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Community News & Updates November 2014

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Erin Lyn Bodin (Fiction S’14) published the title essay of her thesis, “Art of Being Light,” in Kindred Magazine‘s Fall 2014 Issue: Gather. Erin is also thrilled to announce that she’s been granted a 2015 A Room of Her Own Foundation Fellowship and will attend the Waves Discussion Series/2015 Retreat: Writing Against the Current. The week long residency will be at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico in August and is facilitated by Fellow of Distinction Maxine Hong Kingston. Inspired by the Retreat’s history of bringing together “a tapestry of women who, together, create a world of possibility for each other,” Erin’s fellowship proposal consisted of her research while at Stonecoast and her graduate presentation: How to Write a Narrative in the Feminine.

Eric M. Bosarge‘s (Popular Fiction, W’12) short story “Aberrant” was published in Spinetingler Magazine.

Libby Cudmore (Popular Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, S’10) is thrilled to announce that her debut novel, tentatively titled No Awkward Goodbyes, has been acquired by Chelsey Emmelhainz at William Morrow for publication in Winter 2016. Additionally, her story “The Redemption of Oren Barry” was named as an Honorable Mention in the Stoneslide Story Contest, and her flash fiction piece “How To Murder Your Friends” took the top prize in the Stoneslide Snap contest.

Julie C. Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) story “Ghost Bubbles” is now available in the October issue of the online magazine Bartleby Snopes. It started out as a flash piece written for the 2014 Art & Words Show, curated annually by Stonecoast’s own Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam. If you feel so inclined, you can cast a vote to make it their Story of the Month. Voting is open through the first few days of November.

Erin Enberg‘s (Fiction, W’11) short film Arabel, which she wrote and directed, was an official selection at the New Hampshire Film Festival in October. It is also one of four shorts chosen to open the Cape Ann Film Festival October 30th in Gloucester, MA. Arabel is the screen version of “The Stalag, 1944,” a flash fiction piece set in WWII that was part of her thesis and was published in Stonecoast Lines, Winter 2011.

Scene from Arabel

Scene from Arabel

At the New Hampshire Film Festival: Jayson Lobozzo, producer & DP; Erika Wilson,  actress; and Erin Enberg, writer & director

At the New Hampshire Film Festival: Jayson Lobozzo, producer & DP; Erika Wilson, actress; and Erin Enberg, writer & director

Kendall Giles (Popular Fiction, W’13) has an article about earning his black belt in martial arts, titled “6 Life-Changing Ways Your Black Belt Journey Can Transform You,” published by the health and fitness magazine Breaking Muscle.

Andrea Lani (Fiction, W14) was pleased to see two nonfiction pieces appear in print last month. Her essay “Here Be Dragons,” about raising a rock ‘n’ roll son, came out as part of the Motherlode: Essays on Parenting anthology published by KY Story, and her essay/article about hiking with children, “Skinny Big Hill Hard Mountain,” appeared in Issue 18 of TrailGroove magazine.

HazardousMaterial-1Matthew Quinn Martin‘s (Popular Fiction, S’10) short story “Hazardous Material” (originally published in Aphelion) is set to be re-released this May by Simon & Schuster/PocketStar as an eBook single. Expanded to novella length and retitled Nightlife: Hazardous Material, this new version has been extensively revised to fit in fully with Martin’s “nightlife universe.” It contains new and previously unpublished material, including an ending that is very different from the original (which will remain available here).

Alexandra Oliver (Poetry, W’12) recently gave an interview with Canadian poet and critic Rob McLennan about her work as co-editor of The Rotary Dial. Check it out at here. While you’re at it, come and visit The Rotary Dial at home—go to http://therotarydial.ca for more details.

The short story “Have You Seen Her?” by Karen Pullen (Popular Fiction, S’08) was published in the fiction gallery Phantasmacore.

9780985893460-Perfect.inddGeek Theater: 15 Science Fiction and Fantasy Stage Plays, edited by Erin Underwood (Popular Fiction, S’09) and Jen Gunnels and featuring a play by James Patrick Kelly (faculty), will be published by Underwords Press on November 4, 2014.

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Sarah Braunstein’s (Fiction, Writing for Social Change) essay “Billy” was recently published on The Nervous Breakdown.  She will be on this year’s National Selection Panel for the YoungArts Foundation. On November 12, she will perform a new piece,  “Night of the Moose”—in collaboration with William Giraldi—at the Double Take Reading Series (Apexart, New York City).

