Liz Ahl’s chapbook, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, won the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook competition and has been published in a handbound/numbered edition of 500. She is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. (MFA 1995)
Pitt faculty member Jeanne Marie Laskas appeared on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show, talking about the changes in the world of magazine publishing and what effects, if any, are being felt in graduate creative writing programs. Listen in.
Gregory Lawless’s debut book of poems, I Thought I was New Here, will be published by BlazeVOX in 2009. (B.A. 2001)
Ashleigh Pederson (M.F.A 2009) had a story accepted at The Iowa Review. "Small and Heavy World" will appear in the August 2009 issue.
The English translation of Horacio Castellanos Moya’s Senselessness made NPR’s Best Foreign Fiction of 2008 list!
"Hunters," a short story by Eugene Cross (MFA 2005), is out in Hobart.
David James Keaton's (MFA Fiction, 2010) short story "Nine Cops Killed For A Goldfish Cracker" appears in the new Comet Press dark crime anthology The Death Panel. His online publications in 2009 included fiction in Thuglit, Espresso Stories, Big Pulp, Six Sentences, Pulp Pusher, and Crooked. A review of his work is available here.
Two essays by Joshua Schriftman (MFA Nonfiction, 2010) have just been accepted for publication. "How to Build Your Own Labyrinth" was accepted for publication in The Pinch, and "On Silence" was accepted by The Ninth Letter.
Emily Testa (MFA Fiction, 2009) breaks down Papirmasse Magazine for The Walrus.
"Eschaton," by Jonathan Callard (MFA Nonfiction, 2010) has been chosen for publication in an upcoming issue of Arts & Letters.
An essay by Emily Stone (MFA Nonfiction, 2010), "On the Occasional Importance of a Ceiling Fan," was recently cited among the "Notable Travel Writing of 2008" in The Best American Travel Writing 2009, edited by Simon Winchester. "On the Occasional Importance of a Ceiling Fan" was also included in the Best Travel Writing 2008, published by Travelers' Tales.
"Clear Blue Michigan Sky" written by Robert Yune (MFA Fiction, 2008) will appear in volume 23 of Green Mountains Review.
Carolyn Kellogg (MFA Fiction, 2008) has recently been named a judge for the prestigious Story Prize, along with author A.M. Homes and librarian Bill Kelly.
Each year, The Story Prize selects its judges from fields associated with short fiction. Past judges have included writers, editors, booksellers, librarians, and critics. Larry Dark, director of The Story Prize, and Julie Lindsey, who founded The Story Prize in 2004, will select the three story collections from which the judges will choose. The winner will be announced at The Story Prize Awards Ceremony on March 3, 2010 at The New School.
The Story Prize is an annual book award for short story collections written in English and published in the U.S. during a calendar year. The winner receives $20,000, and each finalist receives $5,000. Previous winners include works by Edwidge Danticat, Patrick O'Keeffe, Mary Gordon, Jim Shepard, and last year's winner, Tobias Wolff.
Kellogg, a critic for the Los Angeles Times, has recently interviewed Sherman Alexie, reviewed Nick Hornby and spoken to the Guardian about Lorrie Moore. You can also catch her Interviewing Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, and James Ellroy.
“Working Stiffed,” by Lisa A. Phillips (MFA 1998), appears in The Boston Globe Magazine.
The English translation of Senselessness, a novel by visiting writer Horacio Castellanos Moya, has been released. Read about it here in City Paper .
Peter Oresick’s most recent book of poetry, Warhol-O-Rama, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press on August 6, 2008, the occasion of Andy Warhol’s 80th birthday. Peter is currently coordinator of the Chatham University Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing and lecturer in Pitt’s Creative Writing Program.
Eugene Cross (MFA 2005) attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Middlebury, Vermont, where he attended a workshop led by Robert Boswell and served many drinks to many thirsty writers.
MFA student Emily Stone's piece, "On the Occasional Importance of a Ceiling Fan," recently appeared in the Best Travel Writing 2009 anthology (Traveler’s Tales). Stone, a former New Yorker who has also lived in Guatemala and Australia, has seen her work appear in a wide variety of places, from Travel + Leisure magazine to her own blog, Chocolate in Context.
We have more good news about upcoming publications from Visiting Lecturer Robin Clarke. Fresh from having three poems appear in the journal Sentence, Clarke will also have two poems in the April issue of the magazine Fence. The titles of the poems are "The missing silicone in valley" and "This descent less decisive." Clarke, who teaches Composition and works at the Writing Center, also holds received two graduate degrees from Pitt: an MA in Literature and an MFA in Poetry.
Discipline by Dawn Lundy Martin, selected for publication in 2011 by Fanny Howe, recently won the 2009 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize.
Fanny Howe writes:
“These poems are dense and deep. They are necessary, and hot on the eye. I was reminded of Leslie Scalapino, the sensitivity to the surrounding arrangements and to human suffering. There is no distance from Martin’s subject, but immersion and emotional conflict. Discipline is what it took to write such a potent set of poems.”
For more information on Dawn Lundy Martin, an Associate Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program, please visit her faculty biography.
How do we encounter the many hours past twilight? We understand
that the light is something other, that / it catapults us toward a desire or two if we’re lucky. But, lately, daylight eats itself, and is percussive/ in its chewing, a carnival of curses and thumps. Nothing is wrong. In / the hours after the whinny of the long train passing, we continue to/ think, how special we are, how born and cosmic, how just plain indi-/vidual, but it is not enough. Nothing out there. Everything out there./What does it matter then, if the body climbs into a plastic car, drives/into a deserted driveway and becomes another self? Elsewhere: One/body found. One policeman shot. One 4-year-old girl shot. Teeter,/ tweeter, la, la, la, la, la. I am the I watching the I lift. Roads are short/with darkness. I think, this is what they mean when they say, Savage.
HarperCollins India proudly presents its newest release, Cloud Nine Minus One, by Pitt MFA Alumnus Sangeeta Mall (MFA Fiction, 2007).
Mall's debut novel has already been garnering great reviews, as evidenced by a recent write-up in India Today:
The novel, an inquiry into "friendship, relationships, nostalgia and moving on," tells the story of a woman caught between her husband and the memories of long-lost love.