2017

Summer

Andrew Sean Greer's (MFA 1996) fifth novel, Less, has been reviewed by Christopher Buckley in the New York Times.

Robert Wrigley (MFA 1976) has three poems in Superstition [review]

Sarah Aswell (MFA 2006) has a comedy piece, "It Was Me," in The New Yorker. 

Courtney Bird's (MFA 2015) story, 'Hunger' just came out in the Los Angeles Review. One of her mummy stories ('Still Life, with Mummies') is coming out with Barrelhouse this summer and 'Liam and the Head' will be published in the Indiana Review this fall.

Rachell Mindell (MFA 2015) has poems published in Noble/Gas Qrtly and Really System. More are forthcoming in The Journal, Interim, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Alternating Current.

Nicholas Gulig (BA 2007) is the winner of CSU's 2017 Open Book Poetry Competition. His poetry coollection, Orient, will be published in spring 2018.

Philip Schaefer's (MFA 2014) poetry collection, Bad Summon, winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize, has been released by The University of Utah Press. Read a review by Chris La Tray in the Missoulian.

Carrie Laben (MFA 2013) is the 2017 Documentary Essay Prize Winner for the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University. She also won the Shirley Jackson Award for her story "Postcards from Natalie."

Melissa Kwasny (MFA 1999) is interviewed in The American Literary Review - "Regarding, or Disregarding, the Non-Human World."

Khaty Xiong's (MFA 2013) poem, "On Visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens" is published in Poetry.

Cecile Berberat's (MFA 2014) flash fiction piece, "The Arborist" received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Contest March/April 2017.

Jasmine Dreame Wagner (MFA 2010) was an artist in residence at Marble House Project in Summer 2017 and has been commissioned by Brooklyn Wayfarers to create a book of poems based on works-in-progress by their Fall 2017 artists in residence. Wagner's new book of poems and lyric essays, On a Clear Day (Ahsahta Press) was called "a radical cultural anthropology of the wild time we’re living in" by Hyperallergic. 

David Axelrod's (MFA 1984) poem "The Private Life of Debris" has been published by Under a Warm Green Linden, issue 3.

Caroline Patterson (MFA 1994) has a story coming out this fall in the Montana Noir anthology edited by James Grady and Keir Graff.

The Beargrass Writing Retreat in Greenough, MT is Aug. 26 - 29 this year. Kudos to MFA alumni Chris Dombrowski, Robin Troy and Jolene Brink for organizing this event and Sharma Shields (MFA 2004) for serving as one of the many fabulous writing instructors. 

Ed Skoog's (MFA 1996) poem "Being In Plays" is published in American Poetry Review.

Kim Barnes (MFA 1995) has a piece in the New York Times about her father.

Mandy Smoker Broaddus (MFA 2003) has a blog through Education Northwest on Native language immersion efforts in public schools in MT.

William Finnegan (MFA 1978) has been selected by UM to receive a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. 

Renee Branum's (MFA 2017) "Rendezvous" has been published by Creative Nonfiction in the True Story series, Issue #8.

Recently released, Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-au-Prince (McSweeney's/Voice of Witness/Verso UK) is an oral history of contemporary life in Haiti's capital city. Edited by former Kittredge Visiting Professor Peter Orner and international health specialist Evan Lyon, with an introduction by Edwidge Danticat, Lavil showcases the dedicated work of many MFA alumni. Laura Lampton Scott (MFA 2012) served as Senior Associate Editor, with additional editorial contributions from Zoey Farber (MFA 2012), Josh Fomon (MFA 2013), Kate Rutledge Jaffe (MFA 2012), Megan Kruse (MFA 2010), Lauren Loftis (MFA 2016), Becky Margolis (MFA 2011), and Emma Törzs (MFA 2012). There will be a book release reception on Friday, July 21, 7:30 pm at the Booksmith in San Francisco. 

