TriQuarterly Contributor Updates: Summer 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wondering what some of those past online contributors to TriQuarterly have been up to?  Well, they have been busy doing amazing things:


Meena Alexander (“Red Bird” and “Impossible Grace”; issue 141) recently addressed the Yale Political Union and has a book of poems forthcoming from Northwestern University Press in August 2013, Birthplace with Buried Stones.

Jeffrey Allen’s ("other people's poems"; issue 139) chapbook was recently published from H_NGM_N Books alongside Issue #15 of the online journal. The issue can be accessed at The chapbook is available at

Ian Bassingthwaighte ("The Cardboard Dress"; issue 139) has written a novel about his experience in Egypt (after finishing his Fulbright in fiction there), and the manuscript has since been picked up by the Renee Zuckerbrot Literary Agency. His short story collection has also been completed. It includes an edited version of his story The Cardboard Dress, which first appeared in TriQuarterly. Ian has also had a short story appear in the Winter 2013 issue of The Southern Review (the story is called "The Elephant Walk") and a short short appear online at Tin House ( In addition, he was also recently admitted into the Helen Zell Writer's Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has a new photography/writing website up at

Hadara Bar-Nadav ("How Soft This Prison Is", "What Care the Dead for Day", "A Brittle Heaven"; issue 139) has had two new books come out in the past year: Lullaby (with Exit Sign), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize (Saturnalia Books, 2013); and The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize. Both are available on Amazon: and

E. Louise Beach  ("Homage to Messiaen", "Ophelia's Flowers", "Come, let me love you"; issue 139) was recipient of an Individual Artist's Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland. She has had publications in The Antigonish Review, The Texas Review, The Santa Clara Review, Barrow Street, Main Street Rag, damselfly press, Pinion, Women Arts Quarterly Journal, Trigger, Basalt, The Flagler Review and NIMROD and readings at The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD; St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY; HearArts, Rockville, Maryland. Her chapbook, Sine Nomine, was published by Finishing Line Press. She was a finalist in the May Swenson Poetry Award, 2010. Her song cycle, Ophelia's Flowers, was performed at the Eastman School of Music and at St. John Fisher College. Requiem - Elegy was performed at Dickinson College. "Dusk," the first of The Edith Poems, was performed by baritone and CAG winner Mischa Bouvier at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and during a broadcast of WQXR, New York's classical music station.

Garrett Brown (“The Agony of St. Martin”; issue 139) recently had a nonfiction piece, “Galileo in the Uecker Seats,” published in Black Warrior Review. He also has a chapbook of poems, Cubicles, forthcoming this fall/winter 2013 from Finishing Line Press.

Thea Brown (Cleaning Up the Verbal Situation (Hello, Valery)", "An Illustrated Almanac"; issue 142) released a chapbook called We Are Fantastic, published by Petri Press this spring. She also has a few forthcoming pubs scheduled for release by the summer.

Brittany Cavallaro ("Tautology", "Leitmotif"; issue 142) has had her poems, "Censored History" and "Liebestod" appear in Tin House 54, Winter 2012. Other poems are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Barrow Street, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Salt Hill.

Susan Comninos (“Deconstruction Workers” and “Italian for You”; issue 139) has published poetry in Subtropics, The Cortland Review, Tulane Review, Literary Mama, and Tablet Magazine. Her poetry was recently anthologized in The American Dream published by Blue Thread. She has poetry forthcoming in J Journal: New Writing on Justice.

Carlos Cunha  ("The Frenchwoman's Letter"; issue 139) has an essay published in The Manchester Review, the online journal put out by the New School of Writing at the University of Manchester in England. The piece is entitled "The Traffic Noir" and can be found here:

Spencer Dew ("The Process of Discovery"; issue 141) had his first novel, Here Is How It Happens, published by Ampersand Books in March. The book was reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly It was the May feature at

Brian Doyle ("The New Bishop"; issue 141) is the new electric columnist for The American Scholar, and he has two small collections of essays coming out this fall (The Thorny Grace of It, spiritual essays, from Loyola Press, and Reading in Bed, bookish essays, from Corby Books), and a whopping novel called The Plover out in April 2014 from St. Martin's Press.

Rebecca Dunham ("Insomnia Ghazal"; issue 142) recently won the Lindquist and Vennum Prize for her book, Glass Armonica, which will be published in November 2013. (The poem published in TriQuarterly is in the book, too.)

Joan Frank (“Never Enough”; issue 139) is a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award in Writing for her recent book of collected essays, Because You Have To. The winners will be announced during the American Library Association Conference in Chicago, June 28, 2013. She also has become a weekly blog contributor to the online magazine, AUTHOR.

Ben Greenman ("Letterhead"; issue 139) has a novel, The Slippage, coming out from HarperCollins.

Fady Joudah (“In the Picture” and “Into Life”; issue 141) has been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize for the Yale translation, Like A Straw Bird It Follows Me and also has a new poetry collection, Alight, recently published by Copper Canyon Press.

EJ Koh (“Antti Revonsuo”; issue 140) has just released her debut novel, Red, from Collective Presse.

Tyler Mills ("Penelope's Firebird Weft"; issue 140) is happy to announce that her first book of poems, Tongue Lyre (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, SIU Press) came out in March 2013. Also, she is going to be at the Vermont Studio Center this summer on a work-study/artist grant.

Brenda Miller (“36 Holes”; issue 140) has co-authored with Holly J. Hughes, The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, published in 2012. The second edition of Tell it Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, co-authored with Suzanne Paola, was also published in 2012.

