Southeast Missouri State University

Student and Alumni Success for 2014

Andrea Wills's (BA English - Writing) review of Murray Farrish’s Inappropriate Behavior (Milkweed Editions, 2014) was published in the prestigious Rain Taxi Review 19.3 (Fall 2014).

Tara Delaney's (BA English - Writing) was hired at Allen Press in Lawrence, Kansas, in 2011. She has been promoted to Managing Editor.

David Scott's (BA English - Writing) completed his BAR exams and was hired as Associate Attorney with Lewis, Rice, & Fingersh in St. Louis.

Emily Dilner's (BA English - Writing) was hired by Brooks Jeffrey Marketing in Arkansas as Project Manager, Editor/Proofreader.

Nevada Lewis's (BA English) short story "The Rule" was accepted for publication by Elektric Milk Bath Press.

Breanna Bright's (MA, English-Professional Writing) novel In the End was released by Permuted Press July 23, 2014.

Kris Baranovic (MA, English), was hired as an Instructional Designer, Office of Instructional Technology, Southeast Missouri State University.

Angela Spinzig (MA, English-Professional Writing) was hired after graduation in Spring as a Communications and Training Coordinator for AmerenUE in St.Louis.

Clare Paniccia (MA, English-Professional Writing) was awarded a paid internship with MongoDB in New York City for Summer 2014. She writes web content for their clients.

Matthew Sissom's (MA, English-Professional Writing) short story "Mud Ballad," part of his master's thesis, is published in Big Muddy: Journal of hte Mississippi River Valley 43.1 (Spring/Summer 2014).

Nevada Lewis's (BA, English) short story "The Rule" was published in the anthology Twisted Boulevards.Ed. Angela Charmaine Craig. Righardson Texas: Elektric Milk Bath Press, 2014.

Clare Paniccia's (MA, English-Professional Writing) poem "Winter Sonnets" was published in Cumberland River Review.

Mary Christy's (MA, English-Professional Writing) grant proposal for Kent Library's 75th Anniversary Celebration was funded by Missouri Humanities Council: $7,168.

Caleb Tankersley's (MA, English) short story "The Oak Tree" was publishing in decomP magazinE (May 2014).

Katherine Kipp's (MA, English) short story "The Facebook Babies," part of her master's thesis, is published in Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi River Valley43.1 (Spring/Summer 2014).

Student and Alumni Success for 2013

Breanna Bright's (MA, English) novel In the End has been contracted by Permuted Press to be published in 2014.

Clare Paniccia (MA English) read from her original poetry at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association annual meeting, Vancouver, Washington, October 10, 2013.

David Cravens (MA English) has published the following poems:
"Vengeance," in War, Literature & the Arts, volume 25 (2013)
"Epiphany, " in The Penman Reviewhttp://penmenreview.com/epiphany/
"Purgatorium," in Mirror Dancehttp://mirrordancefantasy.blogspot.com/2013/09/purgatorium.html
"Flower Hercules," "Poiesis," and "Mother of Gods and Men," in Fickle Muses, http://ficklemuses.com/2013/09/29/ <http://ficklemuses.com/2013/09/29/flower-hercules/>
"The Look of Genius," in New English Reviewhttp://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/142221/sec_id/142221

Jeanette Boylin (BA English) has accepted a position as travel sales consultant for Elite Travel Inc., where she will be specializing in guided and personalized European and Asian itineraries

Rachael Evans and Natasha Nekola (BA English) successfully completed the University of Denver's summer Publishing Institute.

Adam Armstrong (BA English) received his substitute teaching certification and will be teaching in the Rockwood School District.

Lilly Bange (MA English) has published a poem entitled "Grief's Cheshire Smile" at the online journal, Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag

Mark Poor (MA English) was hired as a full-time instructor at Three Rivers Community College.

Katie Schwartz (BA English) was accepted into Southern Illinois University's MA in Rehabilitation Counseling Program.

Jennifer Geist (BA English) was hired as the Communications Director at Beacon Industries in St. Louis.

Levi Bollinger's (MA English) short story, "Between the Feet," has been accepted for publication in The Blue Falcon.

Levi Bollinger's (MA English) introductory essay to his Master's thesis has been accepted for publication in War, Literature, and the Arts.

Lynn Casteel Harper (BA English) won New Delta Review's Creative Nonfiction Prize for her essay "Visions Ablaze," published in volume 3.2 (Summer 2013). Her publisher calls it "just brilliant!"

Ryan Harper (MA English) receives his PhD in Religion from Princeton University June 2013 and has been hired by Princeton as a visiting lecturer.

