MFA News

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

Ash Baker ('20) has a story, "Nightmare in Red, Blue, Green" forthcoming in Sporazine.
makalani bandele ('21) has the following publications and honors: under the aegis of a winged mind, won the 2019 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and was e published in September 2020; "blues in b for charlie" was nominated by Harbor Review for Best of the Net; “unit_80,” “unit_111,” unit_32,” and “unit_95,” are forthcoming in Inverted Syntax; “unit_68;” “unit_4, an interrogative unit,” is forthcoming in Action, Spectacle; "scary meds,” "ghost of the piano,” "pianism (alternate take),” and “cutting contest" are forthcoming in Artful Dodge; “unit_63 for the player in you,” “unit_72 building 11,” and “a unit_9 kind of love,” are forthcoming in Ocean State Review;  “unit_84,” “unit_35,” “unit_26,” “unit_19,” “unit_57,” and “unit_43,” are forthcoming in Posit Journal; “unit_79, an intensive care unit” and “unit_50, overtime” are forthcoming in Variant Literature Journal, Issue#4.
Gavin Colton ('21) has a short story, “The Lippy” forthcoming in The Wax Paper.
Austyn Gaffney ('18) reports on the protests in Louisville for Rolling Stone
Emily Goldsmith ('21) has a poem, "Valhalla," in Vagabond City Litereary Journal.

Jordan Honeyblue ('21) has two poems, ""I'm just a black goddess" and "ryne/river/gopd," forthcoming in New Orleans Review.
Sean Madden ('16) has had three poems published: "Losing a Friend on Tax Day" appeared in 580 Split, "Well-Schooled Heart" appeared in The William and Mary Review, and "The Sun Appeals to the Lady in the Moon," in Jelly Bucket. His story, "The Growing Terror of Nothing to Think About," appeared in White Wall Review. This story was a finalist for the 52nd Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest last fall. Small Print will publish his craft essay, "Fiction at the Sentence Level: Elements of Craft in John Updike's 'The Happiest I've Been'".
Zeke Perkins ('20) published his story, "Hot Black Bubbles" in Volume 1 Brooklyn
Omaria Pratt ('19) published her story ""Blood Sisters on the Ghost Train" in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Volume XII honoring Crystal Wilkinson in May 2020, and her story "Hyde River" is forthcoming in Story Magazine Fall 2020 issue in November.


December 2019

Leigh Glanzman ('20) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Sleet Magazine for her poem, "Our Birthday, at the Beach."

Angel C. Dye ('19) published her poem, "Dating in the Age of Buzzwords," in The Blue Mountain Review and her poem, "GENESIS/A POEM FOR TONI," in a gathering together


November 2019

Bernard Clay's ('17) first book, English Lit (Old Cove Press 2019), was a top seller at the Kentucky Book Fair.


October 2019

makalani bandele ('21) had a poem, "ÉTUDE OP. 15, NO. 1." published in Foundry; and three poems are forthcoming: "earl of harlem meets the high preist of bebop," from Prairie Schooner, "what to do while fresh ideas are organizing," from The Bookends Review, and "the cruel blue," from iO Literary

Sean Madden ('16) had a story, "How the Lonesome Engine Drivers Pine," published by Alternating Current Press. This story was a finalist for the 2018 Luminaire Award for Best Prose, and will be included in an anthology in early 2020. He also has two forthcoming poems: "Proposition" will appear in the December 2019 issue of Ponder Review, and "Attendance" will appear in the 2020 edition of Roanoke Review.


September 2019

makalani bandele ('21) had a poem, "AFTER ECT," publish in ANMLY, and a poem, "Last Supper of Bop," published in Killens Review.

John Larson ('20) published his story, "Pace," in GRIFFEL, and his poem, "2019: The Year I Act Like a Dumb Bitch for Likes," in pulpMAG.

Jeremy Flick ('19) was nominated for the Best of the Net 2019 for his poem, "Bent," originally published in Matador Review.

August 2019

Leigh Glanzman ('20) had a poem "the mapmaker's daughter" published in Stonecoast Review.


July 2019

makalani bandele ('21) has a poem, "blues in b for charlie," in Harbor Review

Leigh Glanzman ('20) had a poem "Possession" published in Tipton Poetry Journal; a short story "Equations for a Falling Body" was the runner-up for the 2019 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize, subsequently published in Electric Lit; and a poem "Our Birthday, at the Beach" was published in Sleet Magazine.
Sean Madden ('16) had a poem, "God, What I Wouldn't Give for a Saturday Night," published in The Stillwater Review.

June 2019

makalani bandele ('21) had three excerpts from his new book, under the aegis of a winged mind, in Barzakh Magazine, and "quick recipe for genius" was published in Protean Magazine.


