Alumni & Student News

Jac Nelson (MFA ’16), has published poems in Fanzine (“The Sound of Music”) and Blackbox Manifold (selections from a serial poem, “EGO”).

Wendy Bourgeois (MFA ’10), has published a book of essays, The Devil Says Maybe I Like It: Essays on Poetry and Life, Propeller Books 2018.

Stephanie Wong Ken (MFA '17) has a new essay up at Audiofemme: "Cat Power Was My Surrogate Community in the Canadian Wild."

Renee Soasey (BFA '19) will celebrate her first print publication in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Oregon Humanities Magazine.

Kellie Cook (MFA '16) published a poem in Interim

Chelsea Bieker (MFA '12) won a 2018 Rona Jaffe Foundation Award.

Andrew Mitin (MFA '16) will publish his first novel, Time Spent Away, with Adelaide Books in October 2019.

Joshua James Amberson (MFA '18) has a chapbook-length essay collection, Everyday Mythologies, forthcoming from Two Plum Press.

Matthew Robinson (MFA '15) recently worked on Issue 7 of the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 comics series being released for free, digitally, at www.callofduty.com/comics.

Chelsea Bieker (MFA '12) has a new story, "Cowboys and Angels," in Granta.

Stephanie Wong Ken (MFA '17) published an essay, "Uncertain Frontiers: Female Identity and Rural Spaces," in Luma Quarterly.

 

Candace Opper (MFA ’12) won the Kore Press Memoir Award for Certain and Impossible Events, which will be published by Kore in 2019.

 

Lynn Otto (MFA ’13) won Unicorn Press’s 2017 First Book Prize; her book of poems, Real Daughter, will be published in Fall 2018.

 

Sarah Marshall (MFA ’13) will be a Writer in Residence at the Black Mountain Institute in Fall 2018. She recently published an essay on Ted Bundy, “The End of Evil,” in The Believer.

 

Julie Whipple (MFA ’13)’s book of nonfiction, Crash Course, was published in 2018.

 

Genevieve Hudson (MFA ‘13) published two books in 2018: Pretend We Live Here, a story collection (Future Tense Books), and A Little in Love with Everyone, a work of literary criticism and memoir (Fiction Advocate).

 

Chelsea Bieker (MFA ’12) signed a two-book deal with Catapult for a novel, Godshot, and a story collection, Angels and Cowboys.

 

Daniel Mollet (MFA ’13) is a student in the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI.

 

Apricot Irving (MA 04)’s memoir, A Gospel of Trees, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2018.

 

Kristin Kaye’s (MA ’04) second book, Tree Dreams, was published in 2018. Her first book, Iron Maidens: The Celebration of the Most Awesome Female Muscle in the World, was a finalist for the 2006 Oregon Book Award.

 

Lucie Bonvalet (current MFA) published an essay, “On Tinnitus,” in Oregon Humanities and a story, “Florence: A Portrait,” in Cosmonauts Avenue.

 

Eben Pindyck (MFA ’14) was a 2017-18 O’Brien Fellow in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University. He has published pieces in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and Vice.

 

Sophia Shalmiyev (MFA ’15)’s lyric memoir, Mother Winter, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in February 2019.

 

Thea Prieto (MFA ’16) was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, and her novel-in-progress was a semifinalist in the William Faulkner/William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Her interview "The Mythology of Motherhood: Leni Zumas on Red Clocks" was recently featured at Entropy. Her piece "A Revolution in Listening" appears in the May/June 2018 issue of Poets & Writers.

 

Matthew Robinson (MFA ’15) published his first story collection, The Horse Latitudes, with Propeller Books in October 2017. He was awarded a Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship by Literary Arts in 2016. 

 

Thea Prieto and Matthew Robinson are co-editors of the literary magazine The Gravity of the Thing

 

Stephanie Wong Ken (MFA ’17) published an essay, "How to Write about Your Ancestral Village," in Catapult (August 2017) and won the 2016 Cosmonauts Avenue Fiction Prize for her story "Face.”

 

Rachel Palmer (MFA ’17) published "Dog's Search for Meaning" in Brevity (May 2017).

 

Sharla Yates (MA 06) published a book of poems, What I Would Say If We Were To Drown Tonight, in 2017 with Stranded Oak Press.