Clare Paniccia (MA English) had three poems ("Girl Talk," "#1," and "#13") published in Press Board Press at http://pressboardpress.com/2013/05/08/before-poems-by-clare-paniccia/

Jennifer Hotop Boyd (MA English) has been working for the last 3.5 years as a Disability Determinations Adjudicator for the state of Missouri in St Louis, where she "does a great deal of writing involving medical decisions."

Clay Matthews (MA English) was interviewed on his poetry by Kenyon Review (May/June 2013) http://www.kenyonreview.org/conversation/clay-matthews/ He also has two poems published in the Spring 2013 issue of Kenyon Review.

Becca Rose Parker (BA English) was hired as a Full-Time Library Associate at the Tuscaloosa Public Library after her first year in the Library Science Program at U of Alabama.

Kristy Murray Costello (MA English) accepted the tenure-track position of Writing Program Director at Arkansas State University, beginning Fall 2013.

Emily Reinitz (BA English) was accepted into the Masters in Library Science program at the University of Illinois.

Caleb Tankersley (MA English) was accepted into the PhD in English program at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Katie Markey (MA English) has been accepted into the PhD programs in Creative Writing at both Oklahoma State University and Georgia State University.

Amelie Morgan (MA English) has been accepted into the Masters in Social Work programs at both Washington University and Saint Louis University. Washington University has also offered her a $15,000 scholarship.

Jennifer Geist (BA English) was accepted into both DePaul University's MA in Writing and Publishing program and Portland State University's MA in Publishing Program.

Rhyen Campbell (MA English) has accepted a job as an English instructor at a Caledonia-area high school.

Michael Derby's (MA English) short-short fiction "Nobody Does It Better" was published by Fiction 365 online. February 20, 2013.

Rachel Evans (BA English) was accepted into University of Denver's Publishing Institute.

Ryan Harper (BA English) will have his chapbook of poetry published by Finishing Line Press.

Levi Bollinger (MA English) has an article entitled "Why Write?" published in Missouri Passages Volume 11.2 newsletter online, as part of their "Why Are the Humanities Important" series. March 2013.

Randi Wilson's (MA English) story "Prey" was published in Crack the Spine v 50, pg 23.

Katie Markey (MA English) and Clare Paniccia (MA English)were nominated for inclusion in the anthology Best New Poets 2013, published by Meridian.

Matthew Sissom published his short story "Of Higgs and Flame" in The Rusty Nail(April 2013): 34.

Clay Matthews (MA English) was interviewed about his poetry by Kenyon Review (May/June 2013) which can be found online (http://www.kenyonreview.org/conversation/clay-matthews/). He also had two poems published in the Spring 2013 issue of Kenyon Review.

Lynn Casteel Harper won New Delta Review's Creative Nonfiction Prize for her essay "Visions Ablaze," published in volume 3.2 (Summer 2013). Her publisher calls the essay "just brilliant!"

Ryan Harper (MA English) will receive his PhD in Religion from Princeton University in June 2013 and has been hired by Princeton as a visiting lecturer.

Clare Panicciahas had three poems ("Girl Talk," "#1," and "#13") published in Press Board Press (http://pressboardpress.com/2013/05/08/before-poems-by-clare-paniccia/).

Jennifer Hotop Boyd has been working for the last 3.5 years as a Disability Determinations Adjudicator for the state of Missouri in St Louis, where she "does a great deal of writing involving medical decisions."

Scott Welton (MA English) serves as a reporter for the Sikeston Standard Democrat.

Ryan Heslinga (BGA; minor in English—Writing and in Literature) is the Assistant Registrar at Southeast Missouri State University.

Natalie Kendall (MA English) is the Advanced Position and Team Lead Technical Writer at Jack Henry and Associates in Springfield, MO.

Ben Foster (MA English) teaches English composition, literature, and film studies at Portland Community College in Oregon.

Kris Yesley (MA English) is the Humanities Specialist in Seattle, WA, for Bedford St. Martin's (since 2009), making presentations throughout the west and attending editing meetings in New York and Boston.

Katherine Kipp (MA English) served as an intern at the National Endowment for the Humanities, founding and writing a blog for the Office of Congressional Affairs.

Dan Jaycox has been teaching at Mineral Area College since 2008. He also served as chair of the English Department and Director of Learning Management Systems.

David Dunavin (BA English) received an MA in Journalism from U of Missouri, covers the Newtown tragedy for Patch.com, and teaches at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

Nick Watts-Fernandez (MA English) served as a Navy officer in Afghanistan and currently writes speeches for a two-star Admiral at the Navy Personnel Command.

