Raul Moreno graduated from the department’s Creative Nonfiction M.A. program over the summer and joined the University of South Dakota English Department’s doctoral program. His thesis, “Zen and the Art of Conquest: A Misadventure with Phaedrus,” earned distinction and acceptance as an essay to the 2011 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Raul will likely deliver a reading from the same work at the 2011 John R. Milton Writers’ Conference, held October 27-29 in Vermillion, South Dakota. (Come visit, please!) His review of Byliner.com’s debut nonfiction was published online over the summer by Brevity and Colorado Review and another essay, “What Happened Yesterday in Baghdad,” appears in print this fall in War, Literature, and the Arts. Links to both works can be found online at RBMoreno.com.