Thursday, May 17, 2012

Register for the Teaching College Writing Seminar to help support The Lindenwood Review

WHAT: Teaching College Writing Seminar
WHEN: Saturday, August 4, 10am to 12pm
WHERE: Lindenwood University Cultural Center Conference Room

A 2-hour seminar on Teaching College Writing—focused toward MFA students/alumni interested in teaching Freshman Composition, but open to anyone who would like to attend—will be held on Saturday, August 4, from 10am to 12pm at the Lindenwood Cultural Center Conference Room. The seminar will be led by Beth Mead, LU MFA Program Director.

To help support The Lindenwood Review, this seminar will be offered to registrants for the purchase of two issues of TLR Issue 2 ($7 each, for a total of $14, checks made payable to Lindenwood University), with the request that one of the issues (or both, if you already own a copy) be given to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or left in your dentist’s office waiting room, or in some other way shared with someone who would be interested in reading it. More than two issues may be purchased at the reduced rate of $5 each to further support the journal if desired.

Registrants will receive a portfolio of handouts detailing the topics covered in the seminar, a Lindenwood pen, and their purchased issues of The Lindenwood Review. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees are also welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks. At the conclusion of the seminar, a Question & Answer session will be held, and registrants may also bring a CV for personal feedback from the seminar leader if desired (please plan to stay later than 12pm if you would like individualized CV feedback).

The seminar will cover both Getting the Job and Teaching the Class:

Getting the Job
  • creating a CV/resume
  • writing a cover letter
  • applying for adjunct positions
  • preparing for the interview
  • building experience to work toward applying for full-time positions 
Teaching the Class
  • writing a syllabus
  • structuring lesson plans
  • managing class time
  • five things freshman comp students need to learn
  • common errors in grammar and punctuation
  • sample assignments
  • sample in-class activities
  • sample prewriting exercises
  • using creative writing experience as a tool for engaging students
Current LU MFA students and other LCIE students who register for this event may use it to fulfill the summer quarter colloquium requirement.

Mail the information below, along with a check for $14 (made payable to Lindenwood University), to Lindenwood University, Attn: Beth Mead, 400 N. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301.


EMAIL (registration confirmation will be sent via email; please print clearly or type)

NUMBER OF TLR2 ISSUES YOU ARE PURCHASING (minimum of 2, for a total of $14; make checks payable to Lindenwood University; issues will be distributed at the seminar)



If you have any questions, contact Beth Mead.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Graduation Ceremony 2012

Congratulations to the 18 LU MFA grads who walked the stage on May 11, 2012!

Jessica, Khadija, Stacey, Michelle
Cindy, Heather, Craig, Ryan, Pat, Chris
Grady, Jessica
Lindsay, Cindy, Tara, Mary, Chris

Chris, Melanie, Ryan
Tara, Mary, Lindsay, Rosha, Melanie
Mary, Rosha, Christian
Lindsey, Heather
Chris Duggan
Cindy DuBois
Christian Gully
Craig Vaughn
Grady Manus
Heather Kemper-Hussey
Jessica Muckerman-Presson
Khadija Muhammad

Lindsay Brand
Lindsay was called first and I missed the shot--
I'm sorry, Lindsay!
Here's a better one:
Lindsay Brand
Lindsey Hill
Mary Caldwell
Melanie Craig
Michelle Sanford
Patricia Feeney
Rosha Chandler-Gordon
Ryan Trimble
Stacey Remley
Tara Brewer

Michael Castro, Professor Emeritus

Lindenwood University MFA in Writing Program—Online or In-Class

Fully Online MFA Program—No Residency Requirement
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

LU MFA Faculty

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  • Eve Jones, online poetry and lyric essay
  • Catherine Rankovic, online creative nonfiction and poetry
  • Tony D'Souza, online fiction and narrative journalism
  • Anthony Connolly, online fiction and creative nonfiction
  • Mary Anderson, online prose and poetry
  • Scott Berzon, online prose and poetry
  • Beth Mead, Program Director, literary journal editing
  • Mark George, in-class fiction
  • Andrew Pryor, in-class poetry and prose poetry
  • David Hollingsworth, in-class fiction and creative nonfiction
  • Kelli Allen, in-class narrative journalism and flash fiction
  • Michael Castro, in-class poetry
  • Peter Carlos, in-class scriptwriting
  • Julia Gordon-Bramer, online special topics: Sylvia Plath & the Tarot

Eve Jones, MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Bird in the Machine, Poetry Collection, Turning Point Press, 2010
  • 2011 nominee for Award for Poetry Excellence by the Pikes Peak Arts Council
  • Eve's poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Poet Lore, Hotel Amerika, AGNI, Nimrod, Natural Bridge, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize
  • Website

Catherine Rankovic, MFA, Washington University
  • Meet Me: Writers in St. Louis, Penultimate Press, 2010, which was a Missouri Writers Guild President's Award nominee in 2011, and an Editor's Favorite in Vol. 3, Issue 9 of Cerise Press, 2012
  • Guilty Pleasures: Indulgences, Addictions and Obsessions (Andrews McMeel-Universal, 2003), a collection of short essays, sold 6,000 copies
  • Other books include Island Universe: Essays and Entertainments and Fierce Consent and Other Poems
  • Essays have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Natural Bridge, Belles Lettres, Delmar, St. Louis Magazine and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the anthologies Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak About Health Care in America and Memories and Memoirs
  • Awards include a Pushcart Prize nomination for her poem "The Juke" in Kansas City Voices, 2011; the Missouri Writers' Biennial Award of $5000 for essay writing; First Place, James M. Nash competition, St. Louis Poetry Center, 2010; First Place, Midwest Writing Center's annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest, 2009; an Academy of American Poets award; and the Washington University Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Poetry
  • Website 
Tony D'Souza, MFA, University of Notre Dame 
  • Author of three novels: Whiteman, The Konkans, and Mule
  • Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Whiteman
  • The Konkans was called a best novel of the year by the Washington Post
  • Mule was recently optioned for film by Warner Bros
  • Tony has contributed to The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, Salon, Granta, Mother Jones, McSweeney's, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim, an NEA, and an O. Henry
  • Website