Jennifer Geist (BA English) was hired as the Communications Director at Beacon Industries in St. Louis.

Levi Bollinger's (MA English) short story, "Between the Feet," has been accepted for publication in The Blue Falcon.

Levi Bollinger's (MA English) introductory essay to his Master's thesis has been accepted for publication in War, Literature, and the Arts.

Rachael Evans and Natasha Nekola (BA English) successfully completed the University of Denver's summer Publishing Institute.

Adam Armstrong received his substitute teaching certification and will be teaching in the Rockwood School District.

Lilly Bange has published a poem emtitled "Grief's Cheshire Smile" at the online journal, Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag.

Mark Poor was hired as a full-time instructor at Three Rivers Community College.

Katie Schwartz (BA English) was accepted into Southern Illinois University's MA in Rehabilitation Counseling Program.

Clare Paniccia (MA English) read from her original poetry at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association annual meeting in Vancouver, Washington, October 10, 2013.

David Cravens (MA English) has published the following poems:
"Vengeance," in War, Literature & the Arts, volume 25 (2013)
"Epiphany, " in The Penman Review (http://penmenreview.com/epiphany/)
"Purgatorium," in Mirror Dance (http://mirrordancefantasy.blogspot.com/2013/09/purgatorium.html)
"Flower Hercules," "Poiesis," and "Mother of Gods and Men," in Fickle Muses, (http://ficklemuses.com/2013/09/29/<http://ficklemuses.com/2013/09/29/flower-hercules/>
"The Look of Genius," in New English Review (http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/142221/sec_id/142221)

Jeanette Boylin (BA English)has accepted a position as travel sales consultant for Elite Travel Inc., where she will be specializing in guided and personalized European and Asian itineraries.

Student and Alumni Success for 2012

Adam Armstrong's (BA English) story "Protector" was published in Silver Blade, vol. 13 (January 2012).

Levi Bollinger (MA English) was invited to read his poetry about serving as a soldier in Iraq at the St. Louis Humanities Festival, April 13, 2012. He shared the stage with soldier-poet Brian Turner, award-winning author of two books of poetry on his service in Iraq.

Stacey Rollins (MA English) has been accepted in the MFA in Creative Writing program (poetry) at University of Missouri—St. Louis.

Airek Beauchamp (MA English) was accepted into the PhD program at Binghamton University where he will be studying poetry. There were approximately 1,800 applicants for 2 spots.

Dan Crocker (MA, Southeast; PhD, U of Southern Mississippi) was hired as Creative Writing faculty at Southeast Missouri State University.

Kent Walker (BA) has been accepted in the MFA in Creative Writing program (poetry) at University of Missouri—St. Louis.

Michael Derby (MA English) won the Riverfront Times haiku competition for "Milwaukee Hurt Me," April 26, 2012.

Elizabeth Bange's (MA English) sestina "Nights Spent Thinking" will be published in Milk Sugar Literature in October.

Carrie Walker (BA English) has had her short story "Quiet People" published in Red Cedar Review vol. 47 (2012): 53.

Matthew Sissom's (MA English) sestina "Recent Images of Mars" was published in Constellations.

Holly Smith (Ma English) has accepted the position of District Dean of Arts and Humanities at Pierce College inWashington State.

Mary Jane Mills (MA English) has been promoted to Senior Editor at August Home Publishing.

Rachael Evans (BA English) has had her poem "Cross Pollenation" accepted for publication in Deep South Magazine, (Fall/Winter) 2012.

Becca Rose Parker (BA English) was accepted into the competitive Masters in Library Science programs in both Simmons College in Boston and University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her focus will be Digital Archiving and Digital Literacy.

Sharon Looney's (MA English) poem "Master Van Gogh" was published in WestWard Quarterly (Fall 2012).

Levi Bollinger (MA English) had three poems published "Distant Seitz," "Blind," and "SPC Browning Speaks"—in the anthology Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. Southeast Missouri State University Press and Missouri Humanities Council, 2012.

Katie Markey (MA English) received a Pushcart Prize Nomination for her poem "One More for Mrs. Neruda," published in Cave Region Review: A Journal of Literary and Visual Art (Fall 2012).

Rhyen Campbell's (MA English) short story "Rain" was accepted for Publication in Midwestern Gothic (in-print).

Caleb Tankersley's (MA English) short story was published in Midwestern Gothic.

Thomas O. Ratledge's (MA English) poem "Son-in-Law" was published in the Fall 2012 issue of Cave Region Review: A Journal of Literary and Visual Art.

Mark Poor's (MA English) poem "Whale Domination" was published in Big Muddy 12.1 (Spring/Summer) 2012.

