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  • MFA Student and Alumni Book Publications

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

    Visit the "Muse News" page to see news of student and alumni journal/magazine publication news, awards, and accomplishments, beyond book publications.

    Below is an extensive, impressive listing of books published by our students since, and sometimes during, their time in the MFA program.

     
     LUCIE AMUNDSON, MFA '14

    Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm—From Scratch
    Avery, 2016

    ELIZABETH J. ANDREW, MFA '97

    Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir
    Skinner House Books, 2005

    On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness
    Basic Books, 2005

    Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir
    Skinner House Books, 2000

    STEPHANIE WILBUR ASH, MFA '08

    The Annie Year 
    Unnamed Press, 2016

    DAVID ATHEY, MFA '01

    Hunting and Gathering Heaven
    Bellowing Ark Press, 2000

    Danny Gospel
    Bethany House, 2008   

    Jane Bedell (as J.M. Bedell), MFA '06


    Hildur, Queen of the Elves

    Interlink Publishing, 2006

    Finding Courage: History's Young Heroes and Their Amazing Deeds

    Beyond Words Press, 2004

    Eileen Beha, MFA '07

    The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea: The Story of Annaliese Easterling & Throckmorton, Her Simply Remarkable Sock Monkey
    Beach Lane Books, 2014

    Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog
    Bloomsbury USA Children's, 2009

    JOHN D. BESSLER, MFA '05

    The Death Penalty as Torture: From the Dark Ages to Abolition
    Carolina Academic Press, 2017

    Cruel and Unusual: The American Death Penalty and the Founders' Eighth Amendment 
    Northeastern, 2012

    Writing for Life: The Craft of Writing for Everyday Living
    Bottlecap Books, 2007

    CAROL PEARCE BJORLIE, MFA '01

    Behind the Cello
    Main Street Rag, 2012

    CAROLYN BOEHLKE, MFA '06

    Literaria
    North Star Press, 2014

    Chasing the Moon
    North Star Press, 2013

    SARA DAILEY, MFA '11

    Earlier Lives
    Dos Madres Press, 2012

    KIRSTEN DIERKING, MALS '94

    Northern Oracle
    Spout Press, 2007

    One Red Eye
    Holy Cow! Press, 2001

    ELIZABETH DI GRAZIA, MFA '03

    House of Fire
    North Star Press of St. Cloud, 2016

    NORITA DITTBERNER-JAX, MFA '13

    Stopping for Breath
    Nodin Press, 2014
     

    LOIS WEST DUFFY

    Zillah’s Gift
    Beaver’s Pond Press, 2009
     
     

    JOANNE ESSER, MFA ’02

    I Have Always Wanted Lightning
    Finishing Line Press, 2011

    BRIAN FARREY, MFA '08

    The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse
    Algonquin Young Readers, 2016

    The Grimjinx Rebellion
    HarperCollins Childrens, 2014

    The Shadowhand Covenant
    HarperCollins Childrens, 2013

    The Vengekeep Prophecies
    HarperCollins Childrens, 2012

    With or Without You
    Simon Pulse, 2011

    SHERRIE FERNANDEZ-WILLIAMS, MFA '05

    Soft: A Memoir
    North Star Press, 2014

    PATTI FRAZEE, MFA '02

    Out of Harmony
    CreateSpace, 2012

    cirkus
    Alyson, 2006
      

    DIANNE GRAY, MALS '96

    Tomorrow, the River
    Houghton Mifflin, 2006

    Together Apart
    Houghton Mifflin, 2003

    Holding Up the Earth
    Houghton Mifflin, 2001

    CARLA HAGEN, MFA '02

    Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
    North Star Press, 2011

    DAVID HAIGHT, MFA '98

    Overdrive
    Beaver’s Pond Press, 2005

    ANGELA HALLSTROM, MFA '05

    Bound On Earth
    Parables Press, 2008

    Dispensation: Latter-Day Fiction (editor)
    Zarahemla Books, 2010

    ERIC CHARLES HANSEN, MFA 09

    The Epic of Clair
    Ilium Press, 2014

    Nancy Hedin, MFA '13

    Bend
    Anglerfish Press, 2017

    PETE HEIDEN, MFA '09

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

    ARLO HENNINGS, MFA '01

    Guitarlo
    Hear2Ear Records and Books, 2016

    GEOFF HERBACH, MFA '06

    Anything You Want
    Sourcebooks, 2016

    Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleader (hardcover)
    Gabe Johnson Takes Over
    (paperback)
    Sourcebooks, 2014

    I'm with Stupid
    Sourcebooks, 2013

    Nothing Special
    Sourcebooks, 2012

    Stupid Fast
    Sourcebooks, 2011

    The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg
    Crown/Three Rivers Press, 2008

    LISA HIGGS, MFA '01

    Lodestar
    Finishing Line Press, 2011

    MELANIE HOFFERT, MFA '08

    Prairie Silence
    Beacon Press, 2013

    NICK HUPTON, MALS '08

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

    DONNA ISAAC, MFA '07

    Tommy
    Red Dragonfly Press, 2009

    ANN IVERSON, MFA '99

    Mouth of Summer
    Kelsay Books, 2017

    Queen Freda and the Dangerous Dragon
    Orange Hat Press, 2016

    Art Lessons
    Holy Cow! Press, 2011

    Definite Space
    Holy Cow! Press, 2007

    Come Now to the Window
    Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005
      

    PAMELA CARTER JOERN, MFA '00

    In Reach
    University of Nebraska Press, 2014

    The Plain Sense of Things
    University of Nebraska Press, 2008

    The Floor of the Sky
    University of Nebraska Press, 2006

       

