Student & Alumni News

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.

Irene Cooper ’15  has a new book: "Committal," a speculative spy-fy thriller, from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, September 2020, and "spare change," her poetry collection is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2021.  She was the second place winner in the Oregon Poetry Association 2016 Spring Contest for “My purse is a tapestry bag,” she has three poems published in The Feminist Wire, March 1, 2017, has one poem in the anthology from Indolent Books, "Poems in the Aftermath," and has two poems published by Indolent Books, "Transition: Poems in the Aftermath," December 21, 2016, and "What Rough Beast," February 22, 2017.

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

Shareen Murayama ’15 has poems published in Phoebe (2015), 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 will be published in 2022. She was a finalist for the Ray Ventura Prize as well as Honorable Mention in the CRAFT 2021 Flash Fiction Contest. She is a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal. Her art is published or forthcoming in Best Microfictions 2021, Pilgrimage Press, SoFloPoJo, SWWIM, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere.

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

Monica Harrington ’20 runs Bend Writers Workshops with Ellen Santasiero.

Utterance Magazine: Caitlin Vestal, ’17 and Brigitte Lewis, ’17 are founding editors of Utterance. Ally Bebbling ’16 and Siobhan McDonald ’16 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.

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

The Stay Project: Irene Cooper ’15, Laura Winberry ’15, and Brittany von Hoene ’17 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 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.