Monday, April 22, 2013

Harvey, Kerstetter Selected for Best American Essays 2013

BAE 2013Two essays, one by Ashland MFA faculty member Steven Harvey and one by alum Jon Kerstetter, will be featured in Best American Essays 2013, the long-running series published by Houghton Mifflin Books and edited by Robert Atwan.

The award-winning essays were first published in River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative, housed in Ashland University's MFA Program. Steven Harvey is an honored graduate faculty member in the Ashland MFA, and Jon Kerstetter is a 2011 Ashland MFA graduate who was a combat physician and flight surgeon for the U.S. Army and who completed three combat tours in Iraq.

Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail), the guest editor of the 2013 Best American Essays, chose Harvey's and Kerstetter's work from among the many hundreds of entries that Atwan and she reviewed this year. Strayed is one of four writers who will visit the Ashland University MFA Summer Residency in 2013.

That River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative contributed two of only twenty-five pieces published in Best American Essays 2013 cements the journal's reputation at the forefront of literary magazines published in the United States.

RT 13.2Now in its fifteenth year, River Teeth is co-edited by English professors Joe Mackall and Dan Lehman. Sarah M. Wells, MFA administrative director, is managing editor of River Teeth. Wells coordinates the journal's design and production and has raised the journal's profile significantly with increased print subscriptions and a strong online presence that includes Kindle editions and widespread library distribution through Project Muse at Johns Hopkins University. The journal's acceptance rate is less than 2 percent of the nearly 2,500 nonfiction submissions it reviews each year.

Steven HarveySteven Harvey's essay, "The Book of Knowledge," is the opening chapter of his memoir in progress, The Book of Knowledge and Wonder, which concerns the suicide of his mother in 1961, when Harvey was 11 years old. The Ashland MFA faculty member subsequently discovered 406 letters his mother had left behind and embarked on a writing project that he says "has the feel of a detective story. Before I read the letters, my mother had become little more than her death to me, but while writing her story I discovered a woman who, despite her vulnerability to depression, had a large capacity for wonder and a love of familiar things, legacies that she passed on to me."

Jon KerstetterJon Kerstetter's "Triage" concerns his experience as a combat physician in Iraq on the day that Major General Jon Gallinetti, U.S. Marine Corps, accompanied him on late-night clinical rounds. "The general laid his hand on the expectant soldier’s leg—the leg whose strength I imagined was drifting like a shape-shifting cloud moving against a dark umber sky—strength retreating into a time before it carried a soldier," Kerstetter writes. "And I watched the drifting of a man back into the womb of his mother, toward a time when a leg was not a leg, a body not a body, toward a time when a soldier was only the laughing between two young lovers—a man and a woman who could never imagine that a leg-body-man-soldier would one day lie expectant and that that soldier would be their son."

Harvey is a core faculty member who has taught creative nonfiction in the Ashland University MFA program since its inception. He is professor of English at Young Harris College in Georgia. Kerstetter was a member of the Ashland MFA's third graduating class and raised funds for the Wounded Warrior Project through a special pre-order of the River Teeth issue that published his essays about Iraq.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Calls for Submissions - April 2013

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, in order of deadlines, where posted.

Sixfold Call for Submissions

Deadline to enter April 23 | $1000, $200, $100 prize for short story and poems
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Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

The Georgia Review is excited to announce the inaugural Loraine Williams Poetry Prize---$1,000 and publication in The Georgia Review for a single poem, originally written in English and never before published either in print or online. The submission period is 1 April 2013–15 May 2013, with the winning poem to be announced on 15 August 2013 and published in the Spring 2014 issue. Poems may be submitted online or by post. 

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The Muse - an International Journal of Poetry

'The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry ISSN 2249 –2178 ' calls for submission for June 2013 issue: (

Submission guidelines:
1 Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished (both print and online, not even published on blogs, literary or discussion forums or social networking sites), and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

2. Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief bio-data. A cover letter would be nice but is not mandatory.

3. The research papers/essays should be not less than 3000 words. References should be prepared strictly following MLA Stylesheet (7th edition).

4. E-mail your poems, essays and research papers to . Response time varies from 2 to 12 weeks.

5. With poem/ research paper the poet/author is requested to submit a statement of originality of work.

6.The Muse acquires first-time electronic publication rights. We also reserve the right to republish it in future .

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