RC alumna Cameron Finch featured in September-October 2019 Poets and Writers

Cameron Finch (RC 2016) was  one of ten reent MFA grads featured in a special section of the September-October 2019 issue of Poets & Writers magazine. Cameron and nine others detailed “the realities of applying to, choosing, and attending a writing program.” Cameron recently received an MFA in Writing and Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she served as managing editor of the VCFA literary journal Hunger Mountain. She also writes for Michigan Quarterly Review, and has recent work in (or forthcoming in) WindmillMidwestern GothicAcross the Margin, and Orange Quarterly.  Find out more about her at ccfinch.com or on Twitter @_ccfinch_.

Anna Prushinskaya Named Best Washtenaw Writer in Annual Current Magazine Contest

RC creative writing alumna Anna Prushinskaya (2008) was named Best Washtenaw Writer in Current Magazine’s annual contest, this past June. (Former U-M English creative writing director Keith Taylor was named best poet). Anna is the author of A Woman is a Woman Until She is a Mother: Essays. Her writing has appeared in The Sonora Review, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and others. She received an MFA from Brooklyn College-CUNY and worked as an editor at Joyland Magazine and Electric Literature. Currently, she is a BSN second degree nursing student as well as Health Leaders Fellow at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor. She is excited to pursue a career in pediatric nursing and passionate about environmental health impact. More about Anna at her website.

Writing alum Carmen Bugan featured in RC podcast

Carmen Bugan (RC Creative Writing, 1996) is featured in the latest episode of the RC podcast. Carmen’s family was under 24-hour surveillance by Ceausescu’s totalitarian regime, in their small Romanian town, due to her father’s pro-democracy activism; she tells why her family’s story is a dominant subject in her poetry.  The interview was recorded last autumn, when Carmen was Helen L. DeRoy Visiting Professor at U-M.  After her RC days she earned an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University, and a MA and PhD (English Literature) from Oxford University, UK. Her poetry collections include Crossing the Carpathians (2004), The House of Straw (2014), and Releasing the Porcelain Birds (2016). She has also published a memoir, Burying the Typewriter (2012), which won the Bread Loaf Conference Prize for Nonfiction, and a critical study, Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile (2013). She teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC and lives in Long Island. She was made a George Orwell Prize Fellow in 2017. In September, Lilies from America: New and Selected Poems, which has won the Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, will be published by Shearsman Books.

University of Nebraska Press to published Megan Cummins’ short story collection in September 2020

The University of Nebraska Press will publish If The Body Allows It, a short story collection by RC creative writing alumna Megan Cummins (2009), in September 2020. Megan’s Megan’s writing has appeared in CRAFT, GuernicaA Public SpaceHobartOne Teen StoryNinth Letter, among other places. She has an MFA from Rutgers-Newark and an MA from UC Davis. She is managing editor of A Public Space and has worked as a reader in the fiction department at The New Yorker. She lives in Brooklyn.

RC Creative Writing alum Matt Forbeck featured in Real Simple

Writer and game designer Matt Forbeck (RC 1989) is featured in the July issue of Real Simple magazine, in an article called “Making It Work: How do you manage medical appointments and records for your kids and parents?” Matt is one of five people featured. Among other things, Matt says, “My wife and I sit down on Sunday, go through the week’s calendar, and work out logistics for our five children.” More about Matt at his website.

The same issue has an article by famous chef (and former editor of Gourmet magazine) Ruth Reichl. Reichl was not an RC student, but graduated from U-M (1968, 1970), and worked as a waitress at a short-lived French restaurant owned by former RC director John Mersereau (and others). Reichl and Mersereau talk about their restaurant experiences in Tender at the Bone and How To Grill A Gourmet (by “Ivan Mersault,” a pseudonym). Probably the most famous RC foodie is Sara Moulton (RC 1975); her most recent book is Home Cooking 101.


