• Muse News 762

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

     Breaking Muse News:

    • Current MFA student Jessica Lind Peterson has won the 2020 Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize from Seneca Review Books for her book Living Room Horses. The book is due out in November of 2020 and includes a book release reading at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a $2,000 prize. Congratulations, Jessica!

    • The University of Louisville has honored Hamline MFA alum Gary Smith with its Award for Innovative Writing for his short story, 'The Red Bus to San Pedro.' The story appears in issue #13 of the university's online journal, "Miracle Monocle." Check it out. Well done, Gary!

    • MFA alum Nina Adel has won the Bellevue Literary Review for CNF Award for her essay 'Refugere' and her essay 'Porcupine Quills' has been published by Moria Magazine. You can read it here. Congrats, Nina!

    • MFA alum Mary Harpin's debut poetry collection Shadowrise from Dos Madres Press is out now. Congrats, Mary!

    • Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by MFAC faculty Laura Ruby has received a glowing review from the New York Times! Read it here.

    • MFAC faculty member Brandy Colbert has received a starred review from Kirkus for her middle grade novel The Only Black Girls in Town. Congrats, Brandy! Read it here

    • "Weight of Bones" an essay by current MFA student Jennifer Filardo has been published in the Beautiful Things column by River Teeth Journal. Read it here.

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    MFAC faculty member Laurel Snyder’s picture book Hungry Jim has been selected by the TODAY Show as one of the top 27 gifts for five-year-olds. 

    MFAC alumna Tasslyn Magnusson's poem "Liquor Acrostics and More" has been published in parentheses magazine.

    Cristina Oxtra, MFAC '19, has been awarded the Mirrors and Windows Fellowship from the Loft Literary Center. Congrats, Cristina!

    Current MFA student Valin Page will have her essay "Necrofemme" published in Raven Chronicles's upcoming Take a Stand: Art Against Hate Anthology.

    Superman Smashes the Klan by MFAC faculty member Gene Luen Yang is out now!

    MFAC alumna Tasslyn Magnusson's poem "When I Say I Mean" has been published in the April 2019 issue of Mom Egg Review.   

    Emmy in the Key of Code by MFAC alumna Aimee Lucido is on the Fall 2019 Kids IndieNext List. Congrats, Aimee! 

    MFAC faculty Laurel Synder's My Jasper June and Anne Ursu's The Lost Girl have been selected for Publisher Weekly's Best Middle Grade Books of 2019.

    MFAC faculty Anne Ursu's middle grade novel The Lost Girl is set to be adapted into a TV series produced by Drew Barrymore. 

    MFA alum Kyle William McGinn's poems have been published in This Thing Called Poetry: An Anthology of Poems by Young Adults with Cancer.

    Blair Thornburgh's, MFAC '17, newest YA novel Ordinary Girls has been selected for Publisher Weekly's Best Young Adult Books of 2019.  

    MFAC faculty Laura Ruby's next book Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind them All has been shortlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. 

    BFA and MFA adjunct faculty member Anna George Meek's essay "Clementine Time" was recently published in River Teeth. Read it here 

    MFA alumna Renee Beauregard Lute has received a book deal with Albert Whitman & Company. her middle grade novel The Exceptional Maggie Chowder is out Fall 2020.

    Alicia D. Williams', MFAC '13, debut book Genesis Begins Again is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Young Reader's Literature! 

    MFAC faculty Laura Ruby's next book Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind them All has been long listed for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Congrats, Laura!

    MFAC faculty Laura Ruby's next book, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind them All, is out October 1st.   

    MFAC alumna Eija Sumner has received a two-book deal. Her picture book debut Crocodile Hungry! is out Spring 2020. 

    MFAC alumna Kesha Grant is now an editorial assistant to the publisher Peachtree Publishing Company in Atlanta. Congrats, Kesha!

    Emmy in the Key of Code, debut middle grade novel from Aimee Lucido, MFAC '17, is now out! Aimee will be at Red Balloon Bookshop on October 2nd for her book launch. Congrats, Aimee! 

    Current MFA student Susan Triemert's flash fiction piece titled "Main Street" was published in A-Minor Magazine. Read it here.   

    MFAC alumna Jessica Mattson is now represented by Bridget Smith at JABerwocky Literary Agency. Congrats, Jessica! 

    Rising Above Shepherdsville by Ann Schoenbohm, MFAC '11, debuted July 16. Congrats, Ann! 

    MFAC faculty member Elana K. Arnold has sold her next book An Ordinary Day. Publication is set for March 2020. 

    MFAC alumna Aimee Lucido has sold her second book to Margaret Raymo at HMH. Recipe for Disaster is out sprint 2021. Congrats, Aimee! 

    MFAC faculty Brandy Colbert’s next YA novel, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, is out August 20th.

    MFAC alumna Christina Oxtra’s book Stephen Hawking: Get to Know the Man Behind the Theory is out now.MFAC alumna Meg Cannistra’s debut MG novel, The Trouble With Shooting Stars is out August 20th. 

    MFAC alumna Ari Tison's poems "Pillow Talk" and "Water Snake/Di Tkabe" were published in Yellow Medicine Review's Spring Edition.  

    MFAC faculty member Brandy Colbert’s The Revolution of Birdie Randolph has received a starred review from Booklist. Congrats, Brandy! Read about it here.

    Bone Gap by MFAC faculty member Laura Ruby has been shortlisted for the 2019 Geffen Prize. This prize is given by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy! Congratulations, Laura!

    "Thirty-Three Wicked Daughters" by MFAC faculty member Kelly Barnhill is in the May/June issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Get your copy today!

    MFA '19 alum Terry Horstman published his essay "G.O.A.T. in MPLS: the two transcendent seasons of Elgin Baylor" in The Growler. Read it here.  

    A bevy of Hamline University writers, including MFA Alumni Tami Mohammed Brown and Jay Botten, MFA faculty Sheila O'Connor, MFAC faculty Kelly Barnhill, adjunct faculty Ed Bok Lee and Matt Rasmussen have been published in Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology, by Belt Publishing. The anthology launches on May 7. Order a copy here.

    MFAC alumna Patricia Sutton has won the Tofte/Wright Children’s Literary Award for Best Children’s Nonfiction in 2018 by a Wisconsin author, presented by the Council for Wisconsin Writers, for her book Capsized! published by Chicago Review Press. Sutton has also been chosen as an Honoree for the 2019 Society of Midland Author’s Award for Children’s Nonfiction.

    MFAC faculty member Lisa Jahn-Clough’s collection of short stories Strange Stories: About Nice Kids, Naughty Kids, Happy Kids, Sad Kids, Magic Toys, Spooky Ghosts, Yummy Waffles, Silly Monkeys, and Other Such Things will be published by Random House/Schwartz & Wade summer 2021. Congrats, Lisa! 

