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Community News & Updates December 2012

ALUMNI NEWS

Adam Kreutz Gallardo (Popular Fiction, S’12) is happy to announce that he has signed with Ann Collette of the Reese Literary Agency. She plans to shop his debut novel, Zomburbia, to publishers as soon as early December.

Sandra McDonald (Popular Fiction, W’05) has three stories currently in print: “Searching for Slave Leia” in Lightspeed, “The Black Feminist’s Guide to Science Fiction Film Editing” in Asimov’s, and “Your Final Apocalypse” in Clarkesworld. Her young adult sci-fi adventure for girls, “Annie Wu Saves the Future,” is available at Amazon. Visit Sandra’s website for more information.

Alice Guy BlacheAlison McMahan (Popular Fiction, W’10) had her book, Alice Guy Blaché: The Lost Visionary of Cinema (which was translated into Spanish as Alice Guy Blaché by Plots Ediciones) adapted into a play, Alicia en la Sombras de las Maravillas, by La Recua Teatro in Toledo, Spain. The play premiered November 22nd and will be part of the Miami International Theatre Festival in May 2013. Also, her screenplay Imprinted won the Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition for Feature Script in the Artistic Vision category.

Alexandra Oliver (Poetry, W’12) and Pino Coluccio will soon launch The Rotary Dial, Canada’s first all-formalist online journal (welcoming international talent, as well). They also plan to run classes on formal poetics and host readings in Toronto.

STUDENT NEWS

Karen Bovenmyer (Popular Fiction) was recorded reading two poems, “Cadaver Feet” and “The Sweet Spot,” as part of Third Stanza Poets’ 11 Days of Global Unity at Café Diem, Ames, Iowa, on September 18th. A community radio station, KHOI 89.1 FM, broadcast the reading on October 30th and November 4th, 2012.

Linda Kobert’s (Creative Nonfiction) essay “Pecky” appears in the Fall 2012 issue of Hospital Drive, the online literary and humanities journal of the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

FACULTY NEWS

Elizabeth Searle was featured in the October 2012 issue of Imagine Magazine, which covers the film community in New England, in an article about the ongoing film development of her novel A Four-Sided Bed. Bravo Sierra Pictures has a produced a three-minute “sizzler reel” for the film directed by Stonecoast alum Matthew Quinn Martin. Elizabeth also had a short essay about Virginia Woolf published in the fall 2012 issue of New Ohio Review. A Song Showcase of Elizabeth’s Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera will be performed in New York City on January 21st, co-produced by Harborside Films (details forthcoming).

Newly elected U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren personally greeted and thanked Elizabeth Searle at a victory celebration held November 6th at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. The Stonecoast Elizabeth was the driving force behind Writers for Warren, a night of readings and music held in September in Somerville, Massachusetts, to benefit the campaign of the candidate Elizabeth. Emceed by Steve Almond, the event included readings by Anita Diamont, Anita Shreve, Stephen McCauley, Tom Perrotta, and Suzanne Strempek Shea. A photo of Elizabeth, Suzanne, and Enza Vescera at the event, seen below, was featured in the print version of an October 4th Boston Globe story about political fundraisers featuring the creative community. Another photo in the piece (print and digital) featured political activist William Hodgkinson, Elizabeth Searle’s 14-year-old son, standing next to Elizabeth Warren at a March rally.

Elizabeth, Enza, Suzanne

DSCN0001Suzanne Strempek Shea recently joined her husband, Tommy Shea, and their friend, Michele P. Barker, in celebrating the release of 140 Years of Providential Caring: The Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts, a book telling the stories of the women religious behind the creation and continuation of the order, and of some of their many programs, services and facilities established between Western Massachusetts and Chile. Copies may be obtained by sending a check for $25, made payable to the Sisters of Providence, to Nancy Arnold, Providence Place, 5 Gamelin St., Holyoke, MA 01040.

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Community News & Updates October 2012

ALUMNI NEWS

Jennifer Marie Brissett has had two stories published. “Clone” is in Ripped Genes: The Biopunk Special Issue of Morpheus Tales magazine and is available for the Kindle and other eBook formats as well as in paperback. Her story “Secrets of the Sea” is in The Future Fire magazine and it’s available free online!

