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Student, Alumni, & Faculty Accomplishments

Student Accomplishments

Spring 2015

David Bublitz (poetry)

"Basic Training" - CONSEQUENCE Magazine, Vol. 6

"Vows" - 0-Dark-Thirty, The Report, 3 Dec. 2014

"20 to life" - 0-Dark-Thirty, The Review, Vol. 3, No. 1 Fall 2014

"break down" - Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 3

"Mutually Assured" - Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 3

"Orion" - The Good Men Project, 14 Jan. 2015

"Combat Pay" - War, Literature, and the Arts (forthcoming)

James Cooper

recently accepted a job teaching creative writing and English at Jefferson Middle School in OKC.

Jill Hawkins (poetry)

“The Coronado Bridge Troll,” Blacktop Passages - A Journal of the Open Road, June 2015 (online) and fall print issue

"Thoracic Park"  JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association Vol. 314, Summer 2015

Branwyn Holroyd (poetry)

“Hibernation,” Cirque, 2015 

Carol Johnson

Signed with an agent for her novel, Everlasting.

Amanda Like

was admitted to the Ph.D. in Humanities program at UT Dallas, beginning fall 2015.

Denise Tolan (short fiction)

“Six O’clock Mass,” Empty Sink,  April 2015

“Saying Goodbye to an Atheist,”  The Great American Literary Magazine,  April 2015

Josh Wann

The Woody Guthrie Festival accepted one of Josh’s poems for the 2015 festivities and Dialogual will publish his prose piece, “New Addition.” He recently accepted a position teaching creative writing at Broken Arrow Public Schools.

Fall 2013 / Summer 2014

Alysha Beers

teaches a Community Creative Writing Workshop at the Ralph Ellison Library once a month and recently taught a four-week Teen Writing course at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. She is also assistant fiction editor for Arcadia literary magazine.

James Cooper

attended the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in Chicago, IL on April 16, 2014 and presented a conference paper, Men, Women, And Exorcisms: The New American Ghost Cinema.

Julie Dill

is an English adjunct professor at Rose State College in Midwest City, OK.

Mike Hinkle

writes a weekly column for The Edmond Sun. His “Hey Hink” column is frequently picked up by CNHI news service and published in hundreds of small town newspapers.  

Connie Langhorst

"Teaching in an Untraditional Environment" (essay), Creative Composition: Inspiration and Techniques for Writing Instruction, a pedagogy textbook co-edited by Lori A. May and Danita Berg, Ph.D., spring 2015

"Learning to Fly" (essay), It's About Living, Memoir Anthology, September 2014

“Lost and Found” (essay), Animal, A Beast of a Literary Magazine, August 2014.,>

Interview in forthcoming biography about life and career of Cincinnati (OH) broadcasting icon, Elsa Sule

Substitute Adjunct Professor at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School, January 2014 to present

Certified Composition and Creative Writing Adjunct Professor at St. Petersburg College, fall 2014

 Jane Woodman

“Adirondacks” (poem) Mudfish, November 2014

"Max and Marion are usually in bed by now" (poem), Red Earth Review, 2013

Carol Johnson

“The Trouble with Starlings” (short story), Red Earth Review, 2014

“The Long Road Home” (short story), Tulsa Review, Issue One, 2014

“The Quality of Mercy” (short story), Red Truck Review, 2015

Mark Stewart

has been hired as an adjunct professor of writing at Oklahoma City Community College to teach composition. He also recently taught courses on flash fiction and creative nonfiction at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and a workshop on the protagonist’s dilemma for the Red Earth 2014 summer residency. He signed with literary agent Amy Moore-Benson (AMB Literary Management) to represent the novel he completed in the Red Earth program. Three of his flash fictions appeared in Literary Orphans, March 2014.

