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Recent News from the EOU MFA Community

FALL 2021

Susan Kay Anderson, MFA ’17, has a new poem “Digression” in Heron Tree.

MFA faculty member Claire Boyles’s debut book Site Fidelity was included on Outside Magazine’s list of “20 Essential Works of Climate Fiction.” 

MFA faculty member Abigail Chabitnoy’s first book How to Dress a Fish was recommended in Orion alongside her own recommendation of Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s new book Look at this Blue in a poetry feature for National Native American Heritage Month.

MFA faculty member James Crews’s anthology How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope made the American Booksellers Association Indie Poetry Bestseller List in September, keeping company with the likes of Mary Oliver, Rupi Kaur, and Natalie Diaz. Also check out his appearances on the podcast Author, Can I Ask You? and in an episode of Emerging Form, a podcast about the creative process.

MFA faculty member Melissa Matthewson has a new essay in LitHub, “A Revolution in Creativity: Slow Writing.” “It might help MFA students!” she writes. “I know it helped me to write it.” Dare we say this piece will help you whoever and wherever you are. She also interviewed Korean American writer Janice Lee for The Rumpus and has a new short essay “Earth and Motherhood” in Oregon Humanities.

MFA faculty member Nick Neely’s 2016 essay “Still Hunt” was included in the just-out anthology This Impermanent Earth: Environmental Writing from The Georgia Review.

MFA student Alexander Ortega is on a roll: He is the recipient of the MFA program’s 2021 Thomas Madden Scholarship, and the short story featured in his application, “Gramita’s House,” was published in the fall issue of Salt Lake City’s Quarterly West. His flash story “A Real Man” was included in the anthology Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses from the Gloomy Northwest, edited by Sharma Shields and Maya Jewell Zeller and out now from Scablands Books. And that story along with two other flash pieces, “Megayega!” and “De Pedrito, desde las Nubes,” are in Volume 6 of Moss Lit.

MFA faculty member Joe Wilkins was featured earlier this year on the Freeflow Podcast, which “takes today’s best storytellers, artists, and leaders outside and into their favorite wild places, to talk about craft, conservation, and the creative life.” He also has a new short essay “Broken Badlands” in Orion and three new poems in Contrary.



Susan Kay Anderson, MFA ’17, has a new poem, “The Problem,”  in Heron Tree Magazine and another, “The Shine of It,” in Trouvaille Review. A review of her new book, Please Plant This Book Coast To Coast, in the current issue of Hash Journal. 

MFA director David Axelrod has a new poem, “There Are Things More Important Than Living,” in Terrain.org’s Letter to America series. And extra kudos to David for the news that his next book of poetry, Years Beyond the River, is forthcoming from Terrapin Books in the fall. 

MFA student Amelia Díaz Ettinger has a new short story, “A Girl Like Me,” in The Ice Colony.

MFA student Kyle Rowland has a new flash piece, “Haunt,” in the journal Coffin Bell

MFA faculty member Joe Wilkins‘s latest poetry collection Thieve (Lynx House Press) is a finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry among the Oregon Book Awards. He is also interviewed in Oregon ArtsWatch



Susan Kay Anderson, MFA ’17, has a book, Please Plant This Book Coast to Coast, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Says Erica Bodwell, author of Crown Wild:  “In this startling and fascinating book, Susan Kay Anderson takes the reader on a journey from California to Oaxaca to Hawaii, through the life and words of Virginia Brautigan Aste–married to Richard Brautigan for a decade–in a series of interviews that reveal Ms. Aste’s courage, creativity and sheer survival instinct.” Susan also has recent poems in Anti-Heroin Chic, Indolent Books, Madness Muse, Gnashing Teeth Publishing, Sleet Magazine, Voice Lux Journal, and Touraville Review. And she was also recently interviewed by Jenee Rodriquez for The Silent World In Her Vase

MFA director David Axelrod‘s work has recently appeared in About Place, Bellingham Review, The Meadow, and Split Rock Review; and is forthcoming in Weber: The Contemporary West, saltfront: studies in human habit(at), and Terrain.org’s Letters to America series.

MFA faculty member James Crews is rocking it with recent poems in The Sun, The New York Times Magazine, and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry (two poems, “Winter Morning” and “Clearly”).

Kasey Croxford-Zmrhal, BA ’21, just had her first short story “Torn Suede” published in Big Whoopie Deal. We’re thrilled also that Kasey will enroll in EOU’s MFA program this summer.

Asha Dore, MFA ’16, has forthcoming poems in Sweet: A Literary Confection, WhiskeyTit, and the Heavy Feather Review. 

MFA student Amelia Díaz Ettinger published a book of poems, Learning to Love the Western Sky with Airlie Press in the fall.   

Liz Asch Greenhill, MFA ’16, has created a new podcast called Bodyland: Metaphor Medicine. She writes, “Essentially it’s a collection of guided visualizations. Each one is based on Surrealist art and Chinese Medicine. They are meant to be listened to a la carte as restorative care during meditation time, on subway or bus commutes, or during bouts of insomnia.”   

MFA faculty member Nick Neely talks about (and reads the prologue of) his second book Alta California in a new episode of the podcast A Book and its Author. He also has an extremely short capsule review in Ampersand Magazine of the film The Dark Divide, which is based on Robert Michael Pyle’s book Where Bigfoot Walks (he recommends this sometimes goofy but beautiful flick).

Amy Parker, MFA ’16, has new work in bioStories and forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and Serotonin.

MFA student Kyle Rowland recently published a poem in Issue 10 of Phantom Drift. He says, “I got to do a reading with them back in November, so I can vouch that [the journal] showcases some really badass work from some cool writers and poets!”

MFA faculty member Jodi Varon had an essay “Augury” published in the autumn 2020 issue of Boulevard.

MFA student Vanessa Watters has a spate of good news: Her poem, “Big Mother Blue,” was accepted by Poets Choice for their forthcoming compilation, Global Warming; another poem, “Limbo,” concerning our current times, will appear in Beyond Words; and a third poem, “Amnesia,” is now featured on The Dewdrop online.

MFA student Chelsey Waters published her first short story, “Reunion on the St. Joe,” in the December issue of Unearthed. She began the story last summer at Fishtrap with Leni Zumas and finished it in Joe Wilkins’s post-residency seminar. She is also the recipient of MFA program’s 2020 Thomas Madden Scholarship.

MFA faculty member Joe Wilkins‘s novel Fall Back Down When I Die (Little, Brown 2019) came out in paperback last year and, among other honors, won the High Plains Book Award