From The Atlantic to the Pacific: MFA Faculty and Student Work Published in Auspicious Places

Monday, February 23 2009

Feb. 23, 2009


Media Contact: Joni Kirk, University Communications, (208) 885-7725,


Written by Donna Emert


From The Atlantic to the Pacific: MFA Faculty and Student Work Published in Auspicious Places


MOSCOW, Idaho – Faculty and students in the University of Idaho's Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing continue to produce compelling poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Their work can be found in literary publications nationwide.


Recent publications include:


MFA Faculty

Poet Robert Wrigley and fiction writer Daniel Orozco appear in the recently released double issue of Ecotone. The volume includes Wrigley’s poems, “Rumor of Bears” and “Hailstorm in the Mountains,” and Orozco’s story, “Only Connect.” 


Wrigley’s poem, “Duff,” appears in the current issue of Orion and “Cemetery Moles,” in the March issue of The Atlantic. The Atlantic is recognized as one of the flagship literary magazines in the nation.


As recently noted, Kim Barnes has sold her third novel, "American Mecca," to Alfred J. Knopf; and Mary Clearman Blew has won The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s 2009 Western Heritage Award for her first novel, "Jackalope Dreams."


MFA Students

Andrew Millar placed his short story, "The Feeling Will Pass," in The Griffin, a journal out of Gwynedd-Mercy College in Pennsylvania. It will appear in the 2009 issue.


Laura Powers' poem, "Nelly Ternan's Bonfire of Invisibility," is forthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review.


David Thacker has two poems, “Autonomy" and "French Prisoner of War Bone Ship, 1807," in The American Poetry Journal. 


The University of Idaho’s unique MFA program is delivered by the writers and poets producing some of Idaho’s greatest contemporary literature. Much of that work has been recognized nationally and globally. University of Idaho MFA faculty also nurture a next generation of great writers. For more information on the program, visit  

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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit