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Our, students, faculty, and alumni have been busy! Besides completing coursework and working towards degrees, we've had the following publications, readings, awards, etc. The list will be updated as more information comes in.


Katrina Byrd

  • "Blessed Are They." Disappointed Housewife. January 2018
  • "Secret Santa." HerStory Blog. December 29, 2017
  • Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi November 2017
  • “Red Hell Strut” Monkeybicycle November 2017
  • "The Written Word Workshop" presented at USM Gulf Park Campus Long Beach, MS July 2017
  • “Honey, What Are You Saying?” paper presented at Then Henry David Thoreau Society Concord, MA July 2017
  • “The Slumber Chamber” creative work presented at the Bodies of Works Conference held at USM Hattiesburg campus Hattiesburg, MS March 2017
  • "Hooked" one-act play, Mississippi Writes Original, Bay St. Louis Little Theatre Tennessee Williams Festival, March 24-25, 2017.
  • "Exposed" Flash Fiction In Flight Literary Magazine.
  • "Justice is Blind" and "Mammygram" POMPA 2016.
  • "Consenting Adults" 10-Minute Play. MOJOAA Performing Arts Company, Raleigh North Carolina as part "Reclamation," August 12, 2016.
  • "All Apples are not Red," Conference on the Liberal Arts, Jackson State University.
  • "Mammygram" performed in Liberty Mississippi and in Pearl Mississippi by breast cancer survivor and Mississippi University of Women Alum. Cynthia Stuart
  • Poetry reading, Mississippi Philological Association, Columbus MS, February 12, 2016

Exodus Brownlow

  • "I am Your Protagonist" forthcoming in Literary Orphans Journal

Courtney Clark

  • "Picking Up the Pieces," one-act play, Mississippi Writes Original, Bay St. Louis Little Theatre Tennessee Williams Festival

Allison Chestnut

  • Honorable mention AWP Intro Journals Project, Poetry for "County Road 518 at Country Road 24”
  • "Ice, Ice Baby: A Look at Imagery in Moira Crone’s The Ice Garden," Mississippi Philological Association, Columbus MS, February 13, 2016
  • Poetry reading at Jones County Junior College, April 12, 2016
  • Poetry reading at SCMLA, Dallas Fall 2016
  • Nominated for poetry award SCMLA, Jacksonville Fall 2016

Jeanna Graves

  • Poetry reading at Jones County Junior College, April 12, 2016

Ashley Hewitt

Thomas Richardson

  • “Grading School,” “Eupora High School Gym, 2002” and “Reading Shakespeare with Teenagers” published in POMPA 2017.
  • Poetry Reading, Mississippi Philological Association, Itta Bena MS, February 11, 2017
  • "Self-Portrait as Sacrifice on the Diamond.” Poem of the Day in Deep South Magazine’s National Poetry Month Celebration 2016
  • “Elegy for Matthew and Jonathan” and “How to Read in Gastonia, North Carolina” Cantos 2016
  • “Artists in Revision” Performance at Columbus Arts Council, June 2016
  • Contributing Editor, Dirty Paws Poetry Review—first publication is feature on Jaqueline Trimble.
  • STAR teacher 2015-16 and 2017-18. New Hope High School
  • Poetry Reading, Mississippi Philological Association, Columbus MS, February 13, 2016

C. T. Salazar

  • "You called me castaway and I called you" in Cosmonauts Avenue. Forthcoming March 2018
  • "Lover, the Lord has left us" in The Tampa Review. Forthcoming Issue 55
  • "All the bones at the bottom of the Rio Grande" and "Incident number to be determined" in Ink & Nebula, January 2018.
  • "Barnburner" and "Slaughter and Ritual Knife" in The Matador Review. January 2018
  • "Self portrait as headless John the Baptist hitchhiking" in Bad Pony Magazine. December 2017
  • Founding Editor. Dirty Paws Review 2017.
  • "Great Blue Heron" in The Harpoon Review. October 2017
  • "I hold the wolf by the ears" in FLARE: the Flagler Review. Summer 2017
  • "Art of Sinking" in The Broke Bohemian. Spring 2017
  • AWP Intro Journals Project winner in Poetry, 2017 for “Lover the Lord Has Left Us” 

