Announcing Our 2016 Pushcart Prize Nominees!

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Michigan Quarterly Review is happy to announce its 2016 Pushcart Prize nominations!


Meghan Forbes, “’What I Could Lose’: The Fate of Lucia Moholy” (Winter 2016)

Forbes is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan completing a dissertation on the interwar avant-garde in Europe. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, and recently returned from Berlin, Germany, where she held a Fulbright grant for dissertation research. She is the creator and coeditor of harlequin creature, a handmade arts and literary journal; elsewhere, her reviews and translation have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Words without Borders, and molossus. She is a regular contributorto the MQR Blog. Follow her on Twitter @harlequin_c.

John Haggerty, “The Passion of Sheepdogs” (Fall 2016)

Haggerty’s work has appeared in dozens of magazines such as Nimrod, New Orleans Review, and Santa Monica Review. He is a recipient of the Pinch Literary Award in Fiction, and is a founding editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. He holds a BS in Mathematical Sciences, an MS in computer science from Stanford University, and an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. Find out more about Haggerty’s work at


Jack Driscoll, “Calcheck and Priest” (Spring 2016)

Driscoll is the author of four novels, four poetry collections, and the AWP Short Fiction Award for “Wanting Only to Be Heard.” His most recent short story collection is The World of a Few Minutes Ago (Wayne State University Press, 2012). He is the recipient of a 2016 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, and his work has received recognitions including the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the PEN/Nelson Algren Fiction Award, the Pushcart Editors’ Book Award, Pushcart prizes, PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards, and Best American Short Story citations. He currently teaches in Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program in Oregon. Find out more at

Steven Gillis, “Daddy” (Fall 2016)

Gillis is the author of the novels Walter Falls, The Weight of Nothing, Temporary People, and The Consequence of Skating, and Benchere in Wonderland. He additionally authored the short story collections Giraffes and The Law of Strings. He founded 826Michigan, a mentoring program for students, in 2004, and in 2006 he cofounded Dzanc Books, where he remains now as publisher. Follow him on Twitter @barkingman.


Tarfia Faizullah, “I Told the Water” (Spring 2016)

Faizullah is the Pushcart Prize winning author of Register of Illuminated Villages (forthcoming from Graywolf in 2017), Seam (SIU, 2014), winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, the 2015 VIDA Award, the Milton Kessler First Book Prize, and the GLCA New Writers’ Award. Her poems have appeared in PoetryAmerican Poetry Review, Oxford American, jubilatNew England Review, The Missouri Review, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere, and are anthologized in The New Breakbeat Poets AnthologyPoems of Devotion, Excuse This Poem: 100 Poems for the Next Generation, The Book of Scented Things, and Best New Poets 2013. Honors include a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, the Fulbright Foundation, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing in Poetry at the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program and co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press & Video Series with Jamaal May. Find out more at or follow her on Twitter @tarfiafaizullah.

Shivani Mehta, “Between the Wars” (Winter 2016)

Mehta was born in Mumbai and raised in Singapore. Her first book, Useful Information for the Soon-to-be Beheaded, is out from Press 53, and her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Coachella Review, Fjord’s Review, Generations Literary Journal, Hotel Amerika, Midwest Quarterly Review, Mudfish Magazine, Normal School, and the Prose Poem Project. One of her poems was a winner in Narrative Magazine’s annual poetry contest in 2011. Mehta earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law in 2002.

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