    Incoming MFAC student Hebah Uddin's essay Prepping for MFA Programs as a Person of Color is out in Literary Hub April 2019. Read it here.

    MFAC faculty Elana K Arnold has sold her newest middle grade novel The House That Wasn't There to Jordan Brown at HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press. Publication is set for winter 2021.

    Congratulations to MFAC faculty member Ron Koertge for receiving a silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards for his poetry collection Olympusville. 

    Laura Ruby, faculty in the MFAC program, has received a starred review from Kirkus for her next middle grade novel York: The Clockwork Ghost. Congrats, Laura!

    Damsel by MFAC faculty member Elana K. Arnold has been nominated for the California Book Award. Congratulations, Elana!  

    The Voting Booth by MFAC faculty member Brandy Colbert has been acquired by Laura Schreiber at Disney-Hyperion. Publication is set for summer 2020. Congratulations, Brandy

    MFAC faculty member Nina LaCour’s short story Paradise has been featured in FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology’s April Issue. Read it here. 

    MFA Faculty Angela Pelster-Weibe will moderate a reading and interview hosted by Coffee House Press alongside Moheb Soliman, Victoria Blanco, and Coffee House resident Kathryn Savage. The reading will be at the American Swedish Institute in the Folke Bernadotte Conference Room on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. 

    Adjunct MFA faculty Ed Bok Lee's book launch for his new poetry collection Mitochondrial Night, from Coffeehouse Press Friday, April 12 in the Kay Fredericks Ballroom. 

    The Lost Forest, the latest picture book from MFAC faculty member Phyllis Root, is out now! You can purchase it here.

    Emma Ledbetter at Abrams has bought world rights to MFAC '17 alumna Blair Thornburgh's picture book Second Banana! Publication is set for fall 2020.

    MFAC '13 alumna Sonja Solter's debut middle grade novel in verse When You Know What I Know has been acquired by Nikki Garcia at Little, Brown. When You Know What I Know follows the story of ten-year-old Tori's journey to reveal to her mother that she has been sexually abused. Publication is set for spring 2020.

    MFAC faculty member Elana K. Arnold’s next book in her middle grade series, Bat and the End of Everything is out March 26, 2019! Pre-order it here.

    Current MFA student Terry Horstman's essay "Chasing Stephon" has been published by Unplugg'd

    MFAC '17 alumna Blair Thornburgh has received a starred review from Kirkus! Check out their review hereOrdinary Girls is out June 4, 2019. 

    MFAC '17 alumna Barbara Roberts's new book Nikki on the Line has been chosen as a 2019 Spring Kids' India Next List pick and a Winter/Spring Indies Introduce selection. Check out her interview with the American Booksellers Association here.

    MFA alum Rosemary Ann Davis's new book Before They Left Us published by Old Road Publishing. Click here to purchase a copy.

    MFAC faculty member Anne Ursu's new middle grade fantasy The Lost Girl was released on February 12, 2019. It was featured in the New York Times article "New Fantasy Novels for Kids (and Adults) Ready to Go Beyond Harry Potter," which you can read here. She celebrated with a book launch at the Red Balloon. 

    MFAC '17 alumna Barbara Carroll Roberts' book Nikki On the Line was released on March 5, 2019. Her launch party is on March 9, 2019 at Barnes & Novel in Fairfax, Virginia. 

    BFA/MFA faculty member Angela Pelster-Wiebe's new essay "The Trial" has been published in the 2018/19 winter edition of Ploughshares. Check it out here.

    Eliot Schrefer, faculty member in the MFAC program, has a new book out. The Lost Rainforest: Gogi's Gambit is available now!

    MFAC faculty member Emily Jenkins has won the Sydney Taylor Book Award for her picture book All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah. 

    MFAC faculty member Elana K. Arnold has received a Printz Honor for her young adult novel Damsel.

    Alicia D. Williams (MFAC '13)'s debut novel, Genesis Begins Again, has been featured by The New York Times Book Review. Read it here. She was also interviewed on NPR. You can read the interview here 

    MFAC faculty member Meg Medina has won the Newbery Medal for her middle grade novel Merci Suarez Changes Gears. You can find her interview on winning on Publishers Weekly.

    J. Jacqueline McLean (MFA '17) has a new narrative nonfiction piece in the Winter/Spring 2019 issue of Wraparound South. The piece, titled "The Project Lie."  From the Editor's Note: "J. Jacqueline McLean's "The Project Lie" examines how the promise of opportunity, equality, and freedom that drew thousands of southerners to the Chicago Projects in the 70's turned the American dream into a living hell and robbed an innocent girl of her integrity and inner peace."  


    Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, written by BFA/MFA faculty member Sheila O'Connor and published by Penguin Random House, has been named as one of the Best Kids Books of 2018 by The Children's Book Review. To learn more about the book, click here.

    MFAC faculty members Coe BoothBrandy Colbert, and alumna Justina Ireland (MFAC '17) are featured in the new anthology Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi and published by Balzer + Bray. From HarperCollins: "Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it's like to be young and Black in America." Be sure to get your copy today and check out this great interview from Epic Reads with the authors! 

    Molly Hill (MFA '14) is the Founding Editor of Blue Marble Review, a quarterly online literary journal for writers ages 13-21. Check out poems, stories, art, and personal essays from young authors and artists here.

    MFAC faculty member Brandy Colbert has sold her YA novel The Revolution of Birdie Randolph to Little, Brown. Publication is set for spring 2019; Tina DuBois at ICM Partners negotiated the deal for North American rights.

    "The Mural," a short nonfiction piece by current MFA student John Louis Smith, has been nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize by the North American Review. His piece can be found in the Spring 2018 issue.

    Current MFA student and playwright Jessica Lind Peterson has three productions of her plays running now during December. Miracle on Christmas Lake is running now through December 30 at Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo, MN. A Hunting Shack Christmas runs from December 1-29 at Actor's Theater of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN, and is also currently running at Williamston Theater in Williamston, Michigan from now until December 23. 

    Debbie Johnson-Hill (BFA '17) has published her first collection of poetry and visual art, titled Homespun Mercies. The cover art for the book was recently selected for the exhibit 'More Than Thread' at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen, Colorado, and will be on display through January 3, 2019. Homespun Mercies can be purchased here.  

    Jenniey Tallman (MFA '17) has been awarded a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation to continue her work on a hybrid nonfiction/poetry/visual manuscript. A series of experimentations focused on the theme of displacement, Jenniey began a large part of the work for this manuscript while a student at Hamline. In addition, her short fiction piece, "Mike and Evan at the (Beginning) of the World," a finalist for the Mythic Picnic Prize, was published at wigleaf. Read it here.

