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Books and Chapbooks by AU Students and Alumni:

The Shape of a Box by Grace CurtisWaiting for the Thoroughness of Winter by Barbara Benoit (chapbook)The Surly Bonds of Earth by Grace Curtis (chapbook)A Brief Natural History of an American Girl by Sarah Freligh (chapbook)Lemon Grass and Red Curry by Kimberly Ghaphery (chapbook)Threads by Joan Hanna (chapbook)Sugar-Tooth Confession by Detrick Hughes (poems)A Note on the Door by Jen Kindbom (chapbook)Dallas and the Spitfire by Ted Kluck (nonfiction)Finding God in the Dark by Ted Kluck (nonfiction)Playbook for Dads by Ted Kluck (nonfiction)Driving in the Fog by Joanne Lehman (chapbook)Jen Kindbom, Cadabra, alumni publicationDavid Wright, The Small Books of Bach, alumni publications The Diamond Road by Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter (fiction)Valiant by Marci Vogel (chapbook)Pruning Burning Bushes by Sarah M. Wells (poems)Recalling My Beginnings by Vana J Plaisance (memoir)Sad Math by Sarah Freligh (poems)The Miracle of Mercury by Joan Hanna (chapbook)

Publications by Graduating Class:

Class of 2016

Matthew Brown

  • "Holy Wisdom" appeared in the Winter/February 2014 issue of In Communion, a journal of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship. The journal is now available online.
  • Matthew's poem "At the Lake" appeared in issue 3 of Barking Sycamores.

Krista Christensen

  • Krista's piece "On Finding What Is Not Lost" appeared in the January edition of rawboned
  • A memoir vignette, "The 15th" appeared in the January issue of Word Riot.
  • A flash nonfiction piece, "Traction," appeared in the January 2015 issue of Hippocampus Magazine.

Michelle Harris

  • Michelle's essay "Gifts to Empty Places" was published in The Well, an online publication serving as a "gathering place for women in graduate school and beyond." 

N.I. Nicholson

  • Serving as co-editor for the Spoon Knife Anthology from NeuroQueer Books (Autonomous Press) -- a collection on neurodivergence, disability, and queerness.
  • "Speaking for Myself: My Cognitive Style, Ableism, and Communication" was published online at NeuroQueer.
  • "Dorothy, Under the Bodhi Tree" was published in Alphanumeric, a limited time online feature of NonBinary Review.
  • Three of N.I.'s poems appeared in GTK Journal Issue #2: "Roof on Fire", "Leviticus Letters," and "Repudiation." 

Krystal Sierra

Katelyn Stechshulte

Elizabeth Wiley

  •  2nd place winner in the 2015 Ruminate magazine Vander Mey nonfiction contest. Her winning piece "If You Want It to Last..." will appear in Ruminate's Issue 35, available this June. 

Class of 2015

Naki Akrobettoe

  • A Timeless Miracle was released in December 2014. The album combines Naki's soulful poetry combined with talented musician's and poets of the Columbus area. 

Carolee Bennett

  • "On not shielding young minds from the dark" was a semi-finalist for the TQ7 Poetry Prize. It is published in issue 7 of Tupelo Quarterly.
  • "Turn Coffee Off" was published in Lake Affect Magazine, a print journal published in Rochester, NY, showcasing art from local writers and artists.
  • Carolee was featured at "The First Wednesday" poetry series at Webster's Bookstore in State College, Penn. this spring. 
  • Carolee participated in Tupelo's 30/30 project in December 2013.
  • "after we kissed for the first time " was included (September 2013) in the Best of Referential Magazine
  • Three poems (and a few photos) appear in a new print/online journal: Up The River, A journal of poetry, art & photography
  • A poem, "Apiary," published in Split This Rock in 2012, was selected by the director as one of her favorites from 2012

Robert Morrison

Catherine Roberts

Kerri Snell

  • "The Liturgy of Listening," article on writing, appears on Relief's website.
  • ”Freedom”, “The Well”, and “Bride” appear in issue 7.1 of Relief.
  • Five poems by Kerri were published in Burnside Writers

