Uncategorized | May 05, 2004

I’m about to move away from Columbia and The Missouri Review, and I find myself already becoming nostalgic for things and people I haven’t left yet. While there are many things I’ll miss about working at TMR–free coffee, a surprising tolerance for my sense of humor, affable cattiness–I’ll miss being around people who are always racking up awards. To give you a sense of what I mean (and to brag on people here), the following is a partial list of my friends’ and colleagues’ recent accomplishments:

–Shaen Pogue published her chapbook, The Nature Of, at Stephens College in December.

–Mike Kardos published a story in the Spring 2004 issue of Crazyhorse, “The Lures of Last Resort.”

–Kris Somerville’s “A Berlin Cafe” came in third place in the So to Speak short-short story contest, and she also published a poem, “Runners,” in Femspec.

–Anthony Varallo has stories forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Puerto del Sol, Story Quarterly, and Harvard Review.

–Steve Gehrke has a new collection of poems, his second, The Pyramids of Malpighi, out from Anhinga Press. His collection won the 2002 Philip Levine Prize, judged by Philip Levine.

–Scott Kaukonen, as you may know if you keep up with our blog, just won the 2004 Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction for his collection, Ordination, which should be out next spring.

–Bern Mulvey, who has a killer inside game on the basketball court, will soon be leaving his post here as Poetry Editor for a faculty position at Idaho State University. He also has poems in Poetry East, Passages North, Poetry, The Journal, and Crab Creek Review.

–And me? I’m insanely jealous of all of them.