Monthly Archives: January 2012

Event: Morgan Callan Rogers & Elizabeth Searle at Writer’s Day

Electronic publishing will be detailed ­ and accomplished ­ in a one-session workshop heading the list of lectures on writing at Bay Path College’s Writers’ Day 5, Feb. 18, from 9:30 to 3:15 at the campus in Longmeadow, Mass. Starting at 9:30 a.m., Peter Sarno, founder of the Georgetown, Mass.-based PFP Publishing, will guide participants through the steps involved. In subsequent timeslots, Shonna Milliken Humphrey will talk about self editing, Elizabeth Searle will talk about writing fiction and newly published author Morgan Callan Rogers will detail one writer¹s journey. To register, visit:

Date: Feb. 18
Time: From 9:30 to 3:15
Location: Campus, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, Mass.

Featuring presentations from Stonecoast alumna Morgan Callan Rogers and Stonecoast faculty members Elizabeth Searle as well as Suznanne Strempek-Shea who helped to set up the event.

Session Three:
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. A First Novelist’s Journey
With Morgan Callan Rogers, Stonecoast alumna and author of the Ruby Red Heart in a Cold Blue Sea.





Session Four:
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Writing Fiction
With Elizabeth Searle, Stonecoast faculty member and author of newly released Girl Held In Home.


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Live Event: UNH Interviews James Patrick Kelly

If you’re in the New Hamshire area on Sunday, January 29th, be sure to check out the live interview with Stonecoast faculty member and award winning science fiction writer James Patrick Kelly. Here’s a blurb from UNH Today’s website about the event:

The N.H. Author Series, hosted by the Friends of Dimond Library at the University of New Hampshire, will present sci-fi writer James Patrick Kelly on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Dimond Library’s 5th floor reading room.

Kelly’s short novel, “Burn”, won the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Nebula Award in 2007. Kelly has won the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette, “Think Like A Dinosaur,” and in 2000, for his novelette, “Ten to the Sixteenth to One.”

Jim Kelly is a great writer and a wonderful story doctor. If you haven’t had the chance to work with him, this is a nice opportunity to get some special insight into the inner workings of JPK’s story brain!

  • Date: Saturday, January 29, 2012
  • Time:  2:00 pm
  • Location: University of New Hampshire’s Campus, Dimond Library, 5th Floor
  • More Info:  View the entire UNH Today article

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Alumni Event: Portland, ME

Photo: Emily Parkhurst / The Forecaster

If you want to have a great evening of comedy and music, come to SPACE Gallery this Saturday. Mike Langworthy W’11, his co-author, and cast are doing a staged reading of the pilot of “Club 86,” a comedy/variety radio pilot partially developed in Mike Kimball’s dialogue intensive at Stonecoast.

Remember that time you passed up a chance to see the Beatles in Hamburg, or Springsteen in a Jersey bar, or Prince in a Minneapolis battle of the bands, or Tupac or Biggie, and how you hated yourself for it later? Please. Not for me, but for your own self-esteem, don’t let it happen again.

See you on Saturday!

SPACE Gallery
538 Congress St.
Portland, ME
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Get more information here:

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AWP Mixer: March 1st 5:30-6:30 pm

Stonecoasters promise to be thick on the ground at AWP* Rather than spend precious networking/reading/ drinking/visiting/filling-up-of-book-bag time hunting them down, why not meet up at the Stonecoast Mixer?

When: 5:30-6:30pm Thursday March 1st
Where : 720 South Bar and Grill (Hilton Chicago)

Who might you meet ?

Annie Finch
Barbara Greenbaum
Barbara P. Green
Christin Geall
Cynthia Krack
Ellen Meeropol
Elliot Long
Eric Bosarge
Felicity Stone¶
Jeff Kass
Josh Davis
Judith Podell¶
Judy Jones¶
Kristin LaTour¶
Libby Cudmore
Matthew Quinn Martin
Mikhu Paul
Renee Olander
Robin Talbot
Susan Lilly
Susan MacLean¶
Teresa Scollon
and various other faculty, alumni, and current students wearing cunning disguises.