Sarah M. Wells

  • Sarah was part of an AWP Conference panel, "The Power of Vulnerability in Nonfiction" with Marilyn Bousquin, Kate Hopper, Brenda Miller, and Bonnie Rough.
  • A four-part article on faith and transition appeared on the new website, "Off the Page," 
  • Sarah's essay "The Empty Spaces" was selected for Brevity's Holiday Smile Contest and appeared on Christmas Eve 2014. 
  • "The Worst Soccer Mom" was published in The Toast on November 24. 
  • "Natural Habitat" has been accepted for publication by Ascent magazine.
  • Sarah participated in the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference October 31-November 1 as an instructor and contest judge.
  • Sarah was hired as a managing editor for Case Western Reserve University in October 2014. 
  • "Building Fires" has been accepted for publication by Rock & Sling
  • "Rappelling" appeared in Chautauqua, and her poem, "Jesus and the Herd of Pigs" was chosen for The Common.
  • Interview with Jesse Turri on Unfolded podcast 
  • "The Dance: Dad's Lead," Full Grown People (January 2014)
  • "Someone's in the Kitchen," Unfolded podcast (January 2014)
  • Interview with Kate Hopper on Motherhood and Words (January 2014)
  • "After the Storm: A Better Love Story," The Good Men Project (December 2013)
  • "Night Swim," appeared in Every Day Poems (January 9, 2014)
  • "Like a Wet Nose on Your Cheek," Ascent (October 2013)
  • "'Where Is Heaven?'" and "Sugar Snap Peas," In Touch Magazine (November 2013)
  • "Easter Flowers," "No Trespassing," and "Nothing," The Common online feature (fall/winter 2013)
  • Four poems from Pruning Burning Bushes reprinted in Exhale (September 2013)
  • "Running," Poetry East (Fall 2013)
  • "Going Out of Town," The Mom Egg: VOX MOM Column (July 3, 2013)
  • "Field Guide to Resisting Temptation," essay, Brevity (May 15, 2013)
  • "Seasonal Work," appeared in Every Day Poems (April 1, 2013)
  • "Underwater," essay, Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression (2013)
  • Two essays by Sarah have been listed as Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2012 and 2013
  • A book of poems, Pruning Burning Bushes, was published by Wipf and Stock
  • Sarah is also the administrative director of the Ashland MFA program and managing editor for River Teeth and the Ashland Poetry Press

Heather Gemmen Wilson

Class of 2014

Samir Atassi

  • River Teeth website published Samir's review of Elissa Washuta's memoir My Body Is a Book of Rules. The review was entitled "Where Have All the Overmedicated Mermaids Gone?". 
  • Bank Heavy Press chose Samir's "Poem for Kenny" for their upcoming publication Katzenhatz.

Barbara Benoit

  • "Making Love After Illness, After Argument" was a finalist in Naugatuck River Review's annual competition and was reprinted inSmokey Review Quarterly
  • Barbara served as the judge of The Poetry Society of New Hampshire's 2012 National Competition
  • Review of Touch by Henri Cole appeared in Shenandoah
  • "Photo Shoot," previously published in Cimarron Review, will be posted at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, Vermont for the month of April 2012, as part of PoemCity 2012, Vermont's celebration of National Poetry Month
  • "And If Not Good", 5 AM
  • "She Could Have a Filet of Fish" and "She Could Form Plastic Bags," Tygerburning Literary Journal
  • Chapbook, Waiting for the Thoroughness of Winter forthcoming from Finishing Line Press

Gloria Brown

  • Gloria's poem, "Laying Irrigation Pipe in the Fruit Orchard Before Dawn," was published in the Summer/Fall 2014 Crab Orchard Review special issue "The West Coast & Beyond," Vol. 19. No. 2.

Kristin Distel

  • The poems “Heritage,” “Salt,” “Candle,” “Evensong,” “Lost in the Graveyard,” and “Siate Immoratale” were published in the eighth issue of The Stockholm Review of Literature.
  • “Still,” appeared in The Broken Plate.
  • Two poems “Book of Fire” and “Ai, Ai” will be published in the upcoming issue of The Minetta Review, a literary arts journal of New York University.
  • Kristin served as poetry editor for the Spring and Fall 2014 issues of The Critical Pass Review, a semi-annual literary review.
  • A sestina, “The Sound of Stone,” was published by DIN Magazine.
  • Four poems, “Vestal,” “Scala Sancta,” “Following the Arno,” and “Take Me In,” were published by Coldnoon: Travel Poetics.
  • Kristin’s article, “Gendered Travel and Quiescence in Toni Morrison’s Paradise” appears in a new book on women’s fiction (Women’s Utopian and Dystopian Fiction, ed. Sharon Wilson, Cambridge University Press). She presented an earlier version of the paper at The University of Oxford.
  • Kristin’s article, “The Red Death and Romeo: Poe’s ‘Magnificent Revels’ As a Re-Vision of the Capulet Masquerade” will appear in Perspectives on Edgar Allan Poe: Collected Essays from Museum Tusculanum Press/Lehigh University Press.
  • Kristin will present a paper entitled “Restoring Broken Bodies: The Ekphrastic Poetry of Larry Levis and Natasha Trethewey” at the Midwestern MLA conference in November 2013.
  • Kristin will present a paper entitled “The Mazarin Scandal: A Philosophic and Literary Muse” at the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in November 2013.
  • Kristin will present a paper entitled “‘By the pricking of my thumbs’: Corporeal Omens in Shakespeare’s Tragedies” at The Sorbonne in April 2014. The presentation is part of the Shakespeare 450 conference held by The Société Française Shakespeare.
  • Presented "Mary Astell's Empirical Feminism: A Marriage of Conservatism and Autonomy" at the Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boulder, Colorado, October 12, 2012
  • Recipient of the Rocky Mountain MLA Neila and Candadai Seshachari Faculty Convention Travel Grant Award

Polly Moore

Josette Kubaszyk

  • "Emma" appears in Marco Polo Arts Magazine
  • Josette's small compilation of essays, "Into the Never Never" appeared in the literary magazine, Storm Cellar.

