Community News & Updates April 2014

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Katie Bickham‘s (Poetry, S’13) first book of poems, The Belle Mar, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Competition and will be coming out in April 2015 through Pleiades and LSU Press. The prize also includes $2000.

Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13) was writing on trains before it was cool and had two related narrative nonfiction pieces published in March to prove it: both are excerpted from her book-in-progress about riding long-distance trains. “The ‘I’ States” appears in The Museum of Americana: A Literary Review (free online here), and “Nocturne: Nebraska” appears in The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature, a print and online literary magazine (free online here).

71BmzDkykAL._SL1500_Jennifer Marie Brissett (Popular Fiction, S’11) will be presenting her paper “The Eleusinian Mysteries of Octavia E. Butler” to the Buffy to Batgirl: Women and Gender in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Comics Conference to be held May 2-3, 2014, at Rutgers University.

Julie Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) story “Dried Skins Unshed” was published in the March 2014 issue of Stupefying Stories.

Christopher Fisher‘s (Fiction, W’08) novel, A History of Stone and Steel, has been selected as a finalist in Foreword Reviews‘ Book of the Year Award.

ZomburbiaAdam Kretuz Gallardo (Popular Fiction, S’12) is pleased to announce that his debut novel, Zomburbia, now has a cover image and a release date of August 26. More information, as well as a variety of links to various booksellers (should you find yourself in the mood to pre-order the book) are available at his publisher’s website. Adam would like to thank Jim Kelly and Nancy Holder, both of whom supplied very nice quotes for the cover.

Tamie Marie Harkins (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) has won a month-long residency at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, as did current Stonecoast student Carol Green. Along with the intensive writing of the residency, they will be giving readings and a radio interview in Sitka. They’ll also be doing service in the community: Tamie will be leading local at-risk high schoolers in conversation on the subject of grief.

Lexa Hillyer (Poetry, S’10) has just launched Paper Lantern Lit’s The Studio: a boutique digital imprint committed to publishing a highly selective list of exciting ebooks ranging form YA to adult. Please check it out, buy some books, and submit!

Lissa Kiernan (Poetry, S’11), director of The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, announces a special online workshop for National Poetry Month. “Gilding the Lily: The Roots that Clutch” will make April a little less cruel by offering an unlimited number of writers the chance to audit this workshop for free! You’ll get to read all the lessons, prompts, and poems, but, alas, you will not be able to post your own poems or comments. However, if you’ve been on the fence about what online workshops are all about, this is a great opportunity for discovering just how rewarding they can be. Learn more and sign up here.

Mike Langworthy (Creative Nonfiction, W’11) is proud to announce that “The Day Crew,” season 2 of the hit original web series The 4-to-9ers (over 45 million unique viewings in season 1) created by Jamie Widdoes and Tim O’Donnell, premiered on March 25 on Hulu Plus. Mike is a Consulting Producer on the series and co-wrote two episodes with executive producer O’Donnell.

UntitledMihku Paul (Fiction, S’10) and Kathleen Sullivan (Poetry, ’06) will be reading with several other poets in the series “Local Writers at The Local Buzz,” co-hosted by Marcia Brown, Portland’s newest Poet Laureate, and Penelope Anne Schwartz (both Stonecoast graduates). The event will be dedicated to Port City Poems, an anthology edited by Brown and which includes Mihku’s poem “A Song for Machigonne.” The reading will take place Saturday, April 26th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at The Local Buzz in Cape Elizabeth. On Thursday, May 1st, Mihku will be the featured poet and read from her book 20th Century PowWow Playland at the 20th anniversary of the Atlantic Studies Conference at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. The UNB archives hold a special collection of her great grandfather, Peter Paul.

Michaela Roessner-Herman (Popular Fiction, S’08) is one of the judges for this year’s Philip K. Dick Award, an annual science-fiction literary award.

Catherine Schmitt (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) has signed a book contract with Down East Books (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield) for The President’s Salmon, scheduled for release in 2015. The manuscript was the basis of her Stonecoast thesis, and she thanks her Stonecoast mentors for contributing to this success.

Gina Troisi‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’09) essay “Where the Ocean and Sky Divide” will appear in the next issue of Fugue.

Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11) is leading a workshop on blogging and column writing at the Carolinas Writers Conference in Wadesboro, NC, on April 5.

STUDENT NEWS

Cristina Perachio (Fiction) was named as a finalist in Narrative magazine’s 30 Below Story & Poetry Contest, and her short story “Nightstands” ran as Narrative‘s “Story of the Week” on March 24th.

FACULTY NEWS

Tony Barnstone‘s (Poetry, Translation) selected poems, Buddha in Flames (Buda en Llamas: Antologia Poetica 1999-2014), have just been published bilingually (translated by Mariano Zaro) with Ediciones el Tucan de Virginia (Mexico City).

