Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Meet the Team


We're very pleased to introduce our spring 2018 Ashland MFA Faculty. We hope you're as excited about these names as we are. Included are a few links to help you get acquainted with these writers and their work: interviews, book reviews, short publications, excerpts.

For a full listing of faculty including their bios and additional information, visit our website's Faculty Page.



Poetry

Dexter Booth

Author of Scratching the Ghost, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Booth’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Blackbird, VQR, and elsewhere.

Grist Journal review of Scratching the Ghost 
“Love in the Time of Revolution” (Blackbird)
“Queen Elizabeth” (VQR)
“Insomnia Poem” (Waxwing)


Gaylord Brewer

Author of nine collections of poetry including Country of Ghost and Give Over, Graymalkin. Brewer has published over nine hundred poems in journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry and The Bedford Introduction to Literature.

Smartish Pace Interview
Three Poems from Asheville Poetry Review
"Being A Good Man" (Rattle)
Three poems from Connotation Press


Douglas Manuel

Author of Testify, a volume called “a breathtaking debut” by the poet David St. John. Manuel’s poetry has appeared at the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Northwest, North American Review and elsewhere.

Article on his career from Daily Trojan
From Poetry Foundation:
"Testify"
"Loud Looks"
"Washing Palms"
"Heading Down"


Sandra Simonds

Sandra is not teaching in spring, but she is leading one of our classes this fall and will be our Paris Residency workshop leader in June.

Author of six books of poetry: Orlando (Wave Books, forthcoming in 2018), Further Problems with Pleasure, winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize, Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009).

Publishers Weekly review of The Sonnets
“Golden Buddha” (Boston Review)
“You Can’t Build a Child” (Poetry Foundation)



Fiction

Brian Conn

Author of The Fixed Stars: Thirty-Seven Emblems for the Perilous Season and editor of Birkensnake, a literary zine. Conn’s work has appeared The Bestiary, Conjunctions, The Cincinnati Review, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and elsewhere.

Interview with Rain Taxi
Poets & Writers announces Conn’s acceptance of the Bard Fiction Prize
“The Hub” (Plinth)
“Leisure” (Conjunctions)


Matthew Salesses

Author of the novels I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying and The Hundred Year Flood. In addition to fiction writing, Salesses is a widely respected essayist on issues of craft, race, and pedagogy.

Kirkus review of The Hundred-Year Flood
Excerpt from I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying, a novel in flash fiction
Excerpt from The Hundred Year Flood
Loving America: Reading Carlos Bulosan with My Students” (Recent craft article in the Rumpus)


Derek Palacio

Author of The Mortifications and How to Shake the Other Man. His work has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories and elsewhere. Palacio runs the Mojave School, a free writing camp for rural Nevada teens, with his wife, the writer Claire Vaye Watkins.

New York Times review of The Mortifications
Excerpt from How to Shake the Other Man (Nouvella Books)
Excerpt from The Mortifications (Penguin/Random House)
"Preparations for the Body" (Short story in Witness)


Nayomi Munaweera

Munaweera’s debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, won the Commonwealth Regional Prize for Asia and a Godage Prize from its home country and was a Target Book Club selection. Munaweera’s second novel, What Lies Between Us, a book about a Sri Lanka-American, was hailed as one of the most exciting literary releases of 2016 from venues ranging from Buzzfeed to Elle magazine. It won the Sri Lankan National Book Award for best English novel and the Godage Award for Best English Novel.

New York Times review of Island of a Thousand Mirrors
Excerpt from Island of a Thousand Mirrors (Macmillan)
Excerpt from What Lies Between Us (Macmillan)
Recent interview with The Punch Magazine


Sarah Monette

Author or co-author of eight novels including the fantasy series The Doctrine of Labyrinths and Iskryne. Monette is a widely-published writer of fantasy, science-fiction, and horror. She sometimes publishes as Katherine Addison. Her work has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and elsewhere.

