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Stonecoast Community AWP Schedule 2013

USM Stonecoast logoHere is a list of events that comprise the growing Stonecoast AWP Schedule. Please take a look at the items below, and let us know if your event needs to be added. We’re looking to add any reading, signing, or panel that is happening as part of the 2013 AWP Conference.

AWP events are primarily held at the Hynes Convention Center located at 900 Boylston Street, Boston. However, we have several events that will be hosted off-site, which means you should look closely at the noted location.

** Please note that this is a schedule in progress. More events will be added and some may change. So please keep your eye out for updates!**

Thursday, March 7

Teaching the Writer and the Text: Writers of Color in the Creative Writing Workshop
Participants: Elmaz Abinader, M. Evelina Galang, Faith Adiele, Mat Johnson, David Mura

The efforts to diversify creative writing programs have succeeded in increasing the numbers of writers-of-color and the visibility of their work. However, students-of-color often report that the existing faculty and their own colleagues fail to provide in-depth examination of their writing. We will examine the reasons for and responses to these experiences by writers-of-color in the creative writing classroom, and discuss strategies to create teaching diversity with an obligation to each writer’s experience and legacy. We will offer suggestions for pedagogical resources for teaching all writers, inclusively.
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Location: Room 104, Hynes Convention Center

Boston Public LibraryStonecoast MFA Community Reading

Location: Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

  • Jaed Coffin, faculty, alumnus
  • Anthony D’Aries, alumnus
  • Aaron Hamburger, faculty
  • Lexa Hillyer, alumna
  • Sandra McDonald, alumna
  • Thomas McDonald, alumnus
  • Suzanne Strempek Shea, faculty
  • Sholeh Wolpe, faculty
  • Lady Zen, student

Friday, March 8

The Low-Residency MFA Experience: An Alumni Perspective
Participants: Erin Underwood (m), Ann E. Michael, Ian Williams, Janet Pocorobba, Sandra McDonald

Low-residency MFA programs are on the rise. This panel features an alumni perspective on the educational and post MFA low-residency experience. We will examine how well the low-res model fits our needs as well as our programs’ resources for alumni, the development of alumni communities, and the reality of establishing a publishing or academic career. We will also look at the overall value of the experience on a personal, artistic, and professional level. A Q&A session will follow.
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Location: Room 108, Plaza Level, Hynes Convention Center

Creative Nonfiction Pedagogy: New Findings from the Field
Participants: Suzanne Cope, Christin Geall, Jan Donley, Stuart Horwitz

This panel features a recent study of approaches to teaching CNF in undergraduate, graduate, and community-based classes. Moderated by Dr. Suzanne Cope, lead researcher in the first participant-based study of CNF instruction for adults, panelists will reflect upon their pedagogy and influences. The conversation will revolve around the findings from the study, including the benefit of mentors and communities of practice, and the adaptation of instruction for various groups.
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Location: Room 105, Plaza Level, Hynes Convention Center

Home/Land: Inner Landscapes and Outer Geographies in the Work of Native Northeast Poets
Participants: Mihku Paul, Michael LeBlanc, Cheryl Savageau, Lisa Brooks

This event will examine and discuss the origin and persistence of internal topographies connected to cultural landscapes expressed in the poetry of Native writers from Eastern Woodland tribes. The panel will consider possible explanations for these persistent elements, including the concept that, for Native writers, the inner landscape has strenthened and expanded in correlation with the loss of tribal homelands. Both scholarly and creative perspectives will be shared.
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Location: Room 305, Level 3, Hynes Convention Center

Stonecoast MFA Faculty Reading: A Tenth Anniversary Celebration
Participants: Tim Seibles, David Mura, Barbara Hurd, David Anthony Durham, Annie Finch (m)

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program in Creative Writing, this reading presents Stonecoast faculty from five genres: Barbara Hurd in creative nonfiction, David Mura in fiction and scriptwriting, David Durham in popular fiction, and Tim Seibles in poetry. The event showcases the power of aesthetic and cultural variety in the curriculum, the strength of Stonecoast’s community, and the energy and diversity of an acclaimed writing faculty.
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Location: Room 203, Level 2, Hynes Convention Center

