KUDOS: A Busy Summer 2008

It’s been a busy and successful summer for MFA students and faculty.  Congratulations are in order for a long list of accomplishments:

Fourth Genre and River Teeth pubs
Creative Nonfiction professor Steven Church‘s essay “I’m Just Getting to the Disturbing Part” was selected by Michael Steinberg and Robert Root for inclusion in the 5th edition of their textbook, The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction due out in Spring 2009.  In addition, the nonfiction journal River Teeth plans to reprint Steven’s essay “Danger Boys” in a “best of” 10 year anniversary issue.  Congratulations, Steven!
Glimmer Train Competition Finalist
Poetry student Burlee Vang learned this summer that his essay “The Dangers of Food Invitations” is a finalist for Glimmer Train‘s Family Matters competition.  Congrats, Burlee!
Cottonwood pub
Fiction student Erin Cook‘s story “Thicket Wall” was accepted for publication by Cottonwood.  Congratulations, Erin!
Nonfiction Conference winner
Creative Nonfiction student David Cicoletti’s essay “Standing at Crossroads Lumber” won first prize and $3,000 at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Dallas, Texas and will be published in an annual literary nonfiction anthology titled Ten Spurs, sponsored by Hearst newspapers.  Congratulations, David!
Photography book introduction
Delta Deep Down, a moving collection of photographs of the Mississippi Delta published this summer, has an introduction written by our own Steve Yarbrough, MFA Program coordinator and novelist.  Congratulations to Steve!
Fresh Air Interview
Poetry professor and Iraq war veteran Brian Turner was interviewed in July for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terri Gross.  Check out the link to NPR’s article, “Soldier-Poet Brian Turner, Framing War in Verse.”  Congratulations, Brian!
LA Times Review
Fiction Professor Alex Espinoza reviewed Stephanie Elizondo Griest’s book Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines for the Los Angeles Times this summer.  Check out the review here.  Congratulations, Alex!
Zyzzyva pub
Poets Vuong Vu and Lee Herrick both have poems in the Fall 2008 issue of Zyzzyva.  Congratulations Vuong and Lee!
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