Red Earth MFA  
Student, Alumni, & Faculty Accomplishments

Student & Alumni Accomplishments Fall 2013 /Spring 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 Word Press.


Connie Langhorst

Essay forthcoming in Creative Composition: Inspiration and Techniques for Writing Instruction.

"Nine Lives" & "Valerie's Pen" (essays) The Scarab 2014 (Oklahoma City University Undergraduate Journal). "Outstanding Selection" nominees.

“Lost and Found” (essay), forthcoming in Animal, A Beast of a Literary Magazine.

Interview about the life and career of Cincinnati (Ohio) broadcasting icon Elsa Sule, forthcoming.

Hired as a Substitute Adjunct Professor at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School and in the process of being "certified" to teach Composition and Creative Writing as an Adjunct Professor at St. Petersburg College (beginning Fall 2014). (Completed REMFA Pedagogy Strand.)


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


 Jane Woodman

"Adirondacks." Mudfish 18. Forthcoming. May 2014.


Faculty Accomplishments Fall 2013

Allison Amend

Book publications and contracts:

A Nearly Perfect Copy

Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, April 2013 (Hardcover)

Anchor Books, January 2014 (Paperback)

Other Islands 

Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in 2015.

Story publications:

“Sounds of Peace.” Oct. 2013.

“The Stench.”  June 2013. 

Excerpt from A Nearly Perfect Copy. Printer’s Row Journal. May 2013.

“From Now On Only Lasts.” (Excerpt from A Nearly Perfect Copy). The Nervous Breakdown. Apr. 2013. 

“All the Little Angles.” Five Chapters. Apr. 2013.

“They Come to Me.” Underwater New York. Apr. 2013.

Nonfiction publications:

“Dear Younger Writing Self.” Glimmer Train Bulletin. Apr. 2013.

“Five Ways to Be a Good Literary Citizen.” April, 2013. 

Invited readings:

Beth Tfiloh, Baltimore, Maryland, 2013

JCC of Atlanta, Georgia, 2013

Neve Shalom, New Jersey, 2013

 Reviews of A Nearly Perfect Copy:

The Washington Post, April 2013(

The Dallas Morning News, May 2013 (

Chicago Center for Literature and Philosophy, June 2013 (

Chicago Literati, May 2013 (

Publishers Weekly, January 2013 (

NPR, May 2013 (

Kirkus, April 2013 (

SF Gate, October 2013 (

Bookreporter, April 2013 (

(And others)


Braddock Avenue Books, Double Take, August 2013 (

Self-Interview, The Nervous Breakdown, April 2013 (

(And others)

Guest Blogs:

My Book, The Movie, May 2013 (

(And others)


Lou Berney

Screenwriter for Film Production 

“Angels Sing,” movie in wide release starring Harry Connick, Jr., Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. Released October 31, 2013.

 Book contract:

The Long and Faraway Gone, William Morrow, September 2014


Whiplash River (William Morrow, 2012)

Edgar Award Finalist, Best Paperback Original (

Anthony Award Finalist, Best Paperback Original (


Kerry Cohen

Book contracts:

The Dressing Room (anthology)

Sticks and Stones (nonfiction)


Seeing Ezra (Seal Press, 2012)

2013 Oregon Book Award Finalist for Creative Nonfiction (


Dirty Little Secrets: Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity (Sourcebooks, 2012)

2013 Oregon Book Award Finalist for General Nonfiction (


The Moth, Main Stage, 2013 (


Quraysh Ali Lansana

Commissions, presentations, readings, teaching:

DePaul University/Kuumba Lynx ½ Pints Poetry Competition: Co-coached Rebirth poetry ensemble, which placed second in the city-wide K-8 poetry competition, 2013

University of Chicago/The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts: Commissioned to write and present original poetry for the opening of the AfriCobra Retrospective art exhibition, 2013

Ralph Ellison Public Library/Oklahoma City, OK: Trained and facilitated adult teaching artists in conducting a three hour community writing workshop for students of all ages, 2013

Edmond Public Library/Edmond, OK: Public Reading of my work, 2013

Oklahoma City University/Minding the Gap Program: Conducted two weeks of writing and revision workshops with students in the Clara Luper Scholars and American Indian Scholars programs, 2013

Oklahoma City University/10th Anniversary of the Clara Luper/American Indian Scholars Programs: Commissioned to write and present poem in honor of Mrs. Luper, 2013

World Literature Today Magazine Online Exclusives: Poem, “sunday at muthas,” November 1, 2013.

