Sharma Shields' (MFA '04) story "Field Guide to Monsters of the Inland Northwest" was published in The Kenyon Review. David Cates' (MFA '92) short story "The Purpose of a Mummy in Modern Society" was published in the Whitefish Review. Cates' story "Rubber Boy," published in Glimmer Train last year, was named a distinguished story selection in 2010 Best American Short Stories. Rick DeMarinis (MA '67) published a new book with Seven Stories Press: Mama's Boy. John Myers' (MFA '10) Cider Kit and Rob Schlegel's (MFA '04) Bloom were both chosen as finalists in Omnidawn's Full Book Poetry Prize. Stephen Morrison (MFA '97) shared that he now teaches at King's Academy in Amman, Jordan and is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers. He had an article on North Korean literature and writers in the latest issue. His story, "Gladmans & Skanks," was published in the Antagonish Review last fall. Kate Rutledge Jaffe (second year MFA) was awarded the Fulton Prize for Short Fiction and 3rd Place in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. Her short story, "Talk About the Weather" will be published in the next issue of The Adirondack Review. Lindsey Wallace (second year MFA) had two poems in Milk Money (Vol. 8: When Jeff Goldblum Speaks, We Listen). Undergraduate creative writing students Jessye Duplessis-Norton, Jaime Rogers and Lena Viall made a video of the Richard Hugo poem "Silver Star," which is available for viewing on youtube. Mark Gibbons (MFA '98), with UM student Patrick Clark, made a video of the Richard Hugo poem "Where Jenny Used to Swim." Shannon Hale (MFA'00) published two novels with Bloomsbury this year: Calamity Jack and The Actor and the Housewife. Jon Davis (MFA '85) published a new book of poetry with Copper Canyon Press called Preliminary Report. Blue Hour Press released a digital chapbook called Fata Morgana by Jeremy Pataky (MFA 2007). His essay "The Wild Dead" is forthcoming in Bona Fide Book's anthology Permanent Vacation. Pataky shared that he is a founding board member of a statewide literary organization called 49 Alaska Writing Center, and he is the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountains Center, home of the Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop. He curates the Still North Reading Performance Series in Anchorage, Alaska. Frances Hwang (MFA 2001) had a story, "Blue Roses," in The New Yorker. Melissa Leavitt’s (second year MFA) essay "Build the Story Backward" won third place in The Baltimore Review's Creative Nonfiction competition. Jayme Feary (first year MFA) joined creative nonfiction authority Lee Gutkind in a reading at the Equality State Book Festival in Casper, Wyoming in September. He also received the 2010 Wyoming Arts Council Creative Nonfiction Fellowship for his manuscript Riding America's Spine. Jonathon Volk 's (first year MFA) short story "The Frank Lloyd Wright Project" was published in the journal DIAGRAM. Kirsi Marcus (fist year MFA) was also published in DIAGRAM's summer fiction issue.
Jason MacLeod's (MFA '09) poem "Dark Matter" was chosen for an International Publication Prize by the Atlanta Review for its 2010 International Poetry Competition. "Dark Matter" will be published in the Fall 2010 issue. Also, his poem "Portrait of an Old Woman" is forthcoming in the journal Mason's Road. And finally, MacLeod was offered an artist grant and work exchange award to attend a month long residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Prageeta Sharma will read with poets Jeff Encke, Todd Fredson, Martha Silano, Pimone Triplett and Sarah Vap from their work in "Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days." The reading is on Thursday, August 19, 7 p.m. in Seattle at the Hugo House. Kevin Canty's novel, Everything, just received praise in The New Yorker. Lindsay Bland's (MFA '09) chapbook "Between the Devil and the Deep" is now available at Dancing Girl Press. Her poem "Sea But Bare Yellow Sand" is in the latest issue of Cider Press Review. Quinton Gibson Duval (MFA '74) died May 10 of cancer. He taught creative writing at Solano Community College in Fairfield, California for 29 years and published four books of poems: "Guerilla Letters," "Dinner Music," "Joe's Rain" and "Among Summer Pines." Duval was a mentor to aspiring poets, printing quality chapbooks as publisher of Red Wing Press. Many people honored Duval by reading poems at his memorial, including Paul Zarzyski (MFA'74) and Gary Thompson (MFA '75). Cerise Press, an international online journal of literature, arts, and culture, has recently published five poems by Melissa Kwasny (MFA '99) and three translations of Blaise Cendrars by Z. Cody Lee (second year MFA) in the Summer 2010 issue. Congratulations to Melissa Kwasny (MFA '99) and David Cates (MFA '92) who were both awarded a 2010 Literary and Performing Arts Innovation Award ($3,000) by the Montana Arts Council. This program rewards Montana artists who demonstrate extraordinary innovation in their work as well as outstanding originality and dedication in their creative pursuits. Jason MacLeod (MFA '09) has poems appearing in the June issue of Dos Passos Review. Emily Danforth's (MFA '06) novel Lucky Human is forthcoming from Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Horatio Potter (MFA ’05) has a story coming out in Glimmer Train this summer and was selected as a finalist for the Summer Literary Seminars-2010 Unified Literary Contest.