 

Ramona DeNies (MFA ’17) published “The Lonely Beauty of the West’s Largest Unprotected Wilderness” in Outside (March 2017). 

 

Suman Mallick (MFA ’16)’s novella Apples and Knives was a finalist for the 2017 Dzanc/Disquiet Open Borders Prize.

 

Katrina Carrasco (MFA ’15) will publish her first novel, Cipher, with MCD/FSG.

 

Jenny Woodman (MFA ’17) published “The Women ‘Computers’ Who Revolutionized Astronomy” in The Atlantic, as well as numerous articles in Earthzine. She was selected by the Ocean Exploration Trust as the Science Communications Fellow for an expedition of the exploration vessel Nautilus.

 

Tyler Meese (MFA ’17) published a story in the Monster House Press pamphlet series.

 

Lily Brooks-Dalton (MFA ’16)’s first novel, Good Morning, Midnight, was published in 2016 by Random House and has been translated into several languages. Her memoir, Motorcycles I've Loved, came out in 2015. 

 

David Naimon (current MFA)’s essay "Third Ear" was a Best American Essays Notable 2015, Best American Travel Writing Notable 2015, and Pushcart Prize Special Mention 2016. His story "Past a Roar Completed" appeared in Fiction International and in The Best Small Fictions 2016, edited by Stuart Dybek.

 

Mary Milstead (MFA ’13) published an essay, “This Is Not a Story About a Ghost,” in The Rumpus (2016).

 

Devan Schwartz (MFA ’12) worked as a Writer's Assistant on the TNT show Rizzoli & Isles and is now with the FOX show Prison Break

 

Lisa Dunn (MFA ’17) has published numerous articles in Portland Monthly, including “Jessi Klein Explains Why You Might Not Grow Out of It.” 

 

Jeff Alessandrelli (MA 08), published his first full poetry collection, This Last Time Will Be the First (Burnside Review Press) in 2014. He has published widely, including a “little book,” Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press 2011), and work in the American Poetry Review, Boston Review and The Kenyon Review.

 

Rachel Powers (MFA ’17) published articles in Earthzine, including “Ocean Plastic Gets Cloudy.”

 

Colleen Burner (MFA ’14) won the Oregon Women Writers Fellowship in 2015 and co-founded the fiction magazine Shirley.

 

Christina Cooke (MFA ’11) has published work in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and the New York Times (including “To Save African Penguins, Humans Set Up a Dating Service,” 2015).

 

Seth McBride (MFA ’13) was profiled in Portland Monthly in 2015: “The Long (Long, Long) Road South.” 

 

Monique Wentzel (MFA ’11) published her first story collection, The Woods Were Never Quiet, in 2014. She was a 2012-14 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford.

 

Jacqueline Alnes (MFA ’15) is in the PhD program at Oklahoma State University. She published a Lost & Found essay on James Galvin’s “The Meadow” in Tin House

 

Marina Callahan (MFA ’15) has an essay in the anthology Winged: New Writing on Bees (2014).

 

Maria D'Alessandro (MFA ’14) published a short story in Post Road

 

Rob Sullivan (MFA ’15) published a short story in The Baltimore Review.

 

Ellie Piper (MFA ’13) published articles with Bitch Media, including “Woman, Fighter” and “‘Glena’ Raises the Bar for Films About Female Fighters.”

 

Heather Quinn-Bork (MFA ’15) published “Memento Mori” in Under the Gum Tree, and the photo essay “Desolation is Key” in Vela.

 

Sean Warren (MFA ’13) published an essay in the New England Review

 

Michael Magnes (MFA ’12) published short fiction in Drunk Monkeys (2016) and Hobart (2012)

 

Kirsten Rian (MFA ’11) published a book of poems, Chord (Wordcraft) in 2013.

 

Patrick McGinty (MFA ’12) published a story in ZYZZYVA

 

Apricot Irving (MA 04) won a 2011 $25,000 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award.

 

Janine Oshiro (MA 05) won the Kundiman Prize for her first book of poems, Pier, published

in 2011 by Alice James Books.

 


MFA Alumni play an important ongoing role in our growing community of writers.


If you want to get involved with the MFA Alumni Committee or be a part of organizing an event, please contact Thea Prieto (prieto@pdx.edu) or Matt Robinson (mrobin2@pdx.edu). For news and updates, please visit psu-writing-alumni.com.