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!
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.
MAPH Alum Karsten Lund’s show “Beyond the Backyard” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography is getting rave reviews for its exploration of the public and private, identity, and the suburban landscape through photographs and videos by more than fifty artists. (Reviews below)
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.
Shaindel Beers (’00) has two new poems in the latest issue of Thieves Jargon, and like all of Shaindel’s work, they’re terrific:
Shaindel is a professor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon.
Please send me news of your publications, or post them here. Eventually I’d like to compile them in an interactive bibliography of publications by aftermaphers, with links to work available online. jmcmahon[at]uchicago[dot]edu
Perhaps it’s been awhile since you’ve talked to your fellow MAPHers (or maybe it was just this morning); in either case we are launching the official afterMAPH blog– a place where you can reunite, share ideas, read about things going on in Chicago, Hyde Park, and the lives of your fellow alums. We are doing this in attempt to sustain the MAPH community, encourage conversations and networking, and to keep you updated on the great things MAPH alums are doing these days. We welcome your contributions, comments, and ideas to the blog and are hoping to create a space that is useful and perhaps even entertaining to you.
This blog aims to include job announcements, Alumni Events, MAPH Alum news, and some MAPH/University/Chicago news of interest. Please read, enjoy, send your submissions, and perhaps even pretend like you are back in MAPH office in Classics, drinking mediocre coffee, and chit chatting with your fellow MAPHers about your thesis and the next social hour. For info on how to submit, check out the “Contribute” page.
Welcome and enjoy!