Friday, February 22, 2013

LU MFA Update--Winter 2013

Thank you to all who took part in our first LU MFA Alumni Workshop. It was a wonderful experience, and we will offer another alumni workshop this summer. If you are an alum or will complete your MFA by June 2013 and would be interested in taking part in the summer workshop, please email me as soon as possible to reserve a space. Spaces are limited and will be filled in the order of email requests received. We will continue to offer more alumni workshops, and if there is enough interest, we may also be able to hold a novel workshop in the future. Contact Beth with any questions or to reserve a space in the summer workshop (date TBA—please note in the email if you would prefer a Saturday morning or a weekday evening).

Lindenwood University is holding a Student Research Symposium & Exposition on April 17, 2013, from 3pm to 7pm. Fiction and Poetry Readings are eligible for this event. Prizes for each academic school will be awarded ($200 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place). If you would like to submit an application and an abstract (briefly describing your creative work and perhaps your inspiration for writing it), read the information available at Details are also available here.

Any students who will complete their MFA by June 2013, and any alumni who have not yet taken part in one of our readings, are eligible to participate in the upcoming Spring 2013 LU MFA Reading, to be held on Thursday, June 6, at 7pm, in the Cultural Center auditorium. Spaces are limited, so please email me as soon as possible if you would like to participate. LU MFA faculty member Kelli Allen will host. If you were unable to attend our Fall 2012 reading, you can view a photo and video clips here.

Emails have been sent to your LionMail accounts and personal email accounts with information about our new registration process. The process is detailed here. Training videos and instructions will be sent to your LionMail before spring registration begins. For Spring Quarter 2013, you can register beginning March 4 (all MFA students may register beginning the first week of registration). Please contact Beth with any questions.

The MFA spring class schedule is available here. First assignments (first class date/location and first homework assignment) and textbooks are available here (listed by cluster/class). Spring Quarter 2013 in-class clusters begin on Sat. April 13, 10am-2pm (then continue one night per week from 6 to 10pm), and online classes begin on Mon. April 15 (first post required in Blackboard on Mon. 4/15). The quarter ends June 29.

Issue 3 of TLR will be published by June 2013 (copies will be available for purchase at our spring reading). Our students and alumni serving as editorial assistants are doing great work discussing submissions as we work toward final publication decisions. Beginning with Fall 2013, journal editing classes will be offered online, so our fully online students will have the opportunity to give their input on submissions and serve as editorial assistants for Issue 4. If you are on Facebook and haven’t yet Liked our TLR page, you can visit it here. Our journal’s website, with excerpts from issues 1 and 2, is at

  • Deborah Allen—article published by St. Louis American
  • Dacia Wilkinson—second novel published by Mockingbird Lane Press
  • Janna Vought—thesis to be published by Familius Publishing in Fall 2013; four poems published by Circa Literary Magazine
  • Karen Burton—article published by The Detonator (trade magazine) and by the Missouri Highway Patrol News
  • Lisa Aldridge—poems published by Northern Liberties Review and Poetry Pacific; flash fiction story published by Running Out of Ink
  • Lisa Haag Kang—essay published in the anthology The Animal Anthology Project: True Tails, pieces accepted by The Lyric and Out of the Depths
  • Grady Manus—poem selected as one of the winners in the St. Louis Metro Arts in Transit competition
  • Pat Kogos—essay published by Lyons Nebraska Mirror-Sun; novel (Priory, Louisiana) to be published as an e-book and as a print-on-demand paperback
  • Tara Brewer—TJT Designs and Publications has offered her a two-book deal for a memoir (drawn from her MFA thesis) and a short story collection

  • Soundings Review is accepting submissions through May 1—poetry, fiction, children/young adult, and nonfiction (essays & interviews):
  • Watershed Review is accepting submissions through March 31—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art:  
  • Tusculum Review is accepting submissions through March 15—fiction and poetry:  
  • Mason’s Road Online Literary Journal is accepting submissions through April 1—fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, craft essays, audio, and visual art:  
  • Shark Reef is accepting submissions through March 1—fiction, non-fiction, and poetry:
  • Spry Literary Journal is accepting submissions through March 31—poetry and prose:  
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