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Recent Alumni News

An Abridged List

JR Helton’s novel, “Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions”, has been published by W.W. Norton
Levis Keltner’s debut novel, Into That Good Night, in out from Arcade Publishing.
Luisa Muradyan has won the prestigious Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, for her collection, “American Radiance”, published by University of Nebraska Press
Lecturer and Alumni Allison Grace Myers' essay, "Perfume Poured Out" has been cited as Honorable Mention in Houghton Mifflin's BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2017
Melissa Stephenson’s memoir, DRIVEN, is out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Elizabeth Threadgill’s debut poetry collection, TANGLED IN THE LIGHT, is out from Finishing Line Press
Michaela Hansen's story "The Devil in the Barn" has been selected by Lauren Groff as the First Place winner for theAMERICAN SHORT FICTION Prize.
Will Jensen’s debut novel, “Cities of Men” is out from Turner
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-weekresidency.
Annie Shepherd's story, “A Fire to Make Things Right”, appears in the Fall 2017 North American Review.
Alumnus Samantha Allen’s 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 Rose’s story, “An Incomplete Obituary for Damien Stuart Wilson”, appears in Day One.
Mallory Chesser’s 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 PoetryPrize, will be published by Orison Books in 2018. The manuscript has also been a finalist for Tupelo Press's Dorset Prize andthe Nightboat Poetry Prize. John graduated from the MFA program in 2012. He currently lives in the Texas Hill Country and isa doctoral candidate in English at the University of Texas at Austin, where he's writing a dissertation on medieval Englishliterature. He edits poetry for Newfound Journal and also serves as an Assistant Program Coordinator for the UniversityWriting Center at UT-Austin. His work has recently appeared in Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands (AuntLute, 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.
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:
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:
Amelia Gray (fiction, 2007) won the 2016 New York City Public Library’s ‘Young Lion’ Award: 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:
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:
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..