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Thesis Readings

MFA Thesis Readings start on Friday, April 18 and end Saturday, May 3. For more information, visit the thesis reading page.

Spring 2014

  • Andrew Gray's (MFA 2012) story, "Fame," was featured on Narrative as story of the week.
  • Ryan Lee's (BA 2014) poem, “What He Walks In,” will be published by Z-composition magazine in their yearly print anthology, Strange FrenZies, in early summer.
  • Chris Dombrowski (MFA 2001) has an interview with James Galvin in the March 31 issue of Orion.
  • Jay Treiber's (MFA 1989) debut novel, Spirit Walk, will be released by Torrey House Press in May.
  • Jordan Rossen's (MFA 2013) story, "Speed Walking," is forthcoming in the literary journal upstreet.
  • Caylin Capra-Thomas and Julia Ohman (first year MFA students) with JP Kemmick (second year MFA) will represent University of Montana at the Get Lit! Literary Festival in Spokane. They will read with other regional MFA students on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m.
  • Rachel Mindell's (second year MFA) poem, "Landscape," is forthcoming in The Destroyer.
  • Philip Schaefer's (second year MFA) poem, "Post Perseids," has been selected for UNCOMMON/WORD, a monthly poetry column to be featured in Commons Magazine. It was one of six selected poems and will be featured sometime in the next six months. His poem, "Human Aviary," is forthcoming in Adroit.
  • Janisse Ray (MFA 1997) is serving as the Kittredge Visiting Writer for the Environmental Studies program this semester. Her latest  book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, was reviewed March 27 by the Missoula Independent.
  • JP Kemmick's (second year MFA) story, "The Shower," is published in issue 41 of Toad.
  • David Gates' story, "A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me," was selected by Jennifer Egan for the Best American Short Stories 2014 anthology.
  • Gil Filar's (MFA 2013) story, "Here for Life," is coming out in Glimmer Train.
  • Alice Bolin (MFA 2011) has an interview with actor Jai Courtney in Flaunt. Her chapbook, Motel Diary, is available at And, her essay about Los Angeles, Raymond Chandler, The Big Lebowski and the essential nothingness at the center of all things, has been published in the Spring 2014 issue of Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal.
  • Jeff Whitney's (MFA 2012) poem, "Nuremberg," has been published in Ostrich Review.
  • Allison Linville (first year MFA) and Maud Streep (second year MFA) were both selected by the UM creative writing faculty for the Nettie Weber Award. Kate Nitze (second year MFA)  was selected for the Greta Wrolstad Travel Award.
  • Philip Schaefer's (second year MFA) poem, "Evening News," is in the current issue of Pacifica, and his poem, "Calling My Wife, Outside the Strip Club," was just accepted for the upcoming issue of Calliope.
  • BJ Soloy (MA/MFA 2014) has a poem, "Our Pornography Will Be Famous, Difficult," accepted by Sugar House Review.  
  • Adam Lambert's (first year MFA) poem, "Rahab," was published in Harpur Plate, Vol. 13, no. 2, Winter/Spring 2014.
  • Caeli Wolfson Widger's (MFA 1999) novel, Real Happy Family, has been published with New Harvest.
  • Jeremy Smith's (MFA 2005) Growing a garden City has been selected by Food Tank as a top read for Spring 2014.
  • Ryan Rickrode's (MFA 2013) essay, "Six Feet From the Sun: Climbing Houses with My Father," has been republished by the Good Men Project.

Featured Books

January Machine

Rob Schlegel's (MFA 2004) poetry collection, January Machine, won the Grub Street Book Prize and has been published by Four Way Books. Comprised of sonnets and sonnet sequences interrupted by static, January Machine is rooted in the modern American moment.

This Is Not an AccidentApril Wilder's (MFA 2006) collection of short stories, This Is Not an Accident, has recently been published by Penguin. "Wilder’s characters (some normal, some less so) have this in common: they are spiraling (or inching) toward self-destruction." Read one of Wilder's fabulous stories, Me, Me, Me.

Mark BennionMark Bennion's (MFA 2000) new collection of poetry, Forsythia, has been published with Aldrich Press. What is it like to lose a sibling in childhood, a much loved little brother with whom you shared nearly everything? In precisely detailed and richly imagined poems, with tenderness and healing clarity, the poet Mark D. Bennion tells us. These poems, part elegy, part celebration, part reckoning of loss and love, contain the ageless gifts of knowledge and compassion. ~ Greg Pape

Michael Earl Craig

Michael Earl Craig's (BA 1994) new collection of poetry, Talkativeness, has been published with Wave Books. "Craig furthers his existential, Lynchian leanings with masterfully composed new poems. He has borrowed the everyday and returned it defamiliarized, dark, and droll. Readers are ushered out of their contemporary bustle and into the intimate viewing room that is Craig’s cinematic fourth collection."

ElsewhereScott Alexander Jones' (MFA 2009) elsewhere will be coming out with Black Lawrence press in July 2014. Jones wrote the first draft of elsewhere during his writer's residency at the Montana Artists Refuge back in October 2009. Excerpts of elsewhere have appeared in over a dozen journals (including Roanoke Review, Tribeca Poetry Review, Phoebe, and Redivider). Jones won the 2009 Nancy Dew Taylor Poetry Award from Emrys Journal for one of these excerpts. Elsewhere is the first book in a three-part series Jones is working on called Indian Summer's End.

Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon

Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon's (MFA 2010)  debut novel, Nothing, is getting all types of favorable attention. Read Aaron Shulman's (MFA 2009) review in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Tao Lin's review in the New York Times  Sunday Book Review. Joy Williams calls the book "a burning mean and darkly mysterious read."

A Bell Made of StonesLehua M. Taitano's (MFA 2010) debut poetry collection A Bell Made of Stones is now out with Tin Fish, a press that publishes experimental poetry and prose from the Pacific. Taitano is a native Chamorro from Yigo, Guahån (Guam).

These poems keep replying, going beyond “the bareness of lament.” This is a fierce and brilliant collection of poems—chock-full of issued utterances, elliptical enjambments, cross-outs, and elision—all of which persevere in constructing an apt orchestration between the tongue’s experiment and typewriter’s keys.  -Prageeta Sharma

The Longest Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun

Catherine Meng (MFA 2000) has a new poetry collection with Split Level Texts. Jon Davis describes The Longest Total Solar Eclipse of the Century  as  "full of awakenings, when the world appears new and wild, suddenly freed from the constructs we have invented to tame it."