Brown (BA, 2000)
my last note in News and Views (Sept. 04) I have been accepted to
the MFA program in fiction at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
This Fall I will leave behind the best job, employers, and co-workers
I’ve ever had or will have. And I’m doing it all for
the money and glory of writing.
March 30 to April 12, I also attended the AWP Conference and book
fair in Vancouver, where I picked up more than forty free literary
magazines. I bought a few, too. I just finished reading Mid-American
Review (25th Anniversary Issue) which has to be one of the
best collections in a single issue I’ve ever read. I attended
a few lectures such as “When is it Done? The Process of Revision
in Fiction” with panelists John McNally, Ron Carlson, Janet
Burroway, and Rosellen Brown. I met McNally at a reception later
that night and he’s as cool as his writing. I also attended
a great poetry reading by the University of Pittsburgh press where
I saw and talked to three of my favorite poets: Bob Hicok, Virgil
Saurez, and Denise Duhamel. And Vancouver was great. I didn’t
want to leave.
have also landed a few more publications. I have prose poems in
the current issues of the Spoon River Poetry Review and
Big Muddy and a sonnet in the current issue of Eureka
Literary Magazine. I recently published a sestina in Gulf
Stream Magazine, and you can read my poem “For Names”
in the current issue of Margin.
also have poems forthcoming in Green Hills Literary Lantern,
Karamu, Margie, Other Poetry (UK mag),
and Pearl Magazine, and have a creative-nonfiction memoir
about my wife and dog forthcoming in Concho River Review.
about my wife Haruka and my dog Mocha
Hills Literary Lantern (out this summer)
Edited by Olga Abella, a professor of English at EIU.
Poetry (UK mag)
River Poetry Review
(Not a direct link, but it’s a good one and it has ELM
Vol. 21 2004
this is a link directly to the poem.
My essay "The Raven's Gift" just won the "Flyway
Magazine Sweet Corn Prize" for creative nonfiction sponsored
by Iowa State University. There's a nice cash award, plus a book
bag full of Iowa sweet corn. I have also finished another book of
poems called New England Primer and am working on a textbook
for the teaching of poetry called A Traveler's Guide to Poetry.
Victoria, Yaz, Boggs, and I will be migrating to Bethel, Maine next
month and back in late October. Please come visit: 207-824-0567.
poem "Why My Mother Stayed with My Father" appears in
the most recent issue of Poetry East, and "Sometimes
I wish I had a Theory of Poetry" is reprinted in the The
Atlanta Review's 10th anniversary issue.
the poem just before the Billy Collins poem but after the ones
by Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott.
went to the recent IPA conference in Decatur, and hey, where was
everybody? Missed the faculty, but heard excellent papers by our
graduate students Barry Hudek and Amanda Bright, plus a fine poetry
reading by Megan Rankin, Laura Weinhammer, and Lavada Simpson. I
thought so highly of one paper — "Computers
in Composition: Promises Unfulfilled" by Ted Morrissey
of Springfield College — that I have linked it to the Agora
Links Page (and here). It seems that the challenges we struggle
with in our ETIC classrooms are very widespread.
own papers were "Frisking the Governor's Daughter: On Puns"
and "Little House in the Culture Wars: a Rant."
Both also appear as columns in The
Vocabula Review, in January and April, respectively.
and I have a great trip planned for late May and early June: out
to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, on to Oklahoma to visit
relatives, then to Carlsbad Caverns to watch more bats than you
can shake a stick at, on up to Albuquerque and lots more relatives,
up to the west slope of the Rockies (Ouray, Telluride), on back
thisaway along I-80 (Kansas, yawn), through Chicago to visit son
Jay, back here on the last leg. We'll be towing the camper the whole
way, so don't expect gas prices to go down.
yes, my essay "Love and Biology" will be reappearing in
the May issue of TheScreamOnline.