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NWP Alumni News

Marilyn Abildskov’s (NWP 1997) recent short stories appear in Story Magazine and Green Mountains Review.

Faith Adiele, NWP 2002, published Irôko in Speculative Nonfiction.

Zaina Arafat’s (NWP 2013) novel You Exist Too Much (Catapult) won a Lammy Award for Bisexual Fiction from Lambda Literary.

Catina Bacote, NWP 2014, received a 2021-2022 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship. Also, she was awarded an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women.

Jo Ann Beard, NWP 1994, published her third book, Festival Days (Little, Brown and Company). In March 2021 she gave a special reading at Prairie Lights Books with NWP professor, and her former student, Melissa Febos.

Festival Days by Jo Ann Beard

Brittany Borghi, NWP 2018, published “An If One Should Never Hear the Wave?” in Guesthouse Lit.

Drew Bratcher, NWP 2016, wrote "Visions of Cash," an essay about growing up in the shadow of Johnny Cash, for the Los Angeles Review of Books and "Everybody's Breaking Somebody's Heart," an appreciation of the late Charley Pride, for the Paris Review

Amy Butcher’s (NWP 2012) second book, Mothertrucker, is forthcoming from Little A Books in November 2021 and the project is currently under development by Makeready Films with Primetime Emmy-winning Joey Soloway directing, Golden Globe nominee Beanie Feldstein playing Amy, and Academy and Golden Globe-winning actress Julianne Moore playing Joy ‘Mothertrucker’ Wiebe. The Ohio Arts Council recently awarded excerpts of Mothertrucker an Individual Excellence Award, calling the book “well researched,” “very well-written,” and “a positive antidote to the trauma of violence against women.” Butcher was also recently promoted to Director of Creative Writing at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she serves as an Associate Professor of English.

Frances Cannon, NWP 2017, currently teaches at three schools: The Vermont College of Fine Arts, Champlain College, and The Vermont Commons School. She has a new chapbook of poems out with Ethel Zine, titled Predator/Play, and a book forthcoming with Finishing Line Press, titled Bitten by the Lantern Fly. She is the recipient of a Creation Grant made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Council for the Arts for the completion of a graphic novel.

Julia Conrad, NWP 2020, who received her MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa in May 2021, also received a Fulbright Arts/Creative Writing Fellowship to study in Italy in 2021-22.

Lulu Dewey, NWP 2020, published “The Weird Underbelly of Tech Writing in Silicon Valley” in LitHub and “Giddy Up, Horse Boy” in Speculative Nonfiction.

Hope Edelman, NWP 1992, wrote the piece “Pandemic Grief Could Become its Own Health Crisis” in The Washington Post.

Ori Fienberg, NWP 2008, published the chapbook Old Habits, New Markets, winner of Elsewhere Magazine’s Prose Chapbook contest.

The Fall/Winter issue of Zyzzyva included “The Rest You Have To Dust” by A. Kendra Greene, NWP 2011.

Cassandra Jensen, NWP 2020, published “The Seven Ages of James V. Hatch,” about a UI theater professor who became a leading historian and champion of Black American theater, in Iowa Magazine.

Jeremy B. Jones, NWP 2009, released Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland in paperback in May 2021. He also published the essay “Letters to My Sons” in Cutleaf.

Colleen Kinder, NWP 2008, edited the anthology Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us, which will be published by Algonquin Books in fall 2021. The book is based on the “Letter to a Stranger” column at Off Assignment, in which writers pen missives to fleeting people who’ve had a lasting impact on them. Many NWP alumni have essays in the book, including: Faith Adiele, Rachel Yoder, Cutter Wood, Jeremy B. Jones, Lucas Mann, Aviya Kushner, and Erica Cavanagh.

Aviya Kushner’s (NWP 2005) debut collection of poetry, Wolf Lamb Bomb, was published by Orison Books in June 2021. She was recently nominated for a Religion Reporting Excellence Award from the Religion News Association for her writing on the intersection of language, faith, and politics.

