The Creative Writing Program welcomes visiting faculty Beverly Lowry and Brian Blanchfield for the Fall Semester. Brandon Henderson (MFA Incoming) was published in the Fall 2007 issue of Touchstones and has recently released children's book The Legend of the Kukui Nut. Megan Kruse (MFA Incoming) has work in the following journals: Bellingham Review, Phoebe, Gertrude Press, Vespertine Press, Oyez Review, Oregon Literary Review, and Fiddlehead as well as a story forthcoming from the Portland Noir anthology from Akashic Books. Caren Beilin (MFA Returning) has fiction in thecurrent LIT Magazine, in theSeptember issue of Open Letters, in the forthcoming issue of Fugue Magazine, in an upcoming issue of The Lifted Brow, online at 5_trope, and will be reading a story for the next McSweeney's audiobook. Ed McFadden (MFA Returning) has a poem called Sharp Relief which won an honorable mention in the Nebraska Shakespeare Sonnet Writing Contest this past spring. He also has poems forthcoming in Sugar Mule in November: "Lao Tzu," "Somewhere Near Red Lodge," "Petri Dish," "Abandoned Laboratory," and "Lying in Bed with a Dish of Beans." Laura Dunn (MFA Returning) also has a poem on the Nebraska Shakespeare Sonnet Writing Contest. Carrie Ojanen (MFA Incoming) has two poems forthcoming from Prairie Schooner: BlueCabin and All Her Breath is Gone as well as having a personal essay published in the Gadfly this year. Scott Jones (MFA Returning) has a piece entitled The Ambulance Driver Assures Us Self-Inflicted Says Nothing of Intention forthcoming in Third Coast, spring 2009; Coins published in Bombay Gin, issue34.2, spring 2008; When Amsterdam Becomes New Atlantis forthcoming in Forklift Ohio, spring 2008; Indian Summer's End and Northwest Passage from Camas, spring 2008; and an as-yet untitled chapbook forthcoming this spring with Bedouin Books. Marvin Shackelford (MFA Returning) has a story entitled Floaters forthcoming in the Spring/Summer issue of Quarterly West. Chris Dombrowski's (MFA'01) chapbook (Punctilious Press, 2008) is out and available through Missoula's Shakespeare and Company. MatthewEck's (MFA '02) novel The Farther Shore (Milkweed Editions, 2007) has received recent awards and recognitions including: being selected as one of The National Book Foundation's"5 Under 35" Fiction Selections for 2008, a Barnes & Noble 2007 Discover Great New Writers Award Finalist, a Barnes & Noble Discover GreatNew Writers Selection, a Kansas City Star Top Ten Book of the Year, a 2007 Milkweed National Fiction Prize, a LitBlog Read This! Winter 2007 Selection, and has received critical praise comparing it to literary works such as Cormac McCarthy's powerful contemporary novel The Road and Stephen Crane's classic TheRed Badge of Courage. Naomi Kimbell's (MFA '08) satirical essay Whistling in the Dark has been unanimously selected for publication in the next issue of Black Warrior Review.
A hypertext version of Caren Beilin's story, "Animals are Placebos," is available for view in New River: Journal of Digital Writing and Art. To experience the story, as interpreted by artist Jennifer Smith, click here , Caren is entering into her second year in the MFA program. Carter Benton (MFA '08) and Aryn Kyle (MFA '03) will both be featured in The Atlantic's Fourth Annual Fiction Issue, coming soon in both print and on The Atlantic website. Their stories will be featured among stories by Julie Schumacher, Wendell Berry, Jess Row, Ann Patchett, and Cristina Henriquez. Stay tuned for updates. Worse Than Myself, a collection ofhorror stories by Adam Golaski (MFA '05), is now available from Raw Dog Screaming Press. The stories, writes author Glen Hirshberg,"lure readers through deceptively familiar portals: rural roadside diners,uninhabited river islands, shadowed woods. But inside are worlds fresh andstrange, haunted as much by loneliness as fear, where the living and theless-than-dead alternately terrify and cling to each other." Five poems by Matthew Kaler (MFA '08) have been published by zafusy: contemporary poetry journal. "The Dancing School," a short story by Kate Kostelnik (MFA '05), is featured in the current issue ofHayden's Ferry Review. Ed McFadden (currently in the MFA program) has give poems forthcoming in the magazine Sugar Mule. Karen Volkman's Nomina (recently out from BOA Editions) is reviewed by poet Daniel Nester in the May 14-20 edition of Time Out New York. Read the review here.
Judy Blunt's Breaking Clean (Knopf, 2002) was recently mentioned by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five best books evoking the Modern American West. The list also includes books by Gretel Ehrlich, James Galvin, Geoffrey O'Gara and Terry Tempest Williams. Richard Greenfield's (MFA '99) second full-length collection of poems, Tracer, was recently accepted for publication by Omnidawn Books; it is expected to bereleased in early 2009. Tom Lombardi's (MFA '99) debut novel, My Summer on Earth, is out from Simon & Schuster. Tom's writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, Fence and Nerve, among other places.
