Once again, biog things are afoot in the MFA program and there are lots of congratulations to go around…
Congratulations to poet/essayist/fiction writer Burlee Vang, who can now add Ploughshares to his list of publications. His Essay, “The Dead” has been accepted for the next issue.
Poet Sasha Pimentel Chacon has a poem featured in the next issue of American Poetry Review, and is also mentioned on the magazine’s cover– way to go, Sasha!
Nonfiction writer Rachel Jackson had her essay, Paroxysmal Event: A Personal History of Fainting” accepted for publication by Texas State’s literary journal, Front Porch. Way to go, Rachel!
Poet James Tyner has received news that four of his poems will be published in the forthcoming anthology/textbook, The Working Poet: 78 Exercises for Writing Poetry. The poems are After Jumping Some Kids and Taking Their Money, 1988; Hollywood Trash; Bones in the Grapevines; and At a Barbecue for Robert Clark One Week After He is Out of Iraq. Congratulations, James!
Fiction professor David Anthony Durham is among five nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, alongside Aliette de Bodard, Felix Gilman, Tony Pi, and Gord Sellar. Great news, David!
Nonfiction professor Steven Church deserves a big round of applause for his recent book deal with Softskull Press out of Brooklyn, New York. They will publishing his third book, Cornflake Fallout: Living Through the Apocalypse. Way to go, Steven!
Poet Andre Yang is making waves in his first year with news of a fellowship to attend the 2009 Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat this summer at the University of Virginia. Congratulations, Andre!
Literature professor Samina Najmi has had her critical essay, “Naomi Shihab Nye’s Aesthetic
of Smallness and the Military Sublime” accepted for publication in MELUS Journal. Congratulations, Samina!
…And great timing, since Naomi Shihab Nye is scheduled to read at Fresno State on Thursday, April 23. Check back often for more details!