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2015 Writer in South Asia

In late July, 2015, Indiana University MFA students Cherae Clark and Dan Minty joined Samrat Upadhyay on a two-week trip to South Asia, where they engaged in a variety of literary and cultural activities. Titled The Writer in South Asia, the project aims to transform the travelers’ writing by forcing it to engage with a broader social and political sphere and deepen their sense of being ‘writers of the world.’ At the IU India Office in Gurgaon, they participated in literary panels and held workshops with young writers from the Delhi area. After a trip to Taj Mahal in Agra and the Pink City of Jaipur, they traveled to Nepal, where they continued their literary and cultural
explorations: participating in the award ceremony of the Writing Nepal story contest, which was sponsored and judged by Samrat Upadhyay; leading workshops with students at the Buddhanilkantha School and with young professionals at Edushala; and roaming around the architecturally rich cities of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur.

See more pictures here on the IUB English Facebook page.
Aguilar, Clark Provincetown Fellows

Leslie Aguilar (Poetry) and Tia Clark (Fiction) have each been selected to receive prestigious residency fellowships to the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts next year. This is a highly selective invitation to one of the most distinguished Arts Colonies in the country with a remarkable roster of previous recipients.

The Work Center founders envisioned a place in Provincetown, the country’s most enduring artists’ colony, where artists and writers could live and work together in the early phase of their careers. The founders believed that the freedom to pursue creative work within a community of peers is the best catalyst for artistic growth. The Work Center has dedicated itself to this mission for over 40 years.

Today the Work Center is a leading long-term
residency program for emerging artists and writers and one of the most renowned. Each year the Work Center offers residencies – the gift of time, space and community – to twenty Fellows selected from some 1,100 applications worldwide. From October to May, the Work Center gives the Fellows living and workspace, a modest stipend and each other. The only thing asked in return is that they focus on new work while they are in residence.

Leslie and Tia: We believe in you; we are proud of you; and we are happy for you. Congratulations on this extraordinary honor.
Aguilar wins NDR Chapbook Competition

Leslie Aguilar (3rd year Poet) has been named the winner of the 2014-15 New Delta Review's Chapbook Contest. Michael Martone said of her entry, Mesquite Manual: "The book, like its titular subject, is tough and delicate, aromatic, evasive and invasive. This manual instructs us to take apart the tenacious mysteries of this desert world and reassemble them into the sweet transpiring forage of lucid dreams." Congratulations, Leslie!

Mesquite Manual is now available for purchase:
Aguilar wins 2014 Washington Square Award

Third-year poetry student Leslie Aguilar has received the 2014 Poetry Award from Washington Square for "The Hitching Post." This year's judge was D. A. Powell.
Citro, Kwong: Best New Poets, 2014

Recent alum Chris Citro (MFA, 2013) and still-a-student, but-about-to-become alum Lisa Kwong (MFA, any day now when the bureaucracy catches up to reality) have recently been named among the Best New Poets, 2014. Dorianne Laux selected Chris’s “Gathering a Few Facts” and Lisa’s “An AppalAsian Finds Home in Bloomington, Indiana” for inclusion in the “final fifty” that will be published in Best New Poets, 2014 in November. Congratulations to both Chris and Lisa.

More information on Best New Poets, 2014 can be found here.
Ciara Miller to the Barbados

Congratulations to Ciara Miller (3d year Poetry; dual-degree, MFA and MA in AAADS) who recently was accepted into Callaloo’s Poetry Workshop in the Barbados next month. Callaloo is one of the leading literary and academic journals in African-American and African Diasporic Studies, and this workshop is an amazing opportunity. Ciara has received travel grants from the College of Arts and Sciences and from the College Arts and Humanities Institute to support her participation in the Callaloo poetry workshop.

Read more about the workshop and listen to readings from participants:
Scott Miles in 2013 Best New Poets

Congratulations to Scott Miles (second year poet) whose "Ode to the Gods of French Cinema" has recently been published in 2013 Best New Poets from the University Press of Virginia:
Nandi Comer wins Crab Orchard Review's 2014 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Nandi Comer (fourth year dual-degree, Poetry and AAADS) who was recently announced as the winner of Crab Orchard Review's 2014 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. Nandi's winning entry was a set of three poems ("Detroit, Llorona, My Heart, My City"; "Losing Between Manholes and Myths"; and "The Warning") which will appear in Crab Orchard Review, Volume 19, Number 1 (Winter/Spring 2014), and for which she receives a prize of $2,000. This year's judge was Alison Joseph.
Ming Holden wins Glimmer Train's Family Matters Contest

Congratulations to outgoing MFA Ming Holden, who in April was awarded first prize in Glimmer Train's Family Matters Contest for her story, "Keller's Ranch."
Okubo's "In the Tunnel" Released on Amazon Single

Congratulations to Taka Okubo, whose story, "In the Tunnel," has been published on on Amazon singles. Check it out here.