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Recent Accomplishments and Awards

Recent Accomplishments and Awards

New Books

  • Audrey Niffenegger (Faculty), Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger, powerHouse Books, May 2013.
  • Audrey Niffenegger (Faculty), Raven Girl, Abrams ComicArts. May 2013.
  • Rea Frey (UG Alum), Power Vegan, Surrey Books, April 2013.
  • Jamie Kallio (MFA Alum), Read On…Speculative Fiction for Teens: Reading Lists for Every Taste, Libraries Unlimited, 2012.
  • Todd Dills (MFA Alum), Triumph of the Ape, The2ndHand, January 2013.
  • White Noise, Tony Trigilo, full-time faculty, Apostrophe Books, 2013.
  • David Trinidad, full-time faculty, Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera Turtle Point Press, forthcoming fall 2013.
  • CM Burroughs, full-time faculty, The Vital System, Tupelo Press, 2013.
  • Joshua Young, full-time staff, The Diegesis, with Chas Hoppe, Gold Wake Press, 2013.
  • Holy Ghost People, Plays Inverse, 2014 (poetry)
  • S'Marie Clay, alum, MFA Poetry 2013, Strange Couple of the Land of Dot and Line (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2013)
  • The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood), Book 1, Tony Trigilo, full-time faculty, BlazeVOX Books, late-2013 or early-2014
  • Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments, Tony Trigilo (editor, introducer, and annotator), full-time faculty, Ahsahta Press, early-2014

Chapbooks

  • Daniel Scott Parker, student
    • L'esprit de L'Escalier, Chantepleure Press, 2013
    • (i.e. jump) ,Two Steps Press, forthcoming 2013
    • Co-curator The Swell: An Art Cooperative & Reading Series
  • Abigail Zimmer, student, poems in Arsenic Lobster, Ghost Town, Foothill
  • Andrew Ruskowski, student, A Shape & Sound , ELJ Publications, 2013
  • James Eidson, student, poems in Leveler, Forklift OH, Arsenic Lobster, The Bakery
  • Sara Peck, alum, MFA Poetry 2012, Finalist 2012 Omnidawn Chapbook Contest The Particulars: Oak, the Grain of, Oak
    • Yr Lad, Bob, Persistant Editions, 2013
  • Jeffery Allen, alum, MFA Poetry 2011, Bone & Diamond, H_NGM_N Books, 2013
  • Liz Chereskin, alum, MFA Poetry 2012, Come with Me to Des Moines, H_NGM_N Books
  • Stephen Danos, alum, MFA Poetry
    • Playhouse State, H_NGM_N Books
    • The New Megaphone, forthcoming 2014
  • Dolly Lemke, alum, MFA Poetry, Founder & Co-Curator Dollhouse Reading Series
    • I'm So Into You, Plumberries Press, 2013

Books Forthcoming

  • Brian Costello (PT Faculty), Losing in Gainesville, Fall 2014.
  • Lauren Fields (MFA), My Dear Watson, Lethe Press, April 2013.
  • Chris DeGuire, (PT Faculty), I Have a Bad Feeling About This, Wicker Park Press, Spring 2013.
  • Jeff Jacobson (PT Faculty), Sleep Tight, August 6, 2013.
  • Chris L. Terry (MFA Alum), Zero Fade, Curbside Splendor, September 2013.
  • Arnie Bernstein (MFA Alum), Swastika Nation: Führers, Politicians, Mobsters and the Rise and Fall of the German American Bund, St. Martin's Press. Fall 2013.
  • Lauren Fields (MFA), Dysfunction, Queer Mojo, 2013.
  • Wes Sturdevant (MFA Alum), Distractions: A Graphic Novel, 2013.
  • Gina Frangello (PT Faculty), A Life in Men, Algonquin Books, 2013.
  • Kurt Kennedy, (MFA Alum), Laying Lincoln Down, Wicker Park Press, 2013.
  • Kristin Bair O'Keefe (MFA Alum), The Art of Floating, April 2013.
  • Eric May (Faculty), Bedrock Faith (working title), Akashic Books, 2014.
  • Mort Castle (PT Faculty), Writing Historical Fiction, Self-Counsel Press.

