Community News & Updates November 2022



Our fearless leader, Robin Talbot, and Stonecoast alums Amy Martin (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) and Melody Fuller (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) are exploring the possibility of having a mini-reunion-get-together at the 2023 AWP Conference and Bookfair in Seattle, Washington (March 8-11). Interested alums, faculty, staff, and current students, please contact Amy Martin by November 15, 2022, at, so we will know how or if to move forward!


On November 1st, the Essential Dreams Press charity anthology Dreams for a Broken World— series editor: Julie C. Day (Popular Fiction, S’12); guest editor: Ellen Meeropol (Fiction, W’06)—makes its way out into the world. With a stellar lineup of authors and all proceeds going to the Rosenberg Fund for Children, it’s really something special. As a cross-genre anthology, it draws from both genre and literary traditions. To celebrate the launch of this charity anthology, if you purchase Dreams for a Broken World, and post on social media November 1st with the hashtag #DreamsforaBrokenWorld (tagging the press), you’ll receive a FREE BOOK, an ecopy of the first anthology in the series, Weird Dream Society.

“24 impressive stories.” — Publishers Weekly

“Highly recommended.” — Lightspeed Magazine

Description: Patron saints and luchadores. Trickster gods. Freedom fighters. Infections of fire. Gated communities and glass castles. Hong Kong. Iran. NYC. The 1860s and the end of the world. This second anthology in the Dreams contains some seriously extraordinary stories. Best of all, all proceeds go to the Rosenberg Fund for Children. Containing a mixture of original and reprinted stories, Dreams for a Broken World brings together twenty-four amazing authors: Andrew Altschul, Joy Baglio, Breena Clarke, Zig Zag Claybourne, Tina Egnoski, Cai Emmons, JoeAnn Hart, Ava Homa, Innocent Chizarama Ilo, Céline Keating, Aimee Liu, Jan Maher, Usman T. Malik, Benjamin Parzybok, Charles Payseur, Robert V.S. Redick, Veronica Schanoes, Nisi Shawl, Vandana Singh, Lisa Taylor, Sheree Renée Thomas, Marie Vibbert, Cynthia Robinson Young, and Sabrina Vourvoulias.


Jennifer Marie Brissett (Popular Fiction, S’11) will have her story “The Healer” published in the November issue of Apex Magazine. She will also have the first article (of many) called “For Your Re-Consideration” published in the November issue of Uncanny Magazine, where she highlights speculative movies and TV series worth seeing again, or for the first time.

J Brooke (Poetry, S’19), whose essay “Tanker” appears in The Massachusetts Review this month, was interviewed by the journal in their online edition. 

Lauren M. Davis’ (Poetry, S’15) chapbook Women Bones is available through Finishing Line Press. 

teri elam (Poetry, S’19) was a finalist in the 2022 Frontier Poetry Digital Chapbook contest. She recently started writing the column “Take 5 With…” for the Atlanta Intown newspaper. The column will highlight known and unknown artists of any craft, e.g., poets, actors, photographers, hair stylists, etc., who live in Atlanta.

Jess Flarity (Popular Fiction, S’18) appeared on the October 24th episode of the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast, focused on academic conferences and Edgar Allan Poe. 

Lo Galluccio (Creative Nonfiction, S’19) has a poetry chapbook coming out this winter from Cervena Barva Press, called Not for Amnesia.

Elizabeth Garber‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’10) new memoir, Sailing at the Edge of Disaster, was given a starred review by Kirkus Reviews: “This elegant nautical memoir tells the story of a young woman’s courageous personal struggle for independence.” Here’s the link for the whole review. This memoir explores in depth a story mentioned in her previous memoir, Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter, which also received a starred Kirkus review and was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2018: “An alternately wistful and searing exploration of a troubled legacy.” On October 11, Elizabeth appeared on Maine’s TV news magazine, 207, to talk with Rob Caldwell about her new memoir. 

40 Thieves on Saipan: A Son Uncovers His Father’s True Story, by Pioneer PBS Postcards team, received a 2022 Upper Midwest Emmy Award on October 15. Award-winning co-authors of 40 Thieves on Saipan Joseph Tachovsky and Cynthia Kraack (Fiction, W’10), who were interviewed in the 19-minute segment, were present.

Marisca Pichette (Popular Fiction, S’21)travelled to Ottawa for the first time to attend Can*Con! She enjoyed visiting with fellow alum KT Bryski and sitting on panels about writing craft and stakes in speculative fiction. Preorders for her debut poetry collection, Rivers in Your Skin, Sirens in Your Hair, are live in the Android Press bookstore

Karen Pullen (Popular Fiction, S’08) has edited an anthology of 27 musically-themed mystery short stories, Rock, Roll, and Ruin, published by Down & Out in October. This is the third in a trilogy of anthologies from the Triangle, North Carolina, chapter of Sisters in Crime, following Lust, Love and Longing (Wildside, 2014), which was nominated for an Anthony award, and Need, Greed, and Dirty Deeds (Down and Out, 2017). 

Mobius: The Journal of Social Change has nominated the poem “Revolution” (Vol. 32:4)by J. Stephen (Steve) Rhodes (Poetry, W’11) for Best of the Net.

Frida’s Boots, a new book of poetry by Dana Robbins (Poetry, W’13), was just released by Moon Pie Press of Westbrook, Maine.

Judy Sandler (Creative Nonfiction, W’21) would like to share this Tiny Love Story, “I Confess,” that was published in The New York Times on Tuesday, October 18th (scroll down a bit to read it). 

October is the perfect time for a creepy new story by Jacob Strunk (Fiction, W’06) that is almost certainly the bleakest thing you’ll read this week with a Bob Seger reference (unless you are reading “Christine”). You can find “Down in the Park” in the October “Five on the Fifth” and follow Jacob on the socials @sevenmileswest. 

Lisa C. Taylor (Poetry, S’04) will have new poems coming out in the North Dakota Quarterly and a new story in the Indonesian online journal, Live Encounters. She will be offering two workshops on wildness in writing in November, one online through Southwest Writers (anyone can register for this, 2:30-4:30 p.m. EST). She is also on the planning committee for a new literary conference in the mountains in July. More information on this will be forthcoming.


Faith Adiele writes about feeling lost, being found, and finding family while in a Finnish airport in “Thanksgiving” at Her Stry and volcanic shifting landscapes—both internal and external—of identities, origin stories, and Mount St. Helens in “You Are Here: Things That Go Boom” in Alta Journal.

Tom Coash‘s (Scriptwriting) play Flat Meat Society won the Sydney (Australia) International Short & Sweet Festival, earning Best Script, Best Production, and Best Actor awards. His play A Cairo Kiss was recently produced at the Open Hydrant Theatre in the Bronx, NY.

David Anthony Durham (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) has been hired by Warner Bros Animation to write a feature film based on George R.R. Martin’s story The Ice Dragon. On October 24th David interviewed Martin for a Random House live streamed event which is now available here

Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) attended the 34th annual NewFest on October 22nd for the NYC premiere screening of I’ll Show You Mine, the Duplass Feature film that she co-wrote. Elizabeth took part in a Q&A panel after the screening with the film’s star Casey Thomas Brown and director Megan Griffiths. November IOTA Workshop: Elizabeth and Suzanne Strempek Shea are delighted to have some Stonecoasters among the students signed up for their Flashing Through the Genres virtual workshop on November 5th; registration is still open—see here

Elizabeth at NewFest in NYC for screening of I’ll Show You Mine

Morgan Talty’s (Fiction Faculty | Fiction, W’19) Night of the Living Rez is longlisted for the 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. 


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