MAPH Alumni Reading on May 13

May 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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.”

Looking for something to do tonight? Check out Tuesday Funk

January 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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?

The details:

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.

post-MAPH publication

September 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

MAPHer Published in Boston Review

March 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

More Hot Press for Poet and MAPH Alum Shaindel Beers

March 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

MAPH alumni speak at writers conference

February 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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!

graficionada: a blog about food and other nice things

February 5th, 2009 § 3 comments § permalink

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.

MAPH alum’s poetry published in The New Yorker

January 6th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Michael Robbins’ poem “Alien vs. Predator” appears in the January 12 New Yorker this winter. Read an interview with Robbins, currently a PhD student in UofC’s English department.

New Books by 3 MAPH Poets

December 2nd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

How I Sold My Thesis

October 8th, 2008 § 1 comment § permalink

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.

-Braden

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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