Jenny Montgomery's (first year MFA) poem "Proofed" came in second for the Brittany Noakes Poetry Award. Her poem "Your Layers" is published in Hamilton Arts & Letters' special issue on health & the body.

Rebecca Durham's (third year MFA) poem "I'm Ready to Tell You About the Bodies" has been published in Pilgimage, vol. 40, issue 3.

Alicia Mountain's (MFA 2015) "Heroic Crown: Queer Sonnets" have been published in Sugar House Review.

The anthology in support of public lands in Montana,We Take Our Stand, includes many faculty and students from UM - Kevin Canty, Nancy Cook, Robert Stubblefield, Chris Dombrowski, Sandra Alcosser, Amanda Fortini, Walter Kirn, and Tess Fahlgren.  

Robert Stubblefield (MFA 1994) and Amy Ratto-Parks (MFA 2004) have both been recognized with Outstanding Performance Awards for Non-tenure Track Faculty. The University of Montana selected only six recipients for this award in 2017.

Kevin Canty's essay in LitHub, "Construction Instead of College, and Ways to Live in the World," describes the manner in which he discovered the story of his latest novel, The Underworld

Alice Bolin (MFA 2011) will be a Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction at The University of Memphis Fall 2017.

Naomi Kimbell's (MFA 2008) lyric essay, "Sing," is published in The Nervous Breakdown. 

Caroline Patterson's (MFA 1994) collection of stories, Ballet at the Moose Lodge, has been released by Riverbend Publishing.

Maud Streep (MFA 2014) is one of nine NYC Emerging Writers Fellows, chosen from over 500 applicants. Each writer receives a grant of $5,000, a 24/7 membership to The Center for Fiction Writers' Studio, the opportunity to work on a manuscript with a distinguished editor, and the chance to read at public events at The Center. The 2017 fellows were selected by our judges: Manuel Gonzales (The Regional Office is Under Attack!), Alexandra Kleeman (Intimations), and Tea Obreht (The Tiger's Wife).

Catherine Lacey, our 2016 Distinguished Kittredge Visiting Writer, has published her second novel. Dwight Garner reviews The Answers in the New York Times. 

Ryan Bell (MFA 2014) published a profile of acclaimed photographer Sarah Blesener in Columbia Journalism Review.

Connor McElwee's (second year MFA) short story "Errands" was runner up in the Puerto del Sol 2017 Prose Contest. 

William Smythe's (BA 2015) poem "Cuchulainn Defeats Ferdiad at the Fjord," is published in 3 Elements Review

Hannah Withers (MFA 2016) received a scholarship from Tin House to attend this year's Summer Writing Workshop.

Spokane-based Lynx House Press just released Richard Robbins' (MFA 1979) sixth full-length book, Body Turn to Rain: New and Selected Poems.

Kevin Canty's The Underworld made the New York Times Book Review "Shortlist" on May 5.

Spring

Steven Abell (BA 2017) has been awarded generous funding at Arizona State University to study poetry and earn an MFA.

Samuel Wood (BA 2016) has decided to attend NYU for graduate work. 

Ryan Lee's (BA 2014) poems "Poplar, Montana" and "Litte Boots" were wrangled up for the 2017 Cowboy Poetry Press anthology Unbridled.

Congratulations to our MFA scholarship recipients for this spring and next year - Sarah Aronson (Academy of American Poets University Prize & Greta Wrolstad Travel Award), Rebecca Durham & Nicole Roché (Nettie Weber Scholarships), Jordan Chestnut (Bertha Morton Scholarship), David Queen, Jason BacajPatty Jo Pabustan & Joseph Kirk (Truman Capote Fellowships), Taylor White (O'Leary Cardinal Writer's Award), Skylar Salvatore (The Hugo Scholarship), Connor McElwee (Creative Writing Scholarship), Regina Fitzsimmons (Husted-Jones Scholarship), and Emma Pfeiffer (A.B. Guthrie Memorial Award).