Remember, you can always leave messages for fellow Stonecoasters at the USM/Stonecoast table while eating your body weight in chocolate pebbles.

* if you are on a panel or giving a reading, please let Mihku Paul know ( so she can include details in the AWP Stonecoast Schedule.

Have fun!

Bunny Goodjohn P07
Interim President SCAA

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Writer’s Retreat for Stonecoast Students/Graduates

As a service to Stonecoast community members, we are forwarding this message on behalf of Stonecoast graduate Jessica Bane S’07.


Our 15 room estate is located on three-plus acres of land just outside the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. The property is lovingly landscaped and hosts an orchard, a pond, Southwick brook, and much wildlife including herons, beavers, otters, owls, and deer. It abuts a secluded 114-acre nature preserve that includes a day cabin in the woods, hiking trails, and kayaking. The area also provides golfing and disc golfing, great birding and biking. While on the grounds one might feel away from it all, we are just four miles from downtown Worcester with its world-class museums, music halls, theaters, and restaurants.

In a separate wing of the house we have created a writers retreat; we have four guest rooms in the summer and three guest rooms in the winter. (For larger groups we can suggest nearby lodging.) Amenities include meeting and sitting areas indoors and out, WI-FI, washer/dryer, efficiency kitchen and common room, shared or private bath depending on number of guests. Help yourself to herbs from the garden or a fresh bouquet. Interested parties or individuals should contact Jessica Bane Robert at or 508 963-3133 to obtain very affordable, individualized fees.

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Alumni News: Diana Stewart PF S’09

In an effort to help spread positive news about our alumni achievements, we’re thrilled to publish this cross-post written by alumna Alison McMahan, which features a new award-winning novel by alumna Diana Munoz-Stewart PF S’09.


Diana Munoz-Stewart (Popfic S’09) just won second prize in the RoseCity Romance Writer’s contest for her paranormal YA romance LIGHTBRINGER, which started out as her thesis project at Stonecoast. You can find all of the contest winners listed here.

This article is a summary of an original blog by Alison McMahan (Popfic W’10).


Lightbringer is an intriguing story about a girl with supernatural powers who spends her adolescence trying to come to terms with them. As in, what are they, where did they come from, and what is she supposed to do with them?

Fortunately Lane, the heroine of the story, has a Watcher, an angel named Eddie–a very hot angel–to watch over her. Better yet this angel has been in love with her since the first moment he laid eyes on her. Together, they save the world from the incursion of an Uberdemon and his minions, and their neighborhood from a zombie-creating witch and her wannabee demon son.

I asked Diana where she got the idea for the novel:

“I wrote Light Bringer because the idea of a teenage girl who could summon supernatural beings at will, or accidentally if upset, intrigued me, as did the notion that angels aren’t exactly the innocents we’ve been taught to believe.”

Summoning supernatural beings at will–or accidentally if upset–that sounds like my adolescence! Let’s see a sample:

Lane’s breath quickened to sharp gasps. Her skin tingled as warmth sped across her body. Eddie slid his hands along her back, moved closer. He pressed his lips deeper against hers. She loved that, kissing him, but what she really wanted as he slipped sure hands up and under the light fabric of her t-shirt would have to wait. She was determined not to become another Philadelphia sob story, like her sister Olivia, struggling to feed kids and pay rent, doing anything, legal or illegal, to find money.
Oh God that felt good. Eddie leaned her back and she stretched out against the gold velvet couch. She moved under him and he made a sound that was as deep and eager as the throbbing of her heart. He began unzipping her jeans. She came to her senses. 
“Stop,” she said. He let out a groan that was part protest and part disbelief. He stopped. Eddie was good that way.
“Seriously,” he said, sitting up, looking a bit sheepish with his dirty blond hair cascading over eyes like fallen autumn leaves—a burnished amber interior outlined by bold earthy brown. Eddie didn’t look at you with those eyes he focused. His mood was like autumn too, mischievous, ready to blow things all to hell for a change of scenery. This attitude was mirrored in a shameless grin that hinted at shocking memories while inviting you to be an accomplice in his next plot. 
“It’s just that I’ve been thinking…”
“About ways to torture me?”

