Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Calls for Submissions - May 2012

Each month the Ashland University MFA Program publishes all calls for submissions and contest announcements it receives.  This month, information is included from A Room of Her Own, Five [Quarterly], Augury Books, Aesthetica, Split Oak Press, Torrey House Press, and Palooka.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Summer Residency First Books Panelists

This summer, the Ashland University MFA Program welcomes four authors to present a panel on the joys and challenges of publishing their first books.  Panelists include John Foy, Mark Neely, Bonnie J. Rough, and Jerald Walker.  The panelists will present a reading from their work on Friday, August 3 at 7 p.m., and the panel discussion will take place Saturday, August 4 at 10 a.m. Both sessions will take place in the Ronk Lecture Hall, Schar College of Education, at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ashland Welcomes Mira Bartók, Summer 2012 Visiting Writer

Mira Bartók will join the Ashland University MFA Program's list of visiting writers for the 2012 summer residency.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Vote for Valerie Due, Biographile Finalist

Random House's Biographile magazine has selected alumna Valerie Due's (very) short memoir excerpt as one of five finalists in their Short Memoir Contest.  Please vote for her by Sharing or Liking the essay at the link below: http://www.biographile.com/untitled-by-valerie-due/2018/#comments

Good luck, Valerie!

Valiant by Marci Vogel - Pre-Sale Announcement

Valiant, a chapbook by Marci Vogel (MFA Class of 2011), is now available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press. Order Now!

About Valiant:

Valiant"Valiant has the reach and reckoning and gravitas, the subterranean interlock of story and theme, of a much longer work. Its fearless awareness, of present and past, is at one with the art of its making: Marci Vogel’s prowling formal restlessness is twinned by playful hyper-alertness to diction, anchored in passing LA-quotidian detail and in the recurrent echoes of myth, religion and personal loss. This book has wings—not the wax wings that keep entering the conversation, but victorious ones: more like the wings of the Phoenix."

—Sarah Maclay, author of Music for the Black Room
The poems in Marci Vogel’s debut collection "Valiant form a garland of courage. Whether it is a father’s suicide, ice cream melting in the car, dreams that refuse fruition, or traveling on the 405 Freeway, the poet-heart here knows it takes bravery not just to look but to see life's harder, irreconcilable edges. “Is there a question you are holding? Ask it now?” Vogel queries with such fully embodied compassion and sweetness that we want to travel with her. This is a book that claims Los Angeles the place (the Getty, LAX, freeways, and movies) as fodder for spiritual inquiry. The holding note of the collection is the lost father; his absence moves through poems in tremolo. Marci Vogel’s poetic anvil has hit the mark: Valiant sparks with Light and insight."

––Gretchen Mattox, author of Buddha Box