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 TIME.com 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
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