David Anthony Durham (Fiction, Popular Fiction) has closed another movie option deal for one of his books. They apparently have him gagged and bound, though, as he’s unable to disclose any details.

In conjunction with DC Reads and the George Washington University, Aaron Hamburger (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) is leading a discussion of Dinaw Mengestu’s novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears on November 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library.  DC Reads

Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) took part in the NAMT (National Alliance for Musical Theater) festival and conference in New York City Oct. 23-26.  Elizabeth’s work has previously been a finalist at NAMT; she attended this year’s festival as a member of the Creative Team of Broadway Consortium, which has been a producer on such Broadway hits as Matilda and Master Class and which directed a 2013 staged reading of Elizabeth’s rock opera.  Watch for news of upcoming performances of Elizabeth’s rock opera at www.tonyaandnancytherockopera.com

 

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Community News & Updates August 2014

Those in the Stonecoast community who’d like to send a message of support to alum Beth Wilkins Lombardo (Fiction) as she deals with a serious health issue are invited to join the crowd of well-wishers at CaringBridge. Financial donations are being accepted here.

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Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction / Cross Genre, S’13) has won Prime Number Magazine‘s Creative Nonfiction contest, judged by Ned Stuckey-French, for her essay “A Question of Corvids.” The essay will be published in Prime Number Magazine in the fall and in the Prime Number Magazine, Editors’ Selections 2015 print annual. Sheila also had two poems published in July: “To a Kurdish Child” appears in Red Earth Review, and “Spin” appears in The Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics (free online).

Karen Bovenmyer (Popular Fiction, S’13) continues to sneak genre fiction into literary venues—her haunted house short story “Something So Normal and Unwritten” will appear in Festival Writer‘s upcoming flash fiction issue (the publication of offsite AWP’s & M/MLA’s Festival of Language).

Julie Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) flash piece “Drinking Grandma’s Tea” is now available in the online magazine Bartleby Snopes. If you feel so inclined, you can cast a vote to make it their Story of the Month; voting is open for the first few days of August.

John Florio (Fiction/Popular Fiction, S’07) has another novel due out August 19th. Blind Moon Alley (Prometheus/Seventh Street Books) is the second in a series of crime novels featuring Jersey Leo, an albino bartender working in an underground speakeasy during Prohibition. The book has already garnered excellent reviews, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Find out more at John’s website.

ZomburbiaAugust will see the release of Adam Gallardo‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) debut novel, Zomburbia, on the 26th. The book was given a very nice review by Kirkus. Here’s the pull quote: “Comics author Gallardo nails her voice—likable yet self-absorbed… the interpersonal drama strikes a comfortable balance with undead action. More brains than your average zombie novel…and more entrails as well!” More information about the book may be found at Adam’s web site, www.adamgallardo.com.

Bunny Goodjohn (Poetry, W’07) is on a roll. Her second novel, The Beginning Things, will be published through Underground Voices in May 2015, and her first poetry collection, Bone Song, won the Liam Rector First Book Price 2014 and will be published through Briery Creek Press (Longwood University), also in May 2015.

July 25th was big for Penny Guisinger (Creative Nonfiction, S’13). Two pieces went live at online magazines on the same day! “Route Nine: Bangor to Lubec” appeared at Guernica, and “Batboy is Disappointed” went up in the new issue of Proximity. Later that afternoon, her name appeared in a Tweet for the first time! (She wonders if this is the big time?)

unnamedLissa Kiernan‘s (Poetry, S’11) first poetry collection—Two Faint Lines in the Violet—was published in July by Negative Capability Press. Her collection explores poetry’s unique ability to document yet revision the nuclear age, how when singing somewhere between the personal and political—if we listen closely—we might hear the social. She will be reading from her book on August 6th at Bar Thalia2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, NY 10025. For future readings, videopoems, audiopoems, and more, visit twofaintlines.com.

PillarsPaul Kirsch (Popular Fiction, W’11) is once again writing for Obsidian Entertainment. This time he’s working on their upcoming Almanac of the Eastern Reach, 2823 AI—For Colonists, Explorers, and Curiosity-Seekers, which is one of the Kickstarter rewards for Pillars of Eternity. He previously wrote their Collector’s Edition book, which should be available this Winter.

An image of Janet Passehl‘s (Poetry, S’10) 2011 installation “Dam,” at St. Cecelia Convent In Brooklyn, New York, appears in Ploughshares Fall 2014 issue accompanying “Before Letting Go,” flash fiction by Carole Burns.

