Updates from Alumnae/i

R. Flowers Rivera, '95

posted Sep 9, 2014, 3:53 AM by Hollins Mfa   [ updated Nov 5, 2014, 8:37 AM ]

 R. Flowers Rivera, M.A. '95, has been selected as the recipient of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award for her second collection of poems titled HEATHEN (Lotus Press, 2015). Congratulations! 

Our own R. Flowers Rivera '95 has a book of poems out . Keep up the good work, Raquel!

Poet Dorianne Laux chooses two Hollins alums for "Best" anthology

posted Aug 27, 2014, 10:13 AM by Hollins Mfa

S.H. Lohmann ’08, M.F.A. ’12 and Brittney Scott M.F.A. ’10 are two of the poets whose work is featured in Best New Poets 2014, an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers that will be published this November. 

Each year, a guest editor selects poems from nominations made by literary magazines and writing programs, as well as an open internet competition. This year’s guest editor, award-winning poet and author Dorianne Laux, chose Lohmann’s “Lullaby” and Scott’s “The Money Shot.”

Launched in 2005, the Best New Poets anthology series is published by Samovar Press/University of Virginia Press.

Mike Allen, M.A. '94

posted Aug 15, 2014, 7:27 PM by Hollins Mfa

Mike Allen's debut short fiction collection will be out with Antimatter Press in October. These fourteen tales of horror are just in time for Halloween. Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, calling it packed with "solid shivering terror tinged with melancholy sorrow over the fragility of humankind."

Tom Whalen, M.A. '71

posted Aug 15, 2014, 7:20 PM by Hollins Mfa

Tom has a new novel out with Black Scat Books. The Times-Picayune touts it as "storytelling which is subtly, wickedly funny." R.H.W. Dillard calls it "the Moby Dick of mice." Check it out now. 

Robbi Nester, M.A. '76

posted Aug 15, 2014, 7:14 PM by Hollins Mfa

Alum Robbi Nester's book of poems, 'A Likely Story,' is out now with Moon Tide Press. You can also read a poem from the book on Moon Tide's page. Congratulations, Robbi!

Rebecca Rotert, M.A. '95

posted Jul 9, 2014, 6:54 AM by Hollins Mfa

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960's jazz scene in Chicago, Harper Collins calls alum Rebecca Rotert's Last Night at the Blue Angel a highly ambitious and stylish literary debut. Click to read a sample of Rebecca's book. 

Scott Cairns, M.A. '79

posted Jun 30, 2014, 12:29 PM by Hollins Mfa   [ updated Jun 30, 2014, 12:30 PM ]

Scott has released a new book of poems entitled Endless Life: Poems of the Mystics. Check it out on the Paraclete Press website. 

Howard Nelson, M.A. '70

posted Jun 30, 2014, 12:26 PM by Hollins Mfa

Alum Howard Nelson has a new book of poems out with FootHills Publishing. His collection is entitled 'All the Earthly Lovers: Selected and New Poems.'

Shelby Smoak, M.A. '99

posted May 23, 2014, 10:53 AM by Hollins Mfa

In November 2013, the Hollins community was treated to a reading by alum Shelby Smoak from his memoir Bleeder. Since then, Bleeder has been nominated for an IPPY, a Best Book of the Year Award by ForeWard Reviews, and a "Best of the Best" Award by American Library Association (ALA). We're proud of you, Shelby. 

Kevin Prufer, M.A. '94

posted May 23, 2014, 10:43 AM by Hollins Mfa

"And the Mercedes burned in front of the courthouse." In April 2014, our own Kevin Prufer published a new book of poems with Four Way Press entitled Churches. Read an interview with Kevin, also in The Paris Review. 

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