Publishers, Inc. has published four middle grade books by Mary Firestone MFA ’04: 50 Reasons to Care about Elephants, 50 Reasons to Care about Tigers, 50 Reasons to Care about Pandas, and 50 Reasons to Care about Rhinos.

     “October Starlings,” a poem by Alison Morse MFA ’06, was accepted by the journal Natural Bridge for its Fall 2009 edition.

    Kellie Hultgren MFA ’09 had her essay, "Perfection is Not An Option,” appear in the spring issue of Confluence.

    In March 2009, Ann Iverson MFA ’99 accepted the position of Dean of Learning and Chief Academic Officer at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis.

    Sherrie Fernandez-Williams MFA ’05 was the recipient of a 2009 SASE/Jerome Award in creative nonfiction. She was also a 2008 Loft Mentor Series winner in creative nonfiction.

    In May 2009, Pat Bauer MALS ’94 published her first book, B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet with Sleeping Bear Press. It is illustrated by her husband, David Geister.

    Geoff Gayle MALS ’91 submitted his 1990 MALS proseminar essay, "The Pollyanna Principle of Behavioral Axiology" to the proceedings of the 2009 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference.

    2008

    Nathan Miller MFA ’06 published a book of creative nonfiction, Teaching in Circles: My Journeys in Teaching High School (Kaplan, 2008).

    Sheila Lynch-Salamon MFA ’02 was awarded an MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship for 2008/2009.

    Fiction on a Stick (Milkweed Editions, 2008), an anthology of stories by Minnesota writers, features "Sketchbook: Atmospheric Conditions," by Anastasia Faunce MFA ’08, and "Knowing," by recent MFA graduate Josiah Titus.

    Brink Magazine has published "Close to the Ground," a short story by Tina Higgins MFA ’09.

    Rodney Nelsestuen MFA ’08 was a Loft Mentor Series winner in 2008-2009.

    Bound on Earth, a novel by Angela Hallstrom MFA ’05, was published in February 2008 by Parables Press. The book received the 2008 Association for Mormon Letters award and was nominated for several Whitney Awards. She currently serves as the editor of the literary magazine, Irreantum, and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

    The essay, "Everyone said it was just like a movie," by MFA student Laura Theobald has been published in Reflections: My Life, My Country Seven Years After 9/11 (iUniverse, 2008)