August 2010 Archives

A Pretty Big Year for MFA Alums...

This is going to be an excellent year for publications by MFA alums! Kevin Fenton won the 2010 AWP Award for the Novel last spring; the novel, Merit Badges, is due out in January 2011 from New Issues Press....Stephanie Johnson's debut collection poetry, Kinesthesia, is due this fall from New Rivers Press. Stephanie won the "New Voices" Award from NRP...Both Arlene Kim and Eireann Lorsung have poetry collections coming in Spring 2011 from Milkweed Editions...Matt Burgess' debut novel, Dogfight, out this fall from Doubleday, is already winning praise in Publisher's Weekly and comparisons to Jonathan Lethem and Richard Price... Francine Tolf's warm and frank memoir, Joliet Girl (North Star Press) is a careful and rich retelling of her childhood in Joliet, Illinois in the sixties and seventies....Alex Lemon's memoir, Happy, continues to do well. He has a new collection of poetry out from Milkweed Editions, Fancy Beasts...And Swati Avasthi's debut young adult novel, Split, is racking up awards left and right...

Regents Professor Patricia Hampl's New Show

Regents Professor Patricia Hampl will present her new show, "The Big Time--F. Scott Fitzgerald," a staged essay about Fitzgerald's love/hate relationship with literary ambition and success on Saturday, September 18, 8 pm, Fitzgerald Theatre in downtown Saint Paul. Music by Dan Chouinard and friends (including a visit by singer Blake Hazzard, Fitzgerald's great-granddaughter, who will perform a song). This show continues Professor Hampl's longstanding interest in and love for Saint Paul-ite F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hampl is also the editor of "The Saint Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald."

MFA Alum's Debut Novel Lauded in Publisher's Weekly

2009 MFA alum Matt Burgess's debut novel, Dogfight, has been chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of the top ten debuts for fall 2010.

Burgess has also been selected by Barnes and Noble as "Discover Great New Writers Pick." In addition to a national tour, Burgess will be a visitor to the popular undergraduate course EngW 1101 Introduction to Creative Writing. He will read from his work and discuss "Dialogue in Fiction."

Julie Schumacher Awarded Bellagio Residency

Professor Julie Schumacher has been awarded a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy for one month in 2011. Schumacher's project while in residency will focus on a collection of short stories, Passengers. s

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