Jan Shoemaker

  • "The Fall" appeared in the spring 2015 issue of River Teeth
  • Jan was featured in early March on The Humble Essayist's Paragraph of the Week with an excerpt from her essay "The Enormity Club."  You can still read it in the winter archives
  • Jan Shoemaker's essay, "Boot Camp of Collapsing Forms" appears in the Summer 2015 issue of Sufi Journal
  • Essays by Jan were published this summer (2014) in Colorado Review and in American Literary Review.
  • Jan’s  essay, "Tenebrae," was selected as a winner in the 2014 AWP Intro Journals Awards! It will be published in the Colorado Review.
  • Jan's essay, "Believer," published in MAKE Magazine, was listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013
  • Essays by Jan are forthcoming from Sufi Journal, MAKE Magazine, and Consequence Magazine


Class of 2013

Amber Anderson

  • Won the Fort Collins Reads Essay Contest with "How Opponents Teach Us Everything"
  • Won the Fort Collins Reads Essay Contest in the Teacher Category, Essay, from a piece titled "Peeling Myself Off the Pages of a Scrapbook"

Elizabeth Christy

Sarah Freligh

  • Sarah's  flash fiction piece, "We Smoke" was the winner of the Sycamore Review Flash Fiction contest. Her winning submission was featured on a "flash card" distributed during the 2015 AWP Conference and appeared in the print issue of Sycamore Review.
  • An essay "Lessons of the Body" appeared in the January issue of Brevity magazine.
  • A flash fiction piece "Dark" was also recently published by 100 word story.
  • Sarah's flash piece “Driving” appeared in Camroc Press Review.
  • Sad Math was the winner of the 2014 Moon City Poetry Award and will be published by Moon City Press in the fall of 2015. She will also receive a cash prize. 
  • Three poems by Sarah Freligh appear in the August 2014 edition of Connotation Press
  • Sarah's flash nonfiction "Here Is Your Fairytale" was named a 2013 Editor's Choice by Camroc Press Review, a $250 cash prize
  • Sad Math, Sarah's poetry collection (and former thesis), was one of 15 semifinalists in the Perugia Press Prize.  The prize honors first or second books written by women.
  • Two of Sarah Freligh's poems earned Pushcart Prize nominations in 2012, "Blissfield, Michigan: July 1969" (from Barn Owl Review) and "A Brief Natural History of an Eighth Grade Girl" (from Accents Publishing)
  • A chapbook of poems, A Brief History of an American Girl was published in December 2012 by Accents Publishing 
  • Three poems appear in The Sun Magazine's August 2012 issue
  • Additional poems appear in Rattle and the Prose Poem Project
  • "The Tenth of December" is included in “Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems” from Kentucky-based publisher Accents Publishing.
  • Brevity published "A Brief History of an Eighth Grade Girl" in their May 2012 issue
  • Sarah has had poems accepted by Barn Owl Review, Phat'titude Literary Magazine and Rattle.

Ted Kluck

Carrie Krucinski

  • Poems  "Fire," "Canvas," and "Land, Ascend" appeared in issue #8 of The Stockholm Review
  • Carrie's poem, "Scar Tissue" appears in the April 2014 edition of  r.kv.r.y.

Sandy McWhorter

  • Sandy was hired to teach composition for Kent State University at the Twinsburg campus.
  • The Diamond Road, Sandy's third novel, was published by Soul Mate Press.

Jeff Mongold

  • Jeff's essay, "Fingernail Polish Remover" appears in the most recent issue of The Broken Plate.

Laurie J. Murray

  • Runner-up for the 2015 Iowa Review Award in nonfiction. Her winning entry "Maidenhair" will be published in the December issue of The Iowa Review. Laurie was also awarded a cash prize.
  • Laurie has taken a position as Adjunct English Instructor at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. She teaches rhetoric and composition to first and second year students.

Doug Rutledge

  • In the spring/summer 2015 "Noli me Tangere," was published by Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. In addition his poem,"Speculate," was accepted by Common Ground Review and "Fish (Still Life)" will be published by Jabberwock Review. 
  • Two poems "Interstate 40 East," and "Migration III," appeared in the spring 2015 issue of Southwestern American Literature.
  • Doug presented an essay, "Visible Parlare: Ekphrastic Images in the Poetry of Angie Estes," at the American Language Association Conference in May 2015.  The essay will also be published in Ekphrasis in American Poetry: The Colonial Period to the 20th Century, by Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Doug's poem "The Effect of Snow at Petit-Montrouge" will appear in the 2015 edition of the Chautauqua Literary Journal, and his poem, "Les Demoiselles" will be published in the fall 2015 edition of Third Coast.
  • His review of Devotions by Bruce Smith appeared on Rattle
  • "Arizona Vacation," Concho River Review
  • Doug was the writer for a documentary film, "Women, War and Resettlement: Nasro's Journey" that aired on the local PBS station, WOSU October 12, 2011

