Deirdre McNamer was chosen to chair the fiction panel of judges for the 2011 National Book Awards and presented the award for fiction in November in NYC. The other panel members were Yiyun Li, Victor LaValle, John Crowley, and Jerome Charyn David Gates reviewed two biographies of Charles Dickens in the November 3rd Sunday Book Review of the New York Times: Being Charles Dickens. Karin Schalm (MFA '96) was awarded a Strategic Investment Grant by the Montana Arts Council to attend the 2012 AWP conference in Chicago. She will make a presentation about teaching creative writing in prisons. Kelly Kathleen Ferguson (MFA '08) published her first book of nonfiction, My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself (Press 53). Ellen Finnigan's (MFA ’08) new book, The Me Years, is available on Amazon. Kate Rutledge Jaffe’s (third year MFA) poem, "The Climb Down," appeared in the October issue of the Believer. Brett DeFries (MFA ’11) had two poems from Ezekiel in Salt Hill, and he had two more from Ezekiel in Eleven Eleven. Brett had another poem (with audio), “Dictation in Reverse,” at Pismire. Colin Post’s (second year MFA) poem "Mural Valus" was also on the Pismire website. Brian Kevin’s (MFA ’09) essay “Songs Primarily in the Key of Life,” originally published in Colorado Review, was selected as a 2010 Notable Essay in the Best American Essays 2011. Kevin's "The Longest Haul," an essay about fishing the Clark Fork River that was originally published in Sierra, was selected as a Notable Essay in Best American Sports Writing 2011.Noel Thistle Tague (second year MFA) had a poem, "Gardening Lessons," in 491 #4. Jeff Whitney's (second year MFA) poem "Rapure or Whatever" was also published in this issue.Jennifer White (third year MFA) had a short story, "Of Kites and Tractors," in Drunken Boat #14. Dana Fitz Gale (second year MFA) received honorable mention in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story contest and has a story in the current issue of New South. Joanna Klink was awarded a Fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation for May - June 2012. Fellows are given room, board, and a private work space in the Civitella castle in Umbertide, Italy (Perugia). The mission of the Foundation is to "bring together visual artists, writers, and musicians from around the world who demonstrate exceptional talent and an enduring commitment to their disciplines." Klink's poem "Spare" was included in the new Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry, edited by Rita Dove. In October she read at the celebration of the new anthology, held at Poets House in New York, alongside poets Elizabeth Alexander, Frank Bidart, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Gerald Stern. Klink was also invited by the University of Virginia to give a reading and craft lecture as part of their Distinguished Rea Visiting Lecture Series.Samuel Jack’s (first year MFA) translation of the Old English poem, "The Wife's Lament" appeared in a journal from Melbourne, Australia called "Southpaw." An Australian playwright named Donna Abela found it on the internet and used it as inspiration for a radio play called "Aurora's Lament," and so Jack’s translation was published as accompaniment.Chris Dombrowski (MFA ‘01) sold his poem “Partial Eclipse/N 46.677. W 114.244” for $2 at Conversations Across Borders to support literacy and emerging voices around the world. The last issue of CAB raised $200 for La Noblesse Ecole, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.Robert Stubblefield’s (Lecturer) essay, “Minding the Store,” appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of High Desert Journal. Melissa Mylchreest's (second year MFA) poem “The Gap-Tooth Girl,” winner of the Obsidian Prize in Poetry, was in the same issue, along with new fiction by William Kittredge (Regents Professor Emeritus) and drawings by Missoulian Wes Mills.
