Program News

Willie VerSteeg's poem "First House" has been accepted for publication in The Jabberwock Review, issue 35.1, due out in the fall. (5/2/14)

Katherine Norris has some good news:  her story "Ghosts of Contee" was named as one of ten finalists for Narrative's Winter 2014 Story Contest. (4/30/14)

Cait Weiss' poem "Chatsworth" has been accepted by Slipstream, Issue #34 ("Rust, Dust, & Lust"), due out Summer 2014. (4/17/14)

Chelsie Bryant's story "Fatherless Day" has been accepted for publication in Passages North. (4/11/14) 



Preston Witt's short story "A Shovel, a Chest, a Tree, a Fence, a Loon, a Heron, a Hole" will be published by Ninth Letter in 2015. (4/7/14)


Brett Beach's short story "This Must Be The Place" will be published in Slice Magazine in Fall 2014.  (4/7/14)

Jenna Kilic's poem, "Entering," has been accepted for publication by the Southern Humanities Review.  (3/27/14)

Jamie Lyn Smith's essay "The Promised Land" will appear in the next issue of The Pinch Journal. (3/20/14)

An excerpt (or flash rendition) of Megan Kerns' Bigfoot essay has won The Pinch's mini Sasquatch-themed contest.  Her essay appears on The Pinch's website along with her photo.  (3/17/14)

Terrance Wedin's essay "Up On The Jumbotron" is online on Fanzine.  (2/18/14)

Rebe Huntman's essay "Falling" has been selected as a finalist in Quarter After Eight's Short Prose Contest and will appear as an editor's choice in their next issue. (1/27/14)

Preston Witt's digital publications house and website, PhoneFiction, was recently featured in OSU's daily newspaper, The Lantern. Read the article here.  (1/27/14)

Jamie Lyn Smith's story, “Nature Preserve," has been accepted for publication in The Kenyon Review.  It is tentatively scheduled for the Spring 2015 issue. (1/9/14)  

Brett Beach's story "Your Head, Your Ears, Your Teeth" has been accepted for publication in The McNeese Review. The issue will be out in early March. (12/12/13)

Rebe Huntman's essay "Egret Painting Bison" has been accepted for publication in the fall issue of The South Loop Review. (12/9/13)

Shelley Wong's poems, "Wool," "In the Hot-Air Balloon," and "Vermeer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art" are part of Nashville Review's fall issue. (12/1/13)(

Rebe Huntman's essay "What the Twig Wants" has been accepted for publication in the Spring issue of The Pinch. (11/25/13)

Brett Beach's short story, "Espera, Volta" has been accepted for publication in Hobart 15: Hotel Culture, due out in February. (11/21/13)

Janelle DolRayne's poem "The Pangboche Hand" has been accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of The Laurel Review. (10/9/13)

Brett Beach's short fiction piece "Eastside" will appear in Heavy Feather Review in Fall 2013. (8/12/13)

Kathleen Blackburn's essay, "Where Now Is," was published by River Teeth.

Alex Fabrizio's manuscript, Determinant, won the Wick Poetry Center's 2012 chapbook competition and will be published by Kent State University Press in 2014.  Her poems "Uncle Baby" and "The Invisible Mother" were published in the Fall 2013 issue of Bellingham Review.  Her poems "Elyria, Ohio: Saints and Statues" and "Gibsonton, Florida" were published by Sou'wester and "Undark," was published by The Southeast Review.

Silas Hansen won the 2013 AWP Intro Journals Project in creative nonfiction. His winning essay, “Homecoming,” was selected by Rigoberto Gonzales and is published in Puerto Del Sol.  His essay, "Trans/formations," has been accepted by Hayden's Ferry Review and "Blank Slate" has also been accepted for publication by Colorado Review and was featured in Slate Magazine.

Rebe Huntman’s essays, "Squeeze" and "The Dining Room Table," were accepted by The Tampa Review for its double issue, 43/44.

Jenna Kilic's poem, "For the Astronomer, G.S." was published in the Birmingham Poetry Review's Issue 41 Spring 2014. Her poems, "Vermilion Mile" and "Honeysuckle Hour," have been accepted for publication by The Portland Review. Her review of John Drury's The Refugee Camp was published in Pleiades June 2013 issue.

Michael Larson has been selected for a 2013-2014 Fulbright Award to Japan to research and expand a series of nonfiction essays about the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, its human consequences, and the subsequent recovery effort.

