For complete 2012 MFA student news, see the Creative Writing Program spring newsletter.
Aaron Apps published his debut poetry collection, Compos(t) Mentis, with BlazeVOX. He also has writing in issue 10 of Caketrain. He won the 2013 Gesell Award in Creative Nonfiction and shared the 2013 Gesell Award in poetry. The Gesell Awards are annual Creative Writing Program awards endowed by the Gesell family.
Isaac Butler published work in summer 2012 at Rain Taxi and The Hooded Utilitarian. He read an adaptation of his essay "Your Real Self Sings the Song" as part of The Soundtrack Series, a bi-monthly storytelling event in New York City. He continues to write and edit Parabasis, a blog dedicated to culture and politics. August 2012 featured pieces by classmates Kate Petersen and Jennifer Fossenbell on the subject of adolescence.
(Mary) Feng Sun Chen published her debut book of poetry, Butcher's Tree, with Black Ocean. A chapbook, blud, was published by Spork. She was chosen to be one of the Creative Writing Program's nominees for the AWP Intro Award in poetry.
Jonathan Escoffery received a summer 2012 DOVE Research Fellowship. Jonathan was a DOVE Fellow for 2011-2012. He used his $4000 stipend last summer to travel and do thesis research and writing in Jamaica.
Jennifer Fossenbell published a poem, "Coxswain," in Issue Five of ILK. Her essay "46 Tapes" is also up in the Adolescence Issue of Parabasis.
Chrissy Friedlander shared the 2013 Gesell Award in poetry. The Gesell Awards are annual Creative Writing Program awards endowed by the Gesell family. She has poetry forthcoming from Big Lucks and a short story forthcoming in Paper Darts. Also, she and Adriane Quinlan co-curated the piece "WHAT I IMAGINE TIM GUNN THINKS OF THE MANUSCRIPT I'M CURRENTLY WRITING," which appears on The Hairpin.
Kate Johnston was chosen to be the Creative Writing Program's nominee for the AWP Intro Award in creative nonfiction.
Katherine Lee shared the Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize for Poetry. The judge was Garrison Keillor.
Carrie Lorig published a review of Raul Zurita's Dreams for Kurosawa and Diane Wald's Wonderbender online at HTMLgiant in November. She will be contributing an essay on the poet Myung Mi Kim for an anthology of American experimental female poets published by the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics, due out in 2014. She also has an essay forthcoming on Maya Deren's Divine Horsemen for Delirious Hem's round of Chick Flix essays. Finally, she has two poems forthcoming in Mixed Fruit and is a semifinalist for the magazine's Carson Poetry Prize.
Elizabeth O'Brien published poetry in The Pinch, The Drum, and Everyday Genius. She was chosen to be one of the Creative Writing Program's nominees for the AWP Intro Award in poetry.
Scott Parker shared the Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize for Poetry. The judge was Garrison Keillor.
Carl Peaslee won the 2013 Gesell Award in fiction. The Gesell Awards are annual Creative Writing Program awards endowed by the Gesell family.
Kate Petersen's story "Lake Owen" will appear in the winter issue of Western Humanities Review, and her essay "Someone Else's Mail" is up at New England Review Digital. Her story, "To Certain Men in Certain Cities that I've Left," appears in the fall issue of Corium. She was chosen to be the Creative Writing Program's nominee for the AWP Intro Award in fiction.
Nasir Sakandar has poems forthcoming in Alice Blue Review and SWINE. He published poems in Hayden's Ferry Review and La Fovea.
Victoria Scher won a University Global Spotlight MA, Professional, Doctoral International Grant for her project "Tarahumara Politics in Chihuahua City: Stories of Urban Nuráami."
Nicky Tiso's paper on guerrilla poetry and public space has been accepted for the Ecopoetics conference at the University of California, Berkeley, in February 2013. He shared the Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize for Poetry. The judge was Garrison Keillor.
Elisabeth Workman will publish her debut collection of poems, Ultramegaprairieland, in 2014 with Bloof Books.
Congratulations to MFA in Creative Writing 2012 graduates: Elizabeth Abbot, Lucas de Lima, Sarah Fox, Alex Grant, Amir Hussain, Chris Keimig, David Malley, Wahida Omar, Claire Stanford, Molly Sutton Kiefer, and Andrea Uptmor.