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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Reading Thursday at Nightbird Books

From Tom Andes:

At 6:00 on October 2, I will be reading from Underground America at Nightbird Books. Underground America consists of 24 narratives of the lives of undocumented workers in America; it was edited by Peter Orner and published by McSweeney's in San Francisco. The stories in the book are based on extensive interviews conducted by Orner and by students in the MFA and MA Creative Writing programs at San Francisco State University. Many of the people in the book spoke anonymously or risked deportation to tell us their stories.

Peter read at UA and was a visiting writer two years ago during the Arkansas Festival of Writers, so I'm sure some of your students remember him. Because he edited the book along with a group of creative writing students, I thought your students might be interested in knowing about the event.

Jabaily in Manneqin Envy

Jennifer Jabaily's poems "I Know They Say: distant, small" and "Tony" will be featured in the Fall issue of Mannequin Envy. Jabaily is a second-year student in the program.

Upcoming awards

For our recent and upcoming graduates:

Bucknell University. Stadler Center for Poetry. The 2009-10 Stadler Fellowship offers professional training in arts administration & literary editing in a thriving, university-based poetry center, while also providing the Fellow time to pursue his or her own writing. The Stadler Fellow assists for 20 hours each week in the administration of the Stadler Center for Poetry and/or in the editing of West Branch, a nationally distinguished literary journal. The Fellow also serves as an instructor in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in June. The Fellowship stipend is $20,000. In addition, the Fellow is provided a furnished apartment in Bucknell’s Poet’s Cottage & health insurance, as well as access to all campus academic, cultural, & recreational facilities. To be eligible, an applicant must be at least 21 years of age, must have received an advanced degree in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry (i.e. MFA, MA, PhD) no earlier than spring 2004, & must not be enrolled as a student during the period of the Fellowship. (Persons enrolled in a college or university at the time of application are eligible.) The Stadler Fellowship is potentially renewable for a second year. Submit the following items by postal mail: letter of application, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, a poetry sample of no more than 10 pp., to: Stadler Fellowship, Stadler Center for Poetry, Bucknell Hall, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837. No materials will be returned; please do not send originals. Postmark deadline: December 6. Notification: late spring 2009. For more information on the Stadler Center for Poetry, see our website:

Emory University. Two-year Creative Writing Fellowship in fiction in lively undergraduate English/Creative Writing Program, beginning fall 2009. Load 2-1, all workshops; $26,000 salary, and health benefits. Required: MFA or PhD in last five years, with Creative Writing teaching experience. Desirable: record of publication, with a first book underway; interest in secondary genre, especially creative nonfiction and screenwriting. Send dossier, including cover letter discussing teaching experience and philosophy, c.v., two letters of recommendation and a 25-page writing sample to:Creative Writing Program, Emory University, 537 Kilgo Road, Room N209, Atlanta, GA 30322, by November 14, 2008 deadline. We actively seek applications from women and minority candidates.

First book

MFA alum Denise Rogers recently celebrated the publication of her first book of poems, The Scholar's Daughter. The book was released in January by Louisiana Literature Press.

Denise teaches at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Heffernan reads in Ireland

Michael Heffernan is in Ireland to promote the publication of his new book, The Odor of Sanctity. He'll read at the following locations and times:

*The Unitarian Church in St Stephens Green, Dublin, 6:30 p.m. on October 1, sponsored by Poetry Ireland
*The Court House Gallery in Ennistymon, Co. Clare, on the evening of October 2

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New stories from Sloan

Recent MFA grad Maya Sloan has stories forthcoming in Boulevard, Passages North, and Driftwood. Congrats, Maya!

New book from Heffernan

Michael Heffernan's new book of poems, The Odor of Sanctity, is now available from Salmon Poetry.

New translation from Brock

Geoff Brock's translation of Fernando Pessoa's "The Mariner (A Static Drama in One Scene)" is live at The Brooklyn Rail. The translation is from the Portuguese.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Seay accepted by 32 Poems

Erika Seay's poem "Circle" will appear in the fall issue of 32 Poems. Erika is a first-year student in the MFA program.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Jabaily accepted by Fickle Muses

Second-year student Jen Jabaily's poem "Not Even Wolves" will be featured by Fickle Muses from Sept. 21 to Sept. 27.

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