Finalist at Northwestern U for the Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists 2015 Competition

I am very happy to announce that I was recently selected as a finalist from Northwestern University's MA/MFA Creative Writing Program to compete in the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists competition this year. This is a 30K prize and there are runner-ups. Here is a quote from the NU web page: "The Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists was created by Nik Edes, President of the Edes Foundation and son of long-time arts supporters Claire and Samuel Edes. The prize is intended to support the recipient’s art-making and enable the advancement of a professional career in the arts." ~Ignatius  

Managing Editor of La Tolteca Zine online

Happy New Year, Dear Reader! Hope 2015 brings you success and a wealth of productivity in your writing. I finished my two-week creative writing residency in lovely New Mexico in mid-2014, and, while there, helped re-design and launch the Summer 2014 issue of La Tolteca Zine, the online bi-lingual mag that Feminist Chicana poet and author Ana Castillo publishes on I returned to Chicago and not long after that, Ana asked me to be her Managing Editor, and I gladly accepted, knowing my MFA coursework would keep me very busy as we started work on the Fall 2014 issue of the zine, which had a theme on the Spanish language. This position is a new experience for me and I enjoy being at the center of everything, of having to reach out to writers and copyeditors and proofreaders and second readers to make sure all is good with the content—which included fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, essays, and photography. So far, it's been fun and I look forward to our Spring 2015 issue that has a theme of healing. By the way, the zine isn't accepting open submissions, and only those who take workshops with Ana Castillo are invited to reach us with an inquiry. As the Editor, Ana contacts writers and artists in her global network of talent. If you're interested in learning more, sign into Facebook and search for The Official La Tolteca Zine community page. You can find links to the Fall 2014 issue and past issues easily through links on the FB page. As well, go to for more info. See you there and have a great year. ~Ignatius, ME