Student and Alumni News

Student & Alumni News

"This Is My America" by Kim Johnson '23 was featured at Banned Books Week. Her book "Invisible Son" will be released next year.

"Spare Change" by Irene Cooper '15 is a 2022 Oregon Book Awards Finalist. Her latest book "Found," a psychological thriller, was published in 2022 by Atmosphere Press.

Lindsey Brodeck '20, is a 2021 winner of Grist's Fix Solutions Lab short story contest: Imagine 2200 - Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors. Read her story Afterglow.

Chiron Alston '20 has a poem titled "Impala" published in Quarterly West, the online literary journal from the University of Utah. His poem "Thirteen" was printed in Carnegie Melon's literary journal The Oakland Review. "If I Can See It" was published in Poetry South (2020 - Mississippi University for Women), and he had two poems published in Timber, a literary journal from CU Boulder. His poem "Tribes" was published in The Hole in the Head Review, and "Far Afield: Dulce Far Niente" and "After Joe" were published in Ramblr Magazine - Issue 3.

Kaci Rae Christopher '19 has published The School Garden Curriculum, an integrated K-8 guide for discovering science, ecology and whole-systems thinking.

Yolanda Gomez '19 "We’ve always been weeping and searching for the dead" is the winner of the 2020 Hybrid Poetry Chapbook Contest at Flying Ketchup Press. Selected poems forthcoming; title essay anthologized in Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century. She has three poems in Nat. Brut 10.

James Wood '19 has a story in Normal School, fall 2018.

Tiffany Cates '18 has a new book "M-theory," a literary noir novel, forthcoming from Baobab Press, February 2021.

Brigitte Lewis '17  Her chapbook "Origin Stories" is the winner of the 2020 Iron Horse Press Chapbook Contest. She has essays published in Diagram, Southampton Review, Fanzine, Spectacle and 7x7.

Caitlin Vestal '17 has essays in the Spring 2018 issue of Meadow's Field Guide, concis and Mutha.

Austin Anderson '15 won the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Prize Winner 2014, and has a poem published in Iron Horse Review, 2015.

Mike Cooper '15 has three stories that have been finalists in contests at Glimmer Train, The Lascaux Review, and Cutthroat.

Shareen Murayama '15 has had poems published in Phoebe, Bamboo Ridge, Toegood Poetry, The Gambler, Interrupture and Fish Food. Her first poetry chapbook, "Hey Girl, Are You in the Experimental Group?" by Harbor Editions and her first collection of poems, "Housebreak" by Bad Betty Press was published in 2022. She was a finalist for the Ray Ventura Prize as well as Honorable Mention in the Craft 2021 Flash Fiction Contest. Her book "The Mother Who Couldn't Describe a Thing if She Could" is forthcoming in 2023 from Harbor Editions.

Susan Sarver '15: She has "Tale of an Overachieving Toaster” in The Christian Science Monitor, November 29, 2017; “Tapping into the Wisdom of Ages” in The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 17, 2017; and "Returning to College, Continuing to Learn, After 50," Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, Inc., March 2017, (Nonfiction, Book).

Laura Winberry '15 published "Bell Lap: poems" (Indolent Books, 2018) and “The Abbiest Place on Earth,” essay, Patagonia.

Alumni Working

Mike Cooper '15 teaches undergraduate writing at OSU-Cascades.

Irene Cooper '15 teaches in the MFA in Writing program at OSU-Cascades.

Joslyn Kite '16 is the co-founder of Honey + Hare, a creative agency offering branding, graphic design, web design and copywriting services.

In 2017, Mike and Irene Cooper '15, in collaboration with other writers in Central Oregon, founded the Writers Collective of Central Oregon (WCCO), which acts as an information hub for creative writers of all stripes, a network to connect writers to events, educational opportunities, and each other. WCCO seeks to promote dynamic interaction in an environment where Central Oregon writers feel supported and nourished as they practice the craft.

Shareen Murayama '15 received a National Endowment for the Humanities Asian American Film and Literature Fellowship in 2015.