Michael Marberry's poems "Love Poem" and "Windigo, OH" appeared in the Indiana Review, his poem "Junk" was featured on Guernica, and his poem "Little Exercise" appeared in the Nashville Review.  His poems "Skin Song" and "Snow Song" are forthcoming in Third Coast, his poem "Serenade" is forthcoming in Anti-, and his poems "Love Poem" and "Stone Song" are forthcoming in The Pinch.

Andrew McIntosh’s short story, "Babies," was published in the June 2012 issue of decomPArsenic Lobster published Andrew's poem "The Emotional Territory of Screens."

Nick McRae’s first full-length poetry collection, The Name Museum, was selected as the winner of the 2012 De Novo Poetry Prize and was published by C&R Press in the summer of 2013.  After almost two years in the works, Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets, an anthology edited and introduced by Nick, has been accepted for publication by Sundress Publications. It will appear in print in 2013.  "The Laws of Fathers and Sons," an essay by Nick McRae, will appear in the upcoming spring issue of Waccamaw. This will be his first published work of creative nonfiction. The issue will also feature his poem, "Hayden's Ghost at the Post Office."

Megan Peak’s poem, "Emptying Point," has been accepted for publication at THRUSH Poetry Journal for the September 2013 edition.  Her review of Anne Marie Rooney's Spitshine, entitled "No Spit, No Shine," was accepted by Pleiades for publication in June 2013.

Raena Shirali has won the"Discovery" Boston Review Prize.  Her review of Catherine Pierce's The Girls of Peculiar, entitled "The Longing Thesaurus," was accepted by Pleiades for publication in June 2013.

Matt Sumpter won the Crab Orchard Review Special Issues Feature Award in Poetry. His poems "Smokejumper Elegy, 1949," "Mountain Bachelorhood," "On-Call for Wildfire," "Revenant," and "Advertisement: Butte, MT Bluegrass Festival" appeared in vol. 18 no. 2 of Crab Orchard Review.  His poem, "Totem at Mirror Lake" was published by Harpur Palate and his poem "Mold House" was published in the Spring 2013 issue of The Cincinnati Review. "Youth Retreat," has been accepted for publication by Linebreak.  Another poem by Matt, "Outfielder" has been accepted for the Fall issue of 32 Poems.

Rebecca Turkewitz's humor piece, "Adopt a Cat!" was featured in The New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs.

Terrance Wedin's short story, "The Loneliness of the Designated Pinch Runner," was accepted by Hobart for their annual online baseball issue.

Nick White's story, "These Heavenly Bodies," was accepted for publication in Indiana Review.

David Winter's poem "Sweet Industry" has been accepted for publication in the Fall 2013 issue of Atlanta Review.

Shelley Wong's review of 50 American Plays (Poems) by Matthew and Michael Dickman was published by Pleiades in the June 2013 issue.

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Michelle Burke.Michelle Y. Burke (MFA '07) won the American Iterary Review's poetry prize for her poem "Not by Extraordinary Means."  We're proud to call her one of our own.


J. Preston Witt.OSU MFA alum (2014) J. Preston Witt is the winner of the 2014 Able Muse Write Prize for fiction.  His story, "Lesson One" will be published in the Winter 2014 print issue of Able Muse.  (No other entry in the fiction category achieved selection for publication.)

Claire Vaye Williams.The 2014 Guggenheim fellows include our own Claire Vaye Watkins (OSU MFA 2011).  These excellent writers have been honored "on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment."  Congratulations, Claire! (4/10/14)

Small Blades bookcover.Erica Dawson's new book, The Small Blades Hurt, gets a rave review in Slate. (2/17/14)


Doug Watson.MFA Alumni Doug Watson is super excited, like an electron, to announce that his novel, A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies (due out April 1 from Outpost 19) is now available to be ordered online. (1/27/14)


Michelle Burke.Our 2007 alum, Michelle Burke, is doing something a bit "quirky" right now -- a collaboation with an illustrator, Caroline Hadilaksono.  The collaboration can be followed here.  Check it out! (1/27/14)


Hannah Langhoff.Hannah Langhoff's short story "The Things We Don't Talk About" has been selected for publication in Relief. (12/9/13)


Claire Vaye Williams.This year's Dylan Thomas Prize has gone to Claire Vaye Watkins (MFA, 2011) for her debut story collection Battleborn. The prize, aimed at encouraging "raw creative talent worldwide," is restricted to writers under 30. It's the latest of several major prizes for the 29-year-old writer, who in March won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award and the Story Prize on the same day. (11/8/13)

Natalie Shapero.Natalie Shapero has been awarded a 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. (9/5/13)


Tory Adkisson’s (MFA 2012) poems "Coronation" and "Spring in Paradise," were published in the Fall 2012 issue of Copper Nickel.  He also had a poem, "First Harvest," featured on Lambda Literary's website. Tory's poem, "Homosexuality," published in the Colorado Review, appeared in the Best New Poets anthology for 2012. 