Jaed Coffin (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Writing for Social Change) has recently accepted a full-time position at the University of New Hampshire, where he’ll be teaching undergraduate courses in fiction and nonfiction and MFA courses in memoir and literary journalism. He’ll continue to teach at Stonecoast as well.

cover of Beautiful WheelTed Deppe‘s (Poetry, Coordinator of Stonecoast in Ireland) new collection of poems, Beautiful Wheel, will be published in April 2014 by Arlen House in Ireland and will be distributed in the U.S. by Syracuse University Press. The book can be ordered now from Kenny’s Bookstore in Ireland (free international shipping and discounts on the price). Ted and Annie Deppe will be reading in the Riverwood Poetry Series in Hartford, CT, on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Asylum Hill Congregational Church. They will teach in an intensive three-day writing workshop in beautiful Strandhill, County Sligo, Ireland, that will take place from 4-6 July 2014. Contact Ted at theodore.deppe@maine.edu for more information.

David Anthony Durham (Fiction, Popular Fiction) recently accepted an invitation to be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Write Angles Conference, to be held at Mount Holyoke College on October 18. Past Keynoters include Valerie Martin, Richard Russo, Julia Glass, Dennis Lehane, Patricia Smith, Andre Dubus, and Ann Hood.

Aaron Hamburger (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) served as the judge for the PEN New England Fiction Award this year, given to Jennifer Haigh’s News from Heaven. He’ll be in Boston for the ceremony on April 6.

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Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) will be appearing a three Southern California events in April. First, she will be signing books at the YA Spring Fling Event on April 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego with Shannon Messenger, Debra Driz, and others. She will also appear at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held on the campus of the University of Southern California, on Sunday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m. discussing “Things that Go Bump in the Night” with Les Klinger, Lisa Morton, and others. A signing will follow. And at WonderCon, held at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, April 19th, at 4:30 p.m. in room 213, Nancy will be discussing “Kid Lit SF: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” with Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars) and others. A signing will follow.

dwr3On April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pearl McManus Theater in Palm Springs, CA, Dezart Performs Theatre Company will present a staged reading of Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) full-length play Duck and Cover, which has also been nominated for “Best Original Script” in the annual Spotlight Awards of Portsmouth and seacoast New Hampshire. The April edition of Portland Magazine will feature Mike’s 10-minute play The Perils of Long-Term Care (an elderly married couple perfect the art of disagreement). On April 23 at 7:00 p.m., two of Mike’s short monologues (“Nightmare Girl” and “Clean Break”) will be featured in The Monologathon at St. Lawrence Center for the Arts in Portland, ME. His 10-minute play “Houston” is part of comedy troupe Darwin’s Waiting Room’s new show Comicality, running through April 13 at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth. Also, Mike’s new 10-minute play Disagreement at Dead Boot Saloon (gun control in the wild, wild west) will be part of the Maine Playwrights Festival’s “Alpha Show,” a program of short plays. Showtimes are April 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. St. Lawrence Center for the Arts in Portland, ME.

dead boot flyerElizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) will be a featured author along with fellow Stonecoast faculty Martin Espada at the annual WriteBoston gala fundraiser. The gala raises money for a program begun by Mayor Tom Menino to provide support for students and teachers and to promote writing skills in MA public schools. Other writers featured at the Pros and Conversation event are Ben Bradlee, Jr., Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson, and Edith Pearlman. To buy tickets, make a donation, or learn more about WriteBoston, visit the website.

TIP VERY FINAL ThisIsParadiseFrontCoverSuzanne Strempek Shea (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) will launch her tenth book and fifth nonfiction title, This Is Paradise: An Irish Mother’s Grief, an African Village’s Plight and the Medical Clinic that Brought Fresh Hope to Both, on April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Broadside Bookshop (247 Main Street, Northampton, MA). She’ll be sharing hte night with poet Kathleen Aguero, who’ll be reading from her collection After That. Though this is the April newsletter, Suzanne asks Portland-area folks to think May, which she’ll be heading north to read from This Is Paradise at 7:00 p.m. on May 8 at Harmon’s and Barton’s (584 Congress Street, Portland, ME). Books will be sold that night by the inimitable Barbara Kelly of Kelly’s Books to Go. On April 25, Suzanne will emcee Bay Path College’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference, to be held at the MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA, where she’ll be introducing speakers including broadcasting pioneer Barbara Walters, Bruce Feiler of The New York Times, and News Deeply founder and editor Lara Setrakian. The theme of the day will be “Own Your Story.” The conference seats approximately 2,200 and sells out annually. For registration details, please visit the website.

 

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Community News & Updates March 2014

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IllinoisReadsThe young adult novel Being Henry David by Cal Armistead (Fiction, W’07) has been chosen as one of the books for the annual “Illinois Reads” program. Under the auspices of the Illinois Reading Council, this project was created to promote reading for all Illinois citizens, from birth to adult. Thirty-six titles were chosen (Being Henry David is among six for young adults) and will be introduced into classrooms, public health facilities, public and school libraries, and bookstores. Cal has been invited to the program’s formal launch ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, IL, on March 12, along with a host of state and local officials. (Needless to say, Cal is over-the-moon excited!)

Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13) has won the Maxwell Award for Fiction from the Dog Writers Association of America for Drop Dead on Recall (Midnight Ink, 2012), the first book in her Animals in Focus series. The second book came out last fall, and the third is in press. DWAA is the primary professional organization for dog writers. This is Sheila’s fourth Maxwell award, her first for fiction. Sheila’s essay “The ‘I’ States” appears in the Winter “Midwest” issue of The Museum of Americana: A Literary Review, which is available online.

81PvhklXIfL._SL1500_Julie Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) story “Unmaking” was reprinted in Outpouring: Yolanda Relief Anthology. All proceeds from the anthology go to the Philippines Red Cross to assist with typhoon relief. Copies may be bought at Amazon and Kobo. In a Stonecoast one-two punch, Julie’s flash piece “Drinking Grandma’s Tea” won second place in the Boskone Flash Fiction Slam. Details and fabulous photos can be found on the Boskone blog.

Bunny Goodjohn (Poetry, W’07) has a poem in issue 6 of Southern Women’s Review.

It’s a big month for Penny Guisinger (Creative Nonfiction, S’13)! Her piece “I Have This Part Right” appears in the current issue of River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction. Additionally, the current issue of Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art contains a suite of seven of her micro-prose pieces. These pieces are from a book-length work in progress called Postcards from Here.

Mistress by Magick JPEG LNavarre coverThe third book in Laura Navarre‘s (Popular Fiction, W’11) award-winning Tudor fallen-angel romance trilogy, Mistress by Magick, is out from Harlequin/Carina. He’s a daredevil Spanish pirate. She’s a Boleyn who spies for England. On the high seas, she’ll risk everything. Even her heart.

Cabildo Quarterly Online is featuring writing and mixed media by Rooze (Poetry, S’13).

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Popular Fiction, S’13) and her annual Art & Words Show was featured in Poets & Writers News and Trends section. Her story “Mrs. Stiltskin” appears in Lakeside Circus. Her essay “Stepping Through a Portal” appeared online as part of the recent Lightspeed Magazine: Women Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter and will be included as part of the special issue.

In February, Robert E. Stutts (Popular Fiction, S’10) was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of English at Presbyterian College, where he serves as director of the Creative Writing program.

Marco Wilkinson‘s (Poetry, S’13) poem “Succession” was just published by Seneca Review in their “Beyond Category” issue.

Tammy Wilson 2Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11) presented a talk, “What Makes a Southern Story Southern,” on February 26 as part of her service as a Road Scholar with the NC Humanities Council. Her talk at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington, NC, was sponsored by the local affiliate of the NC Writers Network and arranged by Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13).

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Olive L. Sullivan (Fiction) will be presenting a workshop at the Transformative Language Arts Network’s annual conference, The Power of Words, held in Kansas City in September. For more information, visit the conference website. Here is a brief description of the workshop: When Liz Spencer, photographer and student, met Olive Sullivan, poet and teacher, they soon recognized they had embarked on parallel journeys of transformation. In this presentation, they’ll share their poems, stories, and artwork, weaving their two separate narratives into a seamless message of how service to one’s community can become service to one’s self. Embracing the process of your self-portrait includes recognizing the need to keep developing even in the face of back-sliding, failing, and moving forward again. Participants will develop a personal mission statement and write toward right livelihood that embodies their gifts and stories.

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David Anthony Durham‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction) story “All the Girls Love Michael Stein,” published in the anthology Unfettered, edited by Shawn Speakman, has been produced in an audio version. A sample of the story is available for listening here, and the entire anthology is available as an audiobook via Audible.com.

Aaron Hamburger‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) essay on Susan Conley’s memoir The Foremost Good Fortune appeared on Matador Network.

header_0Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) will be appearing at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 16th and 17th. She will also be appearing at ConDor Con in San Diego on a special panel with Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars), Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn), and others.

A staged reading of Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) Edgar-nominated stage play Ghosts of Ocean House will be performed at The Actors Studio of Newburyport on Saturday, March 8, at 10:00 a.m. Suggested $7 donation at the door, cash and check only.

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last-incantations-poems-david-mura-paperback-cover-artDavid Mura (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry) will be giving a publication reading of his new book of poetry, The Last Incantations, at The Loft in Minneapolis on Friday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. He recently started a blog and his first essay, “Black (and Other) History Month,” is posted at http://blog.davidmura.com. In addition to commentary, he will be doing blog posts on creative writing in the future. He is also—yikes—now on Twitter @muradavid. He recently tweeted under the #signsyourdissertationisplottingtokillyou: 1. Does it have footnotes? 2. Does it wake you up at night? 3. Does is wake you up in the morning? 4. Are you finished?

Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) is featured with her longtime writing group in the Winter 2014 Brown Alumni Magazine. Elizabeth’s one-act opera, Tonya & Nancy: The Opera, with music by Abigail Al-Doory Cross, had an additional performance added in St. Paul, MN, where it opened on February 20, produced by the operetta group Mixed Precipitation, which describes itself as “a performance company exploring text, space and form with festive theatrical events that inspire social engagement.” Previews for Tonya & Nancy: The Opera were performed outdoors at the Minnesota Art Shanty Festival, on ice.

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Community News & Updates February 2014

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Libby Cudmore (Popular Fiction, S’10) is thrilled to announce that she has accepted an offer of reprsentation from Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Anthony D’Aries (Creative Nonfiction, W’09) was recently interviewed by Mason’s Road, Fairfield MFA’s literary journal. He was also invited to present at Embry-Riddle University’s President’s Speaker Series on February 26th at 7:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted on Marc Bernier’s radio show. Additional information about the event can be found here.

Melody FullerMelody Fuller (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) has accepted an invitation to attend The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa (February 2014). This is a high honor and a testament to her assiduous work. This Symposium holds hard-to-get space for only the top writers of food and wine in the world. It is very difficult to earn a chair.

Lissa Kiernan (Poetry, S’11) announces “Praise the Poetry Barn,” a new initiative for her nonprofit organization, The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, a provider of online poetry workshops. The Indiegogo campaign envisions building an energy-efficient, cooperatively run timber barn to hold poetry workshops, readings, and retreats in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. Have your name and a line of your poetry inscribed on a barn board, or claim another poetic perk of your choice, from bestselling, award-winning books to enrollment in one of our online workshops. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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NIGHTLIFE worm 4AMatthew Quinn Martin (Popular Fiction, S’10) is excited to be able to share the cover for the second novel in his Nightlife series, Nightlife: As the Worm Turns (Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster), which is set to be released in early October 2014 … just in time for Halloween.

The post-apocalyptic, transgender story “Fleet” by Sandra McDonald (Popular Fiction, W’05) was selected to appear in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. It originally appeared in the collection We See a Different Frontier. Sandra also attended the January launch of the TDRS space satellite at Kennedy Space Center as a social media expert.

Lisa Romeo nov 2013 - CTwo of Lisa Romeo‘s (Creative Nonfiction, S’08) narrative essays found homes recently. “Eyes, Hands, Hotel, Hospital” appears on Halfway Down the Stairs, and “Down at the Diner” is in the January 2014 print and digital issue of Under the Gum Tree. Both are excerpts from her memoir manuscript. An essay about finally getting a new professional photo taken (after delaying it for seven years), and mulling the meaning of a writer’s headshot, appeared on SheWrites. Lisa’s blog was included in the Best 100 Websites for Writers in 2014 at The Write Life.

Catherine Schmitt‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) article based on her Stonecoast thesis, “How the Presidents Ate Their Salmon,” appears in the winter issue of Gastronomica. A PDF can be found on her website.

Bonnie Stufflebeam (Popular Fiction, S’13) has a lot of story news she’s been holding onto: Her short story “The Land of Phantom Limbs” appeared in the January issue of Flash Fiction Online. Her story “The Damaged” appears in the current issue of Interzone. Her story “The Mammoth” appeared in the December 2013 issue of Ideomancer. The flash fiction “Spiders” appeared in the December issue of The Drabblecast, a podcast zine. “Old Boys” appears in the Winter issue of The Colored Lens. All of these stories, she is happy to say, were written during her time at Stonecoast.

Gina Troisi‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’09) memoir, Shadows on the Sidewalk, was a Short List Finalist for the 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition for Narrative Nonfiction. She is still looking for a home for the book. Her essay “Until the Morning Comes” was recently published in Flyway: Journal of Writing and the Environment. Her essay “Our Shadows on the Sidewalks” (from which the title of the book originated) was accepted for publication in Under the Sun, due to be released in May 2014.

Karrie Waarala‘s (Poetry, S’11) heroic crown of sonnets, “Pierce & Brand: A Sideshow Diptych,” appears in the latest issue of Mezzo Cammin (along with a spare sonnet and a villanelle for good measure).

Adrienne S. Wallner‘s (Poetry, W’09) poem “The Parable of the Butchers: Taiji Cove vs. Factory Farming” is featured on the January 22, 2014, edition of New Verse News. To see what else she has been up to, please visit her website.

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Genevieve Williams (Popular Fiction) has a short story in the March 2014 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, titled “The Redemption of Kip Banjeree.”

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Beast in the ApartmentTony Barnstone (Poetry, Translation) just published his new book of poems, Beast in the Apartment (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014). It’s available from various distributors, directly from UPNE, Amazon, and so on. More importantly, his son, Blake William Barnstone, was born on January 14th, healthy and happy, 7 pounds, 10 ounces!

