Monday, June 4, 2012

LU MFA News ~ Spring Quarter 2012

REGISTRATION:
Summer registration is now underway. My appointment schedule can be viewed HERE. Please email Beth if you need to set or change an appointment. The summer class schedule and textbooks are available HERE.

GRADUATION CEREMONY:
Congratulations to the 18 MFA students who walked in the May 2012 graduation ceremony! Pictures and video clips are available HERE

MFA GRADUATE READING—FRI. JUNE 15 AT 7PM:
Recent and soon-to-be graduates of the Lindenwood University MFA in Writing Program will read from their work on Friday, June 15, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Cultural Center auditorium. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. Readers include Tara Brewer, Cindy DuBois, Chris Duggan, Tom Horan, Grady Manus, Jessica Muckerman-Presson, and Craig Vaughn. Issue 2 of The Lindenwood Review will be available for purchase at the reduced rate of $5.00, and alumni Dacia Wilkinson and Keith Hoerner will also have books available for purchase at this event. Please support your fellow writers and the program by attending this event and bringing your friends and family; it can also fulfill a colloquium requirement for current students. READERS: If you have not already done so, please email me your bio as soon as possible. Thanks!

REGISTER FOR THE TEACHING COLLEGE WRITING SEMINAR TO HELP SUPPORT THE LINDENWOOD REVIEW:
A 2-hour seminar on Teaching College Writing will be held on Saturday, August 4, at 10:00am in the Cultural Center conference room. Pre-registration is required, and registrants are asked to purchase two issues of The Lindenwood Review (with the request to give the second copy to someone who may enjoy it) to help support the journal and the program (checks should be made payable to Lindenwood University). Alumni are welcome to register, and current students who register may use this event for a colloquium. All details are available HERE. If you have any questions, please email Beth.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MFA STUDENTS AND ALUMNI ON THEIR RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
  • Dacia Wilkinson: her novel A Kiss in the Rain has been published by Mockingbird Lane Press and can be purchased on Amazon.com.
  • Alan Zacher: his novel I’m No P.I. has been published by Post Mortem Press and can be purchased from the Post Mortem Press website.
  • Janna Vaught: an essay has been accepted by the Essays for Hope anthology; a nonfiction piece was accepted by bioStories; three poems were accepted by Rusty Nail.
  • Chris Duggan: a story has been accepted by Flash Forward Press for their flash fiction anthology.
  • Grady Manus: three pieces have been accepted by Haiku Journal; a prose poem has been accepted by Short Story Nation.
  • Keith Hoerner: Missing the Mark is now available for purchase through Amazon.com; a flash fiction piece was accepted by the Journal of Microliterature.
  • Chris Scribner: another of his poems has been accepted by the journal LIGHT: The Quarterly of Light Verse.
  • Cindy DuBois: a painting based on one of her thesis stories was juried and exhibited at Soulard Art Market's Carnivalesque Exhibit.
  • Courtney Frey: now in charge of writing Press Releases for the Vet Tech Institute.
  • James Frey: hired as an adjunct instructor by Brown Mackie College.
  • Dena Molen: participated in literary readings with Bad Shoe and Second Friday Notes
CONGRATULATIONS to MFA Faculty member Kelli Allen, whose poetry collection Otherwise, Soft White Ash will be published by Fjords New Book Series in October 2012. Visit Kelli’s website at www.kelli-allen.com.

STUDENTS, ALUMNI, & FACULTY: Please email me your announcements of any publications, accomplishments, or writing-related jobs, and I will be happy to announce it in our quarterly email update. A listing of this information is also maintained for program assessment documentation. Thanks for keeping us updated on your good news!

PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES:
* Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays for a special "Southern Sin" issue. The deadline is July 31, 2012. To submit, visit: http://www.creativenonfiction.org/.
* South 85 Journal, a new semi-annual online literary journal that publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, reviews, and criticism by new, emerging, and established writers, is accepting submissions. View guidelines at http://www.south85journal.com/.
* Precipitate: Journal of the New Environmental Imagination: Submission guidelines available here.
* Split Oak Press is accepting submissions for an Adrienne Rich tribute anthology, to be edited by Katharyn Howd Machan, with a forward by Judy Grahn. Details for these submissions are available at www.splitoakpress.com.
* PHANTOM LIMB, a new online poetry journal, seeks submissions for its one-year anniversary issue. To submit, see the guidelines here: phantomlimbpress.submishmash.com/submit.
* Lunch Ticket: submit original works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art and images to www.lunchticket.org. Lunch Ticket is a new biannual online literary journal produced by the MFA community of Antioch University Los Angeles.
* Five Quarterly: Submit work now through June 15, 2012 for our inaugural summer issue. Visit us at www.fivequarterly.org.
* Project Comic Con: St. Louis will be held at the Westport Sheraton Lakeside Chalet the weekend of June 9th & 10th. This is a good opportunity for budding artists/writers interested in working in the comic/graphic novel industry. Publishers from Zenescope and Avatar Press will be reviewing portfolios and accepting submissions from local artists. Additionally, Jim Valentino, Vice-President of Image Comics will be in attendance. There will also be a “Pro/Am Sketch Jam” on Friday, June 8th, giving local artists the opportunity to sketch live models alongside professional comic artists, as well as creator panels coordinated by Pete Coogan, Adjunct Professor at Webster University and Director of the St. Louis based Institute for Comics Studies.

WELCOME to our new students! We are excited to have you join our writing community. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Beth by email or phone.

Hope to see you all at the MFA Graduate Reading on June 15th!

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