Student and Alumni Success for 2011

Mandy Henley (MA English) was hired as a fulltime editor for Sullivan Branding in Memphis, TN.

Bob McCollum (BA English) was hired as a graphic artist and writer for The Spread Effect search-marketing company in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Kristi Murray Costello (MA English) has been promoted to Associate Director of First-Year Writing at Binghamton University.

Michele Metych (BA English) has been promoted to senior copyeditor at Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Nicole Peats (BA English) was accepted into University of Iowa's graduate program in Library and Information Science and University of Illinois graduate program in Library Science.

Katherine Kipp (MA English) received acceptance letters from the MFA programs at Emerson College in Boston and University of Maryland.

David Cravens (MA English) won England's The Interpreter's House Bedford Open Poetry competition with his poem entitled "Violence in Old Sainte Genevieve." British poet Paul Groves was the judge. Cravens was awarded £500 and publication.

Katie Markey (MA English) and Joshua P. Smith (BA English) were nominated for inclusion in Best New Poets 2011.

Marcia Herring (MA English) was hired to write for a roller derby blog (LiveDerbyGirls.com) and for a feminist film/television blog (btchflcks.com). She is currently working for advertising and publicity company, Red Letter.

Tara Delaney (BA English) has had her short story "Love Everlasting" published in the anthology, Shadow Street (Cool Well Press, 2011).

Stacey Rollins (MA English) and Kent Walker (BA) published an anthology of creative writing entitled Raw Clips, which they launched at a public reading on campus, September 1, 2011.

Nagisa Shimabukuro (MA English) had her poem "A Cup of Water" published in Gertrude vol. 17, Fall 2011.

Matthew Sissom (BA English), Angi Spinzig (BA English), Nicholas Cato (MA English), Nathan Reynolds (BA English), and Kris Baranovic (MA English) were nominated for Associated Writing Programs' Intro Awards.

Student and Alumni Success for 2010

Elishia Heiden (MA English) has been given an editorial position on the staff of American Literary Review at University of North Texas.

Caleb Tankersley (BA English) had two poems published in Cutthroat Literary Journal.

Lynn Watson (MA English) was a finalist in the Miami University Press Novella Contest for "A River So Long."

Joshua Smith's (BA English) poem "My family names their clocks and I don't know why" was published in Quiddity, 2010.

Katherine Kipp (MA English) won the Sigma Tau Delta contest with her researched essay, "Ann Sexton: The American Female." Her paper was also presented at the Southern Illinois University Graduate Conference, March 2010.

Lynn Watson (MA, Southeast; PhD, U of Southern Mississippi) was hired as Creative Writing faculty at Southeast Missouri State University.

Carla Lee (BA English) successfully completed her Missouri Bar exam after graduating from University of Michigan Law School. She will be practicing law in Kansas City.

Elishia Heiden (MA English) has been awarded the Richard M. Weaver National Scholarship. Her accomplishment is being featured on the website of University of North Texas where she is currently earning her PhD in Creative Writing.

Marcia Herring's (MA English) review of The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas was published in the Southeast Missourian (February 2010)

Katherine Kipp's (MA English) poem entitled "After Christmas" was published in Basilica (Spring/Summer 2010).

Katherine Kipp's (MA English) review of The Disappeared by Kim Echlin was published by in NewPages (August 2010).

Joshua Smith (BA English) published a poem entitled "Every Summer, The Wildfires Came and Took My Parents Away" in Cave Region Review (Fall 2010).

Caleb Tankersley (BA English) published a short story entitled "My Father's Garden" in Cave Region Review (Fall 2010).

Nicole Peats (BA English) published a poem in Cave Region Review (Fall 2010).

Caleb Tankersley (BA English) was named as recipient of the 2010 Provost Award in Student Life and Leadership. He also completed a Department of English Graduation with Distinction project, a collection of short fiction.

Clay Matthews (MA English) published a second book of poetry, entitled Runoff and published by BlazeVOX, 2010.

Kyle Barnett (BA English) was accepted into University of Illinois's Public Affairs Reporting Master's program.

Caleb Tankersley (BA English) was recruited as a permanent book reviewer for New Pages, Inc.

Brian Rhodes (BA English) was hired as a documents designer by The Wright Group, Inc.

Clay Matthews (MA English) published his third book, Pretty, Rooster, with Cooper Dillon Press.

Barbara Jenkins (MA English) was awarded the 2010 Missouri Mentorship by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for her picture book manuscript.

Joshua Smith (BA English) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry by the editors of Quiddity literary magazine for the poem "My family names their clocks and I don't know why."

