MFA Alumnae/i News

Maureen Aitken (MFA 1997) won a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

Swati Avasthi (MFA 2010) received a silver Parents' Choice Award for her debut novel Split (Knopf, 2010). She also won a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

Roseanne Bane (MA 1990) published the article, "The Writer's Brain: What Neurology Tells Us About Teaching Writing" in Creative Writing: Teaching Theory and Practice.

Marge Barrett (MFA 2005) took second place in Fine Lines' 55-word fiction contest. She published work in Talking Stick, Plains Song Review, and The State We're In (Minnesota Historical Society Press).

Emily Bright (MFA 2008) published the poem "Monsoon" in the June 2010 issue of the Pedestal Magazine.

Matt Burgess (MFA 2009) published his novel Dogfight, A Love Story (Doubleday), which was named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. Publishers Weekly listed it as a "Top 10 Most Promising Debut" for fall 2010.

Charles Conley (MFA 2006) is the recipient of a 2010 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, for use traveling and writing in South America. He also received a fellowship to the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria in May.

Sara Culver (MFA 2010) won the AWP Intro Award for her story "First-Order Differential Equations." It will be published in Puerto del Sol.

Meryl DePasquale (MFA 2010) won a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

Benjamin Doty (MFA 2010) won a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. He also published the poem "My Girl, Daisy Cutter" in Tattoo Highway, and a short story in Issue 15 of Front Porch. His short story "Proud of you no matter what" appears in the anthology Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails from the Dublin-based journal the Stinging Fly.

Matt Duffus (MFA 2005) took second in New Ohio Review's 2010 fiction contest (judged by Ann Beattie and Stephen Dunn) for "The Soprano at Midlife."

Ellen Dworsky (MFA 2004) published the memoir, "Walking Away," in The Truth about the Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction (Spring 2010).

Kevin Fenton (MFA 2005) won the Associated Writing Programs award for the novel for Merit Badges. New Issues Press will publish it in spring 2011.

Emily Freeman (MFA 2008) had her story "The Critic" included in Best New American Voices 2010 (edited by Dani Shapiro). She won a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

Julie Gard (MFA 2000) published prose poetry in Ekphrasis and Gertrude, experimental nonfiction in Press 53's anthology What Doesn't Kill You, and a short-short story in Tattoo Highway.

Kathleen Glasgow (MFA 2002) won a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

Erin Hart (MA 1995) published her third novel False Mermaid (Scribner) in March 2010. It was included in Booklist's "Top Ten Crime Novels of 2010."

Kate Hopper (MFA 2005) published "Becoming a Sanvicenteña: Five Stages" in Brevity #32.

Nicole Johns (MFA 2006) published poems in Evening Street Review. Her memoir Purge: Rehab Diaries was a finalist for ForeWord's Book of the Year.

Carla Elaine-Johnson (MFA 2007) has been accepted into the Givens Black Writers Collaborative Retreat Program for 2010. There will be a writers' performance in May 2011.

Cheri Johnson (MFA 2005) won the Second Year Winter Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown for 2010-11. She has also been hired as a fiction reader at the literary magazine Our Stories, where every story submitted receives feedback from a staff member. Her novel excerpt "In San Jacinto" was published in the Fall/Winter 2009-10 issue of Cerise Press.

Stephanie Johnson (MFA 2005) published her debut collection of poetry, Kinesthesia, with New Rivers Press.

Priscilla Kinter (MFA 2010) publishes "The Myth of the Prose Poem" in issue 8 of Sentence. Her essays "Good Idea #3: peanut butter" and "Measurement of a Man" appear in the fall 2010 issue of South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art. The former essay received an Honorable Mention in Fourth Genre's essay contest.

Alex Lemon (MFA 2004) was featured in Esquire magazine's 2010 "Best and the Brightest" issue. He published the memoir Happy (Scribner, 2009) and his fourth poetry collection Fancy Beasts (Milkweed, 2010).

Katie Leo (MFA 2009) was named a 2010-11 Loft Mentor Series winner in Creative Nonfiction and won a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. She has two poems in the inaugural issue of Flying Fish.

Laurie Lindeen (MFA 2005) published a craft essay in Columbia College's literary journal Fictionary.

Gayla Marty (MFA 1997) published the nonfiction book, Memory of Trees, with the University of Minnesota Press.

Michelle Mathees (MFA 2001) is the recipient of a 2010 McKnight/ARAC grant, and her collection Served was a finalist for the 2010 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry. She published poems in Pank, Pemmican, and Merge.

Michael Medrano (MFA 2006) published the poems "The Dream" and "Federico, You Worry Me" in the Cortland Review #46.

Scott Muskin (MFA 1998) was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award for his novel The Annunciations of Hank Meyerson, Mama's Boy and Scholar.

Margie Newman (MFA 2003) received a 2010 SASE/Jerome Grant.

Kevin O'Rourke (MFA 2010) published the poem "Of a Certainty" in 580 Split. His poem "Impedimenta" was in the Brooklyn Review.

Wilson Peden (MFA 2010) won the Gesell Award for Excellence in Literary Nonfiction.

Luke Pingel (MFA 2009) accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. An excerpt from his poetry manuscript A Stream, a Raincoat and a Tattooed Silhouette was published by the North American Review.

Karen Rigby (MFA 2004) published poems in ep;phany and Mid-American Review. She co-edits Cerise Press, which was named in Best of Magazines 2009 by the Library Journal.

Mike Rollin (MFA 2007) received a 2010 SASE/Jerome Grant and a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

Shantha Susman (MFA 2010) won a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. She also won a Gesell Award for Excellence in Fiction.

Dominic Saucedo (MFA 2002) joined the faculty at Minneapolis Community and Technical College teaching Composition and Creative Writing. He published a novel excerpt, "The Train," in the Summer 2010 Cerise Press. He also has a story in Breakwater Review.

Christine Sikorski (MFA 1997) was awarded a grant through the VSA arts of Minnesota Career Advancement Grant Program. The 14th annual competitive grant, funded by the Jerome Foundation, recognizes excellence by Minnesota artists with disabilities. Sikorski will publish her chapbook of poems titled How the Earth Once Felt.

Alyson Sinclair (MFA 2007) published two poems in the summer 2010 issue of Tin House. She was recently a runner-up/honorable mention in the 92nd St Y "Discovery" Boston Review Contest.

Joyce Sutphen (MA 1996) published the poetry collection First Words (Red Dragonfly, 2010).

Francine Marie Tolf (MFA 2006) received Honorable Mention in Nimrod's International Pablo Neruda Poetry Contest. Her memoir Joliet Girl was published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, and her first collection of poetry Rain, Lilies, Luck is out with Antrim House Press. She also was awarded a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation and has been offered a residency by Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL. Her essay "Toby and Sheeba and Turning Fifty" was published in Mary Magazine, and an excerpt from Joliet Girl appeared in Green Hills Literary Lantern.

Holly Vanderhaar (MFA 2010) published the lyric essay "Blood" in South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art.

Michael Walsh (MFA 2006) published The Dirt Riddles (University of Arkansas Press, 2010), winner of the inaugural Miller Williams Poetry Prize. His poem "Ear, Skin and Bone Riddles" was the basis for new work by Dr. Marcos Balter, Director of Composition Studies at Columbia College Chicago, premiered at Heaven Gallery in Chicago in May.

Shana Youngdahl (MFA 2006) received a mini-grant from the Iowa Arts Council while working on her poem "Of Nets," which was published by Gendun.



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