Prentiss publishes Abbey memoir/meditation
In May 2015, past contributor Sean Prentiss (Winter 2013) published Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, from University of New Mexico Press. Prentiss and repeat New Madrid contributor, Joe Wilkins, also edited The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: An Anthology of Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, released in 2014 by Michigan State University Press.
Finley chosen as Kentucky Emerging Artist
Contributor Frankie Finley, whose piece titled "The Death of the Whale" appeared as part of our Summer 2012 nonfiction feature, received an Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council. Finley is the only nonfiction writer to earn the distinction in 2012.
Caine Prize Nominee
We are delighted to nominate Chigozie John Obioma for the Caine Prize for African Writing. The nominated piece is "The Man in the Old Calendar" from our Summer 2010 issue.
Targeted writer Murzban F. Shroff aided by International PEN
Murzban F. Shroff, a contributor for the New Madrid Winter 2010 issue “Dynamics of Poverty and Wealth,” has been targeted for content in his book Breathless in Bombay, published by St. Martin's Press in the U.S. and Picador in India. The Mumbai-based writer and his family have come under threat, and IndiaWest reports that charges issued against Shroff could result in a three-year prison sentence. A two-time Pushcart nominee, Shroff has been shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Prize in the best first book category, Europe and South Asia. He states that the context of the work in Breathless in Bombay is about class bias, and conveys a unifying message, not divisive. International PEN, the world's foremost advocacy organization for literature, has come to his aid, contacting the highest Indian authorities requesting that the charges be dropped. See the full story in IndiaWest here.
Richard Robbins’ Radioactive City wins 2009 Bellday Poetry Prize
The distinguished poet and scholar Linda Gregerson selected Radioactive City by Richard Robbins of Mankato, Minnesota as the winner of the 2009 Bellday Poetry Prize. About the winning entry, Professor Gregerson said, "It is conceptual freshness, and a beautiful instinct for emergent shape, that makes this poetry radioactive. Robbins can spin a hitherto-undiscovered cosmos out of a single, wayward proposition, but he never loses footing in the radiant, mortal, given world. Richest invention is tempered by submission to the textures of material and social and ethical life. Vision and insight both, in other words: what more can one ask of a book of poems?" Robbins contributed to the Summer 2009 issue of New Madrid.