Jacob Newberry ("Origins"; issue 141) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Jerusalem in Creative Writing (Poetry) for 2011-2012. His essay "What You Will Do" won the Ploughshares 2012 Emerging Writers' Contest in Nonfiction. His short story "The Long Bright World" won the Southwest Review's 2012 McGinnis-Ritchie Prize for Best Fiction. He was awarded a Tuition Scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He was awarded a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. In addition, his essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Granta, the Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and the North American Review.

Brittany Perham ("Afterlove", "Father", "Escape"; issue 139) is the author of the poetry collection, The Curiosities. She is a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. In the winter of 2013-2014, she'll be a writer-in-residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington Connecticut. Her poems have recently been anthologized in the audio archive From the Fishouse, and new work is forthcoming in the Southern Humanities Review.

Dian Duchin Reed (“Reincarnation”; issue 141) has poems forthcoming in Spillway, Texas Review, and TriQuarterly. Reed will also be completing the translation of Tao Te Ching from Chinese into modern English poetry in 2013. Two of the poems can be found in Salamander’s June 2013 issue.

Evie Shockley ("sound effects", "backsliding", "the people want the regime to fall"; issue 140) will be reading at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Benefit Reading in Sacramento, CA on June 21 at 7:00 p.m. and in the Bryant Park Reading Series in NYC on August 20 at 6:30 p.m. Her book The New Black was awarded the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry

Christine Sneed ("The River"; issue 140) published her second book, a novel titled Little Known Facts (Bloomsbury USA) along with a paperback edition of her first book, the story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry. The Chicago Public Library Foundation announced that Christine will be receiving the 21st Century Award on October 23, which is when they will present Isabel Allende and Michael Lewis with the Carl Sandburg Award. The 21st Century Award has been given in past years to Aleksandr Hemon, Rebecca Skloot, Audrey Niffenegger, and a number of other writers with ties to Chicago.

Rebecca Spears (“Beauvoir, at the Louisiane”; issue 141) recently had an essay, “Christopher’s House and the Moon Tower,” published in the 2013 winter issue of Ars Medica. She also participated in a poetry reading at University of St. Thomas and continues to work on the board of Mutabilis Press.

Joseph Spece (“Dear Postmodern Girlfriend”; issue 141) has published his first book, Roads, by Cherry Grove. His recent publications can be seen in The Bacon Review, Orion, Salamander, and Guernica.

David Starkey’s ("Taliban Kill 10 on Aid Trip in Afghanistan); issue 140) new book of poems, Circus Maximus, is out from Biblioasis:  And the second edition of his textbook Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief has just been published:

Julia Story (Red Town #13"; issue 140) recently returned from a trip to SUNY Potsdam where she was a visiting writer at the Lougheed Festival of the Arts. She gave a reading there on April 30 and met with creative writing students to discuss their work. She also started a new position as part-time faculty at Emerson College in January.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain ("Traversing Tiananmen Square from the Underground; issue 142) A new (second) book of poetry, My Funeral Gondola is forthcoming in May 2013 as a Manoa Books title from El Leon Literary Arts in California. She has also recently co-edited the anthology, On Freedom: Spirit, Art and State (University of Hawai'i Press, 2013)

David Trinidad's ("Anne Sexton Visits Court Green", "Jacqueline Susann and her husband Ivring Mansfield, Los Angeles, Cal., 1969", "Chasing the Moon (with Anne Waldman)"; issue 139) Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera is forthcoming from Turtle Point Press in September. An excerpt from this book will appear in The Best American Poetry 2013, edited by Denise Duhamel.

Nick Twemlow's ("Wolfvision"; issue 141, "DARPA Grand Challenge"; issue 143) first book of poems, Palm Trees, recently won the 2013 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America.

Lina Vitkauskas (Litmus", "Hypno"; issue 139) released a new book in January called A Neon Tryst (Shearsman Books). She did a kick-off reading at the Dollhouse Reading Series for this book. Very soon, an interview about this book will be out (on podcast) — Radio Free Albion, hosted by Associate Chair of Columbia College's Poetry Department, Tony Trigilio. HTMLGIANT, the Chicago Reader, and New City will be reviewing this book soon as well. In February, she was featured on LitBridge and had a review posted in Montevidayo. In March, she was featured on Chicago School of Poetics website: In addition, she recently published two poems in Tarpaulin Sky and two poems in Matter and she will have poems coming out in Coconut and The Awl over the the summer. She has a manuscript called Professional Poetry and a chapbook called These Are My Dreams under submission at numerous places, and she’s releasing an epic poem titled SPINY RETINAS on Mutable Sound press. She is involved in a collaborative ekphrastic project called "12 Intrigues" with a dance artist/poet, Tashi Ko (Natasha Marin) from Seattle/Vancouver (September). She also has a shiny new website: Lina ramona Vitkauskas.

Bruce Weigl (“My Dimension” and “My Nymphomania”; issue 139) was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for 2013 for his recent collection of poetry, The Abundance of Nothing published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press.

Daniel Wenger (“The Criminal is Young and Imaginary,” “The Criminal is Young and Invisible,” and “The criminal is Young and Improbable”; issue 139) recently started a job as an editor at a new longform publishing platform called Medium (, a project from Twitter founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone. To start contributing, email him at

Patrice Repusseau ("Of Two Stranger Hands: A Reading of William Goyen's 'Precious Door'"; issue 139) has published a collection of poems about the "I" (or rather the "my") and the "Self" in 2011 entitled chansons du moi et de son Même, éditions Les Deux Océans, 19 rue du Val-de-Grâce, 75005 Paris ( And a new book has just come out : Ebleui suivi de Inizi, éditions Non Lieu, 224 rue des Pyrénées, 75020 Paris ( It is a book about Houat, a small island off the coast of Brittany. Patrice has also translated Charles Chadwick's It's all right now (817 pages) and The voyage by Murray Bail, and, in addition, the recently completed French rendition of the Yoga Vasishtha.