An excerpt from David Anthony Durham‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction) story “Those About to Die…” is currently being featured on George R.R. Martin’s official website. It’s there to promote the forthcoming Wild Cards novel, Lowball, and includes the cover illustration of David’s character. David also contributed to the forthcoming craft book Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Speculative Genre Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers, edited by Laurie Lamson and published by Archer.

A staged reading of Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) Edgar-nominated stage play Ghosts of Ocean House will be performed at Mad Horse Theater, 24 Mosher Street, South Portland, ME, on Friday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m. Pay-what-you-can tickets (a suggested $10 donation) are available at the door, cash and check only.

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In 2013, Debra Marquart (Creative Nonfiction, Poetry) received the following awards/honors: 2013 Wachtmeister Award for Poetry from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (award includes an honorarium and a one-month residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA); The Paumanok Poetry Award from the Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State College, New York; the 2013 Normal Prize for Poetry for “Kablooey Is the Sound You Hear”; short-listed for the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Also, her poem “Door-to-Door” was selected by Narrative Magazine as one of the “Top Five Poems” published by Narrative in 2013.

meeting-the-tormentors-in-safewayThe National Post recently named Alexandra Oliver‘s (Poetry, ’12) Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway one of the top four books of Canadian poetry for 2013. Kerry Clare of The 49th Shelf discusses Tormentors in this review.

Elizabeth Searle‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) opera and rock opera about “Tonya & Nancy” are both being produced in February. In L.A., a second show has been added to the Rock Concert performance of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera at the King King Club in Hollywood, February 4-5, libretto by Elizabeth and music by Michael Teoli, produced by The Los Angeles Rock Opera Company and Harborside Films, both shows benefitting L.A.’s iconic Celebration Theater. A full run for the rock opera in L.A. is in the works. L.A. Stonecoasters please join Elizabeth and Nancy Holder at rink-side February 4th. Media coverage for the 2014 L.A. production of the Rock Opera has included featured articles on NewsOXY (ranked a “Most Popular” article), BroadwayWorld/LA, MSN, deathandtaxes.com, and an hour on Los Angeles Talk Radio: The Sheena Mateal Experience Show. Meanwhile in Minneapolis/St. Paul, the operatta group Mixed Precipitation is performing Tonya & Nancy: The Opera, Elizabeth’s one-act chamber opera with music by Abigail Al-Doory Cross on February 20 at Amsterdam Hall, the night of the Women’s Figure-Skating finals in Sochi. For updates, please visit Elizabeth’s website.

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On February 15, Suzanne Strempek Shea (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) will be emceeing the ninth Writers’ Day at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA, an event that will include a talk by Stonecoast grad Helen Peppe on the sometimes-sticky business of writing the family. That night, she’ll introduce Liz Peavey (who’ll be speaking during the day on memoir and truth) as she presents her acclaimed one-woman show, “My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother,” about mourning, sorting, and saying goodbye.

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Community News & Updates January 2014

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The Young Adult novel Being Henry David by Cal Armistead (Fiction, W’07) has been listed among the “Best Young Adult Novels of 2013″ by Kirkus Reviews, Mashable, and Buzzfeed.

Michael Beeman (Fiction, S’09) was thrilled to receive the Sewanee Review‘s 2013 Andrew Nelston Lytle Fiction Prize for his story “The Sleeping Santas” (written in his first semester at Stonecoast). He was also excited to see another story, “The Children Without Fathers,” published in Per Contra and to receive an acceptance letter from Volume 1 Brooklyn for “The Burglaries,” which he workshopped with Boman Desai during his master class at Stonecoast just before graduating. It was a great end to 2013!

Jennifer Marie Brissett (Popular Fiction, S’11) will be reading from her upcoming novel Elysium at the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series held at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art on January 7th. She will be reading along with Sam J. Miller. If you’re in town, stop by!

Nancy Brown‘s (Fiction, S’08) short story “Old Orchard” won first place in the Green River Tales Short Fiction competition sponsored by Green River Writers.

Mike Langworthy (Creative Nonfiction, W’11) has joined the writing staff of Instant Mom with the title Consulting Producer. Instant Mom is a situation comedy starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Michael Boatman, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. It follows the life of Stephanie Phillips, a 25-year-old woman forced to change her single lifestyle radically when she marries an older man and suddenly finds herself the full-time stepmother of three children. The series is produced at Paramount Studios Nightlife Coverin Los Angeles and airs on Nick At Nite. Mike also continues to consult on the web series The Day Crew, which shot its first five episodes on location in Los Angeles during the week of December 8, 2013.

Matthew Quinn Martin‘s (Popular Fiction, S’10) debut novel Nightlife (PocketStar/Simon & Schuster) was selected by Badass Book Reviews as one of the top 5 horror novels of 2013 (for their “best of 2013″ roundup). Earlier in the month, Matthew handed in the manuscript for the sequel Nightlife: As the Worm Turns, which is set to be released in 2014.

