Archive for the ‘Poetry Students’ Category


More May News!

May 15, 2011

Natalie Scenters-Zapico has great publishing news too! The Acentos Review just picked up her poem “Guerrero Pears,” here’s a link to their website:

AND the Minnesota Review has published “How Borders Are Built”


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



Gary Jackson (MFA 2008) wins Cave Canem Poetry Prize

January 8, 2010

Gary Jackson (MFA 2008) has won the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, which means not only that his manuscript, “Missing You, Metropolis,” will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2010, but also comes with a $1,000 cash award.

For more information:

Congratulations to one of our own!


Hayden’s Ferry Review Puts the Spotlight on Erika Sanchez

September 29, 2009

Erika Sanchez

My writing process is a bit like me: irrational.

Sometimes images seem to haunt me until I am compelled to write a poem around them; other times I do everything I can to “break my eye open” (this concept comes from my favorite TV series, “Six Feet Under.”) To break your eye open is exactly what it sounds like— to see the world in a new way, to make unusual associations. I do this is by delving into my subconscious—a fecund and frightening place. I love writing exercises for that reason. They help me find startling images and fresh language after I feel I’ve exhausted all of my own. One of my favorites is

a dada exercise that I learned from my wonderful poetry instructor in Spain– Jesús Urceloy. What a brilliant man. He had everyone follow the most specific and absurd instructions and the end result was amazing. For example, he made us write the word “lamp” on a sheet of paper and leave it near our bed. Upon waking we were to immediately write every word that came to mind when we thought of “lamp.” Then in class he made us write all of the words we associated with “fish” along with a series of other similar instructions. Towards the end we were to give one of the lines we had written to a partner as a gift. He then instructed us to recite our lines in a specific order, then at random until they began sounding like an incantation. Everyone wrote incredible poems and that class remains as one of my most beloved memories. I miss those people profoundly…



News from Erika Sanchez

August 27, 2009

My poem “Earthquake: Nicaragua,1972” will be published in Whiskey Island. Thanks! See you soon.

Erika Sanchez


Fiesta Erika

July 6, 2009

More good news for Erika Sanchez–  her poem “Fiesta Mexicana” will be published in the next issue of Crab Orchard Review.


Poetry All Over the Place!

May 15, 2009

Puerto del Sol will be publishing Anastasia Andersen’s “My daughter thinks safety means spotless”, in the upcoming Spring issue.

…but wait! there’s more!

The e-zine Heavy Bear will feature Anastasia’s “Van Leeuwenhoek”, “slitting the wrists of the old astronomy”, and “Flowers. In bad times” in the Fall Issue #4.

Congratulations! and keep the good news coming!