Dam by Janet Passehl

“Dam” by Janet Passehl

Helen Peppe (Creative Nonfiction, ’11) is honored that her memoir, Pigs Can’t Swim, is a 2014 New England Book Awards finalist in the company of former Stonecoast faculty Richard Hoffman with his new memoir Love & Fury.

futuredaze2-cover-pcsize-325x477Futuredaze 2: Reprise, edited by Erin Underwood (Popular Fiction, S’09) and Nancy Holder (Faculty), will be published by Underwords Press on August 12, 2014. Erin will also be appearing at Loncon3 (the World Science Fiction Convention) in August 2014, and her press has launched a new website at www.underwordspress.com.

Christopher Watkins‘ (Poetry, W’08) story “In-Depthness: Everywhere There Was Wine” has just been published at Grape Collective, and his piece “Taking Heat: Wresting The Jazz Back From Parker Jr.” appeared in Corkzilla. Watkins’ story “Beauty Is A Rare Thing: Building The 2012 Monte Bello” was recently a finalist in the “Blog Post of the Year” category for the 2014 Wine Blog Awards.

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Jim Kelly‘s (Popular Fiction) newest story “The Rose Witch” will debut in the August edition of Clarkesworld.  His story “Someday” first appeared in the May issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction.  Two anthologies reprinting Jim’s stories which were scheduled for publication did indeed get published (no surprise!): “Soulcatcher” in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014, edited by Rich Horton (June), and “The Promise of Space” in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois (July).  Jim’s story “The Chimp of the Popes” in The Book of Silverberg, edited by Gardner Dozois and William Schafer, was singled out as one of the best in the anthology in a review in the Los Angeles Review of Books. In late June, Jim was tapped as an emergency replacement to teach a week at the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle, WA; he was workshopping three days after being asked.

Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) has Flash Fiction on TheGloriaSirens.com (July 2014). She just had a personal essay accepted in a forthcoming anthology from She Writes Press titled Dumped: Women Unfriending Women—and was happy to learn the anthology also will include Stonecoast stars Kristabelle Munson, Penny Guisinger, Judith Powell, Alexis Paige, and Lindsey Wells.  In addition, Elizabeth is happy to know that she will be joined as contributing author in another forthcoming anthology—Paper Camera from New Rivers Press—by Stonecoast alumnai Nancy Swan.

Suzanne Strempek Shea‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) newest book, This Is Paradise, was the subject of the “Behind the Book” feature in the Julyl 27 Boston Globe. She’s celebrating that while packing her bags for Iota: The Conference of Short Prose on New Brunswick’s beautiful Campobello Island Aug. 14 to 17. The conference is the brainchild of grad Penny Guisinger, who has invited Suzanne to lead the fiction workshop while Barbara Hurd will work with nonfiction writers and Charles Coe will guide the poets. Spaces remain available so please visit the website if you’re interested. After that, Suzanne will be packing for Ireland, where she’ll be promoting This Is Paradise with September readings in Dingle, Howth, Galway, and Clifden. In Galway she will read with Stonecoast Ireland’s Ted Deppe and Annie Deppe, and in Clifden her reading will feature a performance by Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite of the Saw Doctors.

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Community News & Updates May 2014

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Karen Bovenmyer‘s (Popular Fiction, S’13) poem “NeverNever Holes” was published April 10 on ZingaraPoet.

Bunny Goodjohn (Poetry, W’07) has creative nonfiction in the latest issue of Pithead Chapel. She has also wrangled a place on the Jessie duPont three-week summer-seminar series entitled “Constructing Childhood: Words and Pictures.”

Carolina Crimes coverSandra McDonald (Popular Fiction, W’05) sold the story “End of the World Community College,” a tongue-in-cheek story of apocalypse and hope, to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for publication later this year. Visit her at www.sandramcdonald.com.

Carolina Crimes: 19 Tales of Lust, Love, and Longing, published by Wildside Press, features stories by Sisters in Crime mystery writers from the Carolinas. A book trailer can be seen here. Karen Pullen (Popular Fiction, S’08) edited the stories, which includes her own “The Fourth Girl” about a recently fired teacher who inherits her aunt’s estate and finds that it comes with an unusual small business.

WhatMightNot--3x5x72In April, Steve Rhodes‘ (Poetry, W’11) second poetry collection was published by Wind. Of What Might Not Be Steve says, “This collection is a sequel to The Time I Didn’t Know What to Do Next. I’m trying to ponder those moments and places where the possible rubs up against the unlikely, where the boundary between ‘is’ and ‘might or might not be’ becomes blurred. I very much appreciate what Ted Deppe says about this collection: ‘These poems wonder at our being here at all.'”

