Community News & Updates January 2023


Peter Adrian Behravesh‘s (Popular Fiction, W’18) short story “The Moon and Mahasti” (originally published in Holy C.O.W.: SF Stories from the Center of the World) was reprinted in StarShipSofa. This is the first time one of Peter’s stories has been narrated. You can listen to it here.

J Brooke (Poetry, S’19) is THRILLED to be returning to Stonecoast for the 2023 Winter Residency as a guest faculty member! J’s essay “Denny and Me” is published in Passengers Journal’s December 2022 Issue, where Passengers also published an actor-recorded audio version of the piece. 

Amy Burroughs‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’16) flash piece “Combustion” (published in Watershed Review) was nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize.

Brenda Cooper‘s (Fiction, S’17) story “Solastalgia Meets the Alps” is appearing now in the Climate Parables series published by Anthropocene Magazine.

David A. Hewitt‘s (Popular Fiction, S’09) story “The Continuing (Superpositional) Adventures of Schrödinger’s Cat” is now available in audio/podcast form on the Tall Tale TV website and YouTube channel.

Nylah Lyman‘s (Poetry, S’10) poem “Bread Making for Beginners” will appear in The Minnesota Review in the next issue, Issue 101.

Nadja Maril’s (Fiction, W’20) essay “Why I Wish I Knew More Yiddish” will be published in the literary magazine ZiN Daily in January. Her poetic statement in connection to this piece: The words we use convey our histories. The power of their sound can bring us closer together or pull us apart, depending on how we listen.

Tarver Nova (Popular Fiction, S’11) had his horror flash “A Little Christmas Folly” published in Tales to Terrify.

Ellie O’Leary’s (Poetry, W’17) memoir Up Home Again is the story of a woman making her peace with a haunting childhood in a beautiful place when she returned to Maine to resolve her ongoing personal dilemmas. Due out January 2023 with North Country Press. One of the blurbs on the back of the book is written by fellow Stonecoaster Elizabeth Garber (Creative Nonfiction, W’10).

Marisca Pichette (Popular Fiction, S’21)concluded 2022 with over 30 stories and 50 poems published in the year. She is pleased to share that ARCs of her forthcoming collection, Rivers in Your Skin, Sirens in Your Hair, are now available to early readers and reviewers. The collection is also listed on Goodreads and Google Books.

Watch the video for a bookreading and signing Becky Thompson (Poetry, W’21) did at Brookline Booksmith for To Speak in Salt. It was a glorious evening that included a reading of one of the poems by Arezu Kabuli, the 13-year-old to whom the book is dedicated.


In December, John Florio (Popular Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Faculty | Fiction/Popular Fiction, S’07) had his two historical novels, Sugar Pop Moon and Blind Moon Alley, re-released in classic crime editions. BookTrib reviewed the re-releases, referring to them as “riveting” and “stunning”—and calling out John’s connection to the University of Southern Maine. In January, John’s YA book DOOMED: Sacco, Vanzetti, and the End of the American Dream will be released. Publishers Weekly called it as a “well-researched nonfiction account” that interrogates how “biased agendas can adversely affect justice systems.” John’s next YA nonfiction book, MARKED MAN: Frank Serpico and the Price of Being an Honest Cop, will be out in fall 2023. John is currently working on his next novel and studying the role of communism in 1950s American literature as part of his doctoral studies with the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Pop Fiction, Scriptwriting) has been named a Contributing Editor in Fiction at Solstice magazine, which has published several of Elizabeth’s stories in recent years. Her interview with author Ann Harleman is featured in the new Winter 2022 issue of Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices. In nonfiction news, Unbound: Composing Home (a new anthology from New Rivers Press in which Elizabeth has an essay) was chosen as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2022 by CLMP, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.


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