Archive for the ‘Congratulations’ Category


Poetry Faculty Lisa Chavez reads with Joanne Dwyer at Collected Works in Santa Fe

October 7, 2010

MUSE TIMES TWO presents!
Thursday, Oct. 14, 6pm

Collected Works Bookstore
202 Galisteo Street

Joanne Dwyer and Lisa Chavez

Joanne D. Dwyer
Joanne Dominique Dwyer has lived in New Mexico since 1980. She attended the College of Santa Fe, studying with Dana Levin, Greg Glazner, Mark Behr and Matt Donovan. She earned a degree there in Creative Writing in 2005. In 2009 Dwyer completed an MFA with the Warren Wilson Program for writers. A recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award for emerging women writers, she has been published in The American Poetry Review, Conduit, FIELD, The Massachusetts Review, The New England Review, Tri-Quarterly and elsewhere.

Lisa D. Chavez
is a poet and memoirist. She has published two books of poetry: Destruction Bay and In an Angry Season, and has been included in such anthologies as Floricanto Si! A Collection of Latina Poetry , The Floating Borderlands: 25 Years of U.S. Hispanic Literature, and American Poetry: The Next Generation . Her creative nonfiction has been published in Fourth Genre, The Clackamas Literary Review and other places. She lives in the mountains in New Mexico with her husband and three dogs.


Poetry Faculty Amy Beeder’s recent and upcoming publications

October 7, 2010

Congratulations to Amy Beeder whose poems currently appear in the Kenyon Review and are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review and Threepenny Review. Amy Beeder’s second book, Scarab Poetica, will be out from Carnegie Mellon in 2011.


Congratulations to Molly Beer

May 10, 2010

First off, just a couple weeks ago Molly Beer defended her dissertation, Unstable Ground, a collection of essays (most of which have been published in some form somewhere) — and passed with honors.

Second, Singing Out: an Oral History of America’s Folk Music Revivals was released by Oxford University Press.

From the publisher:  “Culled from  more than 150 interviews, this book and the story it tells spans seven decades and cuts across a wide swath of generations and perspectives, shedding light on the musical, political, and social aspects of the folk revival movement….”

Get the inside scoop on what it was like for Molly to work with UNM Professor David King Dunaway


Goodbye Troll Essay Published

April 30, 2010

Jennifer Simpson’s (2nd year MFA/ CNF) essay, “Goodbye Troll:  a blogger’s manifesto” which was created in Lynn Beene’s course, The Art of the Popular Esaay, has been published at THE WOMEN’S COLONY an online magazine for women…

Make No Mistake: this kind of harassment can be as frightening and as real as being followed and watched in your neighborhood or in your home. ~Vice President Al Gore

The first comment was rather innocuous, albeit grammatically incorrect: “ACTIONS SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS” It was submitted, in all caps, to my blog anonymously at 1:56 a.m. in response to my post The Power of Words on the 40th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s death. I had embedded a YouTube video of one of Kennedy’s greatest speeches and I quoted:

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.

I quoted it because some things bear repeating.

The second comment came two hours later and included an alleged quote from Buddha and some ramblings about “truth.” Signed, “Anonymous.” I approved both because though strange, they seemed harmless enough.


UPDATE:  The Womens Colony website is no more.  Therefore, my essay is no longer published, I guess!  if anyone knows of a good home for a good essay about a cyberstalker, let me know.


Academy of American Poets Prize Winners 2010

April 30, 2010


We are pleased to announce the winners and honorable mentions of the 2010 Academy of American Poets Prize Competition!

39 UNM poets participated in both the grad and undergrad contests. Winners each receive $75. Thanks to everyone who submitted work!

~Dana Levin, Contest Coordinator

Graduate Competition:

Winner: Tommy Archuleta, for “Jack’s Creek Soliloquy”
Hon Mention: Erika Sanchez, for “Earthquake”

Judge: Amy Beeder

Undergraduate Competition:

Winner: Katlyn McKinney, for “Water Passing”
Hon Mention: Oakley Merideth, for “Vulgar Latin”

Judge: Lisa Chavez

Transparency Statement:
All submissions were presented to judges with identifying marks removed. The contest coordinator did no pre-screening, ranking or evaluation, added no commentary on submissions, and engaged in no conversation with the judges regarding submissions. For more information on the contest and the Academy of American Poets, click the link below.


Jennifer Gets Creative

February 28, 2010

Jennifer Simpson’s article, “Giving Voice to Your Prose” is featured in the premiere issue of LP Creative Humans magazine.  This new magazine is being published utilizing some pretty slick publishing and print-on-demand technology from Hewlett Packard…   and some creative know-how from publisher/ editor Leah Peterson:

LP Creative Humans is about, you guessed it, humans that are creative. We are bringing people together and sharing what each of them has to offer. This goes beyond the easy to spot creativity like photography, writing and the arts, although those are all wonderful. We’re going into deeper territory and want you to ask the question, ‘What do I do that makes me happy?‘ And then share it with us. If you can explain it, document it and show it to us, we want to share it with everyone.

LP Creative Humans is now accepting submissions for Issue 2.

And on another note, Jennifer’s short story, “Our House is Like Switzerland” was published in January at Bartleby Snopes


February DimeStories Audio uploaded!

February 26, 2010

This Could be YOU

Our first DimeStories event was a success–  over 20 people, from
CNM, UNM, ABQ and even Belen!  Thanks to everyone who came, and most of all for sharing their awesome 3 minute stories.

The selected “best of” the evening included two of UNM’s own… Annarose Fitzgerald, who although she is not IN the MFA program (I call her a lit geek) she is a darn good writer.  MFA Candidate, fiction writer David Rubalcava also ranked “best of” with a piece that is untitled.

As curator, I added an honorable mention shout out to MFAer Dawn Sperber and undergraduate Randi Beck.  Two more awesome writers in our creative writing family.

To listen to the top 3 selected, head on over to the DimeStories website.

And put the next event on your calendar:

Thursday, March 18, 2010.  7 pm.

At The Source, 1111 Carlisle Ave. SE (1 mile south of Central)

or the next, or the next…  we’re doing this every THIRD Thursday!