Jennifer Geist's (BA English) story "Dual Disillusionment" appeared in the March 2011 print issue of Down in the Dirt, as well as online (http://scars.tv/cgi-bin/framesmain.pl?writers).

Karen Holman's (BA English) story "Broken Record" was published by Pens on Fire in April.

Jennifer Geist's (BA English) story "Under the Mask" was accepted for publication in The Legendary (http://www.downdirtyword.com/fictionpage.html).

Adam Armstrong's (BA English) story "Flight" was accepted for publication in The Legendary(http://www.downdirtyword.com/fictionpage.html).

Sarah Corson's (BA English) story "Marked" was accepted for publication in Roar and Thunder online.

Christy Rose Cecil's (BA English) story "The Sweet Smell of Revenge" was published in The Final Draftand also published in Howls and Pushycats athttp://williamlennertz.com/howlsandpushycats/wpcontent/uploads/2011/01/Howlsandpushycatsvolume1number2.pdf

Sadie Jensen's story "Demons and Dinosaurs" was published by Writing Raw at http://writingraw.com/files/Demons%20and%20Dinosaurs.pdf

Student and Alumni Success for 2009

Kris Yesley (MA English) was selected from a large group of applicants to the position of Publishing Representative in Seattle, Washington, for Bedford, Freeman and Worth, a division of the Macmillan Company.

Kristy Murray Costello (MA English) was hired as Director of the Writing Center at Binghamton University in New York.

Shawn McLain (BA English) graduated from St. Louis University School of Law, passed the Bar, and secured a job as attorney with Rice, Spaeth, Summers, and Heisserer in Cape Girardeau.

Sharon Looney (MA English) was hired by MagnaTel (graphics and editing) and also continues her freelance publishing business.

Mike Howell (MA English) was hired as Text Editor for SSE, Inc., in St. Louis, creating classified-status aircraft-maintenance manuals and multi-media.

Danielle Schlosser (BA English) accepted an offer for candidacy in the Master's in Creative and Critical Writing Programme at the University of Gloucestershire in England.

David Cravens' (MA English) essay "The Window" was chosen as one of three finalists in the prestigious The Journal's Nonfiction Contest.

The University's 2009 Student Life and Leadership Experiential Learning Award was won by University Press interns team: Donna J. Essner (MA), Marcia Herring (MA), Jennifer Hotop (MA), Stephen Dixon (BA), Stacy Orris (BA), Caleb Tankersley (BA), Joshua Smith (BA), Maggie Walter (BA), and Caitlin Brown (BA).

Student and Alumni Success for 2008

Angela (Barbeau) Cardoz (BA English) was hired as Assistant Production Artist (book-page design and entry) by Sourcebooks, the largest independent book publisher in Chicago.

Eleisha Heiden (MA English) was accepted into the PhD program in Creative Writing at University of North Texas and has been nominated by the graduate admissions committee for a fellowship.

Karissa Scott (MA English) was hired as the lead writer and editor for Springfield Management Executives where she heads production of magazines such as Homeland Security and Forensics Today.

Matt Heger (BA English) was accepted into the Law School Program at University of Missouri.

Review by Janet Cannon (MA English) of Yes, Yes, Cherries by Mary Otis. NewPages.com, 2008.

Review by Donna J. Essner (MA English) of Teller Tales by Jo Carson. NewPages.com, 2008.

Student and Alumni Success for 2007

Kristi Murray (MA English) has been accepted into Binghamton University's PhD program in Creative Writing with an annually renewablefellowship award of $22,000 (no teaching until the second year) and the opportunity to teach, run a conference,and/or work with Binghamton's national literary magazine.

Corey Barnard (MA English) is teaching English at Hannibal High School in Hannibal, Missouri.

Michele Metych (BA English) was hired by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce as in-house writer and editor, beginning Fall 2007.

Daniel Crocker (MA English) was accepted into the English PhD program at University of Southern Mississippi beginning Fall 2007.

Michael Howell (MA English) has garnered a tenure-track position teaching English at North Central Missouri Community College.

Jason Sander (MA English) is teaching English at Cape Central High School, starting Fall 2007.

Carla Lee (BA English) is attending University of Michigan School of Law. Out of 6,000 applicants, 350 were chosen.

Kristen Heyner Gruver (BA English) was hired as Community Events Director for the Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis.

Kristi Murray (MA English) received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School at Southeast.

Kristi Murray (MA English) won The Newhouse Award from Binghamton University for best, submitted portfolio from an incoming student in Poetry. Her prize of $1,000 will be presented at a celebratory luncheon in the Fall semester.

