We’ve had some exciting student publications and awards recently. Check them out here:
Liz Kulze won the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest for her short story, “Widow.”
In the last few months, Jess White has published several great essays in Feministing.
Randall Tyrone is featured in the second issue of Oversound. He also published three poems in (and was interviewed for) Electric Literature‘s Okey-Panky.
Khalym Kari Burke-Thomas’ THUGBAIT was a finalist in the New Delta Review’s annual chapbook contest.
Trey Williams’ short story “Darling, Keith, the Subway Girl, and Jumping Joe Henry” was published in the Winter 2016 issue of Glimmer Train. His story “Twelve in the Black” was a finalist for storySouth’s Million Writers Award.
Bethann Merkle published an article, “Drawn to Caribou,” in American Scientist.
Congratulations to all these fine writers!
Brock Jones, second-year poetry student, has accepted a spot in the University of Utah’s Ph.D. program in Literature with a Creative Writing emphasis. The program was recently written up by the Atlantic Monthly as “one of the top five PhD in Creative Writing programs in the country.” Congratulations, Brock! What great news.
The past two weeks in Laramie have marked an eventful end of the semester. We said farewell to our beloved program director, Beth Loffreda, before she goes on sabbatical in the spring. MFA graduate, Estella Soto, hosted the Laramie Writers of Color Reading which featured Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Miguel Kaminski, and Rattawut Lapcharoensap. Faculty members Andy Fitch and Danielle Pafunda gave a house reading to remember. And last night was the final MFA reading of the year with Brock Jones and Miguel. Enjoy these photos from the events, and have a wonderful break!
Q&A session with Stella, Miguel, A, and Kali
Stella at the Laramie Writers of Color Reading
Julian Saporiti entertains all with his musical talent
Rattawut reads. Everyone is in awe.
Andy and Danielle read from their latest works
Last night’s crowd was all smiles
Miguel read… in a coat.
Brock reading his astounding poetry
Rebecca Estee doing what she does – being a great reading series organizer
Miguel reading while making people laugh and maybe cry
- Special thanks to Kali’s grandfather and Chelsea Biondolillo, without whom there’d be no photos.
Congratulations to second-year poetry candidate, Brock Michael Jones, who was named a finalist in the Iowa Review’s Jeff Sharlet Memorial Prize for Veterans. The contest is for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel. It is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.
We couldn’t be more proud of Brock. What wonderful, wonderful news!
For those of you who don’t know, CAConrad describes himself as “the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift,” and we were lucky enough to have this incredible poet visit UW last week. His visit included a reading at Night Heron books where he read from his collection The Book of Frank, as well as his latest A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon. He also hosted one of his somatic workshops where new ideas for poetry/art/creation are generated through a series of exercises. These included dark chocolate and essential oils. Essentially, we love CA at UW. We hope he visits us again soon!
CAConrad reading from ‘A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon’ at Night Heron Books
as per usual, interesting things are afoot in the realm of the interweb. poet Kate Northrop, mfa faculty member and generally wonderful person, was featured on Poetry Daily last week. and Harvey “H.L.” Hix was mentioned alongside Claudia Rankine on Harriet, the PoetryFoundation blog, yesterday (a nice UW synchronicity). we love these people, and you should too. congrats to all parties involved!
University of Wyoming MFA Student Reading Series presents…
Valzhyna Mort & Michael Zapruder
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
Second Story Books
it's a date, yes?
congratulations to the wonderful katiecakes schmid! her poem “daughter psalms” won an AWP award and is going to be featured in “Quarterly West”. we are happy for you katie, and think that you should feel very very good about life. celebrate. dance like no one’s watching.
moving forward from the controversy surrounding Claudia Rankine’s reading @awp, the responses to her Open Letter request can now be read online.
courtesy of beth loffreda:
Spent the last week in LA working with Claudia to get the responses organized and posted; and both Danielle [Pafunda] and I have our own up there. Would love it if more folks wanted to send in responses—
please check it out: read some, think some, write some & send.