Work in Anthologies

  • Tony Trigilo, full-time faculty: poems published summer 2013 in Matter, and forthcoming in Puerto del Sol and 1913: A Journal of Forms. Individual poems also forthcoming in the anthologies Monstrous Verse, Everyman Press, Obsessions: Sestinas for the 21st Century, University Press of New England, and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, Poets Wear Prada Press
  • Jill Talbot, full-time faculty, "Lost Calls," Barrelhouse Essay Anthology, Barrelhouse Books, 2013
    • "The Professor of Longing," Diagram 13.3
    • "The Sage Couch," The Fiddleback 3.3
    • "Wine List," forthcoming from PANK, Issue 10, Spring, 2014
    • "On Trouble, Like Dust, forthcoming, Ghost Proposal, Issue 3
    • "The Canyon," forthcoming, SunDog Lit, Issue Four, October 2013
    • "Stranded," Brevity, forthcoming, September 2013
    • "The Last Time I Used a Payphone," forthcoming, Defunct, Fall 2013
    • Three poems, forthcoming, Hobart.
  • Joshua Young, full-time staff, poems and prose, recent or forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, Jellyfish, Court Green, Fugue, Whiskey Island, Ghost Town
  • Tara Boswell, alum, MFA Poetry 2013, Founder & Co-curator The Swell: An Art Cooperative & Reading Series, poems in ILK, PANK, NOO, Salt Hill
  • Sahar Mustafah (MFA), "The Arabians," Two-Countries Anthology
  • Sam Weller (Faculty), "The Lord of the Wasteland," Hair Lit: Vol. 1, Orange Alert Press, January 2013.
  • Megan Stielstra (PT Faculty), "Heart's Not Metal," Hair Lit: Vol. 1, Orange Alert Press, January 2013.
  • Mort Castle (PT Faculty), "A Billion Monstrosities," and "If You Take My Hand, My Son," J.N. Williamson's Illustrated Masques, Gauntlet Press (limited edition) and IDW Publishing (mass market).

Awards

  • Mort Castle (PT Faculty) and Sam Weller (Faculty), Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology.
  • Ksenia Rychtycka (MFA Alum), Crossing the Border, selected as one of four finalists in the Short Story - Fiction category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
  • Eugene Cross (PT Faculty), Fires of Our Choosing chosen for Gold Award for Short Story Fiction by the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards, May 2013.
  • Lauryn Allison (Alum), solo/down chosen for Silver Award for Horror by the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards, May 2013.
  • Megan Stielstra (PT Faculty), essay "Channel B" selected for The Best American Essays 2013.
  • Patrick J. Salem (MFA), "The River of Milk and Ghee," semi-finalist for NYC Midnight Story Challenge, Spring 2013.
  • Mort Castle (PT Faculty) and Sam Weller (Faculty), Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, nominated for an Audie Award for Distinguished Achievement in Audio Production by the Audio Publishers Asocation.
  • Cyn Vargas (MFA), "Open House," won 53-word story contest on Press 53, January 24, 2013.
  • Parker Stockman (MFA), listed in the National Student Blogger Awards: Top 20 Student Blogs in the County. Spring 2013.
  • Laurie Lawlor (PT Faculty), Rachel Carson And Her Book That Changed The World has won the John Burroughs Riverby Award, given for an outstanding nature book for young readers by the John Burroughs Association. The award ceremony will take place on Monday, April 1 at the American Museum of Natural History.
  • Laurie Lawlor (PT Faculty), Rachel Carson And Her Book That Changed The World, chosen as one of the titles to be honored by the Amelia Bloomer Project
  • Nami Mun (Faculty), awarded a Fellowship from The Hermitage Foundation and the Spirit of Youth Award from National Runaway Safeline.
  • Sam Weller (Faculty) & Mort Castle (PT Faculty), Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury earned inclusion on the Final Ballot for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in the Anthology category.
  • Mort Castle (PT Faculty, New Moon on the Water earned inclusion on the Final Ballot for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in the Fiction Collection category.
  • Mort Castle (PT Faculty) and Sam Weller (Faculty), Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, received a Golden Bot Award from Wired Magazine as one of the Best Books of 2012 in the Adult Fiction category.
  • Rob MacDonald (Alum), column won a journalism award from the regional Press Association.