    BFA/MFA faculty member John Brandon's short story "Sketch #3 in Ink" appears in the new anthology We Can't Help It If We're From Florida: New Stories from a Sinking Peninsula, edited by Shane Hinton and published in November 2018 by Burrow Press

    Current MFA student Emma Johnson-Rivard's chapbook, The Witch's Cat and Her Fateful Murder Ballads, won The Esthetic Apostle's chapbook contest and is now available for sale. Purchase your copy here.  

    Dara Sanders Dokas (current MFA)'s new micro memoir, "Marriage," has been published online by the literary magazine ThreadRead it here. 

    Current MFA student Terry Horstman's essay "Pitches of Dreams" has been published by The Growler. The essay can be read online here and in print in their October issue, themed "The Sporting Life."

    Rachel Gold (MFA '03)'s groundbreaking novel, Being Emily, has been rereleased by Bella Books with updated language, expanded and additional scenes, a new introduction and note from the author, and an epilogue that follows the characters of Emily and Claire ten years later. Learn more about the new edition of Being Emily here, and purchase a copy of the book here.

    Current MFA student Halee Kirkwood has been selected as one of the inaugural teaching fellows for the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writing Conference at Arizona State University. They will be teaching a workshop at the conference titled, "Subverting Biological Essentialism In Nature Writing," and a detailed description of the workshop and the conference can be found here. In addition, Halee has work forthcoming in Poetry City USAMidway Journal, and Grimoire Magazine.

    Anthony Ceballos (BFA '15) has published two poems in the Summer 2018 issue of Sleet Magazine. The poems, titled "A Poem about My Hair" and "Scattered History or Was as a Noun," can be read here.

    MFAC faculty member Laurel Snyder has sold two new middle grade novels to Jordan Brown at HarperCollins/Walden Pond. From Publishers Weekly Rights ReportThe first, My Jasper June, is the story of two girls who meet one summer as they are weathering individual heartaches and hardships, and attempt to make the impossible possible to save each other. Publication is set for fall 2019; Tina Dubois at ICM Partners brokered the deal for North American rights.

    Eija Sumner (current MFAC student) has been published by The Rising Phoenix Review. Her poem, "Snowflake," can be read online here.

    Tagged, written by Diane C. Mullen (MFAC '09), was chosen by MPR to be part of their "Big Summer Books to Read in 2018" list. The YA novel was included in the Fiction category, and was originally released in 2015. Check out the rest of the list here.

    Sarah Ahiers (MFAC ’16) is a featured author at the upcoming Minnesota Fan Fusion Convention at the Saint Paul Rivercenter. The event runs from August 3-5 and Sarah will be appearing on Saturday, August 4.

    Current MFA student Chavonn Williams Shen’s poem “Inventory of a Black Girl & Gourmet Ars Poetica” has been published in Aquifier: The Florida Review OnlineCheck it out.

    Current MFA student Savannah Brooks's essay, "Baptism," has been published by HOBART. Read it here. 

    MFAC faculty member Emily Jenkins (a.k.a. e. lockhart) has been interviewed by Cynthia Leitich Smith for a new feature on the Cynsations blog. She discusses maintaining an active publishing career, her experiences teaching in the Hamline MFAC program, and what developments in children's and YA writing, literature, and publishing excite her the most. Don't miss this great interview!

    WaitPaige Riehl (MFA '14)'s debut poetry collection, will be published by Terrapin Books. Congratulations, Paige!

    Current MFA student Sara Anderson's poem, "For the Young Man," has been published in the Spring 2018 issue of Twisted Vine Literary and Arts Journal. Her poem is on page 78 and can be read here. 

    Congratulations to Maya Washington (MFA '06), whose films Clear and Through the Banks of the Red Cedar have been shown at the 37th Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Each year, the festival presents more than 250+ bold, exciting, and moving works from new and veteran filmmakers from around the globe.  

     BFA/MFA faculty member Angela Pelster-Wiebe has been named a mentor in Nonfiction for the 2018-2019 Loft Mentor Series. Applications for mentorships in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction are open until midnight on May 31, 2018. To learn more and apply, click here. 

    Brita Sandstrom (MFAC '16)'s debut novel Hollow Chest, winner of the Walden Pond Press Prize, has been sold to Jordan Brown at Walden Pond Press. Publication is slated for Winter 2020. From Publishers Weekly Rights Report: Hollow Chest, a middle grade fantasy set in a Blitz-ravaged London, in which war wolves roam the streets hunting the hearts of WWII's returning soldiers. When a boy's brother returns from the war a different person than the one who left, he must confront the wolves to save his brother, his family, and himself.  

    Current MFA student Dara Sanders Dokas's essay, "The Trouble with Toothpaste," has been published in The Christian Science MonitorRead it here.     

    Check out this great interview from the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library with CWP alum Sarah Ahiers (MFAC '16). Sarah is a finalist in Young Adult Literature for Thief's Cunning (HarperCollins). 

    CWP faculty Angela Pelster-Wiebe's new flash nonfiction piece, "Charlottesville, 2017," has been published in Tin HouseRead it here. 

    Read a fun interview from the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library with CWP alum Caitlin Bailey (MFA '12). Caitlin is a finalist in Poetry for Solve for Desire (Milkweed Editions). 

    Alison Morse (MFA '06) and Rachel Breen have collaborated on the exhibition and poetry reading "The Price of Our Clothes," responding to and encouraging contemplation of our historic and present day relationship with the people who make the clothes we wear. Check out the exhibit details, dates, and poetry reading info here. 

    Blood, a new chapbook of poems by Elizabeth Dingmann Schneider (MFA '14) has been published by Red Bird Chapbooks. Full details for her reading on Friday, March 30 at 7 pm at Artista Bottega are here.  

    MFAC faculty member Kelly Barnhill’s short story “A Thin Sliver of Her Heart” was published in SmokeLong Quarterly online literary magazine.    

    Current MFA student Jessica Lind Peterson’s essay “This is Doris Ronn” has been published in the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of the Alaska Quarterly ReviewOrder the issue here.  

    CWP alum Danielle Bylund's (MFA '17) incredible essay, "Excavation: In Situ," was published in Volume 4 of Slag Glass City online journal. Read it here.  

    Congratulations to Molly Beth Griffin (MFAC '09), whose poetry chapbook, Under Our Feet, is out today from Finishing Line Press. Get your copy here.  

    The 2018 ALA Awards have been announced and we are thrilled to see three of our own on the list! Nina LaCour has won the Printz Award for We Are OkayLaurel Snyder is the Geisel Award winner for Charlie & Mouse; Jacqueline Briggs Martin's Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix is a Sibert Honor book.  

    CWP alum Paul Thelen's (MFA '15) short story "A Series of Tiny Lies" is featured in the new issue of Five2One Magazine. Order the magazine here.  

