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One of Jill Beauchesne's poems, "Newton's Love," will appear in Gargolye magazine this summer. David Bernstein's poem "Under the Bed" will appear in the upcoming Anthology, Dirt: Volume One, due out in June. The 2005 Merriam-Frontier committee, consisting of Ginny Merriam, Lois Welch, and Ripley Hugo, have chosen Heather Cahoon as this year's winner for her poetry collection Elk Thirst. Heather holds a 2001 M.F.A. in poetry and is now in the University of Montana's Individualized Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Native American Studies, History, and Anthropology. Emily Danforth won the Willow Springs Fiction Contest and will be published in the June issue of Willow Springs. Chad Dundas's short story "Bleeder" will appear in a forthcoming issue of Sou'wester; another story by Chad will appear in Sycamore Review out of Purdue University in their fall issue. Josh Hanson, who finished the program in fiction a few years ago, has poems forthcoming in the next issues of Plainsongs and Albatross. Walker Hunter received a 2005 Outstanding Composition Teacher Award for his work in the writing classroom and his positive contributions to the Composition program as a whole. J. Robert Lennon, a 1995 MFA graduate, will see his fifth novel, Happyland, serialized in Harper's Magazine in 2006. In addition, his "Eight Pieces for the Left Hand" (excerpted from 100 short pieces of the same name that appeared in Granta), was chosen by Michael Chabon for this year's Best American Short Stories. Jason MacLeod recently had two poems appear in The Kennesaw Review. Annie Mascorro has a poem forthcoming in the July issue of Calyx. Jeff Ross, first year M.F.A. in poetry, has a chapbook coming out from Swan Scythe Press in April called "A Whooping Crane Diary." Jeff will also be reading with 2-3 other Swan Scythe authors on May 17th at the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. Liz Sanger won the Graduate Poetry Contest (along with four other poets) sponsored by Touchstone, the Kansas State University journal; she was a finalist in the Greg Grummer Poetry Contest, sponsored by Phoebe and judged by Robert Creeley; and she just had three poems accepted by Conjunctions for the online version of their journal. Robert Stubblefield's story "Preserves" appeared in the inaugural issue of High Desert Journal (#1) and has also been selected for Best American Stories from the West, Volume II, due out in 2006. Congratulations to first year M.F.A. student, Rachel Toor, on her book The Pig and I: Why It's So Easy to Love an Animal, and So Hard to Live With a Man. Greta Wrolstad and Christine Bown were both finalists in the 5th annual poetry contest of the Summer Literary Seminars, held in St. Petersburg, Russia. As finalists they were offered partial tuition scholarships to attend the seminars. The contest was sponsored in conjunction with Fence Magazine.