Short Fiction Published

    • Patrick J. Salem (MFA), "A Dialectician in Diapers," Prairie Light Review, Spring 2013
    • Jessica M. Scott (MFA), "Winter Giving Way," Emerge Literary Magazine, March 2013
    • Kate Duva (MA), "The Peculiar Fruit of the Savage Chinchilla," Niteblade, June 2013
    • Cyn Vargas (MFA), "Time to Go,"
Chicago Literati
    , April 26, 2013.
    • "Then There's Me," The Lighthouse Jukebox, April 2, 2013
  • Siobhan Thompson (UG), "Anniversary," The Dubois Review, April 2013
  • Liz Grear (MFA), "Mummy Imposter," Unstuck Books, March 9, 2013
  • Wyl Villacres (UG), "Blood Related," Bartleby Snopes, March 2013
  • Chris L. Terry (MFA Alum), "The Gleam," Moon City Review, March 2013
  • Jessie Morrison (MFA), "Bachelorette," The Madison Review, Spring 2013
  • Cyn Vargas (MFA), "And Then There's Me," Hypertext Magazine, February 13, 2013
  • Melissa Huedem (UG), "Done Wrong," Columbia Chronicle, February 4, 2013
  • Sahar Mustafah (MFA), "Light Wash," MIZNA Art & Lit Journal, February 2013
  • Cyn Vargas (MFA), "The Last Time," The Subterranean Quarterly, January 1, 2013
  • Adam J. Galanski (UG), "Rejoice," Crack The Spine Literary Magazine, January 2013
  • Cyn Vargas (MFA), "Fading," Word Riot, November 2012
  • Christopher Marnach (MFA), "Death Week at the Funeral Card Company," Glimmer Train, Spring/Summer 2014.

Magazines

  • S'Marie Clay, alum, MFA Poetry 2013, Founder and Editor - Black Tongue Review

Nonfiction Published

  • Robert Duffer (PT Faculty), Daughter to Dad: ‘Girlie' Pajamas, Please," Motherlode, June 14, 2013
  • Nami Mun (Faculty), "The Art of Forgetting," Every Person is a Philosopher, March 21, 2013
  • Richard Chwedyk (PT Faculty), "What We Teach When We Teach Science Fiction Writing," SFWA Bulletin, photos by Rhiannon Taylor (UG)
  • Randall Albers (Chair), "Alouicious," Brevity, May 2013
  • Cyn Vargas (MFA), "Just Because I Look Like My Father, Doesn't Mean I Act Like Him," The Good Men Project, April 2, 2013
  • Shawn Shiflett (Faculty), "The Importance of Reading to Your Writing," published by The Professional Higher Partnership Limited, UK, Spring 2013
  • Cyn Vargas (MFA), "What's Not to Love," The Urbaness, February 6, 2013
  • Aimee Stahlberg (MFA), "The Courage Knob," Scholars and Rogues, February 5, 2013
  • Christopher Marnach (MFA), "Apocalypse Not," Glimmer Train Bulletin, February 1 2013
  • Liz Grear (MFA), "Love is a Brick House," Hypertext, February 2013
  • Wyl Villacres (UG), "Death of a Phonecall," Thought Catalogue, January 2013.