That’s right from the opening. Things get even hotter later in the book:

There was a whoosh sound and then light. Lane looked up and gasped. Wings enshrined Eddie, vibrant gold feathers tipped in black. A muscle along the side of his face twitched. This was hard for him—dropping his glamour. 
She stood up. She couldn’t help herself. Didn’t really want to. The soft exhales through Eddie’s lips seemed to fill the room as she moved to him. He was amazing, sculpted of light and muscle, like a statue, too perfect for words. His skin glistened with subtle gold light that seemed at once part of him and something more, an aura. She ran shaking fingers down his arm. Her fingers picked up the energy there, tingled. She smiled dreamily. 
“You feel really good,” she said. He gave a very masculine chuckle. She ignored him and his hopeful smirk. She reached over his shoulders and brushed the gold feathers. Heat and yearning shot into her. His breath caught.

What’s torture is that that’s all the readers of this blog will have to wait get until the books gets published to read the rest! Diana has a few additional excerpts on her blog, which you can access here.


Diana Munoz Stewart PF S'09

Diana Muñoz Stewart (Popfic S’09) is an award winning writer, editor, and author. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Rowan University and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. In addition to her writing and editorial work, she participates in writing workshops, founded a national group for promoting writers, and is a consistent contributor to multiple blogs on health, writing, and family. She is a member of both RWA and SCBWI. Visit Diana on Facebook or on her blog.

Alison McMahan PF W'10


Alison McMahan (Popfic W’10) is an optioned and award-winning screenwriter and a documentary filmmaker. Visit Alison on her blog.

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Managing your Subscription to the Stonecoast Alumni Listserve

We’ve had several questions from alumni who asked how to join the list or why they weren’t receiving emails any longer. So, we thought this was a good time to post an update. The text below is from USM and details how to add, modify or cancel your subscription. Please follow these steps to manage your account.Join the List

If you were receiving email at one time, but you’re no longer receiving it, we believe your current email address is not the email address that is registered for the Alumni Listserve. If you signed up using your student email address, you will need to update your email. Student email addresses expire a short time after graduation, which means the listserve is forwarding your email to an inactive account.

If you have any questions, please feel free to either post your questions below, email Erin Underwood, or email the USM listowner who’s address is listed at the bottom of this post.


The SC-ALUMNI-LIST mailing list is now running at This server runs L-Soft’s Listserv(R) software, which may be familiar to you from other mailing list subscriptions that you have.

A Note About Confirmations
With most actions (subscribing, unsubscribing, etc), Listserv will send you an email asking you to click on a link. This is to prevent unauthorized use of your email address. The link is called a confirmation “ticket” or “cookie.” No action will be taken until you click on the link to confirm.

Subscribing to the List
Subscription requests must by approved by the list owner. You may request to subscribe by using one of the following two methods:

Subscribing Via the Web
To subscribe to or leave SC-ALUMNI-LIST, click here: Fill in your email address and your name, and click “Join SC-ALUMNI-LIST” or “Leave SC-ALUMNI-LIST.” Further instructions will be sent to you by email.

To manage your settings (stop or start receiving postings, switch to Digest delivery, etc), click here: The first time you visit this site, you should “Get a Listserv Password for this server.” After you have a Listserv password, visit “Subscriber’s Corner.”

Subscribing Via Email
You can manage your subscriptions by sending email to In the BODY of the message, type any of the following commands:

To subscribe to the list:
(for example, SUB SC-ALUMNI-LIST Fred Rogers)

To unsubscribe:

To stop receiving mail for an indefinite period:

To begin receiving mail again:

To receive all of the day’s posts in one “digest” rather than receiving each one individually:

To post a message to the list for all subscribers to read, address your message to You may also use the longer format

Contacting the List Owners
The owners of this list can be reached by sending email to Remember that the list owner is a real person, and therefore may be a bit slower to respond than a computer!

