Monday, May 20, 2013

LU MFA Update ~ Spring 2013

In this update:
  • Spring MFA Reading: Thurs. June 6, 7pm, LU Cultural Center Auditorium
  • Issue 3 of The Lindenwood Review
  • Summer Class Schedule, Class Descriptions, & Registration Info
  • Summer Alumni Workshop
  • Congratulations: Graduates, Symposium Participants, Awards
  • Calls for Submission

Mark your calendars—the Spring MFA Reading will be held on Thursday, June 6, at 7:00pm in the LU Cultural Center Auditorium. Readers are Liz Zerkel, Heather Kemper-Hussey, Angela Thomas, Lisa Aldridge, Christian Gully, and Marie Lucero. This event will be hosted by Kelli Allen. Please attend, bring family and friends, eat cookies, and help support our program.

Issue 3 of The Lindenwood Review will be available for purchase at the Spring MFA Reading. Thank you to all of the students and alumni who worked so hard creating this book: Liz Zerkel, Anothai Kaewkaen, Leca Barker, Carissa Barker, Nick Bateman, Mary Caldwell, Jennifer Cowgill, Jere Deal, Catherine Essner, Adrienne Hawkins, Virginia Newell, and Trevor Roe.

Registration for summer quarter will begin June 3. The summer class schedule can be viewed here; this blog post includes instructors’ descriptions of their classes. Narrative Journalism is being offered online for the first time this quarter. We also welcome a new LU MFA Faculty member this summer: Andrew Connolly (read his bio here). The textbook list is available here. First assignments are available here. Summer quarter begins on July 13 for in-class clusters and on July 15 for online classes. As soon as you have decided what you would like to enroll in for summer, you can email me, and I will enable your portal for registration. Then on June 3, you may register yourself through your portal, or if you prefer, I can take care of your registration for you (indicate your preference in your email with your class choices). Let me know if you have any questions.

After the success of our first alumni workshop, we hope to schedule another one this summer. If you are an alum of the program—or will be by the end of the current spring quarter—please email me by Monday 6/3 if you are interested in taking part in a workshop in July. It can take place on a weeknight or a Saturday morning, or it can be held online (by private blog) if needed. I will organize this event if enough alumni respond by 6/3.

Three of our newly minted MFAs walked in the graduation ceremony this weekend (photos here). Congratulations to Virginia Newell, Shirley Smith, and Carissa Barker, as well as to all LU MFA students who have completed their degrees this year.

Congratulations to the MFA students who won and were chosen to participate in the Research Symposium: Anothai Kaewkaen, Dena Molen, Lisa Aldridge, Jere Deal, Deborah Allen, Karen Burton, and Chris Otto. We are incredibly proud of all participants. Details are posted here.

Congratulations to LU MFA Faculty member Tony D’Souza, who is one of two finalists for the Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State Award for Magazine Investigative Reporting (the Florida magazine awards; winner announced at a ceremony in July). Tony also won 3rd prize in Magazine Investigative Reporting in the SPJ's Green Eyeshade Awards (magazine prizes for the 11 state south region—NC, SC, GA, FL, KY, TN etc).

Augury Books is very happy to announce that our 2013 open reading period will last until June 30th. This year we are looking for both full-length poetry manuscripts and for short story collections, and we anticipate publishing at least one new title in each genre. Exact guidelines and the link to Submittable can be found on Augury's submissions page here:

On behalf of Story/Houston, we would like to invite you to submit your best short story fiction and creative non-fiction for our Summer 2013 issue. There is no submission fee or cover letter required, and we award $200 per published work. Our editorial staff is headed by William Monroe, dean of the Honors College at the University of Houston, and it is rounded out with other professors and writers in the Houston area. To submit and for more info, please see

So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art is pleased to open the reading period for our Fall 2013 issue! Submit your best visual art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry pieces to our online submissions manager from January 1st to March 15th. This issue will feature the winners of our annual art and fiction contests, along with our open reading periods for poetry and nonfiction. For more information of open submissions and contest details please visit our Submit Page and Contest Page.
Beth Mead
Professor of Humanities
Director, MFA in Writing Program
Lindenwood University

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