The Book Smugglers review of The Goblin Emperor
“Coyote Gets His Own Back” (Apex Magazine)
“Draco Campestris” (Strange Horizons)
“White Charles” (Clarkesworld)
“Blue Lace Agate” (Lightspeed Magazine)
"The Half-Life of Angels"(Uncanny)



Creative Nonfiction

Lily Hoang

Author of five books including Unfinished, The Evolutionary Revolution, and Bestiary. Hoang’s awards include the PEN Open Books Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Non-Fiction Book Prize. She is editor of Jaded Ibis Press and Executive Editor of HTML Giant.

Publishers Weekly review of Bestiary
Zyzzvya review of Bestiary
On My Birthday, Dragons & Intestines” (short nonfiction in Quarterly West)


Kate Hopper


Author of Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood and Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers. Hopper’s work has appeared in River Teeth, Brevity, Los Angeles Review of Books, nytimes.com, and Poets & Writers.

Interview with the Star Tribune
Story Circle book review of Use Your Words
“Becoming a Sanvicenteña: Five Stages” (short nonfiction in Brevity)
Look inside of Use Your Words: A Writing guide for Mothers


Bonnie J. Rough

Author of Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA and The Girls Alone: Six Days in Estonia, plus a new book forthcoming from Seal Press in Fall 2018. Rough’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Sun, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and elsewhere.

Publisher's Weekly starred review of Carrier
Excerpt of Carrier
"A Yelper Spreads the Love" (short nonfiction in Brain, Child)
"Help-Selfie" essay-review in Seattle Review of Books
Chicago Tribune Review of The Girls, Alone


See more faculty and detailed information at our Faculty web page.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Calls for Submission-- August 2017

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submissions. 


Journal Submission

The Woven Tale Press welcomes unsolicited submissions. Since their mission is to grow traffic to noteworthy artists and writers on the World Wide Web, they want to be able to link back your work; you must have a blog or website address. Rolling submissions accepted.

The Southern Review’s submission period is open, with submissions for prose remaining open until December 1, 2017. They accept mail submissions in all genres and online submissions in fiction and nonfiction. http://thesouthernreview.org/submissions/?utm_content=a51e37b2f4a940eca52d362f075dc7fa&utm_campaign=TSR09-2016&utm_source=Robly.com&utm_medium=email

The Southeast Review is currently accepting poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and book review submissions for issues 35.1 and 35.2. They seek quality writing from a range of traditions and styles, with an emphasis on work that pushes boundaries and uses its craft to evoke emotion while making the strange seem familiar and the familiar, strange. Rolling submissions accepted. https://southeastreview.submittable.com/submit

Upstart literary journal tiny poetry: macropoetics is seeking submissions. While small, its journal is unique and edgy and has already featured luminary American writers. They are looking for space-based poetry that focuses on the relationship between self and nature, self and items (such as household items, books, etc) and self and other (love, friendship, relationship). They want to curate ten total poems for each issue, twenty-five image poems (macros) and five poems surrounding animals, specifically cats. Send all submissions with an author bio to 
macropoetics@gmail.com or visit. Rolling submissions accepted. http://www.macropoetics.com/submit/ 

Platypus Press Wildness wants work that evokes the unknown. Platypus Press publishes its online edition every two months. A print anthology will be released once a year. Rolling submissions. No minimum length for poetry and prose, but please keep stories under 2,500 words and each poem under 80 lines. They currently only accept unpublished works; this includes website and personal blogs. Rolling submissions accepted.
http://readwildness.com/submit

Palaver was recently named one of Flavorwire’s hybrid magazines to follow. They are asking for Creative or Academic Submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline and have accessible language. The written academic work should be typed, double spaced, and follow MLA guidelines. Due to the volume of submissions Palaver receives, they ask that the academic pieces run no longer than twenty-five pages, and they do not accept previously published work-- be it print or online. Rolling submissions accepted.
http://palaverjournal.com/submit-to-palaver/ 

Eternal Remedy is an online journal dedicated to creative writing surrounding the topics of existentialism, love, psychology, philosophy, religion and the human condition in general. In its third year of operation, the journal is looking to expand its writing selections. Rolling submissions accepted.
http://eternalremedy.com/submissions/ 