Allison Davis (MFA 2012) chapbook, Poppy Seeds, was published by the Kent State University Press.  She was also named a finalist for the Jewish Currents Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Prize. 

Cate Fricke (MFA 2011), writing as C.R.Grey, just sold a middle grade series of books, Animas.  It is a three-book deal with Disney-Hyperion.

Sonya Huber's (MFA 2004) first book, Opa Nobody, was published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Holly Goddard Jones's new novel, The Next Time You See Me, was published by Touchstone in February 2013.

Michael Kardos's (MFA 2003) novel, The Three Day Affair, maked Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Mysteries & Thrillers Fall 2012.

Lois Kwa (MFA 2012) received the 2012 Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry for her poem "Pinnochia on Fire." Lois was the winner of the 2013 Kundiman Poetry Prize for her manuscript "Yearling."

Christina LaRose (MFA 2010) was awarded a Rackham Merit Fellowship to complete the joint Ph.D. program in English Language & Literature and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan.  Her research focuses on Arab diasporic oral histories, autobiographies, and literatures, specifically Arab American women’s oral histories and literature.

David Lumpkin’s (MFA 2009) essay, "Church Is Wherever You Are"--an excerpt from his book-length memoir, Shiloh Church Road appeared in the June 2012 edition of The Oxford American.

Kyle Minor's (MFA 2007) second collection of short stories, Praying Drunk, will be published by Sarabande Books in 2014.  He also won the 2012 Iowa Review Prize for Short Fiction ($1500 and publication) for his story "Seven Stories About Kenel of Koulev-Ville." The judge was Ron Currie, Jr.

Amy Monticello (MFA 2008) won the S. I. Newhouse School  Prize for Non-fiction for her essay “Loving Captain Corcoran.”

Aimee Nezhukumatathil's (MFA 2000) essay remembering David Citino was featured in the March/April 2013 issue of Ohio State Alumni Magazine. Her poem, "After the Auction, I Bid You Goodbye," was recently published by the Poetry Foundation.

Derek Palacio's (MFA 2012) first book How to Shake the Other Man was published in 2013. His short story "Sugarcane" was published in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013 edition.

Molly Patterson (MFA 2012) accepted an appointment as the year-long writer-in-residence at St. Alban's School in Washington, D.C. in 2012. Molly’s short story, “Honors Track,” appeared in the June 2012 issue of The Atlantic.  Molly also had a story featured in Five Chapters.

Catherine Pierce (MFA 2003) won the 2013 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters poetry award for her collection of poems,The Girls of Peculiar.

Rikki Santer’s (MFA 2005) third collection of poems, Kahiki Redux, was published in June 2012.

Andrea Scarpino’s (MFA 2005) first full-length poetry collection has been accepted by Red Hen Press, to be published in March 2014.

Natalie Shapiro (MFA 2008) received a 2012-2014 Kenyon Review Fellowship to write and teach at Kenyon College. Her new collection of poems, No Object, was published by Saturnalia Books in March 2013. Natalie had two poems, "Studio" and "Inquest," published by The AWL.

Alex Streiff’s (MFA 2012) stories, “Three Shorts,” appeared in Hobart.

Thao Thai’s (MFA 2012) "Speechless," a photo essay, was accepted for publication by South Loop Review.

Debie Thomas (MFA 2009) received the 2012 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council (a $5000 grant for creative nonfiction).

Claire Vaye Watkins' (MFA 2011) collection of short stories, Battleborn, was featured in Poets & Writers, the New York Times, and Vogue magazine.  She was recently named a finalist for The Story Prize for Battleborn.  Finalists for the prize include Junot Diaz and Dan Chaon.  Claire was also recently interviewed in the New York Times and she has been named as one of five emerging fiction writers by the National Book Foundation. 

K.C. Wolfe (MFA 2010) teaches in the Creative Writing Department at the State University of New York at Oswego, as well as Syracuse's Downtown Writer's Center. He’s also a program manager at a publisher in Syracuse. Sweet, the small press he is part-owner of, published its first two volumes in January 2012, and has since acquired its next two.