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Recent Alumni News

An Abridged List 

  • Michaela Hansen's story "The Devil in the Barn" has been selected by Lauren Groff as the First Place winner for the AMERICAN SHORT FICTION Prize.

  • Allison Grace Myers' essay, "Perfume Pouring Out" has been cited as Honorable Mention in Houghton Mifflin's BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2017.

  • Will Jensen’s debut novel, “Cities of Men” is out from Turner and available here.

  • Tomás Q. Morín’s collection of poetry, Patient Zero, is out from Copper Canyon Press.

  • Ram Hinojosa was just awarded an NEA fellowship for veterans to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts for a two-week residency.

  • Annie Shepherd's story, “A Fire to Make Things Right”, appears in the Fall 2017 North American Review.

  • Alumnus Samantha Allens essay, “Letter to a Ghost” appears in The Common.

  • Ben Reed’s story, “Bull & Finches”, appears in Tin House online.

  • Zach Groesbeck has two poems in Issue 75 of the Cortland Review.

  • Sean Roses story, “An Incomplete Obituary for Damien Stuart Wilson”, appears in Day One.

  • Mallory Chessers essay, “The Lost Girls: A Rehearsal for Minor Tragedies” appears in Electric Literature.

  • John Fry, Luisa Muradyan, and Vanessa Couto Johnson all have poems in the November 2016 issue of Blackbird.

  • John Fry’s first full-length poetry collection, With the Dogstar as My Witness, was a finalist for this year's Orison Poetry Prize, will be published by Orison Books in 2018. The manuscript has also been a finalist for Tupelo Press's Dorset Prize and the Nightboat Poetry Prize. John graduated from the MFA program in 2012. He currently lives in the Texas Hill Country and is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Texas at Austin, where he's writing a dissertation on medieval English literature. He edits poetry for Newfound Journal and also serves as an Assistant Program Coordinator for the University Writing Center at UT-Austin. His work has recently appeared in Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands (Aunt Lute, 2016), Waxwing, Blackbird, and Devil's Lake.

  • Two poems by MFA graduate and Texas State Lecturer Autumn Hayes were recently published: “A Poem Some People Will Have to Misunderstand” appeared in 3:AM Magazine and “Sieges” appeared in Vol. 9, Issues 1-2 of The Seattle Review.

  • Lecturer Ross Feeler’s short story, “Varieties of Religious Experience,” was recently published online in Hypertext Magazine. https://www.hypertextmag.com/

  • Lecturer Ashton Kamburoff’s poem “Self-Portrait as Eldest Son” has been published in (b)oink, while another poem, “Decomposture,” is forthcoming in Calamity. A piece of flash non-fiction entitled “The Hagglers” is due out in issue 17 of Proximity in January.

  • MFA poetry graduate Meg Griffitts has a poem on the American Echolocation site: https://thefemlitmag.com/american-echolocation-or-another-black-body-in-a-bag-by-meg-e-griffitts-10857f985c39

  • MFA 2016 graduate, James Deitz’s poetry chapbook, Still Seeing a Dead Soldier, a poetic narrative exploration of life after the Iraqi War and living with PTSD, will be published by Turning Point, a WordTech Communications imprint. Three poems from this collection are featured in The Meadow.

  • MFA fiction graduate Ray Robertson's 8th novel, 1979, is forthcoming next year. This summer he will serve as the first North American writer-in-residence at the House of Writers in Trsic, Serbia: http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2017/04/17/first-north-american-author-to-serve-as-writer-in-residence-at-house-of-writers.

  • Amelia Gray (fiction, 2007) won the 2016 New York City Public Library’s ‘Young Lion’ Award: https://www.nypl.org/press/press-release/june-10-2016/writer-amelia-gray-wins-2016-young-lions-fiction-award-gutshot. Her second novel, Isadora, will be published on May 23rd: "Historical novels about artists abound, but few attain the psychological intricacy, fluency of imagination, lacerating wit, or intoxicating beauty of Gray’s tale of Isadora Duncan” ―Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review).

  • James Knippen is the recipient of a 2017 Discovery/Boston Review prize; he will travel to New York City in May to give a reading. Also, two poems, "Poem" and "Portents," appear in the current issue of Kenyon Review Online: http://www.kenyonreview.org/kr-online-issue/2017-marapr/selections/james-henry-knippen-763879/.

  • MFA student Ashton Kamburoff was selected for a space in the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop in Denver, Colorado by Ada Limón. Limón will lead the week-long workshop from June 12th-16th. Ashton also was named the 2017-18 Clark House Writer-In-Residence by the MFA faculty.

  • MFA fiction student Graham Oliver interviewed recent Whiting Award-winner Tony Tulathimutte for Electric Literature. They talked about the complex relationship between literature and video games: https://electricliterature.com/the-field-of-dreams-approach-on-writing-about-video-games-5c58d4ddf9f4.

  • MFA student Ashton Kamburoff was selected for a space in the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop in Denver, Colorado by Ada Limón.

  • "Orientation," a story by MFA fiction student Shannon Perri, will be published next month in fields magazine.

  • Two stories by William Jensen were nominated by a member of the Board of Contributing Editors for Pushcart Prize XLII: Best of the Small Presses: "A Quiet Place to Hide" appeared in North Dakota Quarterly and "Come Again Another Day" appeared in the anthology, Texas Weather.

  • Stephen Harmon’s poem, "Dawn," has been accepted by Volt.

  • MFA fiction graduate and Lecturer Daniel Keltner signed a publishing contract for his first book, “Into That Good Night”, which will be published by Skyhorse in early 2018.