    Pamela Schmid's (MFA '13) micro essay “Emergence” has been published in the Winter 2018 issue of the Baltimore ReviewRead (or listen) to it here.  

    Negative Space, a short film co-directed by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter, just received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short. The film is based on a prose poem by MFAC faculty Ron Koertge. 

    Current student Halee Kirkwood has a poem published in the Fall 2017 issue of cream city review titled "426 TRY". She also has a short story titled "The Old Main Street Opera Palace" forthcoming in the Winter 2018 issue of Midwestern Gothic and another poem forthcoming titled "On Forgiveness" in the local publication Poetry City, USA Vol. 8.  

    Read MFA faculty Angela Pelster-Wiebe’s wonderful new craft essay, “On Invention,” up now on Black Warrior Review (issue 44.1).  

    John D. Bessler (MFA '05) is the author of a new book, The Celebrated Marquis: An Italian Noble and the Making of the Modern World. The book will be published in January 2018 by Carolina Academic Press in Durham, North Carolina. More book info here.  

    Congrats to alum Tracy Nelson Maurer (MFAC '09), whose picture book John Deere, That’s Who! was named the 2018 Book of the Year by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. More info here.  



    MFA student Susan Triemert's short story "Shiny New Things" is now out in the newest issue of Crab Orchard ReviewRead it here. 

    Thrilled to see two alums on this week's Publishers Weekly Rights Report! Congrats to Meg Cannistra (MFAC '15) for The Trouble with Shooting Stars, acquired by Simon & Schuster, and Barbara Roberts's (MFAC '17) debut, Outside Shots, bought by Little, Brown. Look for 2019 releases for both. 

    Congratulations to current MFA student Emma Johnson-Rivard, with an incredible list of recent publications – six journal publications from summer 2017, plus two more coming soon! Read more about the publications. 

    Congrats to CWP alums Kate Lucas (MFA '14), Ruth Berger (MFA '02), Lorissa Gottschalk(MFA '08), current MFA student Jennifer Hildebrandt, and CWP adjunct faculty Chris Martin for winning 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants in the categories of poetry and prose. 

    MFA/BFA faculty Angela Pelster-Wiebe's new essay "A Map to Now" is out now in the newest issue of Black Warrior Review (Volume 44.1, Fall/Winter 2017).  

    CWP alum Beth Mayer (MFA '08) has won Black Lawrence Review's 2017 Hudson Prize! Her short story collection, We Will Tell You Otherwise, her debut book, will be published in the summer of 2019. 

    Andrea Jenkins MFA '09 was elected to the Ward 8 seat on the Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday. She is the first openly transgender person to win a council seat in a major city according to MPR News. Read more. 

    CWP alum Josiah Titus (MFA '10) has an essay, "How I Accidentally Taught My Son to Be Mean by Hating the Yankees," new at The Salt Collective. 

    Current MFA student Victoria McCurdy has a flash fiction piece, "This Is How You Fail To Ghost Him," published in the Seattle online journal Monkeybicycle. 

    Congrats to current MFA student Nicola Koh for earning Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train's fiction open for "House in the Sky."

    Alum Tasslyn Magnusson's (MFAC '17) poems "Clean/Fly/Plum" were awarded top prize (poetry) in Room Magazine's 2017 Poetry and Fiction Annual Contest. Judged by Jónína Kirton, the top two entries will be published in Room Magazine's next edition and first place receives a prize of $1,000. 

    Congrats to CWP alum Tracy Nelson Maurer’s (MFAC '09) children’s picture book John Deere, That's Who! has been named the 2018 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year.  

    The Devils You Know, YA debut from Megan Atwood (as M.C. Atwood), MFAC '09, is now available from Soho Teen.

    David Oppegaard's (MFA '06) newest YA thriller, The Town Built on Sorrow, is out today, from Flux Books. KIRKUS calls it, "an intense, page-turning, often harrowing nail-biter.

    This week is the release of The Notations of Cooper Cameron, the newest middle grade novel from MFAC '09 alum, Jane O’Reilly.  Available now from Lerner Publishing.

    Congratulations to Joan Maeda Trygg (MFA '05) and Hallie Wiederholt (MFA '13), both announced as winning fellows of The Loft 2017-2018 Mentor Series. Eight others from CWP community named as finalists. 

    MFA student Ann Tweedy’s poetry book, The Body's Alphabet, won a Bisexual Book Award from the Bi Writers Association. It was also a Lambda Literary Award finalist and a Golden Crown Book Award finalist. 

    The debut, middle grade novel from CWP alum Melanie Heuiser Hill (MFAC '13), Giant Pumpkin Suite, is out today from Candlewick press. Melanie launched her book, with Pete Hautman, at Red Balloon bookstore earlier this month.  


    New from Chicago Review Press, Bold Women of Medicine: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs, by Susan Latta, MFAC '09.

    MFAC faculty Laurel Snyder's beautiful middle grade novel, Orphan Island, was on the long list for the National Book Book Award in Young People's Literature. 

    Crossing the Waters, a new collection of poems by Norita Dittberner-Jax, MFA '13, has just been published by Nodin Press.

    Genuine Fraud, the newest YA novel by e. lockhart (MFAC faculty Emily Jenkins) is available now from Delacorte Press and is receiving starred reviews galore!

    Gary Smith’s (MFA '12) short story "Paradise Island" (as G. Bernhard Smith) was recently published at Bull Men's Fiction.

    Recent CWP alum Kathy Nordgaard's creative nonfiction piece "Prince Made Us Cool" was published in a recent issue of the print journal Big Muddy, volume 16.2.

    Stephanie Chrismon (MFA ’14), writing as dc edwards, has published a first book. Bright City is the first in an urban fantasy duology. “I’m asking a lot of questions in this book,” says Chrismon. “Can utopias really be equitable, especially for people of color? What does does it mean to belong? What does loyalty really look like?" Check it out in this link. 

    MFAC student celebrating book release and graduation! Blair Thornburgh's YA novel, Who's That Girl is out today (from HarperTeen). Publication party July 12 at Red Balloon Bookshop.

    Megan Atwood (CWP Faculty) has a new book out from Simon and Schuster: Ice Cream Summer, Book #1 of An Orchard Novel — a new series of books for young readers. “Four friends live and work together on a New England apple orchard in this first novel of a brand-new series about the bonds of friendship.” 

    Caitlin Bailey (MFA '12) has won the Lindquist and Vennum Prize for Poetry for her book, Solve for Desire! Read the full news here 

    Introducing the "mischievous fun" Halloween Goodnight, a picture book by CWP alumna Rebecca Grabill (MFAC '11), new from Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 

    Sheila O’Connor—CWP Faculty and Fiction Editor for Water~Stone Review—talks audiobooks in the Star TribuneRead what she has to say.

    Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria (current MFA) has a new poem up at Latin@ Literatures: A Cultural and Literary Journal. Read “Open Letter to El Fuerte” here. 

    Gary Smith’s (MFA '12) short story "An Inconspicuous Ring" (as G. Bernhard Smith) was recently published by Calumet Editions in its anthology, Boundaries Without. Gary will be reading, along with others from the the collection, at Magers and Quinn on Monday, April 10th at 7:00 pm (details here).

    Caitlin Bailey's (MFA '12) Solve for Desire and Paige Riehl's (MFA '14) Wait are finalists for the Lindquist and Vennum Prize for Poetry! The finalists will be honored on April 13 at Milkweed Editions and the winner will be announced on April 19. Read the announcement in the Star Tribune. 

    Phyllis Beckman (current MFA) has an essay, "Wider than the Sky," in True Story Issue #6a new magazine from Creative Nonfiction. Read an excerpt and buy the issue here. Each issue of True Story feature one exceptional work of longform creative nonfiction, distributed in print and digitally.

    Mary Kane (MFA ’11) has a new poem up at Bluestem Magazine. Read “My Mother Moving the Lawn at Twilight” 

    Sara Krassin, MFA '16 alum & Water~Stone Review Poetry Contest Assistant Editor, interviewed BFA '12 alum Lewis Mundt for the Writer's Block. Read "It's Lit: Beard Poetrya look inside the Twin Cities lit scene" on the Loft's blog. 

    Gary Smith’s (MFA '12) story "A Closer Walk" (written under the name G. Bernhard Smith) appears in the new release American Fiction Volume 15, published by New Rivers Press. 

    MFA student Kelsey Sutton has just released her newest book. Read all about Gardenia, a young adult suspense novel, in the link 

    Jenniey Tallman (current MFA) has a new hybrid erasure/poem published at DIAGRAM, issue 17.1. Read "Come Home" here.Tyler Schwanke (current MFA) has a new story up at The Tusk. Read "My Back Pages" 

    Ann Iverson (MFA '99) recently had two books published: Queen Freda and the Dangerous Dragon, a children's book written and illustrated by Ann Iverson, (Orange Hat Press, 2016) and Mouth of Summer, a book of poetry (Kelsay Books, 2017).  

    Alison Morse (MFA ’06) is releasing her first chapbook of very short stories, If You Wave a Chicken Over Your Head, with Red Bird Chapbooks. Full details for the release party on Thursday, February 23rd at 7 pm are here.

    Geoff Herbach (MFA '06) has sold two YA novels to HarperCollins' Katherine Tegen Books. Publication is set for winter 2018. Read the full rights report at Publishers Weekly. 

    CWP faculty Sheila O'Connor has a new piece of CNF up at Slag Glass CityRead "Reconstructing V" here.CWP faculty Angela Pelster-Wiebe's hybrid essay "Once, Then" is published in the current issue of Passages Northissue #38

    John Bessler (MFA '05), is the author of a new book, The Death Penalty as Torture: From the Dark Ages to Abolition, published by Carolina Academic Press.

    CWP faculty Sheila O'Connor's newest book—Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth—has been sold to Stacey Barney at Putnam. Publication is set for Spring 2018. From Publishers Weekly Rights Report: In the summer of 1968, 11-year-old Reenie struggles to save her beloved older brother from the Vietnam War by way of an unlikely pen pal friendship with a mysterious neighbor.

    Six alums and 2 faculty members are listed as finalists for the 29th annual Minnesota Book Awards. MFAC alums: JJ Austrian (’12) and Caren Stelson (’09). MFA alums: Brian Farrey (’09), Stephanie Wilbur Ash(’99), and Gretchen Marquette (’12). Faculty: Sun Yung Shin and Peter Geye. See our full announcement here

    MFAC Faculty Nina LaCour and Gary Schmidt, and Alum Christine Heppermann (MFAC '10), all have books on the 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults List at the Library Services Association: You Know Me Well (LaCour and Levithan), Orbiting Jupiter (Schmidt), and Ask Me How I Got Here (Heppermann) See our full announcement here.  

    The Smell of Other People's Houses, the debut novel from Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (MFAC '12), has received a 2017 William C. Morris honor, given for a debut novel written for teens in 2016. 

    Mindy Mejia’s (MFA '09) newest novel, Everything You Want Me to Be, has been published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Read more about this book here  

    Caren Stelson's (MFAC ’09) debut novel, Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story, has been named a 2017 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book. The awards were announced this morning at the ALA's midwinter conference. See our news story for more information. 

    Beth Mayer’s (MFA '08) story, “Walter Bombardier Tells a Big Fat Lie," was recently chosen as a finalist in the Missouri Review's Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize. See the full list of winners and finalists here. 

    Jenniey Tallman (current MFA) has a piece of creative nonfiction, "Kisha with the Beads in her Hair—Belmont, 1983," published in The Austin Review, issue 5

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    Three CWP alums have books listed on Kirkus’ Best of 2016. Best of Middle Grade Books includes Jane O'Reilly (MFAC ’09) for The Secret of Goldenrod and Brian Farrey (MFA '12) for The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse. Best Picture Books includes JJ Austrian (MFAC '12) for Worm Loves WormLearn more about each here.  

    Ann Tweedy's (current MFA) poem, "Rescue," was just nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Headmistress Press. Her first full-length book, The Body’s Alphabet, was published by Headmistress Press in August; read more about Ann and her newest book in the Hamline News 

    Ariane Sandford (current MFA) has a new poem, “Poem Where I Almost Hit a Coyote,” up at BoothRead it here

    Current MFA student Jennifer Manthey’s poem "Hold," published in Mothers Always Write (June 2016), is now Pushcart nominated. 

    Carmella Full of Wishes, a picture book by Newbery Medalist Matt de la Peña (MFAC faculty) and illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Christian Robinson—the team behind Last Stop on Market Street—has been acquired by Jennifer Besser at Putnam. Publication is planned for 2018.

    CWP Faculty, Angela Pelster-Wiebe's essay, "Eating the Dead: A Guided Tour," which appears in River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative Issue 18.1, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

    Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s (MFAC '12) YA novel, The Smell of Other People’s Houses (Wendy Lamb Books), is a finalist for YALSA's William C. Morris YA Debut Award

    Current MFA student Susan Triemert has a piece published in The Colorado Review (Fall/Winter 2016). She just learned that it has been nominated for a Pushcart. You can read it here

    Stephanie Schultz (MFA '14) has a few poems published at Pale Ghosts Magazine. Check out “Ten Years Ago We Fell In Love,” “Travel,” and “Lake Josephine in August” 

    Pamela Schmid's (MFA '13) essay "Good Measure" appears in Bellevue Literary Review’s fall issue, on the theme of “Reconstructions: The Art of Memory.” 

