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MFA in Creative Writing Student-Alumni News, June 2013

By Rachel Newbury06/24/13 -  


Mary Akers' ('03) newest collection of short stories Bones of an Inland Sea is due out in August by Press 53.

Daniel Romo's ('12) newest collection of poems Romancing Gravity was published in May by Silver Birch Press.

Ann Hillesland's ('09) flash fiction piece "When" was published at Pithead Chapel in Volume 2, Issue 6.  Her short story, "Pique Assiette," was published in the May edition of Stirring.

Brad Windhauser's ('12) short story "Hope" is available on-line at the Santa Fe Writers Project Journal.

Kelly Simmons' ('10) short story "Luck" was recently published in the print edition of Prick of the Spindle, Issue 4.

Hope Coulter's ('11) poem "The Burial" is now available in the online journal of Heron Tree. Her poem "Lyrebird" appears in the current issue of Town Creek.

Jack King's ('10) short story "Identification Please" was published in the latest version of Forge. His story, "Profile Picture Attached" is available in the Sand Hill Review, and "Kill Box" is available in the latest issue of Epiphany.

Zack Smith ('11) has recently optioned his first screenplay, Wide Right Knight. One of his latest scripts, The Idea of Fireflies, is currently a Top 10 Finalist in 'Writers on the Storm.' Several of Zack's other screenwriting projects have been honored at film festivals in New York, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Las Vegas.

Amy Myer's ('14) short story "Cripple Creek" will appear in the Summer 2013 edition of Sixfold, available in both print and online.

Jeff Hess's ('05) new anthology Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand published by Press 53 is the follow-up to 2009's award-winning anthology, Home of the Brave: Stories in Uniform. The new book focuses on America's military experience in Iraq and Afghanistan so far this century. In addition to being edited by Queens MFA alum, Jeffery Hess, this book features stories by Queens MFA Director, Fred Leebron, as well as alums Tracy Crow, Kevin C. Jones, Jim Walke, and Jack King. A portion of proceeds from the book will help fund the DD-214 Writers' Workshop, which Hess established in 2007. See more here:

Sheila R. Lamb ('13) is the journal editor for Santa Fe Writer's Project.

Jessica Handler's ('06) new book, Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing Through Grief and Loss is due out in December by St. Martins Press.

Stephen G. Eoannou's ('11) short story "Swimming Naked" was awarded an Honor Certificate from The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. His story "Slip Kid" will be featured in Hunger Mountain's upcoming masculinity-themed issue.

Dominique Traverse Locke's ('12) first collection of poems, a chapbook entitled The Goodbye Child, was published by Aldrich Publishing in late spring of 2012. Her second book, a full length poetry collection, No More Hard Times debuted in late 2012 from Alabaster Leaves Press. Two of her manuscripts were finalists in the Press 53 Open Awards, one of which won the poetry category. Her poem, "Thumb," was a finalist in the poetry category of the STILL: The Journal 2012 Writing Contests. Additionally, her poem "By Late July" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012.

Sam Wilson's ('10) short story, "Pee Water Springs" was published in Willow Springs earlier this year.

Tripp Reade's ('08) essay "On Bruno Schulz's The Street of Crocodiles" was published in the Lost and Found section of the 2013 Summer Reading issue of Tin House.  He also has flash fiction piece, "Uncanny Future Tales Presents,"  at the Flash Fridays section of the Tin house blog.

Torrie Valentine ('11) has been named a Cave Canem fellow and the Boston Review nominated her poem: "To the White Woman on the Plane..." , for the Best New Poets Anthology 2013.  Her poems have also appeared in Mythium: Journal of Contemporary Literature, Cavalier Literary Couture, Best of the Bean Anthology and forthcoming in Dismantled:  An Anthology of Writers of Color. She has completed her first collection of poetry and is currently working on a Chapbook of poems.

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