• Student and Alumni Book Publications: Literature for Adults

    Student and Alumni Book Publications:
    Literature for Adults

    Our students and alumni do more than hone their craft -- they get their work published. Many of the projects that students work on while they are enrolled in the Creative Writing Programs become successful books. These works catch the attention of publishers and critics alike, earning awards and gaining literary recognition.See list of book publications for children's and YA literature.

    Below is a LISTING of books by our students and alumni published in the world of literature for adults.

    ELIZABETH J. ANDREW, MFA '97

    Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir
    Skinner House Books, 2005
    On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness, Basic Books, 2005
    Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir, Skinner House Books, 2000

    DAVID ATHEY, MFA '01

    Hunting and Gathering Heaven, Bellowing Ark Press, 2000
    Danny Gospel, Bethany House, 2008

    JOHN D. BESSLER, MFA '05

    Cruel and Unusual: The American Death Penalty and... , Northeastern UP, 2012
    Writing for Life: The Craft of Writing for Everyday Living, Bottlecap Books, 2007
    Legacy of Violence: Lynch Mobs and Executions in Minnesota, U of MN Press, 2004
    Kiss of Death: America’s Love Affair with the Death Penalty, Northeastern UP, 2003
    Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America, Northeastern UP, 1998

    CAROL PEARCE BJORLIE, MFA '01

    Behind the Cello, Main Street Rag, 2012

    SARA DAILEY, MFA 11

    Earlier Lives, Dos Madres Press, 2012

    KIRSTEN DIERKING, MALS '94

    Northern Oracle, Spout Press, 2007
    One Red Eye, Holy Cow! Press, 2001

    LOIS WEST DUFFY

    Zillah’s Gift, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2009

    ANN CHRISTY DYBVIK, MALS '08

    Images of America: Menomonie, Arcadia Press, 2007

    JOANNE ESSER, MFA ’02

    I Have Always Wanted Lightning, Finishing Line Press, 2011

    BRIAN FARREY, MFA '08

    The Shadowhand Covenant, HarperCollins Childrens 2013
    The Vengekeep Prophecies, HarperCollins Childrens, 2012
    With or Without You, Simon Pulse, 2011

    SHERRIE FERNANDEZ-WILLIAMS, MFA '05

    Soft: A Memoir, North Star Press, 2014

    PATTI FRAZEE, MFA '02

    Out of Harmony, CreateSpace, 2012
    cirkus, Alyson, 2006

    DIANNE GRAY, MALS '96

    Tomorrow, the River, Houghton Mifflin, 2006
    Together Apart, Houghton Mifflin, 2003
    Holding Up the Earth, Houghton Mifflin, 2001

    MOLLY BETH GRIFFIN, MFAC '09

    Silhouette of a Sparrow, Milkweed Editions, 2012

    CARLA HAGEN, MFA '02

    Hand Me Down My Walking Cane, North Star Press

    DAVID HAIGHT, MFA '98

    Overdrive, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2005

    ANGELA HALLSTROM, MFA '05

    Bound On Earth, Parables Press, 2008
    Dispensation: Latter-Day Fiction, editor, Zarahemla Books, 2010

    PETE HEIDEN. MFA '09

    Penelope and Pip Build a Prose Poem, Norwood House Press, 2011

    GEOFF HERBACH, MFA '06

    Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleader, Sourcebooks, 2014
    I'm with Stupid, Sourcebooks, 2013
    Nothing Special, Sourcebooks, 2012
    Stupid Fast, Sourcebooks, 2011
    The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, Crown/Three Rivers Press, 2008

    LISA HIGGS, MFA '01

    Lodestar, Finishing Line Press, 2011

    MELANIE HOFFERT, MFA '08

    Prairie Silence, Beacon Press, 2013

    NICK HUPTON, MALS '08

    If I Know It's Coming, 
    North Star Press, 2012

    DONNA ISAAC, MFA '07

    Tommy, Red Dragonfly Press, 2009

    ANN IVERSON, MFA '99

    Art Lessons, Holy Cow! Press, 2011
    Definite Space, Holy Cow! Press, 2007
    Come Now to the Window, Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005

    PAMELA CARTER JOERN, MFA '00

    The Plain Sense of Things, University of Nebraska Press, 2008
    The Floor of the Sky, University of Nebraska Press, 2006

    NICOLE MARY KELBY, MFA '98 (as N.M. Kelby)

    White Truffles in Winter, W.W. Norton, 2011
    A Travel Guide for Restless Hearts: Stories, Borealis Books, 2009
    Murder at the Bad Girls’ Bar & Grill, Thorndike Press, 2008
    Whale Season, Random House, 2006
    Theater of the Stars, A Novel of Physics and Memory, Hyperion, 2003
    In the Company of Angels, Hyperion, 2001

    SUSAN KOEFOD, MFA '04

    Washed Up, North Star Press, 2011
    Let Them Eat Crepes: Stories About the French Pancake, Lulu.com, 2011

