UWM Creative Writing Students, Alumni, and Faculty News

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Fall 2008, Spring 2009

Drew Blanchard

Drew Blanchard (current Ph.D. student) presented his papers, "Judgment, Politics, Violence", & Imagination in Elizabeth Bishops Questions of Travel" at the Graduate Student Conference Violence and Desire: Performance and Movements in Latin America hosted by Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and "Pretending to Listen: Tracing Tourism Through Colonialism in John Bulls Other Island" at the Midwest American Conference for Irish Studies hosted by Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also presented "Last Rites: Irish-American Community and a Disappearing Narrator in Alice McDermotts Charming Billy" at the National American Conference for Irish Studies at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Blanchard's poem "Watching Fire" appears in The Best New Poets 2008 Anthology.

Brenda Cardenas

Brenda Cardenas (faculty) poem "Sonnet for Thunder Lovers and Primary Colors" was choreographed into a modern dance by Kelly Anderson of Dance Works and performed as part of Contraptions Mutimedia Performance at Centennial Hall, Milwaukee Public Library. Her poem "Song" was released as a poem-film in the Poetry Everywhere Project, a collaboration between the Poetry Foundation and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Cardenas poem "Abuelo y sus cuentos" was reprinted in the Bilingual Review.

Cardenas was a visiting poet at Goshen College in Indiana and presented with the S. A. Yoder 38th Annual Memorial Lecture. She also presented a poetry reading of original work and a panel talk entitled "Switching Codes— English, Spanish, Visual and Performance— in the Poetry/Art of Cecilia Vicua and Edwin Torres" at the "La literatura latina/ Latino literature II" Bilingual Conference, University of California-Santa Cruz. With several colleagues, Cardenas also presented "A Polyphony of Voices: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Poetry Faculty Reading" at the Association for Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Christi Clancy

Christi Clancy's (current Ph.D. student) essay "Old Flame" appeared in the summer issue of The Rambler magazine.

Clancy presented her paper: "Poetry Everywhere: Making Reading Strange" for the Strange Reading symposium at the University of Chicago in October. She was also part of a panel presenting the premier of the second season of Poetry Everywhere at the AWP conference in Chicago.

Chris Drew

Chris Drew (current Ph.D. student) nonfiction work "Marking Time" appeared in Red Wheelbarrow, "Bringing Up the Markers" in Concho River Review, and "Sustenance" in The Sycamore Review.

His short fiction "Chromosome Four" appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, and "Miller's Field" appeared in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

Susan Firer

Susan Firer (faculty), current Poet Laureate of Milwaukee, hosted "Contraptions", a program that featured interarts collaborations. It was presented at the Central Library's Centennial Hall, which included work by the creative writing program's James Liddy, Brenda Cardenas, Derrick Harriell, and Jim Hazard, along with musicians and dancers such as Sigmund Snopek, Janet Lilly, Rip Tenor, and Kelly Anderson. As part of The Milwaukee Book Festival, Firer read at The Hefter Center with the five previous Milwaukee poets laureate. Her book Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People was featured on WTMJ Channel 4s "Morning Blend" program.

Her poem "Call Me Pier" was published in the Cento anthology, "Auvers-sur-Oise" appears in the 2009 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, two poems,"Hello Li Po" and "Dear Transport," are in the current issue of Conduit, her poem "Life in Waves" was published in Free Verse, "Under the Influence" published in Margie, and "Dr. Limnologist" is appeared in The Columbia Poetry Review.

Maurice Kilwein Guevara

Maurice Kilwein Guevara's (faculty) fourth collection, POEMA, has just been released from the University of Arizona Press; for more information, please go to: http://www.uapress.arizona.edu.

Maurice has recently given readings at Goshen College, AWP in Chicago, Bruce Guadalupe Middle School, the UWM Spring Writers' Festival, the International Poetry Forum's Poets in Person Program (keynote reading and address), and at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. New poems are forthcoming in Salt Hill Journal (Syracuse University)

Trent Hergenrader

Trent Hergenrader (current Ph.D. student) received an honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: The 21st Annual Edition. His story "The Hodag" appeared in UK publication Black Static, and was recently selected for the Best Horror of the Year anthology. His story "Eskara" appears in the Federations science fiction anthology.

Hergenrader presented his paper "Broken Bodies, Broken Worlds: The Varieties of Dystopia in the Works of Paolo Bacigalupi" and moderated the panel "Straddling Borders: Science Fiction and the Fantastic as Transgressive Literatures" at the MadLit Graduate Student Conference, Liminal Literature: Borders and Genre in Madison, WI.

Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson (current Ph.D. student) presented his paper "Reading Androids: Binaries, Hybrids, and Simulation in the Metageneric novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and participated on the panel "Straddling Borders: Science Fiction and the Fantastic as Transgressive Literatures" at the MadLit Graduate Student Conference, Liminal Literature: Borders and Genre in Madison, WI.

Valerie Laken

Valerie Laken's (faculty) first novel Dream House was released by Harper-Collins.

