Lecturer Lois Williams's memoir "The House of Provisions" appears in Granta.
Sam MacDonald's memoir, The Urban Hermit, will be on shelves November 25th! (MFA 2008)
Lynn Emanuel has been named the 2009 Elliston Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati. She will receive an award of $20,000.00. In addition to teaching an intensive five week course for graduate students at the McMicken School of Arts and Sciences, Emanuel will give a poetry reading and two public presentations. Past Elliston poets have included CD Wright and Carl Phillips.
Visiting Lecturer CM Burroughs is a nominee for the 2009 Pushcart Prize for her poem "Dear Incubator," which appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of Runes literary journal.
Visiting Lecturer Dave Newman's chapbook, Allen Ginsberg Comes To Pittsburgh, won the 2008 Evil Genius Chapbook award. Publication is scheduled for January 2009 (Platonic 3Way Press). Newman is also one of the featured writers in the current issue of Chiron Review. In addition, three of his poems have been accepted for the online literary magazine Word Riot. His story, "It's Not As Bad As It Was," is forthcoming in the Winter issue of Tears in the Fence, a literary journal in the U.K. Two poems, "The God in Walt Whitman" and "Aliens," will appear in Beside the City of Angels: An Anthology of Long Beach Poetry (World Parade Books).
At Pitt’s Homecoming celebration on October 26th, Toi Derricotte received a Sankofa Award from the University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council. The award honors members of the University community who have provided outstanding support and service to students of African descent. Read about Toi here in the Pitt Chronicle.
Current MFA student Cara Hayden received the Pittsburgh chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators’ Award of Honor in News Writing for her article “The Greening of Vandergrift,” which appeared in the Winter 2008 issue of Pitt Magazine.
Claire Donato’s first chapbook, Someone Else’s Body, is forthcoming from Cannibal Books. Claire earned her B.A. in creative writing at Pitt in 2008 and is currently an MFA Literary Arts candidate at Brown University.
Professor Cathy Day’s story, “Genesis” is out in Freight Stories.
Professor Jeanne Marie Laskas’ article “Underworld,” which originally appeared in GQ and was also nominated for a 2008 National Magazine Award, has been selected for Best American Magazine Writing 2008. The book, compiled by the American Society of Magazine Editors, will be published in December.
Professor Laskas’ article, “G-L-O-R-Y,” appears in Best American Sports Writing 2008, edited by William Nack and published this month by Houghton Mifflin.
David Griffith (MFA 2001) published an homage to David Foster Wallace in Time Out Chicago. He is an assistant professor at Sweet Briar College.
Visiting professor Elizabeth Kadetsky has a plethora of upcoming publications to report. Her short story “Geography” will be appearing in the summer issue of Antioch Review, and another story, “Animals,” will be included in the forthcoming issue of Drunken Boat. Then, the Fall 2009 issue of Triquarterly will contain yet another story of hers, “Dermagraphia.” We look forward to reading all of them.
Also, further congratulations are in order as in the fall, Kadetsky will begin a two-year position as Visiting Writer in the Creative Writing program at Penn State
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to return to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Ripton, Vermont, where since 1926, writers have been gathering to compare notes on the craft, discuss their respective triumphs and frustrations, and listen to countless readings and lectures. It’s an amazing place, rich with the type of natural beauty you find imitated in paintings hanging from the walls of doctors’ offices. There’s a sense when you’re there that you’re taking part in some great tradition, and of course, there’s the lore to back that up, famous anecdotes concerning the conference’s founder, Robert Frost, and various faculty who’ve taught there over the years, stories as old and treasured as the place itself. It was my fourth trip there and as lame as it might sound, I fall a little more in love with the place each year.
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Professor Toi Derricotte received the Alumni/Alumnae Achievement Award from the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Kiss Kiss, the latest poetry collection by Linda Lee Harper (MFA 1985), was published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center. The book won the 2007 Cleveland Statue University Poetry Center Open Competition.
Eugene Cross’ story "Only the Strong Will Survive," (which won the 2005 Turow-Kinder Award) appears in the Spring 2008 issue of Third Coast. His story, “Come August” appears in the Spring 2008 (28:2) issue of The Pinch.
Pitt graduate Dennis Palumbo (B.A., 1973), author of From Crime to Crime and Writing From the Inside Out, recently examined the trend to label irresponsible and selfish behavior as evidence of a mental illness in an article in The Huffington Post. “Do You Suffer From Political Apathy Disorder?” appeared in the January 22, 2009 edition of the blog. You can read Mr. Palumbo’s thought-provoking piece here.
Work by Visiting Writer Sherrie Flick, who teaches Readings in Contemporary Fiction with a focus on Flash Fiction, will be included in an upcoming anthology of flash fiction craft essays, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction. The anthology is ready for pre-order at the press' Website now, but the book itself will be printed and ready to launch by mid-May. The anthology will also include essays by other experts in the field—including Robert Olen Butler, Ron Carlson, Kim Chinquee, Stuart Dybek, Jayne Anne Phillips and Deb Olin Unferth, along with a history-packed introduction by editor Tara L. Masih.
An essay by Lois Williams (Lecturer, Department of English), “The House of Provisions,” published by Granta (Issue 103), has been honored with a Notable Essay selection in the 2009 issue of The Best American Essays, edited by Mary Oliver.
From the department website:
Lois Williams teaches poetry, reading, and writing in the Department's undergraduate curriculum. She writes about landscape, family, and migration and is currently at work on a nonfiction book about the invention of home. Her essay “The House of Provisions” appears in the October 2008 issue of Granta.