Drew Jordan and Maurice Ruffin with publications and news

From founding members to our newest members, the folks of Peauxdunque keep it up with the good news, publications and otherwise.

James A. (Drew) Jordan will have his short story, “Those Old Burning Ships,” published in Issue 102 of The Greensboro Review. He also had his short story, “The Light Bearer,” named a finalist in the Jan./Feb. 2017 Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers. Drew will complete his MFA at the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop next month, and this fall will begin in the Ph.D. program in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi, expanding Peauxdunque to a seventh state!

Founding Peauxdunqian Maurice Carlos Ruffin has just published his experimental short, “You Can Run,” in the second issue of Arkansas International. A thrilling read, so click that link and have at it.

Words for Terri Sue: Meet the writers, part 1

In one week, on August 30, a special coming together of the writing tribes (and those who love them, or at least dig them) will occur at Three Keys (at the Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet Street, NOLA), as six best-selling and award-winning writers will present work at a benefit reading for Peauxdunque founding member Terri Sue Shrum. In May, Terri was diagnosed with inoperable stage-4 pancreatic cancer. Since then, Terri has begun chemotherapy treatments at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, and writers nationwide have come together to help with an active fund-raising campaign to help Terri with her out-of-pocket treatment-related expenses. From 7 to 9 p.m. on August 30, we’ll continue that, with tunes spun by DJ Sep (Giuseppe Catania) and an evening emcee’d by Nick Fox. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted at the door and throughout the evening; RSVP here.

The first of our six featured readers is Nicholas Mainieri. His debut novel, The Infinite, will be published by Harper Perennial in November of 2016. Born in Miami, Florida, Nicholas has also lived in Colorado and Indiana. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he earned his MFA from the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans. His short stories have appeared in the Southern Review, the Southern Humanities Review, and Salamander, among other literary magazines. He currently teaches writing and literature at Nicholls State University. He resides in New Orleans with his wife and son. Nick will be joined at Words for Terri Sue by writers M.O. Walsh, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Bill Loehfelm, Gian Francisco Smith, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin.

Nicholas Manieri

Nicholas Mainieri


Ruffin named CWW Distinguished Alumnus

Maurice at the 2011 Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers

Maurice at the 2011 Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers

At a ceremony at the University of New Orleans tonight, Peauxdunquian Maurice Carlos Ruffin will be named a “Distinguished Alumnus” of UNO’s Creative Writing Workshop MFA program. Peauxdunque is proud to have a broad and deep connection to the CWW. Several members of Peauxdunque have graduated from or are still attending the CWW, including Maurice, April Blevins PejicDana Glass, Tad Bartlett, Caroline Goetze, Andrew Kooy, and Emily Capdeville. In addition, several CWW faculty members (and themselves incredibly distinguished alums of the CWW) have read at our occasional “Yeah, You Write” reading series, including Bill Loefhelm, Amanda Boyden, and Joseph Boyden.

Maurice graduated from the CWW in 2013 as the recipient of the Joanna Leake Prize for Fiction Thesis for his short story collection “It’s Good to See You’re Awake.” In 2011, in his first year in the program, he was awarded the Ernest Svenson Fiction Award (which has subsequently been won by Peauxdunquians Tad Bartlett in 2014 and Dana Glass in 2015). Since graduating from the CWW, Maurice has won the 2014 Iowa Review Award for Fiction, the 2014 Short Fiction Contest from So To Speak magazine, and the 2014 gold medal in the novel-in-progress category of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom writing competition. Maurice’s fiction and non-fiction have been published in Iowa Review, So To Speak, Callaloo, Cicada, The Massachusetts Review, New Delta Review, The Knicknackery, Writing Tomorrow, Redivider, 94 Creations, Apalachee Review, Regarding Arts & Letters, Ellipsis, and South Carolina Review, as well as in the maps-and-essays collection, Unfathomable City, and the Scars anthology.

Congratulations, Maurice!

More publications, plus MFA news

Peauxdunque’s Maurice Carlos Ruffin will have two pieces published by Green Mountains Review in the coming months. GMR will feature Maurice’s story, “The Places I Couldn’t Go,” in GMR Online this summer; and will publish his story, “Jonestown,” in its Fall 2015 print issue!

In other news, this month Dana Glass and Tad Bartlett joined Maurice and April Blevins as Peauxdunque graduates from the MFA program at the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans. During the CWW graduate reading and honors banquet, Dana received the Ernest and Shirley Svenson Award for fiction, and Tad was named a finalist for the Samuel Mockbee Award for non-fiction.

Tad Bartlett, Dana Glass, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, with fellow CWW writer Phinnie Zahareas, at the 2015 CWW Graduate Honors Banquet

Tad Bartlett, Dana Glass, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, with fellow CWW writer Phinnie Zahareas, at the 2015 CWW Graduate Honors Banquet

More Peauxdunque publications, plus My Sunshine Away

Peauxdunquian Emily Choate will have her story, “Stump Winter, Indian Summer,” published in Tupelo Quarterly‘s upcoming issue! Also, Maurice Carlos Ruffin‘s “Beg Borrow Steal” will appear in the spring issue of the Kenyon Review.

Also, we’re happy to note that friend-of-Peauxdunque (and mentor to several of us through his direction of the Creative Writing Workshop at UNO and the Yokshop Writing Workshop) M.O. Walsh is celebrating the release today of his excellent debut novel, My Sunshine Away, by G.P. Putnamn’s Sons. Emily Choate reviewed My Sunshine Away recently for Chapter 16.org. It’s an excellent and fascinating novel, so buy it and read it.