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Writers' Fall Opus (the annual creative writing program fundraiser for scholarships, visiting writers and literary journals) is Friday, September 19, 6:30 - 10 p.m., Governor's Room of the Florence Building, 111 N. Higgins Avenue, downtown Missoula. Enjoy fine food and beverages, the company of friends and writers, and an auction. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $40 single or $75 couple and can be purchased at the door. Writers' Fall Opus is sponsored by Kevin Head.

Summer 2014

  • Henrietta Goodman (MFA 1994) and Karin Schalm (MFA 1996) are reading at SpoPo in Spokane, Washington on Sunday, August 3, 7 pm at 127 W. 25th Avenue.
  • Philip Schaefer's (MFA 2013) poem "Longest Division" appears in the first online issue of Rhino.
  • Ann McGlinn's (MFA 1997) first novel, El Penco, was published by Cuidono Press.
  • Giano Cromley's (MFA 2001) first novel, The Last Good Halloween, is being published by Tortoise Books.
  • Caitlin MacDougall (second year MFA) has a new piece in feminspire: I Am Not "Petite": I Am a Woman.
  • Jeremy Pataky's (MFA 2007) first book of poetry, Overwinter, will be published by University of Alaska Press in March 2015 as part of the Alaska Literary Series.
  • Laura Dunn's (MFA 2009) chapbook, Spider Blue, was accepted for publication by Dancing Girl Press.
  • Richard Robbins (MFA 1979) recently completed 28 years of directing the Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State University, Mankato. During that time he arranged nearly 400 one- and four-day campus visits by internationally acclaimed as well as lesser known contemporary writers. He continues as professor and director of the creative writing program.
  • Jordan Konkol's (third year MFA) poem, "Askesis," has been accepted for publication by Colorado Review.
  • Rachel Toor (MFA 2006) has a letter in Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves.
  • Caitlin MacDougall's (second year MFA) essay, "Are All Trigger Warnings Created Equal," has been published in Feminspire.
  • Nick Bosworth's (MFA 2014) poem, "Ash Bore," is in the recent issue of Blue Lake Review.
  • Khaty Xiong's (MFA 2013) poetry chapbook, Deer Hour, will be published by The New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM.
  • Rachel Toor's (MFA 2006) essay, "What Writing and Running Have in Common," is published in the June 24th issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Luc Phinney will read poetry on Tuesday, June 24, 7 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. He will also sign copies of Compass, his debut collection which won the T.S. Eliot Prize from Truman State University Press.
  • Alice Bolin (MFA 2011) has a new essay that is featured in The Atlantic's Best Pop Culture Writing and originally appeared in The Toast, A Meditation on Britney's "...Baby One More Time."
  • Melissa Kwasny (MFA 1999) is teaching at LiTFUSE in September with Martin Espada and Christopher Howell.
  • Khaty Xiong (MFA 2013) and Jeff Whitney (2012) both have poems in the latest issue of Birdfeast.
  • Emma Torzs' (MFA 2012) story, "Word of Mouth," is featured in the summer issue of Three Penny Revie

Featured Books

The Red Handkerchief

Daniel Shapiro's (MFA 1980) The Red Handkerchief and Other Poems will be published in Fall 2014 by Dos Madres Press. He is also the author of the collection Child with a Swan's Wings (Diaz Grey Editores, 2013) and the translator of Cipango, by Chilean poet Tomas Harris (2010); Cipango received a starred review in Library Journal and was also praised in The American Poetry Review, Translation, and World Literature Today.  Shapiro has been awarded translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN.  He is Director of Literature and Editor of Review:  Literature and Arts of the Americas at the Americas Society in New York.

Walking the BonesMelissa Mylchreest's (MFA 2012) new poetry collection, Walking the Bones, winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, has been released by Bear Star Press.

Yesterday, the cranes gathered
the evening beneath their wings
and rode over the valley,
the string of them like the body
of a snake, their going an old
and holy thing.  --from "Almanac”

elsewhereScott Alexander Jones (MFA 2009) has two books of poetry coming out this summer: elsewhere (Black Lawrence Press) and Carpe Demons (Unsolicited Press). You can read an excerpt from Carpe Demons in DIAGRAM.

Footloose American

Brian Kevin (MFA 2009) is traveling the country reading from his new book, The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America (Broadway Books).

On the Road to Find OutRachel Toor's (MFA 2006) young adult novel On the Road to Find Out (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) combines three of Toor's topics of expertise from previous books: the college entrance process, a love of animals and running. Toor introduces Alice, a high school senior who has been rejected from the college of her dreams, the only school where she applied. Alice, who gets tired of complaining to her pet rat Walter, takes up running and experiences challenges that help her learn to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined. On the Road to Find Out has been praised by Kirkus Reviews as "warm, funny and wise." 

Black RiverSarah Hulse (B.A. 2006) who publishes under the name S.M. Hulse, finished her first novel, Black River, during her year as the McCreight Fiction Fellow. Hulse has signed a two-book contract with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who will publish Black River in January 2015.


Megan Gannon 's (MFA 2002) debut novel, Cumberland, was released by Apprentice House in February. Here's the storyline... in the fictional coastal town of Cumberland, Georgia, fifteen-year-old twin sisters Ansel and Isabel Mackenzie have lived with their eccentric grandmother since a car accident killed their parents and paralyzed Isabel. Over the past seven years the responsibility of caring for her sister has fallen increasingly on Ansel. However, as she cultivates a romantic relationship with a local boy, as well as an artistic apprenticeship with a visiting photographer, Ansel’s growing desire for independence compromises her ability to care for her sister, threatening their sororal connection, and ultimately, Isabel’s life.

January Machine

Rob Schlegel's (MFA 2004) poetry collection, January Machine, won the Grub Street Book Prize and has been published by Four Way Books. Comprised of sonnets and sonnet sequences interrupted by static, January Machine is rooted in the modern American moment.

This Is Not an AccidentApril Wilder's (MFA 2006) collection of short stories, This Is Not an Accident, has recently been published by Penguin. "Wilder’s characters (some normal, some less so) have this in common: they are spiraling (or inching) toward self-destruction." Read one of Wilder's fabulous stories, Me, Me, Me. Here's another one in American Short Fiction called Creative Writing Instructor Evaluation Form.