Clay Matthews (MA English) published "Eternia," a poem, in Laurel Review 41:1 (2007).

Clay Matthews' (MA English) first book, Superfecta, was published by Ghost Road Press.

Student and Alumni Success for 2006

Shawn McLain (BA English) was accepted into the Law School of St. Louis University.

Meredith Purvis (BA English) was hired as in-house copyeditor for Silver City Daily Press in New Mexico.

Kristine Heyner Gruyder (BA English) was promoted to Assistant Editor of Longoria Press in St. Louis.

Jon Thrower (MA English) was hired as adjunct professor of English by Southeast.

Ben Foster (MA English) was accepted into the PhD in Literature Program at Southern Illinois University.

Jon Lanman (MA English) received a PhD fellowship in Religion and Cognitive Science from Oxford University.

Bridget Brown (BA English) was promoted to Assistant Acquisitions Editor at Southern Illinois University Press and is in charge of the popular culture line of books.

Emily Eufinger (BA English) was hired as an editor by Dalkey Archive Press.

Clay Matthews (MA English), published a chapbook entitled Muffler, winner of the Hangman's Press annual poetry chapbook contest. January 2006.

Kristi Murray's (MA English) poems, "Me too" and "Fuck the Chef," were published in the Spring 2006 issue of the Subterranean Quarterly.

Jarret Green (MA English) published a review of The Feast by Walter Bargen in Sentence, a journal of prose poems.

Jon Thrower (MA English) co-edited Balancing on a Bootheel: New Voices in Poetry in Southeast Missouri, Southeast Missouri State University Press.

Student and Alumni Success for 2005

Shawn McLain (BA English) was hired by a St. Louis law firm as an intern.

Beth Lewis (MA English) was hired by Graphic World in St. Louis.

Brian Nickleberry (BA English) was hired by May Material Company (copywriting and proofing).

Lynn Watson (MA English) was accepted into the PhD program in Creative Writing at U of Southern Mississippi.

Leon Cluck (MA English) was hired to teach composition at Jefferson Community College in St. Louis.

Nick Watts (MA English) was hired to teach English at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL.

Kristen Heyner (BA English) was hired by Langoria Catholic Press in St. Louis.

Shawn McLain's (BA English) poem "Evening Rain" was published in Real 8 View (http://www.realeight.com/).

Shawn McLain,'s (BA English) poem "Basic Operations" was published in Vs. (http://www.vs-poems.com/).

Misty Chisum-McCormick (MA English) had four poems accepted by Grand Lake Review from Wright State College.

Shawn McLain's (A English) poem "Going Out to Eat" was published in The Diagram 4.6 (http://www.thediagram.com/4_6/index.html).

Jon Thrower (MA English) was nominated for an Intro Award for poems, "This Is Not a Love Poem Dedicated to You" and "Ghazal in the Key of Descartes".

Shawn McLain (BA English) was nominated for an Intro Award for his poem, "Waiting for Rain for Minerva for You for Us".

Shawn McLain's (BA English) poem, "The Search and Research for Kepler's Fourth Celestial Law" was published in Delos (http://www.delosliterary.org/po_submiss_2.html).

Shawn McLain's (BA English) poem, "After We Bought a Computer in 1996" was published in Perigree (http://www.perigee-art.com/#).

Dustin Michael's (MA English) poems, "Slughead," "My Love Is Your Booty: A Pirate's Villanelle," and "Hello, Susie" were published in Asinine Love Poetry, ed. Richie Narvaez, New York, 2005. 13, 41, 71.

Marybeth Neiderkorn's (BA English) poem, "Recurring Dream," was published in Asinine Love Poetry, ed. Richie Narvaez, New York, 2005. 53.

Dustin Michael (BA English), Shawn McLain (BA English), Tony Bertram (BA English), Wade Christian (BA English), gave a poetry reading for the midwestern booklaunch of Asinine Love Poetry, editor Rich Narvaez, New York, in Cape Girardeau, April 16, 2005.

Dustin Michael's (BA English) review of Last Call: Stories by K.L. Cook, was published Fall 2005 in Raintaxi Review of Books.

Jarret Green's (BA English) two poems: "Things" and "Mummy"were published in Dicey Brown (Summer 2005).

Clay Matthews (MA English) won Hangman's Press annual poetry chapbook contest, Fall 2005.

Dustin Michael (MA English), review of The Optimist by Joshua Mehigan, forthcoming in Midwest Book Review.

Shawn McLain's (BA English) poem "Transcendence" was published in Poetry Midwest issue 13 (Spring/Summer 2005).

