Big Spring 2019 Updates!

Hola Folkarinos,

First, I am very happy to announce that Emma DePanise has won a 2019 AWP Intro Journal Award for her poem, “This Motion, These Whispers.” It will be published by Quarterly West. Her poem, “Elegy for a White Noise Machine” was also an honorable mention. Grats, Emma! You are a rockstar.

Second, I am very grateful to 32 Poems and Katie Schmid for this lovely article about my poem “Notes to a Prospective Runaway at Bedtime.” I was also lucky to be able to write a small piece about Hailey Leithauser’s amazing poem, “I’ve Been Busy.”

Third, I am honored to have three poems featured in Pank’s Latinx:Latinidad Folio. It is so cool to be in the conversation with so many badass Latinx writers.

Fourth, I am very happy to announce the first issue of The Shore Poetry (a new literary magazine I co-founded with Caroline Chavatel and Emma DePanise) will be go live today. Here is a link! I really hope you all dig!!

Lastly, HAPPY SPRING! I am so stoked to see many of you at AWP Portland next week.

High Fives,

John

Winter 2019 Update Excitement

Hola Friends!

Happy New Year! I hope our strange pseudowinter is treating you all well. It has been a great semester here at SU. I’m really excited to report that I have new work out in 32 Poems, The Collagist, minnesota review, Vandal Poem of the Day (reprint from Poetry Northwest), Cider Press Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, SLAB and Cigar City Poetry Journal. I am also happy to report that my manuscript, Stone Deep, was a finalist for the Autumn House Poetry Book Prize. I was also lucky enough to garner a Pushcart nomination this year. Also, shout out to the folks at Words Out Loud for having me out for a really fun reading and an excellent time at Glen Echo Park. I’m really hopeful to see what 2019 holds. Okay! on to the important part, student accomplishments:

Ellery Beck had poems accepted by Thin Air Magazine & Broadkill Review.

Charlie M. Brown had an essay accepted by Tahoma Literary Review and a poem accepted by 30N.

Caroline Chavatel won the Midwest Chapbook Prize!!! Her chapbook, White Noises will be published in 2019. She also was a feature alumni reader here at SU and had poems accepted by Sixth Finch and Plume Poetry. Big grats, Caroline!

Camryn Cohen had poems accepted by Germ Magazine.

Lisa Compo had poems accepted by Natural Bridge, Bluestem, SLAB & Asterism.

Charlotte Covey accepted a position at Lindenwood University!!! She also had poems accepted by Southampton Review, decomP, The Rumpus, Hobart, Heavy Feather Review & Maudlin House. Attawaytobe, Charlotte!

Emma DePanise had poems accepted by Puerto del Sol, Superstition Review, Plume Poetry & Arkana. She also read, lead a workshop and participated in a panel discussion at the Nimrod International Literary Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma!!! She also did an interview for WBOC Fox Delmarva. Kudos, Emma!

Lilia Dobos had poems accepted by Barely South Review & New Mexico Review.

Natalie Fitzgerald had poems accepted by Sink Hollow.

Ella Flores had poems accepted by Harpur Palate, Plume Poetry & Lindenwood Review.

Alyssa Hazel had poems accepted by Dark River Review.

Helana Lasocha had a poem accepted by Mochila Review.

Kathryn Merwin had poems accepted by Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Rumpus, Baltimore Review, Superstition Review, diode poetry journal, Radar Poetry, The Pinch, december, Whiskey Island & Rougarou.

Megan Newcomer had an essay accepted by TINGE Magazine.

Kateria Rodriguez had poems accepted by Runestone & Oakland Arts Review.

Melinda Ruth is the new poetry editor of Arkana! She was also a finalist for the Slice Magazine Bridging the Gap Contest.

Jamie Shrewsbury had an essay accepted by Nowhere.

Rachel Taylor had a story taken by Dark River Review.

Alex Thomas had poems accepted by Third Coast & The Meadow. He is also now the Washington correspondent for Playboy Magazine!

Annie Warner had an essay accepted by Iron Horse Literary Review.

Adam Weeks had poems accepted by Asterism.

I am so incredibly proud and happy for all of you. I can’t even imagine what heights you will reach in 2019. I wish everyone the best new year and some real winter.

Until next time,

John

Spring/Summer Update 2018

Hola Everyone,

I hope the summer is rockin' for you all. It is a beautiful rainy day out here--a perfect day for an update. I'd love to start by thanking the incredible journals who have recently published my new poems: Mid-American Review, Potomac Review, Barrow Street, Puerto del Sol, Harpur Palate, Beloit Poetry Journal, Sycamore Review and Columbia Journal. I have had a very productive writing summer and I'm excited to test my new work on the market as journals begin to reopen. Far more importantly, my students have been en fuego! Please find detailed awesomeness below. I honestly couldn't be prouder.

