KUDOS: Erin Cook, Brian Turner, Burlee Vang, Sasha Pimentel Chacon, Rachel Jackson, James Tyner, David Durham, Steven Church, Andre Yang, Samina Najmi

Once again, biog things are afoot in the MFA program and there are lots of congratulations to go around…

Stories in Quiddity International Literary Journal AND Southern Humanities Review

Big congratulations are in order for fiction writer Erin cook, whose recent double-header acceptances include “Gershwin Sings the Blues” (accepted by Quiddity) and “Sticks and Stones,” which will come out in Southern Humanities Review. Way to go, Erin!

Book deals with Bloodaxe Books and Alice James Books, PLUS an Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

Poetry professor Brian Turner has a lot to celebrate lately– his book Talk the Guns is coming out with Alice James Books in April 2010 and with Bloodaxe Books in Fall 2010. He’s also hitting the road with an Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, which will fund his travels abroad for the next year. Congrats, Brian!

Essay accepted by Ploughshares

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.

Publication AND Cover mention on American Poetry Review

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!

Publication in Front Porch

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!

4 Poems in new anthology, The Working Poet

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!

Nomination for the John W. Campbell Award

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!

Book Deal with Softskull Press

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!

2009 Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat Fellowship

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!

MELUS Journal Publication

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!


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