Monthly Archives: September 2012

Dispatches from the Desk: End of Summer Edition

…President Matthew Quinn Martin and Vice-President Libby Cudmore here again with our semi-regular featured blog post.

Labor Day weekend has come and gone. The bbq’s have been stowed in the garage. The white slacks have (hopefully) been folded up and dropped in the bottom drawer, and we’ve all felt what might be that last summer breeze.

There was a time, longer ago for some of us than others, that this change of season signaled the start of another school year. And while our own memories of that time might vary in their degree of fondness, there are two events most of us likely agree on enjoying: hearing someone creep into our bedrooms to whisper the immortal words snow day, and the joy of shopping for new school supplies.

…not bad for an afternoon doodle

There’s a wonderful thrill about holding open a crisp new mead composition book, about clutching a fistful of fresh pens, or un-boxing a cutting edge laptop (for the younger set), or that first typewriter (for those of us from a less digital age). What all those new supplies represent is potential, a world of possibilities in fact. A chance to start fresh, to try something different. Right now the pages are empty, the pens full of ink…it’s up to you to flip that around.

So, in the spirit of those days, why not head down to the stationary store (…heck, you might already be there with your kids or grandkids) and treat yourself to a small writing present. Buy a funky Lisa Frank folder to put drafts in. Pick up that fountain pen and leather-bound journal you’ve always had your eye on.

…required purchase for most pop-fic alumni

Try something different. Splurge on gel pens—if you write in black, try writing in purple. Doodle in the margins. Make colleges in the spaces that don’t look like they need writing. Write your scenes on index cards and tape them all over the garage…or wherever you find inspiration. Write a poem in the sand and take a picture of it before the waves wash it away.

Take risks. And do whatever it takes to turn that potential into something real.

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Community News & Updates September 2012

ALUMNI NEWS

Cal Armistead (Fiction, W’07) has published her first young adult novel, Being Henry David (Albert Whitman & Co.), which will be released March 1, 2013. Visit her at www.calarmistead.com.

Jeanette Lynes‘ (Popular Fiction, ’05) sixth book of poetry, Archive of the Undressed, is forthcoming from Wolsak and Wynn in September 2012. The poems explore pin-up, Playboy, burlesque, and rural repression.

Mihku Paul‘s first book of poetry, 20th Century PowWow Playland, has just been published by Bowman Books, an imprint of the Greenfield Review Press. Portions of the book were written at Stonecoast, while working with Richard Hoffman and Baron Wormser. 20th Century PowWow Playland is available from the publisher at nativeauthors.com and will soon be available in local bookstores. Plans are in the works for availability in digital format as well. Also, Mihku’s panel proposal for AWP 2013 Boston was recently accepted for presentation. This is her second panel acceptance for AWP. The panel, HOME/LAND: Inner Landscapes and Outer Geographies in the Work of Native Northeast Poets, examines the expansion of landscape in the imagination of contemporary Native poets in the northeast and explores the question of psychic and spiritual connection to homeland for Native people who have lost much of their land base. Guest panelists include Lisa Brooks and Cheryl Savageau.

The new Platte Valley Review includes Bruce Pratt‘s story “Missing Person” and the latest issue of Puckerbrush Review contains his story “May Alison.” Bruce has recently accepted a part-time position with the Penobscot Theatre Company and would like to receive scripts—especially dramas, one-acts, and shorter plays—from any SC alums or faculty. Email Bruce at obdriveway@aol.com for more information and please include in the subject header Northern Writes.

Steve Rhodes (Poetry, ’10) says, “I had a pretty fair year of finding journal homes for my poems in Coal City Review, Roanoke Review, The SHOp (Ireland), Saranac Review, Sow’s Ear, Crate, Off the Coast, and Chocorua Review, the new mag edited by SC alums Nylah Lyman and Kevin St. Jarre. I’m shopping my new poetry collection around—titled Ready to Be a Little Happy. Finally, I’m back at work on my memoir with help from Suzanne Strempek Shea. Life is good.”

Michaela Roessner has signed a contract with Tachyon Publications to complete the third book in her food-focused fantasy trilogy that revolves around the life of Catherine de Medici. Besides the print edition of the third book, the agreement also includes the publishing of all three books as e-books.

Julie Scharf‘s poem, “Watching Shadows,” will appear in the Autumn 2012 edition of Mused.

Robert E. Stutts (Popular Fiction, S’10) had a critical essay, “Reconciling the Manichaean Heresy in Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita,” published in The Explicator in September 2012; the essay was originally written as one of his Stonecoast annotations.

Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11) is a finalist for the Marchigonne Fiction Contest. Her story, “The Cozy Corner,” will appear in the upcoming issue of The New Guard. Meanwhile, her essay, “Traveling Partners,” is in the Chicken Soup anthology I Can’t Believe My Cat Did That, coming September 18th to bookstores everywhere. Tamra is also a contributor to WFAEats, an online foodie journal for NPR station WFAE, Charlotte. Read her posts here.

FACULTY NEWS

Elizabeth Searle (faculty) and Steve Almond have organized a literary and musical benefit for Elizabeth Warren’s senatorial campaign the night of Sept. 13 at Precinct, 70 Union Square, Somerville, Mass. Authors will include Andre Dubus III, Anita Shreve, Tom Perotta, Suzanne Strempek Shea (faculty), who will be part of a VIP reception, and music will be by Amy Correia. For details on tickets, check out the poster by clicking here.

OTHER NEWS & CALLS FOR SUBMISSION

Mike Kimball passed along this information: “For those writing plays of any length, from two minutes up, En Avant Playwrights Forums offers comprehensive, up-to-date listing of submission opportunities.”

Many members of the Stonecoast community are deeply concerned about the injustices of our world and want to use writing as a tool for social justice. One goal of the Writing for Social Change Project is to share ideas about literary social change projects both locally and globally. The first step is to collect and share stories about Stonecoast students, faculty, and alumni who are actively using writing to promote social justice. If you’ve been involved in work like this, please send a short (150-200 words) description, including a jpg photo (of you or the activity), and  at least one resource (e.g. book, website) to help others get involved with similar projects. I’m hoping to have these available to post on the Stonecoast website by mid-October. Please end to ellenmeeropol@verizon.net.

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