Class of 2012

Karen Donley-Hayes

Kimberly Sinclair Ghaphery

Jeff Muse

  • "Pitman Creek" has found a home at Ascent and also appeared in The Good Men Project in April 2014
  • "Anima" appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Poecology
  • "SAR Talk" was published in The Common in July 2013
  • "Ground Truthing" appeared in Flycatcher in January 2013
  • "Manly Labor" was published in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Soundings Review
  • "The Big Bang" appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Poydras Review and online in April 2013
  • "Tough Love" was published in Stymie: A Journal of Sport & Literature in November 2012
  • "Sauk Mountain, North Cascades, Washington" appeared in EarthLines in November 2012
  • "Skagit River, Washington" appeared in Orion's The Place Where You Live in May 2012
  • "A Cure for Cabin Fever" was published in the March/April 2011 issue of La Crosse Magazine
  • "Soaring with Eagles" appeared in La Crosse Magazine in March/April 2011
  • "Patience and Pluck" was published in the January/February 2011 issue of La Crosse Magazine
  • "Walking on White" appeared in La Crosse Magazine in November/December 2010
  • "Busted Beer Cans and Baby Culture" was published in High Country News in August 2010 after winning the magazine's "Stories of the Working West" 40th Anniversary Contest
  • "An Encouraging Sky" appeared in La Crosse Magazine in July/August 2010
  • Jeff serves as a staff writer for Hothouse: A Place of Inquiry, publishing a monthly column, which he also posts on his website

Leslie Nielsen

  • "Hemming Xartan’s Cape" appeared in the September 2013 issue of Literary Mama
  • An essay, “The Instructional Dose—One Lump or Two?” was in the January 2013 issue of Poets’ Quarterly
  • Leslie is the Nonfiction and Blog editor for Poets' Quarterly
  • "Still Shining" appeared in the January 2013 edition of r.kv.r.y

Jennifer Ochstein

  • Creative Nonfiction magazine will publish a short craft essay by Jen in February
  • Review of Townie by Andre Dubus III was published in Brevity

Cyan Orr

  • "Metacognition" was published by Switched-on Gutenbe
  • "Idaho" was published in the December 2011 issue of Spillway
  • Cyan's poem, "The Scarecrow's Response," written as an exercise in Mark Irwin's class, was published in the online journal Mason's Road. It is the winner of the Winter 2013 Mason's Road literary contest

Vana J Plaisance

  • A memoir titled Recalling My Beginnings: The Kentucky Years  was published by Xulon Press in the summer of 2015. 

Class of 2011

Marilyn Bousquin

  • Marilyn was part of a 2015 AWP Conference panel, "The Power of Vulnerability in Nonfiction" along with Sarah M. Wells, Bonnie Rough, Kate Hoper and Brenda Miller. 
  • Marilyn’s  essay, "Against Memory" has been accepted for publication by Under the Gum Tree.
  • "Against Memory" was named a finalist in AROHO’s Orlando Prize for Creative Nonfiction 2013
  • "The Bruise" appeared in River Teeth Volume 14.2, Spring 2013
  • An excerpt from Marilyn’s memoir-in-progress (thesis), Searching for Salt, appears in Kate Hopper's Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers, published by Viva Editions spring 2012

Joan Hanna

  • Joan's second chapbook, The Miracle of Mercury, is available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press.
  • Joan wrote a three-part craft article on Thethe Poetry, "Place in Poetry: Concussive Reverberations." 
  • Threads (Finishing Line Press) was the winner of the poetry category of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards!  Author Exposure interview.
  • A chapbook of poems, Threads, is now available from Finishing Line Press
  • Joan is the assistant managing editor at River Teeth
  • Joan is the creative nonfiction editor and assistant editor at r.kv.r.y
  • Joan is a regular contributor to Author Exposure
  • “Breathing” (creative nonfiction) was published by the quarterly magazine r.kv.r.y. and appeared in the October issue
  • "Dragonflies" was published in Common Threads spring/summer 2010
  • "Ghosts" was published in the fall/winter 2009/2010 issue of Common Threads.

Detrick Hughes

Kimberlee Medicine Horn Jackson

  • Prairie Wolf Press Review published three poems: "Storyteller," "Walking Fire" and "Mother Earth" in Vol.VIII, Fall 2014. 
  • Guest speaker at Kent State University's Soup and Sustenance November 20, 2014 on the Dakota 38 Hangings.
  • Guest speaker for the Native American Literature class at Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus
  • Key speaker at Ashland Theological Seminary, "Created in God's Image, Walking Holy Ground, Seeing Christ through Native American Eyes"
  • The Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Thought published “Ota K' te Goes to Boarding School,” “My Boys in the Big Muddy,” “Warrior Woman” and “C'ante Was'te Win” in the Fall 2011 issue.
  • Kimberlee was awarded first place in the Geauga Park District 15th Annual Nature Writing Contest for her poem “He watches.”