    Akmed Kahlifa, MFA '14


    Lil' Spooney, Silverware That Decides To Grow Hair
    Authorhouse Books, 2015

    The Camel's Shadow Has Four Humps: African Myth, Urban Mystery
    iUniverse, 2012 
      

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

    The Pink Suit
    Back Bay Books, 2015

    White Truffles in Winter
    W.W. Norton, 2011

    A Travel Guide for Restless Hearts: Stories
    Borealis Books, 2009

    Murder at the Bad Girls’ Bar & Grill
    Thorndike Press, 2008

    Whale Season
    Random House, 2006

    Theater of the Stars, A Novel of Physics and Memory
    Hyperion, 2003

    In the Company of Angels
    Hyperion, 2001
      

    SUSAN KOEFOD, MFA '04

    Washed Up
    North Star Press, 2011

    Let Them Eat Crepes: Stories About the French Pancake
    Lulu.com, 2011

    HALEY LASCHE, MFA '08

    Blood and Survivor
    Moria Press, 2017
      

    KATHLEEN LINDSAY, MFA '00

    Somewhere Between the Wind and Water
    IGI Publishing, 2006

    Nancy Loewen, MFA '07

    The Last Day of Kindergarten
    Marshall Cavendish, 2011

    GRETCHEN MARQUETTE, MFA '12

    May Day: Poems
    Graywolf, 2016

    LARRY J. MATTHEWS, MALS '09

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

     

    Beth Mayer, MFA '08

    We Will Tell You Otherwise
    Black Lawrence Press, 2019

    JOHN MEDEIROS, MFA '06

    couplets for a shrinking world
    North Star Press, 2012
      

    MINDY MEJIA, MFA '09

    Everything You Want Me To Be
    Atria/Emily Bestler Books 2017

    The Dragon Keeper
    Ashland Creek Press, 2012

    NATHAN R. MILLER, MFA '06

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

    SUSAN MONTAG, MFA '07

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

    ALISON MORSE, MFA '06

    If You Wave a Chicken Over Your Head
    Red Bird Chapbooks, 2017

    STEPHEN MUESKE, MFA '02

    A Mnemonic for Desire
    Ghost Road Press, 2006

    NORA MURPHY, MFA '03

    Knitting the Threads of Time: Casting Back to the Heart
    New World Library, 2009

    Twelve Branches, Stories from St. Paul
    Coffee House Press, 2003

    DAVID OPPEGAARD, MFA '06

    The Town Built on Sorrow
    Flux 2017

    The Firebug of Bulrog County
    Flux, 2015

    And the Hills Opened Up
    Burnt Bridge, 2014
      
    Wormwood, Nevada
    St. Martin’s Press, 2009

    The Suicide Collectors
    St. Martin's Press, 2008

    VICTORIA PETERSON-HILLEQUE, MFA '10

    Ana and Adam Build an Acrostic
    Norwood House Press, 2011

    MICHELE HEATHER POLLOCK, MFA '06

    Regarding Memory
    Cross Keys Press, 2004

    MARK RAPACZ, MFA '07

    A Burdizzo For a Prince
    Farenheit Press, 2017

    Boondoggle
    280 Steps Press, 2016

    The Foreigners (Waeguk)
    New Pulp Press, 2015

    City Kaiju
    Blastgun Books, 2014

    Buffalo Bill in the Gallery of the Machines
    Burnt Bridge, 2012

    PAIGE RIEHL, MFA '14

    Blood Ties
    Finishing Line Press, 2014
      

    THOMAS RUUD, MFA '03

    Unable for the World to Sleep
    Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005
      

    MAUREEN MILLEA SMITH, MFA '00

    The Enigma of Iris Murphy: Stories
    Livingston Press, 2016

    When Charlotte Comes Home
    Alyson, 2006

    SU SMALLEN, MFA '03

    You This Close
    Red Dragonfly Press, 2016
      
    Kinds of Snow
    Green Writers Press, 2016

    Wild Hush
    Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014
      
    Buddha, Proof
    Broadcraft Press, 2011
      
    Weight of Light
    Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005

    AMANDA ST. JOHN, MFA '10

    Sophie and Sadie Build a Sonnet
    Norwood House Press, 2011

    SUSANNA STYVE, MFA '03

    Miscellaneous, Tender
    Laurel Poetry Collective, 2004

    Derek E. Sullivan, MFA '11

    BIGGIE
    Albert Whitman Teen, 2015

    Kelsey Sutton, current MFA

    Gardenia
    Diversion Publishing, 2017

    MARC THOMSPON, MFA '06

    Oklahoma Heat
    Red Moon Press

    ANN TWEEDY, CURRENT MFA

    The Body's Alphabet
    Headmistress Press, 2016

    APRIL VINDING, MFA '05

    Triptych
    Wipf & Stock, 2016

    T.A. WARDROPE, MFA '08

    Arcadian Gates
    Blastgun Books, 2015

    KATHLEEN WEIHE, MFA '02

    Unless You Count the Birds
    North Star Press, 2012
      

    LOIS WELSHONS, MALS '94

    Where the Moon Is
    Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005

    ALIDA WINTERNHEIMER, MFA '12

    The Murder in Skoghall (The Skoghall Mystery Series, Volume 1)
    28.5press, 2015

    A Stone's Throw
    28.5press, 2013

    JOAN M. WOLF, MFA '01

    Someone Named Eva
    Clarion, 2007

    MARGARET WURTELE, MALS '93

    Touching the Edge: A Mother’s Spiritual Path from Loss to Life
    John Wiley & Sons, 2004

    Taking Root: A Spiritual Memoir
    St. Mary’s Press, 1998

    ADDIE ZIERMAN, MFA '10

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