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    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 Vengekeep Prophecies, HarperCollins Children's, 2012
    With or Without You, Simon Pulse, 2011 
                

    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:

    NEW RELEASE!
    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!

    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.

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


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      The Creative Writing Programs is pleased to announce that Justin St. Germain will be joining the faculty in late summer as a Visiting Assistant Professor in creative nonfiction.
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    • We are looking to fill several key positions: Editor-in-Chief, Designer-in-Chief, Fiction Editor, Creative Non Fiction Editor, and Poetry Editor.

    • CWP student Lee Kisling (BFA '14), was featured in a great story in the Hamline Oracle, highlighting his new chapbook, The Lemon Bars of Parnassus.
    • Liza Ketchum's (MFAC) new YA/adult novel, Out of Left Field, will be published this July by Untreed Books.
    • The Pushcart Prize nominated chapbook of poems written by Creative Writing Programs Professor Deborah Keenan has been published by Red Bird Press.
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