Michaela Roessner-Herman (Popular Fiction, S’08) has been asked to contribute to an upcoming Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Cookbook—the third that SFWA has produced, this time as part of SFWA’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2015. Michaela has previously provided recipes for two other genre-related cookbooks, both of which where fundraisers for the Tiptree Award: Her Smoke Rose Up from Supper and The Bakery Men Don’t See.

Lisa Romeo‘s (Creative Nonfiction, S’08) flash essay “Coffee Regular,” an excerpt from her memoir-in-essays manuscript, appeared in the March issue of Gravel Magazine. Lisa was interviewed recently for The Writer’s Hot Seat section of the Barnstorm Journal blog. She would like to remind all in the Stonecoast community that she extends an open invitation to feature your guest post at her blog to help support your book or other creative project.

Lisa C. Taylor (Poetry, ’04) will be presenting a workshop on “Going into Dark Places: Taboos in Writing” at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem on May 3, 2014, at the Hawthorne Hotel. A recent interview with Lisa is in the online edition of The Worcester Review; her poem “Cathedral of Shadows” was published there in March. Also, she has new fiction appearing in Bartleby Snopes online and Mulberry Fork Review online.

Adrienne S. Wallner (Poetry, W’09) has accepted a position as a Wilderness Instructor with New Vision Wilderness, a wilderness immersion therapy and education program in northern Wisconsin. Some writing-specific work she will be doing with clients includes therapeutic journaling, poetry, ekphrasis, and nature writing. She is very excited to start her new position in September. (Those of you who spoke with her at AWP—yes, this is the job she was talking about!).

Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11) is thrilled to see her story “The Cozy Corner” in volume three of The New Guard. The story, excerpted from her Stonecoast creative thesis, was a finalist for the Machigonne Fiction Contest.

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Boman Desai‘s (Fiction) novel The Lesbian Man was shortlisted for the Dana Award for novels. The first chapter of the same novel won first place in a competition of first chapters late last year.

Aaron Hamburger‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) short story “Honeymoon for One” (which he read at the last residency) is in the new issue of Subtropics.

Elizabeth Hand‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction) essay “Saved by Obamacare,” about her experience with the Affordable Care Act, appeared in Salon.

Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) has a story in Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse. The Anthology will be released first by Audible on May 13, with hardcover and e-book releases in November. She is also an Author Guest of Honor at the World Horror Convention May 8-11 in Portland, OR.

BEST SFF 8Three new appearances in print this month for Jim Kelly (Popular Fiction): “The Pope of the Chimps” in The Book of Silverberg, edited by Gardner Dozois and William Schafer published on May 1; “Bernardo’s House,” a stand-alone e-book in English and Italian from Roman publisher Future Fiction; and “The Promise of Space” in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight, edited by Jonathan Strahan, due on May 18. His super-hero story “The Biggest,” originally commissioned by Stonecoast alumna Mur Lafferty, has been recorded for the podcast Starship Sofa Episode 334. Jim has adapted “The Promise of Space” for the stage and it will appear this fall in the anthology Geek Theater: 12 Plays by Science Fiction and Fantasy Masters, edited by Jen Gunnels and Stonecoast alumna Erin Underwood.

Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) monologues “Nightmare Girl” and “Career Day” took first prize in the Maine Playwrights Festival’s Monologathon. His full-length play Duck and Cover was voted Audience Favorite in Dezart Performs Play Reading Series (Palm Springs, CA), and the play will be fully staged in January 2015. The Players’ Ring (Portsmouth, NH) has announced that Mike’s Edgar-nominated play “Ghosts of Ocean House” will run for three weeks in October 2014.

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prprairie-gold-coverDebra Marquart‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Poetry) essay “Not All There” appeared in Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland. Her poem “Kablooey Is the Sound You’ll Hear” was published in The Normal School: A Literary Magazine. Also, Debra traveled inside the North Dakota oil boom under a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council during November of 2013. She taught writing workshops in thirteen communities impacted by the oil boom for a research project. Read about her first impressions of this fast-moving environmental story inside the Bakken oil boom here.

A Month Inside the Oil Boom: the North Dakota highway leading into the Badlands.

A Month Inside the Oil Boom: the North Dakota highway leading into the Badlands (photo provided by Debra Marquart).

Alexandra Oliver‘s (Poetry, ’12) book Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway has been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, given for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman published during the previous year. The winner of this award will be announced in June. An interview with Rob McLennan on the subject of this nomination can be found here. In addition to this, Alexandra is this month’s Guest Contributor for the BANG section of The New Guard Review.

Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) has a new short story, “The Quiet Car,” just published in Solstice literary magazine. For fellow fans of train-writing: this story takes place on an Amtrak “Quiet Car.”

this-is-paradise-coverSuzanne Strempek Shea‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) Portland, ME, reading from her newly released book This Is Paradise has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 22. She thanks those who first marked their calendars for May 8, then May 9. She promises this will be the last date change. The reading will be held at 6:00 p.m. at The Gallery at Harmon’s and Barton’s, 584 Congress Street. This Is Paradise is the story of the Irish woman Mags Riordan and the medical clinic she founded in the remote Malawian village where her son died while on holiday. A TV interview with Mags Riordan and Suzanne is here. A story on the book, from The Republican of Springfield, MA, is here. Suzanne will also be reading May 31 at 11:00 a.m. at Toadstool Books in Peterborough, NH, and on the same at the Toadstool store in Keene, NH, at 2:00 p.m. The books was launched April 23 at Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, MA, and Suzanne thanks all the Stonecoasters who attended. Two days later, Suzanne served as emcee for Bay Path College’s 19th annual Women’s Leadership Conference in Springfield, MA. Bearing the theme “Own Your Story,” the event featured television legend Barbara Walters, New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler and Syria Deeply founder Lara Setrakian, and was attended by a crowd of more than 2,000.

Author's-eye view of Broadside Bookshop launch of 'This Is Paradise.' Stonecoaster scan starts with Lisa Taylor in front row and former faculty member Leslea Newman in second row.

Author’s-eye view of Broadside Bookshop launch of This Is Paradise. Stonecoaster scan starts with Lisa Taylor in front row and former faculty member Lesléa Newman in second row.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Call for Submissions for an Anthology Celebrating the Life and Work of Bill Morrissey
This book will be edited by Bill friends and New England writers Bruce Pratt and Suzanne Strempek Shea.

Singer, songwriter, novelist, outdoorsman, raconteur, family member, friend—Bill Morrissey was many things to the many, many, many people he touched in his life. We’d like to know just who he was to you. Submit your essay to be considered for a proposed anthology that will illustrate the innumerable sides of a man who left us far too soon, and left us with so much. Whether you know him from high school, or the high stool, whether you are a friend who shared a stage with him or a fan who shared his love of small towns on the river, tell us your Bill story.

Nonfiction submissions (essays, stories, lyrics, poems, appreciations) of up to 5,000 words should be sent in Word format by August 1 to bp.manuscripts (at) gmaildot.com. Include a cover letter with full contact information and a brief description of your connection to Bill. Contract will follow acceptance.

Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of five novels and five works of nonfiction, including the newly released This Is Paradise: An Irish Mother’s Grief, an African Vllage’s Plight and the Medical Clinic that Brought Fresh Hope to Both. Her friendship with Bill sprang from their shared Polish heritage and their love of small towns on the river. Suzanne has been featured on NBC’s Today, National Public Radio and Voice of America, and in USA Today and The Washington Post. Her freelance work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, ESPN the Magazine, Yankee and Bark. Suzanne teaches at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program and is director of the creative writing program and writer in residence at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA.

Bruce Pratt is the author of the novel The Serpents of Blissfull from Mountain State Press and the poetry collection Boreal from Antrim House Books. He has won prizes and awards for his drama, short fiction, poetry, and songwriting, and his work has been published in dozens of journal and reviews in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. For twenty years he plied his trade as a singer/songwriter and for fifteen of those years traveled extensively with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He was a long time friend and admirer of Bill, with whom he performed on many occasions. Pratt is the editor of the Annual American Fiction Anthology from New Rivers Press. Retired from performing, Pratt teaches Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Maine and to private students.

 

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Community News & Updates July 2013

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Adam Kreutz Gallardo (Popular Fiction, S’12) is pleased to announce that he has signed a two-book deal with Kensignton Teen, a division of Kensington Publishing. His debut novel, Zomburbia, will be released in Spring 2014 and its sequel will be released the following year. The deal was facilitated by Ann Collette of the Rees Agency who has been a frequent guest of Stonecoast. Updates about progress on the books may be found on Adam’s Facebook page and on his website.

Melissa Heath (Creative Nonfiction, S’10) has been awarded a Calderwood Fellowship in Writing Instruction at hte Boston Athenaeum. The Calderwood Fellowship is a year-long fellowship offered in partnership with UMASS-Boston.

