"Let Me Count The Ways," a poem by Matthew Byrne (MFA '99), was selected by Heather McHugh for The Best American Poetry 2007. The poem originally appeared in Poet Lore. Kelly Ferguson's (MFA '08) article "Confessions of a Teaching Assistant" is featured in the November/December 2007 issue of Poets & Writers. Deirdre McNamer's novel, Red Rover, is highlighted by Lydia Davis in the Best of 2007 issue of Artforum. The Sign, a manuscript by Elizabeth Sanger (MFA '06) was chosen as the runner-up in the 2008 Kore Press First Book Contest, judged by Harryette Mullen. Program Director Prageeta Sharma's third full-length collection, Infamous Landscapes, is out from Fence Books. Poems of hers have been selected for The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poetry, which will appear in the US and the UK and will be published as 60 Indian Poets: 1952-2007 by Penguin India. Both anthologies will be out next year. Robert Stubblefield was selected as a finalist in the inaugural Doug Fir Fiction Award, presented by The Bear Deluxe Magazine and judged by noted Oregon author Gina Ochsner. His story, "Self Service," is appearing in the magazine's first fiction issue (#26, available here, as well as at Fact & Fiction, downtown Missoula). Poetry professor Karen Volkman's letterpress, vellum-swathed chapbook One might will appear from The Press Gang (Brooklyn/Tuscaloosa) in mid-December. Her poem "I went to sign my name on the sky's back" is included in the exhibition "Manual Labors," featuring text responding to pre-Columbian manos, at the Belmar Lab in Denver, Colorado.
The Farther Shore (Milkweed 2007), the debut novel by Matthew Eck (MFA '04), was recently selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Series. "Notes on Sea and Shore," a poem by Greta Wrolstad (MFA '04-'05), is now being featured in the anthology Best New Poets 2007 (Meridian). Infinite Kindness, the second novel by Laurie Blauner (MFA '81), was recently published by Black Heron Press. Poems Across the Big Sky (Many Voices Press 2007), an anthology edited by Lowell Jaeger, featuring the work of myriad graduates and faculty of the Creative Writing Program (including Richard Hugo, M.L. Smoker, Kevin Goodan, Karen Volkman, Rick Newby, Patricia Goedicke, and many, many others) has recently entered its second printing. Natalie Peeterse (MFA '02) was recently awarded a residency at Caldera Arts Center in Oregon for 2008.
"Metronome," a poem by Jasmine Dreame Wagner, will appear in Verse magazine. Robert Buchko (M.F.A. poetry, 2002) was a finalist for the 2006 Washington Square Review poetry contest; also, three of his poems appear in What Light, an anthology showcasing Minnesota poets, and individual poems will appear in The Beloit Poetry Journal ("Suspension of Disbelief," Winter 2006), The Sonora Review ("The Autistic Child's Verse," June 2007), and The High Desert Journal ("Repairing the Horizon," April 2007). Meghan Piercy has been recognized by The Society of Professional Journalists with a Region 10 Mark of Excellence Award (first place in the Magazine Non-Fiction Article category for "Manhunt for a Terrorist"); Meghan is our first Interdisciplinary Masters graduate, having worked on her thesis with both Judy Blunt and the Journalism faculty.
Recent poetry grad Devon Wooten has been awarded a Graduate Presidential Fellowship by the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa. He'll get five years of generous support. Eric Bosse (M.F.A. fiction, 2006) learned that his Merriam-Frontier prize-winning collection will be published by Ravenna Press; Eric also landed a new, good teaching job in Oklahoma. Carter Benton, 2nd year M.F.A. fiction student, has won the 2006 Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest for his short story, "The Second Coming of Gary Badger"; he'll receive $1,000 and have his story published in a future issue of the magazine.
Take What You Want, the first book by Henrietta Goodman (M.F.A. poetry), will be published by Alice James Books in April. Library Journal declares that Goodman's "well-crafted poems are reminiscent of Anne Sexton's Transformations." Jill Walsh will have her story, "Letters from Mrs. Chenowith," published in the 2008 edition of Southern Indiana Review. Annie Mascorro learned recently that she won the 2007 poetry prize for Five Fingers Review; her poem, "Domanine Kaba," will be published in the journal in September, and her poem, "The Cure," will soon appear in Epilepsy U.S.A..
The "Briefly Noted" section of the January 29 issue of The New Yorker trumpets Kim Todd's "spellbinding biography" of seventeenth century artist and naturalist, Maria Sibylla Merian, Chrysalis. Radiant Days, the first novel by Michael Fitzgerald (M.F.A. alum, fiction), has just been published. A poem by Jasmine Wagner will appear in the Spring 2007 edition of 32 Poems. Naomi Kimbell's "May Cause Harm to Self or Others" appeared in the Autumn 2006 edition of SN Review.