Student & Alumni Publications

Yolanda Gomez, a first-year poetry student, has 3 poems in Nat. Brut 10.

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

James Wood, a first-year fiction student, has a story forthcoming in Normal School in Fall 2018.

Laura Winberry, a poetry student from our first cohort, is our first graduate to publish a book: "Bell Lap: poems" (Indolent Books, 2018). Laura was also awarded the Best Graduate Student Creative Writing Presentation for a poem cycle co-written with Program Director Emily Carr by the 2015 Association for the Studies of Literature & the Environment Conference.

Brigitte Lewis, one of our summer 2017 graduates, has already published four of her essays in nationally-recognized literary magazines.

Austin Anderson, another poetry student in our first cohort, was chosen as an Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Prize Winner for poetry in 2015.

Alumni Teaching & Other Professional Endeavors

Utterance Magazine: Alumni Caitlin Vestal and Brigitte Lewis are founding editors of Utterance. Alumni Ally Bebbling and Siobhan McDonald serve as Assistant Editors. Utterance has a mission of sharing the stories you've been told not to tell. Utterance publishes "poetry, non-fiction, and hybrid work by people who identify as or alongside female/trans/non-binary, and who write about existing in a world that tells you your stories are not worthy of art." Utterance lives online here.

The Stay Project: Alumni Irene Cooper, Laura Winberry and Brittany von Hoene are founders of The Stay Project, an online space that features a new set of prompts each month designed to stimulate your mind and senses. You can also follow the Stay Project on Instagram.

In 2017, Mike and Irene, 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.

In 2015, Mike and Irene Cooper, graduates from our first cohort, founded a successful writing workshop series at The Workhouse in Bend, Oregon and lead workshops and salons twice per month.

Alumni Fellowships & Residencies

Shareen Murayama, a graduate in poetry from our first cohort, received a National Endowment for the Humanities Asian American Film and Literature Fellowship in 2015.

Student Scholarships

Yolanda Gomez ('19) was awarded the 2018-2019 Thurgood Marshall Graduate Scholarship. This prestigious award from the Graduate School is given to one OSU graduate student each year.

Thomas Hallberg, a fiction student in our third cohort, received the Bodie McDowell Scholarship from the Outdoor Writers Association of America (2015).

Laura Winberry received the Oregon Lottery Scholarship (2014).

Select Faculty Publications Online

Core Faculty Chris Boucher's story "Success Story" is featured in the July 2018 edition of Electric Literature

Core Faculty Ru Freeman's essay "One Book to Rule Them All: Jamaica Kincaid’s See Now Then" is featured in the July 2018 edition of the AWP's Writer's Notebook.

Core Faculty TC Tolbert has poetry in Issue 5 of The Spectacle.

Core Faculty Beth Alvarado's essay "Stars and Moons and Comets" is available at The Sun.

Visiting Core Faculty T. Geronimo Johnson is featured on NPR.

Visiting Core Faculty Jennifer Tseng talks about the inspiration for her recent Bateau Press chapbook Not so dear Jenny on Electric Literature.

Program Director Emily Carr is an Association of Writer's and Writing Programs Member in the Spotlight.

Cohort News

First Cohort (Class of 2015)

Laura Winberry

  • "Bell Lap: poems" (Indolent Books, 2018)
  • The Abbiest Place on Earth,” essay, Patagonia
  • 1 poem online at Indolent Books
  • “What We’re Learning From Water,” a poem cycle co-written with program director Emily Carr was chosen as the Best Graduate Student Creative Writing Presentation, 2015 Association for the Studies of Literature & the Environment Conference
  • Excerpts from “What We’re Learning From Water,” a poem cycle co-written with program director Emily Carr, Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2016
  • Excerpts from “What We’re Learning From Water,” a poem cycle co-written with program director Emily Carr, Contemporary Verse 2, 2016
  • 1 essay in The Radavist (Winter 2018)
  • 3 poems in Boneshaker (Fall 2017)
  • Co-author with Irene Cooper of "The Beginners Guide to Bend" blog
  • Co-founder with Irene Cooper of Frank copywriting agency

Austin Anderson

  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Prize Winner, 2014
  • 1 poem published in Iron Horse Review, 2015

Mike Cooper

  • Three stories have been finalists in contests at Glimmer Train, The Lascaux Review, and Cutthroat
  • Finalist for a Writing by Writers residency
  • Published an interview with Roz Spafford in the High Desert Journal 
  • Facilitated several writing workshops with Caldera Arts during and after the MFA program
  • Currently reads and writes editorial letters for The Master’s Review
  • Co-founder, with Irene Cooper, Blank Pages Writing Workshops at The Workhouse in Bend Oregon, in 2015
  • Leads writing workshops through the Deschutes Public Library and Central Oregon Community College’s Community Learning
  • Co-founder of Writers Collective of Central Oregon in 2017

Irene Cooper

  • 2nd Place winner, Oregon Poetry Association 2016 Spring Contest for “My purse is a tapestry bag”
  • 3 poems published in The Feminist Wire, March 1, 2017
  • 1 poem in the upcoming anthology from Indolent Books, "Poems in the Aftermath"
  • 2 poems published on the online poetry projects by Indolent Books, "Transition: Poems in the Aftermath," December 21, 2016; and "What Rough Beast," February 22, 2017, January 16, 2018, & January 23, 2018
  • Co-editor of the online community art project The Stay Project
  • Co-facilitator of Blank Pages Workshops
  • Creative writing workshop facilitator for Deschutes Public Library, COCC Continuing Education, MUSE, Central Oregon Writers Guild and Caldera Arts
  • Guest Reader, Spring Forth Poetry Event, April 21, 2016
  • Guest Reader, Writers X Writers @ Roundabout Books, November 8, 2017
  • Guest Reader, Deschutes Public Library, March 11, 2018
  • Founding member of Writers Collective of Central Oregon
  • Reader for The Masters Review, 2016-2018
  • Co-author with Laura Winberry of "The Beginners Guide to Bend" blog
  • Co-founder with Laura Winberry of Frank copywriting agency

