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October 5, 2011

Two New Alumni Novels!

Two recent graduates of the MFA Program at the University of Minnesota, Amy Shearn and Amanda Coplin, will publish novels in 2013. Amy Shearn's novel, tentatively titled "The Double Life of Jenny Lipkin," will be published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Shearn's first novel, "How Far is the Ocean From Here?" was published by Shaye Areheart Books. Amanda Coplin is a former Provincetown Fellow. Her debut novel, "The Orchardist" will be published by Harper Collins in 2013 after a heated auction between seven publishing houses in New York. "The Orchardist" was Amanda's MFA Thesis.

October 3, 2011

Elisabeth Workman's (MFA, 2014) manuscript ULTRAMEGAPRAIRIELAND was short-listed in two competitions--a semi-finalist in Alice James Books' 2011 Beatrice Hawley Awards and a finalist in the Subito Press 2011 Book Awards. Elisabeth is a first-year MFA in the Creative Writing Program. She has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and a 2011 McKnight Fellowship in Poetry.

New Book by MFA Student

MFA Sarah Fox ('12) will have her second collection of poetry, Mother Substance, published by Coffee House Press in fall 2012. Sarah received a Graduate Research Partnership Program grant in summer 2011 to assist her in writing and researching the book. She also received a Gesell Summer Residency at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota. Fox spent the time intensively writing the manuscript. Her previous collection of poetry, Because Why, was also published by Coffee House Press. Sarah is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bush Foundation. Poems from Because Why have appeared in Bloomsbury Review, Jacket, jubilat, Verse, and other journals. safe_image.php.jpeg

September 15, 2011

MFA Program Named #10 in Nation

Poets & Writers Magazine has listed our MFA Program as #10 in the nation in their 2012 program rankings! http://www.pw.org/content/2012_mfa_rankings_the_top_fifty

While we have been as high as #3 and drifted around in the teens, we are plenty happy to be #10. This year, we expect admissions to the program continue to rise with the addition of Peter Campion, our new Assistant Professor of Poetry. Campion was recently awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Last year, we received 467 applications to the MFA and we will shoot over 500 this year. Our current students are being published in a staggering amount of literary journals (and even publishing debut books while in the program, a la second-year poet Mary Feng Chen, whose first book will be published by Black Ocean Press in January 2012). Our alumni have published over 99 books and chapbooks since 1997, and that tally doesn't include three new books coming out this fall and in spring 2012 (Nate Slawson, Lauren Fox, Shana Youngdahl). The dedicated and generous faculty mentoring our students? Here's a list of our stellar faculty writers: Charles Baxter, Julie Schumacher, Regents Professor Patricia Hampl, Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether, Ray Gonzalez, Maria Damon, Dan Philippon, Peter Campion and David Treuer.

May 12, 2011

End-of-Year Student News

The following students were recognized by the Creative Writing Program with the following prizes:

Gesell Award in Fiction: Edward McPherson
Gesell Award in Poetry: Feng Sun Chen
Gesell Award in Nonfiction: Gwyn Fallbrooke and Sally Franson
2011 GRPP Summer Recipients: Kate Johnston and Sarah Fox
Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize for Poetry: Colleen Coyne
Marcella Debourg Fellowships: Wahida Omar and Andrea Uptmor
2011 Anderson Center Summer Residencies: Sarah Fox and Chris Keimig
Michael Dennis Browne Summer Fellowship in Poetry: Alex Grant
2011 Scribe for Human Rights: Claire Stanford
2011 Best New Poets Anthology Nominees: Feng Sun Chen and Lucas de Lima
AWP Intro Journal Award Honorable Mention in Nonfiction: Isaac Butler
Outstanding Composition Instructor, Fall 2010: Jonah Charney-Sirott.

Also, some recent publication news by our current MFAs...

Lucas de Lima's poems "Broken Hummingbird Heart," "OurSpace," "Your Valley: My Anus," and "Wax Brazilian" were just accepted by Spork Press. His poem "Set Fire to Grass. Ana Maria Wants a Shrine" is also forthcoming in Metazen.

Kate Petersen's interview with James Salter is featured on The Paris Review's blog for James Salter Month. Her short story "Ground Rules" has also been accepted for publication in the Los Angeles Review.

Brian Laidlaw's poems "Elegy for the Analog Self" and "Elegy for the Analog Clock" will appear in an upcoming issue of PANK.

Sally Franson was recently awarded second place in the Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Competition for her feature story entitled, "hello, cancer."

Sarah Fox and Lucas de Lima have 8 poems each in the new issue of Action! Yes.

Lucas de Lima will also be exhibiting drawings and poems in RADIANCE, a group art show featuring NYC and Minneapolis artists at Madame, 3405 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis. The opening is on Friday, April 15th at 8pm. Additional gallery hours on Saturday (2-8pm) and Sunday (1-5pm).

Brian Laidlaw's poem "A Partial List of Schoolyard Games" has been accepted for publication by 32 Poems.

Colleen McCarthy's poems "Hide" and "Cellar" are in the current issue of Midway Journal.

March 1, 2011

Catching Up: Some Spring 2011 Student Accomplishments

Long time, no speak, and yet our candidates continue their strong performances outside of the classroom. Check out some of our current student accomplishments after the jump.

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August 19, 2010

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...

August 13, 2010

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."