News & Views

Angela Vietto

I'll spend May finishing up a round of revisions to my book-in-progress (Women and Authorship in Revolutionary America), due back at the publisher June 1. Later in June I'll present a portion of that study in Worcester, Massachusetts at the American Antiquarian Society's annual conference on the History of the Book.


Jason Brown (BA, 2000)

Since 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.

From 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.

I 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.

I 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.


Concho River Review
about my wife Haruka and my dog Mocha

Green Hills Literary Lantern (out this summer)

Edited by Olga Abella, a professor of English at EIU.


Other Poetry (UK mag)


Spoon River Poetry Review

Big Muddy

Eureka Literary Magazine
(Not a direct link, but it’s a good one and it has ELM listed.)

Gulf Stream Magazine
Vol. 21 2004

this is a link directly to the poem


Bruce Guernsey

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.


John Guzlowski

My 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.

You'll find the poem just before the Billy Collins poem but after the ones
by Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott.


John Kilgore

I 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.

My 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.

Dollie 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.

Oh yes, my essay "Love and Biology" will be reappearing in the May issue of TheScreamOnline.


Ashley Tellis

An album of my first year in Charleston

Jason Grabeic

Jason went to Georgia to protest the School of Americas, he went to Chiapas and hung out with the Zapatistas to learn from them; he rocks. In his quiet voice, he offered the most sensitive insights into the various novels by women that we did that redefined for him, and for me, the idea of ‘America.’ There’s hope for the US as long as it has young men like Jason Grabeic. Thanks, Jason, for helping me survive my first semester at EIU.

The Tellis Set

They christened themselves the Tellis set, after a novel we did in our British novel course, Muriel Sparks’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. That kind of horrified me, for Ms. Brodie is a fascist who loves Mussolini and I loathe the bugger, but these truly are the brightest bulbs I met at EIU, and though I do not want to mould them in my image (though I certainly am in my prime), I do want to thank them and wish them all the very best. From left to right: Mario is the happiest bunny rabbit in the Midwest. He writes wonderfully sensual poetry, feels he has something to learn from everyone and every text he ever encounters, is brimming with wonderful polymorphous perversity (he would make Freud proud) and yet blanches at the idea of non-midwestern rudeness; Liz is a brilliant, sensitive, soft-spoken genius who writes understated poetry, listens to the coolest music (indeed she is a study in cool) and yet has compassion for the uncoolest people; Maurice is EIU’s Queen Latifah. His long, amazingly crafted interventions in class match any Latifah performance and he bats his mascaraed eyelashes with as much brilliance as he conducts cultural analyses of race and sexuality; Ben Marcy is strong and silent and elusive and is the voice of political sanity in the apolitical morass that is EIU. Long may he live! Finally, Katie is going to be the coolest high school teacher in the US. With her open-mindedness and, once again, incredible compassion, she is going to convert every high school kid into a human being. Or so I hope.

Thank you, Tellis set. If it weren’t for you guys, I would be found dead in a cornfield off Highway 57.

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Mitchell James

Mitchell James writes the most stunning close reading-based analysis of anyone I know at EIU, has to work ten hours every day at fucking Walmart, thanks to this capitalist hell we live in, and yet has time for and patience to register the smallest tremor in a woman character in the New Woman texts we studied. I’m urging him to go to Harvard for grad school but he smiles modestly and frets about not getting straight A’s at EIU. He is a gem at EIU. Thanks, Mitch, you made me believe in teaching all over again.

Eric Schumacher

Eric Schumacher is a Communications Major but really belongs to English. He dreaded my class when he saw the feminist textbook but then grew to love it. Now, that's the hallmark of an open-minded student. He writes creatively (and so ought to meet the Tellis set and join our creative writing group) and is the most charming New Man who did my New Woman course. Bless him!