May 2019

Angel C. Dye ('19) has won a fellowship from the Poetry Foundation to attend the 2019 Furious Flower Summer Legacy Seminar.


April 2019

Suzanne Fernandez Gray ('19) has an essay, "Wayne's", in Michigan State University's literary journal, Fourth Genre.

Kate Tighe-Pigott ('18) had stories published in Grist Online, Willow Springs. Issue 83 (forthcoming), Passages North, and River River.

March 2019

Gary Thomas Smith ('17) has a story, "The Elk," in Appalachian Heritage.


February 2019

Ash Baker ('20) won the 2019 internal Mill House Residency competition


January 2019

Ash Baker ('20) published a film review of THEY (2017, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh) in Cinematary, and a blurb of ZAMA (2018, Lucrecia Martel) in Cinematary's Best Foreign Films of 2018 Canon.
Amanda Kelley Corbin ('17) received a Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant to work on a new novel. She was also interviewed for the Bluegrass Bookend radio show.
Angel Dye ('19) was commissioned in fall 2018 to write poetry that will be performed alongside a musical exploration of the Red Summer of 1919 by the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn and an ensemble. The performances will take place in Brooklyn, NY March 1st and 3rd, and she will be reading her work, which involves the story of a young boy, Eugene Williams, who was struck by a thrown rock and drowned in the "white" waters of Lake Michigan in Chicago in 1919.
Austyn Gaffney ('18) had an essay, "A Small Town’s Battle Against Radioactive Fracking Waste," published in onEarth.

Leigh Glanzman ('20) had a flash fiction piece, "Nets," published in Sky Island Journal.
Kate Tighe-Pigott ('18) will now be represented by Rebecca Gradinger of Fletcher and Co. Her work is forthcoming in Blackbird, Grist, Passages North, River River and Willow Springs.

December, 2018

Bernard Clay ('17) has a book, English Lit, forthcoming from Old Cove Press.
Austyn Gaffney ('18) had an essay, "Homing,"  which was runner-up in a nonfiction contest judged by Leslie Jamison, published in Blue Mesa Review. She will be a Brush Creek Arts residencent for literary arts in January 2019, a PLAYA residencent for literary arts in March 2019, and an Editorial Fellow for Sierra Magazine beginning in July 2019.
Krystin Santos ('18) had her essay, "A Broke Girl’s Guide to Atlantic City," published in Litro


November, 2018

Sean L. Corbin ('16) published his chapbook, The Leper Dreams of Snow (Finishing Line Press 2018)

Austyn Gaffney ('18) was the Writing by Writers residency for literary arts.

Sean Madden ('16) had his story, "Who Sharpens the Pencils," in Waccamaw.

Robin LaMer Rahija ('16) has poems forthcoming in Barely South Review, Spillway, and Bat City Review.


October, 2018

Austyn Gaffney ('18) had an essay, "Composting," published in Prairie Schooner.

Kate Tighe-Pigott ('18) has stories forthcoming in 2019 in Willow Springs, Blackbird, and Passages North.

Zeke Perkins ('20) won the Peauxdunque Review's Words and Music Competition in the Short Story Category


September, 2018

Catherine Brereton ('16) won an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council.
Austyn Gaffney ('18) had an essay, "Ha Ling," published in Brevity in September 2018
Parker Hobson ('18) won an Emerging Artist grants from the Kentucky Arts Council.
Sean Madden ('16)  published “Isaac’s Curse,” an excerpt from hisnovel-in-progress, in Blue River, Creighton University’s literary journal.


August, 2018

Krystin Santos ('18) has accepted a full-time lectureship at LSU in Composition and Creative Writing.


June, 2018

Sean L. Corbin ('16) published his chapbook, The Leper Dreams of Snow (2018 Finishing Line Press).
Austyn Gaffney ('18) was awarded the Katharine Bakeless Nason scholarship for Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference.
Sean Madden ('16) had his story, “How the Lonesome Engine Drivers Pine,” named a finalist for Alternating Current Press’s 2018 Luminaire Award for Best Prose.
Gary Thomas Smith ('17) published his story "Raw" in Still: The Journal.

May, 2018

John Duncan ('18) publish his story "girl on parade of killers" in Product Magazine.
Sean Madden ('16) published his story "Subtraction" in The Los Angeles Review
Robin LaMer Rahija ('16) published her poem "Transitivity" in Metonym

April, 2018

Suzanne Fernandez Gray ('19) published her satirical creative nonfiction piece ""COLLEGE COURSE REGISTRATION: PICK THESE ‘CAUSE WE NEED THE MONEY" in McSweeney's.


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