Recent Books by Center
This is a selection of recent book publications by Center for
Writers graduates, along with an occasional note about awards won. The Center is proud to help new writers find their
voices, and to find publication, when that time comes. These graduates
of the Center for Writers,
among many others, have distinguished themselves in the literary
community, and we are pleased to be able to give them notice here.
Psychosomatic. Point Blank Books. Fall 2005.
Twins. New York, William Morrow. October 2005.
Swimming the Witch. Cherry Grove
Collections. May 2005.
James Whorton, Jr.
Frankland. New York, Free Press, 2005
Approximately Heaven. New York, Free Press, 2003
J. Madison Davis
Law & Order: Dead Line
The Van Gogh Conspiracy
The Vertigo Murders.
New York, I Books, March 2002
Murderous Schemes (ed.)
And the Angels Sing
New York: Delacorte Press, 2004
New York: Delacorte Press, 2005
Appetite (poems). Los Angeles, The
Red Hen Press, 2004
Nearing Narcoma (poems).
Winner of the 2003 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award
Leap of the Heart: Andre Dubus Talking.
New Orleans, Xavier Review Press, 2003
I Was Howard Hughes. New York, Bloomsbury USA, 2003
Here In the World. New York, Counterpoint Press, 2003
Far. New York, Counterpoint Press, 2003
Transatlantic Award Winner
Goodnight, Nobody. New York, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003
Winner, 1996 Playboy Fiction Award
Rough Amusements. New York, Bloomsbury USA, 2003
Flannery O'Connor Award Winner
The Gatehouse Heaven
Three Poets of Modern
Whiting Award Winner
Out of Work
John Henry Fleming
The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman
The Poetry of Place
Writing That Matters
Ruffin has published
two novels, two collections of stories, five books of poetry,
and a book of essays, and has edited or co-edited eight other
books. He is 1997 Mississippi Institute
of Arts and Letters Poetry Award winner, Editor of The Texas Review,
and Director of the Texas Review
Surviving the Coup.
Greensboro, NC: March Street Press, 2003.
The Guiltless Traveler. March Street Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1996.
Building A Boat.
March Street Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1995.
Double Headed End Wrench. Bristol, Indiana: The Cloverdale Press, 1992.
Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1990.
Virginia: Black Buzzard Press, 1985.
The Jaxon Files
The Outlaw James Copeland and the
Center for Writers graduates live and work all
over the country, and they work at all kinds of jobs, many teaching
and writing, many in other capacities for which they were well (or
not so well) prepared by their time at the Center. We are
trying to find them all but it is a difficult and
time-consuming project. There are hundreds of graduates; here are
the first few who have responded to our mass mailings.
M.A. graduate Scott Bailey recently received a Fellowship
to the New York University M.F.A. program. His work has appeared in
the anthologies, Bend, Don't Shatter, which was nominated for
The Stonewall Book Award (Soft Skull Press), and in Poetic Voices
Without Borders (Gival Press) and In Our Own Words--A
Generation Defining Itself (MWE Enterprises). His translations
of Juan Carlos Galeano have recently appeared in Poetry
International and Prism International.
Steve Carter has been teaching at Georgetown College in
Georgetown, Kentucky, since finishing the program. His first novel,
I Was Howard Hughes, was published in fall 2003 by Bloomsbury USA.
graduated in 1997 and now lives in the Pacific Northwest and working
for the Seattle Community College District and Central Washington
University, and as faculty advisor to the North Seattle CC Licton
Springs Review (paper and ezine:
www.lictonspringsreview.com). She's working on a collection of
short stories, set on the Washington coast, discovering the ways we
die. Most recent publication “Of Course” in Crosscurrents
(literary magazine of Washington State community college faculty).
John Hughes has a contract with Edwin Mellen Press to
publish his dissertation, probably under the title "The Fiction of
Frederick Barthelme." He is a professor of English at Valencia
Community College in Orlando.
Lynette Ledoux. I'm currently in the final stages of
revising a novel called We Got Your Money, Mr. President.
I've been working with an agent for almost a year, and he'll start
trying to sell it come mid-September. On the employment end of
things, I'm teaching composition as an adjunct at Dillard University
in New Orleans. I'll let you know when and if my novel sells.
John Minichillo lives in Chattanooga with his wife and is
an assistant professor of English at Middle Tennessee State
University. He's currently seeking representation for a first
W.T. Pfefferle and his wife spent the past year traveling
the country in a 30 foot motorhome interviewing 62 American poets
for a new book, Poets on Place (Utah State University Press
2005). Excerpts have been appearing in Poets & Writers
Rankin reports, I left Mississippi for a teaching job a Pikes
Peak Community College (Colorado Springs), where I taught and was
eventually appointed Writing Center Director. I have since left
that job because it was whatever the opposite is of conducive to
writing, and now I'm teaching online classes (again) and (also
again) trying to finish a novel, though to date it's not under
contract or anywhere close.
My latest publication was a story
in Pearl ("Off an Exit" in their Fiction 2003 issue). I also did a
poetry reading for Wisconsin Public Radio this year on their show
"Spectrum West." I am in a tenure-track position in English
and Creative Writing here at the University of Wisconsin-Barron
County. I teach composition and creative writing. Except the 40
degrees below 0 in January, I really love it here."
C. Vince Samarco is at Saginaw Valley State, where he's been
teaching for several years. He has a collection of short-short
stories "The Thinning Heart of Our Labor: 25 Very Short Stories
about a Life From Detroit" (Mayapple Press) coming next spring. He
is also co-editing a collection of essays about the lives of
academics who come from the working and under-class. That
collection, also scheduled for spring, is "Reflections from the
Wrong Side of the Tracks: Class, Identity, and the Working Class
Experience in Academe" (Rowman and Littlefield). He's also in the
process of co-editing an American Lit anthology that is under
contract with a publisher in China and will be translated and
marketed only in China. Tentative publication date for that is
Rusty Spell. I am a Lecturer at The University of
Texas - Pan American in Edinburg, TX. A picture, if you need one:
http://www.rustyspell.com/photos/04-101.jpg. Today I had
trouble opening a bag of potato chips, so I had to use scissors.
But I got potato grease or whatever on the scissors, so I had to run
them in the sink and I cut my finger. Which was fine, since I got
to use the Elmo bandages I bought two years ago and never got a
chance to use. I considered getting digital cable recently, but the
regular cable at the apartment here is paid for so it's sort of a
waste of money for what essentially boils down to me wanting classic
VH-1 and the Independent Film Channel. And I've got ants. I left
Texas for about a month and when I came back, there were some ants.
Not like a zillion, but enough to bite me at least once a day. That
guitar pick over there is kind of dirty from when it fell on the
dirty floor at the club--perhaps I'll just throw it away.