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Reading in Cape Elizabeth with Alumna Jane DiMillo ’05

Local writers
The Local Buzz Coffee
House/Wine Bar

~John-Michael Albert, Poetry ~
~Jane DiMillo ’05, NonFiction~
~Morgan Callan Rogers, Fiction ~

Saturday, January 28, 2012
4:00 – 5:00 PM

The Local Buzz
327 Ocean House Road
(at Pond Cove IGA Shopping Center)
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Come hear local area writers reading from their work, while enjoying custom blended teas and coffees or a glass of wine, and delicious locally sourced food. More information at


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Snow Alert: Alumni Reception Postponed

Due to snow, the Alumni Reception for the 2012 winter Stonecoast residency has been postponed to Saturday, January 14 from 5:00-6:00 at the Stone House.


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Faculty Interview: Aaron Hamburger on Writing and Teaching

It’s always fun to sit down and chat with the Stonecoast MFA faculty. So, we were especially excited to have  alumna Linda K. Sienkiewicz S’09 interview fiction faculty member Aaron Hamburger. Not only is Aaron a terrific guy, but he’s a fantastic teacher and writer. We hope you enjoy the interview!


When and how did you realize you were meant to write?

Aaron: When I was 12 and my English teacher asked us to enter a short story contest. I wrote a story, loved it, but forgot to bring it to school on the day it was due, and so I lost the contest. I decided I wanted to show that teacher I deserved to win. So that’s how I got started, and I just never stopped.

What excites you about teaching?

Aaron: Sharing my love of writing and literature, but also sharing my love of learning and teaching in general. I think whatever subject you’re teaching, you’re actually teaching critical thinking skills that apply in so many areas in life.

You’re big on craft, precision, word choice, grammar–where does that exactitude come from?

Aaron: From my training in my MFA program. Specifically, I had two wonderful classes with a professor, Richard Locke, who taught us the immense power of seemingly tiny choices on the level of language in a variety of masterpieces in Western Literature, including the essays of George Orwell. (If you haven’t read “Politics and the English Language” by Orwell, do so immediately!!!)

Also, I taught freshman comp, and during my training, I realized how little I knew about how words and sentences were put together. It was important to me to learn that, just as a painter learns how to mix colors or a musician practices scales on the piano.

What do you think is your main goal as a writer?

Aaron: To figure out what I think and what I feel. I think E. M. Forster said something to the effect of how do I know what I think until I say it? By trying to express myself in as precise a way as possible, I can better determine what my life is.

What obstacles do you struggle with as a writer, and how do you overcome them?

Aaron: Time, money–but actually these are really a matter of will, more than anything else, of learning to say no when it’s necessary. But the biggest problem for me, which I’ve only recently come to understand, is that my ego and ambition sometimes pushes me to pursue subjects or stories that aren’t really mine to tell. It takes a remarkable fortitude to pursue your own obsessions, even at the expense of finding an audience who’s as interested in what you write as you are. Nevertheless, it’s the only reason to be a writer, I’ve come to understand.

How do I overcome the temptations of ego and ambition? Humility, humility, humility. You put down your head and go to work. You do not compare or envy or resent. You expect nothing in terms of rewards except those that come from the satisfaction of getting your work done on any given day.


Aaron Hamburger was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his short story collection THE VIEW FROM STALIN’S HEAD (Random House, 2004), also nominated for a Violet Quill Award. His next book, a novel titled FAITH FOR BEGINNERS (Random House, 2005), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, Boulevard, Poets and Writers, Tin House, Details, The Village Voice, The Forward, and Out. He has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, as well as residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Currently he teaches writing at Columbia University, NYU, and the Stonecoast MFA Program. Visit Aaron online at

Linda K. Sienkiewicz earned her MFA from Stonecoast summer ’09. Her fiction and poetry is published in Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Review, Rattle, Clackamas Literary Review, Bartleby Snopes, A Twist of Noir, and other print and online literary journals. She has a poetry chapbook award from Heartland, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and three other published chapbooks. She’s working on the sale of one novel while writing another. Visit Linda online at

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