University of Chicago/The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts: Co-taught two weeks of youth writing workshops (one week of creative writing; one week of composition), 2013

Tolt-Riverview School District, Riverview, WA: Conducted teacher professional development session and presented a reading for the school community, 2013


Kat Meads

Book publication:

2:12 a.m. – Essays, Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2013. (,7672.aspx)


For You, Madam Lenin

IPPY Silver Medal, Historical Fiction, 2013 (

ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist, Historical Fiction, 2012 (

Print and online publications:

“Instruction” (reprint, essay), Class and the College Classroom: Essays on Teaching, Robert C. Rosen, ed., Bloomsbury, 2013 (

“Margaret Mitchell’s Dump,” Gargoyle, 2013 (essay)

“Undone: Bessie Wallace of Baltimore,” Southern Humanities Review, Winter 2013 (essay)

“Showdown in Shawboro,” World Literature Today, Nov/Dec 2013 (essay)

Excerpt from when the dust finally settles (Novel, Ravenna Press, 2011), Literary Trails of North Carolina, Georgann Eubanks, ed., University of North Carolina Press, 2013 (

“Why Nadya—but not Wallis?” Guest post, Reading the Past, 2013(

“Vladimir Lenin Loved to Wash Dishes (and Other Discoveries),” Research Notes, Necessary Fiction, 2012 (

Excerpt from For You, Madam Lenin, The Nervous Breakdown, 2012

Self-interview, The Nervous Breakdown, 2012 (

Interviewed by Lidia Yuknavitch, The Rumpus, 2013 (

Book review (“Bed Behavior”), The Way We Sleep, C. James Bye and Jessa Bye, eds., American Book Review, 2013

Staged readings:

“In Public” and “A Plague of Bastards,” New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles, 2012

So Far (play), Best of the Fest, SRO Productions, Las Vegas, 2013

Matched (play), St. Croix One-Act Festival, 2013

Nevermore (play), Petaluma Readers Theatre, 2013


Women and Children First, Chicago, 2012

University of Illinois – Chicago, 2012

Santa Cruz Art and History Museum, 2012

National Steinbeck Center, 2012

CSU Monterey Bay, 2013

Oklahoma History Center, 2013

Reviews and critical assessments of Kat’s work:

For You, Madam Lenin (Livingston Press/University of West Alabama)Historical Novels Review, 2012(

American Book Review, 2012 (

ForeWord Reviews, 2013 (

Sleep (Livingston Press/University of West Alabama). “Utopias in Literature,” Scholar & Feminist Conference, Barnard Center for Research on Women, K. Tempest Bradford, 2013

The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan (Chiasmus Press) “Kat Meads’s Kitty Duncan, a 1960s Scarlett O’Hara,” Dr. Margaret D. Bauer, Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, Vanderbilt University, 2012


Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

Poems Published:

“The Unexplored Prairie.” The Fiddleback. 3.4 (Summer 2013). <>.

Creative Nonfiction & Essays Published:

“Ralph Ellison, Oklahoma Writer.” (Essay). Oklahoma Today April/May (2014). Forthcoming. 

“Western Civilization.” (Essay). Oklahoma Today Sept/Oct 2013, 40. 

“Broken Branches.” (CNF) All Prose Special Issue. Sugar Mule Literary Magazine. 44 (August 15, 2013).<>

“Meditative Presence: The Photographs of Craig Varjabedian.” (Essay). Landscape Dreams: A New Mexico Portrait. Albuquerque: UNM Press, (November) 2012. 91-95. Print.

Scholarly Works & Presentations:

Guest Editor, Contributor (Introduction, Essay, & Poem): World Literature Today Special Issue, “Writing the Great Recession.” In print and online November 1, 2013. <>

“Kitchen-table Poetics in Diane Gilliam Fisher’s Kettle Bottom and Sandee Gertz Umbach’s The Pattern Maker’s Daughter.” Working Class Studies Association Annual Conference. Madison, WI: June 12-15, 2013.

Book Reviews:

“Review of Spells: New and Selected Poems by Annie Finch.” World Literature Today. Forthcoming Jan/Feb 2014.

“Review of House of Earth by Woody Guthrie.” World Literature Today July/August (2013): 57-58. Print. <>.

“Review of Smoke, poems by Jeanne Bryner." Working Class Studies Association Newsletter.  Fall 2013. Web. <>.

“Review of The Pattern Maker’s Daughter by Sandee Gertz Umbach.” Working Class Studies Association Newsletter.  Spring 2013. Web. <>

“Two New Working-class Poetry Collections: A Review by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish." Guest blog post. This is Just to Say (23 Oct 2013): <>.


Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Ada, OK (ECU) April 2013.

Lecture & Reading Tour Fall 2013: 

Oklahoma (UCO, OBU, OU, NWOSU) 

Chicago (2 venues. Sponsored by the Working Class Studies Association).

Opening Keynote Speaker: Midwest Two-Year College Association Conference. Normal, IL. October 4, 2013.

Critical Considerations of Jeanetta's Work:

“Lukfi Humma’ Taloa Ikbi (Red Dirt Poets): Regionality and Indigenous Presence in Jeanetta Calhoun Mish and Phillip Carroll Morgan” by Rain C. Gomez. New Native Writers Panel; 128th Annual MLA Convention, 2013.