Pitt Alumnus John Temple (MFA Nonfiction) writes about Ken Rose, a North Carolina attorney fighting to save the wrongfully convicted in Raleigh, North Carolina, in his newest book The Last Lawyer.
From the Publisher's Weekly review:
For years, lawyer Ken Rose has fought to save wrongly-condemned prisoners; chronicling the story of Rose and death row inmate Bo Jones, author Temple (Dollhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office) finds high drama in Raleigh penitentiaries, North Carolina backroads, cramped law offices, and sweltering courtrooms. Investigators, criminals, judges, witnesses, and attorneys are all finely, vividly drawn in this disturbing account of a justice system hijacked by officials whose prime interest is finding criminals to execute: “[E]ven if Bo Jones wasn’t one of the worst of the worst, they pursued him because he was one of the ones they could get.” Reviewing the original 1987 murder, the consequent trials and endless hearings, Temple creates an intimate portrait of Rose and his Center for Death Penalty Litigation as they trudge through a decade of work on this case, a typical example that pits the odds and public opinion against them: “To question capital punishment was to appear soft on crime… In court, one well known district attorney sported a golden lapel pin shaped like a hangman’s noose.” Ultimately, Temple’s account is a stand-up-and cheer account of one man standing up for justice.
John Temple is currently an associate professor of journalism at West Virginia University. He teaches reporting and writing courses and serves as the associate dean of the P.I. Reed School of Journalism.
Visiting Lecturer CM Burroughs (MFA 2007) has been named a finalist for the 2009 Gift of Freedom, a gift of $50,000 sponsored by the Room of Her Own Foundation. Burroughs is happily one of five finalists from 760 applications. Also, she has new poetry in the upcoming issue of jubilat. You may read other of her new poems at Eleven Eleven Journal and LaFovea..
Irina Reyn (Assistant Professor, Fiction) was recently named winner of the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction for her 2008 novel, What Happened to Anna K.
From the Foundation for Jewish Culture website:
Established in 1999 and supported through a generous grant from the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Foundation, the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers is among the very first of its kind to highlight new works by contemporary writers exploring Jewish themes.
The prize spotlights promising new talent, and is awarded to an American fiction writer for a first or second full-length work that was published in the previous calendar year. Submissions must be made by the publisher.
The award includes a prize of $2,500, as well as a one-week residency at Ledig House International Writers Colony in New York’s Hudson Valley.
For more information on Reyn, visit her faculty web page.
"The Brother," a story by Eugene Cross (MFA 2006), is just out in the online magazine Narrative, alongside fiction by T.C. Boyle and Jayne Anne Phillips. Esquire calls Narrative “the gold standard for online literary magazines,” and you can read more about their innovative approach to literary publishing here.
Visiting Lecturer Micki Myers recently had two new poems published in the journal La Fovea. You can read the poems, “New Year’s Day, 1912” and “Friendship 7 Splashes Down and Almost Undiscovers the New World” here.
Three poems from Visiting Lecturer Robin Clarke will appear in an upcoming volume of Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics. Sentence is a journal that is dedicated to both continuing the tradition and expanding the definition of the prose poem. Clarke’s poems are untitled, but the first few words of each have piqued our interest: “God’s talents include ice,” “The Sons of Liberty,” and “Do you know anything about history?”
We are proud to announce that Sal Pane (MFA Fiction, 2010) and Aubrey Hirsch (MFA Fiction, 2007) have both been nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize, a prestigious American literary prize by Pushcart Press that honors the best "poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot."
The Minnetonka Review selected Aubrey's short story, "Five for New Orleans," as one of their six nominees.
Sal's nomination comes from the recent publication of his short story, "Fences Fly By," in Quick Fiction.
The Pushcart Prize has been called "the most honored literary project in America." More from their website:
Little magazine and small book press editors (print or online) may make up to six nominations from their year’s publications by our December 1, (postmark) deadline. The nominations may be any combination of poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot. Editors may nominate self-contained portions of books — for instance, a chapter from a novel. We welcome translations, reprints and both traditional and experimental writing. One copy of each selection should be sent. No nominations can be returned. There is no entry fee and no forms to fill out. We also accept nominations from our staff of distinguished Contributing Editors.
Professor Lynn Emanuel’s poem, “Dreaming of Rio at Sixteen,” was included in The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 to the Present, David Lehman, ed., published this month by Scribner.
Kellie Wells (MFA 1994) is the visiting writer at Western Michigan University for the Spring 2008 semester. The author of Skin (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), she teaches fiction in the Writing Program at Washington University, St. Louis.