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McNeese Arts Briefs

McNeese Arts Briefs

(November 18, 2016) Samantha VanDeman, assistant professor of art at McNeese State University, is currently published in the Autumn 2016 issue of SHOTS Magazine, an independent, reader-supported, quarterly journal of fine art photography in its 30th year of publication. Abandoned Chateau photo

The image (pictured right), “Abandoned Chateau,” was taken this past summer in France by VanDeman while working on her series of vacant hotels and residencies in Europe. She received a 2016 Juliet Hardtner Women in Arts and Humanities Professorship that allowed her to photograph throughout Europe for three weeks.

An essay written by McNeese assistant professor of English Dr. Wendy Whelan-Stewart titled, “Sap Rising: Bodies Figured as Trees in H.D., Atwood and Gluck,” has been published in the edited volume of “Women Versed in Myth: Essays on Modern Poets.” 
Her review of “Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-century African American Literature” will be published with the 2016 volume of “Intertexts.”
Amy Fleury, English professor and director of the McNeese Master of Fine Arts program, had her poem, “Spiritus Mundi,” set to music by composer Dale Turmbore and premiered by the Golden Bridge Consort in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Christopher Lowe, assistant professor of English at McNeese, has had his story, “Five Star,” published in Deep South Magazine while his story, “Drop Your Head, Friend,” will appear in “Excavating Honesty: An Anthology of Rage and Hope in America, his story, “Flood, Rotunda, Ash,” will be published in WhiskeyPaper and his story, “Field Vision,” will be published this fall in Attitcus Review.
Dr. Dafydd Wood, assistant professor of English and comparative literature at McNeese, is publishing a review of Ilya Kaminsky’s “Dancing in Odessa” in the winter issue of East European Jewish Affairs.

The MFA winners of the 2016 Joy Scantlebury Poetry Prizes are Dorsey Craft Olbrich, first place, Cesca Waterfield, second place, and Meghan Giles, third place. The winner of the 2016 John Wood Award in Poetry was Waterfield, while the 2016 Robert Olen Butler Award in Fiction winner was Melanie Ritzenthaler.

Michelle Romero, a McNeese MFA student, had her piece of microfiction, “React,” accepted to 50-Word Stories.
McNeese MFA student Laura Sweeney has had poems accepted for publication in the Main Street Rag, Canadian Woman Studies, Leaving My Shadow: Anna Ahkmatova Anthology, Red Savina Review and One Sentence Poems.

Tyler Sheldon, a McNeese MFA student, has published a poetry chapbook, “First Breaths of Arrival,” through Oil Hill Press. His poem, “Elmer has the perfect truck,” has earned honorable mention in Free Verse Poetry in the Kansas Voices Contest.