MFA candidate and Ninth Letter staffer Sean MacIntyre reads his short essay "Drumbeats," about his encounter with Occupy Chicago. "Drumbeats" appears in the Where We're At section of Ninth Letter vol. 9, no. 2.
Professor Janice N. Harrington reads from her new children's book Busy-Busy Little Chick, forthcoming in February from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Listen
Professor Michael Madonick reads "American Kestral," from his new poetry collection, Bulrushes. Bulrushes is forthcoming in early spring from The Backwaters Press. Listen
Professors Alma Gottlieb (Anthropology) and Philip Graham (Creative Writing) read from their newly published memoir Braided Worlds. Listen
Creative Writing major Sidney Sheehan was awarded the 2012 John L. Rainey Prize in Fiction, the first place award for fiction in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards. This year's judge was Susan Power. For more information about the Undergraduate Awards, visit the Undergraduate Awards page. In this month's podcast, Sidney reads from her award-winning story "Rock." Listen
English major Kelsey Wiora was awarded the 2012 Folger Adam, Jr. Prize in Poetry, the first place award for poetry in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards. This year's judge was Maxine Scates. More information about the Undergraduate Writing Awards can be found on the Undergraduate Awards page. Here, Kelsey reads her award-winning poem "Diving a Gainer." Listen
Eric Tanyavutti, MFA Candidate in Fiction, has won first place for fiction in the 2012 Graduate Writing Awards. This year's judge was Joseph Skibell. More information about the Graduate Writing Awards can be found on the Graduate Awards page. Here, Eric reads an excerpt from the opening passages of his award-winning story "Brothers." Listen
Sara Gelston, MFA Candidate in Poetry, has won first place for poetry in the 2012 Graduate Writing Awards. This year's judge was Tyehimba Jess. More information about the Graduate Writing Awards can be found on the Graduate Awards page. Here, Sara reads the poem "The Root Cellar," a selection from her award-winning work. Listen
Professor Alex Shakar reads from his recently released novel Luminarium (Soho Press, 2011) and Professor Philip Graham reads from his forthcoming memoir, co-authored with Alma Gottlieb, Braided Worlds (Univ. of Chicago Press, Fall 2012). Creative Writing graduate students Laura Adamczyk and Michael Don give introductions. Listen
From the earliest days of the influential literary magazine Accent in 1940 to the award-winning literary and design work being done now by Ninth Letter, Creative Writing has flourished at the University of Illinois. Here we present monthly podcasts about Creative Writing, the program and the people who make it such a vibrant undergraduate major.
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