News Archive: 2009

Winter 2009

Several Creative Writing MFA students, along with faculty Greg Pape, Prageeta Sharma and Karen Volkman, attended The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Chicago, February 11 – 14. Prageeta Sharma and UM Native American Studies professor Angelica Lawson participated in the panel discussion “Post-Racial Writing” at the AWP conference. Greg Pape participated in a panel at the AWP, moderated by Beth Shadur, which featured pairs of poets and visual artists reflecting on their collaborative process.

Poetry by several CWP faculty and alumni was featured in the January / February issue of the Boston Review, including Brandon Shimoda (MFA ’06), Rob Schlegel (MFA '04), Ken White (MFA) and Joanna Klink. Karen Volkman wrote an introduction to Shimoda’s work in the same issue.

Kathryn Puerini (Second Year MFA) had a poem in the latest issue of the online journal Apocryphal Text.

Lauren Hamlin’s (Second Year MFA) interview with writer Robin Romm was in Poets & Writers.

Brandon Henderson’s (First Year MFA) non-fiction piece “Immersion” won first place for the Journey’s contest held by Cezanne's Carrot and was published in the magazine's Winter Solstice 2008 edition.

Pete Jones (MFA ‘07) had an essay in the January / February 2009 of The Humanist. He also did the cover art (a portrait of Charles Darwin) for the same issue.

Mark Gibbons (MFA ’98) recently came out with a new book of poems, War, Madness and Love, published by R & R Publishing.

Spring 2009

Brandon Henderson (First Year MFA) had an essay, "Divisions," published in the Spring Edition of Raving Dove.

Brian Kevin (Second Year MFA) received a grant from the President's Excellence Fund to pursue a month of research in Colombia this summer, gathering material for a book.

Rob Schlegel (MFA '04), won the 2009 Colorado Prize for Poetry with his manuscript The Lesser Fields. The book is scheduled to be released November, 2009.

Prageeta Sharma's poem "Ode to Badminton" was featured on March 15 on BBC's Words and Music, read by actor Angela Wynter. Sharma also participated in the Best of Fence reading hosted by Fence Books. Prageeta Sharma had four of her poems translated by Eduardo Chirinos and published in Literal Magazine #15.

Chris Dombrowski (MFA '01) had a book of poetry By Cold Water published by Wayne State University Press.

Robert Stubblefield's essay on eco system adaptation to climate change entitled "Better Than You Found It" was published in Your National Forests magazine.

Kevin Canty’s short story “Blue Boy” was made into a film that will premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Brian Kevin (Second Year MFA Student) had an essay titled "Why I Ride the Greyhound" published in the April 6 issue of High Country News.

Judy Blunt was featured in the March-April issue of Montana Magazine.

Brandon Henderson (First Year MFA) had an essay published in Spectrum. Henderson also presented a professional paper at the Pop Culture/American Culture National Conference in New Orleans.

The Baseball Field at Night, last poems by Patricia Goedicke, has been named winner of the Gold Medal (First Place) in the Independent Publisher Book Award in Poetry. This is the last collection of poems completed by Goedicke before her untimely death in 2006. She taught in the creative writing program at the University of Montana for 25 years, and a Patricia Goedicke Scholarship Fund has been established in her honor.

Mike Kautz (Second Year MFA) will be a lecturer in English and American Studies at the Ataturk University in Erzurum, Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar in the fall of 2009.

Caitlin Moore (Second Year MFA) and Lisa Schumaier (Second Year MFA) won the Academy of American Poets 2009 contest judged by Jena Osman. July Cole (First Year MFA) and Kristen Gleason (Second Year MFA) received honorable mention.

Sara Pevar (First Year MFA) is the recipient of the Merriam Frontier Award. She received an honorarium, and the Creative Writing Program will sponsor the publication of her manuscript submission. Pevar’s work was selected by a panel of judges consisting of Ginny Merriam, Lois Welch and Rob Schlegel (MFA '04).

The University of Montana Creative Writing faculty have awarded the following students with scholarships for the 2009/10 academic year: Anne Marie Wirth -Cauchon (A. B. Guthrie Scholarship), July Cole (Goedicke/Robinson Scholarship), Lena Viall (Beebe Memorial Scholarship) and Jordann Lankford (James P. Welch Scholarship). Lindsay Bland and Caitlin Moore are the recipients of the Greta Wrolstad Travel Award. Mike Kautz and Lauren Hamlin are the recipients of the Nettie Weber Award for summer writing workshops.

Megan Kruse (First Year MFA) had two stories published in May: "Lila" in the Portland Noir Anthology from Akashic books and "The Trailer" in Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City. Kruse is also the recipient of a Bertha Morton Award from the University of Montana Graduate School.

Lehua Shelton (First Year MFA) had a short story entitled “Suit” published in issue VII of Versal Magazine under the pen name Lehua Taitano. Shelton will also present her professional paper entitled "Categories of Indigenousness and Minoritization: A Literary and Theoretical Investigation of Chamorro Identity" at the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference, held at the University of Minnesota.

Summer 2009

Kevin Canty read from his new collection of short stories, Where the Money Went, in Missoula, Seattle, Portland and in New York City as part of the Happy Ending Reading Series.

The 406 Writers’ Workshop, a salon-style writing workshop with many University of Montana MFA Program alumni serving as instructors, launched its summer workshop series with classes by Michael Fitzgerald, Chris Dombrowski (MFA '01), Elizabeth Urschel (MFA '00), and Bryan Di Salvatore ('76).

Robert Stubblefield (MFA '94) taught a short fiction workshop at Summer Fishtrap 2009.

John Myers (Second Year MFA) had his poem "Sigilism" published in the Fall 2009 issue of A cappella Zoo. Myers also had a piece called "Accretion" accepted for publication online at

Aaron Shulman (MFA '09) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Guatemala for the coming year to work on his novel and teach American literature at the Universidad del Valle. Also, Shulman recently wrote a cover story for AARP's bilingual magazine, Segunda Juventud.

Sharma Shields (MFA '04) had stories published in The Hawaii Review, The Sonora Review and Fugue, with another story forthcoming in The Iowa Review. Shields also just won a grant from Artist Trust of Washington State to submit her short story collection, Field Guide to Monsters of the Inland Northwest, to various agents and publishers.

Fall 2009

During the week of October 5, Poetry Daily featured poems on consecutive days by two UM MFA alums--Ed Skoog (’96) and Chris Dombrowski (’01).

Kevin Canty read from his new book, Where the Money Went, at The Crossing Border Festival in The Hague, Netherlands.

Debra Magpie Earling was one of twelve great writers to read a mini-story at the 21st Annual PEN/Faulkner Fiction Gala in Washington D.C.

Sandra Simonds ('03) was interviewed in the Southeast Review, Sept. 16. Simonds discussed her poetry and her first book, Warsaw Bikini.

Kelly Ferguson ('08) had a story in the The Gettysburg Review for fall 2009, "The Law of Meat."

Nick Ekkizogloy (MFA '08) had a story published on five chapters, a prominent website for fiction, at the end of August.

Richard Robbins (MFA '79) has a new book, Radioactive City, forthcoming with Bellday Books in 2009.

Lehua Shelton (MFA Second Year) has a short story, "Goliath," that appeared in the July 1st issue of Fiction at Work, and just got news that it has been chosen for a print anthology from The Green Lantern Press, due out in early 2010.