Congratulations to our undergraduate scholarship recipients for next year - Elizabeth Mays (Margaret Beebe Memorial Award), Courtney Coburn & Sam Olson (The Opus Scholarships), James Riach (The Welch Scholarship), Mary Fussell (Fishtrap & James Crumley Memorial Scholarship), and Natalie Hamel (Alice Passano Hancock Davidson Scholarship).

J. Robert Lennon's latest novel, Broken River, will be released with Graywolf Press on May 16. Lennon reads at Shakespeare & Co. on Tuesday, May 23, 7 pm.

Andrew Martin (MFA 2013) has a two book contract with Farrar Straus and Giroux - a novel and a collection of stories. Lorin Stein will be editing. 

Ted McDermott's (MFA 2011) book, The Minor Outsider, comes out in the States in June. There's a great review in Publisher's Weekly.

Trina Burke's (MFA 2008) chapbook, Battledore, was just published with Slash Pine Press.

Joni Wallace (MFA 1998) is the author of two books of poetry and a chapbook, Kingdom Come Radio Show (Barrow Street Press, 2016). A finalist for the Colorado Prize, the Besmilr Brigham Award, Word Works' Washington Prize, and AROHO's To the Lighthouse Award, Wallace teaches at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson. Her second collection, Blinking Ephemeral Valentine (Four Way Books, 2011), was selected by Mary Jo Bang as the winner of the Levis Prize. Read an interview with Joni Wallace by Mary Jo Bang in Poetry Society of America.

Sarah Aronson (second year poet) was awarded the Greta Wrolstad Travel Award to attend the Fishtrap Summer Writing Conference. Also, her poem, "Chief Complaint," was selected by Ellen Bass for the Academy of American Poets 2017 University Prize. 

Judy Blunt has agreed to serve as a reviewer for the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships.  The NEA received over 1,600 eligible applications this spring for fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction). Competition for these awards is intense. In recent years, the NEA has funded roughly 2-3 percent of eligible applicants. According to NEA spokesman Mohamed Sheriff, "To maintain the integrity and relevance of these fellowships, we seek a diverse group of reviewers who are of the highest caliber to participate in the adjudication process and ensure those top applicants are identified and funded."  Blunt will serve on a panel of 10 reviewers who each read and score approximately 150 manuscripts.  The applications, the NEA notes, "are evaluated solely on their artistic excellence."

Prageeta Sharma is currently teaching this semester as a visiting writer/professor at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she recently read at Prairie Lights with poet Alan Felsenthal. She will be reading with poet Jose Javier Zamora on April 6th at the Phillips Museum of Art; this reading is in association with programming for the exhibition "Where Hope Finds Home," housed by Franklin & Marshall College. She recently gave two talks at the AWP in Washington DC, and will be traveling back to Washington DC for work on Poetry Out Loud in late April. In the summer she will be teaching poetry and mentoring at Fordham University for the Kundiman Retreat, which is where nationally renowned Asian American poets and writers conduct Master Classes and manuscript consultations with fellows. Readings, writing circles and informal social gatherings are also scheduled. Through this Retreat, Kundiman hopes to provide a safe and instructive environment that identifies and addresses the unique challenges faced by emerging Asian American writers. On February 1st, 2017, Sharma collaborated with Pulitzer Prize poet, and recent UM visitor, Greg Pardlo on a renga poem project for Barack Obama.  Her chapter titled "Pedagogy and Authority in Teaching The Wasteland: Authorial voices and postcolonial criticism" was just published in  Creative Writing Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in the Classroom (Bloomsbury Academic, Feb. 2017).  Sharma is also encouraging the UM community (faculty, alumni, students, and staff) to propose panels, papers, readings, and performances for the next TIP conference (last two were held at the University of Montana). The deadline for our UM Community can be extended till the 15th of May. 

Joanna Klink spent the year as the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor at Williams College.  She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Yaddo Corporation.  In June she will teach at the Kenyon Review Summer Workshop alongside poets Carl Phillips and David Baker, and in August she will return to Civitella Ranieri in Umbria as a Director’s Guest.  She has an art book in production with Saul Melman, a sculptor in New York, and is working on a new book of poems.

