What we did on summer vacation…

Students, alums, and faculty were busy making us proud this summer and into September:

Joe Sacksteder‘s sound poems were published at textsound: http://textsound.org/index.php?ISSUE=13.  Joe also had a story published in Booth (Sept 7): http://booth.butler.edu

Peter Markus was named a Kresge Arts Fellow for 2012.

Elizabeth Mikesch, Gerard Breitenbeck, and Ned Randolph spent two weeks on a  cultural exchange and workshop in Lisbon, Portugal.

Brynne Barnes‘ children’s book, Colors of Me, won its third award: The Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for First Published Work: http://www.gelettburgesscenter.com/2012_honors.php.

Kudos to everyone for their awesome achievements!

Alumni news

Congratulations to Creative Writing alumnus Joe Sacksteder!  Parts of his 2011 grad thesis have been accepted for publication.  The Collagist accepted one piece for their February issue (http://www.dzancbooks.org/the-collagist/2012/2/8/scratch-where-it-itches.html), and Sleepingfish accepted a substantial portion as well (http://www.sleepingfish.net/Xi/Sacksteder.htm).

Additional congratulations go to 2010 almuna Brynne Barnes!  Her book, Colors of Me, won the 2012 Friends of American Writers Award for Juvenile Literature!  For more info about the book, check out Brynne’s website: http://www.brynnebarnes.com/

Way to go, Joe and Brynne!

Reminder: Creative Writing Grad Showcase today – 4:30 p.m., Student Center

Don’t forget: the Graduate Creative Writing Showcase is today, Wednesday, April 13, at 4:30 P.M. in the Student Center Kiva Room (Room 360).

Join graduating M.A. creative writing students Andrew Powers, Tom Boersma, Jesse Eagle, and Joe Sacksteder as they present their cognate projects.  Andrew will present a zine authored by Julian Broadleaf, one of the characters in Andrew’s novel Panacea: Notes from the Inner Room; Tom’s project includes a “sonnet box” paired with photography that undermines the concept of photography; Jesse will present a series of cross-genre short stories; and Joe will play some hilarious tracks from his album, Fugitive Traces, which are sound poems based on the audio commentary of Werner Herzog.

The BathHouse Journal will also give a short presentation for the recently released 8.1 issue and a preview of 8.2.  This event is free and open to the public.  Take a break from the end-of-semester rush and drop in!

Bouquet of Shadows – Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.

Bouquet of Shadows, a collection of three spooky short films (including Silo, written and directed by Creative Writing grad student Joe Sacksteder) will be shown at the EMU Student Center on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. Don’t miss out on the chance to see work from local Ann Arbor-based Lionbelly Media.  Best of all, the entire showing is FREE and open to the public!
Bouquet of Shadows film poster

Last Grad Student Guest DJ for Winter ’10 semester on Poetry Radio

Please tune in to this extraordinary listening experience, curated and DJed by our very own Joe Sacksteder, this Sunday (April 18) at 8-10 p.m., on EMU Poetry Radio.

EMU Poetry Radio Live – The Intersection of Sound Poetry and Classical Music
Host: Joe Sacksteder
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2010
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
http://www.emich.edu/studentorgs/wqbr/

In this radio show, host Joe Sacksteder will play tour guide as sound poetry springs fully-armed from the head of classical music. The distinction between the two is often blurry – this show will wallow in that blurriness. Tune in and you’ll hear works by Stockhausen, Webern, Schoenberg, Ives, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Steve Reich, Ligeti, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Berio, and Babbitt. Stay for the whole thing and you’ll be rewarded with some treats by The Billy Nayer Show and some sidesplitting mashups of Werner Herzog.

CRTW Grad Student Joe Sacksteder makes finalist (twice!)

First year Creative Writing Grad Student Joe Sacksteder was a finalist in two recent contests, one for poetry with the Mississippi Review and one for short fiction in Big Muddy. Check it out:

Here’s the link to the Mississippi Review announcement:
http://www.mississippireview.com/2010MRPrizeAnnouncement.html

And here’s one for Big Muddy:
http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress/mrss.htm

Way to go, Joe!