RC Creative Writing alumna Amy Gustine has story in Summer 2017 Michigan Quarterly Review

Amy Gustine (RC 1991)’s story “The Asylum Officer” has been published in the Summer 2017 issue of Michigan Quarterly Review. She is the author of the story collection You Should Pity Us Instead (Sarabande Books), a finalist for the 2017 Ohioan Book Award in Fiction. She is the recipient of an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and a Pushcart Prize Special Mention. She currently lives in Toledo, Ohio. More about her on her website.

Laura Thomas featured in “5 Over 50” in current Poets & Writers

RC creative writing director (and RC creative writing alumna) Laura Thomas is featured in “5 over 50” in the November/December 2017 issue of Poets & Writers. Laura’s new book of stories, States of Motion, was published in May by Wayne State University Press.

RC Creative Writing alumna Beenish Ahmed featured in Poets & Writers

RC Creative Writing alumna Beenish Ahmed (2009) is featured in an article in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers magazine, about her new venture, The Alignist, a bimonthly book subscription service that provides readers a different way to understand sociopolitical issues and to engage with other cultures. “She not exactly filling a niche . . . She’s created a niche,” the article reports. For more information on Beenish, and for links to her writings, visit her website.

RC Creative Writing Alumna Hannah Levine published in October Hill

RC Creative Writing alumna Hannah Levine (RC 2016) has published a story, “Two Hot Ciders,” in the second issue of October Hill magazine. After graduation, Hannah went to the Denver Publishing Institute, which she highly recommends for anyone interested in working in publishing or a book-related field. She writes, “I wasn’t ready to step into the professional world officially right away, so I took some time off and volunteered abroad. Now that I’m back, I’ve just recently started an internship/assistant position in Events and Publicity at Sleeping Bear Press in Ann Arbor! I get to work with children’s book authors and illustrators and read picture books in my office, so it’s a great gig!” There’s more about Hannah at her website.

Writer-in-Residence Desiree Cooper To Give Public Reading, November 9

Desiree Cooper will be RC writer-in-residence on November 8-9, and will give a public reading on Thursday, November 9 at 7 pm in Benzinger Library. A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a fiction writer, former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, and Detroit community activist. Her collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2016. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers. More about Desiree Cooper on her website.

Laura Kasischke nominated for 2017 National Book Award

RC Creative Writing alumna Laura Kasischke, U-M Allan Seager Collegiate Professor of English, has been nominated for the 2017 National Book Award for her poetry collection, Where Now: New and Selected Poems. The nine other nominees include Frank Bidart, Chen Chen, Leslie Harrison, Marie Howe, Layli Long Soldier, Shane McCrae, Sherod Santos, Danez Smith, and Mai Der Vang.

Kasischke, and RC Creative Writing alum and RC Creative Writing director Laura Hulthen Thomas, will read at Nicola’s Books, Wednesday, September 27 at 7 pm. Nicola’s is at 2513 Jackson Road, in the Westgate Shopping Center.

RC Creative Writing alumna Brooke White published in Lunch Ticket

RC Creative Writing alumna Brooke White (RC 2017) has published an essay, “Letters from Indiana” in Lunch Ticket, an online magazine. Brooke is a Michigan native and Hopwood Award winner (the Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship for nonfiction).

RC Creative Writing alumna Logan Corey now RC Director of Admissions

RC Creative Writing alumna Logan Corey (’13) was promoted last July to Director of RC Admissions, replacing Lana Kanitz, who retired. Among other things, Logan has been visiting Metro Detroit high schools and refining RC information pieces to broaden the RC’s presence to prospective U-M students.

The RC continues to admit approximately 260 new students each year. All are LSA “admits” who expressed interest in the RC. New students start in the Fall semester and must live in East Quad for their first two years. The RC also admits a few transfer students (with 40 credits or less); these usually have a one-year residency requirement.

From South Haven, Logan heard about the RC while in high school, liking the small-college environment within a much larger university. She planned to major in Drama, perhaps with a focus on Shakespeare, but began to segue toward Creative Writing after a poetry class and then tutorials with Ken Mikolowski. Logan worked as an ESL tutor after graduation; she did peer, Sweetland, and other tutoring while in school at the RC.

Logan continues to write, mostly poetry but also fiction and creative non-fiction. Several of her poems (from RC Review and from her senior thesis) will be reprinted in the new RC Alumni Journal, due out in October.

RC students win Winter Hopwoods!

Several RC students won Winter 2017 Hopwood awards! Congratulations!
 Kathryn Cammell won for Undergraduate Nonfiction
Kelsey Fox won the Leonard and Eileen Newman Writing Prize for Dramatic Writing
Fahim Rahman won two awards: the Leonard and Eileen Writing Award for Dramatic Writing, and for Screenplay
Lily Buday won three awards: the Leonard and Eileen Newman Writing Award in Fiction, the Stanley S. Schwartz Prize, and for Undergraduate Short Fiction
Isabel Sandweiss won for Undergraduate Poetry
In addition, RC major Jean Hung won two awards: the Robert F. Haugh Prize, and for Undergraduate Short Fiction.
The Winter  Hopwood Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 20 at 3:30 pm in the Rackham Auditorium. The ceremony includes a lecture by longtime U-M English professor Nicholas Delbanco, a Guggenheim fellow and prolific author.


RC Creative Writing student Skyler Tarnas featured in YouTube video

Skyler2RC Creative Writing senior Skyler Tarnas is featured in a YouTube video about his work with the RC Players, recently posted by the College. Among other things, Skyler wrote and directed the recent RC Players-performed plays “Murder, by Chanel,” “Wet Hot American Slaughter,” and “Breaking News.” He won a Hopwood in Fall 2015. Skyler is triple-majoring:  in English, Drama, and Creative Writing. There’s more about Skyler on his website.