RC Students win Winter 2019 Hopwoods

Several current RC students (and LSA students majoring in RC Creative Writing) won Winter 2019 Hopwood awards! (In fact, they won 15 of 27). Congratulations!
Hopwood Undergraduate Poetry
Mariam Reda, CW major
Nadia Mota, CW major
Miriam Saperstein, RC (undeclared)
Tarik Dobbs, BGS, 1 RC Poetry class
Elena Ramirez-Gorski, RC, CW major
Hopwood Undergraduate Short Fiction
Shashank Rao, RC, CW major
Elena Ramirez-Gorski, RC, CW major
Hopwood Undergraduate Nonfiction
Elena Ramirez-Gorski, RC, CW major
Hopwood Screenplay
Samuel Rosenberg, RC
The Arthur Miller Award
Ceren Ege, RC, CW major
The Cora Duncan Award in Fiction
Elena Ramirez-Gorski, RC, CW major
The Keith Taylor Prize for Excellence in Poetry
Nadia Mota, CW major
The Paul and Sonia Handleman Poetry Award
Mariam Reda, CW major
The Robert F. Haugh Prize
Shashank Rao, RC, CW major
The Leonard and Eileen Newman Writing Prize in Fiction
Jena Vallina, RC
The Naomi Saferstein Literary Award
Samuel Rosenberg, RC
The Dennis McIntyre Prize for Distinction in Undergraduate Playwriting
Kyle Prue,  Adv Poerty, Adv Narration this semester
Paulina (Hodges) Adams,  RC, CW major
Hopwood Award Theodore Roethke Prize
Davey McLeod, CW Major

These honors will be conferred on April 18, at 6 p.m. in the Rackham Auditorium.

Following the announcement of the awards, there will be a lecture from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hilton Als and a light reception. Free to attend and open to all!

Hilton Als began contributing to The New Yorker in 1989, writing pieces for ‘The Talk of the Town,’ he became a staff writer in 1994, theatre critic in 2002, and lead theater critic in 2012. Before coming to The New Yorker, Als was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. Als edited the catalogue for the 1994-95 Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art.” His first book, The Women, was published in 1996. His book, White Girls, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014 and winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Non-fiction, discusses various narratives of race and gender. He is author of the introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of The Early Stories of Truman Capote. He is also guest editor for the 2018 Best American Essays (Mariner Books, October 2, 2018). He also wrote Andy Warhol: The Series, a book containing two previously unpublished television scripts for a series on the life of Andy Warhol.  Als is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and has taught at Yale University, Wesleyan, and Smith College. He lives in New York City.


RC creative writing student Necko Fanning publishes essay in New York Times

RC student and LSA creative writing major Necko Fanning published a personal essay, “I Thought I Could Serve as an Openly Gay Man in the Army. Then Came the Death Threats,” in the “At War” section of Wednesday’s (April 10) issue of the New York Times. Necko was a Military Intelligence Analyst in the U.S. Army from May 2011 until the end of 2014, and was a creative writing student at Chicago’s Loyola University before transferring to U-M. He’s been published in Diminuendo and BROAD magazine; self-published works can be read on his website and blog (www.neckofanning.com). Additionally, he is the Assistant Editor for BlakeWrites.com; an inclusive men’s blog. Necko was featured in a November 8th article in the Michigan Daily, “LGBTQ veterans speak on their experiences in the military.”


Alum Paige Pfleger, as Southwick, debuts “Lying in Darkness”

Paige Pfleger (RC 2015), as Southwick, has debuted a musical release, “Lying in Darkness,” which is previewed at A1234. (“Southwick” is Paige’s middle name). Paige recently joined the staff of WOSUNews in Columbus as a reporter. She has posted stories about child poverty and sidewalk electric scooters. Paige worked at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor, interned at NPR headquarters in DC, and was associate producer of WHYY’s The Pulse, in Philadelphia, a national health and science show.

RC alumna Cameron Finch in Entropy magazine

Cameron Finch (RC 2016) has an article published in the health/wellness section of the February 11, 2019 issue of Entropy, an online magazine (and community space).  Cameron is a candidate for an MFA in Writing and Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she serves as managing editor of the VCFA literary journal Hunger Mountain. She also writes for Michigan Quarterly Review, and has recent work in (or forthcoming in) Windmill, Midwestern Gothic, Across the Margin, and Orange Quarterly.  Find out more about her at ccfinch.com or on Twitter @_ccfinch_.

RC lecturer Leslie Stainton publishes essay in Broad Street

RC First-Year Seminar lecturer Leslie Stainton has published “Miniature,” an essay, in Broad Street, a “magazine of true stories.” Leslie has been teaching First-Year Seminars since 2017, and was also a lecturer in the RC from 2003-2007. She has worked as an editor at the U-M School of Public Health, Museum of Art, and at the late, great Borders Books. She is the author of Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts (Penn State Press, 2014) and Lorca: A Dream of Life (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999). Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York TimesWashington PostThe SunThe American ScholarBrevity, River TeethAmerican Poetry Review, and Common-place, among others. A two-time recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, she is at work on a book about her slaveholding ancestors, the Scarletts of Georgia.