Reviews and Media Attention

  • Audrey Niffenegger (Faculty), named one of Chicago's best local authors by CBS Chicago, July 1, 2013
    • Interviewed by Nina Metz, "What are the Best Movies Based on Books?" Chicago Tribune, May 8, 2013
  • Mark Davidov (PT Faculty), interviewed by Krystal Caha, "The Dream is Not Only American," Wanderer, Spring 2013
  • Jotham Burrello (PT Faculty), interviewed by Marcela Landres, "Ready to Submit Your Manuscript to Agents? Think Again." LatinoLA, May 13, 2013
  • Ksenia Rychtycka (MFA Alum), Crossing the Border, reviewed by Dorene O'Brien, Fox Chase Review, May 17, 2013
  • Julia Borcherts (PT Faculty), interviewed by John Wawrzaszek, "Celebrate Eight Years of Reading Under the Influence," Gapers Block, May 1, 2013
  • Kyle Kinane (UG Alum), interviewed by Aaron van Dorn, "Expect The Unexpected: An interview with comedian Kyle Kinane," Ghettoblaster, March 20, 2013
  • Chris L. Terry (MFA Alum), interviewed by Lara Levitan, "Author Chris L. Terry Discusses his Debut Young Adult Novel," Gapers Block, April 18, 2013
  • Richard Chwedyk (PT Faculty), novelette "Surfaces" featured on podcast site Tales to Terrify, March 1, 2013
  • Megan Stielstra (PT Faculty), editor, Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, February 18, 2013.
  • Randall Albers (Chair emeritus), interviewed by Rick Kogan for Story Week
  • Cyn Vargas (MFA), Blog, Just Plain Cynful, is now the Friday Blog Series for Curbside Splendor Publishing
  • Sam Weller (Faculty) & Mort Castle (PT Faculty), Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, #3 Bestseller in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Calgary Herald. March 2, 2013
  • Audrey Niffenegger (Faculty), interviewed by Sarah Terez-Rosenblum, "Audrey Niffenegger, Chicago Writer," Chicago Sun-Times, March 2, 2013
  • Ksenia Rychtycka (MFA Alum), Crossing the Border made the February "Reviewer's Choice" List in Midwest Book Review (Small Press Bookwatch)
  • Patricia Ann McNair (Faculty), interviewed by Mark Eleveld, "Midwest familiarity breeds ‘edgy' stories," February 1, 2013
  • Mort Castle (PT Faculty), New Moon on the Water, named a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award® in the category of "Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection."
  • Sam Weller (Faculty) & Mort Castle (PT Faculty), Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury named a "Superior Achievement in an Anthology" finalist for the Bram Stoker Award® of the Horror Writers Association
  • Christine Maul Rice (PT Faculty), Blog, "What Would Royko Do?" is now on ChicagoNow.

Readings, Presentations, and Performances

  • Audrey Niffenegger (Faculty), discussion of Raven Girl and Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger, hosted by Women and Children First at the Swedish American Museum, May 14, 2013
  • Rea Frey (UG Alum), launch party for Power Vegan, May 17, 2013
  • Liz Grear (MFA), Megan Stielstra (PT Faculty), Aaron Golding (PT Faculty), Cyn Vargas (MFA), Virginia Baker (UG), Tony Luce (Alum), Jenny Seay (Alum), Jael Montellano (Alum) reading at 2 Cookie Minimum, May 7, 2013
  • Kyle Kinane (UG Alum), performing at Brewsky's in Hattiesburg, MS, on April 22, 2013
  • Sam Weller (Faculty), presentation at Knox College on April 11, 2013
  • Earl Sewell (Alum), original skits based on his book Back to Me performed at Open Book author event, April 6, 2013
  • Judy Veramendi (MFA Alum), play, Men Around the World, performed at Next Theatre, Evanston, on May 8, 2013
  • Jane Hamilton (Visiting Faculty), reading and book signing on at Anderson Center Barn, Red Wing, Minnesota, April 19, 2013
  • Patricia McNair (Faculty), panelist on "The Road to Published - Authors Tell Their Stories,' presented by the Chicago Writers Association at the Harold Washington Library, on April 20, 2012
  • Steven Simonic (Alum), play, Broken Fences, performed at the Shetler Theatre Complex in New York City, May 3rd through May 19th, 2013
  • Judy Veramendi (MFA Alum), Men Around the World, staged reading at Next Theater, May 8, 2013
  • Ksenia Rychtycka (MFA Alum), Crossing the Border, book signing and presentation at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago on Sunday, April 21, 2013
  • Shawn Shiflett (Faculty), Wyl Villacres (UG), Darwyn Jones (Alum), featured readers in Reading Under the Influence, March 6, 2013
  • Audrey Niffenegger (Faculty) and Jane Hamilton (Visiting Faculty) took part in Vision and Voice: A Conversation, hosted by Donna Seaman, at Ragdale, March 2, 2013
  • Wyl Villacres (UG), "Zodiak Gacy," Second Story, February 2013
  • Randall Albers (Chair emeritus) and Megan Stielstra (PT Faculty), reading from Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story, at 57 Street Books, January 25, 2013
  • Patricia Ann McNair (Faculty), reading from "Return Trip," Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story on Interlochen Public Radio, January 23, 2013
  • Sam Weller (Faculty) and Megan Stielstra (PT Faculty), reading from Hair Lit: Vol. 1, at the Book Cellar, January 12, 2013
  • Mort Castle (PT Faculty), "Altenmoor, Where the Dogs Dance," produced as a short feature film entitled "Elysium."
  • Dennis Foley (MFA Alum), interviewed by Rick Kogan on WBEZ
  • Christine Maul Rice (PT Faculty), presenting at Columbia Scholastic Press Association's 2013 convention: 'Building on online lit mag from the ground up.'
  • Nami Mun (Faculty), will be the Keynote Speaker for Night Ministry, the Keynote Speaker for WBEZ/Neighborhood Writing Alliance, and the Keynote Speaker for Literature for All of Us
  • Cyn Vargas (MFA), "I Don't Know What You're Talking About," performed for 2nd Story on November 11 & 12, 2012
  • Tony Trigilo, full-time faculty, reading from and discussing White Noise this fall at the 2013 &Now Festival of New Writing