Maze_cover1J.M. McDermott‘s (Popular Fiction, S’11) novel Maze is coming out in this month from Apex Books. Part of it was workshopped during his first semester at Stonecoast.

From every corner of time and space, sometimes people go missing without a trace. They never come back.

Get lost in the long stone halls of the maze with the ones that find each other, form tribes, scrape out a life from rocks and sand. Their stories interweave. Maia Station is a scientist ripped from stasis, but she has no tools to test the way things are. Instead, she raises her daughter as best she can and survives. Wang Xin once had his head dipped in water, and a djinni in the water entered his eye. He sees the future, exactly as it was supposed to be if he hadn’t seen the light, but it does him no good in the life he has. In a world much like our own, Joseph comes home from a ten-year high school reunion and encounters a light in the darkness. The light speaks.

My name is Jenny. Put me in your lung. Breathe deep.

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Autumn Newman‘s (Poetry, ’09) poem “Cleave” has been accepted for publication by Cider Press Review. She currently teaches full-time at College of San Mateo in California.

Bruce Pratt‘s (Fiction, S’04) poem “In A Japanese Woman’s Photos of Paris” will appear in the next issue (#75) of Hiram Poetry Review due out in spring 2014.

Stonecoasters Ann Rosenquist Fee (Fiction, S’08) and Jacob Strunk (Fiction, W’07) collaborated with musician Paris Zax on a short film built around Ann’s short story “Eucalyptusexy.” The film goes live January 2, 2014, here. Follow Ann and Jacob on the Twitters at @arosenquistfee and @sevenmileswest, respectively; they promise more spoken words and moving pictures soon.

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Sandra Dascensao (Popular Fiction) has won an honorable mention in the Thriller category for the 2013 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award for her short story “A-1 Charter.” Her story will be listed in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest and on writersdigest.com. Sandra is a new student at Stonecoast this semester.

Alexis Paige‘s (Creative Nonfiction) Pithead Chapel essay “A Decent Happiness,” published last March, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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David Anthony Durham (Fiction, Popular Fiction) will be featured in a lengthy interview in the February volume of The Writer’s Chronicle.

Aaron Hamburger‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) essay on New Zealand author Frank Sargeson will appear in the summer issue of Tin House.

Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) sold “In Arkham Town Where I Was Bound” to Out of Tune, an anthology to be published by JournalStone in May. She is teaching The Secrets of a Satisfying Short Story, an online class for Odyssey, from January 20-February 20.

9781250046215_p0_v1_s260x420Jim Kelly‘s (Popular Fiction) story “The Promise of Space” from the September issue of Clarkesworld has been selected for a second Best of the Year collection, this one being The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois (St. Martin’s Griffin).

In Portland, ME, on Friday, January 24, at 8:00 p.m., The Portland Stage Company will present Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) play Bar Exam as performed by the Improvised Puppet Project. In other words, the first scene will be performed as scripted (a woman runs into her gynecologist at a singles bar), and then the puppets will take off on their own. Live theatre doesn’t get any “liver” than this. Or stranger. For details, click here.

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David Mura (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Social Change) will publish a new book of poetry, The Last Incantations, in March 2014 last-incantations-poems-david-mura-paperback-cover-art(Northwestern University Press). This fall David published two essays: “An Asian American Race Man” in Black Renaissance Noire and “Mixed Voices”/ “Ambiguously Brown” in the Asian American Literary Review. An essay critiquing the musical Miss Saigon and an essay critiquing large mainstream arts institutions recently appeared on the website Opine Season. An essay, “Asian Americans: The Front & Back of the Bus,” will appear next year in an anthology of essays on poetry and race published by University of Georgia Press.

In a recent interview with The Toronto Quarterly, Alexandra Oliver (Poetry, ’12) waxes eloquent on her new collection Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway—and explains why readings in bars and restaurants need their own handbook.

Elizabeth Searle‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera is coming to Los Angeles. The show will be performed in a “rock concert” version on February 4, 2014, at the King King Club in Hollywood. The performance will be produced by Harborside Films and will serve as a benefit concert for the iconic LGBT Celebration Theatre. A full-production run of the rock opera, produced by Harborside, is in the works for later in 2014 in L.A. Check for updates at elizabethsearle.net.

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Stonecoast Community, Please Help if you Can

The family of one of our Stonecoast Community members is in need of your support.

“Our father Daniel Switliski, age 49, was recently diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. He underwent major surgery having his appendix removed, part of his colon, bowels, and bladder. My father has been providing for our family of 7 working non stop all of his life to make sure we were always taken care of. He’d give the shirt off his back even if he couldn’t afford to. Now our whole family is in a desperate financial situation. We have NO household income due to his recent diagnosis of stage 3 colon cancer. He can no longer work now. Medical bills, utilities and rent are necessities we cannot afford. The 3 younger kids (which are minors) and the rest of my family are at a risk of losing the roof over our heads. We are in the process of applying for SSD but as you all probably know it takes several months. We need help.”

