2012

Winter 2012

Prageeta Sharma traveled to India where she read with Meena Alexander, Kazim Ali, and Navkirat Sodhi at the Hyderabad Literary Festival. Sharma’s poem “Adversity” was published in the literary journal Witness.

David Gates reviewed Elliot Perlman’s The Street Sweeper and Will Hermes' Love Goes to Buildings on Fire for the New York Times. Emma Törzs (second year MFA) was interviewed in Pank.

Brett DeFries (MFA '11) won the New Delta Review Chapbook contest, judged by Catherine Wagner, for his manuscript The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is An - Other Train Headed Our Direction.

Joshua Fomon's (second year MFA) poem "Pasture" was published in the second issue of Ilk. His poems "Dreamhorse" and "To find a priceless home" were in Phoebe Journal.

Ryan T. Bell (first year MFA), Carrie Laben (second year MFA) and Jennifer Duffield White (third year MFA) were all featured in the winter issue of Camas.

Sean Cleary's (first year MFA) story "Skatewings" was in the winter issue of Orange Quarterly.

Dana Fitz Gale's (second year MFA) story "Covenants," was published in the Indiana Review. Fitz Gale’s story, "After School," was nominated for a Pushcart.

Alice Bolin's (MFA '11) poem, “Needing Montana,” was published in Quarterly West.

Emily Jones (second year MFA) was a Glimmer Train finalist with "Real Live Girls." Her story was published on the Devil's Lake website.

Melissa Mylchreest’s (second year MFA) poem, “Gap-tooth Girl,” was nominated for a Pushcart.

Spring 2012

Congratulations to Joanna Klink, who was awarded the 2012 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer's Prize ($25,000), given annually to "young writers of proven excellence in poetry or prose."

Abi Keller's (MFA '09) first book, Lake People, which is a novel told in stories, will be published by Knopf in the spring of 2013. The book will be published under her married name, Abi Maxwell. You can read the first story," Giant of the Sea," in McSweeney's 3.

Jamie Rogers (BA '11) received a first place "Best of the West" Award for his Missoula Independent story, "The Reckoning," about a man who killed two teenage girls in a drunk driving accident in Missoula.

Laurel Nakanishi (second year MFA) will be in Nicaragua next year on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Dana Fitz Gale (second year MFA) won the Writers at Work fellowship competition. Her story "14 Tips for Selling Real Estate" will appear in Quarterly West, and she will be giving a reading in Utah next month. Also, Fitz Gale got an honorable mention in the Intro Journal Awards and was a finalist in both the Tennessee Williams Short Story Contest and in the Third Coast Fiction Contest.

Kevin Canty's "Where the Money Went" was featured on Selected Shorts, the acclaimed short story series broadcasted on 143 public radio stations nationwide weekly. The reading was a part of a show devoted to "Tales of Money, Power and Greed."

Melissa Leavitt's (MFA '12) essay "Show Off," appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Willow Springs. Her essay "Barn Dance," appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Flashquake.

Aaron Shulman's (MFA '09) article about the economic crisis in Spain, "The Fifty Days of the Hotel Madrid," was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Dana Fitz Gale (second year MFA) won the Arts and Letters Fiction Prize for her story, "Monsters of the Deep." She will be travelling to Georgia in the spring to give a reading.

Laura Lampton Scott's (MFA '11) story, The T.V. Knows I'm Here, was in Monkeybicycle.

Next year's visiting writer, Ed Skoog (MFA '96), has been short-listed by SLOG for the Genius Award.

Noel Thistle Tague (second year MFA) will be attending the University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. program in Critical and Cultural Studies (Rhetoric and Composition track).

Brett DeFries (MFA '11) will be attending the Ph.D. program at the University of Iowa in English.

Anne-Marie Spidahl (MFA '09) will be attending the University of Minnesota Ph.D. program in literature.

Kate Rutledge Jaffe (third year MFA) has two poems, "Hinterland" and "Made," forthcoming in the June issue of PANK. Her poem "To Know a Door" was a finalist in Booth's 2012 Poetry Prize, and her poem "From the Soft Fingers of the Highway" was a finalist in Third Coast's Poetry Contest.

Michael Poage (MFA '73) has a new book of poetry, Voice Over (2012, SeaCliff Media).

First year MFA students Cecile Berberat, Sean Cleary and Lauren de Paepe read at the Regional MFA presentation for Get Lit! in Spokane.