CityOfSoldiers_FinalTara Mantel‘s (Fiction, S’09) story collection, Elemental, is a Tartts First Fiction Award Winner. The collection will be published by Livingston Press in June 2014.

Sandra McDonald (Popular Fiction, W’05) is happy to announce the publication of her ninth book. City of Soldiers (written as Sam Burke), published by Dreamspinner Press, is a gay and asexual thriller about military veterans, a serial killer, and a supernatural secret buried under Philadelphia. She also sold the story “Story of Our Lives” to Asimov’s Science Fiction.

cover-2013-02Julie Scharf (Creative Nonfiction, S’10) has recently published her short memoir piece titled “A Boy Named Bobby” in the summer 2013 edition of Mused: Bella Online Literary Review.

Catherine Schmitt‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) article on The Champlain Society, a group of students who camped and practiced science on Mount Desert Island in the 1880s, was published online by the Maine Historical Society in partnership with the Northeast Harbor Library and Mount Desert Island Historical Society.

Joanne Turnbull (Fiction, W’11) is the winner of the Jewish Community Alliance’s 2013 Linda & Joel Abromson Award. She will use the award to conduct writing workshops with seniors, helping them to craft “legacy letters.”

Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11) will present “What Makes a Southern Story Southern” as part of the Lifelong Learning Program at Eastern Carolina University on August 24. Wilson, a Road Scholar with the NC Humanities Council, developed her illustrated talk from work for her graduating presentation at Stonecoast. See Tamra’s website for more information.

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Trenna Keating | Doc Yewll

Erin Underwood (Popular Fiction, S’09) now blogs for Amazing Stories Magazine. She has a new interview published by Amazing Stories with actress Trenna Keating, who plays the ultra-cool alien Doc Yewll from the new Syfy television show Defiance. You can find the interview with Trenna here.

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Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam‘s (Popular Fiction) poem “The Ferryman” appears in the recent spring issue of Goblin Fruit. Read it here!

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601033_10151660454956348_94644711_n-1Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) has a story in The Living Dead, published by Orbit in the UK. “Passion Play” is about the crucifixion of a zombie during the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Fiction) has signed a second book deal with HarperCollins for her new novel Balm, a Civil War-era story of families struggling to recover from the wounds of war.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Via Alexandria Delcourt (Fiction): The Stonecoast Review is currently accepting submissions in Creative Nonfiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry, and Popular (genre) Fiction. If you have pieces to submit, we would love to read them. We are planning to put our first issue out in October, so please send us your best work! (We are especially in need of great CNF and PopFic.) You can find more information as well as our submission guidelines here.

CONFERENCES

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Penny Guisinger (Creative Nonfiction, S’13) has launched an exciting new writers’ conference called Iota: The Conference of Short Prose. Featuring faculty members Sven Birkerts, Lewis Robinson, and Arielle Greenberg, Iota offers workshops in essay, short fiction, and poetry/hybrid forms. The conference will take place August 22-25, 2013, on beautiful Campobello Island, New Brunswick, which is just across the bridge from lovely Lubec, Maine. Participants will stay in the restored homes that make up the historic Roosevelt Campobello International Park, former home of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. Iota was begun as Penny’s third-semester project, and she is eager to see it come to life! Registrations are due by July 22, and the conference costs between $375 and $650 (depending on lodging and meal needs). For more information, visit the conference website or call Penny at 207.733.2233.

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Campobello Island

KICKSTARTER

eb298203cd64e972dfa6a7192e579d03_largeNaomi Farr (Creative Nonfiction, S’12): Love nature-inspired weddings? Sweet Violet Bride is a nature-inspired blog (founded by Naomi) and soon to be a print magazine. It is currently on Kickstarter and needs your support! It would mean the world if you’d spread the word simply by clicking the Facebook and Twitter sharing buttons below the video on the Kickstarter page. Just two clicks make a huge difference!

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Community News & Updates April 2013

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Faith and MadnessSarah Slagle Arnold‘s (Creative Nonfiction, S’05) memoir, Faith and Madness: A Spiritual and Psychological Journey, was published August 1, 2012, by Wipf & Stock’s Cascade Books imprint. The story of growing up with a manic-depressive father and Sarah’s own major depression at age 19 takes place in the Depression years of the 30s and 40s. The department store where Sarah worked only part-time paid for her three-time-a-week therapy, which she believes saved her life, for a year and a half. Receipt of her first royalty check in March was a thrill, Sarah reports, and should be shared with all her mentors at Stonecoast. Look for Faith and Madness at the summer 2013 residence or on Amazon.

