MFA fiction student and MARC alumnus Graham Oliver interviewed the writer David Lipsky for The Rumpus. Lipsky’s 2010 book about David Foster Wallace, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, was recently adapted into the film The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. You can read the interview here: http://therumpus.net/2015/09/the-rumpus-interview-with-david-lipsky/
Debra Monroe will be launching her new book, My Unsentimental Education, on Saturday, October 24 at 4 p.m. at BookPeople in Austin, on 6th & Lamar. At the event, there will be introductory remarks by Scott Blackwood, Texas State MFA program alumnus and award-winning author. Two chapters from the book have previously been cited as “Notable” in Best American Essays. Recent excerpts and essays she’s written about it include an essay in Salon; an essay titled “The Memoir of Discovery, Not Recovery” in Kirkus Reviews (widely shared on social media); an excerpt published by Longreads on Oct. 1, reposted by the Internet aggregator, Digg on Oct. 4. Enthusiastic reviews and feature stories have appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; The Dallas Morning News; the Minneapolis Star Tribune; the Houston Chronicle; the San Francisco Review of Books; the Wisconsin State Journal; and Amazon’s recommended books column, Omnivoracious. The review that best captures the unconventional spirit of the book appeared in the Chicago Tribune:
One of Susan Hanson’s photos, taken at Jacob’s Well, received first place in this year’s Texas Photographic Society Members Only Show, judged by Keith Carter. It was one of 50 images selected out of 1020 submissions. The show will open Dec. 10 at the TCC Photo Gallery in Longview: http://d19cgyi5s8w5eh.cloudfront.net/eml/ZvFNIrc7RlCcaGBcgr9OHg?e=carol.serur%40gmail.com&a=H6IyvOlWRZOw5re48l-mqg&f=5f8bee0a&t=1.
MFA poetry graduate and current Lecturer James Knippen will have two poems, “Beggars” and “Lilies,” published in an upcoming issue of Gulf Coast. His poem “Kitchen,” previously published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, will be included in The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology, forthcoming from Lamar University Press.
MFA poetry student Ashton Kamburoff’s poem “For the Love of a Cadillac and a Cousin” has been accepted by Rose Red Review.
The Katherine Anne Porter House hosted an interview between Texas authors Mary Helen Specht and Nan Cuba. The interview is featured in the October issue of Texas Monthly and can be found online: http://www.texasmonthly.com/list/the-10-writers-to-watch-and-read/mary-helen-specht-and-nan-cuba/.