Deirdre McNamer (Professor of Fiction) is chairing the fiction panel of judges for the 2011 National Book Awards, and will be presenting the award for fiction in November in NYC. The other panel members are Yiyun Li, Victor LaValle, John Crowley, and Jerome Charyn. Animal Time, by Greg Pape (Professor of Poetry), was published by Accents Publishing. In July, Pape led a poetry workshop in Rome at an organic farm in Tuscany. He has new poems in Florida Review, Sugar House Review, and Willow Springs. Melissa Leavitt’s (MFA '11) essay "Show Off" will be published in Willow Springs in January 2012. Gloria Sawai (MFA ’77) passed away. She returned to Canada after finishing her degree and, in 2002, won Canada's most prestigious writing award (the Governor General's Award) for her short story collection, A Song for Nettie Johnson. Robby Nadler’s (MFA ’11) has received a Fulbright to write poetry about identity in Israel next year. His poem "event horizon" was published in Zero Ducats; his poem "zubat" is forthcoming in the October print of Bloom; his poem "the chocolate lab" is forthcoming in the October issue of The Journal; he has a short story (tentatively titled "the greater sadness") coming out in the second print of Unstuck; and he’s going to be the featured poet in the fall's The Iron Horse Literary Review with a printing of several poems and craft piece about his writing. One of Nadler’s chapters, "Million-Dollar Wound" from his thesis/memoir has been chosen as a pitch on the Peabody Award-winning program, The Moth. J.W. Swartz (UG '92) has published her first novel, Leaning, featuring three characters-- Lakota basketball player Sammy Black Wolf and musicians Zee Holland and Maggie Lagan--who attend the University of Montana. Joshua Fomon (MFA second year) will be participating in the AWP Conference in Chicago, Feb. 29 – March 3. He’s a panelist for “Creative Writing in Women's Prisons: Continuity Before and After Release.” Fomon is organizing a group of graduate students to travel to Billings this fall to read at the Montana Women’s Prison. Dana Fitz Gale’s (MFA second year) story "Canoe" won the 2011 Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award. It will appear in the winter issue of Crab Orchard Review. Her story "Schooling" won the 2011 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction. It will appear in the spring issue of New Letters. Robert Stubblefield (Professor of Fiction) had a nonfiction/criticism piece on the work of H.L. Davis published May 13 in The Rumpus under the "Last Book I Loved" feature.Stubblefield also has an essay, “Minding the Store,” forthcoming in High Desert Journal and served as the final judge for the Fishtrap Fellowship competition. Kate Rutledge Jaffe (MFA third year) has five poems/ flash fiction pieces forthcoming in the fall issue of Caketrain. She also has a poem, recently named the winner of the 2011 Matt Clark Prize in Poetry, forthcoming in the spring issue of New Delta Review. Sharma Shields (MFA '04) won the Autumn House Fiction Contest, judged by Stewart O'Nan. Her short story collection, Favorite Monster, will be published by Autumn House Press in 2012. Trina Burke's (MFA '08 )chapbook, Great America, has been published by Dancing Girl Press. Joshua Fomon (MFA second year) and Kate Rutedge Jaffe (MFA third year) are both recipients of the Pat Williams Scholarship from the Mansfield Center. Fomon will be doing an internship with CutBank to expand the publication’s outreach to underserved populations. Jaffe will be doing a research project exploring the history of organ donation public policy and the bioethical issues of these policies through a collection of oral histories. Molly Laich (MFA '11)has a story,"The Sting" in PANK magazine this summer, and "My Cold and its Cure" in Wigleaf. Sheila Black (MFA ’98) co-edited with poets Jennifer Bartlett and Michael Northen Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, an anthology of poetry by American poets with physical disabilities (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011). Keema Waterfield’s (MFA ’11) “Inside Passages” has been selected as the $1000 winner with Mason’s Road Online Literary Journal at Fairfield University. Zoey Farber (MFA second year) will be the new graduate intern at the UM Student Affairs Office and will receive a tuition-waiver to the University of Montana. The Fraud of Good Sleep, by Catherine Theis (Poetry MFA '01), was just accepted for publication by Salt Books.
Robert Stubblefield (MFA ’94) was named a top University of Montana Professor by the Missoulian's Readers' Choice Awards. Prof. Stubblefield teaches fiction and mentors students who create the undergraduate literary magazine, The Oval. Kate Rutledge Jaffe (MFA second year) had a prose poem published in Cold Mountain Review, a story in The Other Room, a poem in Timber, and a piece of prose poetry/flash fiction in the Featured Artists section of The Tusculum Review. Jaffe’s story, "Her Lazy-Brained Boy," was a finalist for The Iowa Review's fiction contest and was published as a Story of the Week in Narrative Magazine. Jaffe was also a semi-finalist for The Mid-American Review's James Wright Poetry Award. Jennifer White (MFA second year) had a flash fiction piece in Knee Jerk Magazine. White also had a short story in Terrain.org, and she was named one of four finalists for the 2011 Obsidian Prize in Fiction by High Desert Journal. Becky Margolis’ (MFA second year) story "Soak" was published in the Owen Wister Review. Margolis’ story "Where the Antelope Roam" was published in Umbrella Factory Magazine. Emma Torzs (MFA first year) had a story in Monkey bicycle and a poem in elimae. Brett DeFries (MFA second year) and Colin Post (MFA first year) won the Academy of American Poetry college prize. Their poems were selected by the 2011 judge, Anselm Berrigan. Both Z Cody Lee (MFA second year) and Tony Ruzicka (MFA first year) were given honorable mentions. Colin Post (first year MFA) had a collage poem, "Mural Valus," in Pismire. Joshua Fomon (first year MFA) had two poems in the second issue of volume 1 of iO: A Journal of New American Poetry as well as two poems in Caketrain. Robby Nadler (second year MFA) was awarded a $47,000, three-year writer's fellowship from the University of Louisiana. Nadler’s poems "last thursday," "asteroseismology," and "on constructing a molinillo after wallace stevens' pineapple was eaten" were published in Barnstorm. Ted McDermott (second year MFA) had a story, "Animatronics," in The Portland Review. John Myers (MFA ’10) and Rob Schlegel (MFA ’04) were both finalist for Omnidawn’s Book Prize. Carrie Laben’s (first year MFA) story "And Neither Have I Wings to Fly" was published in the anthology Bewere the Night , Prime Books. Paul Zarzyski (MFA '76) was quoted in The New York Times in defense of cowboy poetry. Alice Bolin (second year MFA) was published in Thumbnail Magazine. Molly Laich’s (second year MFA) story "trevor and the gun" was in the spring issue of The Meridian. Jonathon Volk (first year MFA) was a top-ten finalist for the Summer Literary Seminars 2011 Contest and was offered a scholarship to attend one of the conferences in Kenya, Lithuania, or Montreal. Dana FitzGale's (first year MFA) story, “After School,” was accepted for publication by New South. Elisabeth Geier’s (second year MFA) story, "It's the Mud, It's the Mud" was featured in the inaugural issue of Smash Cake Magazine.
