Attention Alums: Conference Registration Deadline Approaches!

A reminder that the deadline for registering for the Annual Alumni Writing Conference is next Saturday, June 3. Prices and information can be found at Don’t delay; it could be the most rewarding week of your summer!
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“Now Blown Apart Hit Record” by Matt Hart (poetry, ’02)



I look through the living room

window and gush      Or

I look through the blotchy

black canopies of trees

I wonder if I have anything

to say about an apple


. . . continue reading here.

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“Summer Day” by Daye Phillippo (poetry, ’14)

A poem from Daye Phillippo (poetry, ’14) appears in Literary Mama:

Summer Day

or John

When he refused to be born, when he stayed
curled and warm and huge inside, they
sent me from the hospital, said Go home and rest,
but I weeded the parched garden instead.
After a time, the boy’s father stepped outside,
suggested I might come in out of July’s brass
heat for a glass of water, at least, but I glared

. . . continue reading here.

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Six Poems by Shadab Zeest Hashimi (poetry, ’09)

A sequence of six poems by Shadab Zeest Hashmi (poetry, ‘ 09) appears in World Literature Today:


Qasida of the Bridge of Teacups
The soul cleaves into two somewhere along the birth canal,
didn’t you say, Plato? I send your echo back to Athens
from my rug of locked antlers in Peshawar
where I fill a teacup with the question of half my soul
(as I watercolor a whitewashed village I’ve yet to see). In
the torpor of the mango season, I am closer to the heady basil
that fishermen of the Black Sea put in their boats for luck –
Will I know my soul by the musk of tannin ink, sugarcane

. . . Continue reading this poem, and five others, here.

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“A Love Story” by Samantha Hunt (fiction, ’99)

A story by Samantha Hunt (fiction, 99) appears in The New Yorker:


by Samantha Hunt


“A coyote ate a three-year-old not far from here.”


 “My uncle told me.”


“He said, ‘Don’t leave those babies outside again,’ as if I already had.”

“Had you?”

“Come on.” An answer less precise than no.

“Why’s he monitoring coyote activity up here?”



“It’s irresistible.”


A wild dog with a tender baby in its jaws disappearing into the redwoods forever. My uncle’s so good at imagining things, he makes them real. “Yeah. It’s just what he does, a habit.” Or a compulsion.

“I don’t get it.”

But I do. Every real thing started life as an idea. I’ve imagined objects and moments into existence. I’ve made humans. I tip taxi-drivers ten, twenty dollars every time they don’t rape me.


The last time my husband and I had sex was eight months ago, and it doesn’t count because at the time my boobs were so huge from nursing that their power over him, over all men, really, was supreme. Now, instead of sex with my husband, I spend my nights imagining dangerous scenarios involving our children. It’s less fun.

[. . .  to continue and to hear audio of the story, click here.]


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Community Digest (May 2017)

Faculty News & Publications

ω Michael Parker has a new book of stories, Everything, Then, and Since, forthcoming in June from Bull City Press. 






ω Robin Romm has edited a collection of essays, Double Bind: Women on Ambition, available from WW Norton. 






ω A story from David Haynes, “The Weight of Things,” appears in Issue 36 of Natural Bridge.


Alumni News & Publications

“Stolen Boy,” a story from Nancy J. Allen (fiction, ’12), is winner of the 2017 Short Story America Prize. Congratulations, Nancy!



ω Lindsay Remee Ahl (poetry, ’13), has a poem, “The Mother,” in the Spring 2017 issue of The Georgia Review. 





ω A collection of poems, Wild Water Childby Rose Auslander (poetry, ’15), won the 2016 Bass River Press Poetry Competition, and is now available for purchase through Amazon. Rose also has a poem, “Dead Moon, Brooklyn,” in Tupelo Quarterly




ω A collection of poems, The Dangling Houseby Maeve Kinkaid (poetry, ’08, is available now from Barrow Street.




ω An essay by Rick Bursky (poetry, ’03) appears online in The AGNI Blog.


ω Mike Puican (poetry, ’09) has poems appearing in two anthologies celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gwendolyn Brooks: The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks available now through University of Arkansas Press, and Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, available for purchase from Curbside Splendor


ω Dilruba Ahmed (poetry, ’09), has two poems, “The Feast,” and “Choke,” in AGNI, Issue 85, 2017. 



ω “Vrbitza,” a poem by Aggie Zivaljevic (fiction, ’05), appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of The Literary Review (TLR)

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