Archive for the ‘Creative Non Fiction Students’ Category


MFA Students Publishing News for May

May 13, 2011

Ty Bannerman’s article “The 7 Deadly sins of New Mexico” published in The Alibi:

Elizabeth Tannen’s essay, “My Mother Reads My Blog” pubslished in the online magazine, StyleSubstanceSoul:

Tanaya Winder’s poems “consider the assemblage of a longing” and “measure by measure: the body begs” published on Superstition Review



Good News in Creative Nonfiction

October 20, 2010

UNM Alumni Paul Bogard’s essay “The Path and the Pull of the Moon,” which appeared in Creative Nonfiction #36, was selected by editor Robert Atwan as one of the Notable Essays of 2009 in the just published Best American Essays 2010.

UNM Alumni Molly Beer was recently selected from over 700 applicants to be one of 10 Correspondents in Fall 2010 for National Geographic’s Glimpse: Your Stories From Abroad.  (

UNM Alumni Melody Gee’s essay “Jack’s Kitchen” has just appeared in the October 2010 issue of Copper Nickel.  (

UNM Alumni Chris Wrenn’s essay “Breaking Line” was published in the most recent North Carolina Literary Review, issue 19, 2010.  (

UNM Alumni Laura Matter’s essay “Franz Schubert Dreamt of Indians” was published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Georgia  Review.

Congrats Paul, Molly, Melody, Laura & Chris

UNM’s Creative Nonfiction MFA concentration was ranked #14 in the nation for 2011 in the September/October 2010 issue of Poet’s and Writer’s Magazine.  (


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.


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


Elizabeth Tannen– looking for true love at NPR

February 12, 2010

What kind of stories do you believe about yourself? about your relationships? Read Elizabeth Tannen’s latest essay, “Finding True Love Beyond the Love Story,” over at and find out what she thinks:

For the most part, my aversion to online dating is about vanity. Simply put, I think that I’m too attractive, too interesting and too young to need to subject myself to the trauma of courting on the Internet.

But there’s another reason, too — it’s that I love a story.


Read more of Elizabeth’s thoughts on dating and blogging and life, on her new blog:

She has what I call OCBD, obsessive compulsive blogging disorder but fortunately her voice is engaging and her posts are fun to read!


Lisa Gill’s essay in Brevity

January 21, 2010

Lisa Gill’s craft essay “The Necessity of Navel-Gazing” has just come out in the January 2010 issue of Brevity, one of the finest online journals for Creative Nonfiction. For more than a decade, Brevity has published well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form.

Work from Brevity has been anthologized and reprinted in venues including Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Utne Reader, the Short Takes anthology, the Best Creative Nonfiction anthology from W.W. Norton, and many recent writing textbooks.

You can read Lisa’s essay at:

The essay is one of many already published essays from the dissertation that Lisa will defend this spring.