Archives by Year: 2016

Nothing to Declare: Flash Fiction Sequences

Reading by and discussion from contributors to Nothing to Declare: Flash Fiction Sequences: Nin Andrews, F. Daniel Rzicznek, Kathleen McGookey, Lucas Southworth, Molly Fuller, and Christopher Citro.

Where: Kent State University, Room TBA

When: Wednesday, October 5th, 5:30 pm

Nothing to Declare: Flash Fiction Sequences (White Pine Press/Marie Alexander Series, 2016) is the first anthology of this emerging hybrid form. Part prose poetry, micro fiction, or flash fiction, and often a collage of more than one, the flash fiction sequences laces together various stand alone pieces of writing into related larger works.

This event is co-sponsored by the NEOMFA and the Wick Poetry Center.

NEOMFA Accomplishments for AY 2015-2016

Kelly Bancroft (alumna and playwright)

  • One-act play “Lovie’s Spring” was produced by Pittsburgh New Works.
  •  “Arriving at Bessie” was a Tennessee Williams One-Act Play festival honorable mention

Bill Soldan (student and short story writer)

  • Story “The Thirteenth Step” in New World Writing (it was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize).
  • Story “Talking and Standing Still” in the Vignette Review.
  • Story “The Long Drive Home” in Thuglit.
  • Recipient of Juniper scholarships.
  • Featured reader at Brews + Prose Reading Series in Cleveland.

Emily Lundgren (student, fiction)

  • Story “Tell Her” in grimoire magazine.

Christopher Barzak (faculty and novelist)

  • Wonders of the Invisible World novel published by Knopf. Stonewall Honor Award Winner from the American Library Association.
  • Guest Editor for “Queers Destroy Fantasy” special issue of Lightspeed Magazine.
  • Short story “The Creeping Women” published in Uncanny Magazine.
  • Guest author at Books by The Banks Festival in Cincinnati.

Colleen Clayton (alumna and novelist)

  • Presentation and panelist at Ohio Education and Library Media Association Conference.
  • Novel What Happens Next was an ‘Ohio Reads’ State Library Pick for 2015-16.
  • Featured author and panelist at Ohioana Book Festival and Western Reserve Book Festival.
  • Contracted by Youngstown State University Special Education Department to teach a summer writing course for 5th grade students.

Emily Troia (student and poet)

  • Awarded the 2015 Leonard Trawick Scholarship from CSU
  • Accepted into and attended the Summer 2016 Kenyon Review Art of Text Workshop
  • Read at The Big Big Mess, May 16th, 2015
  • Read at Brews and Prose, March 1st, 2016

Jonathan Wlodarski (student and fiction writer)

  • Presented at the National Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Seattle
  • Selected to attend Juniper Conference

Varley O’Connor (faculty and novelist)

  • Moderated and presented on a panel, ‘Women Writing Fiction in a Post-Feminist Era,’ at the Los Angeles AWP convention.

Anne Garwig (student and poet)

  • Two poems published in magazine Icarus Down.

Holly Brown (student and poet)

  • 2 poems in Jellyfish
  • 1 poem forthcoming in The New Old Stock
  • 1 poem forthcoming in H_NGM_N
  • 3 poems forthcoming in Rockhurst Review

Abi Bechtel (student and poet)

  • Featured reader for The Big Big Mess Reading Series
  • Essays published on and xoJane.

Philip Brady (faculty, poet, and essayist)

  • To Banquet with the Ethiopians: A Memoir of Life Before the Alphabet, Broadstone  Books.
  • Poems & Their Making: A Conversation, Etruscan Press, 2015.

Steven Reese (faculty, poet, and essayist)

  • Article “Jeffers in Context: The Presence of Shelley” accepted for publication in Jeffers Studies.

Mary Biddinger (faculty and poet)

  • Published her fourth full-length collection of poems, Small Enterprise (Black Lawrence Press, 2015).
  • Poems “My Upper Peninsula” and “Copper Harbor” appeared in Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press, 2015).
  • Poems appeared in the literary magazine Gargoyle, issue 64: “Most Unique, Mint Condition,” “Horizon-Free Living,” “A Little Action,” “Conspicuous Consumption,” and “Consolation Prize” (Paycock Press, 2016).

David Giffels (faculty and essayist)

  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, 2016.
  • An essay, “A Comedy of Errors,” published in Cleveland Magazine, August 2015.
  • An essay, “Shaving Needs,” accepted for publication in Other Fathers, Other Rooms, an anthology of literary essays about contemporary fatherhood.

Eric Wasserman (faculty and fiction writer)

  • Short story “Trampled Under Foot.” Insomnia & Obsession Magazine

Spring 2016 Graduate Reading

The Spring 2016 Graduate Reading will take place in the Room 310 in the Student Center at the KSU campus at 5:30pm.

This semester’s graduates include:

CSU: Lisa Langford, Logan Smith, Amber Taliancich Allen, Brett Zelman

KSU: Jack Boyle, Dawn Christine Hackett, Karly Milvet

UA: Rebecca Ligon, Jamie Thompson, Andrew Wehmann

YSU: Samuel Amazing, Anne Leigh Garwig

NEOMFA Visiting Writer Mary Ruefle Radio Segment

When Mary Ruefle came to Cleveland State University as part of the NEOMFA Visiting Writer Series, she stopped into the station of 90.3 for an interview with Dee Perry. A recording of her radio segment can be found on the ideastream website.