Community News & Updates October 2021


The short film The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating adapted by Elisabeth Tova Bailey (Creative Nonfiction, S’15) from her memoir of the same title, screens this fall at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. The film can be viewed from October 12-24th at this link. In the upcoming weeks, the film is also part of the Discover Film Awards in London, which had been postponed from last year due to Covid.

L.C. Barlow‘s (Popular Fiction, W’19) third novel of her Jack Harper Trilogy—Peak—will be out October 12th, 2021.

Elizabeth Beechwood (Popular Fiction, S’14) is thrilled to be co-teaching a workshop with Katherine Quevedo via Zoom for the Hugo House in Seattle, Washington, on November 21st. The workshop, Creating Nonhuman Characters, grew out of her work at Stonecoast on writing animal characters. The lively workshop explores not only animals but also landscapes, mythical creatures, and inanimate objects such as toys and appliances. You can find more information here.

Peter Adrian Behravesh (Popular Fiction, W’18) appeared as the musical guest at the latest ephemera reading series, co-chaired by KT Bryski (Popular Fiction, W’16). You can view the entire event here.

Jennifer Marie Brissett’s (Popular Fiction, S’11) novel Destroyer of Light will be published by Tor Books on October 12th. It has already received a very positive review from Locus Magazine and a starred review from Kirkus. Also, Fantasy Magazine posted an interview with Jenn in their September issue, and Jenn wrote a guest post for Locus on “Time as a Technology.”

J Brooke’s (Poetry, S’19) autobiographical essay “Hideous” was a finalist for the 2021 Maine Review Embody Awards. J developed the essay in a class taught by their thesis mentor, Deb Marquart.

Shane Collins (Fiction, W’15) has another tabletop roleplaying book launching on Kickstarter in October. The book is called Organic Towns—written by Shane and edited by Frank Ard (Popular Fiction, S’14)—and is a system-neutral supplement for starting, growing, and running fantasy settlements in any fantasy setting. The book launches on Kickstarter on October 5th at 10:00 a.m. (click here to be notified on launch).

Brenda Cooper‘s (Fiction, S’17) story “Paper of Elephants” will appear in the October 2021 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine; it will be available to read free online. Clarkesworld is a monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine that has been recognized with a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, and a British Fantasy Award.

Veda Boyd Jones (Fiction, S’17) has three articles in the 2022 Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac on newsstands now. 

Alan King (Poetry, W’13) produced this video showcase to highlight the poems in his new chapbook, Crooked Smiling Light, which is now available from Plan B Press. Watch the showcase video and then order your copy from Plan B Press.

Nina B. Lichtenstein (Creative Nonfiction, S’20) recently had a micro essay, titled “Mail Order Bride,” published by Dorothy Parker’s Ashes in their “Wardrobe” Issue. She is also excited that her essay “Ink Stains and Blood Stains” is part of the INK Anthology by Hippocampus Books, which is now available for pre-order, and will be released on November 23rd.

Nylah Lyman (Poetry, S’10) is delighted to announce the recent publication of her first book-length collection of poems, Frail Union, from Encircle Publications. The book is available for purchase via Amazon, your local bookstore, or from the publisher directly.

Writing as S.M. Mack, Sarah Mack (Popular Fiction, S’19) has published a short story titled “A Dragon Walks into a Bookstore” in the Sirens Conference benefit anthology called Villains & Vengeance. The anthology is available for purchase through most major retailers.

Laura Navarre (Popular Fiction, W’12) is thrilled to pivot from traditional to hybrid publishing with the launch of her indie debut, the award-winning action sci fi reverse harem romance Interstellar Angel, on October 12. Laura’s super-steamy MMMF quick-release Astral Heat Romance Series has garnered recent awards from the Romance Writers of America Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal “On the Far Side” contest (futuristic category), and the Chesapeake Romance Writers Rudy Contest (erotic romance category). The party continues in December with Renegade Angel, Book 2 in the series. 

Benjamin Rubenstein‘s (Fiction, W’18) short story, “Anne,” was recently published in Volume 5 of Switchgrass Review. “Anne,” a work of fiction inspired by Benjamin’s late great friend, was one of the first pieces he wrote while at Stonecoast under the tutelage of Suzanne Strempek Shea.

Patricia Smith (Poetry, S’08) received the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation for lifetime achievement. You can also read an interview with Patricia conducted by Saeed Jones here.

“Widening Gyres” by Tamie Parker Song (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) was published in walk · listen · create; you can find the essay here

Gina Troisi‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’09) debut memoir, The Angle of Flickering Light, recently received a Silver Medal for the 2021 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for the Nonfiction-Inspirational category 2021 Book Award Contest Winners – Readers’ Favorite: Book Reviews and Award Contest ( and an Honorable Mention for the 2021 Paris Book Festival Award for the Biography/Autobiography/Memoir category. Paris Book Festival. Her short story “Where He Still Lives” was a Spotlight Author Runner-Up in Fiction for Eclectica Magazine, 2021. Gina was recently interviewed by fellow memoirist Sari Fordham in The Manifest-Station about releasing her memoir during the pandemic. 

Adrienne S. Wallner (Poetry, W’09) will give a livestream poetry reading via Facebook & YouTube  Wednesday hosted by The Coolest Coast on October 6, 7:00 p.m. Central.  A recording of the event will be available at  She will also be giving a poetry reading with free desserts at St. Norbert College on Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. CST. For more info about upcoming events, visit Adrienne’s website


Faith Adiele’s (Creative Nonfiction) “To Mario, 26-Year-Old Bestie to my 78-Year-Old Mom” appears in the new anthology Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us, edited by Colleen Kinder and published by Algonquin Books on October 5, 2021. 

Tom Coash‘s (Scriptwriting) new one-woman monologue, Flat Meat Society, will stream FREE online as part of the terrific Stage Left Theatre’s (Spokane) “Masterpiece Monologues: New Works,” at 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. EST) on October 8th and will stream on Vimeo and Facebook

David Anthony Durham’s (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) middle-grade fantasy novel, The Shadow Prince, pubs on October 19th. In conjunction with the release, he’ll be promoting the book as a panelist/guest at ArmadilloCon, a science fiction convention in Austin, TX, October 15-17th. He’ll be doing a reading for the Churchill Arts Council in Fallon, NV, on October 24th 5:00-7:00pm. He’ll be doing a virtual reading at Sundance Books and Music on Oct 29th.

Cara Hoffman‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction) short-story collection Ruin is now available for preorder from PM Press. Two stories from the collection were published this season: “DeChellis” in The Bennington Review and “Childhood” in The Opiate.

Aaron Hamburger (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction) was interviewed by BBC Radio as part of an audio documentary called Teen Spirit, marking the 30th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s album Nevermind. In his interview, Aaron talks about the real-life events that inspired his Kurt Cobain-themed novel Nirvana Is Here. You can hear the interview (for a limited time!) here. Aaron’s remarks begin at the 40:45 time mark.

Morgan Talty (Fiction Faculty | Fiction, W’19) was awarded the $4,000 2021 Narrative Prize from Narrative Magazine for best work published by an emerging writer in the past year. He joins a long list of winners, including Natalie Diaz, Min Jin Lee, Ocean Vuong, and many more. More information about the award can be found here. 


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