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Community News & Updates March 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS

STONECOAST AT AWP 2020
Are you attending AWP 2020? Stonecoast MFA will host a gathering from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at The Rose Bush (2301 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78212). We’ll have free appetizers, a short reading in honor of our new WISE (Writing for Inclusivity and Social Equity) program, and plenty of time to socialize and reconnect. The venue is BYOB. We hope you’ll join us!

ALUMNI WORKSHOP AT THE STONECOAST 2020 SUMMER RESIDENCY
This June, Stonecoast will once again offer a personalized writing experience for our Alumni. Held in conjunction with the Stonecoast summer residency, Elizabeth Hand will lead workshops that get alums to immerse in their writing within a peer setting again. This post MFA workshop is open to fiction writers of all stripes—short stories, novels, mimetic fiction, genre fiction, autofiction, meta-fiction et al. Participants will focus on both old and new work, with an aim towards polishing the former as well generating new ideas and expanding notions of what fiction is and can be in the 2020s. The conference fee includes four 2.5-hour workshop sessions, plus full access to all presentations, seminars, readings, pop-up classes, receptions, and special events. Participants will also have the opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with a literary agent.

  • Dates: June 21-25, 2020
  • Cost: $650.00 workshop fee, plus room and board (~$750 for 4 nights) or commuter fee ($285). Includes daily lunches and afternoon tea at the Harraseeket Inn.
  • Contact Lindsey Vazquez  to reserve your spot! Only 8 slots are available, and we expect this workshop to fill quickly. Once your participation is confirmed, a non-refundable deposit will be required to confirm your place in the workshop.

Testimonials from Susan Conley‘s Winter 2020 Alumni Workshop:

  • “One year post-graduation, Susan Conley’s alumni workshop was just what I needed. The workshop gave me the opportunity to drop into an intensive working environment and hit the ground running. The benefit of working with a seasoned Stonecoast instructor and writers who share a common language of craft and critiquing was invaluable—not mention the amazing support. I will definitely do this again and highly recommend it.”  ~Lee Bodkin
  • “Being back at Stonecoast was such a gift—from the workshops to the seminars, returning to Maine to write and be with ‘my people’ was just the motivation I needed to return to my heart’s work. The writing during those mornings was some of the better writing I have done in months.” ~Heather Wilson

Martha McSweeney Brower (Creative Nonfiction, W’19) shared this information for anyone interested in submitting to Maine Seniors or Maine Women:

CURRENT STUDENTS

Natalie Harris-Spencer’s (Fiction) short story “Labor Day Weekend” is due to be published this Spring in Volume 2 of Allegory Ridge‘s fiction anthology, Archipelago, due out April 21st. Allegory Ridge is a magazine for open-minded millennials that publishes travel writing, short stories, poetry, artwork, photography, and personal essays. More details to follow.

Nina Lichtenstein (Creative Nonfiction), a.k.a. The Viking Jewess, recently had a food essay published in The Canadian Jewish News, which was fun, because when she had originally submitted a version of it to a Maine food pub, they asked her to remove references to her Jewish background, which made her (pissed off) pull the submission. You can read the brief food essay here.

 

FACULTY

Tom Coash‘s (Playwriting, Dramatic Arts, Writing for Social Change) play Bubble, Bubble will be produced in Sydney, Australia, as part of the worldwide Short & Sweet Festival. His short musical Stepping Into Fire will be produced at the National Performing Arts Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

John Florio (Creative Nonfiction, Popular Fiction, Writing for Social Change) writes about sports, crime, and social issues. In February, he wrote a feature for ESPN’s The Undefeated: Rube Foster was the Big Man Behind the First Successful Negro Baseball League. His next young-adult book is due out in 2021; it will tell the controversial story of Sacco & Vanzetti, two Italian anarchists wrongly convicted of murder and later executed in Boston, MA.

Aaron Hamburger (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction) talks about his novel Nirvana Is Here and all things Nirvana in an interview with Rolf Potts for the podcast Deviate.

The Los Angeles Review of Books and The Boston Review recently profiled Elizabeth Hand (Popular Fiction, Fiction) and her novel Curious Toys. On February 29th, Leap Day, she and bestselling Swedish novelist Niklas Natt och Dag appeared at The English Bookshop in conversation about their fiction (and a mutual fascination with artist Henry Darger). Hand’s new story “The Owl Count” will appear in the forthcoming issue of the literary magazine Conjunctions.

Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) was invested into the august company of the Baker Street Irregulars, a worldwide literary society whose 300 members devote themselves to the Sacred Writings (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories of Sherlock Holmes).  Her investiture name is “Beryl Garcia,” a character in the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles. She was invested in January at the annual Baker Street Irregulars Dinner at the Yale Club in New York City. In other news, Kymera Press, Nancy’s comic-book publisher, is holding a Kickstart to create a trade paperback out of four of her comic book adaptations of short stories written by women during the long nineteenth century. Nancy also wrote the introduction for three books:

  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, which is the debut offering of the Horror Writers Association’s Haunted Library.
  • Across the Universe, edited by Michael A. Ventrella and Randee Dawn. This anthology collects short stories starring versions of the Beatles in alternate universes.
  • Gentlemen Prefer Domino Lady, an anthology featuring short stories about a pulp character from the 1930’s. She has also written short stories and comic books starring Domino Lady in the past, and is currently working on a commissioned DL story for Moonstone Books.

The February 2020 TheatreZone production of Elizabeth Searle’s (Fiction, Playwriting, Popular Fiction Scriptwriting) Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera, starring Broadway’s Andrea McArdle, was reviewed as an “exemplary show…Seeing a scandal unfold never felt so good.” Elizabeth received a generous shout-out in the same review: “It all seemed bizarre beyond belief nearly 30 years ago, and someone had the brilliant idea to deliver it in a joyous theater package. We can credit playwright Elizabeth Searle for that and thank you, thank you, thank you.” Elizabeth was thrilled to work with Andrea, the original ANNIE, who earned raves in her dual role as the Mom(s). The show received media coverage in the Naples Daily News, including an interview with Elizabeth, and on the Naples ABC affiliate, Channel 7, featuring an interview with the show’s stars. New productions are in the works; for updates and pictures, see www.tonyaandnancytherockopera.com.

Above: Elizabeth and Broadway great Andrea McArdle as well as Tonya & Nancy leading ladies Whitney Winfield (Nancy) and Nikki Miller (Tonya) and producer Paul Boghosian from the Feb 2020 production of Tonya & Nancy: the Rock Opera

 

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Elizabeth Beechwood (Popular Fiction, S’14) is happy to announce that her story “Yes, Yes, Yes, We Remember” was selected for the Third Flatiron Best of 2019 anthology with an illustration of the Rusalka on the cover. You can listen to “Yes, Yes, Yes, We Remember” as a free podcast, too. Also, Elizabeth’s short story “Just Beyond the Shore” was included in the Stoker-nominated anthology Nox Pariedolia. This sale is especially sweet because a long-ago draft was included in Elizabeth’s submission to and workshopped at Stonecoast!

J Brooke (Poetry, S’19) has a fiction essay among the top seven finalists for the North American Review’s 2020 Kurt Vonnegut Prize.

KT Bryski (Popular Fiction, W’16) has a story in the upcoming anthology Invisible Threads, from Apex Publications. Engaging a wide array of marginalized creators, Invisible Threads interrogates and deconstructs the social, cultural, and economic ties that hold us back. The Kickstarter runs until March 18th—see here for more information and backer rewards! She will also be assisting at the PodCastle booth at Toronto ComiCon, March 20-22. Come listen to PodCastle episodes and catch a hilarious live show!

Lauren M Davis (Poetry, S’15) is teaching courses in English writing, creative writing, and philosophy at the University of Saint Francis and Indiana Institute of Technology.

Teacher/Pizza Guy, poetry collection by Jeff Kass (Fiction, S’09), has been named a Michigan Notable Book for 2020. Here is a link to an article about it in MEA Magazine.

Alan King (Poetry, W’13) created two videos for his poems “Beacon” and “Into the Light.” Both poems were inspired by his experience as an organ donor when his wife lost kidney function because of lupus.

Paul Kirsch (Popular Fiction, W’11) has been nominated for a Nebula Award for his writing on The Outer Worlds, a dark sci-fi satire about consumerism and corporate greed in space, full of fun shooty combat and opportunities for creative roleplay. His fellow nominees include Leonard Boyarsky, Kate Dollarhyde, Chris L’Etoile, Daniel McPhee, Carrie Patel, Nitai Poddar, Marc Soskin, and Megan Starks. This is the second year the Nebula has recognized video game writing.