Career News 

  • Micah Ariel James (Playwriting UG Alum), accepted to University of Iowa on a full ride scholarship for Fall 2013
  • Candace Robertson (Playwriting UG Alum), accepted to Roosevelt University's MFA program for Fall 2013
  • Ryan Dolan (Playwriting UG Alum), accepted to Ohio University's MFA Playwriting Program for Fall 2013
  • David Hughes (Playwriting UG Alum), accepted to Depaul University's writing program
  • Robert Duffer (PT Faculty), editor of the Green Guide segment of the "Cars Section - Fuel Efficient Cars," in the Chicago Tribune
    • Editor of "Dads and Families" section of the Good Men Project
  • Patricia McNair (Faculty), teaching "Off Campus Writers Workshop" at Winnetka Community House, April 4, 2013
  • Tracy Hayes Odena (Alum), is now Sales, Marketing, and PR Director at Hummingbird Electric and Solar
  • Kevin Freese (MFA Alum), is now Editor of Carnival Magazine
  • Kathie Bergquist (PT Faculty), launched Ms. Fit, an online magazine focused on women's health and feminism, on January 19, 2013. Marcia Brenner (PT Faculty), Jessica Young (PT Faculty), Marian Sherrell Haas (Alum), Amber Ponomar (UG), Josephina Gasca (Alum), Meredith Grahl Counts (Alum), Megan Stielstra (PT Faculty), Stephanie Kuehnert Lewis (PT Faculty), Liz Baudler (Alum), and Germania Solorzano (PT Faculty), are contributors
  • Nami Mun (Faculty), will be Visiting Professor, City University of Hong Kong, Visiting Lecturer, Vermont Studio Center; Visiting Lecturer, Cleveland State; Visiting Lecturer, Hamline University; Visiting Lecturer, Fresno State University
    • Reader/Panelist at AWP Boston 2013
    • Judge for PEN/Robert W Bingham Prize (an award of $25,000)
  • Greg Baldino (UG Alum/Staff), signed contract to contribute an essay to the anthology Batman Desde la Perfieria for Alpha Decay in Barcelona, Spain, due in 2013
  • Brian Costello (PT Faculty), band Outer Limits featured in the New York Times Arts Blog, and the Saturday print issue, March 16, 2013
  • John Schultz (Emeritus), attended the ICERI conference in Madrid in November 2012
  • Scott Ferkovich (Alum), writing articles for the Society of American Baseball Research.