Thursday, December 23, 2010

LU MFA News & Notes--December 2010

Final Suggestion for the 2010 Rejection Collection Challenge:
"Now in its 37th year, CutBank is once again looking for great work to publish in issues 74 and 75. From October 1 through February 15, we're welcoming original, unpublished works of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction from established and upcoming writers alike. Over the years, we've been privileged to feature work by Wendell Berry, William Kittredge, Louise Erdrich, Aimee Bender, Richard Hugo, Seamus Heaney, Chris Offutt, Virgil Suarez, Steve Almond, and many others. As editors, we're looking first and foremost for excellent writing. We love to read, and are always looking for work that startles us, engaging us emotionally and challenging us intellectually - and we work hard to cull the majority of content for our issues from unsolicited submissions. We're always excited to feature new writers. Furthermore, we’re happy to announce that we’re now accepting online submissions. Click here to submit directly. We look forward to reading your work! For more information and to learn more about our other exciting ventures this year, visit"

Mark Your Calendar:
From Mary Troy:
“On February 11, Friday night, 6PM, UMSL’s MFA program will sponsor a panel discussion of editors of 3 presses that publish books of fiction or poetry or both. Represented will be BkMk Press (they publish books of fiction and poetry), Switch Grass Press (they publish fiction, mostly novels of the Midwest), and Crab Orchard (a publisher of books of poetry.) These three editors will discuss the process, explain what they look for, how a book is selected from the pile they get each year, and what happens after a contract is extended, and much more. This will be free and open to the public. The place has not yet been decided, but it will be on the UMSL campus.” This event may be used for a colloquium.

The following publication news is from student Todd Woodruff, who is currently working on his thesis:
“A publishing company called Realm Multimedia picked up my chapbook I did for Michael's class. Here is the link: If you click [scene] you will see the announcement, and [links] takes you to the bookshelf profiles. In addition, a reviewer named Fran Lewis grabbed a copy of it and wrote a review which appeared on the following websites: CBB Cold Coffee, Book Masons, Premiere Writers, Life, Shop and Laugh, Mind's Eye, and Facebook.”

The Lindenwood Review:
Our new literary journal The Lindenwood Review will be produced by our MFA program through this winter’s Journal Editing Cluster. We have received over 1000 pieces to choose from (counting poems individually), so our first issue should be very strong. Many thanks to Graduate Assistant Patricia Feeney for her hard work researching, sending out the Call for Submissions, and cataloguing all submissions. We look forward to producing a journal that will represent our program and university well. Issue 1 will be published by June 2011, and copies will be available for purchase at our Graduate Student Reading.

Graduate Student Reading:
Any MFA student who will complete his or her degree by September 2011 is eligible to read at our annual Graduate Student Reading. This event will be held in the Cultural Center Auditorium in May or June (date to be determined), and it is a nice chance to share your work with family, friends, fellow students, and members of our writing community. MFA students are not required to read at this event, but you are strongly encouraged to do so. Please contact Beth Mead if you would like to read at this event or if you have any questions.

If you are interested in reading your work at our Graduate Student Reading (or at a separate alumni event depending on student interest), please contact Beth Mead.

Any alum who would like to enroll in a 3-credit online MFA class may do so for 50% of the tuition by auditing the class. Contact Beth Mead if you have questions or if you would like to enroll in any future online classes.

A note to all students about online classes:
Eve Jones and Catherine Rankovic are two amazing instructors who only teach for us online, so these 3-credit online classes are a great opportunity to work with these gifted writers and teachers. Several of our wonderful in-class instructors also teach these online classes. Please note that any student who begins the MFA Program in January 2011 or later must take the GRE before enrolling in online classes. Feel free to contact Beth Mead with any questions about the online option for our program. More information on online coursework is available here:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

LU MFA Publication News

Fall 2010:

· Lisa Kang—poem accepted by Greatest Uncommon Denominator

· Tom Horan—story accepted by cc & d magazine

· Doug Wallace—piece accepted by MO Runner and Triathlete magazine

· Alum Fred Venturini—forthcoming novel The Samaritan (

Monday, October 25, 2010

Stymie Call for Submissions

From Erik Smetana: "Stymie ( is going to be putting out a BASEBALL themed spring issue. We'll be opening up to submissions on 11/15/10 and reading through 2/15/11 for the edition, which already has commitments from Stephen Graham Jones and TC Boyle . . . This is the issue that will also feature the finalists from the fiction contest we ran in conjunction with ESPN this past summer . . . our latest issue with work from Kevin Wilson (TUNNELING TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH) and many other talented writers (including LU MFA Alum Fred Venturini) will go live on that same date (11/15/10)."