Nicolas Poynter

“Volcano Street” (prose and photograph), Mojave River Review, 2014

“Ocean Front Walk, “Chica Fuerte” and “Frankie” (photographs), Tupelo Quarterly, 2014

“Bonham” (fiction), Gravel, 2014 

“As Marbles Go” (fiction), Fiction Fix, forthcoming

Leah Chaffins

“Last Caress,” Beyond the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Madness, New Lit Salon Press, 2014

Mike Rishell

"Clean Shirts" (poem), Red Truck Review: A Journal of American Southern Literature and Culture, March 2014.

David Bublitz

“Basic Training” Consequence Magazine. May 2014.

Leah Chaffins

“Last Caress,” New Lit Salon Press Anthology Behind the Yellow Wallpaper, spring 2014 (fiction)
“Out Came the Sun,” New Lit Salon Press Anthology Overflow, summer 2014;
also accepted by In Progress (Dolly Independent Press), spring 2014 (fiction)
“The Red Light,” In Progress (Dolly Independent Press), spring 2014 (flash fiction)

“Devil’s Pass,” 2012 Matt P. Haag Winner, The Goldmine, Fall 2012

“Keep Off the Grass: A Breasto Manifesto,” Cliterature, 2013

“The Night No One Died,” Okie Magazine, May 2, 2012

“Summer of the Wild Pigs,” Red Earth Review, Issue #1  

Julie Dill

Asked for full manuscript of YA novel (MFA thesis) by agent after sending proposal and 20.

Mike Hinkle

Book accepted by agent, Claire Gerus Literary Agency of Tucson. The working title is Cruising America's Back Roads with the Pie Kings. It chronicles the result of a 40 year quest to discover the very best examples of the pie maker's art.

 Matt Huiggins

"Full Disclosure Movie Reviews" blog now live on WordPress.

 Amanda Like

Hired as English Adjunct Professor at Grayson College to teach Creative Writing and Composition. (Completed REMFA Pedagogy Strand.)

Nicolas Poynter

“Bonham,” Gravel, fiction, 2014

“As Marbles Go,” Fiction Fix, forthcoming.

“Loma Prieta Blues,” winner of the 2013 Vuong Short-Story Prize from the South Central Modern Language Association. Publication forthcoming in Florida English.

“My Favorite Words in Spanish,” Chagrin River Review, Issue 3, Fall 2013

“La Bomba Grande,” North American Review, Summer 2012

“Looking at Young Girls,” Citron Review, Winter 2012

“Fishbowl Wars,”  The Siren, Issue #1 

“Poof,” Post Poetry Magazine

“Houston Looming,” Red Earth Review, Issue #1  

Mike Rishell

"Clean Shirts" (Poem). Red Truck Review: A Journal of American Southern Literature and Culture (inaugural issue), March 15, 2014.

Denise Tolan

“Finding the Pieces,” Honorable Mention, Short Story Award for New Writers, Glimmer Train

“God Dumps Doug,” (story) Top 25, Fiction Open, Glimmer Train, 2013; forthcoming in Reed Magazine

Faculty Accomplishments

Fall 2014

Faculty accomplishments for the year (as of January 2016)

Allison Amend


 A Nearly Perfect Copy (Anchor, paperback, January 2014)

Contract for Other Islands, a novel, to Nan A. Talese/Doubleday for publication in 2016

Short Stories  

Sounds of Peace.” Oct. 2013.


 “A Clotheshorse Is Born." Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping. Ed. Kerry Cohen. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press/Perseus. 2014. 

“Not So Safe,” solicited submission. Women’s Studies Quarterly Special Issue: Solidarity. Fall 2014. The Feminist Press, CUNY.


Paragraph Reading Series, New York (2014),

Sami Rohr Institute for Jewish Literature Festival of Jewish Books, Mandel JCC of Cleveland (2013)

Congregation Neve Shalom's Donald and Ruth Kahn Book & Author Event, Metuchen, NJ (2013)

Lou Berney


Recent national PR for Red Earth MFA faculty mentor Lou Berney, for his most recent novel, (set in Oklahoma City), The Long and Faraway Gone (William Morrow, Feb 2015).

Nominated for an Edgar Award (Mystery Writers of America) in the category of Best Paperback Original.