A capella ZooJulie Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) story “Finding Your Way to the Coast” appears in A capella Zoo‘s best-of, fifth-anniversary edition, entitled Bestiary: The Best of the Inaugural Demi-Decade of A capella Zoo.

Christopher Fisher‘s (Fiction, W’08) novel A History of Stone and Steel will be released in print and available via Amazon.com this month. The novel, which he affectionately calls HOSS, began as his creative thesis at Stonecoast.

The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, a provider of online poetry workshops created by Lissa Kiernan (Poetry, S’11), was profiled in the Co-operative News for World Poetry Day.

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The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative

Jeanette Lynes‘ (Poetry/Fiction ’05) sixth collection of poetry, Archive of the Undressed (Wolsak & Wynn, 2012) has been shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards:  the Poetry Award and the Saskatoon Book Award.

Sandra McDonald (Popular Fiction, W’05) recently attended the AWP national conference in Boston and participated in a panel about Low-Res MFA programs as well as the Stonecoast reading at the Boston Public Library. She also attended the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando and read from her story “The Black Feminist’s Guide to Science Fiction Film Editing” (forthcoming, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasty 2013).

Janet Passehl (Poetry, S’10) has three poems in Calibanonline #11, forthcoming in mid-April 2013.

Mihku Paul (Fiction, S’10) will be participating in a group ekphrasis exhibit at the Yarmouth Memorial Library (Yarmouth, ME) titled Poets Speaking to Silent Works of Art, April 8-May 25. She will contribute a poem to accompany Evelyn Dunphy’s watercolor painting The Embrace, which can be viewed on the YML site.

Bruce Pratt‘s (Fiction, ’04) short play Memories of Paradise will be performed as part of the Maine Playwright’s Festival and will appear in the March issue of Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature. The play festival runs from April 25-May 5 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland, ME. Information is availabler here (Stonecaost faculty member Mike Kimball has a play in the festival, too). Also, Bruce will join fellow Stonecoast classmate Marcia Brown in Cape Elizabeth for the May Local Buzz reading on Saturday, May 18, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Steve Rhodes (Poetry, W’11) reports that three of his poems—“Possums,” “Sparrows,” and “Toad”—will be part of an exhibition, “Fables of the Eco-Future,” at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, GA. The exhibit (March 30-June 8), by both visual artists and writers, will feature works either about environmental degradation or its alternative.

My First BeatriceMoon Pie Press published its 70th poetry book, My First Beatrice by David Stankiewicz (Poetry, S’05), recently. Former Stonecoast faculty member Baron Wormser said of David’s collection: “David Stankiewicz’s poetry has a natural depth and balance to it. Degrees of tenderness, ruefulness and the ever-new standbys that are grief and joy intermingle and influence one another so that the complexity of a moment or feeling or place or life is properly honored. The sensibility at work here is at once American in its feeling for how locales speak and European, specifically Polish, in its feeling for the shades and shadows of history. The poems are, above all, shot through with love. The poet’s hand and heart are—as it should be—intimately connected.”

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Christopher Watkins‘ (Poetry, W’08) poem “The Clock Hands of a Child” has just appeared in the new issue of The Massachusetts Review. His poem “As If She Has Two Marbles In Her Ears” has just appeared in the new issue of Redivider. Additional details available here.

Erin Underwood (Popular Fiction, S’09) invites you to a Reading & Signing for Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, co-edited by Erin and Hannah Strom-Martin (Popular Fiction, W’09) and published on February 12, 2013.

futuredaze-cover-finalDate: Saturday, April 6
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945
Young adults will be reading excerpts from Futuredaze at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore in Marblehead! A reception and book signing with Marblehead resident Erin Underwood, the anthology’s co-editor and publisher, will follow. Students aged 12 to 18 are encouraged to drop off in advance or write a one-paragraph essay at the event on why they like to read science fiction to be entered in a drawing for two signed copies of Futuredaze. More information here.

Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11) has a story, “December Bride,” in Marco Polo Arts Magazine. The piece was first drafted at Stonecoast. Two of Tamra’s “bridesmaids” have won second place in competitions sponsored by Charlotte Writers Club: the 2013 Creative Nonfiction Contest and the 2013 Children’s Story Contest.

STUDENT NEWS

Ed Ferrara (Popular Fiction) has just sold his short story “Gig Marks” to the horror podcast Pseudopod. No firm information yet as to when the story will appear, but it could be within the next few months.

