The third issue of the RC Alumni Journal is out now! This is an annual publication funded by donations that features work by RC and Creative Writing alum. Contributors include Peter Anderson, Carmen Bugan, Julia Byers, Lynn Chou, Bob Clifford, Ellen Dreyer, Melissa Durante, Robin Lily Goldberg, John Hagen, Hannah Levine, Dan Madaj, David McLeod, Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, David Erik Nelson, Kathryn Orwig, Heena Shah, Ian Ross Singleton, and Elizabeth Witte. You can find a PDF of this and the first two issues under the “Journals” tab on this RC Writers site.
Carmen Bugan (RC Creative Writing, 1996) is featured in a recent NPR program (World of Ideas: The Poetry of Carmen Bugan and A.E. Stallings). She is also featured in this episode of an ABC series on the Cold War produced in Australia. After her RC days Carmen 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 on 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, was published by Shearsman Books.
RC creative writing alum Ian Singleton (2004) was recently featured in a Baruch College (CUNY) blog, where in an interview he talked about his forthcoming novel (Odessitka), his early days as a writer, his time at U-M, translating and teaching, among other things. Ian teaches in the Baruch Writing Program. His short stories, translations, reviews, and essays have appeared in journals such as New Madrid; Digital Americana; Midwestern Gothic; Fiddleblack; Asymptote; Ploughshares; The Los Angeles Review of Books, and several times in Fiction Writers Review. Born in Dearborn, Ian grew up in Alabama, moved to Massachusetts, where he met his wife. Along with their beloved daughter, they share an apartment in Brooklyn.
Liz Goodenough‘s son, James Leaf, passed away several years ago. In its August 2019 issue, Michigan Quarterly Review published an artist statement by James, as well as his fiction piece “Team Wristband” and a note from Liz. Liz is a lecturer in Arts and Ideas at the RC.
Erin Eisenberg (RC Creative Writing, 2001) has a story in the upcoming indie-published anthology of Hannukkah romance tales, Eight Kisses (Rose Grey Books, November 12). In a press release, Erin says, “Eight Kissesgave me a fabulous opportunity to combine my love of writing romance, and happy endings, with my Judaism. Readers of diverse backgrounds, whether Jewish or non-Jewish, will each find something to love in this anthology.” Erin moved to the Seattle area after graduation.
Courtney Cook graduated from U-M in 2018, with an RC Creative Writing major. Her first book, The Way She Feels, a collection of essays, is forthcoming from Tin House Books (Summer 2021). Courtney says that some of the essays began in her RC classes. More about Courtney at her website.
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) Windmill, Midwestern Gothic, Across the Margin, and Orange Quarterly. Find out more about her at ccfinch.com or on Twitter @_ccfinch_.
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.