Community News & Updates July 2022



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Peter Adrian Behravesh (Popular Fiction, W’18) is thrilled to announce that Seven Seas Entertainment has voluntarily recognized the United Workers of Seven Seas. You can read the entire statement here. Also, given the terrible news regarding Roe v. Wade, UW7S has added a reproductive healthcare stipulation to their list of demands.

Carina Bissett (Popular Fiction, S’18) is pleased to announce the publication of her short story “Dead Girl Driving” in What Remains, released by Firbolg Publishing in May 2022. Her poems “My Body, My Book” and “Our Lady’s Bird” were included in the poetry anthology Under Her Skin: A Women in Horror Poetry Showcasepublished by Black Spot Books in April 2021. In other news, Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas (edited by Carina, Hillary Dodge, Joshua Viola) has garnered recognition as a Winner at the Colorado Book Awards 2022 (Anthology) and as a Finalist in the Fiction: Anthologies category of the 2022 International Book Awards

Linda Buckmaster‘s (Creative Nonfiction, S’11) excerpt from Elemental: A Miscellany of Salt Cod and Islands was a Nonfiction Finalist in the Maine Literary Awards. Two of her pieces from the book were recently published in the Scottish literary magazine Northwords Now. Her poem “Driveaway” was republished in the newspaper Village Soup.

The cover for Dreams for a Broken World is finally revealed. What does it mean to live in a fragmented and uncertain world? How do we find a better way forward? The anthology Dreams for a Broken World, the second book in the Dreams anthology seriesdraws from both genre and literary traditions in an attempt to answer such questions. Julie C. Day (Popular Fiction, S’12) is both series editor and publisher (Essential Dreams Press, 2022). Ellen Meeropol (Fiction, W’06) joins the project as guest editor with Carina Bissett (Popular Fiction, S’18) rounding out the Stonecoast contingent of the editorial team. Dreams for a Broken World contains both reprints and original works by twenty-four award-winning writers. As a book intent on crossing boundaries, you’ll find writers Breena Clarke (Fiction Faculty), Lisa C.Taylor (Poetry, S’04), Ava Homa, and Andrew Altschulalongside such acclaimed science fiction and fantasy authors Sheree Renée Thomas, Usman T. Malik, Nisi Shawl, Robert V.S. Redick (former Popular Fiction Faculty), and Vandana Singh. Arley Sorg of Lightspeed Magazine says, “…this anthology offers seriously admirable work. Highly recommended.” Early reviews reflect the depth of talent contained within the anthology’s TOC. All proceeds from the book go directly to the Rosenberg Fund for Children. Learn more about the press and the history of the project, or view the entire table of contents.

teri elam’s (Poetry, S’19) essay “No Ordinary Poet: Nicole Sealey as Master of Form and Agent of Social Justice” was published in the Spring 2022 issue of The Birmingham Poetry Review.

Lo Galluccio (Poetry, S’19) will be performing songs from her CD, Spell on You, with Andres Amitai Wilson on electric guitar at the Little Crêpe Café at 102 Oxford Street in Cambridge, MA, on Friday, July 1st, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Andres will be reading from his recently published chapbook, Glitter Glue the Slowly Sinking Idols. There will be a lively, multilingual open mic at 6:00 p.m. Free to all. The café serves delicious crêpes and beverages.  

Rebecca Kightlinger‘s (Fiction, W’14) historical fiction novel, Megge of Bury Down: The Bury Down Chronicles, Book One, (written while at Stonecoast and published by Rowan Moon Press) just took first place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards in the category of Supernatural Paranormal Fiction.

Stephanie Loleng (Fiction, W’19) has two stories out this month: her micro-fiction piece “Cakes” will appear in Gastropoda and her flash fiction piece “Like a Moth’s Wings” will appear in ZINE 1: DUMPLINGS issue of Tigers Zine

Nylah Lyman‘s (Poetry, S’10) “Live Free or Die” will appear in the forthcoming Spring/Summer 2022 issue of The Poet’s Touchstone, a publication of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire.

Jeanette Lynes’ (Poetry/Fiction, S’05) third novel, The Apothecary’s Garden, was just released by HarperCollins Canada.

Joe M McDermott (Popular Fiction, S’11), has the short story “We’re All in Trouble” appearing in the July/August 2022 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

Nadja Maril’s (Fiction, W’20) memoir essay “Voice Lessons” will be the Litro Magazine Online Essay/Saturday piece on July 16th.

Ellen Meeropol (Fiction, W’06) is delighted to announce that her fifth novel, The Lost Women of Azalea Court, will be out on September 13 from Red Hen Press. It’s a story about sisterhood and how we treat mental illness, about taking care of each other despite our differences, about evil and trying to face the sins of the past. It can be preordered here. 