Bryn Lovitt, NWP 2020, published the reviews “Elissa Washuta Conjures Healing with Essay Collection ‘White Magic’” and “Larissa Pham Wants to Be Bludgeoned By Feelings,” both in NYLON Magazine.

Spenser Mestel, NWP 2016, started a weekly newsletter about voting rights called Spenser's Super Tuesday: “Every Tuesday, a new, under-reported topic in the fight for voting rights, from felony re-enfranchisement to the poll worker shortage to potential statehood for Washington, D.C. No jargon, no ads, and never more than a six-minute read.”

Maggie Milstein, NWP 2014, published the essay “The Stranger: Revisiting Race in an L.A. Murder,” about Ennis Cosby, in CrimeReads.

Angela Morales, NWP 1997, was named a 2021-22 Alonzo Davis Fellow by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was one of two artists selected for the honor this year.

Cheyenne Nimes, NWP 2010, reports that Journal of the Shenandoah Valley During the Civil War (vol. IV, 2021) published her 11k-word piece, “May Peace Soon be Restored” about her hospital steward grandfather of the PA 110th.

Lynne Nugent, NWP 2004, won the University of Iowa’s Jean Y. Jew Women’s Rights Award which “recognizes outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the UI; a longstanding record of leadership, effort, and activism; and accomplishments of national scope or impact.”

Elena Passarello, NWP 2008, published “Seventy Never Looked So Good: The Long, Wondrous Life of Wisdom the Albatross” in Audubon Magazine.

Dina Peone, NWP 2018, published her first book review in The Brooklyn Rail and a performative essay in Swamp Ape Review. She continues to teach online for the University of Chicago from her hometown, Saugerties, New York. Her first residency (Summer 2020 at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida) got postponed by the pandemic until 2022. She hopes to finish her memoir before the whole world goes up in flames. 

Clint Crockett Peters, NWP 2013, reports that his second book, Mountain Madness: Found and Lost in the Peaks of America and Japan, was released in March from the Crux Series at the University of Georgia Press. He had recent acceptances by OrionSouthern Review, and Fourth Genre and recent publications in Threepenny Review, JukedCarveArkansas International, and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. His longform nonfiction “The Cats and Dogs Who Eat Cats and Dogs” was published by Terrain, then republished by LongformRealClear Investigations, and Longreads 

Torrey Peters, NWP 2009, published the novel Detransition, Baby (One World) in January 2021, and it is now a National Bestseller (Indiebound List).

Andre Perry, NWP 2008, guest taught the graduate nonfiction workshop at The Nonfiction Writing Program in Fall 2020. He returns to teach NWP courses in the 2021-22 academic year.

Michael Allen Potter, NWP 2011, published “The Maddest of Avenues,” from his memoir, in Pine Hill Review.

Katie Prout, NWP 2018, published the essay “Inside the Last Men’s Hotel in Chicago” in The New Republic. It also appeared in The Chicago Reader.

Kristen Radtke, NWP 2012, published work in Elle and The New York Times Book Review. Her second book Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness will be published by Pantheon Books in July.

Seek You by Kristen Radtke

Lucy Schiller, NWP 2018, published “A Walk Down the Towpath: What Actually Happens?” in Popula and  “In the Garden” in Speculative Nonfiction.

Darius Stewart, NWP 2020, was awarded the Lulu Merle Johnson Fellowship from the University of Iowa, where he will pursue his PhD in the Department of English. He has been a visiting writer at East Tennessee State University, Lincoln Memorial University, and Tusculum College. His poetry and essays appear or are forthcoming in CallalooCimarron ReviewFourth GenreGargoyleSalamanderstorySouthVerse Daily and others. In April, he received the inaugural East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame Emerging Writer Award.

Jessie van Eerden, NWP 2007, published the short essay “Blessings for the Lice Check” in Scoundrel Time. Her novel Call it Horses, winner of the Dzanc Book Prize, was released in March 2021.

Sarah Viren, NWP 2011, was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for her 2020 story “The Accusation” in the New York Times Magazine, where she is also now a contributing writer. 

Rachel Yoder, NWP 2011, is releasing the novel Nightbitch (Doubleday) this summer.

Rachel Yoder - Nightbitch, a novel