Kristin Leonard (Fiction. S’18) published an academic article, “First-Person Adolescent Storytellers and Virginia Tufte’s Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style. The article is a re-constructed version of her third-semester project. It begins with the opening line: “I first discovered Virginia Tufte’s Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style while preparing for a fiction workshop with Breena Clarke at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA creative writing program…”

Emily Levang’s (Creative Nonfiction, S’19) article “Can We Protect Nature by Giving It Legal Rights?” was recently published in Ensia.

Ellen Meeropol (Fiction, W ’06) will be a featured reader at the upcoming AWP on a panel discussing novels about families torn apart by history and war. Her essay on the same subject, “When They Take the Children,” was recently published in Mom Egg Review. Her fourth novel, Her Sister’s Tattoo, will be published on April 7, 2020.

Bruce Pratt‘s (Fiction, S’04) short story “Last Rites” appears in the February March issue of Portland Monthly Magazine, on newsstands now, and two of his poems, “I Know Why a Man” and “In this year of stingy snow and illness,” appear in the most recent edition of The Maine Edge.

After the Parade, a second book of poetry by Dana Robbins (Poetry, W’13), was published by Moon Pie Press of Westbrook Maine. The book is available for purchase here.

Lisa Romeo (Creative Nonfiction, S’08), has a flash list essay, “Marriage by the Numbers,” in the 10th anniversary issue of The Writers Circle Journal. She has additional essays forthcoming in Tiferet Journal and Flash Nonfiction Food. In late April, Lisa will appear on a panel presentation, “The Borderlands of Grief,” at The Calandra Italian American Institute’s Annual Conference in New York City with authors Nancy Caronia and Joanna Clapps Herman.

Morgan Talty‘s (Fiction, W’19) story “The Citizenship Question: We the People” will be published this spring in The Georgia Review‘s special issue on the 2020 U.S. Census. Talty’s two short craft essays, “Story, Speak” and “One-Edit,” will also appear in Shenandoah.

Gina Troisi‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’09) essay “A Hunger” was recently published in Sycamore Review (Issue 31.1).

Christopher Watkins‘ (Poetry, W’08) poems “We Take Our Color From The Mines,” “The Sea Was Never A Friend To Us,” and “We Are Forced To Face One Another” have been accepted for publication by The Write Launch and will be included in the March 2020 issue. Additionally, Christopher, under his performance name “Preacher Boy,” has just released his 12th album, entitled See No Evil (Coast Road Records). The album is now available across all digital music platforms. Coast Road Records has published an Enhanced Lyric Booklet to complement the album’s release, which is now available for Kindle or as a free PDF.

 

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Community News & Updates December 2015

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Moon DarkPatricia Barletta (Popular Fiction, W ’12) is excited to announce that her paranormal historical romance, Moon Dark, Book One of The Auriano Curse series, will be released on December 8, 2015, by Lachesis Publishing. This was her graduation thesis, so she is grateful to any Stonecoasters who laid eyes on it and helped get it to the final version.

The audiobook of Jennifer Marie Brissett’s (Popular Fiction, S ’11) novel Elysium has been released and is available via Audible as well as well as other venues that carry audiobooks. The narrator is Jamye Méri Grant, the director is Claire Bloom, and the producers are Skyboat Media and Blackstone Audio; it was edited, mixed and mastered by Jim Freund.Elysium

Emma Bouthillette (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) is pleased to announce her book proposal Biddeford: A Brief History has been accepted by The History Press. The South Carolina-based press is focused on preserving local American heritage. Born and raised in Biddeford, Emma is thrilled to tell the rich story of her community from its settlement to present day. The book’s anticipated publish date is May 2017.

Julie C. Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) story “Florida Miracles” is now available in Interzone 261.
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Andrea Lani (Fiction, W’14) was delighted that her short story “Stars Come Down” appeared and was fabulously illustrated in issue #4 of Saltfront, “an arts and literary journal for a radically new type of ecological storytelling.”

