MFA Alumni News

Emily August (MFA 2009) accepted a fellowship to the PhD program in English Literature at Vanderbilt University. Her poem "Creation Myth" was published in Isotope.

Emily Bright (MFA 2008) has poems in Other Voices International (issue 41), Sweet: A Literary Confection, and the April 2009 Pedestal Magazine. Her poem "Community" is included in the fall 2009 anthology Lavandaria: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash, and Words. She has poetry in two other anthologies: Come Together: Imagine Peace and Beloved on this Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude.

Matt Burgess (MFA 2009) sold his first novel Dogfight to Doubleday. Publication date is fall 2010.

Charlie Conley (MFA 2006) received a nine-month fellowship through Teachers & Writers. In addition to organizing and hosting Teachers & Writers' reading series, he will write for Teachers & Writers magazine, develop resources for the website, observe and lead school- and community-based creative writing programs, and assist in preparing anthologies of student work for publication.

Thomas Cook (MFA 2009) publishes three poems about the goats of Zamarano, Spain, in the fall 2009 issue of Folio. He is co-founder of a new literary journal, TAMMY. His poem "Sup" was published in Quarterly West, and three more poems were published in the January 2009 issue of PANK. His chapter book Anemic Cinema is on sale from Horse Less Press.
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Jennine Capo Crucet (MFA 2006) publishes the stories "The Next Move" in the summer 2009 issue of The Southern Review, "Relapsing, Remitting" in the summer 2009 issue of Crazyhorse, and "And in the Morning, Work" in the spring 2009 issue of Summerset Review. She won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and the University of Iowa Press published her story collection How to Leave Hialeah in the fall of 2009.

Lightsey Darst (MFA 2003) will publish her first poetry collection Find the Girl with Coffee House Press. Red Dragonfly Press published her chapter book Ginnungagap. She has also organized "The Works: A Writers' Salon," a lively ongoing conversation about writing held the first Wednesday of every month at Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

Eric Dregni (MFA 2007) published Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital (University of Minnesota Press) in September of 2009. His book In Cod We Trust was a finalist for the " Midwest 's Best Books of 2008" at the Society of Midland Authors Awards.

Wendy Fernstrum (MFA 2003) received a 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Award for an artist book titled Clutter/Free which explores the struggle between wanting to hold on to things and the desire to be free of the responsibilities associated with the things we collect.

Amanda Fields (MFA 2005) publishes the essay "Cairo Tunnel" in Brevity 30.

Laura Flynn (MFA 2006) won a 2009 Bush Artist Fellowship ($50,000). Her book Swallow the Ocean was a finalist for a 2009 Minnesota Book Award.

Kevin Fenton (MFA 2005) won the 2009 AWP Award for the novel for Merit Badges. It will be published by New Issues Press.

Emily Freeman (MFA 2008) had her story "The Critic" chosen for inclusion in the Best New American Voices anthology.

Erin Hart (MA 1995) will publish her third novel False Mermaid (Scribner) in spring 2010.

Kate Hopper (MFA 2005) was a guest blogger for the New York Times' "Motherlode" blog.
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Nicole Johns (MFA 2006) published her debut memoir Purge: Rehab Diaries in spring 2009 with Seal Press.

Carla-Elaine Johnson (MFA 2007) has a piece called "Story Time" in the anthology Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical available now from Wipf and Stock Publishers.

Cheri Johnson (MFA 2005) published the chapter book of poems Fun and Games at Finishing Line Press.

Jen Johnson (MFA 2007) and her husband Brad Larson are the proud parents of son Collin Douglas, born in February, 2009.

Stephanie Johnson (MFA 2005) won the 2009 Many Voices Project. New Rivers Press awarded her $1000 and publication of her debut collection of poetry, Kinethesia, in 2010.

Arlene Kim (MFA 2008) will publish her first poetry collection what have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes with Milkweed Press.
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Norah Labiner (MA 1996) published her third novel German for Travelers with Coffee House Press.

Alex Lemon (MFA 2004) was featured in the January 2009 Esquire. His memoir Happy will be published by Scribner in 2010.

Katie Leo (MFA 2009) published the essay "Going Back: A Story in Letters" in the fall 2009 issue of Water-Stone. She published two poems in the spring 2009 issue of Asian American Poetry and Writing. She received a Jerome New Play Development grant through Mu Performing Arts toward the creation of an original work and was featured on KSTP's "Twin Cities Live" in March 2009 for a segment highlighting local authors. She was a nonfiction finalist for the 2009 Loft Mentor program.

