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While we usually don't like to toot our own horn, the fact is that our students, alums, and faculty succeed.  We publish; we win awards; we accept stellar jobs.  Here are the latest updates.  Check out our archives for past achievements.

Highlights from our Nov 2013 update:

  • 2013 High Plains Book Award in Poetry
  • The Missouri Review’s audio contest for prose
  • Four books
  • Two notable essay in Best American Essays
  • Fifty-five publications
  • International recognition


Ron McFarland has won the Victor J. Emmett Memorial Award for his essay “The World's Most Interesting Man.” This annual Midwest Quarterly award recognizes the best essay on a literary topic.  One of Ron’s poems, “At the Carnival,” is being reprinted in CutBank's 40th anniversary anthology. Finally, Ron has a short story, “The Art of Apology,” forthcoming in Coe Review and an essay, “Paperboy,” forthcoming in Florida English.

Daniel Orozco’s short story "Only Connect" will be included in Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon, a new collection from Lookout Books.

Brandon Schrand’s essay "Esto Perpetua" was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2013.

Alexandra Teague continues to publish poems from her forthcoming collection, The Wise and Foolish Builders. The Missouri Review will publish five of the poems later this winter. Alexandra also has poems forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Poetic Research, The Threepenny Review, The Florida Review, Subtropics and Conte. Alexandra, along with three other U of Idaho faculty (Stacy Isenbarger, Belle Baggs and Kristin Elgersma), received a UI Student Fine Arts Fee Grant for a collaborative project "Play Like a Girl," which explores boundaries and projections for women in the arts. They are working toward a Spring 2014 performance.

Robert Wrigley will travel this fall to support his latest books The Church of Omnivorous Light and Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems. Along with readings in Montana, Missouri and Vermont, Bob will also conduct readings and lectures at the Scottish Poetry Library, the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Newcastle and Hull.


Alex Baldwin (poetry ’15) is co-writer of Innovation By Design: A Field Guide in Switzerland 2013. Additionally, Alex acted as a consultant and contributor for Pilgrimage, an upcoming BBC documentary. The second part of this trilogy will air in November.

Katherine Ellison’s (non-fiction ’14) essay “Going to Court" will be published in 34th Parallel.

Eric Greenwell (poetry ’14) will conduct a reading and lecture at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Towsend, WA. The lecture concerns the influence of translation on English poetry and imagination.

Zana Previti’s (poetry ’16) latest short stories can be found in The Potomac Review, Burrow Press Review, and Hayden's Ferry Review. She also has a poem in RHINO Poetry 2013. Zana is a finalist for fiction contests at the New Orleans Review and Northwind Magazine.

Shawn Rubenfeld’s (fiction ’14) "Rain Delay" was published in SmokeLong Quarterly. He also had a story, "A Boy Called Fish," published in the TheNewerYork Press. Shawn will present a paper at the SAMLA conference in Atlanta next month, where he also serves as chair of the fiction writers’ panel. 


Daniel Berkner’s (poetry ‘09) "Fear in a Handful of Dust" appears in the latest Crab Orchard Review.

Craig Buchner’s (fiction ’10) short story "Last Days at Wolfjaw" was published in Tin House, while his story, "Life Without Fire," was a finalist for the Glimmer Train Summer Open Fiction Contest.  He has forthcoming stories in Hobart, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Fiction Southeast.  

Paula Coomer’s (’99) latest book, Blue Moon Vegetarian, will be released on November 20.

Sayantani Dasgupta (’09) was recently invited to be a prose editor for Crab Creek Review. She will conduct a reading (along with David Thacker) for the Beacon Hill Reading Series at Spokane’s Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities; she will also read at Port Townsend’s Northwind Arts Center. Later in the spring she will teach nonfiction and poetry workshops at The Writers' Workshoppe. 

Cynthia Hollenbeck’s (’04) latest poetry collection is Suede: A Collection of Poetry.

Jeffrey Jones’ (non-fiction ’05) poem "Ganesha's Vehicle" appears in Sliver of Stone Magazine.

Annie Lampman’s (fiction ’09) "The Art of Containment" will be published by Dunes Review. Two other works, “Growth” and “Ben’s Poem,” will be published by wordriver literary review.

Jerry Mathes’ (fiction ’08) memoir Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life On Fire was released this fall. His poem "After the Boom" has been included in English: Standards 8, a text book for teaching English in India and South Asia. Jerry has also been publishing satire pieces for The Glossy News.

Jory Mickelson (poetry ’13) has poems forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Glassworks: A Magazine of Literature and Art, and Fjords Review. His poem “Grocery Store Cruising" will be included in the anthology, Between: New Gay Poetry, while "mezzo eta" will be appearing in the Fjords Review multimedia project “Poetry in Public.” Jory’s poem "Lullaby" was featured as part of an interactive tiny house / poetry art exhibit put on by the Threshold Collective in Vermont. Jory spent part of the summer as a Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow in Poetry at their Writing Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices.

Sean Prentiss (non-fiction ’05) has recently had essays, stories and poems published in Thin Air, Quarter After Eight, New Madrid, Poetry Quarterly, Vermont Literary Review, Turtle Island Review, The Meadow, Squalorly, Riverlit, Steam Ticket, Passages North, Sou'wester, REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, Cease, Cows, and Crack the Spine. An academic essay on Charles Bowden's "Torch Song" has been published in Essay Daily. Sean’s journalism can be found at Backcountry Magazine and the Norwich Record. Finally, Sean was recently interviewed by Conversations Across Borders.  

Georgia Tiffany’s (poetry ’04) “Trouble With Holy Places” was recently published in Hubbub.

 Anna Vodicka’s (non-fiction ’10) audio essay "In Search of Magic Kingdoms" won The Missouri Review’s audio contest for prose. Additionally, her essay "As Seen On TV!" was selected as a notable essay in the latest Best American Essays.

Joe Wilkins’ (poetry ’07) second book of poems Notes From the Journey Westward won the 2013 High Plains Book Award in Poetry. His next collection of poems, Far Enough: A Western in Fragments, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in late 2014. He has new work in recent or forthcoming issues of The Utne ReaderTupelo QuarterlyRiver Styx, Blackbird, and Draft. 

Matt Zambito’s (nonfiction ‘11) poetry collection The Fantastic Congress of Oddies will be published next March. His chapbook Guy Talk is available from Finishing Line Press. Two poems, “Choir of Tubas” and “The Sun,” are forthcoming in Kestrel.



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