Joanna Frieda Mulder (’08) is having a good week. In addition to receiving honorable mention from a competition sponsored by Blue Mesa Review, she recently won the H.E. Francis Short Story Award, sponsored by the Ruth Hindman Foundation and the Department of English at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. “I also received a personal note/rejection from The New Yorker, she writes. “All this has encouraged me to continue.” Ironically or prophetically, her winning story was titled “This Will Be Our Year.”
Mulder, who won the Nikki Kaye Pape President’s Club Award for Excellence in Writing her senior year at IWU, will finish her MFA this May at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where she works as managing editor for the national literary magazine Ecotone. Her honorable mention short story, “Gary, East Side, 1997,” is forthcoming in Issue #24 of Blue Mesa Review, which is published by students in the creative writing program at the University of New Mexico.