The 2015 MSUM Student Academic Conference will be on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
To submit an application to present, fill out our online application form. The application deadline to be considered for participation in the
Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference is February 13, 2015. The
application deadline to participate in MSUM's Student Academic
Conference is March 2, 2015.
Yahya Frederickson teaches writing and
literature at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the
University of Montana and a PhD in English from the University of North Dakota
(where he received the Academy of American Poets Thomas McGrath Memorial Award
for two consecutive years). Between
graduate degrees he taught for six years in Yemen, initially as a Peace Corps
Volunteer. He served as a Fulbright Scholar
in Syria in 2005 and in Saudi Arabia in 2011.
He is the author of The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali, which won Lost
Horse Press’s 2013 Idaho Prize. He’s
also the author of 3⅓ chapbooks. The
latest chapbook, The Birds of Al-Merjeh
Square: Poems from Syria, won the 2013 Open Chapbook Competition at
Finishing Line Press. His other
chapbooks are Month of Honey, Month of
Missiles (Tigertail, 2009), Returning to Water (Dacotah Territory, 2006) and Trilogy
(Dacotah Territory, 1985, with Julie Taylor and Richard Schetnan).
Nominated five times for Pushcart
Prizes, Yahya has been the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Thomas
McGrath Memorial Awards, a Lake Region Arts Council/McKnight Foundation
Fellowship grant, and a residency at The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary
His poems have appeared literary
journals such as Arts & Letters, Black
Warrior Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review,
The Cream City Review, CutBank, Cutthroat,
Flyway, Great River Review, Green Mountains Review, Hanging Loose,
The Laurel Review, Luna, Al-Masar, Midwestern Gothic, Mizna, Ninth
Letter, Pilgrimage, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Quarter After Eight,
Quarterly West, The Southern Review,
WLA (War, Literature, & the Arts), Water~Stone Review, Witness, and
His translations (with Muhammed
Shoukany) of contemporary Saudi Arabian poets appeared in New Voices of Arabia: The Poetry: An Anthology from Saudi Arabia (I.B.