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Congratulations to our Published Comrades!

September 9, 2009

From Julie

Lori Ostlund, whose wonderful story “No One Walks to the Mennonites” appeared in Blue Mesa Review Issue 19, will give a reading and host a fiction workshop on Friday, November 6th. Lori is the author of THE BIGNESS OF THE WORLD, which won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction award. I just received word that the collection was one of six selected for the 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. I’m very excited about Lori’s visit and hope students in the creative writing program–both MFAs and undergrads–will take advantage of this opportunity to come hear Lori read and show her some of your work.

Gary Jackson – I heard the good news from Lisa Gill over the weekend that Gary Jackson, MFA grad and former teacher of 224, has won the Cave Canem First book award for 2009. This award was judged by poet Yusef Komunyakaa. Gary’s collection will be published by Graywolf Press.

Still more good news:

Elena Sanchez, who graduated from our creative writing program, went on to Mills College for her MFA, and is currently teaching in South Korea, had a story short-listed in Glimmer Train’s Starts contest.

Robyn Mundy, who received an MA from our creative writing program in fiction and is living and teaching in Australia, has published her first novel THE NATURE OF ICE.

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