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Rebecca Golden wrote an article for Bustle on being a Jeopardy! contestant.  Her game show airdate was May 6, 2015.

MFA graduate Ginger Ko and current student Randall Tyrone presented on an AWP panel on race and micro-aggression. Ginger also participated in an offsite reading celebrating, in part, her first book Motherlover.

Chelsea Biondolillo's chapbook Ologies won the Etchings Press Chapbook contest.  See the trailer for the chapbook on YouTube.  Her essay on burying beetles from her thesis is up at High Desert Journal.  She has an essay published in Orion.

Callan Wink was awarded a Stegner Fellowship

Tasha LeClair's story, "The Reservoir," will appear in The Gettysburg Review's Summer 2015 issue.


Chelsea Biondolillo published an essay, “Where Endangered Vultures Go for a Healthy, Rotting Meal” with Nautilus ( 

Sofi Thanhauser received a UCross residency.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine had a story picked up by a new mag called Heck.  She had another story published in the Idaho Review.  She recently accepted a position as Associate Director of the Key West Literary Seminar.

Tasha LeClair’s story, “Three Tornadoes,” which was just published in Bodega (Issue 27) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Randy Koch's composition textbook was published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. in August titled Serving Sentences: Twelve Ways to Break Out a Better Writer.

Tasha LeClair's story, "Exploded View," will be published in the next issue of Storm Cellar.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine had a short story, “Any Further West,” published in the Boston Review.

Rebecca Golden published her essay in the Atlantic: And part of her UW thesis is here:

Tim Raymond’s book of poems was a finalist for the Black Box Poetry Prize at Rescue Press, and he has a story coming out in Fairy Tale Review.

Chelsea Biondolillo had a piece go up in Guernica and on PEN America as part of their combined flash series. Forthcoming publications in Passages NorthBrevityDiscover magazine, and High Desert Journal. Her essay, "Phrenology: an attempt" (which was part of her thesis) has been named a Notable in the Best American Essays 2014.

Estella Soto received the Wyoming Arts Council creative writing fellowship in fiction.

Adrian Shirk had an article published at the Atlantic online at

Ginger Ko will have her first book published by Coconut Books, and it has won their 2014 Cargill Prize for first book.

Adam Boucher will have a story published in VQR this summer.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is featured in a Snapshot in UWYO Magazine and her story "Any Further West" will appear in The Boston Review.

Chelsea Biondolillo has received the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing from Colgate University.

Meagan Ciesla has accepted a tenure-track position at Gonzaga University.  She also has a story up on The Collagist for April:

Callan Wink has been award a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.


Chelsea Biondolillo had several essays accepted to various publications.  She will appear in Creative Nonfiction #48, Hayden's Ferry Review #53, Wilder Quarterly Issue VII, The Fourth River, Knee-Jerk, Passages North, and River Teeth.

Katie Booms spent a year in New Orleans working in community development, writing novellas and experimenting with filmmaking. Now she’s back at her alma mater, Grand Valley State University, in Grand Rapids, MI, teaching a full load of composition and creative writing as an adjunct faculty member.

Meagan Ciesla’s essay, “Hunting Down the Bunny Tail” appeared in the spring issue of Cimarron Review. In December, she defended her dissertation, “County Road 23,” to complete her PhD at University of Missouri.

Meaghan Elliott is currently in her first semester at the PhD program in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of New Hampshire.

Rebecca Estee spent month one as a Resident at the UCross Foundation outside Sheridan, Wyoming.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine has stories forthcoming in the Idaho Review, Southwestern America Literature, Kartika review.

Erin Fortenberry is interning at independent publishers W.W. Norton in New York City, where she is considering a career in publishing and/or bagel making.

A personal essay by Pamela Galbreath, “Thou Shalt Not Have Strange Gods Before Me,” was included in the anthology Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism (SUNY Press, 2013).

Ryan Ikeda began a PhD program in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. He received a two-year Eugene Cost-Robles Fellowship with five additional years of funding.