Front Porch Journal, the online literary journal of Texas State University’s MFA program, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The journal publishes three times a year, highlighting emerging and established writers, reviews, and interviews. They are looking for new stories, essays, poems, flash, artwork, and graphic narratives. Rolling submissions accepted.
http://frontporchjournal.com/submissions/ 

JuxtaProse is accepting submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography. They pride themselves on providing a venue where emerging writers can find a voice alongside some of the most respected names in world literature. Rolling submissions accepted.
 For more details, visit:  http://www.juxtaprosemagazine.org/submit/ 

Found Polaroids is looking for flash fiction to accompany their collection of “found polaroids.” While submitted stories are unpaid writing projects, the exposure that students would gain from their stories is widespread. Found Polaroids has been featured on such news outlets as BBC World Radio, The Guardian.com, Dazed Magazine, CBC Radio 'As It Happens’, MutantSpace.com, The Plaid Zebra, and many more. Submissions are rolling.
http://www.foundpolaroids.com/ 

Glassworks publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. We also publish flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays in our online edition Flash Glass monthly. Submissions for Flash Glass are accepted on a year-round, rolling basis. www.rowanglassworks.org

Foothill: a journal of poetry invites graduate students to submit up to six unpublished, English-language-based poems composed in any poetic genre or form. They accept simultaneous submissions, and they read them year round. As compensation for publication, authors receive one free copy of the print journal. Foothill is published by Claremont Graduate University. Year-round submissions.
http://www.cgu.edu/pages/9078.asp

Quills Edge Press is pleased to announce a new and vibrant anthology of women’s voices in poetry. Each of the poets selected will see two or three of her poems included, so that her unique voice can be more deeply appreciated by others. This high-quality anthology will allow new and established voices to submit on a level field, where previous publications do not come into play. Your poetry will speak for itself. Submissions due here by September 22.

Contests
Southhampton Review is now accepting submissions for their Short, Short Fiction Contest of up to 350 words. Prizes range from $150 for third place, $250 for second place, and $350 for first. The deadline to submit is October 1. Read more here- https://www.thesouthamptonreview.com/submit.

Brittingham and Felix Pollack Poetry Prizes are now open. Any poet with an original, full-length, yet-to-be-published collection is eligible. Each manuscript, accompanied by a $28 reading fee paid online via Submittable, will be considered for both prizes. Each prize offers $1,000 and a publishing contract with the University of Wisconsin Press. Up to three additional finalists may be offered publishing contracts with UW Press as well, though this is not guaranteed. The submission deadline is September 15. More details here.

Poetry of the Scared is open for submissions Friday July 14 trough 11:59 PM on Sunday August 27, 2017. This year’s final judge, Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock, will select three honorable mentions to receive $100.00 and one winning poem to be awarded the $500.00 Merton Prize in Poetry of the Sacred. The winning poem will be published in the 2017-2018 Winter issue of Parabola Magazine, an internationally recognized magazine devoted to the world’s religious and cultural traditions. View more here.

Glimmer Train now has two contests open, Very Short Fiction and Fiction. There is $7,400 in prizes. First-place winners will be published in Glimmer Train. The deadline for both is August 30, 2017.

The Second Annual Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Prize is now open for submissions! The winning poet will receive $1,000 in cash and 15 author copies. Open to all English-language authors (of any age, ethnicity, gender or orientation) for a book of poetry. Suggested length of manuscript is between 64 and 84 pages, single-spaced. The deadline is August 15, 2017.
http://www.exophidiapress.org/poetry-book-prize.html

Blue Mesa Review is open to original English language works in the genres of Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction for a $500 prize. The submission must be an unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. The deadline is August 31st. For more details read here.