Winter 2011 MFA Class Schedule

Registration for Winter Quarter begins November 15.

Winter Schedule--9-Credit Clusters:

Creative Writing for the MFA (Fiction & Poetry)--Mondays--Charlene Engleking *CLOSED*

Creative Writing for the MFA (Fiction & Poetry)--Tuesdays--Andrew Pryor

Narrative Journalism--Tuesdays--Dianna Graveman

Literary Journal Editing Cluster--Thursdays--Beth Mead

3-Credit Online Classes:

The Craft of Poetry--Mary Anderson

Selected Emphases in Fiction--Eve Jones

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Colloquium Opportunity: Fiction Reading Nov. 15

Mon. Nov. 15 at Duff's, 392 North Euclid, 7:30pm, $5 at the door. Mary Troy will read from her new novel Beauties and Ryan Stone will read from his new story collection Best Road Yet.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Student Publication

Congratulations to LU MFA student Susan Weich for her essay publication in the Dream of Things anthology.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Call for Submissions

From Read Short Fiction: "Read Short Fiction ( is looking for engaging, entertaining stories we can’t put down, so we’re putting out an open call for submissions. Read Short Fiction is the perfect opportunity for writers who’d like some exposure and are seeking to build their audiences. Writing students interested in submitting should visit for guidelines and details."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Writing Contests

The Missouri Review Editors' Prize--Deadline is October 1--for details, go to

American Literary Review Contest--For more information, please visit their website:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New LU MFA Program Website

Our writing program now has a website at The site contains lots of useful information about the program (current student FAQs, prospective student information, colloquia information and events, thesis guidelines, guidelines for workshopping, program news, course schedules, online class information, degree program options) as well as forums to help foster a strong writing community.

All writers are welcome to visit our site for information about upcoming readings and other literary events, helpful links for writers, and to participate in our forums. To become a member of our site, click on +Join Site:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Colloquium Opportunities

MON. SEPT. 27, 7:30:
Byron Lee (LU MFA alum), Sean Arnold, and Julia Gordon-Bramer will read as part of Chance Operations at Duff's Restaurant in the Central West End (392 North Euclid Avenue, 314-361-0522) on Monday, September 27. The reading starts at 7:30, cover is $3.00 and there will be an open mic portion of the program.

THURS. OCT. 21, 7:00:
Fall Prose Reading: Lindenwood University MFA Faculty (Mark George, Dianna Graveman, Charlene Engleking) and alumni (Anne Freeman, Lisa Kang, Amanda Bramley) will read their stories and personal essays on Thurs. Oct. 21 at the Lindenwood University Cultural Center, 400 N. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO, 63301, from 7pm until approximately 8:45pm. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Directions:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

August Rejection Collection Club Suggested Journal

The August RCC suggestion is Natural Bridge, published by the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Deadline for submissions is August 31. Click HERE for guidelines.

Click HERE to read more about our Rejection Collection Club Challenge.

August Colloquium Opportunities

The Center for the Humanities is a wonderful resource for colloquium opportunities. Click HERE to check their listing for August events.

Friday, July 16, 2010

faculty spotlight

Fiction instructor Mark George's story "Bonham Ferry Road," published in The Greensboro Review:

Poems by poetry instructor Eve Jones:

"The Train," a story by fiction/essay instructor Beth Mead:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fall Quarter 2010 Class Schedule (Oct-Dec)

Registration for fall quarter begins August 23.

9-credit clusters--St. Charles campus:

Poetry cluster--Tuesdays--Andrew Pryor
(Poetry Writing Workshop, Craft of Poetry, Selected Emphases in Poetry)

Creative Nonfiction cluster--Thursdays--Beth Mead
(Creative Nonfiction Workshop, The Personal Essay & Memoir, The Lyric Essay)

Scriptwriting cluster--Mondays--Peter Carlos
(Scriptwriting Workshop, Narrative Arc in Film, Script Analysis)

3-credit online class:

Poetry Genres (literature class)--Eve Jones

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

summer reading

Some links for good things to read this summer--

Dylan Nice, Their Health, flash fiction:

Rita Gabis, Gift, poem:

David Carkeet, How to Err in Italian, travel essay:

Lucie Brock-Broido, The Rebirth of a Suicidal Genius, lyric essay:

Alice Munro, Dimension, short story:

Louise Gluck, Vespers, poem:

Interview with Mary Troy about writing fiction:

Eve Jones, Bird in the Machine, poetry collection:

Catherine Rankovic, Meet Me: Writers in St. Louis, a collection of interviews with writers:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer Colloquium Opportunity for MFA students

Friday, July 23 at 7pm:
Poetry reading at Left Bank Books (399 N. Euclid Ave, St. Louis MO 63108)—Kyle McCord, Keith Montesano, and Kristina Marie Darling.


