MFA Alumni Update

July 6, 2018

Thomas Batten's humor writing continues to grace the pages of several publications, print and online, including The New Yorker.

Andrew Blossom was just appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at The College of William & Mary for the 2018-19 academic year.

Matthew Crady's latest short story entitled "Burning Youth" was published in the anthology, The Evil One.

Tarfia Faizullah's latest poetry collection, Registers of Illuminated Villages, was published this year by Graywolf Press to much acclaim.

Pamela Garvey just had an essay entitled "Secret Socialist Lover" accepted for anthology about St. Louis. Garvey also has been doing many readings from her latest poetry collection, Seven Miles Deep,  including recently at the New Haven Poetry Institute, where she read in the same room that Emerson, Douglass and Lincoln lectured in.

Teresa Hudson's short story “The Monk” will be included in the forthcoming anthology Short Fiction From. A Small Plane from Press 53, out this fall.

Anna Journey's essay collection, An Arrangement of Skin, was just released in paperback by Counterpoint Press.  Of it, the Boston Globe raves: "Reading the essays in Anna Journey's elegant, haunting new collection is like cracking open a closet door and peering in to see a tight and private collection of oddities, secrets, and skeletons… illuminating even in their darkness."

Gregory Kimbrell has had several poems published in the past year in such publications as Zetetic, Alcyone, The Disappointed Housewife, Mirror Dance, and Whatever Our Souls.

Nathan Long's recent stories can be found in The Coil, Ilanot Review and 101Fiction.

Emilia Phillips' most recent collection, Empty Clip, was published this year as a part of the Akron Series in Poetry.

Jon Pineda’s novel, Let’s No One Get Hurt, was published in 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He recently was invited to teach at the Kundiman Asian American Writers Retreat at Fordham University, and this fall, he'll join the faculty at the College of William & Mary.  Picador will be bringing out the paperback edition of his latest novel in March 2019.

Patty Smith's novel, The Year of Needy Girls, was a finalist in the category of lesbian fiction at the 2018 Lambda Literary Awards.

Ron Smith’s published a memory piece about Tom Wolfe, and has written a number of new poems that he plans to put in his next book, including a poem about Monument Avenue.

Michele Young-Stone's third novel, Lost in the Beehive, was published by Simon and Schuster and included in "The Best New Books of Spring" in O Magazine.  For more information see VCU News interview with Michele.