Robby Nadler (MFA ’11) gave debut readings of his new manuscript in Paris and Morocco. While in Morocco, he spoke at a MENA conference with Tom Heely on a panel entitled "Speaking of Language: The Written Record." He will also be reading from the manuscript for a private event for the American Ambassador. He has been invited to sit in on a hybrid-forms panel at the Israeli literary conference, Tsuris and Other Literary Pleasures. His pantoum, "sunny morning-- eight legs" is forthcoming in The Offending Adam.

Jeremy Pataky (MFA '07) directs the Wrangell Mountains Center, which will offer summer writing workshops with Justin Torres and Nancy Cook (July 27 - Aug. 2) and Dan Beachy-Quick and Jeremy Pataky (Aug. 12 - 17).

Laurel Nakanishi (second year MFA) received a grant from Humanities Montana to place poems on Missoula's Mountain Line buses. Working together with the Missoula Writing Collaborative, Nakanishi has included poems by elementary school students as well as famous poets. "People often think that poetry only exists in books or greeting cards, but in actuality, it's all around us. Poetry can shape and articulate our world, it can slow us down and help us to pay attention, even during a morning commute," says Nakanishi.

Emma Törzs (second year MFA) has "3 Stories" in the online journal Hobart. Törzs also has stories coming out next month in Redivider and the Cincinnati Review, and a story forthcoming in Ploughshares.

The 2012 Academy of American Poets judge, Brian Teare, selected Noel Thistle Tague's (MFA '12) "Foundation" and Lauren de Paepe's (first year MFA) "The Crossing" as winning poems.

Tony Ruzicka (second year MFA) received honorable mention for his poem "More Words." Congratulations to the following undergraduate students for their creative writing scholarships: Claire Mikeson--Alice Passano Hancock Davidson Scholarship, Kristine Quint--Margaret Beebe Memorial Scholarship, Melissa Lacock--James P. Welch Jr. Memorial Award, and Tyler Cross and Chelsea Elwood--Opus Scholarships. Congratulations to the following MFA students for their University scholarships and awards: Melissa Mylchreest--Merriam Frontier Award, Laurel Nakanishi--Greta Wrolstad Travel Award, Carl Corder and Cecile Berberat--Nettie Weber Creative Writing Award, Elisabeth Ambury--A.B. Guthrie Memorial Award, Myrrah Dubey and Nicholas Forrest--Goedicke/Robinson Scholarship, Catherine Bailey and Samantha Duncan--Creative Writing Donor Scholarships, and Dana Fitz Gale and Carrie Laben--Bertha Morton Scholarships.

Summer 2012

Scott Alexander Jones' (MFA '09) poetry collection Elsewhere has been picked up by Black Lawrence Press.

Laurel Nakanishi ( MFA '12) was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for Nicaragua.

Dana Fitz Gale (third year MFA) won the Writers at Work fellowship competition. Her story "14 Tips for Selling Real Estate" appeared in Quarterly West, and she gave a reading in Utah. Also, Fitz Gale received honorable mention for the Intro Journal Awards and was a finalist in both the Tennessee Williams Short Story Contest and the Third Coast Fiction Contest.

Jeremy Pataky (MFA '07) directs the Wrangell Mountains Center, which offered summer writing workshops with Justin Torres and Nancy Cook (July 27 - Aug. 2) and Dan Beachy-Quick and Jeremy Pataky (Aug. 12 – 17).

Naomi Kimbell’s (MFA ’08) essay, “Bounty,” was published in the Iowa Review in August.

Molly Laich’s (MFA ‘11) story “Stillwater” was in the new Flywheel and Burnt Bridge Press Collective anthology, Get Your Goat. Laich also had an interview with fiction writer Casey Hannon in Thumbnail and two feature pieces in the Missoula Independent.

Jamie Rogers (BA '12) had a feature article in the June 7 Missoula Independent, "The One that Got Away."

Emma Torzs (MFA '12) had two stories out in The Cincinnati Review and Redivider.

Erica Olsen’s (MFA ‘98 ) essay “Grand Canyon II” appeared in the summer/fall 2012 issue of Gulf Coast.

Ryan Bell (second year MFA) had a feature article in the August issue of Western Horseman, ”Mongolia's Nomadic Heart."

Alice Bolin (MFA ’11) had an article on the Beach Boys' reunion tour in PopMatters.

Sharma Shields (MFA '04) read from Favorite Monster at Shakespeare & Co. in Missoula in July.

Noel Thistle Tague (MFA '12) will be attending the University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. program in Critical and Cultural Studies (Rhetoric and Composition track).

Brett DeFries (MFA '11) will be attending the Ph.D. program at the University of Iowa in English.

Anne-Marie Spidahl (MFA '09) will be attending the University of Minnesota Ph.D. program in literature.

