Creative Writing

Faculty News

Margaret McMullan

Professor Margaret McMullan was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Hungary for the fall semester of 2010, where she will be teaching Literature of the American South, the Contemporary American Novel, and creative writing at the University of PĂ©cs. Her novel Sources of Light was chosen as Evansville, Indiana's One Book/One Community Youth selection. Additionally, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded UE English Professor Margaret McMullan a 2010 fellowship in literature. Literature Fellowships encourage the production of new works of literature by allowing writers the time and means to write. The fellowships alternate annually between poetry and prose.

In this round, the 12 panelists convened by the NEA reviewed 25,000 manuscript pages from the 993 eligible applications submitted. The 42 prose writers who were selected come from 17 states and the District of Columbian. Each will receive a fellowship of $25,000 for a total of $1,050,000.

McMullan will use the grant to complete The Aftermath Lounge, a collection of stories about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Last year, she read the title story in this collection at the English Department's Coffee Hour. McMullan and her work will soon be featured in the NEA's Writer's Corner.

Paul Bone

Assistant Professor Paul Bone published poems and prose in The Iron Horse Literary Review, The Cimarron Review, The Raintown Review, First Things, the Evansville Review, and Tupelo Press's "Poetry Prompt" contest (online).

Robert Griffith

At a weekend ceremony at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, the Indiana Center for the Book named Associate Professor of English Rob Griffith the winner of the 2009 Best Books of Indiana Award for his collection of poetry, "A Matinee in Plato's Cave" (Water Press and Media, 2008).

The competition consists of five categories, each with a panel of judges who considered all books published by Indiana authors in 2008 and granted awards at their discretion. University of Evansville Professor Rob Griffith won in the poetry category that included finalist entries by former Best Book winner David Shumate (2005, Marian University) and Indiana's Poet Laureate, Norbert Krapf.

This year's winners will be engraved on a plaque in the Indiana Authors' Room where one copy of their book will remain indefinitely. Three copies of all 2009 competition entries have been added to the State Library's collection. Two copies of each entry will circulate. Indiana citizens can borrow any Best Books of Indiana title at the State Library or request it via interlibrary loan at their local public library.

Congratulations to Paul Bone and Rob Griffith

Professors of English and editors of the international poetry journal Measure, for having work from their journal chosen for inclusion in Scribner's prestigious annual anthology, The Best American Poetry 2009.

Margaret McMullan

Chicago Public Library's Teen Volume Reader's Theatre Troupe will adapt and perform excerpts of Cashay, a novel written by UE's Margaret McMullan, Professor of English. Performances will run monthly in library branches throughout the city of Chicago during 2009.

The Reader's Theatre Troupe is comprised of teen volunteers who help adapt and perform young adult literature for other teens. By doing so, they earn community service learning hours; gain exposure to and mentorship from professional actors; and achieve a better appreciation for and understanding of literature and the theatrical arts. Each program consists of multiple readings intended to be "teasers" to entice teens to read the novels. The Troupe also presents audience members with door prizes—generally free copies of the books they highlight in the performances.

A 2009 Chicago Public Library Teen Book Selection, Cashay is about an African-American girl who copes with the death of her sister in a drive-by shooting in Chicago's Cabrini Green housing project.

Professor McMullan's 6th novel, Sources of Light is due to be released April 12, 2010 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.