Nominated for a Lefty Award (Left Coast Crime) in the category of Best World Mystery.

Won Best Mystery Novel of 2015 from the American Library Association (awarded in 2016).

Starred national/international reviews from 


Publishers Weekly 


Featured on the Today Show as a top summer reading picks by former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Kate White.

Magazine/Journal/Anthology publications

Book Excerpt: Chapter from novel The Long and Faraway Gone, Mary, the literary journal at Saint Mary's College of California, spring 2014

Kerry Cohen


Editor, SPENT: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship to Shopping: An Anthology(Seal Press/Perseus), fall 2014.

Truth of Memoir: How to Write about Yourself and Others with Honesty, Emotion, and Integrity (Writers Digest Books), winter 2014

Girl Trouble: A Memoir (Hawthorne Books), fall 2015

Magazine/Journal/Anthology publications


“Things,” Brain, Child 

“I Developed a Drinking Problem Late in Life,” IHTM in

“My Grandmother’s Men,” Jewish Daughter Diaries, edited by Rachel Ament (Sourcebooks)

“I Love You More,” Stepping Up, edited by Samantha Waltz (Seal/Perseus), forthcoming

“Partial Reinforcement,” The Things I Would Have Said, edited by Ann Angel (Candlewick) forthcoming

Book Reviews

Two-page review of three sex memoirs, American Book Review


Regular blogs in Psychology Today

Kat Meads


Matched (one-act play), Silver Spring Stage One Act Festival, August 2014, Best Production, Best Director, Best Actress awards

Nevermore (one-act play), Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre, 8 Tens @ 8, January 2014 (production)

Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase in collaboration with Theatrikos, August 2014 (staged reading)

“Dirt, the Last War,”, 2014

Awards & Nominations

“Undone: Bessie Wallis of Baltimore,” Pushcart Prize nomination, Southern Humanities Review, 2013

2:12 a.m. – Essays (Stephen F. Austin University Press), 2013, Gold Medal, Independent Press Publishers Award (Essays/Creative Nonfiction category), 2014 

Finalist, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award, 2013 (Essays category)

For You, Madam Lenin Montaigne Medal (short list), 2014

General Fiction finalist, Eric Hoffer Award, 2014

In This Season of Rage and Melancholy Such Irrevocable Acts as These Finalist, Black Lawrence Press Big Moose Prize, 2014

 Four poems from Miss Jane Repurposes, Honorable Mention, Betty Gabehart Prize, Kentucky Women Writers Conference, 2014

Palace Watch (one-act play), Finalist, 15th Annual EstroGenius Festival, NYC, 2014

Matched (one-act play), Finalist, One Act Competition, Arts Club of Washington, D.C., 2014

Magazine/Journal/Anthology publications


“Dogs” and “The Ghosts of Kingdom Come,” The Southern Poetry Anthology,Volume VII: North Carolina, Texas Review Press, 2014

 “In the Company of Drinkers,” S/tick (Canada), 2014

Short Stories

“Flight of the 40 Crows,” The Emerald Issue, Fairy Tale Review


“My Young Life, My (Lost) Bodies of Water,” Hotel Amerika (forthcoming)

“Beds: a Reverie,” (reprint), Zone 3

Novel excerpt

 Section from In This Season of Rage and Melancholy Such Irrevocable Acts as These, Catamaran Literary Journal


The Fun Stuff,” Superstition Review blog

“Hiding in Plain Sight,” The Prague Revue


Interviewed by nonfiction editor Amy Wright, Zone 3


Two California State University – Monterey Bay fiction workshops (beginning and advanced fiction)

Catamaran Literary Reader, Vol. 2 Issue 2 (launch), Bookshop Santa Cruz (reading)  

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish


Oklahomeland. Essay Collection. Publication forthcoming in October 2015.

Grants & Fellowships

Oklahoma Humanities Council Scholar Grant, 2014.