    CWP alum Diane LeBlanc (MFA '05) is co-author of Playing For Equality: Oral Histories of Women Leaders in the Early Years of Title IXavailable now from McFarland Publishing.

    Lewis Mundt (BFA '12) has a powerful poem, "A kind of forgiveness," published in the newest issue of The Harpoon ReviewRead it here

    Jason O'Keane (MFA '11) had a short story recently published in the the 2016 issue of the Sand Hill Review, in print and online. Read "One Last Stop" on sandhillreview.org.

    Current MFA student Sam Stokley (Conrad) has a powerful piece published in Brevity's Fall 2016 Special Issue examining lived experience of Race, Racism, and Racialization. Read "How to Discuss Race as a White Person" Brevity's site.  

    Current MFA student Joshua Hegarty is being published in White Stag Journal, in an issue for women and non-binary writers. Volume III, Issue II: "#NeoGoddesses" is available for pre-order now. 

    CWP faculty Sun Yung Shin's newest book of poetry, Unbearable Splendor, is available for preorder now, from Coffee House Press. 

    Stephanie Wilbur Ash (MFA ’08) has received a Kirkus Review for her debut novel, The Annie Year. “Ash’s debut novel brilliantly captures the slanted quirkiness of a Midwest full of small ­business owners and exploding home-methamphetamine labs.... Darkly hilarious and weirdly beguiling.” Read the full review here. The novel will be published this fall from The Unnamed Press. 

    Eric Hove's (MFA '14) poem, "War Without End," was newly published at Dime Show Review. Read it here.    

    Melinda Cordell’s (MFAC ’12) debut juvenile nonfiction book, Courageous Women of the Civil War: Soldiers, Spies, Medics, and More, has just been released from Chicago Review Press as part of the ‘Women of Action’ series.

    Allegra J. Lingo (MFA '14) is back home on the Minnesota Fringe stage! In the follow up to 2014's "The Genealogy of Happenstance," Allegra Lingo tackles the first year of being a mom with panache. And plenty of whiskey. She'll never be the Pinterest poster child of parenting. August 5 - 13.  

    New release from Christine Heppermann (MFAC '10) and MFAC faculty Ron Koertge: Jess's Story, the second book of the Backyard Witch series, from Greenwillow Books, illustrated by Deborah Marcero.

    Jenniey Tallman's (current MFA) short story, "We are Persistence Runners," has been published by Electric Lit's Recommended Reading and is available for download here

    Susan Triemert's (current MFA) CNF piece "Indian Summer" was a finalist for Crab Orchard Review's 2016 Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award. She wrote most of this piece in Laura Flynn's "Line by Line: The Poetry of Prose" class. She will be listed as a Finalist in the Crab Orchard Review’s 2017 special double issue.  

    Caren Stelson's (MFAC '09) SACHIKO: A Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivor's Story will be published by Carolrhoda/Lerner Publishing Group. Release date October 1, 2016.

    Peter Pearson's (MFAC '12) debut picture book, How to Eat an Airplane, releases today from Katherine Tegen Books (illustrations by Mircea Catusanu)—an absurdist guide to eating an airplane without embarrassing yourself!

    Daniel Bernstrom's (MFAC '13) debut picture book, One Day in the Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Tree(with illustrations by Brendan Wenzel) has just been released by Katherine Tegen Books. Visit Hamline News for more about the book, which has starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly.

    Geoff Herbach’s (MFA ’06) newest YA novel, Anything You Want, is out this month from Sourcebooks Fire. Read a Teen Librarian Toolbox's review at the School Library Journal.

    May 3rd is the release date for Christine Heppermann's (MFAC '10) latest book, Ask Me How I Got Here, a young adult novel in verse from Greenwillow Books. Visit our link for more about the book, which has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book.

    MFA alum ('12) and adjunct CWP faculty, Gretchen Marquette's, debut book of poetry, May Day, is being released from Graywolf Press on May 3rd. Gretchen will read from the collection Saturday May 7th at 7 pm at Uptown Church; this event is free and open to the public. To read more about "this reach and unusually assured first collection," visit the Hamline News.

    April Vinding (MFA '05), is celebrating the release of her new spiritual memoir, Triptych, published this month by Wipf and Stock.

    Jenniey Tallman's (current MFA) essay, "Now We Live in Town," was recently published in issue 18 of Slice Magazine. Jenniey's hybrid CNF/erasure, "American Family c. 1985," has also been published in the newest issue of the Nashville Review. Read it here.

    Molly Burnham (MFAC '10) has been awarded the Sid Fleischman Humor Award for her middle grade novel, Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker. Don't miss her second book in the series, Teddy Mars: Almost a Winner, which hits shelves today! Check out Molly's website for more.

    MFAC faculty Ron Koertge's poem "Nancy Drew" was featured on The Writer's Almanac. Follow the link to read Ron's poem and hear it read by Garrison Keillor. CWP alum and faculty, Gretchen Marquette's (MFA '12) poems "Painted Turtle" and "Want" are featured in Poetry magazine. You can read them here.

    Daniel Bernstrom’s (MFAC ’13) “marvelously fun” picture book, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree, due out this May, has received a starred review from Kirkus. Read it here.  

    Taylor Brorby (MALS '13) has recently edited the country's first anthology of creative writing on fracking. Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America is available through Ice Cube Press. Taylor and 3 contributors, Amy Weldon, Stephanie Schultz (MFA '14), and Antonia Felix (faculty) will read from the anthology on March 14th, 7 p.m., at Common Good Books. Taylor was also recently appointed Reviews Editor at Orion Magazine.

    Jacqueline McLean's (current MFA) CNF piece, "Daddy's Front Porch," recently took second place in Hawai'i Review's Ian MacMillan Awards. Winners will be featured in Hawai'i Review #84.

    Christine Heppermann (MFAC '10) has a starred review from Publishers Weekly for Ask Me How I Got Here, a novel in verse for young adults, coming out in May. Read the review here.

    MFAC faculty Ron Koertge has a short piece, "Storyland: You Don’t Know Jack” in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of The Horn Book magazine. His book of poetry, Vampire Planet, is also available for preorder now.

    House of Fire, a memoir by Elizabeth di Grazia (MFA '03) makes its debut this Spring. "Out of the ashes of her harrowing childhood, Elizabeth has crafted a tale of hope and renewal. In unsentimental and forthright prose, she shares how she managed to break the chains of childhood incest and create a loving family from scratch—not by erasing her past but by absorbing its hard lessons. Her resilience and determination shine through every page. This book shows it is possible not only to survive the unimaginable, but also to thrive in spite of it." Visit Elizabeth at her blog or website.