Ellie O’Leary (Poetry, W’17) has a photograph (below) and two poems, “Poetry Pool” and “As a Swan,” included in the wARTs: Merrimac Mic Anthology VII.

Swan at Tuxbury by Ellie O’Leary

Janet Passehl (Poetry, S’10) has five poems in the June issue of Swifts & Slows

Jonathan Pessant (Poetry, W’21) has two poems recently accepted.  “Ghost Notes” will appear in Issue #42 of Slipstream Magazine (theme: “Bread-Blood-Beats”) and explores the meaning of having a half-sister. “Combat/Peace,” which appears in Issue #17 of the Stonecoast Review, is a meditation on the passing of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Marisca Pichette (Popular Fiction, S’21)has new poems and stories out in Fusion Fragment, NonBinary Review, Tree and Stone Magazine’s Queer As F* special issue, and Shacklebound Books publicationsShe is looking forward to presenting at the Once and Future Fantasies Conference in Glasgow from July 13-18!

Bruce Pratt‘s (Fiction, S’04) short story “Vanity Plate” will appear in the next issue of Aethlon; The Journal of the Sport Literature Association.

Lisa Romeo (Creative Nonfiction, S’08) was part of a panel, “Everyone Has a Story: Telling it in Memoir,” at the Passaic County Book Festival in Clifton, NJ, in early June. Five of Lisa’s manuscript development clients have recently published memoirs, novels, and general nonfiction books via traditional, hybrid, and self-publishing formats, while several freelance writers whose work Lisa ghost-edits placed op-ed/opinion pieces and personal essays in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Psychotherapy Networker, HuffPost Personal, and Salon. Lisa continues to edit the “Writer-to-Writer” fiction and nonfiction craft essays section for Cleaver Magazine (submit to her via their website).

Kevin St. Jarre‘s (Popular Fiction, S’10) essay “Don’t Flip the Ployes” appears in the Summer 2022 issue of Le Forum, a French/English bilingual, socio-cultural periodical published by the Franco-American Centre.

Clash Books will be publishing Eugenio Volpe’s (Fiction, W’05) novel I, Caravaggio in July 2023. His novel has been described as a postmodern retelling of the life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the bisexual, street-fighting godfather of modern painting.

Eugenio Volpe

Marco Wilkinson (Creative Nonfiction, S’13) has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Literary Arts in the Literature Department at University of California San Diego. He will be teaching creative nonfiction with a focus on eco-writing to undergraduate and graduate students.

Robin Clifford Wood (Creative Nonfiction, S’15) has two public events in July:

  • Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 p.m. – Live book event in Islesboro, Maine, Islesboro Community Center 
  • Sunday, July 17, 2:00 p.m. – Live book event in Denmark, Maine, Denmark Arts Center. 


Faith Adiele (Creative Nonfiction) chronicles the visual and written art that emerged alongside social justice protests supporting Black Lives Matter in “A Light in the Window of the World: Protest Art and Black Liberation,” featured in the Smithsonian’s digital magazine, Folklife. She also contributed to the cover story for the summer issue of Alta Journal, “85 Bookstores We Love,” and wrote a feature profile on multidisciplinary artist Lava Thomas in “The Seeker.”

JJ Amaworo Wilson‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction) novel Nazaré won the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year fiction award. This award recognizes the best books published in 2021 by small, independent, and university presses.

Elizabeth Searle’s (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) film I’ll Show You Mine, which she co-wrote, screened at three Festivals in June: Provincetown International Film Festival, which Elizabeth attended; as well as actress Gina Davis’s Bentonville Film Festival, which focuses on female film makers; and at the iconic Frameline Festival in San Francisco, where the film was selected as a “pick of the festival” and drew this review in the film publication Into: “I’ll Show You Mine is a taut, tight, and sexually charged talk-thriller… The film rejoices in unabashedly exploring sexual taboo and towing the incredibly taut line between discussions of body politics, abuses of power, and sexual tension… The true marvel of I’ll Show You Mine is in its script, which so naturalistically moves from casual flirty dialogue into heartfelt discussions of abuse and trauma and how it can manifest itself into sexual desire. Furthermore, the film thankfully doesn’t seek to shame people for desires born from their abuse. This subtlety is what makes the film such a triumph.”

Elizabeth at the Provincetown International Film festival where I’ll Show You Mine screened.

Morgan Talty’s (Fiction Faculty | Fiction, W’19) highly anticipated collection Night of the Living Rez (A New York Times, The Boston Globe, Vulture,, Daily Beast, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, LitHub, Book Riot and WBUR Best Book of Summer and a Most Anticipated Book of the Year at LitHub, Book Riot, and Paste) will hit bookshelves on July 5th. 


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