Wrigley Earns Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award
University of Idaho Department of English professor Robert Wrigley has won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association book award for his poetry collection "Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems." The PNBA Awards Committee wrote about the book: "Vividly evoking the natural world and that most complex of beasts, the human, who stumbles and dances through it, Robert Wrigley's ninth collection of poetry is a quietly illuminating and richly pleasurable read. He deftly joins story and song in these moving, wry, thought-provoking poems."

Daniel Orozco
has enjoyed a fantastic response to his short story collection, Orientation and Other Stories.  While the book has received numerous awards and positive reviews (see below, as well as September’s kudos email), his Whiting Writers’ Award tops the list. This is a top-shelf literary award, given annually to writers of exceptional talent and promise.  The award marks Daniel as one of our nation’s top writers – a well-deserved commendation for this fine writer and teacher.

As for Orientation, it was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, nominated for the Story Prize, was a Vogue Magazine Summer Fiction Pick, and has been featured in Amazon’s Best Books of the Month. Orientation continues to receive favorable reviews, including starred reviews in the Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews, and reviews in Publishers Weekly, The Toronto Star, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Ploughshares, Stanford Magazine, and Men’s Journal. Daniel was also interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace.  While this is quite a list, please see our September kudos email for additional awards and reviews that the collection received. 

Kim Barnes’ latest novel, In the Kingdom of Men, will be released in May.  It is available now for pre-order at various online merchants.  Her essay, “On Language: A Short Meditation,” which was published in the anniversary issue of Fugue, was featured as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2011. 

Alexandra Teague has published poems in Slate, Cimarron Review, and Field.  For a preview of her forthcoming collection, Winchester Series, check out this month’s Seattle Review, who will publish a series of poems from the new manuscript.

Sayantani Dasgupta’s essay, “Fire Girl,” was published in December’s Gulf Stream. Her forthcoming essays include “Touching Down,” to be published in About Journal and “The House of Nails,” to be published in the February issue of Conversations Across Borders.

David Thacker’s poem, “Haloed Flotsam,” has been accepted at Ploughshares and will appear in the winter 2012 issue.



Joe Wilkins (poetry ‘07) has several books to announce. His collection of poems, Killing the Murnion Dogs, was released this last November from Black Lawrence Press. His memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press in March of 2012. His second book of poems, Notes from the Journey Westward, winner of the 17th Annual White Pine Press Prize, will be published in late 2012. You can find his poems, stories, and essays in current and forthcoming issues of Indiana Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, High Country News, Orion, and Slate.

Jerry Mathes (fiction ’08) is happy to report that his memoir, Ahead of the Flaming Front, has been accepted for publication by Caxton Press. It is due out in March 2013.

Jerry’s essay, “Hand-Me Down War Stories,” that originally appeared in The Southern Review (2009) had a Special Mention in Pushcart Prize Anthology XXXV, and was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2010, will be anthologized in That Mad Game: Growing Up During a Time of War (forthcoming May 2012). His essay, “Playing ‘The Lonely Bull,’” which was originally drafted for Kim Barnes’ Techniques of Non-Fiction class at the U of Idaho, has just been accepted for publication at The Sun.

Ciara Shuttleworth’s (poetry ’11) poem, “Sestina,” which was originally published in The New Yorker, will be included in two textbooks: The Practice of Creative Writing: A guide for Students, due out this month, and the 11th Edition of The Norton Introduction to Literature, to be published next year. 

Stephanie Lenox (poetry ‘04) was featured in an interview in The Fertile Source"Limitations, Imitations, and Haiku as Form of Expansion: an Interview with Poet Stephanie Lenox."  

Anna Vodicka (poetry ’10) had her essay, "An Open Letter to People on Airplanes Who've Tried to Convert Me," published in Airplane Reading. Her essay, “As Seen on TV!” will be published in Ninth Letter, and her essay, “Aerial Perspectives on Plumbing, Heating and Electrical,” is forthcoming in The Iowa Review.

Laura Powers’ (poetry ‘09) chapbook, Speak, is in its initial pressrun with Finishing Line Press.  Laura will be a visiting editor at Blood Orange Review this semester.


Lisa LaughlinCongratulations! Lisa Laughlin, a senior majoring in English with an empahsis in creative writing, was named the 2013 Student Employee of the Year first runner up. Lisa has worked as the assistant web coordinator for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences since she was a freshman. Among her main responsibilties are researching and writing feature stories that highlight student achievement, faculty research, and unique programs and events in the college.

Cara Stoddard (non-fiction ’13) is delighted to announce that her essay, “Krummholz,” was chosen as the first-place winner in Flyway’s Notes from the Field Contest.  It will be featured in their upcoming issue.

Jory Mickelson’s (poetry  ‘13) chapbook, Slow Depth, will be published in February by Winged City Chapbooks, a division of New Sins Press based in Toledo, Ohio.  His essay on Walt Whitman, “Stranger if you Passing Meet Me,” appears in the Fall 2011 issue of RFD Magazine.  Jory has eight poems published in this month’s Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry.  Additionally, his poem, “Coma Berenices,” will be published in A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, published by University of Akron Press, and his poem, “I Can’t Tell You Every Story,” will appear in February’s issue of Knockout Literary journal.  Finally, his poem, "So Careful After," made the commendable list for the 2012 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition. 

Sonya Dunning (non-fiction ’13) has an irregular form piece, "Smoker's Dream," published in the current issue of Sleet Magazine.

Amy Ross (fiction ’12) had a short story, “Summer Salad,” published in the fall 2011 issue of 5x5, while her academic essay, "Revisiting the Body in Pain: The Rhetoric of Modern Masochism," has been accepted for publication in Sexuality & Culture.

Amy Whitcomb (fiction ’13) had her poem, "Having Woken Blank Again," accepted for publication in Flyway.

Shawn Rubenfeld (fiction ’14) has enjoyed success with poetry and fiction.  You can find his poem, “Reflection,” in the 2011 Westchester Review, his short story, “Martha and the Manuscript,” in the fall 2011 issue of The Colored Lens, and his short story, “Turn Around” in the 2011 issue of Paper Nautilus.