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the Illinois Arts Council awarded me an Individual Artist Support
Initiative - Professional Development grant ($750). I used the money
to attend the AWP Conference in Denver, where my chapbook Blue
Collar Father debuted. I signed copies at the press’s
booth during the enormous book fair, and I distributed flyers to
more than 200 booths/tables promoting New Stories from the Midwest
the new anthology I finished co-editing with Jay Prefontaine in January.
It will represent twenty of the best short stories written by Midwestern
writers or about the Midwestern United States. I am now reading nominations
for next year’s issue. My story “Big Cowboy,” the
last story I worked on with Jay, is forthcoming in The Literary
Review this summer. The story will contain an epigraph dedicated
to Jay. I also have poems in the current issue of the American
Poetry Journal and the Spoon River Poetry Review.
mere nine years after the project was begun, I'm happy to report
that my book, In Dialogue with the Other Voice in Sixteenth-Century
Italy: Social and Literary Contexts for Women's Writing,
co-authored and co-edited with Professor Maria Galli Stampino
of the University of Miami, has been completed and accepted
for publication in The Other Voice series for the Centre
for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University
interesting professional development is that I've been elected
to the Executive Board of the Society for the Study
of Early Modern Women Writers (SSEMW). This is a three-year
position, and I am looking forward to having the opportunity
to meet and work with many other scholars in my field.
eagerly awaiting the publication of my first book, White
Field, Black Sheep: A Lithuanian-American Life, coming out
this fall by the University of Chicago Press. I have readings
lined up in Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, and Charleston. Last month,
the American Literary Review
published a chapter from the book, The Lithuanian Dictionary of Depression.
recently returned from Seattle, where I presented a paper titled
The Social Importance of Immigrant Newspapers: 100 Years of Draugas
at the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies conference.
Heumann and I have had a book accepted by The University of Nebraska
Press: That's All Folks?: Ecocritical Readings of
American Environmental Features.
weeks--that's all the time Ed Winters has with his son Danny before
Ed's ex-wife and her new husband move with the boy to Paris. Those
days, filled with fly fishing, camping, and an unplanned cross-country
road trip, grow ever more desperate as Ed struggles to face the
reality of losing the boy, and Danny of losing his home. Set amid
the streams and back roads of Michigan and Montana, Threatened
Species is a harsh but beautiful ode to fathers and sons.
novella is collected here with five other Michigan stories by