Jon Kerstetter

  • Meat For Tea: The Valley Review published Jon's short fiction piece, "Street Corner Anthropology, Musings on an Intercultural Dialogue" 
  • "Learning to Breathe" won the 2014 Normal School Nonfiction Prize.
  • Jon read and led workshops during CNF at Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado, in April 2014.
  • Jon's essay, "The List," was a finalist in the Lunch Ticket Diana Woods Memorial Award.
  • "Thinking," was just published in the Examined Life Journal, University of Iowa College of Medicine.
  • Jon's essay "Triage" was published in an anthology, Red, White and True, by Potomac Press (Aug 2014).
  • "Triage," first published in River Teeth, was selected by Guest Editor Cheryl Strayed for inclusion in Best American Essays 2013.
  • Jon gave an author interview Friday, November 28, 2012 at 8:15 a.m. with KXIC radio in Iowa City, IA.
  • “Triage” and “Date Palms” will appear in River Teeth 13.2.
  • Jon presented at The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine, a conference held at the University of Iowa. His presentation, “Physician as Soldier: Physician as Writer – Reflections in Essay” took place on April 21, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

Nancy Leinbach

  • An essay on her tour with Summitt Exploration & Nomadic Experience published in the SENE News, November 2014. She was asked to contribute a piece, from the perspective of a senior (77 years), of how an elder manages a journey to visit the people and natural sites of East Africa.

David MacWilliams

  • "The Right Thing" was published by Apple Valley Review  and has been nominated for a "Best of the Net 2013" award
  • "Sound Waves" was published by Mason's Road
  • "Life Lesson, Take Two" was included in an anthology, Littlest Blessings, from Whispering Angel Books
  • David was selected for a two-week residency as a fellow in creative nonfiction at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in September 2012
  • Presented "Loss and Gain: The Elegiac Tone in Creative Nonfiction" at the annual College English Association meeting in Richmond, Virginia, March 29-31, 2012.

Rachel Peterson

  • "Why I Wasn`t Supposed to be Born" is up at Revolver.
  • “Red Bird” will be available in The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, due for release in March 2014
  • Cleft of Sky was chosen as a Semi-finalist for the 2013 Trio Award for First/Second Book by Trio House Press, judged by Mihaela Moscaliuc.
  • "Fragments of Joan XI." was published in Her Royal Majesty, "Luck." Issues 13, Summer 2013.
  • Rachel is now serving as an intern at The Review Review
  • "Elegy of the Gun," published by Los Angeles Review, was nominated for this year's Best New Poets anthology
  • "Harlan County" was published in the Winter 2012 issue of Arsenic Lobster. Issue Thirty, Winter 2012. It was also selected for the 2013 Arsenic Lobster Anthology
  • "Ink" appeared in Literary Imagination

Nicole Robinson

Ginny Taylor

  • Ginny read and led workshops during CNF at Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado, in April 2014.
  • "Odds and Ashes: A Litany for Wounded Voices" was published in the Fall 2012 issue of Jet Fuel Review and nominated Fall 2013 for The Best of the Net anthology
  • Staying Close, audio-essay, The Bob Edwards Show, XM and Public Radio, February 2013
  • Ginny received a fellowship for a Writers in the Heartland week-long residency in Illinois in October 2012
  • "Everything," a flash nonfiction essay, won first place in the nonfiction category at Whispering Prairie Press Writers Contest and appears in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Kansas City Voices
  • "Ragged Edges" appears in the spring 2012 edition of Soundings Review
  • "Staying Close" was included in the collection of essays This I Believe: On Love published fall 2010.

Marci Vogel

  • Poems were in FIELD and Seneca Review in spring 2013
  • Admitted to the PhD Program in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern California. Marci was offered theProvost's Fellowship
  • Chapbook of poems, Valiant, published by Finishing Line Press
  • Poem accepted for publication in the spring 2012 issue of Colorado Review
  • Poems in Hawai'i Pacific Review, Santa Clara Review, Puerto del Sol, and ZYZZYVA
  • "She Slips a Totem Under Her Pillow" was accepted for publication by Colorado Review
  • "My Father, on the Small Screen" was included in Spillway
  • "Panorama Highway" was published in the spring 2011 issue of Colorado Review