Magazine/Journal/Anthology publications


“And Roses, Too”; “State of the Union Address”; “What I See”; “For My Brother.”Stand Up Now! Poetry of Resistance. Edited by Fred Whitehead & P.J. Laska. Forthcoming Spring 2015 from John Brown Press.

"To Have It By Heart #1," "To Have It By Heart #2." Poetry Saved My Life Anthology. Z. Klukman, ed. Forthcoming Fall 2014 from Swimming with Elephants Publications.

"Thirst." Red River Review. Forthcoming November 2014.

“The Quah Effect.” Yellow Medicine Review. Forthcoming Fall 2014. 

"Arroyo Piño." Cybersoleil. September 1, 2014. Online.

Recovery.” r.k.v.r.y. Quarterly Literary Journal. Summer 2014 (vi.3). Online.

"Elemental Ceramics: An Imaginary Textbook." Mojave River Review. Ekphrasis Special Section, Summer 2014.

“Portrait as Paramedical Roustabout.” San Pedro River Review Work Special Issue.  Vol. 6.1 (Spring 2014): 57-8. Print.

And roses, too.” World Literature Today November 2013 Online Exclusives. Web.


“White Sands Meditations.” Essay for Craig Varjabedian photography project White Sands, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Parks. U New Mexico P. Forthcoming 2015.

“Looking for (Ralph) Ellison.” Essay. Oklahoma Today. April/May (2014): 56-61.

“Western Civilization.” Essay. Oklahoma Today. Sept/Oct 2013. 40-41.

Critical & Pedagogical Publications

“Writing the Time of Shedding and Cold Rocks: A Tribute to the Global Working Class.” Editor & Contributor. World Literature Today. Special Issue: Nov/Dec 2013. 34-57. Print. Online Exclusives (also edited by Mish).

“Working at Getting the Word Out in America: Small Presses, Journals, and Websites Publishing Working-class Writing.” World Literature Today Online Exclusives. Special Issue on “Writing the Time of Shedding and Cold Rocks: A Tribute to the Global Working Class.” Nov/Dec 2013: 34-57.

Book Reviews

“Review of Spells: New and Selected Poems by Annie Finch.” World Literature Today, January 2014: 69-70. Print.

"Review of Smoke, poems by Jeanne Bryner." Working Class Studies Association Newsletter. Fall 2013. Web. Republished as combined Bryner/Umbach review at This is Just to Say poetry blog (Benjamin Myers, blogger).

Reviews/Criticism by others about the work of Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

Tabios, Eileen. “#20: A Poetry Engagement with Work is Love Made Visible by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish.” Galatea Resurrects. May 9, 2013. Web. 


“Crowdsource Interview with Jeanetta Calhoun Mish," curated by Joshua Wann.r.kv.r.y. Quarterly Literary Journal, August 2014.

“Red Truck Review Interviews Jeanetta Calhoun Mish.” Red Truck Review.Forthcoming January 2015.


“Fact vs. Fiction: Pretty Boy Floyd.” Presentation to the Tulsa Historical Society with Michael Wallis. June 19, 2014.

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK. Reading and class visits. April 2014.

Rogers State University, Claremore, OK. Reading and class visits. April 2014.

“Black and White and Red All Over: Blackness, Whiteness, and Indian-ness in the Writings of Ralph Ellison.” For the panel “Beyond Invisible Man: Perspectives on Ellison’s Other Works.” MELUS 2014. Oklahoma City, OK: March 6-9, 2014.

“Other Oklahomas.” Panel Chair. MELUS 2014. Oklahoma City, OK: March 6-9, 2014.

“Opening Keynote Presentation.” 2013 Midwest Two-year College Association Conference. Normal, IL: Oct 4, 2013.


Mish's Oklahoma-based small press, Mongrel Empire Press, was featured in Poets & Writers' Small Press Points column in the September/October 2014 issue.  As editor of Mongrel Empire Press, Mish has published five books so far in 2014.  

Contributing editor to Oklahoma Today and Sugar Mule: A Literary Journal