Julia Ohman, a first year MFA student in fiction, will read from Vertical Streets, her award-winning Merriam-Frontier manuscript, on Friday, March 7, 4:10 - 5 p.m. in the Theta Rho Room of the Mansfield Library.
Thinking Its Presence: Race & Creative Writing will be held April 10 - 12. For more information and to register, visit the conference website. UM alumni, affiliates, staff, faculty, and students attend for free, but they will be required to register so conference organizers have a sense of the participation numbers for receptions, name tags, and event scheduling.
April 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.
Mark Bennion's (MFA 2000) new collection of poetry, Forsythia, has been published with Aldrich Press. What is it like to lose a sibling in childhood, a much loved little brother with whom you shared nearly everything? In precisely detailed and richly imagined poems, with tenderness and healing clarity, the poet Mark D. Bennion tells us. These poems, part elegy, part celebration, part reckoning of loss and love, contain the ageless gifts of knowledge and compassion. ~ Greg Pape
Michael Earl Craig's (BA 1994) new collection of poetry, Talkativeness, has been published with Wave Books. "Craig furthers his existential, Lynchian leanings with masterfully composed new poems. He has borrowed the everyday and returned it defamiliarized, dark, and droll. Readers are ushered out of their contemporary bustle and into the intimate viewing room that is Craig’s cinematic fourth collection."
Scott Alexander Jones' (MFA 2009) elsewhere will be coming out with Black Lawrence press in July 2014. Jones wrote the first draft of elsewhere during his writer's residency at the Montana Artists Refuge back in October 2009. Excerpts of elsewhere have appeared in over a dozen journals (including Roanoke Review, Tribeca Poetry Review, Phoebe, and Redivider). Jones won the 2009 Nancy Dew Taylor Poetry Award from Emrys Journal for one of these excerpts. Elsewhere is the first book in a three-part series Jones is working on called Indian Summer's End.
Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon's (MFA 2010) debut novel, Nothing, is getting all types of favorable attention. Read Aaron Shulman's (MFA 2009) review in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Tao Lin's review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Joy Williams calls the book "a burning mean and darkly mysterious read."
Lehua M. Taitano's (MFA 2010) debut poetry collection A Bell Made of Stones is now out with Tin Fish, a press that publishes experimental poetry and prose from the Pacific. Taitano is a native Chamorro from Yigo, Guahån (Guam).
These poems keep replying, going beyond “the bareness of lament.” This is a fierce and brilliant collection of poems—chock-full of issued utterances, elliptical enjambments, cross-outs, and elision—all of which persevere in constructing an apt orchestration between the tongue’s experiment and typewriter’s keys. -Prageeta Sharma
Catherine Meng (MFA 2000) has a new poetry collection with Split Level Texts. Jon Davis describes The Longest Total Solar Eclipse of the Century as "full of awakenings, when the world appears new and wild, suddenly freed from the constructs we have invented to tame it."