    Sheila O'Connor (MFA faculty & WSR fiction editor) has a flash-fiction published as part of a writing-prompt project at jmww journal, alongside Marty Case. From a first sentence prompt, two authors fill in the rest to create an exquisite duet. See what these two came up with here.

    Diane C. Mullen's (MFAC ’09) debut novel, Tagged, has been nominated for a 2016 Minnesota Book Award in the Young Peoples' Literature category.

    Daniel Bernstrom’s (MFAC ’13) children’s book, Gator, Gator, Gator (with illustrations from Frann Preston-Gannon), has been acquired by Jill Davis at HarperCollins' Katherine Tegen imprint. Publication is set for summer 2018.

    J.J. Austrian's (MFAC '14) picture book, Worm Loves Worm, illustrated by Mike Curato, has been published by Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins and is available on shelves now! Story time and launch party is Sunday, January 17, 1 pm at Red Balloon Bookshop.

    Melissa Savage's (MFAC '13) debut middle grade novels, Lemons and Greys, were acquired by Crown Children's Books (Penguin) in a significant preemptive deal by Laurie McLean at Fuse Literary. Publication is set to begin Summer 2017. Visit Melissa's website to learn more about these books and more.

    Kate Lucas (MFA '14) has been chosen for the Sequestrum Literary Journal’s New Writer Award! The three winning poems, about “quantum physics, nature’s maelstrom, and love,” can be read on their website. Also, don’t miss Kate's contributor spotlight interview Kate here.

    Pamela Carter Joern’s (MFA '00) collection of short stories, In Reach, (University of Nebraska Press, 2014) won a 2015 Nebraska Book Award in the “Fiction: Short Story” category and was also a finalist for a 2015 Minnesota Book Award. Visit Pamela's website here.

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    Pamela Schmidt’s (MFA '13) essay "The Emperor" is included in Issue # 5 of Tahoma Literary Review. Visit their site to purchase a copy of the issue, listen to audio of selected pieces, read a free pdf version or download a free e-reader edition.

    Bree McKee-Miller's (current MFA) prose poem, "ESL: A Tutorial," has been published by The Dangling Modifier: An international newsletter by and for peer tutors in writing.

    Sarah Ahiers' (current MFAC) YA novel, Assassin's Heart, is due out in February 2016 from HarperTeen and has been receiving some wonderful advance reviews. Read the Publishers Weekly review here and a starred review from ALA Booklist here.

    Angela Pelster-Wiebe (CWP faculty) has a new short story, "Isography," published in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of the Kenyon Review, alongside stories by T.C. Boyle, Judy Troy, and Roohi Choudhry.

    Four of our wonderful MFAC faculty are listed on Publishers Weekly Best of the Year List... Four! Congratulations to Gary D. Schmidt for Orbiting Jupiter (middle grade); Laura Ruby for Bone Gap (young adult); Matt de la Peña for Last Stop on Market Street (picture book, illus. by Christian Robinson), and Emily Jenkins for Toys Meet Snow (picture book, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky). Excellent work!

    Alison Morse (MFA '06) and visual artist Rachel Breen have received a 2015 grant from the Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Foundation, to support the production of their project, The Price of Our Clothes. Read more about the project at thepriceofourclothes.com.

    Rachel Gabriel (MFA ’12) will be participating in the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival: A Minnesota Voice, which takes place November 5 - 8 in Grand Marais. More information can be found at www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

    An excerpt of Janet Horvath's (current MFA) essay, "Retreat," originally written for the Water~Stone Summer Writing Workshop, has been published by The Atlantic, under the title "A Musician Afraid of Sound: How a professional cellist learned to live with a career-ending ear injury."

    MFAC faculty, Laura Ruby's book, Bone Gap (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins Children’s), is now a finalist for the 2015 National Book Awards for Young People’s Literature. Click here for the complete list of finalists. Winners will be announced on November 18th.

    Kaylan Adair at Candlewick has acquired Melanie Heuiser Hill's (MFAC '13) debut, Giant Pumpkin Suite, a middle-grade novel about a girl who is singularly focused on winning the upcoming Bach Cello Suites Competition, until a serious accident changes the course of the summer. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017.

    J.J. Austrian's (MFAC '14) picture book, Worm Loves Worm, forthcoming in 2016 from Balzer & Bray, has received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly. Read it HERE.  

    Megan Atwood's (MFAC '09 & CWP faculty) YA debut novel, House, has been acquired by Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen. House is the dark and twisted tale of five teenagers, each with their own dark secret, who become trapped in Boulder House, a local attraction that’s home to a malevolent entity wholly set upon their destruction. Publication is slated for summer 2017.

    Orrin Hanratty (MFAC '15) won 2nd place in The Writer magazine's Crime Pays short story contest. Read "All Things Are Connected" on writermag.com.

    Allegra Lingo’s (MFA ’14), “The Genealogy of Happenstance,” is being presented by the Guthrie Theater this weekend. In 2014, Allegra adapted her MFA thesis project into a show at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and now a new and expanded version is opening at the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie. The show runs from September 17 - 20. For ticket info, visit the Guthrie website HERE.

    MFAC faculty, Laura Ruby’s book, Bone Gap (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins Children’s) has been named to the 2015 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature. Finalists will be announced October 14th.

    Beth Mayer (MFA '08) a winner of the 2015-2016 Loft Mentor series in fiction. Great work also to the many CWP alums and students who were honorable mentions and finalists: Kimberly Brown, Elizabeth Fletcher, Tracy Harris, Susan Triemert, Hallie Wiederholt, Zachary Czaia, Tammy Darrah Wenberg, and Tina Higgins Wussow.  

    Nina Adel (current MFA) will be presenting "What To Bury, Where To Bury It," the title piece of her hybrid CNF/Poetry work-in-progress, at the Louisiana Studies Conference -- where she has previously presented and had several pieces published in their journal, Louisiana Folklife, in past years. The conference is taking place September 11-12th in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

    David Haight's (MFA '98) story "Too Many Miles" was published in Down in the Dirt magazine. David’s recent publications also include "A Series of Controlled Explosions" at Vending Machine Press, "Mary Thompkins" in Rind Literary Magazine, and "Grace" in Gravel magazine.

    Gary Smith’s (MFA '12) short story "A Closer Walk" is a finalist for the American Fiction Award (New Rivers Press) and will be published in American Fiction Vol. 15.

    Jill Wilbur Smith's (MFA '07) essay "Play, Playing, Played" was published in the anthology Siblings: Our First Macrocosm by Wising Up Press. Her essay "In Celebration of the Empty Nest" appears in the online literary magazine Mothers Always Write.

    Diane Mullen (MFAC '09) and her debut novel, Tagged, were featured on MPR (June 25). Read/listen here.

