Candice Iloh (WFYP, June 2017) received a starred review in Kirkus for their forthcoming novel in verse, Salt the Water.

Katherine Karch (WFYP, June 2018) has a story, “The Wielder Does Not Know Regret” in the August 2023 issue of Metaphorosis.

Enzo Silon Surin (Poetry, 2012) is interviewed about his new poetry collection American Scapegoat in The Common by Daphne Santana Strassman.

Sabrina Fedel (WFYP, January 2014) is a featured author in the A Song of Six Pens blog.

D. Dina Friedman (Fiction, January 2016) has a poem “The World Ends in a Car” in the Summer 2023 issue of Cider Press Review.

Michelle Knudsen (WFYP, MFA faculty) has a new picture book Luigi, the Spider Who Wanted to Be a Kitten, now available for preorder from Candlewick Press.

Andrea Wang (WFYP, June 2011) is featured in an interview in the Summer 2023 issue of Ohioana Quarterly (starting on p. 18). She also appears on The Children’s Book Podcast to discuss her picture book Luli and the Language of Tea.

Jason Reynolds (WFYP, MFA faculty) appeared on The View to talk about banned books and passing on a love of reading.

Julie Wittes Schlack (Nonfiction, June 2013) has an essay “What’s So Bad About the Word ‘Old’?” in Cognoscenti.

Jasmine Warga’s (WFYP June 2013) middle grade novel A Rover’s Story has been selected for inclusion in Global Read Aloud Choices 2023.

Boston Gordon (Poetry, January 2015) has been curating the “You Can’t Kill a Poet” reading series, bringing together queer and trans writers in the Philadelphia area for nine years. The series was recently named “Best Literary Event” in Philadelphia Magazine.

Sara Farizan (WFYP, January 2012) has a short story in the anthology Night of the Living Queers, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Rex Carey Arrasmith (Poetry, June 2020) has a prose poem “Confessions of a Somnambulist” selected as a Readers’ Pick in Written Tales Magazine.

Angelo D’Amato, Jr. (Fiction, June 2020) has a poem “And Still They Ring” published in Oddball Magazine.

Axie Oh’s (WFYP, June 2017) essay, “A Unique Point of View,” will be featured in the upcoming anthology Writing in Color (available for pre-order).


  • The Tonic will open submissions again in September and are looking for helpers for the next issue. They need people in these areas: readers, editors, social media, grants, marketing. Interested students can contact the managing editors at
  • The University on New Orleans Press is now accepting submissions for their Publishing Lab Prize. They are looking for full length fiction manuscripts, either short story and novella collections or novels. The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. Deadline is August 31, 2023.

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