Renee Branum (second year nonfiction) won the AWP Intro Journals Award in fiction. Her story, “Night Moves” will be published in the Tampa Review.

Jenny Gropp's (BA 2003) first collection of poetry, The Hominine Egg, has been published by Kore Press.

Robert Stubblefield’s introduction to “A Sense of Being,” a feature on the art of Wes Mills, appears in volume 11, number 1 of basalt. Wes Mills, Kerri Rosenstein, and Stubblefield collaborated on the feature. Mills’s work graces the front and back covers and an eight-page section within the magazine.

Sarah Aronson, Nate Duke and Stephanie Pushaw (all second year students) will participate in the Regional MFA Reading for Get Lit! in Spokane.

Marsha Walker's (MFA 1993) collection of stories, Big Sandy, has been published with OPENEYE Press.

Mark Hamilton's (MFA 1989) new poetry collection, 100 Miles of Heat, has been published with Finishing Line Press.

Liana Iman's (first year fiction) story, "Bartenders I've Known," is forthcoming in the Devil's Lake, spring 2017.

Connor McElwee’s (first year fiction) story, "A Good Night's Rest," is forthcoming in the spring issue of Breakwater Review.

Jeremy Smith's (MFA 2005) Epic Measures is out in paperback and includes an updated afterword and new "P.S." section with an author interview, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading. Smith has also created a new EPIC ACADEMIC section of his website for high schools, colleges, and others interested in using the book for classroom use, first-year reading experiences, one book, one school programs, and more.

Robert Wrigley's (MFA 1976) latest poetry collection, Box, is out with Penguin/Random House.

Jasmine Dreame Wagner’s (MFA 2010) new poetry collection, On a Clear Day is out with Ahsahta Press.

James Welch (MFA class of 1967) was inducted into the "Gallery of Outstanding Montanans" at the Capitol Rotunda.

Lehua M. Taitano (MFA 2010) has two poems in the recently released chapbook (March 2017) Nevertheless #ShePersisted, a collection of feminist poems, edited by Barbara Jane Reyes. She also has a new chapbook, Sonoma, (2017) available now from Drop Leaf Press. She will be on a Bay Area and Beyond book tour beginning in April, including a reading at Open Books in Seattle, WA on May 13th. She will be presenting work at UC San Diego on April 6th, as part of their Evening of Poetry with Indigenous Artists/Activists at The Loft. She will be reading at UC Berkeley on April 15th for the debut of the TransPacific Poetics Anthology, edited by Sawako Nakayasu and Lisa Samuels, and presenting work on "Queering the Eco-writing Landscape" at UC Santa Cruz on May 18th: Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium. Finally, she is the Community Outreach Coordinator on the Board of Directors for the Thinking Its Presence: Race and Creative Writing Conference, which takes place in Tucson, AZ in October of 2017.

Beth Judy (MFA 1995) read from her new book, Bold Women in Montana History, at Shakespeare & Co

Ryan Bell (MFA 2014) has a piece in National Geographic’s “The Plate” on livestock and wildfires.

Alicia Mountain’s (MFA 2015) poem “Forward Falling Daytime“ is featured in the Colorado Review.

Caylin Capra-Thomas’s (MFA 2015) poem "Nimbus" is published in Diagram.

Philip Schaefer’s (MFA 2014) poem, “Old Behaviors,” is published in Bat City.

Both the Missoulian and the Missoula Independent have excellent reviews of Kevin Canty’s new novel, The Underworld (W.W. Norton, 2017).

Laurel Nakanishi’s (MFA 2012) story, “Rivers and Borders” is published in The Wayward Post.

Winter

Richard Fifield’s (BA 1998) The Flood Girls has been honored by the 2016 Montana Book Award with an honorable mention, along with our future Kittredge Writer’s (Pete Fromm) The Names of the Stars.