Doron "Robby" Nadler (first year MFA) was chosen as the winner of the Iron Horse Literary Review competition. His poems "the proposal," "waking life," and "elilia look up" will be published in the next issues of the journal. Molly Curtis (second year MFA) and Z. Cody Lee (first year MFA) both had poems selected by Sherwin Bitsui for the Academy of American Poets College Prize competition. July Oskar Cole (second year MFA) was given an honorable mention. Aryn Kyle's (MFA '03) collection Boys and Girls Like You and Me: Stories was published by Scribner. Miles Waggener (MFA '01) was published in the 1999 - 2008 Academy of American Poets Anthology: New Voices, edited by Mark Doty. Joni Wallace's (MFA '98) poetry collection, Blinking Ephemeral Valentine, was selected by Mary Jo Bang for the 2009 Levis Prize and is forthcoming from NYC's Four Way Books. Mark Mayer (first year MFA) won Granta's 11-sentence erotica competition. Lehua M. Taitano's (second year MFA) story, "Just Because I Was Sleeping Does Not Mean I Dreamed It," was shortlisted for the 2010 Fish Publishing One-Page Short Story Prize. The contest received 1500 submissions of stories 300 words or less. Brian Kevin (MFA '09) has a feature article, "The Longest Haul," running in this month's issue (May/June) of Sierra, the Sierra Club magazine. It's a story about two local fishermen who set out last summer to float the entire Clark Fork River. Robert Brandon Henderson (second year MFA), Molly Laich (first year MFA), Brett DeFries (first year MFA) and Lindsey Wallace (first year MFA) represented The University of Montana MFA program by reading at the Get Lit! Festival in Spokane. Doron "Robby" Nadler (first year MFA) was a special guest performing artist with Sister Spit for the Missoula stop on their Second Generation National Tour in April. Lehua Taitano (second year MFA) and Jason MacLeod (MFA '09) were both finalist for the Summer Literary Seminars-2010 Unified Literary Contest and have been offered fellowships to attend writing seminars in Montreal, Quebec or Kenya (Narobi-Lamu). The fiction judge for the contest was Mary Gaitskill; the poetry judge was Mary Jo Bang. This year the committee received over 1200 international submissions to the contest. Lehua Taitano (second year MFA) has a series of poems coming out in TinFish, Issue 20. Lehua also has two short stories, "Better Than No Mother" and "Makahna," that have been accepted for publication in USO's on Freeways: An Anthology of Pacific Islander Writers in the Continental U.S. Prageeta Sharma (Director of Creative Writing) was awarded a 2010 Howard Foundation Grant ($25,000 to support creative work). Lucas Farrell’s (MFA ’08) first full-length collection of poems just won the 2010 Juniper Prize for Poetry and will be published by UMass Press; his newest chapbook is now officially available for pre-order from Caketrain. Lindsey Wallace (first year MFA) and Prageeta Sharma both had poems published in Starting Today: 100 Poems for 100 Days, an anthology from University of Iowa Press. Lindsey is day 36, and Prageeta is day 96. Wallace also has a poem forthcoming in Redactions.