Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Good News Round-up

Good news has been coming at a fast pace and I've fallen behind on posting it all. Here's what I've got to date:


First, congratulations to former Institute fiction fellow, Susanna Daniel, whose forthcoming book Stiltsville has been chosen by Barnes & Noble for its Discover New Writers program.

James Crews (MFA poetry) has a poem up in Booth.

Current Fellow Michael Sheehan has a story in the current print issue of Conjunctions. Entitled "Jean Takes a Moment to Respond," this was the story Michael submitted in support of his fellowship application. The story Michael read at his fellow's reading, "The Horror," was also accepted by Conjunctions and will appear in a later issue.

Former Institute fiction fellow Anthony Doerr breezed in late last Friday and left at dawn on Sunday--but on Saturday we kept him busy every minute. He had lunch with MFAs, met with Fellows, dined with the good folks of The Madison Review, and gave a fantastic reading of a new story at Brochach's Pub--if you were there, you know why I chose the picture of Tony with a big fish. As usual, standing room only.

And speaking of the reading at Brochach's, it was in honor of The Madison Review's 30th anniversary. Happy birthday to a great literary review run exclusively by its undergraduate staffers.

Finally, I recently caught up with former Institute poetry fellow Eric Burger whose good news includes work in current issues of Gulf Coast, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Phoebe; a Poem of the Week on the Missouri Review's website (the week being that of 4-13-10); his Ph.D in lit and creative writing (old news, actually, since he acquired it in 2006); and last but hardly least, his adorable little daughter June.

Please write to me if I've forgotten your news or if you have new news--or old news we missed.

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