Judith Pulman (2012): Her sonnet, “Jessica on That Wilderness of Monkeys,” won first prize in the traditional verse form category of the Oregon State Poetry Association’s Fall contest. Her translation of “From the Butterfly” by Joseph Brodsky was runner up for the 2011 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize in Russian translation.

Cindy Stewart-Rinier (2012): Her poem, “Relative Identity,” was a finalist in this year’s Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest, judged by Dorianne Laux.


Kelli Russell Agodon (2007): Her book, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room (White Pine Press, 2010), was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in Poetry and the winner of Foreward Magazine‘s Book of the Year Prize in Poetry.

Barrie Jean Borich (2009): Her essay, “Navigating Jazz,” originally published in the Winter Indiana Review, was named in the Notable section of Best American Essays 2011.

Rick Dakan (2010): His novel, Cthulhu Cult: A Novel of Obsession, is the launch title for the new Modern Mythos series and available in a limited edition, signed and numbered hardback version from Miskatonic Books.

Holly Hughes (2006): Her poem, “Reading Tu Fu Thirty Years Later,” received the Poetry Prize from the Washington Community College Humanities Association at their annual fall conference and was published in Crosscurrents, 2011.

Adrian Gibbons Koesters (2007) has achieved the Ph.D. in English (fiction and poetry writing) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She will graduate in May of 2012.

Hilary Schaper (2008): Her essay, “Handiwork,” earned Honorable Mention in the New LettersDorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay.


Judith Kitchen’s new collection, Half in Shade (complete with odd photographs), will be available from Coffee House Press in April, 2012.

Rebecca McClanahan’s newest nonfiction book, The Tribal Knot (which won a 2011 literary fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council), will be published by Indiana University Press as part of its “Breaking Away” Series. Excerpts are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review and The Gettysburg Review.

Peggy Shumaker, Series Editor, is pleased to announce that the first three books in the Alaska Literary Series will be released at AWP in Chicago: Marjorie Kowalski Cole, The City Beneath the Snow (short fiction); Joan Kane, The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife (poetry); Amber Flora Thomas, The Rabbits Could Sing (poetry). The newest Boreal Book will also be released then: Nicole Stellon-O’Donnell, Steam Laundry (poetry).