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rejection Collection Challenge 2010

Beginning in January 2010, Lindenwood University's MFA in Writing Program presented a challenge to its students, faculty, and members of our writing community--submit at least one piece to at least one journal every month this year. Collect those rejection slips and emails, and in the process, you will likely see some of your work accepted for publication. Each month, one journal is suggested for submission to encourage participation in the challenge.

The first suggested publication this year was Mid Rivers Review, a local literary journal. MRR Volume 11 is now in print, and 14 of the pieces included are by Lindenwood writers. Two of those pieces are reprinted here with thanks to MRR.


I bought a deep freeze from my neighbor for $65.
All day long I watched mini-vans and trucks
drive away with her things.

Her kids sat on the stoop, peeled
paint off the banister, waved goodbye
to all the things that weren't going to fit.

Tina was smoking a Pal Mal
in the yellow kitchen, stuffing strangers'
crumpled bills into the pocket of her jean shorts.
I haven't told them they'll have to share a room
she said to the linoleum,
but there's a pool, that'll be nice in the summer.

That night,
my son danced barefoot
around my garage celebrating
our new freezer full of cherry popsicles.

-anne freeman

The Former Mrs. Jonathan Rothdale

This is fine. This all will be fine. Perhaps now
I'll stand, arms open, on a rainy Paris day, thinking of things
that are not you.

You never wanted to see Paris, I know. You only said that
to make me want you.

Now I think I will take a class, a figure-drawing class,
spend hours studying bodies at arm's reach,
pencil their curves and lines, touch them in a way
you never touched me.

You told me I could not draw. I know, I'm no artist,
I realize that.

I feel fine. Like the fine in fine wine. Or the fine of fine china,
see-through fragile, yet solid enough to hold something
within it.

When you held me, it was after I sucked you dry, before you slept
heavily in dreams of others.

I look at a woman on the sidewalk now, and I see her
like you must have--how her hip shapes the skirt, how the skirt slips
between her legs.

I think now I will change my name. Not just my last name, that name
that is you, but my first name. I will be Scarlet, I think. Or maybe Violet.
I know I will be a color.

When you gave me your name, I wrapped myself inside it like an egg
in tissue paper. I drew the curve of the R for hours.

-beth mead


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Quarter 2010 Class Schedule--LU MFA in Writing

Fiction Cluster--Thur. 6-10pm in St. Charles--taught by Mark George:
IMF53500.80 Fiction Writing Workshop-3 cr.
IMF53600.80 Fundamentals of Contemporary Fiction-3 cr.
IMF53700.80 Selected Emphases in Fiction-3 cr.

Online Poetry Workshop--taught by Eve Jones:
IMF52500.OL Poetry Writing Worskhop-3 cr.

Creative Writing for the MFA cluster--Tues. at Boone Home Campus--taught by Mary Anderson:
IMF 51500.BH1 Creative Writing for the MFA-3 cr.
IMF 51600.BH1 Fiction Genres-3 cr.
IMF 51700.BH1 Poetry Genres-3 cr.

Narrative Journalism cluster--Thurs. in St. Charles--taught by Dianna Graveman:
IMF 56500.80 Writing for Publications-3 cr.
IMF 56600.80 Narrative Journalism-3 cr.
IMF 56700.80 Readings in Narrative Journalism-3cr.

For questions about registration, or to apply to Lindenwood University's MFA in Writing program, contact the Chair at

Friday, April 16, 2010

upcoming LU MFA events

Poetry Reading
Michael Castro & Eve Jones
Friday, April 30, 7pm
Lindenwood Cultural Center Auditorium
400 N. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301

MFA Graduate Reading
Friday, June 18, 7pm
Lindenwood Cultural Center Auditorium
400 N. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

online MFA classes

All posts from the Winter Quarter 2010 workshop have been deleted and archived in the MFA office.

In the future, 3-credit writing workshops and 3-credit classes in techniques and literature will be offered fully online through Blackboard. (Our 9-credit clusters will still be held in the classroom.) If you have any questions about our online classes, or about Lindenwood's MFA in Writing Program, please contact the Department Chair at