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Community News & Updates December 2013

ALUMNI

Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13) answered author Sherman Alexie’s challenge to fellow writers to support local bookstores by playing “bookseller for a day.” She spent Small Business Saturday (the independent business response to Black Friday) by volunteering at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington, NC. Sheila recommends the experience highly—you don’t have to wait until November! Here‘s Sherman’s letter to us book nerds.

Kathy Briccetti (Creative Nonfiction, W’07) has accepted an adjunct instructor position teaching a Transitional English class (e.g. English 95) at The Art Institute of California in San Francisco. Before launching into each day’s discussions, grammar practice, and writing instruction, she reads a poem and offers a five-minute free-writing period. The students now know that poems do not have to rhyme or declare romantic love. Visit her website here.

Jennifer Marie Brissett‘s (Popular Fiction, S’11) story “Secrets of the Sea” is a finalist for the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award.

397Nancy Brown‘s (Fiction, S’08) short story “Hay Day” appears in Summer Stories, published in November. The book features a series of paintings by Maine artist Leslie Anderson along with a dozen short stories by ten Maine writers. The stories, which were inspired by the paintings, were selected by Maine author Ron Currie, Jr., as part of a contest sponsored by Shanti Arts Publishing and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

Michael L. Joy (Popular Fiction, S’13) will reprise his graduate presentation “Applying a Romantic Subplot for Non-Romance Writers” at the Estero Library as part of the 2014 Southwest Florida Reading Festival on Thursday, March 20th.

Bruce Pratt‘s (Fiction, S’04) villanelle “According to a Spokesman” has been selected for the upcoming anthology Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women. His short story “Marble” will appear in the December issue of Solstice.

“Make Me Beautiful,” a short story by Karen Pullen (Popular Fiction, S’08), was published in the December 2013 issue of bosque (the magazine).

Patricia Smith (Poetry, S’08, and former Stonecoast faculty) was awarded the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize ($25,000) from the Academy of American Poets for Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, chosen as the most outstanding book of poetry published in United States last year.

1167719_650164738326974_193626512_nBonnie Stufflebeam‘s (Popular Fiction, S’13) poem “Strange Monster” appeared in the most recent issue of Mythic Delirium. Her short story “Mrs. Stiltskin” appeared in the first issue of Lakeside Circus. She is also thrilled to have taken part in the successful Kickstarter campaign for the anthology Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, which should be released in the next couple of months.

Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11) captured first place in the 10th annual literary competition sponsored by Arts Council of York County, SC. The winning piece, “The Crazy House,” was an excerpt from her Stonecoast creative thesis.

STUDENTS

Alexis Paige‘s (Creative Nonfiction) latest essay, “Arrivals, an Autobiography,” appears in the November issue of Pithead Chapel. She also won the New Millennium Nonfiction prize for her essay “The Geography of Consolation,” which “examines the unique challenges of a writer’s life, the long fallout of an emotional affair, and the inevitable realization that no matter how far or how often we roam, the internal journal still lies before us.” She’ll receive $1,000, and the essay will be published online and in print in the 2104 issue.

FACULTY

Jeanne Marie Beaumont‘s (Poetry) ekphrastic persona poem “In Preparation,” which she read at the summer residency flash reading, is featured on the American Arts Quarterly site along with the Gustav Courbet painting that inspired it.

Aaron Hamburger (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) sold his short story “Honeymoon for One” to Subtropics magazine; it will appear early next year. (Thanks to Suzanne Strempek Shea for editorial guidance and moral support!)

Jim Kelly‘s (Popular Fiction) story “The Promise of Space” from the September issue of Clarkesworld has been selected for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight, edited by Jonathan Strahan (Solaris Books). His 2000 Hugo Award-winning novelette “10^16 to 1″ will be reprinted in an upcoming issue of Clarkesworld. His novelette “The Chimp of the Popes,” first sold in 2009 (!), is finally scheduled for publication in The Book of Silverberg, edited by Gardner Dozois (Subterranean Press) in the summer of 2014.

safewaycoverAlexandra Oliver‘s (Poetry, ’12) Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway is the first poetry book in Biblioasis’ history to have received a full review from critic Michael Lista in The National Post (one of Canada’s two national papers). You can read the review here.

On December 4th, Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) reads from the new anthology Knitting Yarns (which is out from Norton and which includes Suzanne Strempek Shea) in Pawtucket, RI, at Slater Mill. Knitting Yarns received a four-star review in People and was a recommended book in Vanity Fair. Elizabeth is also reading on December 9th at 4:30 p.m. at the New England Institute of Art bookstore in Brookline, MA, along with fellow Iowa Short Fiction Prize winner Kate Milliken. Elizabeth will read from her own Iowa Prize collection My Body to You, which was re-released in a new paperback version in 2011. On December 20th, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Somerville, MA, a Stonecoast event will be presented by alum Richard Cambridge as part of his series Poet’s Theater. A Night at the Theater will combine theater and performance-style readings. Elizabeth’s short play Stolen Girl Song, which premiered at the Northern Writes New Play Festival in Maine in 2012, will be performed by actress Norah Bird and directed by Bruce Pratt. The event will also feature readings/performances by Bruce, Richard, and Stonecoasters Alexis Paige, Enza Vescera, Barbara Greenbaum, Anthony D’Aries, Amy M. Alvarez, and Mikhu Paul.

