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MFA Alumni and Student News for November

11/27/12 -   Jenny Billings Beaver's '10  poetry chapbook, Ordinary Things, has been published by Folded Word. The chapbook contains poems observing the mundane every day, from sitting in church to talking on the telephone.  These observations are transformed into extraordinary perceptions, reflecting on life and fate.

Beaver has been featured in many literary publications including Sliver of Stone, Poets for Living Waters, Girls with Insurance, Penwood Review, and more. She is an English professor the English Division Chair at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College


Ellen Birkett Morris '14 will have a story appearing in the 2013 issue of The Antioch Review. She is also the author of Surrender, a poetry chapbook just out from Finishing Line Press, and has fiction published in the Notre Dame Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, and South Carolina Review. Morris's poetry has been published in Thin Air Magazine  and Clackamas Literary Review. In 2006 Morris was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her poem, Origins. She currently lives in Louisville


Susan Laughter Meyers's '03 forthcoming book of poetry, My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass won the Cider Press Review Editor's Prize and will be published in 2013. This will be Meyer's second book publication, following Keep and Give Away, which was selected for South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. Her other poems have been seen in Beliot Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, and more.


Donna Kaz's '14 poem, To Walk in L.A. was published in Stepway Magazine this October. She also has several poems coming out in the November edition of Trivia: The Voices of Feminism.  Besides being a poet, Kaz is also a playwright and lyricist. Her work has been a part of the York Festival, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Other publications include Lilith, Turning Wheel and the Women's Studies Quarterly.


Crystal Smith's '12 chapbook, Routes Home, received third place honorable mention in the 2012 New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition and will be published in 2013.


Jack King's '10 short fiction piece, Kill Box, was selected for first place in Maryland's Writer's Association contest in October 2012 


Elizabeth Swann's '10 chapbook, Port Desire, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2013. Swann's writing has been featured in Inkwell, Ruminate Magazine, and  Pine Mountain Sand & Grave, among others. She was a runner up in the Chicago Tribune's Printer's Row Poetry Contest. She currently teaches English and Journalism in Fort Mill, South Carolina.


Valerie Nieman '04 had several recent publications, including a travel essay, "Abracadabra: Ernest and Miguel and O. Henry and Me" in Marco Polo Arts Magazine, an essay on the poetry of Sarah Lindsay in the October issue of O. Henry Magazine; and poems in The Solo Café double issue on Teachers and Students. She has published three novels and has been seen in several other publications such as the North Carolina Literary Review and New Letters. Her novel, Blood Clay, won the 2012 Eric Hoffer Award. Neiman teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University and is the poetry editor of Prime Numbers magazine.







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