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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...

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