Saturday, December 2, 2017

TLR7 Pushcart Nominees

Congratulations to our Pushcart Prize nominees for Issue 7 of The Lindenwood Review! 

Derek Mong - The Sun / Poetry

Lisa Zou - Histories / Lyric Essay 

Lara Dunning - How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Raven / Lyric Essay

Iris Graville - Flight Home / Honorable Mention, Lyric Essay

Chioma Urama - Skraw / Honorable Mention, Lyric Essay

K. Amelia Sergaki - The Smoulder of Defiance / Lyric Essay

View Pushcart nominees from previous issues of The Lindenwood Review on our website

Monday, November 27, 2017

LU MFA Winter Reading 2017

The MFA in Writing Program at Lindenwood University presents literary readings by soon-to-be graduates and alumni in the theater of Lindenwood's new LARC building (room 343) on December 15 at 7pm. Come listen to wonderful stories and poems and enjoy delicious refreshments as we enter the holiday season.

Hosted by Gillian Parrish

Readers: Kristen Atkinson, Aslan Demir,
Chris Duggan, Susan Edele, David Gilmore, 
Tiffany Grantham, Erica Jackson, and Billy Thrasher

Friday, October 6, 2017

LU MFA Alum Kaecey McCormick Named Poet Laureate - Cupertino 2018-2019

Congratulations to LU MFA alum Kaecey McCormick, who has been named the 2018-2019 Cupertino Poet Laureate! 

Per the City of Cupertino - City Hall:

Cupertino City Council approved the Cupertino Library Commission’s recommendation to appoint Kaecey McCormick as the new Cupertino Poet Laureate.

Kaecey is a poet, writer, artist, and teacher. She believes poetry can change the way we view ourselves and others, the way we see where we live, and how we live our lives.

The City looks forward to her contribution to the community.

Kaecey McCormick

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Teaching Resources for MFA Students

Below are some resources for MFA students and alumni who plan to teach writing at universities or community colleges:

OWL--Information & Links for Writing Cover Letters -- Tips & Sample Cover Letter

OWL--Info & Links for CVs & Resumes

Teaching Philosophy info, links, & samples:
A teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning. It should also discuss how you put your beliefs into practice by including concrete examples of what you do or anticipate doing in the classroom.

Writing a Teaching Philosophy | Center for Educational Innovation


The Career Development Center at Lindenwood University offers information and resources for students & alumni:

Services for Students & Alumni

Career Tools (Handshake for students & alumni, Resumemaker for current students, resource links)

Career Events

Contact info for personalized appointments

Other resources:

Five Things Freshman Composition Students Need to Learn by Beth Mead

Adjuncts Unite -- a resource site created by LU MFA alum Sarah Jones that includes Composition Teaching Resources

For current LU MFA students: The online class Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA, offered every quarter, is designed to help students prepare to teach freshman-level composition and related introductory writing classes at the college level, with weekly notes for current/future teachers including sample assignments and class exercises.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Chapter One Contest--No Entry Fee--The Lindenwood Review issue 8

Each year, The Lindenwood Review offers an open contest with no entry fee. In past issues, we have offered contests for lyric essays, flash fiction, and prose poetry. For issue 8, we are happy to announce our Chapter One Contest, for first chapters of unpublished novels. The winner will receive $50, publication in issue 8 of The Lindenwood Review, and three contributor copies. Submissions will be accepted via Submittable from July 1 through November 1, 2017. Please read our full guidelines before submitting.

Guidelines for the TLR8 Chapter One Contest:

  • No entry fee. Winner receives $50, publication in issue 8 of The Lindenwood Review, and three contributor copies. Honorable mentions receive publication in issue 8 of The Lindenwood Review and three contributor copies. 
  • First chapters of unpublished novels may be submitted via Submittable from July 1 through November 1. Submitted chapters must be the author’s original work and cannot be previously published in print or online.
  • Any genre may be submitted, but please note that we are looking for literary techniques such as effective use of language and fully developed characters within all genres.
  • Maximum submission length is 25 pages. Double-space and use a standard font size and style.
  • Only one novel chapter may be submitted per writer. (Those who submit a novel chapter to our contest may also submit a story, essay, or poems to issue 8 through a separate Submittable entry.)
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask that you withdraw your submission immediately from Submittable if the chapter is accepted for publication elsewhere or if the full novel is accepted for publication and will appear in print or online before May 2018.
  • In your Submittable entry, list your name exactly as you would like it to appear in The Lindenwood Review if accepted for publication. Include a brief third-person bio, your email, and your mailing address.
  • All decisions will be made by February 1, 2018. Check Submittable for submission status.
  • Issue 8 will be published in spring 2018.