Wm. Anthony Connolly, PhD in English, University of Missouri; MFA, Goddard College
  • Author of three novels: The Jenny Muck, Get Back, and The Obituaries (Canadian bestseller, 2005)
  • Named one of the best bloggers in America by Creative Nonfiction, 2012
  • Winner, Flint Hills Journal Prize, 2012
  • Finalist for the Zone 3 Press Book Award, 2012
  • Multiple Pushcart Prize nominations
  • Website:

Mary Anderson, MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Publications include Ploughshares and River Styx
  • Teaches cross cultural courses and creative writing at Lindenwood University
  • Website
Scott Berzon, MFA, University of Michigan
  • The Frank Vincent Memorial Prize, selected by Gerald Barrax
  • Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship and The Meader Family Award
  • Work has appeared in numerous journals including Center, Cream City Review, River King Poetry Supplement, New Zoo Poetry Review, and Southern Indiana Review
Beth Mead, MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Director, Lindenwood University MFA in Writing Program
  • Editor, The Lindenwood Review
  • Winner, Jim Haba Poetry Award, 2010
  • Honorable Mention, River Styx MicroFiction Contest, 2007
  • Publications include Fiction Weekly, Mid Rivers Review, and Cuivre River Anthology
Mark George, MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Fiction and poetry have appeared in River Styx, The MacGuffin, the G.W. Review, the Green Mountains Review, the Beloit Fiction Journal, and the Greensboro Review
  • Received the Greensboro Review Literary Award for Fiction and a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2006 for his short story “Bonham Ferry Road
  • Placed third in the 2007 Poets and Writers Writer’s Exchange Competition
Andrew Pryor, MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, Packingtown Review, Puerto del Sol, Open City, Quarter After Eight, and Witness
  • His poem "Pastoral For The Small Eddy At Your Waist" was featured in Indiana Review's 2009 Special Highlight On Short Essays and the Prose Poem
  • Served as Managing Editor for Natural Bridge no. 17, which focused on new and emerging writers
  • Awarded scholarship to The Southampton Writer's Conference in 2007, where he studied with poet Billy Collins
David Hollingsworth, MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Fiction has appeared in Pubscriber and Space and Time Magazine
  • Teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Lindenwood University
Kelli Allen, MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Poetry Collection: Otherwise, Soft White Ash, Fjords Book Series, 2012
  • Chapbooks: Applied Cryptography; Picturing What Breaks
  • Poetry and fiction have appeared in Puerto del Sol, Echo Ink Review, Poetry Quarterly, Fjords, Abridged, Other Poetry, Lyre Lyre, The Blue Sofa Review, WomenArts Quarterly, The Caper Review, It Has Come to This: Poets of the Great Mother Conference, Foliate Oak, Greatest Lakes Review, Lugh Review (where she was the featured author), Blackmail Press, The Chaffy Review, Euphony and elsewhere. She has been the featured poet for Desperanto Press’s segment “Tea With George” for September 2011. Her fiction has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she was a finalist for the 2011 Rebecca Lard Award.
  • Served as the Managing Editor of Natural Bridge, Founder of the Graduate Writers Reading Series for the University of Missouri St. Louis, and Managing Editor for Words for Open: an anthology series for and of the special needs and autism spectrum
  • Website
Michael Castro, Professor Emeritus, PhD, English, Washington University
  • Six books of poetry, including Human Rites
  • Guardian Angel of St. Louis Poetry Award, River Styx
  • Warrior Poet Award, Word in Motion

Peter Carlos, MA, Middlebury Bread Loaf's Graduate School of English
  • Published poetry in Folio, Unicorn, Georgia Review, The Oakland Review, River Styx, Sheba Review, Fat Chance, Isthmus, Natural Bridge, Poema Convidado, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Webster Review
  • Poetry Book, Dreamfish, published in 2011, by Cornerstone Press
  • Awarded two Bread Loaf Writers Conference scholarships
  • Award-winning short films (Big Time, Dad’s Day, Smoke and Mirrors, Tooth and Nail, and gravity) have played in national film festivals and on broadcast television
  • Award Top 100 Multimedia Producers by AV Video Multimedia Producer in 2002

Julia Gordon-Bramer, MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Author of: Night Times, a memoir, to be published in 2015 by Walrus Publishing
  • Working on: The Magician's Girl: the alchemical marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes; and Fixed Stars Govern a Life: interpreting the work of Sylvia Plath through tarot and mysticism
  • Awards: Second Place, 2007 Raymond Carver Short Story Award; First and Second Place winner, 2007 St. Louis Writers Guild Poetry Award; First place winner, 2007 Writers Guild Fiction Award; nominated for the 2009 Stanley Hanks Poetry Award; and others
  • Presentations: Presenting on Plath's "A Secret" at the Lawrence Durrell Centenary, London, England, June 2012. Presenting on Plath's "Ariel" at the Sylvia Plath Symposium, Indiana University, October 2012, and others
  • Poetry and prose has appeared in: Plath Profiles, The Arkansas Review Journal of Delta Studies, MARGIE: the American Journal of Poetry, and others

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