Fall 2012

Nicholas Gulig (BA ‘07), author of West of Center (Chamber Press, 2012), read in in Missoula as part of the Frontierspace series. Last year Gulig was a Fulbright Scholar studying contemporary Southeast Asian poetry in Thailand.

Kevin Canty's Where the Money Went was on Selected Shorts the week of November 12.

Samantha Duncan (second year MFA), Jordan Konkel, Rachel Mindell, and Maud Streep (first year MFA students) are serving as interns with the Missoula Writing Collaborative, teaching poetry in elementary schools.

Rachel Mindell (first year MFA) had two poems, "Chile Cascabel" and "Chili Aji Amarillo" in the Horse Less Review.

Justin Boening (BA ‘07) was selected by Dara Wier as the winner of the 2012 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship.

Christopher Bolin (BA ‘00) has a book of poetry coming out with University of Iowa Press, The Tally. Bolin is the recipient of post-graduate fellowships from the University of Iowa and the MacDowell Colony.

Fran Davis (MFA '96) had a story, "Soft City Seattle" in the Spring 2012 issue of Weber: Contemporary West. Davis also has a new teaching job at the University of Montana-Western.

JP Kemmick’s (first year MFA) short piece on Necessary Fiction was posted November 7.

Ryan Rickrode’s (second year MFA) story, "We Are the Pretty," published on Identity Theory.

Sean Alan Cleary's (second year MFA) essay, "The Ontological Imperative of the Metric System," was in Beecher's magazine from the University of Kansas.

Jordan Rossen's (second year MFA) story, "You Thrive Now," is forthcoming in the Baltimore Review.

Alice Blue Books published Trina Burke's (MFA '08) chapbook, "The Best Divorce."

Catherine Bailey (second year MFA) is teaching poetry this year at Rattlesnake Elementary School through the Missoula Writing Collaborative.

Mark Gibbons (MFA '98), Art Homer (MFA '79), James Jay (MFA '98), and Miles Waggener (MFA '01) read poetry for Frontierspace on Saturday, October 13.

Khaty Xiong’s (second year MFA) poem, "Pavor Nocturnus," was in Kartika Review.

Laurel Nakanishi (MFA '12) started an Artists-in-Schools program in Nicaragua as part of her Fulbright. The program will place Nicaraguan writers and actors in schools and support them as they teach their craft to at-risk children.

Noel Thistle Tague’s (MFA '12) lyric essay entitled "Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards" was in Black Warrior Review.

Steven Rinella's (MFA '00) new book, Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter, appeared in Dan Garner's October 2 article, "New Breed of Hunter Shoots, Eats and Tells" in The New York Times.

Jeff Whitney’s (MFA '12) chapbook, The First Gesture, was a finalist for Orange Monkey's first-ever chapbook contest.

Melissa Mylchreest (MFA '12) won the High Desert Journal 2012 Obsidian Prize for Poetry ($1000) for her poem, "For Jolene."

Rachel Mindell's (first year MFA) poem, "Palomas Ave./Spruce Street," was in Interrupture.

Lauren de Paepe (second year MFA) had a poem online at Pismire and poems in the fall issues of Echolocation and Handsome.

Thomas Macfie's (undergraduate) poem, "7.5 Minute Map of Bedroom," was in Diagram.

Carrie Laben's (third year MFA) essay, "Ferret's World: A Trip to the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge," was in the Fall 2012 issue of the Montana Naturalist.

Jordan Rossen's (second year MFA) story, "Modern Dance," was in Fourteen Hills.

Gil Filar's (second year MFA) story, "Here for Life," was in Glimmer Train.

Khaty Xiong's (second year MFA) poem "Bad Blood" was published in Lantern Review's online journal.

Caroline Patterson (MFA ’94) published "The Geometry of Starting Over" in Southwest Review," "Bridge Night: A Fairy Tale," in Rose Red.com and "Neighboring on the Air" in Terrain.org. She was awarded a residency at the Virgina Center for Creative Arts for winter 2013.

Robert Stubblefield was named a finalist for “Best Professor” in the Independent’s Best of Missoula contest.

Cecile Berberat (second year MFA) won the Meadowlark Award ($1000) for her short story, "Want a Piece, Father?" The contest was judged by Richard Ford.

Dana Fitz Gale (third year MFA) was awarded a $1000 scholarship from the National League of American PEN Women for her writing abilities.

Clint Garner's (MFA '12) poem, "It is a Made Place," was published in the fall 2012 Seneca Review. Poems by Noel Thistle Tague (MFA '12) were in this same issue.