Julie Whitehead

  • "This Side of Heaven", China Grove Press, Winter 2017
  • "Four Signs Your Therapy is Working" DefyingShadows.com November 2017
  • "Terms of the Trade" Cobalt Review, November 2017
  • "Dealing With Traumatic Event Anniversaries" DefyingShadows.com October 2017
  • "Picture Perfect" DefyingShadows.com. September 2017
  • "46 Reasons Why Not", DefyingShadows.com. June 2017
  • "Laurie Parker" and "Cotton District", Mississippi Encyclopedia, University Press of Mississippi. May 2017.
  • "Obsession", DefyingShadows.com. May 2017.
  • "Disclosure of Mental Illness", DefyingShadows.com. May 2017
  • "Bass-Ackwards", Zanyzygotereview.com. April 11, 2017
  • "What Real Love Looks Like", DefyingShadows.com. April 2017
  • "Cathy Hegman", Delta Magazine, March/April 2017.
  • "How Not To Comfort Someone in Crisis." DefyingShadows.com. March 2017
  • "On The Ward Again", Conclave: Voices From The Edge , Spring 2017
  • "How to Get a Proper Diagnosis in an Information-Rich Environment,"
  • DefyingShadows.com. February 2017
  • “New Years and Remission”, DefyingShadows.com. January 2017.
  • “Carrie Fisher and Stigma”, DefyingShadows.com. January 2017
  • “Joy In the Midst of the Clouds”, Finalist in Nonfiction, New Southerner Literary Contest, December 2016
  • “Dear Younger Me” DefyingShadows.com, November 2016
  • “My Biggest Fear”, DefyingShadows.com, October 2016.
  • “Thoughts on Neurodivergence”, DefyingShadows.com, September 2016.
  • “A Day In the Life of Julie” DefyingShadows.com. August 2016
  • “What My Bipolar Brain Feels Like On the Inside” DefyingShadows.com. July 2016
  • “My Dad and Mental Illness” DefyingShadows.com, June 2016
  • “Dear Bob” DefyingShadows.com, May 2016
  • “Crazy Days”, Gordian Review, Inaugural issue
  • “Looking For Home” NoiseMeduim.com, April 22, 2016
  • “Bullying: From One Who Lived Through It.” DefyingShadows.com, April 2016
  • “Mental Illness and Pregnancy” DefyingShadows.com, March 2016
  • “My Experience in a Psych Ward” DefyingShadows.com, January 2016
  • “11 Small Victories Over Depression” DefyingShadows.com, January 2016
  • “The Bipolar Diary: Julie’s Story” DefyingShadows.com. December 2015
  • “Freedom to Breathe”, Finalist, New Southerner Literary Contest, December 2015
  • “What Julie Is Thankful For” DefyingShadows.com, October 2015.
  • “You Are Not Your Illness” DefyingShadows.com, September 2015
  • “Mental Illness Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes” DefyingShadows.com Sept. 2015
  • “Bipolar Disorder at the Office” DefyingShadows.com, August 2015
  • “Julie’s Story” DefyingShadows.com, August 2015
  • “Hi. My Name Is Julie.” DefyingShadows.com, August 2015


Kendall Dunkelberg

  • "Birdsongs" Tar River Poetry. Forthcoming in 2018.
  • [Mayfly carcasses] forthcoming in Asahi Haikuist Network. Forthcoming, May 2018.
  • "Poem about the economy," "If a bird tweets in the forest," and "Passion Flower." Postcard Poems & Prose.
  • Crossvine trumpets] Asahi Haikuist Network (October 6, 2017)
  • [Beside the fountain] Asahi Haikuist Network (October 20, 2017)
    "Hidden." About Place 4.3. 2017.
  • A Writer's Craft: multi-genre creative writing, London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2017
  • Barrier Island Suite, Huntsville, TX: Texas Review Press, 2016.
  • Poetry Reading, Mississippi Philological Association, Columbus MS, February 13, 2016
  • “Natchez.” Down to the Dark River: Contemporary Poems about the Mississippi River. Ed. Philip C. Kolin and Jack B Bedell. Hammond, LA: Louisiana Literature Press. 2015: 41
  • “Undulant Fever,” “Asylum Roads,” and “Ocean Springs.” Poetry South 7. 2015: 34-37.
  • “The Little Room” and “Father of Waters.” Valley Voices 15.2. (2015): 7-9.
  • “Thorns.” The Cape Rock 43.1. (Summer 2015): 27
  • “Great Spirit Road,” “Nullah,” “Road to Shu,” and “The Cottage.” The Texas Review 36.1/2. (Spring/Summer 2015): 102-106

