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Alum Lynne Bekdash wins Academy of American Poets award

Lynne Bekdash (BA 2020, Creative Writing and Literature; BBA 2020, Business Administration) has won the 2020 Academy of American Poets Prize for her poem, “Immigrant Daughter Ghazal.” Lynne would like to thank “my amazing thesis advisor, Sarah Messer, my second reader, Laura Kasischke, and A. Van Jordan, who taught me how to write ghazals—in fact, I first wrote this poem for his class!” Lynne also wants to thanks Laura Thomas, the creative writing program, and Rebecca Manery from the Hopwood Program.”

 

Logan Corey has published an essay in The Peer Review

Logan Corey (RC 2013) is co-author of an essay appearing in the Summer 2020 issue of The Peer Review, a special, six-section issue on “Dress Practices as Embodied Multimodal Rhetoric.” With four other women, Logan co-wrote “Challenges of Professional Dress for Women Writing Center Workers.” The article is based on a workshop that Logan spearheaded on campus in winter 2013, with the same group. “We then presented at the National Conference for Peer Tutoring in Writing in FL in fall 2013,” Logan says, “where I earned a Burkean Parlor grant to attend.”

The Peer Review is a fully online, open-access, multimodal scholarly journal that promotes the work of emerging writing center researchers.

Logan  is the head of RC Admissions where she recruits the new class of RC students. When she’s not passionately talking about the RC, Logan can be found writing, on a hiking trip, or taking photos of her dog and cat. She was editor of the RC Review in 2013.

Fourth issue of RC Alumni Journal!

The fourth issue of the RC Alumni Journal is out! This annual publication features work by RC and Creative Writing alums. Contributors this issue include include Peter Anderson, Esha Biswas, Hannah Brauer, Carmen Bugan, Julia Byers, Joseph Stanhope Cialdella, Bob Clifford, Logan Corey, Ellen Dreyer, Melissa Durante, Allison Epstein, Cameron Finch, Dennis Foon, Mary Gallagher, Barry Garelick, Robin Lily Goldberg, Rebecca Growe, John Hagen, John Laswick, Delaney Leach, Hannah Levine, Camilla Lizundia, Dan Madaj, Hannah Nathans, Kathryn Orwig, and Laura Thomas. You can find a PDF of this and the first three issues under the “Journals” tab on this RC Writers site.

RC alumna Emily Pittinos wins 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize

Emily Pittinos (RC 2014, Women’s Studies, Poetry minor) has been awarded the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize for her forthcoming debut collection, The Last Unkillable Thing (University of Iowa Press, 2021). Emily is currently teaching in Boise, Idaho. An Associate Editor for Poetry Northwest,  her recent work appears, or will soon appear, in Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, The Adroit Journal, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. At U-M, she worked at The Michigan Daily and won three Hopwood awards (for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction). More about Emily at her website.

RC alumna Molly Reitman publishes poem in Rust+Moth

RC alumna Molly Reitman (Creative Writing, German, Media Studies, 2016) has published “Erica,” in the August 2020 issue of Rust+Month magazine.

Molly works as a copywriter and administrative assistant at The KPM Group in Plymouth, and previously worked as a proofreader at Challenger, Gray & Christmas in Chicago. She recently produced a feature-length independent film, Bury My Beautiful Skeleton in Grosse Pointe. At U-M, she received Hopwood awards for fiction and poetry, and won the Helen and Roy Meader award.

RC student Sebastien Butler edits interview with Franz Wright

RC creative-writing student Sebastien Butler edited a 2011 interview between the RC’s Sarah Messer and poet Franz Wright, which was subsequently published in Lit Hub magazine.  Sebastian has been interning this summer at One Pause Poetry, which Sarah directs.

Sebastian is also majoring in English, minoring in Political Science, and is in the Honors Program. H
e was co-historian of RC Players:  partly in charge of photographing and filming RCP shows, as well as running the social media accounts of the organization, and is now the RC’s Communication’s Assistant, working for Robby Griswold.

 

 

 

Cielle Waters-Umfleet publishes an article about fighting COVID-19

RC Creative Writing (and Spanish) student Cielle Waters-Umfleet recently published “Fighting COVID-19: It’s in Our Blood, an article in Midstory about the American Red Cross’ complimentary COVID antibody tests that help find people to donate plasma to the sick. Earlier this summer, she published “Computers for a New Era of Learning,” an article in Midstory about Detroit Public Schools’ plan to provide all its 51,000 students with computers and internet plans by the end of the summer. Cielle has been working at Midstory as an intern this summer. Midstory is dedicated to retaining, cultivating, and attracting youth and the public to the Midwest, beginning in Toledo, Ohio.

Cielle is editor-in-chief of What the F Magazine at U-M, a platform for portraying the feminist movement “with representation and inclusivity.” Cielle is also Team Lead at America Reads Tutoring Corps and a James B. Angell Scholar.

Cielle Waters-Umfleet publishes an article about Detroit Public Schools

RC Creative Writing (and Spanish) student Cielle Waters-Umfleet recently published “Computers for a New Era of Learning,” an article in Midstory about Detroit Public Schools’ plan to provide all its 51,000 students with computers and internet plans by the end of the summer. Cielle has been working at Midstory as an intern this summer. Midstory is dedicated to retaining, cultivating, and attracting youth and the public to the Midwest, beginning in Toledo, Ohio.

Cielle is editor-in-chief of What the F Magazine at U-M, a platform for portraying the feminist movement “with representation and inclusivity.” Cielle is also Team Lead at America Reads Tutoring Corps and a James B. Angell Scholar.

 

 

Linden Himawan, writing, and video games

RC Creative Writing alum Lindendeary Himawan (RC 2018) reports that his “programming journey” has led to some early game development projects. “I’ve successfully made some simple games, and I’m learning to make a JRPG in my free time,” he says. Linden finds the coding side of game development to be not as difficult as he once thought, and believes that “it’s more difficult to get a video game’s story right than it is to get its mechanics and code right.” He says that the video games that remain memorable are usually due to their amazing story and characters.

Linden continues to be interested in data science and programming, and is considering graduate school.