News Archive: 2005

One of Jill Beauchesne's poems, "Newton's Love," appeared in Gargolye magazine.

David Bernstein's poem "Under the Bed" was published in the anthology, Dirt: Volume One.

The 2005 Merriam-Frontier committee, consisting of Ginny Merriam, Lois Welch, and Ripley Hugo, chose Heather Cahoon as this year's winner for her poetry collection Elk Thirst. Heather holds a 2001 M.F.A. in poetry and is now in the University of Montana's Individualized Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Native American Studies, History, and Anthropology.

Emily Danforth won the Willow Springs Fiction Contest and was published in the June issue of Willow Springs.

Chad Dundas' short story "Bleeder" appeared in Sou'wester; another story by Dundas was published in Sycamore Review out of Purdue University in the fall issue.

Josh Hanson (MFA 2002) has poems published in Plainsongs and Albatross.

Walker Hunter received a 2005 Outstanding Composition Teacher Award for his work in the writing classroom and his positive contributions to the Composition program as a whole.

J. Robert Lennon (MFA 1995) saw his fifth novel, Happyland, serialized in Harper's Magazine in 2006. In addition, his "Eight Pieces for the Left Hand" (excerpted from 100 short pieces of the same name that appeared in Granta), was chosen by Michael Chabon for this year's Best American Short Stories.

Jason MacLeod recently had two poems appear in The Kennesaw Review.

Annie Mascorro had a poem published in the July issue of Calyx.

Jeff Ross, first year M.F.A. in poetry, had a chapbook come out from Swan Scythe Press in April called "A Whooping Crane Diary." Jeff read with 2-3 other Swan Scythe authors on May 17th at the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.

Liz Sanger won the Graduate Poetry Contest (along with four other poets) sponsored by Touchstone, the Kansas State University journal; she was a finalist in the Greg Grummer Poetry Contest, sponsored by Phoebe and judged by Robert Creeley; and she just had three poems accepted by Conjunctions for the online version of their journal.

Robert Stubblefield's story "Preserves" appeared in the inaugural issue of High Desert Journal (#1) and has also been selected for Best American Stories from the West, Volume II, due out in 2006.

Congratulations to first year M.F.A. student, Rachel Toor, on her book The Pig and I: Why It's So Easy to Love an Animal, and So Hard to Live With a Man.

Greta Wrolstad and Christine Bown were both finalists in the 5th annual poetry contest of the Summer Literary Seminars, held in St. Petersburg, Russia. As finalists they were offered partial tuition scholarships to attend the seminars. The contest was sponsored in conjunction with Fence Magazine.