Jason Irwin MFA ’04
Watering the Dead
Poetry / Pavement Saw, 2008
Writing faculty member Victoria Redel says, “In this debut—part love song, part elegy to the dying factory towns of America—nothing is lost, nothing forgotten. These poems swivel on bar stools and race trains on back roads. These are poems of honor and witness; they pray and rage. Irwin gives us no easy vision of escape; instead, in this powerful first collection he gives us poems of rough beauty.” Watering the Dead is the winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award.
Kate Feiffer ’87
Children’s Book / Simon & Schuster, 2008
Luke Pennybaker, realizing that his life is “not fair,” becomes the youngest boy ever to run for president and win, on a platform advocating less homework, more dessert, and pets for all. Once elected, though, he finds that being president is a lot of work—even with his dog Lily as vice president. Will President Pennybaker find a way to be fair and still have fun?
Sharon Langshur MS ’89 (co-author)
We Carry Each Other: Getting Through Life’s Toughest Times
Nonfiction / Conari Press, 2007
A support group in book form, We Carry Each Other is the definitive resource on what to say and do when you or a loved one suffer illness or loss. What do you say to a friend with invasive cancer whose body is rejecting her second transplanted kidney? How do you comfort your next-door neighbor when she calls to say that her husband died in his sleep? We Carry Each Other is a guide to finding the courage to reach out with caring and compassion when a spouse, child, parent, friend, neighbor, or colleague needs us most.
Susanne Hoeber Rudolph ’51 (co-editor)
Making U.S. Foreign Policy toward South Asia: Regional Imperatives and the Imperial Presidency
Nonfiction—Foreign Policy / Indiana University, 2008
This book examines the changing contours of US relations with South Asian states in the contexts of three imperial presidencies: the administrations of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and George W. Bush.