    Tori Funkhouser (MFAC '10) is editor-in-chief at small press and lit blog, El Balazo Media, which is publishing Killstanbul, a novel by Matthew Di Paoli, in July of 2015.

    Caitlyn Dlouhy has acquired debut novel Genesis Begins Again, by Alicia Williams (MFAC ’13), for her eponymous imprint at Atheneum/S&S. In this funny, heart-felt middle-grade about friends, family, and body image, thirteen-year-old Genesis struggles with the color – or, more precisely, the shade – of her skin. Dlouhy also acquired a second, untitled novel by Williams.

    Donna Isaac's (MFA '07) poem "Visitors" will be published by the literary magazine of the Appalachians: Pine Mountain: Sand and Gravel, vol. 18 "The Dead" at the beginning of June 2015. Journals can be ordered via email.

    Faculty Katrina Vandenberg has placed a short lyric essay, "The Same River Twice," with the magazine Slag Glass City. Read it here.

    T.A. Wardrope's (MFA '08) novel Arcadian Gates will be published by Blastgun Books in March of 2015. This is the first novel release by this new science-fiction imprint located in San Francisco and New Orleans. More information.  

    Susan Triemert's (current MFA) essay "Snapshot at Gatorland" has been published in Stepping Stones Magazine. Susan has also placed an essay titled "Matryoshka Dolls" was published in the Spring 2015 issue of Cheat River Review.

    Jenny McDougal (MFA '12), and Kate Glassman (MFA '14) co-editors, recently published A Wizard of Their Age: Critical Essays from the Harry Potter Generation out from SUNY Press. Purchase a copy here. An essay Jenny wrote, 'Doubting Dumbledore,' is also included in the book as well as one by Kate The Harry Potter Phenomenon: Locating the Boy Wizard in the Tradition of the American Bestseller.  

    Current MFA student Lynne Maker Kuechle is the winner of the 2015 Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award for her essay “Spectral Lines.” It will be published in Crab Orchard Review in 2016.

    Akmed Khalifa (MFA '14) published a new book, Lil' Spooney, Silverware That Decides To Grow Hair.

    Melanie Hoffert (MFA '08) was featured on NPR's Morning Edition, in a story titled: "A North Dakota Family Breaks The Silence On Gay Marriage." Read and listen to the story on NPR's website.

    Congratulations to Lewis Mundt (BFA '12) and Derek E. Sullivan (MFA '11), both with books set for release on March 1. Look for The God of the Whole Animal, by Lewis Mundt, from Beard Poetry; and BIGGIE, Derek Sullivan's debut YA novel, from Albert Whitman Teen.

    MFAC faculty e. lockhart and CWP alum Geoff Herbach (MFA '06) both have books named to YALSA's (Young Adults Library Services Association) 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults.

    Congratulations to Pamela Schmid (MFA '13), whose essay, “Black Roses,” was selected by Leslie Jamison as the runner-up for the 2014 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction from Sycamore Review. Marjorie Hakala (MFA '13) was listed as a Semi-Finalist for the prize for "Jumping the Fence.”

    Zach Czaia's (current MFA) poem "Flesh is Funny" was published in Commonweal Magazine in December. Read the poem here.

    Pamela Schmid's (MFA '13) personal essay, "Out at Sea," is included in the Fall 2014 issue of River Teeth, a Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. The opening paragraphs can be found here.

    Mark Rapacz's (MFA '07) novel, Waeguk (The Foreigners), has been accepted for publication with New Pulp Press.

    Alison Morse (MFA 2006) and visual artist Rachel Breen received a grant from the Rimon Foundation to travel to Bangladesh to research their new project, "The Price of Our Clothes." The project uses poetry, storytelling, visual art and social engagement to make connections between the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire and the recent Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh in order to engage American consumers about the ways in which we're tied to the garment workers in Bangladesh and how we might be able to support them. Alison was also writer, with MFA candidate Sigrid Tornquist, for the 2014 Women Peacemakers Program at the Joan Kroc School of Peace Studies. In 2014, she published poetry in Poetry City, U.S.A., Vol 4, The Potomac, and the St. Paul Almanac, among other places.

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    CWP faculty Sheila O'Connor's short story, "Surprise," has been published in Great River Review.

    CWP faculty e. lockhart and alum Christine Heppermann (MFAC '10) both have books named to Publisher's Weekly list of best books of 2014 (YA). See list here.

    CWP faculty Jim Moore's newest, Underground: New and Selected Poems, is available now from Graywolf Press. Jim's launch reading is September 11 at 7 p.m. at The Loft Literary Center. More on Jim Moore: here is an essay written by CWP faculty Katrina Vandenberg on Jim's poem, "For You," featured on The Rumpus.

    Molly Beth Griffin's (MFA '09) newly released picture book, Rhoda's Rock Hunt, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell, is available from Minnesota Historical Society Press. Molly Beth and Jennifer will be at Red Balloon for the book launch on Saturday, October 18, at 10:30 am.

    Two upcoming books by MFAC alums, Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Hepperman (MFAC '10), and Lion, Lion, by Miriam Busch (MFAC '14), have made the autumn Indie Next List!See list here.

    MFAC faculty Liza Ketchum's, "Shotgun Summer" is newly published in this month's issue of Solstice Magazine. Read the story here.

    Darci Schummer (MFA '09), whose debut collaborative short story collection, Six Months in the Midwest, is available August 12 from Unsolicited Press.

    So proud to congratulate the newest Loft Mentor Series winners from the CWP family: MFA students Susan A. Wolter (Fiction) and Kate Lucas (Poetry), and MFA alum Annette Schiebout (Nonfiction).

    Lucie B. Amundsen (MFA '14) has her memoir (her MFA thesis project), "Locally Laid: Playing Chicken with Hearts & Hens" as a pre-empt to Hudson Street Press, which is an imprint of Penguin.

    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, Superstar, 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 Red Bird 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.

    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).

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    Poems from CWP faculty Deborah Keenan's new chapbook, so she had the world, published by Red Bird Chapbooks, 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 (MFA '14)
    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)
    CNF Honorable Mention: Taylor Brorby (MALS '13)
    CNF Finalists: Lucie Amundsen (Current MFA), Laura Theobald Benda (MFA '12), Anika Eide (MFA '13), & 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;" also nominated for Best American Essays. 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.

    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.

    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 Source books. 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.

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    MFAC student and alumni publication news galore! Miriam Busch just sold a picture book, Lion, Lion, to Balzer & 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.

    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.

    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 South 85 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

    Hamline faculty and alumni have a great presence among 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 Broadcraft Press, which is a small press created by MFA alumnae 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.

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    "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. 

    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.

    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.

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    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 Peace Makers Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice in San Diego, CA. The Women Peace Makers 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 Peace Makers 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 Peace Maker 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.

    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).

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    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.




    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)

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