David Wright

  • Small Books of Bach by David Wright (poems, Wipf & Stock, 2014)
  • A brief interview and poem were published in antler in October 2014. 
  • Poems were published in Sou'wester, Tahoma Literary Review, Nassau Review, Windhover, Relief, Saint Katherine Review, and Christianity & Literature
  • Several poems were featured in recent months by Everyday Poems: Antiphonal Pantoum on the Song of Songs, And a Woman Goes to Find a Couch, and Phoenix
  • The poem "Phoenix" is included in Tania Runyan's new book How to Read a Poem: A Field Guide, published by T. S. Poetry Press in 2014.
  • Several poems from David's forthcoming collection, The Small Books of Bach, were featured during the month of September as part of the Tweetspeak Poetry Classroom.  
  • Presenting in Seattle at the annual AWP Conference as part of a panel entitled "The Subversive Spirit: Poetry Writing from the Edge of Faith."
  • David is now a tenure-track faculty member at Monmouth College (IL), where he will be teaching creative writing and American literature
  • The Small Book of Bach is under contract with Wipf & Stock to be published fall 2013
  • Recent poems have appeared in The McNeese ReviewHobart, and Bluestem.
  • "Taking Fight with Ferlinghetti" and "Bach's Invention for First Grader, Wax Paper, and Comb" accepted for publication in TETYC
  • "If You Knew the Hour," "Tracing the Ginkgo Leaf," "After David Hooker," and "Along I-72, Early October, I Consider My Debt to James Wright and Steve Jobs (among others)" accepted for publication in Relief.
  • Review of A God in the House: Poets Talk about Faith (Tupelo, 2012) will appear spring 2012 in Books & Culture
  • Gave a talk and a reading at the sixth gathering of Mennonite/s Writing on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University
  • "In the Vernacular Gallery" included in The Christian Century
  • Four of his "Manifestos in the Voices of the Dead" appeared in Avatar Review
  • "Paul Plays a Bouree" appeared online March 15, 2011 at Wunderkammer Magazine.
  • David was the featured poet in the March issue of the journal from The Center for Mennonite Writing ( They featured a short essay and a suite of Bach poems, "Five Sarabandes."
  • A poem about Nietzsche, "Translations IV," appeared in March 2010 in Wunderkammer.
  • "Two Suppers at Emmaus by Caravaggio," appeared in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Books and Culture.
  • "Sonnet for Bach's Boys to Consider" appeared in Poetry East.
  • "Unrestored Prophet's Head" appeared in Image.
  • David Wright's poem "Saturday, Sestina with Antlers & Blood" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the journal Rock & Sling, where the poem was published last year.

Class of 2010

Abbey Allerding

  • "Home" and "Unwrapping Surprises in the Personal Essay" appear in the Sixth Edition of The Fourth Genre.

Ashley Bethard

  • Rappahannock Review also published an interview with Ashley in their Contributor Spotlight column.
  • Ashley has been named Programming Chair for the Antioch Writers Workshop.
  • "Body Maps: Ears" was included in FANZINE as part of their Body Maps series. "Of Blood" was published by the Rappahannock Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 
  • Three of Ashley's essays have appeared in Luna Luna Mag this past spring: "Barbie: Child's Toy, Icon, Sex Object?", "On Buying a Knife," and "Why It's Good (And Necessary) We Talk About Monica Lewinsky."  
  • Ashley Bethard has been named the Digital Product Manager of Social Media at Cox Media Group Ohio. She leads social media strategy and oversees project planning and implementation for all CMGO media brands, including Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, WHIO NewsTalk Radio, K99.1FM, WZLR The Eagle, Springfield News-Sun, Hamilton JournalNews, Middletown Journal and Today's Pulse.
  • "The Haunt of Santa Fe" appeared in the June 2012 edition of Hobart
  • Ashley presented a writers seminar as part of the Antioch Writers Seminar Series Sunday, September 9, 2012
  • Served as guest editor for Specter Magazine's special issue, "Women," which will be published in July 2012.
  • A short fiction piece, titled "Salted Wounds," is included in PANK Magazine, April 2012.  It was featured as a top read byVouched Books
  • "On Seeing 'Red': Or, Why I'm Selfish When It Comes To Art," Specter Literary Magazine
  • "The lake in Francine Prose's 'Goldengrove'," Let's Hang
  • "The Unexamined Fact is Like a Rattlesnake," Specter Literary Magazine
  • "On Magical Writing and a Gypsy Named Kerouac," Specter Literary Magazine where Ashley is a columnist.
  • “Last Book I Loved: Goldengrove” appeared on The Rumpus.
  • Her short film experiment, “Experiment #1: Silent Andy” appeared on Peripheral Surveys.
  • "I Am Speaking the Language" appeared in and was selected as the story of the day October 10 by Fwriction Review.
  • "This Is Not A Pipe," first published in Hot Metal Bride (U. of Pittsburgh publication) back in 2010, has been selected to be in the "Best of Hot Metal Bridge" anthology, which is featuring the best work over the journal's past five years. The book is scheduled to be published in the fall.
  • “Albums of Our Lives: Shooter Jennings’ Put the O Back in Country” recently appeared on The Rumpus.
  • Ashley is an editor for Peripheral Surveys: A Postmodern Journal of Literature, Arts and Humanism
  • "Here's What Death Means for a Squirrel" was published in the April online edition of Peripheral Surveys: A Postmodern Journal of Literature, Art and Humanism.
  • “Fixed Points in the Universe,” was published by the literary e-zine Sea Giraffe Magazine.
  • An op-ed by Ashley, “From Egypt to Obama” appeared in the Sandusky Register February 23, 2011. 
  • Ashley’s response to the topic of “Neighborhoods” was featured on The Rumpus.
  • "This Is Not a Pipe" nominated for Dzanc Books' Best of the Web 2011 Edition
  • "This Is Not a Pipe" accepted for publication in Hot Metal Bridge.
  • Runner-up in the 2009 “Shape in a Misshapen World” Festival of the Arts Literary Arts contest in prose for her piece, "This is Not a Pipe".