Conferences, Workshops, and More

Kenyon Review Fellowship
, is a two-year post-graduate residential fellowship at Kenyon College offers qualified individuals time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. The fellowship provides an annual $35,150 stipend, plus health benefits. Applications are due September 15, 2017. Learn more here: http://www.kenyonreview.org/programs/fellowship/  


HippoCamp, a conference for creative nonfiction writers, will be held from September 8-1, 2017 in Lancaster, PA.This three-day creative writing conference event features 40+ notable speakers, engaging sessions in four tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opportunities, and optional, intimate pre-conference workshops in Lancaster, Pa., a city rich in history, arts and culture. All of this, plus meals and snacks, bundled into a great, comprehensive conference rate. The deadline to register is August 25.  http://www.hippocamp2017.hippocampusmagazine.com/ 





Something to add? Send it to mfa@ashland.edu. We're especially interested in opportunities that cater to new and emerging writers.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Calls for Submission-- June 2017

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submissions. 


Journal Submissions

Mothers Play/Mothers Work is the theme for Mom Egg Review’s 16th annual print issue. They publish work by writers who are mothers or by others about motherhood. The upcoming issue of Mom Egg Review will be looking at PLAY and WORK through the lens of motherhood. Submissions due August 15, 2017. For more information, visit: http://momeggreview.com/submit/

The Woven Tale Press welcomes unsolicited submissions. Since their mission is to grow traffic to noteworthy artists and writers on the World Wide Web, they want to be able to link back your work; you must have a blog or website address. Rolling submissions accepted.

The Southern Review’s submission period is open, with submissions for prose remaining open until December 1, 2017. They accept mail submissions in all genres and online submissions in fiction and nonfiction. http://thesouthernreview.org/submissions/?utm_content=a51e37b2f4a940eca52d362f075dc7fa&utm_campaign=TSR09-2016&utm_source=Robly.com&utm_medium=email

The Southeast Review is currently accepting poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and book review submissions for issues 35.1 and 35.2. They seek quality writing from a range of traditions and styles, with an emphasis on work that pushes boundaries and uses its craft to evoke emotion while making the strange seem familiar and the familiar, strange. Rolling submissions accepted. https://southeastreview.submittable.com/submit

Upstart literary journal tiny poetry: macropoetics is seeking submissions. While small, its journal is unique and edgy and has already featured luminary American writers. They are looking for space-based poetry that focuses on the relationship between self and nature, self and items (such as household items, books, etc) and self and other (love, friendship, relationship). They want to curate ten total poems for each issue, twenty-five image poems (macros) and five poems surrounding animals, specifically cats. Send all submissions with an author bio to 
macropoetics@gmail.com or visit. Rolling submissions accepted. http://www.macropoetics.com/submit/ 

Platypus Press Wildness wants work that evokes the unknown. Platypus Press publishes its online edition every two months. A print anthology will be released once a year. Rolling submissions. No minimum length for poetry and prose, but please keep stories under 2,500 words and each poem under 80 lines. They currently only accept unpublished works; this includes website and personal blogs. Rolling submissions accepted.
http://readwildness.com/submit

Palaver was recently named one of Flavorwire’s hybrid magazines to follow. They are asking for Creative or Academic Submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline and have accessible language. The written academic work should be typed, double spaced, and follow MLA guidelines. Due to the volume of submissions Palaver receives, they ask that the academic pieces run no longer than twenty-five pages, and they do not accept previously published work-- be it print or online. Rolling submissions accepted.
http://palaverjournal.com/submit-to-palaver/ 

Eternal Remedy is an online journal dedicated to creative writing surrounding the topics of existentialism, love, psychology, philosophy, religion and the human condition in general. In its third year of operation, the journal is looking to expand its writing selections. Rolling submissions accepted.
http://eternalremedy.com/submissions/ 

Front Porch Journal, the online literary journal of Texas State University’s MFA program, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The journal publishes three times a year, highlighting emerging and established writers, reviews, and interviews. They are looking for new stories, essays, poems, flash, artwork, and graphic narratives. Rolling submissions accepted.
http://frontporchjournal.com/submissions/ 

JuxtaProse is accepting submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography. They pride themselves on providing a venue where emerging writers can find a voice alongside some of the most respected names in world literature. Rolling submissions accepted.
 For more details, visit:  http://www.juxtaprosemagazine.org/submit/ 

