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.
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.