Emilie Lindemann

Emilie Lindemann (current Ph.D. student) has poems appearing this spring in the Columbia Poetry Review

Molly Ann Magestro

Molly Ann Magestro (current Ph.D. student) will present her paper "Shattering the Glass Slipper: Anger and Revenge in the Grimms' Brothers 'Cinderella'" at the UW-Madison Women's Studies Conference in April 2009.

Magestro also reviewed the literary magazine Paddlefish, forthcoming in the Literary Magazine Review, a publication out of UW-River Falls.

Craig Medvecky

Craig Medvecky (current Ph.D. student) published his essay "High and Low: Photographic Strategies in Paris Spleen" in the literary journal Sentence.

Joseph Rein

Joseph Rein's (current Ph.D. student) story "To Play Hockey, One-on-One" has appeared in Fiction Weekly, and his story "Six Angel" was accepted by The Ampersand Review. His paper titled "Do You Understand?: A Practical Guide to Synchronous Online Tutoring" was accepted for publication by The Writing Lab Newsletter.

Joseph presented a paper titled "Alternative to the Workshop: Creative Writing and Writing Centers" as part of a panel on creative writing pedagogy at the MMLA Annual Conference in Minneapolis.

Stephen Powers

Stephen Powers' (Ph.D. '06) first book of poetry, The Follower's Tale, will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2009

Joseph Radke

Joseph Radke's (Ph.D. '09) poem "Four Pests" was published in Dislocate. Ten poems forthcoming in several journals including The Journal, New York Quarterly, Copper Nickel, Ellipsis, Pear Noir! and Minnetonka Review.

Ron Tanner

Ron Tanner (Ph.D. '89) won a grant from the National Park Service to establish the Marshall Islands Story Project in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The project recruits Marshallese college students to help preserves the (oral) story culture of Marshallese elders and posts these stories (video, audio, and text) on a dedicated website (mistories.org).

"Preservation," Ron's essay about his time in Micronesia, appeared in the December 2008 issue of Guernica, a magazine of arts and politics. Ron won both a 2008 Best of the Web and a Story South Million Writers award for his story, "My Small Murders," which appears in Dzanc Books' Best of the Web anthology. He has stories forthcoming in Connecticut Review and the Iowa Review.

Ron is now in his second year as president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. He is proud to announce that the Chicago conference was a smashing success, thanks in part to support from UWM

Gene Tanta

Gene Tanta's (Ph.D. '09) chapbooks Pastoral Emergency and Unusual Woods were published in 2008. Gene's poems "back you go to the handle-side of the knife blood-brother," "gaga war is a story about Armistice Day gaff," and "ornamental you search for the shoelace caught in a pulse oh" appeared in Protest Poems; White Whale Review published "Someone chased a Grizzly through a forest-fire on TV," "Demur as a switchblade," "I retract nothing," and "Lorine, your faceless dolls await." The poems "Death has held much business here," "Overnight, the stars chirr in alarm," and "Only after he left the room did he unclench," appeared in The Laurel Review, and "pale murmurs dark yards," appeared in Ditch Poetry.

Tanta presented his paper, "Translating Romanian Poetry into the American Online Space." "The Internet Dialogue between Eastern Europe and the United States," at the MLA conference in San Francisco, and "Virtual Utopias: How to Create the Perfect Online Course" at the Changing Teachers and Teaching, Ubiquitous Learning: An International Conference, in Chicago.

Marilyn Taylor

Marilyn Taylor (Ph.D. '91) has been appointed Poet Laureate of the State of Wisconsin for 2009 and 2010. Her recent publications include poems in Poemeleon, Mezzo Cammin, Measure, and in the anthology Letters to the World. Her columns on poetic craft appear bi-monthly in The Writer magazine.

Taylor was awarded a three-week residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she studied with Eamon Grennan. A 15-minute interview with Marilyn that was broadcast on WUWM's "Lake Effect" can be accessed on her website, www.mlt-poet.com.

Dawn Tefft

Dawn Tefft (current Ph.D. student) published her poem "In the House of the House of Miniatures" in Witness, which also nominated the poem for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry also recently appeared in the literary magazines Third Coast and Sentence.

Tefft presented her paper "The Telescope You Live In: Multiple Levels of Cognitive Estrangement in Kelly Link's 'Magic for Beginners.'" the panel "Straddling Borders: Science Fiction and the Fantastic as Transgressive Literatures" at the MadLit Graduate Student Conference, Liminal Literature: Borders and Genre in Madison, WI.

William Thien

William Thien (BA) recently published his poems "Death Dances," "The Keeping," and "Freeing Ricardo's Fingers" in The Dublin Quarterly Review.

Jeremiah Webster

Jeremiah Webster (current Ph.D. student) published poems in Beloit Poetry Journal and Midwest Quarterly.

David Yost

David Yost's (current Ph.D. student) story "The Dog, the Boy, and the Whore: three stories of Burma" was accepted for publication by Witness. He co-presented a paper with Christopher Drew, "Composing Creatively: Further Crossing the Creative Writing/ Composition Boundaries," at the Midwest Modern Language Association in Minneapolis in November 2008.

Yost's story "And Every Man a King" appeared in the Coal City Review, and reprinted in England by the journal Penumbra. His story "Dreams Following the Death of Your Sister" was reprinted by Grasslimb.