Found Polaroids is looking for flash fiction to accompany their collection of “found polaroids.” While submitted stories are unpaid writing projects, the exposure that students would gain from their stories is widespread. Found Polaroids has been featured on such news outlets as BBC World Radio, The Guardian.com, Dazed Magazine, CBC Radio 'As It Happens’, MutantSpace.com, The Plaid Zebra, and many more. Submissions are rolling.
http://www.foundpolaroids.com/ 

Glassworks publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. We also publish flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays in our online edition Flash Glass monthly. Submissions for Flash Glass are accepted on a year-round, rolling basis. 
www.rowanglassworks.org

Foothill: a journal of poetry invites graduate students to submit up to six unpublished, English-language-based poems composed in any poetic genre or form. They accept simultaneous submissions, and they read them year round. As compensation for publication, authors receive one free copy of the print journal. Foothill is published by Claremont Graduate University. Year-round submissions.
http://www.cgu.edu/pages/9078.asp


Contests

Glimmer Train now has two contests open, Very Short Fiction and Fiction. There is $7,400 in prizes. First-place winners will be published in Glimmer Train. The deadline for both is August 30, 2017.

The Second Annual Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Prize is now open for submissions! The winning poet will receive $1,000 in cash and 15 author copies. Open to all English-language authors (of any age, ethnicity, gender or orientation) for a book of poetry. Suggested length of manuscript is between 64 and 84 pages, single-spaced. The deadline is August 15, 2017.
http://www.exophidiapress.org/poetry-book-prize.html

Profane's Nonfiction Prize will be judged by Brevity editor and author Dinty W. Moore. The winner will receive $1,000 and a blurb from the contest judge, and finalists will be announced and considered for publication. There is no theme. Send your best flash, essays, journalism, or narratives that will spoon out some space in our guts and take up residence there. Deadline is July 31, 2017.
http://www.profanejournal.com/contests.html

Profane’s Fiction Prize
 will be judged by Devin Murphy. They want stories that are bold, that are daring, that mock and ridicule, that sneer, that disgust and appall and shock. The prize is $1,000, publication in their Winter 2017 issue, and a blurb from the contest judge. They’re accepting submissions through July 31st. 


Conferences, Workshops, and More


Ashland University's Summer Residency will feature Terry Tempest Williams, Rebecca Makkai, Dexter Booth, and many other talented writers. Visitors are welcome to sit in on readings and afternoon class sessions. 
https://www.ashland.edu/cas/master-fine-arts/summer-residency

The Baltic Writing Residency is extremely excited to announce the establishment of the Stormé DeLarverie writing residency, specifically aimed at under-represented writers. They are currently taking applications. It will offer 6-7 days in a Victorian apartment in historic Old Louisville, or off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in idyllic Boone, NC (1.5 hrs from Asheville; 1 hr from Winston-Salem). The deadline in June 15, 2017. The application fee is $15.00, and applicants should identify as member of an underrepresented group. 
http://balticresidency.com/apply.php

Trying to Say 'God' is "Re-enchanting Catholic Literature" presented by The University of Notre Dame's Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. It is a literary gathering from June 22-24, 2017 at The University of Notre Dame featuring Mary Karr, Bishop Daniel Flores, Heather King, Tim Powers, Brother Guy Consolmagno, and many more. The conference registration fee is now $100, which includes refreshments Friday and Saturday and all conference materials. To learn more, visit https://www.tryingtosaygod.com/about


HippoCamp, a conference for creative nonfiction writers, will be held from September 8-1, 2017 in Lancaster, PA.This three-day creative writing conference event features 40+ notable speakers, engaging sessions in four tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking oportunities, and optional, intimate pre-conference workshops in Lancaster, Pa., a city rich in history, arts and culture. All of this, plus meals and snacks, bundled into a great, comprehensive conference rate. http://www.hippocamp2017.hippocampusmagazine.com/ 



Something to add? Send it to mfa@ashland.edu. We're especially interested in opportunities that cater to new and emerging writers.

Meet the Team

We're very pleased to introduce our spring 2018 Ashland MFA Faculty. We hope you're as excited about these names as we ar...