Ann Linde (MFA 2008) was a poetry winner in the 2009 Loft Mentor program.

Brian Malloy (MFA 2006) won a 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Young People's Literature for his young adult novel Twelve Long Months.

Gayla Marty (MFA 1997) publishes the nonfiction book Memory of Trees with the University of Minnesota Press in 2010.

Michelle Matthees (MFA 2001) received a 2009 SASE Jerome Emerging Writer Fellowship.

Michael Medrano (MFA 2006) published two poems in the June/July 2009 issue of The Dead Mule: "The Dream" and "Untitled, Woman with a Flower Head." His first collection of poetry Born into the Cavity of Sunsets is published in fall 2009 by Bilingual Press. He is the host of a new poetry prose interview show on KFCF 88.1 FM in Fresno, CA, called "Radio Pakatelas." It is also available via podcast.

Kathleen Melin (MFA 1998) published a memoir By Heart: A Mother's Story of Children and Learning at Home with Clover Valley Press.

Rachel Moritz (MFA 2006) has a new chapter book out from New Michigan Press, Night-Sea. She also published poems in American Letters and Commentary.

Scott Muskin (MFA 1998) received a 2009 SASE Jerome Emerging Writer Fellowship.

Michael J. Opperman (MFA 2003) was a poetry winner in the 2009 Loft Mentor program.

Laura Owen (MFA 2009) published the short story "The Execution Trick" in American Short Fiction. Her short story "Grillz" is published in the summer 2009 issue of Annalemma.

Lucas Pingel (MFA 2009) was a poetry finalist for the 2009 Loft Mentor program.

Karen Rigby (MFA 2004) is the editor of the new online literary journal Cerise Press (http://www.cerisepress.com). Cerise seeks submissions in poetry, poetry translations, photography, and art. Rigby has poems forthcoming in Bat City Review, Canteen, and Carte Blanche.

Suzanne Rivecca (MFA 2005) will publish her debut collection of short stories Death Is Not an Option with W.W. Norton in January 2010. "Uncle" was chosen for Best New American Voices 2008.

Mike Rollin published poems in Xcp: Streetnotes, Water-Stone, and Mizna.

Ethan Rutherford (MFA 2009) published fiction in the 2008 anthology Fiction on a Stick (Milkweed Editions). His short story, "The Peripatetic Coffin" will be included in the next edition of Best American Short Stories; it was originally published in American Short Fiction and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His story "Camp Winnesaka" was awarded special mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology XXXIII. He received a 2009 SASE Jerome Emerging Writer Fellowship.

Amy Shearn (MFA 2006) published an essay in the March/April 2009 issue of Poets & Writers entitled "Revenge of the Nerds: Where Are The Badly Behaved Writers?"

Morgan Sherburne (MFA 2009) has been accepted into the Master's Program in Science Writing at MIT.

Terri Sutton (MFA 2003) reprinted her essay "Heart of the Hunt" in Our Neck of the Woods: Exploring Minnesota's Wild Places (University of Minnesota Press).

Yuko Taniguchi (MFA 2001) and her partner placed third in the National Ballroom Dancing Championship in Baltimore, Maryland, in March 2009.

Todd Temkin (MA 1992) has a collection of columns to be published by Aguilar in 2010 titled Let me die in Valparaíso.

Francine Marie Tolf (MFA 2006) has released her second chapbook of poetry, Like Saul (Plan B Press).

Josh Wallaert (MFA 2007) publishes the story "New Berlin" in the spring 2010 issue of TriQuarterly. His story "The Formalists" appears in the summer 2009 Southern Review.

Michael Walsh (MFA 2006) won the inaugural Miller Williams Poetry Prize from the University of Arkansas Press with his debut collection of poetry The Dirt Riddles, which will be published in 2010. He will also give a featured reading at the Arkansas Festival of Writers. He is the author of the chapbook Adam Walking the Garden (Red Dragonfly Press, 2004). His fiction can be found in the 2008 anthology Fiction on a Stick (Milkweed Editions).

Shana Youngdahl (MFA 2006) published a poem in the spring 2009 issue of Third Coast and three poems in the spring 2009 issue of High Desert Journal.

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