    KATHLEEN LINDSAY, MFA '00

    Somewhere Between the Wind and Water, IGI Publishing, 2006

    LARRY J. MATTHEWS, MALS '09

    The Silent Heart: A Personal Journey Back from Cardiac Arrest
    iUniverse, 2012

    JOHN MEDEIROS, MFA '06

    couplets for a shrinking world, North Star Press, 2012

    MINDY MEJIA, MFA '09

    The Dragon Keeper, Ashland Creek Press, 2012

    NATHAN R. MILLER, MFA '06

    Teaching in Circles: My Journeys in Teaching High School, Kaplan, 2008

    SUSAN MONTAG, MFA '07

    Finding the Way: A Tao for Down-to-Earth Pople, Nicolas-Hays Press, 2006

    STEPHEN MUESKE, MFA '02

    A Mnemonic for Desire, Ghost Road Press, 2006

    NORA MURPHY, MFA '03

    Knitting the Threads of Time: Casting Back to the Heart, New World Library, 2009
    Twelve Branches, Stories from St. Paul, Coffee House Press, 2003

    DAVID OPPEGAARD, MFA '06

    And the Hills Opened Up, Burnt Bridge, 2014
    Wormwood, Nevada, St. Martin’s Press, 2009
    The Suicide Collectors, St. Martin's Press, 2008

    BONNIE BEATSON PALMQUIST, MALS '90

    Time Frame, Galde Press, 2003
    Voices of Minnesota History, Galde Press

    VICTORIA PETERSON-HILLEQUE, MFA '10

    Ana and Adam Build an Acrostic, Norwood House Press, 2011

    MICHELE HEATHER POLLOCK, MFA '06

    Regarding Memory, Cross Keys Press, 2004

    THOMAS RUUD, MFA '03

    Unable for the World to Sleep, Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005

    GEORGE RICHARD SLADE, MALS '97

    Banking in the Great Northern Territory, Afton Historical Society Press, 2005

    MAUREEN MILLEA SMITH, MFA '00

    When Charlotte Comes Home, Alyson, 2006

    SU SMALLEN, MFA '03

    Buddha, Proof, Broadcraft Press, 2011
    Weight of Light, Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005

    AMANDA ST. JOHN, MFA '10

    Sophie and Sadie Build a Sonnet, Norwood House Press, 2011

    SUSANNA STYVE, MFA '03

    Miscellaneous, Tender, Laurel Poetry Collective, 2004

    MARC THOMSPON, MFA '06

    Oklahoma Heat, Red Moon Press

    KATHLEEN WEIHE, MFA '02

    Unless You Count the Birds, North Star Press, 2012

    LOIS WELSHONS, MALS '94

    Where the Moon Is, Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005

    JOAN M. WOLF, MFA '01

    Someone Named Eva, Clarion, 2007

    MARGARET WURTELE, MALS '93

    Touching the Edge: A Mother’s Spiritual Path from Loss to Life, John Wiley & Sons, 2004
    Taking Root: A Spiritual Memoir, St. Mary’s Press, 1998

    NOLAN ZAVORAL, MFAC '09

    Sequences Dark and Light, Redbird Chapbooks, 2012

    ADDIE ZIERMAN, MFA '10

    When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over, Convergent Press, 2013

  • BOOK Publication
    announcements:

    Norita Dittberner-Jax's (MFA '13) thesis collection of poems, Stopping For Breath, will be published by Nodin Press in the fall of 2014.

    Todd Wardrope's (MFA '10) novel, Arcadian Gates, is the debut publication from Blastgun Books, a partner imprint with Burnt Bridge Press.

    Finishing Line Press will publish Blood Ties, a chapbook by current MFA student Paige Riehl, in July 2014.

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    BREAKING MUSE NEWS:

    See a full listing of the many awards, book and journal publications, and accomplishments from our students, alumni, and faculty.

    > VISIT MUSE NEWS page

  • CWP News

    "Negative Space", a poem by MFAC faculty Ron Koertge, was featured, read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac's October 7th issue.

    MFAC faculty Gene Luen Yang spoke about the power of comics to reach diverse audiences at the 2014 National Book Festival gala.

    Sep 2 2014

    Moore Published

    Underground: New and Selected Poems, the retrospective from Professor Jim Moore, launches with a reading on September 11 at 7 p.m. at The Loft Literary Center.

    Aug 11 2014

    Collaboration

    Visual artist Wayne Nelson has interpreted two of CWP faculty Deborah Keenan's poems into haunting videos. Click below to watch:

    The Hamline CWP is proud to award the T.A. Barron Award to Meg Cannistra and the Jane Resh Thomas Prize to Kate Heberlein. Congratulations!

    Jun 23 2014

    Inspired By

    Countless students and writers have been influenced by Hamline CWP professor and poet Katrina Vandenberg. Among those inspired by her writing is young adult writer and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green.