  • Current students and faculty of Lindenwood University are not eligible to submit their work. (Alumni may submit.)
  • The Board of Lindenwood University restricts some language and explicit content in university publications. When necessary, the editor will work with contributors on minor revisions to meet university requirements.
  • Do not submit work that has been previously published elsewhere, whether online or in print.
  • Submissions will not be considered for publication if they are sent via email or mail, if they are received before or after the submission period, or if they do not follow the posted guidelines. 
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Important Upcoming Dates for MFA Students

5/15/17: Summer Registration Info Email sent to Lionmail 
5/22/17: Summer Registration begins at 7am Central Time; individual program overview emails will be sent via Lionmail to all students by this date
5/25/17 at 3pm: Deadline to drop SP17 classes; requests must be emailed to Beth by 3pm on 5/25 in order for paperwork to be processed by the withdrawal deadline of 5/26.

5/29/17: Memorial Day--university holiday

5/30/17: Degree applications due in student portal for students who will complete their degree in December (at the end of fall quarter)
6/23/17: Spring Quarter ends; complete course evaluations in the student portal
6/26/17: Final grades should be viewable in each class’s Canvas gradebook by 5pm Central Time; most Summer online classes will be available in Canvas for student review purposes

6/29/17: Final grades can be viewed in the student portal

7/3/17: Open enrollment ends for self-registration; any summer schedule changes as of this date must be made by emailing Beth

7/4/17: Independence Day--university holiday

7/6/17: New faculty member and additional MFA advisor Gillian Parrish joins our program; updated advising information will be sent to all MFA students via Lionmail in July

7/8/17: Make any withdrawal/drop/add class requests by this date if possible (email Beth) so that the change can be automatically made by Beth online; paperwork must be completed after this date, which will cause a delay in processing

7/10/17: Summer Online classes begin; first assignment due by 11:59pm

7/11/17: Summer On-Campus cluster begins (a week later than usual due to 7/4 holiday)

8/7/17: Fall registration info email sent to Lionmail

8/14/17: Fall registration opens at 7am Central Time

8/24/17: Last day to drop summer classes (email Beth by 3pm to drop before deadline)

9/4/17: Labor Day--university holiday

9/18/17: Most Fall online classes will be available in Canvas for student review purposes

9/22/17: Summer quarter ends; complete course evaluations in student portal

9/25/17: Summer final grades should be viewable in each class’s Canvas gradebook by 5pm Central Time; open enrollment ends for self-registration--any fall schedule changes as of this date must be made by emailing Beth

9/27/17: Fall On-Campus Cluster begins

9/28/17: Summer final grades can be viewed in the student portal

10/2/17: Fall Online Classes begin

11/6/17: Winter registration info email sent to Lionmail

11/13/17: Winter registration opens at 7am Central Time

11/16/17: Last day to drop fall classes (email Beth by 3pm to drop before deadline)

11/23 & 11/24/17: University holidays for Thanksgiving

12/15/17: Fall quarter ends; complete course evaluations in student portal

12/18/17: Fall final grades should be viewable in each class’s Canvas gradebook by 5pm Central Time; most winter online classes will be available in Canvas for student review

12/21/17: Fall final grades can be viewed in the student portal

12/22/17 - 1/1/18: University closed for Christmas & New Year holidays

12/30/17: Degree applications due for students who will complete their degrees in March or June (end of winter or spring quarters)

Week of 1/1/18: Winter on-campus cluster begins (day TBA)

1/2/18: Open enrollment ends for self-registration--any winter schedule changes as of this date must be made by emailing Beth

1/8/18: Winter online classes begin

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Gillian Parrish, LU MFA Assistant Professor & MFA Advisor

We are very happy to welcome Gillian Parrish to our Lindenwood University MFA faculty. Beginning in July, Gillian will join us as an Assistant Professor of Writing and an MFA Advisor (for students whose last names begin with M-Z). She will assist the MFA Program Director and will work to enhance the on-campus program experience for our MFA students. 

Gillian Parrish comes to Lindenwood from Washington University, where she earned her MFA as a Writing Program Fellow, and went on to serve as a creative-writing instructor, student advisor, and member of the Teaching Center. Her poems and essays have appeared in various journals, including Faculty Focus, EarthLines, American Letters & Commentary, Gulf Coast, and Volt. She has enjoyed teaching creative writing in various settings in the St. Louis community and curating a journal that features new work by poets and conversations with artists from around the world.


Life-Forms: The Poetics of Memoir
Gillian will offer this on-campus cluster for LU MFA students this fall quarter. Developed with creative-nonfiction and fiction writers in mind, this cluster will include a range of poetic works—some in prose by fiction and nonfiction writers, some in free-verse poem lines—all selected to expand our range of formal possibilities and hone our eyes and ears as writers. Come ready for lively conversations on our readings, which will inspire our own writing as we try out new frames, new shapes and ways of bringing our lives (or the lives of our characters) to the page. Our creative work will unfold in an encouraging learning community that will include virtual visits with some of our books’ authors who will offer insights into the creative processes behind their finished work.

Look Before You Leap: Cultivating a Writer’s Mind of Attention & Connection
Gillian will offer this workshop for LU MFA students, alumni, and the writing community at the Old Post Office campus in St. Louis later this fall (date TBA). This event will allow for instant workshopping and feedback on participants' work. More details will be announced this summer.