New Publications from MAPW!

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 7, 2022)MAPW students and faculty have been very busy! Check out the recent publications and achievments:

  • Garrard Conley’s essay “Mirror House,” published in Oxford American (Summer 2021) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  The Prize recognizes excellence in small press publications.  Garrard also recently published The Love Clasp,” in Joyland Magazine (January 2022) and “Crewelwork” in The Florida Review (Fall 2021).  Garrard teaches creative nonfiction in the MAPW program.  
  • Alum Ed Gadrix (2019) is preparing for the premiere of his co-written feature film “Here Comes the Sun,” on March 24, 2022. Because of his legal and musical background (jazz trombone), he is also supervising the background music for the film. His team has identified an up-and-coming artist, Chantae Cann, and will be using her original scores for the movie.  Also, Ed published a poem in the International Trombone Association’s journal (January 2022).  
  • Student Elise Good’s short story "Love & Desperation," appears in the spring 2021 edition of Variant Literature magazine. 
  • Creative Writing Affiliate Professor Chris Martin has won the 2022 Wandering Aengus Book Award for his full-length poetry collection, titled Firmament. The book will be published in early 2023 by Wandering Aengus Press. The roots of this manuscript go back to his MAPW days, and he shares his appreciation to his teachers, fellow writers, and friends from our program for helping him get the book to this point. 
  • MAPW Composition and Rhetoric Professor Chris Palmer has just published his latest book,  Teaching English Language Variation in the Global Classroom, with co-editor English Education Professor Michelle Devereaux. Published by Routledge, the collection contains research and example lessons from scholars and teachers from five continents; they provide varied approaches for teaching the global diversity of the English language. The idea for the book emerged from Dr. Palmer's work with students in our PRWR 6760 course, "World Englishes." In addition, two GRAs from the MAPW helped develop the volume: Ashley Banks (2021) conducted substantial initial research on English dialects and professional writing, and Marielena Zajac (2022) helped with copyediting the book manuscript and constructing the index. 
  • Professor of Creative Writing Andrew Plattner’s new book is to be published in April 2022 by Mercer University Press.  The book, Tower, is Andy’s fourth collection of short fiction, and his sixth published book.  He has been awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Faulkner Society’s Gold Medal for Best Novella. According to the Mercer University Press Catalog, the characters of the stories in Tower “move through their lives with the sense that something is missing.  When attempting to fill the void, they discover that the problem isn’t what’s missing-the problem invariably has to do with a truth they’ve been trying to avoid.” 
  • Dear OutsidersJenny Sadre-Orafai’s fourth book of poetry will be published by the University of Akron press in 2023.  Jenny is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Georgia Writers Association.  Information about the press may be found here. 

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