Mary Miller

  • "Big Bad Love." The Seagull Book of Stories. New York, NY: W. W. Norton, December 2017. 
  • "'Twas the Night before Christmas." Hobart, December, 2017. Online. Internet. 
  • "Stakeout." Vol. 1 Brooklyn, November 19, 2017. Online. Internet.
  • "Dear McSweeneys." McSweeney's Quarterly 49, May 2017: 10-11.
  • Always Happy Hour: Stories will be published by Liveright/Norton in January, 2017. 
  • “Uphill.” Mississippi Noir. Ed. Tom Franklin. Brooklyn, NY: Akashic, August, 2016. 
  • “The 37.” Joyland, February, 2016. Online. Internet.
  • “Little Bear.” Mississippi Review, winter, 2016: 40-42.
  • “Gift Horse Gone, a Review of Joe Meno’s Marvel and a Wonder.” The New York Times Book Review, September 13, 2015: 13.
  • “The Final Days of Graceland Too.” Oxford American, July 23, 2015. Online. Internet.

Kris (T. K.) Lee

  • Paper Thin, drama/one-act, produced through Starkville Community Theatre for the Mississippi Theatre Association Festival, December 2017-January 2018
  • An Earnest Woman, drama/full-length, professional reading through Arkansas Repertory Theatre, September 2018, pending a possible production
  • Sindication, (formerly Dipping Birds), Finalist, critically renowned Manhattan Downtown Urban Arts Fringe Festival, November 2018
  • "Cleanliness," "In the Round," and "frogism" forthcoming in the Alembic Literary Journal, Summer/Fall 2016
  • "Blue Ribbon Woman" forthcoming in The Binnacle, Summer/Fall 2016
  • "Particular Habits," "Of Monsters," and "Riesling d'etre" in the Carolina Quarterly Review, Summer 2016
  • "Mimic" in Serving House Journal
  • "Pathology" in Studio One
  • "The Widow's Ox" in Deep South Magazine, Spring 2016
  • Fiction Reading, Mississippi Philological Association, February 12, 2016
  • About the Baby, selected for inaugural festival of the Opera House Playfest, Spring 2016
  • Bob and the Tree, selected for staged reading/literary conference, Spring 2017
  • Joe McCabe Memorial Playwriting Award, sponsored through the West Virginia Writers Conference, Spring 2016
  • Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award in Poetry, Fall 2015


Beth Kander-Dauphin

  • Original/Syn Trilogy, forthcoming from Owl House Books, beginning Sept. 2018
  • Hazardous Materials. Equity Library Theatre 2017 Selection.
  • Host Playwright. Ashland New Plays Festival, October 2017
  • "The Blue" world premiere with The New Colony, August 2017
  • The Kilroys List Honorable Mention ("The Bottle Tree"), 2015 & 2016
  • Ashland New Plays Festival 2016 ("Hazardous Materials") and 2015 ("The Bottle Tree")
  • "The Bottle Tree" world premiere at Stage Left Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, October-November 2016; script pending publication with Stage Rights (Los Angeles) 
  • "The Bottle Tree" premier at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington KY, June 17, 2016
  • Featured playwright, BechdelFest 2016, Broken Nose Theatre, Chicago ("One in Six")
  • Playwright-At-Work for Chicago Theatre Week 2016
  • One Minute Play Festival selection ("Actions Speak Louder") 2016
  • The Ruckus Play Festival selection ("Hazardous Materials"), June 2016
  • "Running Mates" world premiere at Fondren Theatre Workshop, Jackson MS, February 2016; multiple productions of "Running Mates," represented by Stage Rights of Los Angeles, continue nationwide 
  • Multiple productions of "Running Mates," represented by Stage Rights in Los Angeles
  • Playwright on Display for Chicago Theatre Week, January, 2016
  • Stage Left Leapfest selection ("The Bottle Tree"), July 2015
  • The New Colony Writer's Room Cohort 2.0, 2015
  • Stage Left Leapfest selection ("The Bottle Tree"), July 2015
  • The New Colony Writer's Room Cohort 2.0, 2015

Tammie Rice

  • Intern with Carolina Wren Press, Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 and Reader for the Bakwin Award
  • "purple pendelums" Haiku Journal, Issue 45. 2016.
  • "perfect statues" ThreeLine Poetry." Issue 38, 2016.
  • "We Stand Here." NatureWriting online 2016
  • "In Dreams I Remember" deLugeJournal, Issue 2.1, Fall 2016.
  • "Lessons In Laughter" NinthLetter, Winter 2017