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The 2021 MSU Filmetry Festival featured a collaboration between Michigan State University film students, supervised by Cindy Hunter Morgan (Poetry, June 2016), and poets from the anthology Voices Amidst the Virus, edited by Eileen Cleary (Poetry, June 2016) and Christine Jones (Poetry, January 2014). Lesley MFA poets whose works were interpreted in film include Suzanne Edison, Michael Mercurio, Jon D. Lee, Frances Donovan, Kevin Prufer, and Danielle Legros Georges. You can see the collection of short film collaborations here:

Angelo A. D’Amato, Jr. (Fiction, June 2020) has a story published recently in Calliope: “Exposing the Vacuity and Cruelty of an Eternally Fettered Man.”

Andrea Wang’s (WFYP, June 2011) new picture book, Watercress, is listed in the Publishers Weekly article, “Beyond Stereotypes: 2021 AAPI Books for Young Readers.”

July Westhale (Poetry, June 2013) will be leading a six-week poetry workshop in July/August, more details here:

Jason Reynolds’s (WFYP, MFA Writing Faculty) Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You has been featured as one of Publishers Weekly‘s Summer Reads 2021 books.

Margaret Chen (Fiction, June 2020) is featured in Kirkus Review‘s Special Indie Issue, discussing her journey to the publication of her short story collection, Suburban Gothic.

Cynthia Sally Haggard’s (Fiction, June 2015) second novel, Farewell my Life, has won the 2021 Independent Press Award for Women’s fiction.

Suzanne Edison (Poetry, July 2016) has a new poem in Mom Egg Review, Vol. 19.

Jennifer LeBlanc’s (Poetry, June 2012) collection Descent has been named a Distinguished Favorite in Poetry for 2021 by the Independent Press Award.

Julie Cyr (Poetry, January 2017) has two poems in Resonance, Vol. 3.

Karin Cecile Davidson’s (Fiction, June 2009) novel Sybelia Drive has a review in the Center for Literary Publishing.

An excerpt of Celeste Mohammed’s (Fiction, June 2016) forthcoming novel-in-stories, Pleasantview, is featured in the current issue of The Rumpus.

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