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

Dear Stonecoasters,

You are warmly invited to apply for the January 2014 Stonecoast in Ireland (SCI) residency. This will be our sixteenth residency in Ireland and each one has been terrific. Here are the details:

WHEN? The winter SCI residency will run from 16-23 January 2014.

WHERE: We will meet in Howth, a beautiful seaside village located on a hilly peninsula just 20 minutes northeast of Dublin city center. Participants and faculty will stay together in the elegant King Sitric Guesthouse, right across the street from the harbor, pier, and lighthouse. Come see why James Joyce chose the cliffs of Howth Head as the inevitable site for Leopold Bloom to propose to Molly (oh, and W.B. Yeats wrote his first poems while living in Howth.)

DEADLINE: Applications must be emailed as MSW attachments to SCI coordinator Ted Deppe by 11:59 p.m. (your time zone) Wednesday, 22 May 2013.

WHO’S ON THE FACULTY IN JANUARY 2014? Stonecoast’s Jaed Coffin and Ted Deppe will be joined by prominent Irish writers, to be named soon. During the program’s first fifteen residencies, visitors have included Irish writers Paul Durcan, Claire Keegan, Harry Clifton, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Theo Dorgan, Kate Newmann, Dermot Bolger, Paula Meehan, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Sínead Morrissey, Carlo Gébler, Anthony Glavin, Deirdre Madden, Eamon Grennan, Hugo Hamilton, Joan Newmann, Tony Curtis, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Kevin Barry, Sarah Rees Brennan, Martin Malone, and Macdara Woods; Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn; traditional storyteller Liz Weir; Trinity College professor emeritus Vincent McBrierty; 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 January 2014 may apply. Alumni and fifth-residency students may also apply.

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

WHAT 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; past field trips have included such things as trips to the James Joyce tower and museum in Sandycove and the astonishing W.B. Yeats exhibit at the National Library in Dublin. Participants are encouraged to arrive early or stay late, so they can explore Ireland and/or Europe.

WHAT DOES IT COST? Tuition for continuing students 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. Participants are responsible for their own airfare.

The cost for alumni or fifth-semester students is $880 tuition and $1,060 for room and board.

WHO CAN I WORK WITH FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER? Continuing students can request to work with mentors from the full Stonecoast faculty for the Spring 2014 term, whether or not the faculty member is in Maine or Ireland next January.

HOW DO I APPLY? Download the accompanying application, fill it out, and send it as a MSW attachment to Theodore.Deppe@maine.edu before midnight (your time zone) on Wednesday 22 May 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

We hope you can join us as Stonecoast in Ireland turns Sweet Sixteen!

Ted Deppe, Stonecoast in Ireland Coordinator
Email: Theodore.deppe@maine.edu

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Community News & Updates May 2013

STONECOAST READINGS

On May 13, Elizabeth Searle will host a reading at Newtonville Books in Newton, MA, celebrating ten years of Stonecoast MFA and featuring readings by Stonecoast alumni Eugenio Volpe, Cal Armistead, Mihku Paul, and Richard Cambridge.

ALUMNI

Michael Beeman‘s (Fiction, S’09) short story “The Sleeping Saints” was published in the Winter 2013 issue of The Sewanee Review. The story, written while he was working with Kelly Link during his first semester at Stonecoast, was also well-received in a recent New Pages review.

LaunchPadJennifer Marie Brissett (Popular Fiction, S’11) was accepted into the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for established writers. It’s held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, WY, and aims to provide a “crash course” in modern astronomy science through guest lectures as well as observation through the University of Wyoming’s professional telescopes.

Tamie Marie Fields‘ (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) essay “Hook and Sway” was published in the April issue of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.

J. M. McDermott (Popular Fiction, S’11) sold a story, “Dolores, Big and Strong,” to Asimov’s Science Fiction.

Bruce Pratt (Fiction, ’04) will be directing a staged reading of Elizabeth Searle‘s ten-minute play Stolen Girl on Sunday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m. at the historic Penobscot Theatre’s Opera House in Bangor, ME, as part of the Northern Writes Festival of New Works. A Q&A with the author will follow the performance. Bruce’s short play Memories of Paradise and Mike Kimball‘s short play Janey Succumbs to Polar Madness are included in the Maine Playwrights Festival in Portland, which runs from April 26-May 4 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center. The third performance of Bruce’s play will run Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 p.m.; Mike’s play will be presented on May 2 and May 3 at 7:30 p.m. and again on May 4 at 4:00 p.m. Additional information may be found here, and tickets may be ordered by calling 207.854.0065.

Lisa Romeo (Creative Nonfiction, S’08) has been appointed creative nonfiction editor for the forthcoming online literary journal, Compose. Last month, her memoir proposal was one of five finalists in the Seal Press book contract contest sponsored by SheWrites.com. This winter, Lisa judged Kenneth Kingery/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award for the Council for Wisconsin Writers, selected David McGlynn’s memoir, A Door in the Ocean.

staten_island_noirPatricia Smith (Poetry, S’08, and former Stonecoast poetry faculty member) will be reading at the Library of Congress on May 1, along with poets Kevin Young, Brenda Shaughnessy, Marily Chin, and Brian Turner. The program, “Necessary Utterance: Poetry As Cultural Force,” commemorates Nathasha Trethewey’s historic term as poet laureate. On May 2, Patricia will receive the Robert L. Fish Award from the Mystery Writers of America, given for the best debut story in the genre. “When They Are Done with Us,” her contribution to the crime-fiction anthology Staten Island Noir (which she also edited) was chosen for the Fish Award and will be included in Best American Short Stories 2013.

STUDENTS

Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre) has been invited to participate in the “Lunch with an Author” fundraiser on May 2 in Wilmington, NC. Proceeds from the event go to support Creative Writing Scholarships at Cape Fear Community College. Sheila will also be speaking about her writing to the New Hanover Kennel Club in Wilmington on May 13, with a portion of proceeds going to support canine health research.

FACULTY

pw may june 2013Bon Appétit: How Food Writing Fed My Fiction,” Aaron Hamburger‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) essay on fiction and food writing, is in the current issue of Poets and Writers. Also, his short story “No More Wild Orchids” will appear in the upcoming issue of Carolina Quarterly.

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Duck and Cover

Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) full-length play Duck and Cover has been selected to be read at the Bangor Opera House as part of the Penobscot Theatre Company‘s 7th Annual Northern Writes Festival May 3-5. A full production of Duck and Cover (“A delicious mix of drama, history and humor… Smart, witty, heartwarming and incisively written. Truly engaging.” –Portsmouth Hearld) will be staged May 30-June 9 at Acorn Studio Theater (Westbrook ME | 207.854.0065). His new short play Janey Succumbs to Polar Madness will be part of the 2013 Maine Playwrights Festival (also on Facebook) on May 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and on May 4 at 4:00 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Center for the Performing Arts in Portland, ME.

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Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) has a new one-act play, Stolen Girl, premiering at Northern Writes Festival of New Works in Maine at the Bangor Opera House on Sunday, May 5, directed by Bruce Pratt (Fiction, ’04) and produced by the Penobscot Theatre Company.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The inaugural issue of The Catch: Writings from Downeast Maine, a new literary journal launched in association with the Downeast Fisheries Trail, was published on April 10 and is available here. The submission window opens in September; Catherine Schmitt (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) is managing editor.

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