Shawn McLain (BA English) had three poems published by Ash Canyon Review in their Winter 2005 issue.

Brian Nickleberry (BA English), published an article "Too Much Job Clicking?: Use Different Tactics to Get an Interview" in The College Press online (www.thecollegepress.com/articles.php?act=show&art_id=3550). August 15, 2005.

Leon Cluck (MA English) published a poem "The Flash Discusses His Disqualification from the Olympics"in Asininepoetry.com, August 2005.

Ben Pruett (MA English) published a poem "Transgressing Heteronormative Boundaries or Masculine Angst in a Beauty Salon" in the inaugural issue of The Julie Mango (Sept. 2005).

Clay Matthews (MA English) has been selected by Meridian magazine to be published in their annual anthology as a "Best New Poet of 2005".

Ben Pruett (MA English) published his poem "Conscientious Objections and Patriarchal Propriety, or Why I Can't Get Laid" in the second issue of The Julie Mango (Dec. 2005).

Student and Alumni Success for 2004

Dustin Michael (MA English) published a poem, "Another Asthma Night," in the anthology Body of Knowledge, ed. by Felicia Ferlin and Karen Myers.

Jon Thrower's (MA English) poem, "Riverwall," was nominated for St. Louis Poetry Center Hanks Award, 2004.

Mike Howell (MA English) published a poem, "Bacon Dilemma," in Asinine Poetry online atwww.asininepoetry.com

Misty McCormick-Chisum (MA English) presented "Threads: The Fabric of Composition's Pedagogical History" at the Write to Learn Conference, 2004.

Misty McCormick-Chisum (MA English) presented "The Only True Voice: The Bastard's Voice in Angela Carter's Wise Children," at the Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, February 2004.

Misty McCormick-Chisum (MA English) presented "Seeking the Other: Gendered Zones and Discontent in Doris Lessing's The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five," at the Doris Lessing Conference, Delgado College, April 2004.

Dustin Michael's (MA English) book review of Jim Daniel's Detroit Stories was published in Raintaxi Review of Books.

Shawn McLain (BA English) published two poems in 2 River View, a publication of Meramec College.

Mike Howell (BA English) published a poem "Redemption" in Lunarosity, August 2004.

Shawn McLain (BA English) read his poetry in the Hungry Young Poets series in St. Louis, July 19 at Duff's. The reading series is sponsored by River Styx magazine.

Leon Cluck (BA English) published a poem "Spidey" in Asinine Poetry Online, June 2004. (http://www.asininepoetry.com).

Wade Christian (BA English) published a poem "Illusions of Grandeur" in Asinine Poetry Online, August 2004 (http://www.asininepoetry.com).

Jon Thrower (BA English) published a poem, "The Bargeworker's Common-law Wife, in StorySouth.

Carla Lee's (BA English) recent score on the LSAT was in the top 3% in the nation. She has already received two unsolicited full rides to university law schools, among other offers.

Shawn McLain (BA English) published a poem, "Wet," in The Bathyspheric Review October 5, 2004.

Shawn McLain (BA English) published a poem, "Using the Patriotic Barcode," in Lunarosity, Sept. 5, 2004.

Shawn McLain (BA English) published a poem, "My Father's Words," in Lunarosity, Sept. 5, 2004.

Jon Thrower (BA English) published 2 poems, "Zen Garden" and "9000 Fascist Cantos for My Friend Ezra Pound," in BlazeVox International

Student and Alumni Success for 2003

Carla Lee (BA English) was promoted to Lead Bookseller at Barnes and Noble.

Rebecca Brown (BA English) was accepted at U of Missouri - St. Louis for the MFA program in creative writing.

Marybeth Niederkorn (BA English) published 2 poems at AsininePoetry.com and an essay at TheCapeRock.com.

Jon Thrower(BA English) was nominated for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, an annual poetry contest that accepts one entry from each AWP-affiliated program.

Jon Thrower (BA English) published a poem, "Riverwall," in Big Muddy 3.2 (Winter) 2003. 93. The poem was nominated for Stanley Hanks Award, St. Louis Poetry Center.

Clay Matthews (BA English) published a poem, "About Face," in Story South: The Best from New Southern Writers. Online at www.storysouth.com.

Clay Matthews(BA English) published a poem, "Wedding Song," in Poetry Midwest, Issue 8, Fall 2003.

Clay Matthews (BA English) published a review of Casino of the Sunby Jerry Williams in Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Dustin Michael (BA english) published his poems "Hello, Susie," "I'm a Beauty Vampire," "My Love is Your Booty," "Phenobarbital Blues," "Sorority Chicks First," and "Sorority Formal," in AsininePoetry.com online at www.asininepoetry.com.

