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Winter 2015 MFA News

Publication and award updates from MFA students and alums
December 10, 2015

Students

Michael Alberti won a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant of $9000. He's also a co-winner of the James Wright Poetry Prize judged by Garrison Keillor for his poem "Elegy (Robe)."

D. Allen won honorable mention for the Gesell Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, nonfiction. She has a lyric essay, "A Collection of Thorns," in Issue 39.1 of cream city review and two pieces forthcoming in QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, which was released in November by Squares & Rebels Press.

Jonathon Atkinson's story "Want Not" appeared in The Third Rail.

Kendra Atleework won a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant of $10,000.

Carolyn Byrne won a Gesell Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, fiction, for "Winter, East."

Megan (M. J.) Gette is the winner of the 2015 Gloria AnzaldĂșa Poetry Prize for her chapbook The Walls They Left Us. The collection features her lyric essay "Natural History," which was published last summer by Tupelo Quarterly. She also has recent work in otoliths and a poem forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly. She was recently hired at Milkweed Editions.

Roy Guzman won honorable mention for the Gesell Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, fiction. His poem "Echoes of the Soft Fruit" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Will Harris published reviews on Full Stop and 3:AM Magazine of Eka Kurniawan's Beauty Is A Wound, Claire-Louise Bennett's Pond, Anne Boyer's Garments Against Women, and Raymond Kennedy's Ride a Cockhorse.

Su Hwang is a co-winner of the James Wright Poetry Prize judged by Garrison Keillor for her poem "Latchkeys" and an honorable mention for her poem "Hopscotch." She also received honorable mention for the Gesell Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, poetry.

Miriam Karraker won honorable mention for the Gesell Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, poetry.

Trevor Ketner received honorable mention for the James Wright Poetry Prize judged by Garrison Keillor for his poem "Submerge." His "Erode" is published at Hayden's Ferry Review: The Dock, and his poem "Barren" appeared in the most recent issue of The Journal. His poem "Epistle" will be in a forthcoming issue of Pleiades.

Janna Knittel is a co-winner of the James Wright Poetry Prize judged by Garrison Keillor for her poem "A History of Shaving." Her "Western Fish Toxicology Station, Corvallis, Oregon," will appear in NEAT Magazine. Her interview with Irish poet Paula Meehan will be published in Cold Mountain Review, as will four poems. She is the MFA winner of the first annual 2015 Department of English Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Anna Rasmussen won a Gesell Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, poetry, for "Prism," "Mindo," "Traces," and "What do you take with you, why?"

Hannah Riddle received honorable mention for the James Wright Poetry Prize judged by Garrison Keillor for her poem "Made-Up Snapshot of Emily Dickinson, Dyke."

Emily Strasser received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant of $10,000. She is a winner of the 2015 Ploughshares Emerging Writers contest (hosted by Emerson College) and a 2015 Hawkinson Scholar, awarded by the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice. She also won a Gesell Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, nonfiction, for "Homeplace." Her essay "Beneath the Eyes of the Buddha" appears in the winter 2015 issue of Tricycle.

Jordan Thomas has a new essay, "This Skin is Forever," in Entropy Magazine. Another essay, "The Murder of Crows," appears on The Toast.

Tim Zila won honorable mention for the Gesell Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, fiction.

Alumnae/i

Wendy Fernstrum (MFA 2003) was announced as the winner of this year's Minnesota Book Artist Award for her book One Is the Holiest Number (#2), a codex exploring the theme of the individual. Open Book in Minneapolis will exhibit her work February 19 to April 11, and she'll be honored at the Minnesota Book Awards gala in April. Fernstrum is a content strategist at Medtronic.

Christine Friedlander (MFA 2013) will publish AVANT GAUZE, her first book of intermedia poems, with Magic Helicopter Press in 2016 as part of the press' Ted Hawkins Innovative Poetry Series. The book was also a finalist for the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. Excerpts of the project and an author's statement were featured in Tarpaulin Sky Press' special feature In Utero. Additionally, she wrote and illustrated some Lightguard postcard poems for First Class Lit. Friedlander is now Poetry Editor for Gigantic Sequins literary and art magazine. She encourages you to send poems when their reading period opens again in January.

Julie Gard (MFA 2000) published a new book of prose poetry, Home Studies, with New Rivers Press. The book was the winner of the press' 2013 Many Voices Project Prize. Gard has also recently been promoted to Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Brian Laidlaw (MFA 2011) won a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant of $10,000.

Elizabeth Foy Larsen (MFA 2003) published UNBORED Adventure: 70 Seriously Fun Activities for Kids and Their Families (Bloomsbury USA) with co-author Joshua Glenn, their second follow-up to UNBORED.

Carrie Lorig (MFA 2014) made Entropy's top 50 poetry books of 2015 with her debut, The Pulp Vs. the Throne.

Michelle M. Matthees (MFA 2001) won a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant of $7,500.

Alison R. McGhee (MA 1993) won a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant of $10,000.

Edward McPherson (MFA 2011) won a 2016 Pushcart Prize for his story "Telref," which was published in the 2016 Pushcart anthology.

Kevin O'Rourke (MFA 2010) co-authored a paper that appears in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Kate Petersen (MFA 2013) won a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her story "Mezzo," which was published in the 2016 Pushcart anthology.

Nicky Tiso (MFA 2015) reviewed Ben Fama's book Fantasy in The Volta Blog.

Jennifer Willoughby (MFA 2006), who won the Lindquist & Vennum Prize offered by Milkweed Editions, published her book of poetry, Beautiful Zero, with Milkweed. Our interview here.

Ryo Yamaguchi (MFA 2008) published the essay "A Field Guide to the Yi-Fen Chou Case and Identity Politics in the Arts" in The Michigan Quarterly Review.

Please send your news and updates to Terri Sutton at sutt0063 [at] umn.edu.