Congratulations to our Merriam-Frontier Award winner, poet Jeffrey Whitney (first year MFA), who has a poem "Whale-fall" up on Barnstorm. Two of Whitney's poems will be appearing in the spring/summer 2011 edition of Sugar House Review. Mackenzie Cole (first year MFA) has two poems, "In the Prairie Grass" and "You Can Live," forthcoming in an anthology entitled Many Windows, Magnapoets anthology series 4. First year MFA's Tony Ruzicka ("Bible Days") and Mackenzie Cole ("Shy" and "Had a Human") both have poems in the 491 magazine, volume 3. Clint Garner's (first year MFA) poem "Mycelia" was in the first volume of 491. Robby Nadler’s (second year MFA) short story "Mastectomy" will be published in The Other Room. His poem "the trouble with..." will be printed in the Star Trek poetry anthology Make it So. He has also been short-listed for acceptance into UCLA's Theater, Film, and Television's Screenwriting program, and his Fulbright arts grant proposal to write a collection of poetry in Israel has been chosen as a finalist. Nadler has been busy this winter .His essay "Million-Dollar Wound" was chosen out of 220 entries as a finalist by CNF in their AWP-wide MFA program-off. His poem, "onix," was named the runner-up in The Yalobusha's Review Yellowwood Prize. It and the poem "helicopter crashed in catalina, continued on page three" will both be published in their print journal this winter. Nonfiction graduate Naomi Kimbell's (MFA 2008) essay, "Asylum," appears in Calyx, winter 2011 edition. She also had an essay, "Bring out Your Dead," accepted by the Indiana Review for publication in winter 2012. Additionally, the 2010 edition of Best American Essays listed her essay, "Whistling in the Dark," in the "notables" section. Peter Brown (Undergraduate '81) won the 2010 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in short fiction with A Bright Soothing Noise. "This highly entertaining collection of stories has the scenic intensity and quality of Tennessee Williams's one-act plays.” –Josip Novakovich (judge). Steve Rinella (MFA 2000) is the host for The Wild Within series on the Travel Channel. Shannon Hale (MFA 2000 ) was featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac for Jan. 26. Kate Rutledge Jaffe (second year MFA) was a finalist for Black Warrior Review's Sixth-Ever Fiction Contest. Molly Laich (second year MFA) is blogging for Thumbnail and has a story, "No Hands," coming out in issue #7 of H.O.W. Journal this April. Alice Bolin (second year MFA) will have two poems published soon. One is forthcoming in the next issue of Octopus and one in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Ninth Letter. Melissa Leavitt (second year MFA) was a finalist in the American Literary Review's creative nonfiction contest with her essay "Lost and Found." Tom Molanphy’s (MFA 2000) nonfiction piece, “The Last Hand-Me-Down,” is in the new issue of Blood Orange Review. Rebecca Margolis (second year MFA) won the Prism Review fiction contest with her story "Weatherization." Aaron Shulman (MFA 2009) recently traveled to Guatemala on a Fulbright to research violence against women for his upcoming novel. An article he wrote,"The Rise of Femicide," has been published in The New Republic. Shulman hopes his piece will draw more attention to the horrifying phenomenon and all the good people working to stop it. Keema Waterfield’s (second year MFA) short essay, “Likeness,” has been accepted for publication in the Spring 2011 issue of Redivider. Sara Pevar (MFA 2010) has a story, "The Last Ice Age," coming out in the spring issue of the Southern Indiana Review. The Patricia Goedicke and Leonard Wallace Robinson Papers are open for research. The guide to the collection may be found by performing a Google search for “Patricia Goedicke and Leonard Wallace Robinson.” Also, an exhibit featuring materials from the collection will be on display in the Mansfield Library’s Theta Rho Room from October 4, 2010-March 1, 2011.