LeftSideLifeDana Robbins’ (Poetry, W’13) first book of poetry, The Left Side of My Life, has been published by Moon Pie Press of Westbrook, ME.

Venture Press, a new science fiction and fantasy imprint of Endeavour Press, the U.K.’s leading independent digital publisher, will be reprint e-publishing Michaela Roessner‘s (Popular Fiction, S’08) second novel, Vanishing Point, in early 2016.

Lisa Romeo (Creative Nonfiction, S’08) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Front Porch Journal for her essay, “Your Boyfriend’s Back.”  She also has a new flash essay this month in Word Riot, “The List of Alternative Theories.”

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Popular fiction, S’13) has signed with Ann Collette of Rees Literary to represent her and her first novel, The Last Siren. Bonnie first met Ann at the Stonecoast agent session during her graduation residency. Bonnie’s stories “Sleeping with Spirits” and “A Careful Fire” are now both online for free reading. Her stories “Husband Wife Lover” and “The Centaur’s Daughter” appeared in the most recent issues of PRISM International and A cappella Zoo, respectively.

Christopher Watkins (Poetry, W’08) has accepted the position of Senior Writer for Udacity, an innovative online education provider on a mission to democratize education through its flagship Nanodegree programs and a rich library of free courses ranging from web development and machine learning to entrepreneurship and marketing.

FACULTY

Manhattan Review Cover 001Jeanne Marie Beaumont (Poetry) has four poems and a review essay, “Discoveries Abroad,” published in the new issue of The Manhattan Review. Her essay includes a review of Harry Clifton, who visited the SC Ireland Residency in Dingle in July. To celebrate the launch of the magazine, Jeanne Marie will be reading with Baron Wormser and Bitite Vinklers on December 5th in New York. If you are nearby, the reading starts at 7:00 pm and will take place at Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side. It would be great to see some SCers there. Jeanne Marie will also be taking part in the launch of the anthology Rabbit Ears: TV Poems at the Bowery Poetry Club on December 14th at 6:30 pm. She will be reading her poem “A Munsters’ Breakfast” along with other contributors. Bowery Poetry Club is at 306 Bowery in Manhattan.

Aaron Hamburger‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) short story “The Safe Word” appears in the current issue of Zone 3 literary magazine.

A round-up of recent news from Debra Marquart (Creative Nonfiction, Poetry):

  • Debra’s poem, “Traveling with Guitar,” was featured in the American Life in Poetry series on Monday, November 23.  The ALP series, curated by Ted Kooser, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former US Poet Laureate, appears as a regular column in newspapers in over 70 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Mexico, Bangladesh, Uganda, Indonesia, Korea, Nepal, India, Egypt, Turkey, The Philippines, Viet Nam, China, most of Europe, Canada, and the U.K., as well as U.S. readers from Maine to Hawaii with an estimated readership of 3,500,000 each week.
  • smallburiedthingsHer poem “Kablooey is the Sound You’ll Hear” was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize by New Rivers Press. Both poems were published in Marquart’s latest poetry collection, Small Buried Things (New Rivers Press, 2015).
  • Her essay “When the Band Broke Up” has been awarded the 2016 Alligator Juniper Nonfiction Prize. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium and publication.  The essay, which is part of Marquart’s in-progress memoir, Schizophonia: Notes on a Life in Music, will be published in Alligator Juniper’s issue XX in 2016.
  • northdakotaiseverywhereanthologyDebra was invited to read at the North Dakota Museum of Art at the University of North Dakota on October 23, 2015 to celebrate the publication of North Dakota is Everywhere:  An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets, published by the North Dakota Center for Regional Studies in 2015.
  • She also read from her work and participated in a panel, “Writing the Environment,” at the South Dakota Festival of the Book in Deadwood, SD,  September 23-27, 2015.

Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) and Suzanne Strempek Shea (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) have a publication date for the anthology they are co-editing on Soap Operas, featuring works from Stonecoasters Aaron Hamburger and Nancy Holder and SC alums Susan Lilley and Tigh Rickman, among others. The book will be published by McFarland Press in March of 2017. Stay tuned!

 

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Community News & Updates September 2013

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Michael Beeman (Fiction, S’09) was excited to see his piece “Advice to Fictional Characters on the Occasion of My 31st Birthday” appear on Thought Catalog recently.

Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13) is thrilled to announce the release of her second mystery, The Money Bird (Midnight Ink). The first book in this series, Drop Dead on Recall, was named one of the Top Ten Dog Books of 2012 by NBC Petside (in a field of mostly nonfiction) and has been nominated for best novel awards in this year’s contests sponsored by both the Dog Writers Association of America and the Cat Writers’ Association. Six of Sheila’s nonfiction books have been winners in those contests in the past.

weave9CoverJulie Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) story “Unmaking” was published in Weave Issue 09. The story was originally written as part of a flash-story challenge in one of Jim Kelly‘s workshops and grew from there.

Jessica de Koninck (Poetry, W’11) has two poems in the anthology Of Sun and Sand. To download a free copy, go to the publisher’s website, click on “Bookstore,” and then on the link to the book.

Adam Mills (Popular Fiction, W’12) has been nominated for a 2013 World Fantasy Award for his editorial work on the website Weird Fiction Review. He shares this nomination with his editors-in-chief Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. The 2013 WFAs will be distributed at this year’s World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, England. Adam has written an official statement about the nomination, which can be read at his personal blog.

Bruce Pratt‘s (Fiction, ’04) short story “Saturday Night Lights” is included in this month’s Portland Magazine. On August 29th, he will be reading poetry as part of the Millay in Love poetry evening at The Whitehall Inn in Camden at 7:00 p.m. with Christian Barter, Kathleen Ellis, Carol Bachofner, and others. On Thursday, September 12th at 10:00 a.m., Bruce will join poet Kathleen Ellis on WERU radio for a live reading and discussion with Ellie O’Leary—89.9 in Blue Hill, 99.9 in greater Bangor, and on the web. Also, Bruce will be a teaching playwright at the second annual Ten Bucks Theatre 24-Hour Playwriting Festival in Eddington, ME, September 20-21. Details can be found here.

“The Apple Tree,” a poem by Dana Robbins (Poetry, W’13), was a runner-up for the Fish Poetry Prize 2013 and is published in Fish Anthology 2013.

Several excerpts from Lisa Romeo‘s (Creative Nonfiction, S’08) memoir manuscript have appeared recently: “Conversations I Can’t Talk About” was included in the Summer issue of Lunch Ticket,Smoking Guns” was published in the August issue of Pithead Chapel, and “Old Men Who Write” is featured in the first online issue of Under the Sun.

“Pranked” and “Teaching with Tolerance,” two essays by Julie L. Scharf (Creative Nonfiction, S’10), will be featured in the Autumn Equinox issue of Mused: The Bella Online Literary Review.

FACULTY

After nine years of service, Annie Finch has stepped down as Director of Stonecoast MFA and will teach full-time in USM’s English department. USM Professor Justin Tussing has been appointed the interim Director of the MFA program. Justin graduated from the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop and also serves as Director of the Stonecoast Writer’s Conference. (Via Robin Talbot, Associate Director)

Aaron Hamburger (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) will teach creative writing at George Washington University this fall.

Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) play The Secret of Comedy will run for two weekends (September 6-8 and September 13-15) at the Waterville Opera House, 93 Main Street, Waterville, ME. Tickets and information: 207.873.7000.

secret of Comedy WatervilleAlso, Mike’s multi-award-winning short play Say No More! is one of eleven short plays—none more than 10 minutes long—comprising the “King of Crows” Short Play Festival: September 13-14 at Mayo Street Arts Center in Portland, ME, 7:30-10:00 p.m. $10 at the door.

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Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) won the Best Feature Screenplay, Romance prize for her script A Four-Sided Bed at the 22nd annual Woods Hole International Film Festival on Cape Cod; she was on hand to accept her award at the closing ceremony on August 3.

Elizabeth and other award winners at Woods Hole International Film Festival, with festival Director Judy Laster in the center.

Elizabeth and other award winners at Woods Hole International Film Festival, with festival Director Judy Laster in the center.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Via Catherine Schmitt (Creative Nonfiction, W’12): The Catch: Writings from Downeast Maine is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We are looking for work that can be “located” eastern Maine (by a street address, locator map, or latitude and longitude), but we will consider any work that is inspired by our fishing and coastal heritage. Visit the website for more information, to read the 2013 issue, or to submit.

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