Caleb Johnson’s short story “Jubilee” was runner-up for the Iron Horse Literary Review’s Discovered Voices Award and also won Second Prize in The Idaho Review’s Fiction Contest.

Brock Jones began a PhD in Literary Studies & Creative Writing at the University of Utah.

Katie (Schmid) Henson published a series of poem recordings entitled, “The Boys of the Midwest 1-5” in PANK in April 2013. Her poems “In the Gothic Love Story Where You Have Died,” and “The Good Knife” appeared in Hobart in November 2012, and recordings of poems “4th of July,” “Nowhere,” and “Why They are Hungry” appeared in Hobart this July. “The Good Knife” was Hobart’s Pushcart nomination for 2012. “Nowhere” was also published in MOJO, Wichita State’s new literary magazine. She currently serves as Visiting Lecturer in English at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and is at work on a collaboration with artist Chris Naka.

Callan Wink will have a story in the forthcoming Best American Short Stories 2013 and an essay in the next issue of Men’s Journal.

Tasha LeClair has published "DON'T CALL US HUNTERS: PARANORMAL RESEARCH IN THE COWBOY STATE" at the Ampersand Review online.  She has had a poem published at Hobart online.

Erin Fortenberry has published a "Field Guide for Fools" at Hobart online.

Adam Boucher has had a story accepted by the Virginia Quarterly Review.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine received a residency with the Hub City Writers Project. 

Alan Barstow's essay, "Namblish," has been nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize by the Los Angeles Review.

Callan Wink has published his second story with The New Yorker entitle "Breatharians."

Emilene Ostlind's High Country News article on pronghorn migration has won an award for "Science in Society Reporting for a Regional Audience" at the 2012 Science Writer's convention and the Knight-Risser Prize for Environmental Journalism.


Emily Trostel has landed a job at an Outdoor Science School in Big Bear, California, teaching sixth-graders.

Kristen Gunther won the Ellbogen Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award for 2012.  Her poems will be published in the next issue of Cutbank.

Katie (Schmid) Henson won a UW Outstanding Thesis Award for 2012.

Alan Barstow published a piece of work in Gulf Coast.

Samuel Renken received the Holland Prize from Logan House press and will have his collection of poems published this fall.

Christine Ingoglia was offered a lectureship at Columbia College in Missouri and has been promoted to assistant professor.

Meagan Ciesla won University of Missouri’s Margaret Finney Short Fiction Award for her story “Somebody Else’s Romance.” Her story “24 Points” was published in Prime Number Magazine and her story “Incubator Baby, World’s Fair 1939” was published in Kenyon Review Online.


Lucas Street’s MFA thesis Terra Australis was named a finalist in the Black Lawrence Press Spring 2010 Chapbook Competition.  In the Fall of 2011, he was hired as the Assistant Director of the Reading/Writing Center at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Emilene Ostlind won a UW Outstanding Thesis Award for 2011.

Randy Koch will publish his collection "This Splintered Horse" with Finishing Line Press in September 2011.

Mary "Evie" Hemphill is the writer/editor for Washington University Libraries in St. Louis; she puts together a biannual magazine promoting the libraries, taking pictures at events, writing press releases, helping set up reading, etc.

Bison Messink has taken a job in NYC sportswriting with  His article list can be found here.

Sara Daniels has landed a job at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto teaching 1st-year English Composition.

Katie (Schmid) Henson took second place in the 2011 SFWP Poetry Awards Program.

Rebekah Biercz has been selected by Teach for America to teach ESL in high-needs elementary schools in Nashville.

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Chelsea Biondolillo

Chelsea with vulture
To enhance our strong program in creative writing, the Department of English established the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing. The annual fellowship is designed to support writers completing their first books. It provides a generous stipend, office space, and an intellectual community for the recipients, who spend the academic year at Colgate. In return, each fellow teaches a creative-writing workshop each semester and gives a public reading of his or her work. Chelsea plans to write a non-fiction book about the plight of many of the world's threatened vulture species and some of the people trying to save them. The book blends biology, ecology, travel, and memoir into a kind of love song for one of nature's more reviled birds.

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