Debbie Daughetee, aka D. Lynn Smith (Popular Fiction, S’08), sold her short story “Anointed” to Blood Bound Books for publication in their new anthology D.O.A. II: Extreme Terror.

Julie Day (Popular Fiction, S’12) has a short story titled “Finding Your Way to the Coast” in the Fall 2012 issue of A cappella Zoo.

Louis A. Di Leo (Fiction, S’10) graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law in July and began working as a graduate assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he is pursuing a PhD in English. He is currently working on articles regarding the law and literature movement.

Lissa Kiernan (Poetry, S’11) is a finalist in the 3rd Annual Terrain.org Contest in Poetry.

Susan Lilley‘s (Poetry, ’08) new chapbook, Satellite Beach, will be coming later this fall by Finishing Line Press.

Will Ludwigsen‘s (Popular Fiction, W’11) collection of horror and dark fantasy short fiction, In Search Of and Others, will appear in March 2013 from Lethe Press. It’s available now for pre-order on Amazon. Also, Will’s story “Leverage” (a memoir of the world’s laziest hitman) is available in issue 67 of Cemetery Dance, and his story “The Ghost Factory” (a tale of an abandoned asylum haunted by both the living and the dead) appears in the September/October 2012 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction.

Alison McMahan (Popular Fiction, W’10) has been hired by Armada Studios to collaborate on a sci-fi vampire film. Her documentary, Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs, will soon be screening on BBC Scotland and streaming on Kanopy.

Laura Navarre (Popular Fiction, W’11) launched her maiden foray into contemporary romantic suspense, writing as Nikki Navarre, with her debut release for The Russian Seduction (Affluent Press, Oct. 1 release), the first in a two-book deal for her Foreign Affairs series. The Russian Seduction was her second-semester project with Mike Kimball at Stonecoast. Meanwhile, Harlequin is keeping historical Laura plenty busy—her Tudor paranormal romance trilogy is scheduled for quick release starting in March 2013 with Magick by Moonrise.

STUDENT NEWS

Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction) wants you to drop dead—but for a good cause! Sheila is celebrating the release of Drop Dead on Recall, her new mystery, by collaborating with an independent bookstore for “Drop Dead for Healthy Dogs,” a “virtual book launch & signing” running now through October 11. A portion of sales will be donated to either of two not-for-profit organizations that support canine health research. Purchases of Sheila’s nonfiction books, including Rescue Matters: How to Find, Foster and Rehome Companion Animals (Alpine, 2009) also qualify for the event. For information about the “virtual book launch” (a collaborative model that may work for other authors), please click here.

 

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Alumni News: Alison McMahan

It’s always fun to share good news!

Alumna Alison McMahan PF W’10 has signed with a literary manager. She is now represented by Alexia Melocchi of Little Studio Films. Alison says, “Melocchi and I have signed a one year contract, and she is working hard at getting my three most marketable scripts, ImprintedDestroying Angel, and Girl in Trunk, into the right hands.” Please join us in congratulating Alison on this fantastic achievement. Kudos, Alison!

Read her full agent announcement.

In addition, Alison’s production company Homunculus Productions LLC has optioned the poem “The Wander King” from our very own faculty member Ted Deppe. She plans to adapt the poem into a supernatural thriller screenplay that will be retitled Risk Everything. We are very excited about this turn of events and wish Alison the best of luck with this project.

You can watch Ted Deppe reading “The Wanderer King”:

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RISK EVERYTHING

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Risk Everything graphic by Katerina Athanasapoulou

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PITCH:
What if Franz Kafka didn’t die, but poured his life into a doll?

LOGLINE:
Berlin, 1989. A failed writer is possessed by a doll that houses the soul of Franz Kafka; it is up to his wife to free him.

Inspired by the true story of the letters Kafka wrote from a doll to a little girl. Based on the poem The Wanderer King by Theodore Deppe. You can read the full synopsis on the Homunculus Productions blog as well as the announcement about the adaptation.

Again, congratulations to Alison and Ted. We’re thrilled to hear about Alison’s literary manager and about her up coming project Risk Everything.