Saturday, March 9

Wesleyan Poetry Series Reading
Participants: Stephanie Elliott, Rae Armantrout, Kazim Ali, Annie Finch, Jena Osman

Readings from the newest titles in the Wesleyan Poetry series. Rae Armantrout’s Just Saying continues her standard of inventive, tightly written verse. Spells: New and Collected Poems represents Annie Finch’s technical mastery and her illuminating response to the world. Kazim Ali’s carefully crafted Icarus is an ethereal meditation on the human spirit. Jena Osman’s Public Figures employs a hybrid form of poetry, prose, and found text to explore memory and remembrance in American culture.
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Room 210, Level 2, Hynes Convention Center

Writers in the Boonies: Creating a Regional/Rural Literary Hub
Participants: Ellen Meeropol, Patricia Lee Lewis, Jacqueline Sheehan

Literary arts centers have been successful in cities, but what about in nonmetropolitan areas? Three western Massachusetts authors discuss the challenges and benefits of developing Straw Dog Writers Guild, a community literary arts organization in a rural/small town region. Starting with a vision but no money or backers, presenters explore strategies to build a new organization to engage and connect writers without infringing on existing workshops and programs.
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Location: Room 305, Level 3, Hynes Convention Center

“Altered Egos” – Stonecoast MFA Masquerade Literary Heroes and Villains

Come as you are, or . . . come as someone else
Co-hosted by Elizabeth Searle (faculty) and Mihku Paul (alumna)
Time: 9:00 pm-Midnight
Location: Sheraton Suite 2039



Book Signings (Thurs, Fri, & Sat)
Location: Stonecoast MFA Booth #507, AWP Bookfair
Faculty and Alumni will be signing their new books all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Special appearance by 2012 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry Tim Seibles.

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Create Your Portfolio Page for AWP

I’m putting together portfolio pages to feature our alumni, students and faculty at AWP and other public gatherings in which we can showcase our collective work. If you’d like to be included in the portfolio, it’s really easy. Each person gets ONE page in the portfolio, which will comprise a series of 3-ring binders arranged by concentration.

I’ve included two different ONE-PAGE samples, one based on my own work, that you can use as examples when putting together your portfolio page. Feel free to take a look at them and copy the style or come up with something of your own. You can use images or go with plain text. You can produce something that looks like a resume or stick with a piece that looks like a book promo page. Or you can even create a hybrid type page that shows whatever you want to features: your teaching credentials, your fiction publications, your books, your articles, etc. This is your chance to let us know all about you!

Here are two possible examples you can use to create your own portfolio:

Microsoft Word - Underwood Erin - Multi.docx

Microsoft Word - Roessner Michaela AWP Portfolio Page.doc

I think something along these lines is good since it gives you an opportunity to display book covers as well as text, depending on what you want to highlight. However, the choice is yours. Use your one-page of space wisely. The only part of the portfolio that needs to be consistent on all pages is the header since that is what I will use to organize the pages within each binder.

If you want to be included in the AWP portfolio, please be sure to send your ONE portfolio page to me as a WORD document or PDF no later than February 28, 2013. Please do not send late submissions. Note, whatever you send will be included in the portfolio. So please make sure that your page is perfect before submitting it.

When submitting your page, please email it to Erin Underwood at < erin.m.underwood at gmail dot com > and include “Portfolio Page” in the subject line so that I can easily search my email to ensure that I don’t miss anything. If you have any questions, please let me know.


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Stonecoast AWP Attendees

Are you going to AWP? If so, make sure to let us know that you’ll be there so that Stonecoast and the SCAA can keep you up-to-date on events and gatherings during the conference. Please visit the AWP Attendee Form and let us know that you’ll be there. Here’s a list of the people who have already let us know that they will be at AWP.

