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MFA Alumni and Student News for December

12/05/12 -  

Mae Carter's  ('13) poem "Thirty Something" appeared in Lana Turner Journal's fifth issue.

Erika Dreifus '03 has been named "Facebook Writer-in-Residence" by The Association of Jewish Libraries for the month of December 2012. Visit the AJL's Facebook page  to join the conversations about Jewish literature, libraries, and writing that Erika will be hosting throughout the month. Erika's recent publications include an essay in Carte Blanche, short fiction on, book reviews in The Forward, The Jewish Journal, and Jewish Review of Books, and a poem, "Questions for the Critics," on

Steve Eoannou's ('11) story, "The Boy of the Forest Lawn," was a finalist in the Saturday Evening Post's Great American Fiction Contest. Another of his stories, "Swimming Naked," which appeared in the Young Adult Review Network (YARN), has been nominated for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Magazine Merit Award and a Pushcart Prize. Eoannuou's "The Girl in the Window," which will be publshed in Echo Ink Review,  has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Eoannou also has stories forthcoming in The MacGuffin, Rosebud, Hayden's Ferry Review, and The Saturday Evening Post.

C. David Ellard's ('12) short story, "Battle of Fort Bowyer Remix" has been published in the anthology, "War Stories," released in November. The anthology includes stories from veterans of all wars from the Korean War to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. To celebrate the launch of the anthology in accordance with Veteran's Day, a special performance was held which included spoken word artist Sally Shore, with guest cast Kyle Jones (Law and Order), Joe McGovern (Private Practice) and Brian Norris (Longmire, Castle).

Beth Garland '03 had her story "Reintegration" published in the 2012 fall edition of O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of Veterans Writing Project.  Beth has published articles on military marriage and family in and Military Spouse magazine. She currently lives in Surf City, N.C.

Rebecca Gummere's ('09) essay, "The Departure," published this year in the Gettysburg Review, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Gummere has had several other publications as well, including "Bug Brain," in Crack the Spine, and an interview with Alice Brock, "Alice is Still Cookin'", in Alimentum Journal. In October, her essay "The Memory of Trees Falling," was published in "Mountain Memoirs: An Ashe County Anthology" by Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

Annette Gendler '07 has a new piece titled, "The Privilege of Teaching Memoir" in the in the Washington Independent Review of Books. Gendler lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and three children and teaches memoir writing at Kaplan University.

Jack King's '10 short fiction story, "Kill Box," received gold in the Maryland Writer's Association short-story contest and has been selected for the Epiphany in the upcoming War edition. His stories, "The Train Doesn't Stop Here" and "The Dark Fiber" have been published in Gemini and the Oklahoma Review, respectively. In 2006 King won the Maryland Writer's Association novel contest.

Mardi Jo Link's '14 essay, "Rebecca v. Mr. Wonderful," has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  The essay originally was published in the 2011 winter edition of Creative Nonfiction and later won their Anger and Revenge essay contest.  Her essays have also appeared in Bear River Review, Detroit Free Press, and Bellingham Review. Link is the author of two crime novels, "Isadore's Secret" and "When Evil came to Good Hart." She lives on a small farm in Traverse, Michigan.

Susan Laughter Meyers '03 has three poems in the autumn 2012 issue of The Southern Review, and two in Southern Poetry Review. Her book "My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass"  won the Cider Press Review Editor's Prize and will be published in the fall of 2013.

Ron Yates '09, was recently named a finalist in the James Knudsen Editor's Prize in Fiction at Bayou Magazine. Since graduating, he has had stories and personal essays published in Bartleby Snopes, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Clapboard House, Rose & Thorn Journal, and Prime Number Magazine. Yates He currently teaches creative writing, journalism, and literature in public high schools.



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