Lucas Farrell (MFA '08) has been selected as the recipient of the 3rd Annual Greta Wrolstad Travel Award in support of a collaborative project based in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Ellen Finnigan (MFA '98) has been selected as the recipient of the 2008 Merriam-Frontier Award, awarded by the English Department at the University of Montana. The Creative Writing Program will sponsor the publication of a selection of three essays. The first and only issue of Left Facing Bird, an online journal of new writing conceived and edited in a single day, is now live, and features the work of 100 writers, including current and former Missoulians Caren Beilin, Elisabeth Benjamin, Steffen Brown, Haines Eason,Ashley Gorham, Richard Greenfield, Matthew Kaler, Youna Kwak, Jeremy Pataky,Grier Phillips and Lisa Schumaier. Other contributors include Kazim Ali, Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Bhanu Kapil, Ed Roberson, Tomaz Salamun, LeonardSchwartz, among many others. The current issue of American Poet magazine is featuring an essay by Karen Volkman and poems by Joanna Klink and Prageeta Sharma, excerpted from their collections Circadian and Infamous Landscapes, respectively. American Poet is a biannual publication of theAcademy of American Poets. Karen Volkman's full-length collection of sonnets, Nomina, is now available from BOA Editions. Her translation of Francis Ponge's "The Trees DeleteThemselves Inside a Fog-Sphere" is appearing in Poetry magazine's April 2008 translation issue.
Chris Dombrowski and his wife Mary, have welcomed a daughter into their family. Molly Dombrowski was born on February 4th. In other news, Chris has new poems in recent orforthcoming issues of Basalt, Denver Quarterly, New Orleans Review, Poetry; an essay forthcoming in the March/April issue of Orion; a chapbook, Fragments with Dusk in Them, forthcoming this Spring from Punctilious Press. He also recently signed an advance book contract with Wayne State University Press for a manuscript of poetry tentatively titled By Cold Water. Chris was also invited to be a participant in the Skagit River Poetry Festival (WA), this coming May. Red Rover by Deirdre McNamer was awarded the 2007 Montana Book Award, which recognizes literary excellence in a book written bysomeone who lives in Montana, set in Montana, or dealing with Montana themes and issues. The prize will be presented to McNamer on Thursday, April 10th,during the Montana Library Association convention in Great Falls. Red Rover, published by Viking in 2007, will be released in trade paperback by Penguin in August 2008. The 10th issue of Octopus Magazine, an online journal of poetry, is now live, and features work by 80 poets, including both former and current Missoulians Nathan Bartel, Linh Dinh, Grace Egbert, RobSchlegel, Sandra Simonds, Karen Volkman and Greta Wrolstad. Other contributors include Martha Ronk, Tomaz Salamun, Will Oldham and CD Wright, among many others. Jasmine Dreame Wagner (MFA '08) has four prose poems in the current issue of Action, Yes, a long poem on the Greenpoint Terminal Market inthe current of American Letters & Commentary, and one poem forthcoming in NOÖ Journal.
Jill Beauchesne (MFA '06) was recently selected for a writer's residency at the Caldera Arts Center in Oregon for March 2008. Rose Bunch (MFA '06) iscurrently in her first year at the PhD program at FSU, which she avers has"kick-ass instructors and a healthy extended community of talented students,events and visiting writers, editors and agents ... I would be happy to suggestit to anyone considering continuing their studies after the MFA." Her story,"Donkey Hammer," is in the current issue of Gulf Coast (#20), and was also recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. "Skin," a poem by Trina Burke (MFA '08), was selected for publication by Hayden's Ferry Review. Trina has also had poems appear in 580 Split, Borderlands, Burnside Review,Rattle, The Southeast Review and elsewhere. Freeman Walker, a novel, by David Allan Cates (MFA '92), will be published in October 2008 by UnbridledBooks. Kelly Ferguson (MFA '08) was selected as a finalist for the 2008 NewWorks Competition by the Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Kelly's work, "50States," was selected by literary agent Elizabeth Wales. Adam Golaski's (MFA '05) Color Plates, a museum that houses little stories—plates—drawn from the painting of Éduoard Manet, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Mary Cassatt, will be published by Rose Metal Press in 2009. Worse Than Myself, a collection of twelve strange stories, five of which are set in Montana, will be published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2008. "Green," my translation of Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, is being serialized by Open Letters. The Baseball Field at Night, the last poems of Patricia Goedicke, is now available from Lost Horse Press. For more information about the book, visit both Lost Horse Press and Amazon.com for info. To download Melissa Kwasny's introduction to the book, visit its original publication in Drumlummon Views here. Joanna Klink's second book, Circadian, will be featured in the spring 2008 issue of American Poet, the journal of the Academy of American Poets. She'll read at the launch in New York in late April. Diana Spechler's (MFA '03) novel Who By Fire sold toHarper Perennial and comes out September 2008. The novel has been excerpted in Moment Magazine and the Greensboro Review.
Casey Charles (English Department Chair) was chosen as a semi-finalistfor the 2007 Pavement Saw Press Transcontinental Award. Hope & Anchor, a chapbook of prose poems by Joshua Corey (MFA '99), has just been published by Noemi Press. Michael Fitzgerald's debut novel,Radiant Days (Shoemaker & Hoard, 2007) has been selected by L.A. Weekly as one of their "Favorite Undernourished Books of the Year." Read about Michael's book, as well as the other selections,here. Karen Volkman's sonnet "Blank bride of the hour" was included in the Poetry Foundation blog entry "Sonnetude" by A.E.Stallings. Four of her new poems ([What's wrong with the hear, Doctor], [Cedarspiking to heaven], [O thou, in a restless bracken], and [Have we said momentsare gods or questions]) have been accepted for publication in New American Writing.