  • Erin Lyn Bodin
  • Sheila Boneham
  • Emma Bouthillette
  • Kate Cone
  • Anthony D’Aries
  • Jill Day
  • Louis A. Di Leo
  • Annie Finch
  • Gro Flatebo
  • Christin Geall
  • Florence Grende
  • Trevor Gulley
  • Lexa Hillyer
  • Jeff Kass
  • Cynthia Kraack
  • Jeanette Lynes
  • Tara Mantel
  • Ellen Meeropol
  • Janet Passehl
  • James Patrick
  • Mihku Paul
  • Helen Peppe
  • Judith Podell
  • Brenda Sparks Prescott
  • Lisa Romeo
  • Rooze (Yvonne Garcia)
  • Amy Safford
  • Catherine Schmitt
  • Elizabeth Searle
  • Suzanne Strempek Shea
  • Michelle Soucy
  • Felicity Stone
  • kathleen Sullivan
  • Joanne Turnbull
  • Erin Underwood
  • Enza Vescera
  • Kayenta Williams


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Community News & Updates January 2013


Eric M. Bosarge‘s (Popular Fiction W’12) story “Corentin the Divine” will appear in Buzzy Magazine on January 18th. It can be read online for free here.

Jennifer Marie Brissett (Popular Fiction) was interviewed and read a short story on the Hour of the Wolf radio show hosted by Jim Freund on WBAI in New York City. The show was podcasted and will remain available for 13 days past December 27, 2012. Also, the Kindred Reading Series, which she curates, made the November 2012 issue of Locus magazine (see below).

Kindred Reading Series in Locus 2012-11

Libby Cudmore and Matthew Quinn Martin’s (Popular Fiction, S’10) short story “The Real Housewives of Happily Ever After” was published in the Fall 2012 issue of Mixitini Matrix.

Lesley Heiser (Fiction ’11) is happy to share that her story “Malaysian Rainbow” is going to be published on The Nervous Breakdown. She thanks all Stonecoasters who helped her with this story, especially David Mura.

ColdFeet-cover-413x638Karen Pullen‘s (Popular Fiction S’08) debut mystery novel will be released this month from Five Star Cengage. Cold Feet is the story of what happens when an undercover drug agent, a stalkerish ex-girlfriend, and a couple of religious scammers show up at a wedding hosted by a faux Scotsman in a kilt. Publsher’s Weekly liked it: “Stella Lavender [is] the appealing 26-year-old heroine of Pullen’s absorbing first mystery…. Readers will hope to see a lot more of Stella in future installments.” Karen’s awarding everyone who pre-orders with a chance to spend two nights at her Pittsboro, NC, bed and breakfast; see details here.

Robe of Bones CoverOn Halloween, Jacob Strunk (Fiction W’07) and Dominic Aulisio (Fiction S’07) released their collaborative Robe of Bones, documenting in black-and-white photography, poetry, song, and 16mm film their autumn 2012 New England road trip. Available as a free download and in a handsome dead-tree coffee-table version, Robe of Bones consists of a photo book, original songs inspired by the experience, and the 16mm black-and-white short film.


Boneham_book_dropdead_90dpiYou know Sheila Boneham as a CNF student, but her new mystery novel Drop Dead on Recall (Midnight Ink, October 2012) has made the “Best of 2012” list of top-ten dog books from NBC’s Petside, a website dedicated to “improving the world for pets and their owners.” Petside reviewer Dorri Oldes calls the book, which draws on Sheila’s long experience in dog sports and writing nonfiction about dogs and cats, “a fast and exciting read that will keep you riveted right through till the end.” The list can be found here.

Love in Reality 600 wide 72dpiMagdalen Braden‘s publishing company, Harmony Road Press, released her first full-length contemporary romance, Love in Reality, in mid-December 2012. In it, TV producer Rand casts a confident bartender, Lissa, as a ditzy reality show contestant, not realizing she’s actually Lissa’s law student twin, Libby. Life in The Fishbowl encourages scheming, but as Rand and Libby fall in love, they have to be honest with themselves—and each other.


Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) will be a guest of the Horror Writers Association at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA, January 25-29th. She will appear on two panels, Graphic Novels and Young Adult Horror, and will be available in the HWA booth to discuss the horror genre with attendees.

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