Amy Campbell

  • Amy is director of foundation and corporate relations at Adrian College in Adrian, MI
  • Amy writes a food column for the Toledo Free Press, “Slapdash Gourmet”
  • A World Away, Amy's full-length manuscript, was one of 19 finalists out of 291 entries for the She Writes Passion Project
  • "A World Away" was a finalist for the 2007 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize.

Joey Connelly

  • Joey was awarded faculty of the year at Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2012 and 2014
  • Poems are forthcoming in HOOT and PANK
  • A poem by Joey was published in Southern Humanities Review
  • "Early Morning in Seven Parts" appeared on Atticus Review
  • "Gethsemane, KY" was published in St. Sebastian Review
  • Review of This Morning by Michael Ryan was published on Rattle
  • "Systematic Removal and All It Leaves Me" appeared in Splinter Generation in October 2011
  • "Self-Portrait as the Holy Family" appeared in Medulla Review
  • "To a Lover Who Can't Sleep" was in the Fall 2011 issue of New Plains Review
  • “A New Thinking,” a poem written for Joey’s friend and constant support Grace Curtis, was published in the Fall 2010 edition of the Louisville Review.
  • Joey serves as Assistant Professor at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Grace Curtis

  • A prose poem "Brown Dress" was selected by Silver Birch Press to be part of their "Me, As a Child" online series. 
  • Grace will have a poem in the fall 2014 issue of Sou'wester Literary Magazine.  She also has an interview with writer Peter LaSalle on the Antioch Review blog. 
  • Grace is currently the marketing manager for the Antioch Review 
  • A collection of poetry The Shape of a Box was published by  Dos Madres Press in May 2014. 
  • "Weeding" appeared in Reprint Magazine
  • “The Shape of a Box as Appearing,” a creative non-fiction essay appeared in the 2013 winter issue of the Baltimore Review.
  • “All I Know About Four O’clocks” appeared in the 2013 Ohio Poetry Anthology
  • "Zebra Finch" appeared in the Winter/Spring 2013 issue of Naugatuck River Review
  • Review of Make Yourself Small by Michelle Brooks appeared on Rattle
  • Gave a reading at the Santa Barbara Poetry Series
  • "Middle Space" was chosen to be included in Adanna's Love Poetry anthology
  • "River," "Mountains," "Lake," and "Winter Solstice" appeared in Hobble Creek Journal
  • "Written on the Backs of Speedway Gas Receipts" was republished in Repeat Poetry
  • “All That I Know About Four O’clocks”, which appears in the November issue of Red River Review, has been nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize
  • “Full Green Slate” appeared as part of “The Language of Art” juried exhibition by the German Village Art League.
  • “Extractions: An Invented Form” was in Radius Literary Journal, May, 2012
  • “Children of the Dump” poem accepted for exhibit with painting by artist, Mary King, Cincinnati Academy of Art, Creative Expression for Peace and Justice, June 1-June 10, 2012.
  • The essay, “The Inexplicable Math of Good Poetry,” was in Poet’s Quarterly, July 2012
  • Dan Beachy-Quick has chosen Grace's poem, "Wordsplay" as an honorable mention for the Greg Grummer Poetry Award. As the first runner up, the poem will be published in Phoebe's Fall 2011 issue alongside the contest winner.
  • “Eigenvoice” and “Fed by Birds in Winter” appeared online in Scythe.
  • In the Ohio Poetry Day 2010 Contests, Grace took first place in the Observing Nature, Discovering Meaning category, and in the Industry category. Grace also had two honorable mentions: Ohio Poetry Day Special Award and In Memory of Eileen A. Kelly categories.
  • The Surly Bonds of Earth won the Lettre Sauvage Chapbook contest.
  • “Merrill’s Cup,” “A Tropical Fruit,” and “Olbers’ Paradox” appeared online in Spring 2010 at Dark Lady Poetry.
  • "Weeding" appeared in the fall 2009 issue of the Waccamaw Journal.
  • The "Speedway Gas Receipts" poems appeared in the e-journal Clockwise Cat winter 2009.
  • "The Piano Teacher" appeared in the Winter/Spring 2009 issue of Common Threads.
  • Winner of the 2009 "Shape in a Misshapen World" Festival of the Arts Literary Arts contest in poetry.

Caitelen Schneeberger

  • "Sympathy for the Word" will appear in the next issue of Alehouse Press.

Class of 2009

Tammy Beevers

  • "Mornings at the Pond" was published by Deep South Magazine April 2011
  • "It's What You Lived For" appeared in the 2012 Texas Poetry Calendar
  • Tammy was selected to be one of ten winning poets to be a part of San Antonio's Via Metropolitan Transit National Poetry Month 2011 “Poetry on the Move” contest. The winning poems will be displayed in the public transportation throughout National Poetry Month, and there will also be recordings of poets reading their work for riders of public transportation to listen to on their cell phones. Beginning March 12th through April, there are media events and book store readings involved. The poem on display by Tammy is entitled “Aspen.”
  • Dos Gatos Press accepted “Texas Panhandle Slow Drive” for the 2011 Texas Poetry Calendar.
  • "Monarch Migration" was awarded an honorable mention prize for the 78th annual Writer's Digest contest.