Shareen Murayama

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Asian American Film and Literature Fellowship, 2015
  • Poems published in Phoebe (2015), Bamboo Ridge, Toegood Poetry, The Gambler, Interrupture and Fish Food
  • Spring Creek Project Collaborative Retreat in 2015

Susan Sarver

  • Tale of an Overachieving Toaster,” The Christian Science Monitor, November 29, 2017, (Essay)
  • Tapping into the Wisdom of Ages,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, (Diversity Issue), September 17, 2017, (Opinion essay)
  • "Returning to College, Continuing to Learn, After 50," Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, Inc., March 2017, (Nonfiction, book)

Second Cohort (Class of 2016)

Ally Bebbling

1 poem, "Right Hand Pointing," forthcoming 2018

Third Cohort (Class of 2017)

Thomas Hallberg

Shotpouch Cabin Residency (2015)

Caitlin Vestal

1 poem, "Meadow Field Guide"

Brigitte Lewis

  • “In All of This Bright Blue,” essay, Entropy, 2017
  • “Wilhelmina,” essay, Permafrost, 2018
  • “Notes After a Forest Fire,” essay, forthcoming in Diagram (2018)
  • “15.5 Paragraphs About Death,” essay, Foglifter Issue 3.1 (April 2018)

Fifth Cohort (Class of 2019)

Yola Gomez: 1 poem forthcoming in Nat. Brut

Faculty News

Beth Alvarado

  • "Jillian in the Borderlands" was a finalist in 3 national contests:
    • Finalist, Robert Jones Prize for Fiction, Pleiades Press, 2018
    • Semi-finalist, Mary McCarthy Prize, Sarbande Press, 2017
    • Finalist in Autumn House Press’s Fiction Prize, 2017
  • "Ordinary Devotions," Finalist in Autumn House Press’s Nonfiction Prize, 2017 is forthcoming from Autumn House Press in March 2019

T. Geronimo Johnson (on sabbatical until Fall 2018)

  • "Welcome To Braggsville" was published by HarperCollins in 2015 and was noted in 6 awards:
    • Earnest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (2015)
    • Long-listed for National Book Award (2015)
    • Finalist for the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award (2015)
    • Long-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction (2016)
    • Short-listed for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award (2016)
    • Saroyan International Prize for Writing (2016) 
  • Geronimo received a Rome Prize Fellowship in 2017.

TC Tolbert

TC was named Tucson’s Poet Laureate in 2017 and will serve in that capacity through 2019

"Turning to hear the last leaves of stargazer fall," a poetry chapbook, was published by Rinky Dink Press in 2018

TC’s other recent publications include:

  • “Dear Melissa – I wish you” featured in Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, March 21, 2018
  • “Because here,” “Consequence,” “This is an attempt to not move,” and “Dear Melissa – No” in The Equalizer, 2018
  • “Twenty Years Later” poetry and collage, in Thresholds Journal, 2018
  • Five haiku from the series, “Mo(u)rning” in Morning/Mourning, Le Petit Press 2018
  • “I got 99 problems but a dick ain’t one” and “Buttress” in Electric Gurlesque, Saturnalia Press 2017
  • “W n lov g ts cu t” in The Tiny, 2017. This poem was nominated for a Pushcart Prize
  • Selections from “Dear Melissa” in HOLD, A Journal, 2017
  • “Poem in search of chemistry” and selections from “the outside that is gathered” in Small Po[r]tions Literary Journal 2016
  • “Dear Melissa – a curve billed thrasher” featured in Academy of American Poets Poem-A- Day, May 6, 2016
  • Lyric essay selections from Moving what can be still/moved in Macaroni Necklace 2016
  • PEN Poetry Series guest editor, October, 2015 – October, 2016

Ru Freeman

  • Ru won the Disquiet International Literary Prize for Non-Fiction & Grand Prize in all genres in 2017

Ru’s other recent publications include:

  • Boston Globe, Correspondent (Fall 2016 - present) Reviews of Mohsin Hamid (Exit West), Arvind Adiga (Selection Day), Javier Marias (Thus Bad Begins)
  • Huffington Post (2009 - present) Interviews with writers of prose (eg. Chang-rae Lee, Jen Percy) and poetry (eg. Roger Reeves, Dwayne Betts); reviews of selected work
  • The Normal School (2016 - ) Regular columnist on Literature and Politics
  • Zyssva (Forthcoming, 2017) from the collection My Country ’Tis: Two Poems (“For Ali,” and “High.”)

Emily Carr

  • "whosoever has let a minotaur enter them, or a sonnet—" was published by McSweeney’s in 2016.
  • "Name Your Bird Without A Gun" is forthcoming from Spork Press in 2019.
  • “Energetic Hygiene” is first-runner up in So To Speak’s 2018 Poetry Contest.
  • “A Poetics of Abundance: Some Adventures in the Low-Residency Format,” a scholarly essay, was published in New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice & Theory of Creative Writing in 2017.
  • Emily was the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Member in the Spotlight in March 2016
  • Emily is a semi-finalist in the Dartmouth Poet-In-Residency Competition for 2018.

Emily’s other recent publications include:

  • 1 poem in Under A Warm Green Linden, 2017
  • 1 poem in APT, 2017
  • Excerpts from “What We’re Learning From Water,” a poem cycle co-written with Program Director Emily Carr, Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2016
  • 1 craft essay in Lithub, 2016