Sarah Aswell's (MFA 2006) “I Don’t Care if Kellyanne Conway Puts Her Feet On My Couch” is published in She Knows

Stephanie Land’s (BA 2014) essay, “I Went From Being Homeless to a Full-Time Writer. Trump Wants to End the Programs That Got Me Here.” is published in Talk Poverty

Khaty Xiong (MFA 2013) is featured on Poets.org in Mai Der Vang’s “writing from the absence: voices of hmong American poets.” Her chapbook, “Ode to the Far Shore,” was published by 2412.

Anna Blackburn (second year poet) won the 2017 Merriam-Frontier Award with her poetry collection “The Keeping House.” 

Emily Danforth’s (MFA 2006) YA novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post will be made into a movie starring Chloe Grace Moretz.  

Rachel Richardson (MFA 2016) and John Jepsen (MA 2016) were married on February 8th in St. Augustine, Florida. Rachel has two poems, "60 Days" and "In All Honesty," forthcoming in the Spring/Summer 2017 Issue of The Bennington Review. That work will be the first appearing under her new name, Rachel Jepsen. Also, Rachel’s poem "Bainville, Montana" is in the new literary magazine of the Chicago Review of Books, Arcturus.

Melissa Kwasny (MFA 1999) is teaching prosody at UM this spring.

Thinking Its Presence: Conference on Race, Creative Writing and Art will move from University of Montana to University of Arizona, Tucson, Oct. 19 – 21, 2017. Call for proposals

Fran Davis’ (MFA 1996) collection of stories, Why Don’t You Kill Me? will be published by Brighthorse.

Skylar Salvatore (first year poet) won third place in the Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize with "while you sleep, Idaho" - judged by Eileen Myles. 

Visiting Poet Sherwin Bitsui was interviewed by Grace Cavalieri at the Library of Congress. 

Jolene Brink (MFA 2016) reviews Cassandra Cleghorn's first poetry collection, "Four Weathercocks" for Jacket 2

Catherine Theis' (MFA 2001) dramatic adaption of Euripides' "Medea" has just been published with Plays Inverse Press. 

Chris Dombrowski’s (MFA 2001) memoir, Body of Water, has been reviewed in ForbesHigh Desert Journal asks Dombrowski “What is the West?” 

Electric Lit interviews Emily Ruskovich (BA 2007) about her first novel, Idaho, (Random House, 2016). Smith Henderson reviews Idaho in the New York Times.

Entertainment’s “Debut novels to read in 2017” includes books by two undergraduate alums: Emily Ruskovich with Idaho and Ian Bassingthwaighte with Live From Cairohttp://ew.com/books/2017/01/26/debut-novels-read-2017/

Tess Fahlgren (BA 2015) talks about Evelyn Cameron, a Montana pioneer photographer, as part of her new Folks Podcast series. 

Sarah Aronson (second year poet) has some poems published in The Boiler and Pacifica. Poems are also forthcoming in the Bellingham Review, Yemassee, Big Sky Journal, and the St. Petersburg Review. She was a recent finalist for the Fishtrap Fellowship and received an honorable mention in the winter Inlander Poetry Contest.

Naomi Kimbell (MFA 2008) has a blog about institutionalization in Montana.

David Gilbert’s (MFA 1995) story, “Underground” was published in a recent issue of The New Yorker.

Lehua M. Taitano (MFA 2010) presented on the panel US/Pacific Poets Confronting US Empire at AWP 2017 in Washington, DC. Taitano also has an essay, "In This Current Era," in issue 17 of Kartika Review, as part of their Asian/Pacific Island Writingscape Commentary.

Rebecca Durham (second year poet) has two poems accepted and forthcoming, one in Pilgrimage Magazine and one in Riverfeet Press Anthology. She has also created a new website for her art, photography and poetry. www.rebeccadurham.net

Julie Rouse (MFA 2014) has three poems published in Heavy Feather Review.