First, I'm so glad these excellent students are starting their graduate careers at these fine institutions:

Taylor Fedorchak: New Mexico State University
Melinda Ruth: University of Central Arkansas
Renae Tucker: Florida Atlantic University
Terin Weinberg: Florida International University

Here is the crazy list of student publications and accomplishments:

Caroline Chavatel had poems accepted by Zone 3, Prairie Schooner, and The Journal. She also had two poems nominated for Best New Poets and is the new poetry editor for Puerto del Sol.
Charlotte Covey had poems accepted by Southampton Review, ELM, Pacifica Literary Review, Timber, Raleigh Review, Lunch Ticket's Amuse Bouche and Typehouse Literary Magazine. She also had a poem featured on the Calyx website, graduated with an MFA from UMSL and was named the managing editor of WomenArts Quarterly. She also read for the Hungry Young Poets series in St. Louis.
Samantha Curtin had poems accepted by Red Earth Review and Germ Magazine.
Emma DePanise had poems accepted by Nimrod International Journal, Potomac Review, Cigar City Poetry Journal, Polaris and 30N. She won the 2018 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and came in second for the 2018 Polaris Poetry Prize. She also has an audio feature forthcoming on the Mochila Review website. She also presented her poetry at NCUR 2018.
Lilia Dobos was a Killam Award recipient.
Taylor Fedorchak had poems accepted by Bluestem Magazine and Gravel Magazine.
Ella Flores had poems accepted by Barely South Review, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Bitter Oleander, Slipstream and Rhino Poetry.
Bridgette Green had poems accepted by Prairie Margins and Red Coyote. She was also a finalist in the Hollins University Literary Festival Poetry Contest.
Alyssa Hazel had poems accepted by Bluestem Magazine and Red Coyote.
Caylie Herrmann is the new web content editor for Willow Springs.
Molly Likovich had poems accepted by Boomer Lit Mag.
Melissa Marsh had a poem accepted by Sink Hollow.
Kathryn Merwin had poems accepted by CutBank, The Normal School and South Dakota Review. She also finished her MFA at WWU and began working with Poetry Northwest.
Megan Newcomer had a poem accepted by Steam Ticket.
Melinda Ruth had poems accepted by Evansville Review and Third Wednesday. She was also awarded a scholarship to the Slice Literary Conference.
Erin Traylor (Ryn Jo) had poems accepted by Waccamaw, Rust and Moth and Natural Bridge.
Renae Tucker had two poems accepted by Red Earth Review.
Danielle Walker was awarded a Fulbright to teach English in Moldova.
Annie Warner had a story accepted by Steam Ticket.
Terin Weinberg had poems accepted by Hawai'i Review and Oakland Arts Review.
Lauren Yarnall had a poem accepted by Thrush Poetry Journal. She is also the new Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fugue.

Everyday I wake up grateful to work with such humbling talent these students have. They are also such high quality people. I wish I could give them all five right now. So virtual high five to all of them, and you readers. I hope the rest of your summer is better than you could have hoped for.

Til next time,
John

Emma DePanise Wins 2018 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

It is my honor to congratulate Emma DePanise on winning Nimrod International Journal's Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry for 2018 judged by esteemed poet, Patricia Smith. Nimrod's Conference for Readers and Writers will feature Emma in October in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can pre-register and read about her contributions and win (in her bio at the bottom of the Submittable page) here: https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit/120786/2018-conference-for-readers-and-writers-early-bird-registration  On a personal note, it has been one of the greatest privileges of my career to work with Emma and her stunning poetry. She has published 22 poems so far and still has one semester left before she graduates. I can't wait to see which graduate program is lucky enough to land her. She is, quite simply put, one of the most accomplished, brightest and kindest writers I have ever known. Grats, Emma. You are a rock star waiting to happen and I couldn't be prouder to know you!

Winter Update & Happy 2018!

Hi All,

I'd like to start by thanking everyone who has helped carve out space to work diligently on my ambitious new project. I hope to start rolling out poems from it in the next few months as revisions are finalized. Second, I'd like to thank the amazing folks at Beloit Poetry Journal for naming me a semifinalist for the Adrienne Rich Prize. It is truly an honor to be counted in such a fine group. I'd also like to thank American Literary Review, Laurel Review and Connotation Press for recently publishing my work. Enough about me though. Time for some student accomplishments!

Miranda Ardis had a poem accepted by Roanoke Review. It will also be made into a broadside.
Caroline Chavatel had poems accepted by AGNI, minnesota review, Nimrod, Superstition Review, Salamander, Thrush and Waccamaw. She also co-founded Madhouse Chapbook Press and was featured in an interview segment on the Sonora Review website. Grats, Caroline!
Charlotte Covey had poems accepted by Blue Earth Review, december, The Fourth River, Laurel Review, McNeese Review, Potomac Review, Rust + Moth and SLAB. She also received Pushcart nominations from Big Muddy and Hawai'i Pacific Review. Grats, Charlotte!
Emma DePanise had poems accepted by Asterism, Little Patuxent Review, Mochila Review and Runestone. She was also asked to read at the Little Patuxent Review issue launch.
Jordan Durham had poems accepted by blackbird, Blood Orange Review and Quarterly West.
Taylor Fedorchak had a poem accepted by Third Wednesday.
Caylie Herrmann had poems accepted by Noble/Gas Quarterly and Rust and Moth.
Molly Likovich had poems accepted by Circle Show and New Mexico Review.
Katherine Michalik had poems accepted by Asterism.
Megan Newcomer had essays accepted by Santa Clara Review and a poem accepted by Mochila Review.
Dylan Nutter had a poem accepted by The Pinch.
Jacob Rayner had a poem accepted by Coe Review.
Melinda Ruth had poems accepted by Sierra Nevada Review.
Renae Tucker had a poem accepted by Arkana.
Terin Weinberg had poems accepted by Dark River Review, Little Patuxent Review, New Southerner, Sink Hollow and Waccamaw. She was also invited to read at the Little Patuxent Review launch party.
Lauren Yarnall had poems accepted by Noble/Gas Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Queen Mab's Teahouse and Sugar House Review. She was also nominated for a Pushcart by Permafrost. Grats, Lauren!

I will continue to update this until the Spring semester starts. Stay warm and happy everyone. I wish you the best possible 2018!

John