Congratulations to all New Graduates!
I have received word that newly-minted PhD Andrei Guruianu has accepted a position as assistant professor in English at North Central College in Illinois. Please pass on any other good news on the hiring or publishing front.
Grad Student Greg Ames Wins 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year
Greg Ames who is just completing his PhD here at Binghamton, is the winner of the 2009 NAIBA (New Atlantic Independent Book Association) Book of the Year Award for his novel BUFFALO LOCKJAW. Greg's stories have appeared in the Best American Nonrequired Reading, Open City, McSweeney's, The Sun, and failbetter.com. A frequent reader at the KGB Bar in Manhattan, Ames also received honorable mention in the 2003 Pushcart Prize Awards and in the 2004 Best American Nonrequired Reading.
Graduate Students Smelcer & Vogel have upcoming books for 2010
PhD student John E. Smelcer has just signed a contract for for his next novel, Edge of Nowhere (Random House/Anderson Books) due out in the United Kingdom at the end of this year. His novel for young readers, The Great Death (Henry Holt, 2009) has just come out in Books on Audio (Random House/Listening Library, 2010), while his book of poems, Raven Speaks, is due out in February 2010 from Split Oak Press. Originally published in England in 1997 by Ted Hughes, this is the first American edition.
Emily Vogel also has a chapbook of poems forthcoming from Split Oak Press. "Elucidation Through Darkness" will be Emily's third collection of poetry.
Update on Electronic Submission of Creative Dissertations
Like many universities, Binghamton has made the decision to make the dissertations of its PhD students available electronically through Proquest. This is considered a strong plus for scholarly dissertation that are then accessible for other scholars who might not otherwise have access to this new work, and it will apparently provide an opportunity for the new PhDs to participate in the scholarly debate and perhaps be cited in the work of others. The plan, however, presents problems to creative writers whose dissertations are often under contract for publication or planned for publication. Maria Mazziotti Gillan, director of the Creative Writing Program, has lobbied hard to prevent a requirement that PhD candidates with creative dissertations must release their work for PROQUEST and she has succeeded in securing a procedure for such students to opt out of having their work electronically published in this way. Creative writing students should request a permanent embargo on the ETS publication of their dissertation trough PROQUEST. The student should make the request to the person at the Graduate School who processes dissertations at the time that the dissertation is ready to be filed. That way the the permanent embargo notation will be input at the time that the dissertation is filed with ProQuest. ProQuest has given its assurance that with the permanent embargo in place, no one will be able to access the dissertation through ProQuest; though, obviously they take no responsibility if the materials are made available through hard copies filed with the department or library. Students with questions about this permanent embargo should see their advisor or the director of the creative writing program.
Colbert and Weil Publish New Books This Fall
Faculty members Jaimee Wriston Colbert and Joe E. Weil have had a very productive couple of years. Since autumn 2007, both Jaimee and Joe have come out with multiple, well-received books.
Late in 2007, Jaimee Wriston Colbert published the novel in stories THE DREAM LIVES OF BUTTERFLIES (BkMk Press), which was subsequently named Gold Medalist in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY); Top 100 Books of the Year pick from the Kansas City Star; Finalist, USABookNews.com Best Books 2007; and Finalist, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year. And now in autumn of 2009 she has released her newest novel, SHARK GIRLS (Livingston Press) to excellent acclaim and a starred review in Booklist.
Joe Weil has published three new collections of poetry in just a bit over a year's time: WHAT REMAINS (Night Shade Press, April 2008); PAINTING THE CHRISTMAS TREE (Texas Review Press, June 2008); and now THE PLUMBER'S APPRENTICE (NY Quarterly Review Press, November 2009).
Gelineau to Read from New Book at AWP Denver
APPETITE FOR THE DIVINE, the second full-length collection from Associate Director Christine Gelineau, will be ready in in time for the Associated Writers & Writing Programs Convention in Denver, CO Friday, April 9, 2010. The publisher, Ashland Poetry Press is sponsoring "The More-than-Forty-Years Anniversary Reading" on Friday at the convention from 3-4:15 p.m. where Christine will be one of the featured readers.