Nicole Trokey (BA English) published a review of George Bilgere's The Good Kiss in Rain Taxi (Fall 2003).

Michael Gurnow (MA English) published his story, "The Killing Joke," in Maelstrom 4.1 (Summer 2003): 22-25.

K, Ruth Seaber (MA English) presented a paper, "Power Politics: Exploring the 'Big' and the Small' in the Works of Arundhati Roy at the Twentieth-Century Literature Conference in Louisville.

K, Ruth Seaber (MA English) presented a paper, "Synergistic Narratives: Politics and Intertextuality in Doris Lessing and Arundhati Roy" at the First International Doris Lessing Conference in New Orleans.

K. Ruth Seaber (MA English) published "The Four Women of the Apocalypse: Addie/Cora, Sula/Nel and the Collapse of the Mythic Female," in Teaching Faulkner, no. 21 (Fall 2003): 9-13.

Misty McCormick-Chisum, (MA English) published a review of Eudora Welty's On William Faulkner (UP of Mississippi 2003), in Teaching Faulkner newsletter (Spring 2003).

Student and Alumni Success for 2002

Lynn Casteel (BA English) published an essay entitled "The Heights" in Big Muddy 2.1.

William Schlichter (MA English) was hired to teach at Branson High School, Fall 2002.

Jon Thrower (BA English) published a poem entitled "Smoking the Ghost of d.a. levy: A Paranoid Tale" at Remark.com, October 2002.

Dan Crocker (MA English) published a novel The Scarecrow Man with Green Bean Press, NY.

Dan Crocker (MA English) is teaching creative writing at Kirtville Community College in Michigan, Fall 2002.

David Taylor (MA English) is teaching creative writing at SIU-Edwardsville, IL, Fall 2002.

Student and Alumni Success for 2001

Dan Crocker (MA English) published Do Not Look Directly into Me, collection of short stories with Green Bean Press, NY.

David Taylor (MA English) published a poem in Thumbprints.

Leon Cluck (BA English) was hired by Jim Wilson Corp. in Cape for his skills in using PageMaker publishing software.

Emily Main (BA English) has been chosen as an intern at Oxford American Press because of her publishing background.

Michael Gurnow's (MA English) short story "Night of Memories" was published in the ‘zine Clownz.com.

Michael Gurnow's (MA English) short story "Nightscape" was published in IdioM magazine.

David Taylor's (MA English) chapbook Life's Ramblings was published by Kitty Litter Press.

Thomas Eaton (MA English) had his story "The Zippo Man" published in ezine@readthewest.com.

Thomas Eaton (MA English) received an Honorable Mention certificate from the 2001 William Faulkner Awards for Short Fiction for his story "Antelope."

Dan Crocker's (MA candidate) book Do Not Look Directly into Me was chosen in October as a Small Press Review "Pick of the Month."

Student and Alumni Success for 2000

Bridget Costello's (BA English) poem "The Colorblind Can't Recognize Pink Triangles" won Southeast's Gender-Bender Writing contest and $150.

Stephanie Williams's (BA English) poems were nominated for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

Beth Lewis (BA English) had feature review in the national magazine, Profile. Beth has also been retained as a freelance writer for the magazine while she finishes her BA.

Ryan Heslinga published interviews and a book review in Christianity and the Arts.

Ben Foster (MA English) was accepted into graduate school at Southern Illinois University. Because of his background in literary editing, he was awarded the position of research assistant to Dr. Paula Bennett.

Student and Alumni Success for 1999

Dan Crocker (MA English) published a poetry book entitled Long Live the 2 of Spades, with Green Bean Press, NY.

Dan Crocker (MA English) published 4 poems in Sophocles Review.

Jon Thrower (BA English) published a music review in River City Times.

Holly Smith (BA English) was given an assistantship in the MA English program at Illinois State University. She serves as the Production Manager for the national publication, American Book Review.

J. Nicholas Watts (BA English) published 4 poems in Sophocles Review.

David Taylor (MA English) published 3 poems in Sophocles Review.

Ben Foster (MA English) published 2 poems in Sophocles Review

Amber Hughey (BA English) published an article entitled "Saxon Immigrants Bring Lutheran Faith to Perry County" for the Southeast Missourian special insert, Dec. 26, 1999.

Kelly Quigley (BA English) was hired by MCI in Joliet to do desktop publishing.

Student and Alumni Success for 1998

Emily Otto (BA English) had a poem published in the national magazine, Puerto del Sol.

Chris Worth (MA English) had a short-story review published in the national magazine, Rain Taxi.

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