Three recent graduates–Matt Baker (MFA 2012), Claire Burgess (MFA 2011), Jill Schepmann (MFA 2012)–have received notable citations in the 2013 Best American series published by Harcourt Brace: Matt Baker in Best American Short Stories, Claire Burgess in Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Jill Schepmann in Best American Essays. These collections in the Best American series are the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction.
Matt Baker’s stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, New England Review, The Missouri Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Best Of The Net, among others. He has held fellowships through the Fulbright Commission, the MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, the Sante Fe Art Institute, the Blue Mountain Center, and Prairie Center for the Arts. A founding editor of Nashville Review, he has a novel forthcoming from Little, Brown.
Claire Burgess’s short stories have appeared in journals such as Hunger Mountain, Third Coast, Redivider, PANK, and Annalemma, and have been recognized as notable in Best American Short Stories 2012 and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 and 2013. She was a founding editor of Nashville Review. Originally from Alabama, Claire now lives in Pittsburgh, PA, where she is finishing her first short story collection.
Jill Schepmann’s work has appeared in Parcel and Midwestern Gothic and has been read on NPR’s All Things Considered. Schepmann, who just received her MFA last year, lives and writes in San Francisco.