LeAnne Howe on "Native America Calling"
CW Professor LeAnne Howe was featured along with Native American artists Nicholas Galanin and Edgar Heap of Birds on "Native America Calling," a live call-in program linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. The live show aired Tuesday, May 14, and is archived on the Native America Calling website.
Nicole Busch's Essay to Appear in The Truth About the Fact Journal
An essay by Senior Creative Writing major Nicole Busch, titled "Excerpt from The Scenic Route," will appear in the Spring 2013 issue of The Truth About the Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction, published by the Loyola Marymount University. Nicole has also been invited to read at the journal's publication party in Los Angeles on April 18.
LeAnne Howe's Seeing Red--Hollywood's Pixeled Skins Now Available
CW Professor LeAnne Howe's most recent book, Seeing Red--Hollywood's Pixeled Skins was recently published by Michigan State Press. Co-authored by Harvey Markowitz and Denise K.Cummings, Seeing Red is an anthology of critical reviews that reexamines the ways in which American Indians have traditionally been portrayed in film.
Junior Quinn Award Winners Announced
The 2013 winners of the Creative Writing Program's Junior Quinn Awards are Rebecca Kaplan (poetry) and Dana (Dee) Modrowski (prose).
Russell Evatt and Jaime Brunton Win Dream Horse Chapbook Competition
Jaime Brunton (MFA '09) and Russell Evatt (MFA '09) have won the 2012 Dream Horse Press Chapbook Prize for their co-authored poetry manuscript The Future Is a Faint Song. The chapbook will appear in 2013.
Jaime Brunton Receives Honorable Mention for Benjamin Saltman Award
Jaime Brunton (MFA '09) received an Honorable Mention for the
2012 Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry, awarded by Red Hen Press, for her full-length poetry manuscript Reclaimed.
Four Illinois Alumni Recognized in Black Lawrence Chapbook Contest
Four U of I creative writing alums were recognized in the Fall 2012 Poetry Chapbook Contest by Black Lawrence Press. Matt Minicucci (MFA '10) and Caleb Curtiss (BA '10) were named finalists and Sara Gelston (MFA '12) and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (MFA '09) were named semi-finalists in the poetry manuscript competition.
Jaime Brunton Named Finalist for Omnidawn Poetry Book contest
Jaime Brunton (MFA '09) was named one of five finalists for the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Competition, for her full-length poetry manuscript Reclaimed.
LeAnne Howe Named USA Fellow
Professor LeAnne Howe has been named a 2012 USA Ford Fellow in Literature by United States Artists. Each year, United States Artists honors fifty of America's finest artists with individual fellowship awards of $50,000 each.
Lara Mann Joins Faculty at Haskell Indian Nations University
Lara Mann (MFA '09) will join the faculty of Haskell Indian Nations University as an English Instructor.
Steve Davenport's New Poetry Collection Now Available
Associate Director of Creative Writing Steve Davenport has a new book of poetry, Overpass out from Misty Publications. More information about the book can be found here, and a recent review appears at Prick of the Spindle. The book is available for purchase through the publisher.
Lindsey Drager Named Finalist for Innovative Fiction Prize
Lindsey Drager (MFA '11) was named a finalist for Starcherone Books' Innovative Fiction prize, for her book-length manuscript titled "The Sorrow Proper."
Richard Pierce Joins Faculty at Waynesburg University
Richard Pierce (MFA '06) has joined the English faculty at Waynesburg University at the rank of Assistant Professor.
Debut Book by Rosalie Morales Kearns Published This Fall
Rosalie Morales Kearns's (MFA '06) debut book, a collection of short stories entitled Virgins and Tricksters is appearing in September from Aqueous Books. Author Marge Piercy writes that Virgins and Tricksters is "full of succinct, smart tales rooted in and rooting around in a female-centered spirituality." Stories from the collection previously appeared in journals including Painted Bride Quarterly, Terrain, and Specs.
Matthew Minicucci's Chapbook Forthcoming from Accents Publishing
Matthew Minicucci (MFA '10) was a finalist in Accents Publishing's 2012 Poetry Chapbook Contest, and his manuscript Reliquary was selected for publication by the press.
Russell Evatt Named Finalist for Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship
Russell Evatt (MFA '09) has been named a finalist for the 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. Five Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $15,000 will be awarded to young poets through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
Philip Graham's book The Moon, Come to Earth Is July's Free E-Book from U. Chicago Press
Download Professor Philip Graham's critically acclaimed collection of essays, The Moon, Come to Earth for free during the month of July, when it is the University of Chicago Press's feature free e-book.
Ted Sanders' Debut Fiction Collection No Animals We Could Name Now Available
No Animals We Could Name, a collection of short stories by Ted Sanders (BA '04, MFA '07), was published in July by Graywolf Press. The collection was the 2011 winner of the Bakeless Prize in Fiction, an annual award given to a first book of fiction by an emerging author.
Sara Gelston Receives the University of Wisconsin's Diane Middlebrook Fellowship in Poetry
Sara Gelston (MFA '12) was named the 2012-13 Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow by the University of Wisconsin. The fellowship includes a $27,000 stipend and a one-year teaching appointment in the University of Wisconsin's Creative Writing Program.
LeAnne Howe Wins Lifetime Achievement Award from Native Writers' Circle of the Americas
Professor LeAnne Howe was named the 2012 recipient of the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award. A ceremony honoring Professor Howe will take place during the Returning the Gift Native Writers gathering at the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin later this year.
Alex Shakar Wins Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Professor Alex Shakar's latest novel Luminarium was honored as one of the best books of 2011 at the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize ceremony, where it received the award for fiction.
Phillip B. Williams Wins 2011 Bloom Chapbook Competition
CW alum Phillip B. Williams (BA '08) recently won Bloom journal's 2011 Chapbook Competition with his poetry manuscript titled Bruised Gospels.
Eric Tanyavutti Receives Honorable Mention in 2012 AWP Intro Awards
MFA candidate in fiction Eric Tanyavutti received an Honorable Mention in the 2012 AWP Intro Journals Awards for his essay titled "Rough." The Intro Journals Project is an annual literary competition for writers who are currently enrolled in the member writing programs of AWP. Each candidate for the awards must be nominated by his or her program.
Philip Graham's The Moon, Come to Earth Available as Free E-Book in March
Professor Philip Graham's memoir The Moon, Come to Earth is the University of Chicago Press's free e-book download for the month of March. The offer is good through March 31.
Philip Graham Named Finalist for 3QD Arts & Literature Prize 2012
A post from Professor Philip Graham's blog, titled "What Casablanca Can Teach a Writer," is one of 9 finalists chosen for the 3 Quarks Daily 2012 Arts & Literature Prize. The winner will be chosen by judge Gish Jen and announced on March 19.
New Edition of The Moon, Come to Earth Published in Portugal
Professor Philip Graham's critically acclaimed travel memoir The Moon, Come to Earth has recently been published in a Portuguese edition titled Do Lado de Cá do Mar. The Portuguese edition is available from Editorial Presença.
Matthew Minicucci Named Finalist for Stadler Fellowship
Matthew Minicucci (MFA '10) was named runner-up among the finalists for the 2012-2013 Stadler Fellowship at Bucknell University.
Ted Sanders Awarded 2012 NEA Fellowship
Ted Sanders (BA '04, MFA '07) has received a 2012 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. NEA Fellows receive $25,000 each in grant money to support their writing.