Kristin Fitzsimmons (’08), who wrote a collection of poetry for her MAPH thesis, has been published by the Boston Review. The Review published select portions of her thesis in its current edition, which is available online and at the Co-Op/57th St. Books.
Shaindel Beers (MAPH ’00) is getting a lot of attention for her first collection of poetry, “A Brief History of Time,” released last month from Salt Press. Check out the Chicago Weekly piece on Beers here.
Last week, alumni poets gathered in Classics 110 to read to a room of current and former students, through the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference. The four poets who spoke included two MAPH’ers, Shaindel Beers ’00 and Kiki Petrosino ’04, both reading from forthcoming or recently published collections. Check out The University of Chicago Magazine’s blog entry for more details, and congratulations to our alumnae poets!
Another MAPH alum, Jeanelle Hayner (MAPH ’07), has joined the blogoshpere with a blog for budding and hardcore foodies. If you’re into food (and aren’t we all in our way?) stop by and check it out.
Poet Shaindel Beers (MAPH 00) has signed a two-book deal for poetry collections with Salt Publishing in London. Her first collection, A Brief History of Time, will be released in February at the annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs in Chicago. She also hosts a weekly radio show, Translated By, focusing on poetry in translation. Her show can be found at blogtalkradio.com.
Fort Red Border, a debut collection of poetry by Kiki Petrosino (04) is due out in August 2009 from Sarabande Books.
Gregory Lawless (04) will have his first book, I Thought I Was New Here, published in 2009 by BlazeVOX.
Our alum Anna Jarzab, AM ’07, has just sold her thesis to a publisher, and she has graciously taken the time to share a little bit of that adventure with us.
Even though I knew I wanted to write a creative thesis for MAPH, I never intended to write the project I ended up writing. I wanted to write a series of short stories based on my grandparents’ experiences in World War II, but it soon became clear to me that I wasn’t a mature enough writer yet to handle such dense, weighty material, and I didn’t have enough time to do the research that would be necessary.
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MAPH Alum Joel Witmer (’07) is up and at ‘em again with his newest blog The Dark Room, a blog that discusses and reviews movies and television shows. You may remember Joel’s past fame with his Ohio sports based blog, The Disappointment Zone, and its famed appearance in the Wall Street Journal Online.
This time around, Joel has taken his other love, that of the audio visual world, and transformed it into insightful commentary, opinions, riffs, and reviews of movies and TV shows of all genres. He also lists movies he’s seen this year (alphabetically and hierarchically, of course) as well as his current NetFlix queue, just so you can keep abreast of his movie watching, note his credibility as a movie goer, as well as strike up an online conversation with him.
As with his sports blog, Joel’s commentary is well thought out and carefully presented with just the right amount of film elitism and average movie watcher humor, making it enjoyable to read often difficult to disagree with him*.
*author’s note: no matter how elegant his prose or how convincing his analysis is, I shall never agree with Joel about Ohio State.
MAPH Alum Shaindel Beers (’00) has recently had her poem, “First Love” published on A Prairie Home Companion Web site, an online version of Garrison Keller’s National Public Radio show.
Documenting this great accomplishment and publishing a copy of “First Love,” Beers was interviewed in the Eastern Oregonian in which she talks about getting her poem published as well as her life as a teacher and poet.
Eleven MAPH Alums have contributed to the latest issue of Contrary, an online literary magazine founded and run by MAPH Alums.
In the latest addition there’s fiction by B.E. Hopkins, aka Brandon Hopkins (MAPH ’03), who’s been living as an expatriate in Paris and writing stories like “The Halcyon Days of War.” Brandon appears alongside some other amazing and accomplished writers, including Laurence Davies, a Welshman who edited the Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, Mark Spencer, a novelist and the dean of Humanities at the University of Arkansas, and Robert Gibbons, who edits Janus Head and regularly writes for Alexander Cockburn’s Counterpunch. (Some of you read that commie broadside, I know.) Also check out poetry by UofC undergrad Kristiana Colón. Oh, and poetry by Contrary regular Amy Groshek, whose first book is coming out in February.
And there are book reviews by Shaindel Beers (Maph ’00), Jeff McMahon (’02), Leigh Knittle (’05), Mike Frechette (’05), Thea Brown (’05), Laura M. Browning (’06), David M. Smith (’07), Michael Andrews (’07), Linda Smith (’07), Shevi Berlinger (’07).
Check out this and previous editions at www.contrarymagazine.com