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Amy Alvarez is co-editing an anthology of pandemic-related literature and art that will be released by West Virginia University Press in 2022. 

Amy's own poems are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Colorado Review,  River Styx, Cherry Tree, and New Ohio Review  (early 2022). She also had a poem selected for The Cincinnati Review's miCRo series this fall which can be accessed here

Amy was a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, VONA, and Macondo in 2021. She was also awarded a residency at VCCA that was funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Amy was also a recipient of the Eberly Racial Justice Grant in both the spring and fall semester. These fellowships and grants have given her the opportunity to complete a full-length collection of poems which she hopes will be accepted for publication in 2022. 

Jenny Johnson: My poems “Brother Wish” & “Submission” were featured in the summer issue of New England Review.  

My poems “Glory & Simplicity,” “Spruce Knob,” and “Symphony Conducted with a Riding Crop" were published in the summer issue of Quarterly West. 

Mary Ann Samyn published poems in Kenyon Review Online (“As Likely as Not,” “I Wasn’t So Sure,” “I Wish I Knew the Secret Ins and Outs”). Raleigh Review (“Here’s One,” “Life After Life,” “Literally and Figuratively”), and Colorado Review (“The Resurrection of the Body,” “The Silence Around the Sound”).

She also published flash nonfiction in Thin Air (“My Best Advice”) and On the Seawall (“Famous Men,” “Sure Can’t”). 

Mary Ann was interviewed by WVU MFA alum Andi Stout (

In October she gave a reading at Oakland University for this year’s Maurice Brown Poetry Reading. 

Mark Brazaitis’s stories appear in Aethlon: a Journal of Sport Literature (“Coach of the Year”); Lake Effect (“The Politician”), Jelly Bucket’s Black Lives Matter issue (“The Secret Life of Miniver Mitty”); 

Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts’ Corona Chronicles issue (“The Compostable House”):

and Hawaii Pacific Review (“The Blue Planet”):

His works of nonfiction appear in Under the Sun (“Campaign”):

Talking Writing (“Balcony”):

Michigan State University Libraries’ short fiction (and nonfiction) selections (“West Virginia”):

and Caesura (“The Witch”):

Glenn Taylor’s “Love Story, 2062” appears in Harpur Palate, Vol. 20:2 His story “Song of the Great-Horned Owl” will appear in Iron Horse Literary Review in the fall of 2022.

Christa Parravani published Loved and Wanted: a memoir of Choice, Children, and Motherhood in hardcover, audio, paperback, and ebook with Henry Holt in the US and with Bonnier books in the UK. She published essays in Vogue and Lithub, and Loved and Wanted was excerpted in the New York Times Book Review. Loved and Wanted was a New York Times editor’s choice and a Good Morning America Fall pick. 

Parravani was a 2021 Yaddo fellow. She presented keynotes at The Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, and the New York State Writer’s Institute.

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