Work from UCR’s MFA program

March 1, 2008

Excerpt from MFA Alumni’s Forthcoming Memoir

Filed under: Non-Fiction — ucrmfawork @ 2:36 pm

Mercy,” from the South Dakota Review. An excerpt of Rebecca K. O’Connor’s forthcoming memoir, LIFT, which will be published by Red Hen Press.


MFA Interview with Richard Rodriguez

Filed under: Non-Fiction — ucrmfawork @ 2:36 pm

Interview with Richard Rodriguez by MFA Alumni, Jo Scott Co in Narrative Magazine. (You’ll need to get a free subscription to log in and read the whole thing)

Alumni News: Neil Aitken

Filed under: Poetry — ucrmfawork @ 8:09 am

I guess I’ll toot my own horn here on behalf of the program.

Neil Aitken (MFA 2004):

My first book manuscript, The Lost Country of Sight, won the 2007 Philip Levine Prize (CSU Fresno) and is forthcoming this fall from Anhinga Press (expected November). C.G. Hanzlicek was the judge. The same manuscript was also a finalist for the May Swenson Prize (Utah State University) and a semi-finalist for the Elixir Press Prize this year.

I have a poem in the inaugural issue Barn Owl Review, just released at AWP. Other poems are forthcoming in Sou’wester and the Los Angeles issue of Locuspoint. I’ll be featured on the Moe Green Poetry Hour podcast on March 16, along with Jeannine Hall Gailey and Michelle Bitting.

Finally, Boxcar Poetry Review, the online literary journal I founded and have been running since completing my MFA at UC Riverside, recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with the publication of its 12th issue in January. I credit much its success to the lessons I learned while working on CRATE.

An Overall Update

Filed under: Fiction,Playwriting,Poetry,Readings — ucrmfawork @ 4:13 am

Our program has a lot out there.  Here’s a list of what I know off hand, in no particular order.  I may be missing things, and hopefully if I am those who I’ve forgotten will post their information on here.

Ching-In Chen:

Her manuscript, The Heart’s Traffic, was selected by Eloise Klein Healy and will be published through the Arktoi Books imprint of Red Hen Press (slated publication in 2009).

She’ll be the featured reader this Wednesday night (March 6, 2008) at the Two Idiots Peddling Poetry reading at the Ugly Mug Caffe in Orange, CA.  The open mic begins at 8pm.

Also, her non-fiction piece about theater performance artist Robert Karimi’s Cooking Con Karimi (con Castro) is out in the Hapa issue of Hyphen magazine.

Adam Gallari:

His story “No Cause for Concern” will be appearing in Fifth Wednesday Journal, the Spring 2008 issue. 

Brenda Varda:

She will be attending Extreme Theatre symposium for the Mid America Theatre Conference the last week of February, where she will be presenting two papers on panels:

Process and Participation: Models from the Social Sciences for Collaborative and Devised Theatre (pedagogy)


Extreme Collaboration in Devised Work for Small Theatre: Creating Viable Processes with Limited Resources (directing)

Her paper “Postdramatic Theatre in the L.A. Police Academy: Collage Dance Theatre’s C’Opera” is also at MATC as part of the academic journal review.

And her short play “Insert Objections Here” is in the conference’s Fringe Festival.Brian Oglesby:

His play “Game” was just selected as a National Finalist in the Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival

His short story Family Kleenex ™ will be appearing in ZYZZYVA’s Spring Issue, due out in March.

Amalia Alvarez:

Her love poem “If I was Gonna…” was published in the most recent issue of Cipactli, the Raza Studies Journal out of San Francisco State.

Kate Durbin:

The Ledge is publishing “A Real Young Girl” in it’s 20th anniversary issue, due out in Spring 2008.

I know there is much more, and I’m forgetting work, but this is what I could find off of the list serv.  If you’ve been missed, please feel free to post!


February 19, 2008

Filed under: Poetry — ucrmfawork @ 9:46 pm

Here’s some stuff that’s currently online of mine:

The Translucent Nature of Irises (

The Way Things Disappear (

For UCR MFA crew who want to post work- feel free to post in full (make sure to get copyright permission!) or with links, however you want to do it. If you have blogs or sites, there’s a link on the side, both for faculty and student sites. You can access this through the “Blogroll” in the editing section. Feel free to create another column of links for favorite web and print journals. Contact me for the password and user name if you misplace or misfile the email with the information in it. Happy posting!

-Alexis Vergalla

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