MAPH Alums from the inaugural Class of 1997 have been checking in over the past week. I’ll be talking with Adam Richardson, based in San Francisco–where he is Strategy Director for Marketing at Frog Design–tomorrow. In what must be a copious amount of spare time, Adam blogs about design at Amphibious Blog. This very morning, he published a short piece on Failure (no matter what you might hear, Failure is Failure)on the Harvard Business Review‘s blog. And in the video above, find him talking about “misfits,” Space Tourism, and software at the 2010 TEDx Taipei.
(Oh, just by the way, he also wrote Innovation X: Why a Company’s Toughest Problems are Also its Greatest Advantages).
It kind of makes me want to go for a run, or do some pushups, or at least think in a sustained way about something for more than five seconds.
Archaia’s beautiful edition of Andrew Rostan’s (MAPH 2010) “An Elegy for Amelia Johnson”
A quick Google search for Andrew Rostan will produce a video of the 2010 MAPH alum dominating on Jeopardy! in 2007. But his run as one of the top 10 all-time winningest contestants is almost old news as of March 8, 2011. Today’s the day that Rostan’s anticipated (and already well reviewed) graphic novel An Elegy for Amelia Johnsonhits shelves.
Rostan is spending his AfterMAPH time working on a project that tracks the life of Anthony Trollope. He is also employed, and working in the Rag and Bone shop of the heart in his spare time.
We at AfterMAPH congratulate Andrew on the publication of his first Graphic Novel, and look forward to more in the future.
Kiki Petrosino (MAPH 04) introduced a new limited-edition chapbook, The Dark is Here at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Washington D.C. The chapbook is published by Forklift, Ink. Petrosino is also the author of Fort Red Border (Sarabande, 2009).
Anna Piepmeyer graduated from MAPH in 2007. She thought she had a pretty clear idea of what came after the Program. “Like most people, I had assumed it was a PhD and that I’d be an English professor,” she told me during a phone conversation. Anna spent the first half of the year thinking “I was going further on.”
Today, you’ll find Anna working as the Program Director for Open Books, a Chicago-based non-profit organization. She characterized the group as “a business-minded non-profit.” Open Books uses proceeds from its retail bookstore in conjunction with donations and a network of volunteers to provide literacy programming for Chicago school children.
In her current role, Anna oversees four different programs under the Open Books umbrella–all centered on the provision of one-on-one attention for students in various areas of reading and writing. In the “Adventures in Creative Writing” program, for example, students are encouraged to write from their own experiences. “We’re all about students exploring their own lives,” Piepmeyer said. Characterizing the scope of these experiences, she added that stories range in content from ” Six Flags to gang violence.” Programs take place on-site, and according to Anna, over 3,000 students have been to Open Books on field trips this year. The organization also sends volunteers to eleven area schools to give students the opportunity to work closely on their literacy skills.
Speaking of how to decide what to do after MAPH, Anna said, “There are a lot of other things you can do using your degree in interesting ways.” She highlighted that networking and starting early are keys to being successful in getting a job after graduation.
Anna encourages current MAPH students and alums to check out Open Books. The store has 50,000 used books, and proceeds go toward funding the organization. More information can be found at Open Books’ Website.
Contrary Magazine was named in the Writer’s Digest list of the Top 50 Online Literary Journals in their new November-December issue. Contrary is the online literary journal founded by MAPH alumni in 20o3 and many MAPH alumni have been published in Contrary.
Who could resist this image from childhood? Joking aside, we are proud of everyone involved at Contrary!
MAPH writing advisor, Jeff McMahon, is quoted in the article. Congratulations to Contrary and all involved in editing and creating the online journal. Be sure to check out the article in Writer’s Digest on newsstands.
If you haven’t read Contrary in a while be sure look at the current literary offerings online. If you are interested in submissions to Contrary you can look at the Submissions page.
This news is a bit delayed, but is nonetheless exciting. Kiki Petrosino, poet and 2004 MAPH graduate, published her first book of poetry, Ford Red Border, in 2009. Fort Red Border has been reviewed in The Believer and Rain Taxi, and was shortlisted for the Forward Book of the Year Award in Poetry. Most recently, the Poetry Foundation has honored Petrosino’s book by including it in a list of the top five small press books of poems. You can read the article here. Petrosino has also been profiled in Poets and Writers as part of the 2010 Dubut Poets Roundup. She currently teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Louisville.
This month’s Tableau Magazine features an article by a MAPH alumna about another MAPH alumna! Emily Riemer ’09 has written a profile about Justine Nagan ’04 that discusses her work as a documentary filmmaker, focusing on her 2009 documentary Typeface, a project that involved even more MAPHers: she collaborated with Starr Marcello, Tom Bailey, and Brendan Kredell, all ’04.
Published this month by Random House/Delacorte, Anna Jarzab’s “All Unquiet Things” was once a MAPH Thesis:
Winner of a First Novel Contest from Chiasmus Press, Kate Zambreno’s “O Fallen Angel” will be published in March:
Jarzab (MAPH 07) and Zambreno (MAPH 02) will be here May 13 to read their work.
Both novels reached bookstores this year to the fanfare of blushing reviews, and on Thursday their authors will return to the University of Chicago–where both earned master’s degrees–to read.
Anna Jarzab (’07) and Kate Zambreno (’02) will read at 4:30 p.m. in Classics 10, 1010 E. 59th Street, hosted by the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, which some consider an alternative approach to creative writing. The reading is free and open to the public.
The novels, both dark and psychologically complex, are very different.
Jarzab (pronounced as a spoonerism of Czar Jab) developed All Unquiet Things as her MAPH Thesis project under the program’s creative thesis option. The book, which came out this January, is a young adult mystery novel about an unlikely pair of California prep school students that team up to solve a friend’s murder.
Publisher’s Weekly said Jarzab’s “confident, literary prose makes for a tense and immersive thriller.”
Zambreno’s novel, O Fallen Angel, was born into print last month after it won Chiasmus Press’s “Undoing the Novel Contest.” Chiasmus describes it as “an anarchic literary sacrilege…an exorcism of the culture wars and pop-cultural debris.” Zambreno calls it a “triptych of modern-day America” and a “grotesque homage to Mrs. Dalloway.”
Writing in the Chicago Reader, S.L. Wisenberg said, “I found myself mesmerized, mostly by the rhythm and occasional whimsy of the prose. Zambreno breathes life into her characters with language alone.”
If you subscribe to the Irony list (and if you don’t, why not?), you may have already seen this, but just in case some of you don’t, I’m posting it anyway.
Tuesday Funk is a monthly reading series that features fiction, essays, and poetry, and has a strong MAPH connection. Not only is one of its organizers a MAPH grad, but tonight’s reading also features another MAPH grad, Kristin Lueke, reading her poetry. Plus, it’s at the Hopleaf, which means you can enjoy stilton mac and cheese while listening to local writers read their work. What could be better?
Please join us on Tuesday, January 5th for the first Tuesday Funk of 2010.
Hopleaf Bar at 5148 N. Clark Street
Reading starts 7:30 PM.
Upstairs room opens 7:00 PM.
Come early to get a good seat.
Cash only at the bar upstairs.
Recent MAPH graduate Hilary Dobel has published a poem in the latest issue of Contrary Magazine, an online journal that was founded by MAPH students and alumni, but now operates independently. In addition to Hilary’s excellent poem, the current issue is full of good things to read, including short fiction and reviews, as well as more poems.