Erin Stalcup (fiction, 2004):  Erin’s short story “Why Things Fall” appears in the latest issue of PANK Magazine.

Priscilla led Isaac by the hand outside, walked him to a tree, placed his back against the trunk. She pulled an apple from between her breasts and placed it on his head. She told him to stand perfectly still. Priscilla strode twenty paces away, turned, notched an arrow into her bow, pulled it back with muscular yet trim arms—at that point Isaac fell in love—and let it fly: the apple impaled, the arrow quivering in the bark. Isaac stepped from underneath, left the apple thrumming above. They both could imagine a crowd roaring…

The complete story, as well as an audio recording, is available at pankmagazine.com

Erin is currently a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas, where she’s finishing her first collection, Gravity & Other Stories, and starting a novel.

Edward Porter (fiction, 2007):  Edward’s new story “Howard Garfield, Balladeer” is online at Booth Journal:

My troubles began when I was ten and my parents spent the summer traveling in Italy, leaving me with my great-aunt Ethel Patch, in her decrepit gray Prairie School castle, way out past the fairgrounds. This disconcertingly spry octogenarian had a large collection of vinyl records, and out of desperate boredom one rainy afternoon, I took one at random, impaled it on the nub of her old Garrard SP25 and dropped the needle. When Glenn Yarbrough’s honeyed voice came pouring out of the speakers, crooning about a lumberjack drowned while freeing a logjam, I was lost. …[Keep Reading]…

Edward was a fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007-2008, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston, as well as a collection of short stories.

Joe Schuster (fiction, ’91): Joe’s first novel, The Might Have Been, which he began writing at a Warren Wilson MFA residency, will be available March 20 from Ballantine Books.  The St. Louis Riverfront Times ran a profile story detailing the nine-year story of the book’s creation:

For nine years Schuster’s vacation and sabbatical routine went like this: He’d get up in the morning and go to the coffee shop. He’d get coffee while the laptop booted up, then he’d plug in his headphones, turn on some music and start working toward his daily quota of 1,500 words. Sometimes it would take an hour or two. Sometimes it would take all day. The song was always the same: Aretha Franklin’s rendition of “I Say a Little Prayer” on endless repeat. Schuster estimates he has listened to that song 5,000 times. He’s still not sick of it. If he hears it now, it takes him right back into the world of the novel.

You can also read excerpts from the novel on the paper’s website.

Marjorie Hudson (fiction, ’00):  Marjorie’s collection of short stories Accidental Birds of the Carolinas (2011, Press 53) received honorable mention in the 2012 PEN Hemingway Awards.  Her stories “document contemporary and historical characters facing love and loss, crossing boundaries between native Southerner and newcomer, and walking a fine line between tragedy and delight.”

You can read the title story from the collection at the Center for Fiction online.

A new poem by Sara Slaughter (poetry, ’11) at every day, a century, “a curated writing project that challenges writers to create a one-hundred word prose poem every day”:

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In the South, as elsewhere, fried chicken is called by the bone it’s served on. In the South, any good fried chicken joint will highlight the plates or baskets that include the pulley bone. This is the wishbone we fight over from Thanksgiving’s turkey. Smaller, though. Hollow. Its given name, furcula…[keep reading]

Alumni Matthew Olzmann’s poem, “Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem” is up at Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century.

MOUNTAIN DEW COMMERCIAL DISGUISED AS A LOVE POEM

Here’s what I’ve got, the reasons why our marriage
might work: Because you wear pink but write poems
about bullets and gravestones. Because you yell
at your keys when you lose them, and laugh,
loudly, at your own jokes. Because you can hold a pistol,
gut a pig. Because you memorize songs, even commercials
from thirty years back and sing them when vacuuming… [Keep Reading]

Read alumna Glenis Redmond‘s new poem in the latest issue of Tongues of the Ocean, Words and Writing from the Islands.

Stomach Trouble

Congenital defect means
my first breath was snatched
by trouble’s hand.

It held me
before I felt
my mama’s embrace.

All five of her babies,
born before time:
I was a whole month shy,

a small mahogany fist of cries
straining against a world
I was not ready to enter.

At 4 lbs. 6 oz.,
I arrived with loss
at my center: umbilical hernia.

My insides
pushing out:
the disposition of  a poet…  [Keep Reading]

Glenis is the author of the poetry collection, Backbone (200, Underground Epics).  She also shares her poetry in live performances, some of which are available on her Youtube channel.

Gail Peck (poetry, ’87):  Gail’s book Counting the Lost was published in September by Main Street Rag.  Her essay, “In the Shadow of Beauty” is included in the online journal Connotation Press.  Her poems are forthcoming in Nimrod, Comstock Review, and elsewhere.

Reginald Dwayne Betts (poetry ’10) reads at PoetryFoundation.org

Reginald has received an NAACP Image Award and a Radcliffe Fellowship to Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies.

He is the author of the poetry collection Shahid Reads His Own Palm (2010, Alice James Books) and A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (2009, Avery).

Faith S. Holsaert (fiction ’82):  Faith has a short sequence of poems forthcoming in So to Speak, a Feminist Journal of Language and Art, where she was selected by Claudia Rankine for an honorable mention in the journal’s poetry contest.  You can find an excerpt as well as her artist’s statement here.

Faith’s short story “Appalachian Mitzvah,” appeared in the December 2011 issue of Spittoon.  Faith also blogs at A Writer’s Work: an agitation of writing and reading.