Valerie Due

  • Valerie was the winner of the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat Cheryl Strayed/VIDA Memoir Scholarship March 13-15, 2013.
  • Random House's Biographile magazine selected my (very) short memoir excerpt as the Editor's Choice in their Short Memoir Contest
  • Valerie was a top-five finalist for the 2011-2012 Steinbeck Fellowship from the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, California.
  • “Pop Culture vs. Real America: Lifeguards Jackson and Owen” on real lifeguards versus the Baywatch stereotype has beenpublished online by the State Department, and will soon be in the English-language Pop Culture book. The book compares real American lives with stereotypes, and will be translated and given out by U.S. Embassies around the world.
  • "Lambing Midwife" appeared in Issue 11.2 of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. It was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the Editors of River Teeth.
  • Winner of the 2008 Writers at Work nonfiction fellowship competition for her essay "The Skinning Board." Due received $1,500 in prize money, publication in Quarterly West, a featured reading at the Writers at Work Conference, full tuition for the conference, free housing, and a manuscript consultation with a visiting writer or agent while at the conference. Abigail Thomas, the judge of the contest, had this to say about Due's piece: "I love the emotional restraint coupled with the ravishing prose of the piece. It serves so perfectly the young narrator whose initiation into the harsh realities of life--and death--on a farm is being presented here."

Jessica Jackson

  • "Summer Bliss," "Hush Little Baby," and "Epiphany" were included in the Winter Issue of Stellar Showcase Journal.
  • “Open Ground” was published online at
  • "Rebirth" was published online at

Jen Kindbom

  • Cadabra a book of poems, was published by Cascadia in 2015.
  • "Worshiping 'So What': A Workshop and a Gallery," a craft essay appeared in April's Poet's Quarterly
  • Cadabra has been accepted for publication with Cascadia Press's Dreamseeker Poetry Series, due out in 2015
  • “Pitcher,” will appear (with a different title) in the June 2012 issue of Literary Mama.
  • “Nocturnal Pine,” was published in Adroit Journal.
  • A Note on the Door, chapbook, was published by Finishing Line Press in spring 2011.
  • “Caterpillar” was accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of The River Oak Review.
  • "Summer Turning" appeared in Perigree's 26th issue.
  • "Love Bugs" appeared in the online journal 34th Parallel.
  • "Rainbow" was selected for publication in the anthology, The Light in Ordinary Things from Fearless Books.
  • "Animal" appeared in Chopper Journal, #4.
  • Jen is currently an adjunct instructor for the English Department at Ashland University.
  • Jen's poem, "Mayfly Season," will appear in the November online issue of Brevity.
  • Jen's poem "After the Fish" will appear in the journal About Place in their Future of Water issue.

Joanne Lehman

  • Joanne is an adjunct faculty member at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and writing instructor at Wayne College.
  • A chapbook, Driving in the Fog is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press
  • An article about Joanne's forthcoming chapbook appeared in Wayne-Holmes Bargain Hunter
  • "Twenty Minutes East of Wood Islands" will be published in an upcoming edition of Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature.
  • "Tenebrae" was published online at The Mennonite
  • Five of Joanne’s poems have been included on the Center for Mennonite Writing Journal’s website.
  • Joanne was selected as Writer of the Year by Wayne College in 2009.
  • "Wagon Hitcher" and "Twin Speakers," two poems from Morning Song, have been selected for the Wick Poetry Center's anthology, The Next of Us Is About to be Born, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Wick Poetry Center of Kent State University.

David Patrick

  • "Elegy for the Guns", published in Dogwood Literary Journal, won the Dogwood Literary award for nonfiction

JR Simons

  • Streetlight Sonata was chosen as an Honorable Mention in the Poetry category of the 20th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
  • Streetlight Sonata was a finalist for the Sharp Writ Book Awards
  • "May 4 Memorial, Kent State University," appears in Volume 10 of The Nexxuss, an online publication of Take It to the Streets Poetry.
  • Chapbook, Streetlight Sonata, available from and for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo
  • A comedy sketch entitled "Protest" won third place in a contest run by Cleveland's Laughter League comedy troupe and was performed live, onstage by them during their run of shows beginning Friday, October 23 at the 14th Street Theatre in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
  • "We Rode Poems" was published in the Winter/Spring 2009 issue of Common Threads, the semi-annual publication of The Ohio Poetry Association.
  • "The Sparrow with the Broken Wing" was published in the Fall/Winter 2007 issue of Common Threads.

Hannah Withrow

  • "Lady Beats" appeared in the latest issue of Beatdom.
  • "Grrrl Art," an essay, has been published online by Xenith literary journal.