Ryan Lee’s poem, "Intuition," was published in Olentangy Review's winter issue. 

Philip Schaefer’s (MFA 20014) poem “Portrait for the Anti-Refugee Campaign in Ravalli County, MT” is published in the Baltimore Review. He also has a poem in the Kenyon Review. 

Tom Mitchell (MFA 1978) has had four poems accepted by the Adirondack Review.

Grace Arena’s (second year poet) chapbook, they'll outlive you all, is coming out next winter from Dancing Girl Press. 

Bruce Dehnert celebrated an opening of his show “Quantum” at the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH.

Sarah Aswell (MFA 2006) has a short, funny piece in The New Yorker, “Jeremy, The Last Man on Earth.”

Dana Fitz Gale’s (MFA ) collection of stories, Spells for Victory and Courage, is reviewed by Sarah Aswell.

Stephanie Pushaw’s (second year fiction) review of Mary Ruefle’s My Private Property is published in the Los Angeles Review of Books.  

Prof. Bob Baker’s “Gravity and Grace: The Poems of Alice Oswald” is published in the Boston Review.

Karin Schalm’s (MFA/MA 1996) poem “Courage” is in the latest issue of ep;phany – Winter 2016/Beyond the Pale Unknown. She also has work in Poems Across the Big Sky II, and her poem “Kindest Bee” has been accepted for publication by Scablands Press’ Weird Sisters anthology.

Michael Earl Craig’ (BA 1994) poem, “Rose Tantrum” is published in The New Yorker.

Kevin Canty’s new novel The Underworld came out in March with Norton. It’s getting great reviews from Kirkus and Entertainment. 

Dan Brooks (MFA 2006) has an article about adults using pedialyte in the New York Times. 

Caylin Capra-Thomas’ (MFA 2015) chapbook Inside My Electric City is now available through YesYes BooksAlso, her 2016 Nonfiction Prize essay is in the current issue of Yemassee. 

BJ Soloy’s (MA/MFA 2014) chapbook, Selected Letters, has been published with New Michigan Press. He also has a couple of poems in LIT.

Bryan Di Salvatore has a long excerpt from his unpublished novel I Still Miss Someone in the Feb/March issue (26/1) of The Surfer's Journal.

Jayme Feary (MFA 2012) won a Teton Arts Council Award

Carrie Laben’s (MFA 2013) short story "Postcards from Natalie" (The Dark, July 2016) has been selected for The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2017. She also has a story in Okey-Pankey and is teaching an online writing class

Alicia Mountain’s (MFA 2015) poem “What I Loathe in Others I Like in You” is published in Sixth Finch and her poem "Scavenger" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Smartish Pace.

New CutBank t-shirts are in! Contact Editor Kate Barrett if you want to buy one) editor.cutbank@gmail.com

George Venn's (MFA 1971) new book is Beaver’s Fire: A Regional Portfolio (1970 – 2010).

Liana Iman (second year fiction) was given Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction contest for “Coda: Four Boys.”

Laurel Nakanishi (MFA 2012) had an essay in Orion, “A Private Wild: Out beyond male and female, gay and straight, there are no mountains.” Her poem, “88 Temples" was nominated for a Pushcart with Fourth Generation.

Ed Skoog’s (MA 1996) poetry collection Run the Red Lights came out with Copper Canyon Press. 

S.M. Hulse’s (BA 2006) novel Black River made the long list for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award.

"With Poems Across the Big Sky II, Many Voices Press continues to serve Montana writers, bringing together diverse perspectives, life-styles, cultures, from experienced and inexperienced poets, from the young among us, and from our esteemed elders," writes editor Lowell Jaeger. UM Creative Writing alums - Hannah Bissell (also Assistant Editor), David Allan Cates, Sally Cobau, Michael Earl Craig, Carla Homstead and Karin Schalm - celebrated the release of the anthology with a reading at Turner Hall's Dell Brown Room.