Contributor Update: Chelsea Dingman

Chelsea DingmanWe’re so excited to report that Chelsea Dingman’s first full-length book, Thaw, is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press (2017) and will be published this fall. Thaw was chosen by Allison Joseph to win the National Poetry Series in 2016, and the University of Southern Florida reports that Ms. Joseph described the book as “beautifully wrought and, dare I say, heartfelt…Dingman is not afraid to move emotions here, there and everywhere.”

Thaw by Chelsea DingmanThe University of Southern Florida, where Chelsea teaches, shares more details about Thaw:

“The imagery of her poems explores the invitation and impermanence of landscapes. The book is loosely based on Dingman’s childhood and grounded in the landscapes of western Canada, although the experiences of the narrator are imagined. Florida is also represented in the book when the speaker moves and a question of personal exile arises.”

In her upcoming Authors Talk podcast, which will go live April 28, Chelsea says, “In writing Thaw, I feel like it’s been a book that I’ve been trying to write for 20 years.” She also shares:

“It [Thaw] explores the issues of family violence, poverty, kinship, death, abuse, and grief…It also explores the speaker’s roles as mother, child, daughter, wife, sister, and citizen, and how family can sometimes be the thing that keeps us sane, while other times it can be the thing we run from.”

You can access Chelsea’s poems in Issue 18 of Superstition Review. You can also stay updated with Chelsea’s website.

#ArtLitPhx: MFA Reading Series – Sarah Vap, Dexter L. Booth, and Patricia Colleen Murphy

MFA Reading Series - ASUPoets Sarah Vap, Dexter L. Booth, and Patricia Colleen Murphy will read from their recent work at Hayden Library on the Tempe Campus as part of the MFA Alumni Reading Series, presented by ASU’s Creative Writing Program. The event takes place on Thursday, September 22nd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the reading begins at 7:00 p.m. A book signing and reception with light refreshments will follow the reading.

Sarah Vap received her MFA from Arizona State University. Vap is the author of six collections of poetry. Her most recent book, Viability, was selected by Mary Jo Bang for the National Poetry Series, and was released by Penguin in 2016.

Dexter L. Booth earned an MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University. His collection Scratching the Ghost was selected by Major Jackson for the Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

Patricia Colleen Murphy, a graduate of ASU’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. Her collection, Hemming Flames, was selected by Stephen Dunn for the May Swenson Poetry Award.

The event is free of charge and is open to the public. For more information please visit the ASU page and/or the Facebook event.