Join us for a nonfiction craft lecture with Bernard Cooper on Friday, Nov. 21, 12:10 - 1 p.m. in McGill Hall 210, UM campus, as well as a nonfiction reading the same day at 7 p.m. in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. Cooper has written two memoirs, Maps to Anywhere and Truth Serum, as well as a novel, Year of Rhymes, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again. His work has appeared in Story, Ploughshares, Harper's, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, five volumes of The Best American Essays, and been read on This American Life as well as Selected Shorts. He has won numerous awards and prizes, among them the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Cooper is a core faculty member in the MFA program at Bennington College and teaches in the Masters of Professional Writing program at USC. He is currently completing a collection of essays entitled My Avant Garde Education, due to be published in 2015. (Photo credit: Jonathan Cowan)
Rings by Jasmine Dreame Wagner (MFA 2010) is the winner of the 2014 Kelsey Street Press FIRSTS! Contest judged by Elizabeth Robinson. In this series of first books by emerging writers, Kelsey Street Press continues to link its editorial policy of addressing the marginalization of women writers to a poetics of allowance that encourages women to write directly from their own creative imperatives.
David Allan Cates' (MFA 1992) new novel, Tom Connor's Gift, came out with Bangtail Press on October 15.
“David Allan Cates’s Tom Connor’s Gift is extraordinary. The prose is ravishing, the characters are surprising and irresistible, and many of its scenes are so intensely moving that they bring tears of gratitude and pleasure. The book praises long marriage and long friendship, but what I especially appreciate about its vision is how sexually liberating it is for both men and women. Cates is a fierce and fearless writer! One finishes this novel feeling wiser, more alive, and spiritually refreshed.”
— David Huddle
Laurie Blauner's (MFA 1980) poetry book, It Looks Worse Than I Am, is coming out with What Books Press in October. There will be a release party and reading at Open Books in Seattle on Friday, October 17 at 7:30 pm.
J. Robert Lennon's (MFA 1995) latest collection of stories, See You in Paradise, is coming out in November with Graywolf in America (left) and simultaneously with Serpent Tail in Britain (right).
Kate M. Cholewa (MFA 1990) reads from her novel, Shaking Out the Dead (Story Plant, 2014), on Friday, September 5, 5:30 p.m. at Fact & Fiction.
Cholewa has crafted a masterful first novel that will change the way you relate to those around you. She has endowed the most unlikely cast of characters--a short order cook, an orphaned child, a Native American undertaker--with both the unerring wisdom of sages and strong doses of human frailty. There is no single protagonist in this tale. The handful of principle characters move through their lives together, sharing their joys and disappointments as best friends and family members do. The reader will often end up rooting for everyone involved.
Megan Kruse's (MFA 2010) Call Me home has been described by Kevin Canty as "an urgent, beautiful book about love and its consequences, set against a backdrop of the unglamorized West. These characters will lodge themselves in your imagination, stick with you long after you’re done reading. A fine and original first novel."
Sharma Shields' (MFA 2004) new novel, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac (Holt, 2015), is a dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth.
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.
Melissa 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”
Scott 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.
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).
Rachel 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."
Sarah 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.