Knitting Yarns contributors Marianne Leone, Elizabeth Searle, and Suzanne Strempek Shea at the Knitting Yarns book launch at Newtonville Books on Nov. 9th; photo by Stonecoast alum, Helen Peppe

Knitting Yarns contributors Marianne Leone, Elizabeth Searle, and Suzanne Strempek Shea at the Knitting Yarns book launch at Newtonville Books on Nov. 9th; photo by Stonecoast alum Helen Peppe

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Apply for the July 2014 Stonecoast in Ireland (SCI) Residency

Dear Stonecoasters:

You are cordially invited to apply for the July 2014 Stonecoast in Ireland (SCI) residency.  Here are the details:

WHEN? The summer SCI residency will run from 9-16 July 2014.

airport with signWHERE: We will gather in Dingle, a spot National Geographic called “the most beautiful place in the world.”  Dingle is a lively seaside village with superb traditional music, located on a mountainous peninsula on the stunningly scenic west coast of Ireland.  Students and faculty will stay together in the elegant Coastline Guesthouse, right on the harbor and a short walk to town. Come see why Ireland has inspired so many wonderful writers over the past century.

DEADLINE: Applications must be emailed as MSW attachments to SCI coordinator Ted Deppe by 11:59 p.m. (your time zone) Monday, 18 November 2013.

WHO’S ON THE FACULTY IN JULY 2014? Stonecoast’s David Mura and Ted Deppe will be joined by prominent Irish writers, to be named later on this winter. During the program’s first sixteen residencies, visitors have included Irish writers Paul Durcan, Claire Keegan, Harry Clifton, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Theo Dorgan, Kate Newmann, Kevin Barry, Dermot Bolger, Paula Meehan, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Sinéad Morrissey, Carlo Gébler, Anthony Glavin, Deirdre Madden, Eamon Grennan, Hugo Hamilton, Joan Newmann, Tony Curtis, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Martin Malone, and Macdara Woods; Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn; traditional storyteller Liz Weir; Trinity College professor emeritus Vincent McBrierty; actors Seán Coyne and Tegolin Knowland; and traditional musicians Áine Uí Laoith and Eilín Ní Chearna.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Any Stonecoast student who will not be attending his or her first residency in July 2014 may apply.  Fifth-residency students and alumni may also apply to fill any spots that are not taken by continuing students.

HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED? We will accept ten Stonecoast students. Seniority is an important factor in selecting students, but we also consider balancing workshops and creating a harmonious group.  The spots on the roster are filled first with continuing students, but if there is space available we are happy to have fifth-residency students and alumni join us.  We hope to decide on the roster and notify applicants by the end of November.

Workshop 2WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT? You will be totally immersed in Irish literature and the beautiful Irish landscape. While offering a unique cultural opportunity, residencies in Ireland also maintain the same rigorous academic discipline as the Stonecoast program in Maine. A full schedule of workshops, seminars, and readings are supplemented by a field trip, which in the past has included trips to the Great Blasket Island, site of an astonishing literary renaissance during the first half of the 20th century.  Students are encouraged to arrive early or stay late, so they can explore Ireland and/or Europe.

WHAT DOES IT COST? Tuition is the same as in Maine. Because of the dollar’s slide against the euro, the cost for room and board is $85 more than in Maine. Students are responsible for their own airfare.

WHO CAN I WORK WITH FOR THE FALL SEMESTER? Students can request to work with mentors from the full Stonecoast faculty for the Fall 2014 term, whether or not the faculty member is in Maine or Ireland in July.

HOW DO I APPLY? Contact Ted Deppe for an application Theodore.Deppe@maine.edu and submit before midnight (your time zone) on Monday 18 November 2013.  If you have any problem creating a MSW (.doc or .docx) file, feel free to type the relevant information from the application into an email and send it to the same address.

HERE’S WHAT STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN THERE SAY: “Stonecoast in Ireland has been the most amazing experience of my writing life”… “Superb!”… “Transformative”…“Absolutely loved it and feel so lucky to have had this opportunity.  Not only is the location fantastic, the opportunity to work in such a small group and work so closely with faculty and visiting presenters is wonderful” … “Life-changing”…“An intense experience and immersion into Irish writing and culture.  It’s perfect!”

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON STONECOAST IN IRELAND, CHECK OUT THE STONECOAST WEBSITE, OR CONTACT

Ted Deppe, Stonecoast in Ireland Coordinator

Renvyle, County Galway, Ireland

Email: Theodore.deppe@maine.edu

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