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Alumni News: Diana Stewart PF S’09

In an effort to help spread positive news about our alumni achievements, we’re thrilled to publish this cross-post written by alumna Alison McMahan, which features a new award-winning novel by alumna Diana Munoz-Stewart PF S’09.

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Diana Munoz-Stewart (Popfic S’09) just won second prize in the RoseCity Romance Writer’s contest for her paranormal YA romance LIGHTBRINGER, which started out as her thesis project at Stonecoast. You can find all of the contest winners listed here.

This article is a summary of an original blog by Alison McMahan (Popfic W’10).

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Lightbringer is an intriguing story about a girl with supernatural powers who spends her adolescence trying to come to terms with them. As in, what are they, where did they come from, and what is she supposed to do with them?

Fortunately Lane, the heroine of the story, has a Watcher, an angel named Eddie–a very hot angel–to watch over her. Better yet this angel has been in love with her since the first moment he laid eyes on her. Together, they save the world from the incursion of an Uberdemon and his minions, and their neighborhood from a zombie-creating witch and her wannabee demon son.

I asked Diana where she got the idea for the novel:

“I wrote Light Bringer because the idea of a teenage girl who could summon supernatural beings at will, or accidentally if upset, intrigued me, as did the notion that angels aren’t exactly the innocents we’ve been taught to believe.”

Summoning supernatural beings at will–or accidentally if upset–that sounds like my adolescence! Let’s see a sample:

Lane’s breath quickened to sharp gasps. Her skin tingled as warmth sped across her body. Eddie slid his hands along her back, moved closer. He pressed his lips deeper against hers. She loved that, kissing him, but what she really wanted as he slipped sure hands up and under the light fabric of her t-shirt would have to wait. She was determined not to become another Philadelphia sob story, like her sister Olivia, struggling to feed kids and pay rent, doing anything, legal or illegal, to find money.
Oh God that felt good. Eddie leaned her back and she stretched out against the gold velvet couch. She moved under him and he made a sound that was as deep and eager as the throbbing of her heart. He began unzipping her jeans. She came to her senses. 
“Stop,” she said. He let out a groan that was part protest and part disbelief. He stopped. Eddie was good that way.
“Seriously,” he said, sitting up, looking a bit sheepish with his dirty blond hair cascading over eyes like fallen autumn leaves—a burnished amber interior outlined by bold earthy brown. Eddie didn’t look at you with those eyes he focused. His mood was like autumn too, mischievous, ready to blow things all to hell for a change of scenery. This attitude was mirrored in a shameless grin that hinted at shocking memories while inviting you to be an accomplice in his next plot. 
“It’s just that I’ve been thinking…”
“About ways to torture me?”

That’s right from the opening. Things get even hotter later in the book:

There was a whoosh sound and then light. Lane looked up and gasped. Wings enshrined Eddie, vibrant gold feathers tipped in black. A muscle along the side of his face twitched. This was hard for him—dropping his glamour. 
She stood up. She couldn’t help herself. Didn’t really want to. The soft exhales through Eddie’s lips seemed to fill the room as she moved to him. He was amazing, sculpted of light and muscle, like a statue, too perfect for words. His skin glistened with subtle gold light that seemed at once part of him and something more, an aura. She ran shaking fingers down his arm. Her fingers picked up the energy there, tingled. She smiled dreamily. 
“You feel really good,” she said. He gave a very masculine chuckle. She ignored him and his hopeful smirk. She reached over his shoulders and brushed the gold feathers. Heat and yearning shot into her. His breath caught.

What’s torture is that that’s all the readers of this blog will have to wait get until the books gets published to read the rest! Diana has a few additional excerpts on her blog, which you can access here.

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Diana Munoz Stewart PF S'09

Diana Muñoz Stewart (Popfic S’09) is an award winning writer, editor, and author. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Rowan University and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. In addition to her writing and editorial work, she participates in writing workshops, founded a national group for promoting writers, and is a consistent contributor to multiple blogs on health, writing, and family. She is a member of both RWA and SCBWI. Visit Diana on Facebook or on her blog.

Alison McMahan PF W'10

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Alison McMahan (Popfic W’10) is an optioned and award-winning screenwriter and a documentary filmmaker. Visit Alison on her blog.

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