A Decent Happiness,” an essay by Alexis A. Paige (Creative Nonfiction), appears in the March issue of Pithead Chapel. Also, she guest blogged during AWP for Brevity Magazine, which plans to feature two of her posts.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam‘s (Popular Fiction) short story “The Siren” will appear in Strange Horizons on April 15. You can read it for free here.

FACULTY NEWS

Ted Deppe and Annie Deppe will give a reading at 7:00 p.m. on April 15 at Manchester Community College as part of the Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word and Music Series. The reading is free and open to the public, and it will be followed by an evening of jazz with Norman Johnson and featured musicians. The address is 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT. More information can be found here.

LiteraryOrange_p090331_02sqNancy Holder (Popular Fiction) has a busy April. On Saturday, April 6, at 10:30-11:30 a.m., she will participate in The Horror Panel: Dead and Loving It, with a signing following, at Literary Orange: A Celebration of Authors, Readers, and Libraries, to be held at the Irvine Marriott. On April 20, she will sign from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Horror Writers Association Booth (#859) at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held on the campus of the University of Southern California; she will also work in the booth on Saturday. On April 23, she will participate in World Book Night; her book is Fahrenheit 451. And on April 24, Nancy will participate in the Chapman University Pub(lishing) Crawl; students will meet and greet authors and discuss publishing; Stonecoast poetry faculty member Tony Barnstone will also participate.

On April 1st, Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) short play Janey Succumbs to Polar Madness will have a staged reading at Stonecoast alum Emily Young‘s ongoing author series Portland Writes at LFK burger bar (188A State Street, Portland, ME. 207.899.3277). STONECOAST ALERT: Jim Kelly and Emily Young will also be reading! Drinks at 8:00 p.m.; readings at 9:00.  Also, a full production of Mike’s Janey Succumbs to Polar Madness will be staged as part of the 12th annual Maine Playwrights Festival at the St. Lawrence Center for the Arts in Portland, ME, April 25-May 5. See the schedule here.

On April 6, Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) will read in the Storied Nights reading series, sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council at Bloc 11 Cafe, 11 Bow Street, Somerville, MA, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., along with other authors, storytellers, and host Daniel Gerwetz. On April 22, a New York City showcase of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera will be performed, featuring Broadway star Melissa Van Der Schyff as the Mother(s) and directed by Kenny Howard of Broadway Consortium. This NYC showcase is produced by Paul Boghosian and Harborside Films. For more information, check Events on Elizabeth’s website.

CONTESTS

Via Christopher Fisher: Attention novelists: If you’ve complete a book (maybe a NaNoWriMo manuscript you’ve been sitting on and wondering what to do with) and you have considered going indie/self-pub with it, then you need to check this out! The Editorial Department’s contest is free to enter, and the winning manuscript receives a grand-prize book design package worth $2500. If a lack of funds is the only thing keeping you from publishing, then this could be your ticket to having a book in print (and Kindle) and available for sale on Amazon as soon as this October!

Via Bruce Pratt: The American Fiction Prize (The Best Unpublished Short Stories by American Writers). This series, whose first six issues were published by Birch Lane Press/Carol Publishing Group, was called “a must-read collection for all short-fiction enthusiasts” by Booklist. The series moved to New Rivers Press in 1997; editors Alan Davis and Michael White chose previously unpublished stories for inclusion in the first ten volumes. Volumes 11 (2010) and 12 (2012) were edited by Kristen Tsetsi, Bayard Godsave, and Bruce Pratt. Volume 13–set for publication in 2014–is being edited by Bruce Pratt. A well-known writer serves as guest judge, chooses three prizewinners who receive a cash award, and writes the introduction. This year’s judge is Michael White. In 1998, Writer’s Digest chose the series as one of the top fifteen fiction magazines in the United States.

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
Entry Fee: $16/story

Previous finalist  judges include Charles Baxter, Ann Beattie, Robert Boswell, Ray Carver, Louise Erdrich, Clint McCown, Antonya Nelson, Josip Novakovich, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O’Brien, Wallace Stegner, Anne Tyler, and Tobias Wolff.

Contest Guidelines: New Rivers Press will publish approximately twenty short stories in each American Fiction volume, subtitled The Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers. We seek well crafted, character driven literary fiction in any genre with a maximum of 10,000 words per story. Each of the selected story authors will receive national publication and distribution, author discount, and two complimentary copies. $1,750 in prizes will be awarded. ($1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, and $250 for 3rd place). The finalist judge for Volume 13 is Michael White. There is a reading fee of $16 for each online submission from Feb. 1 through June 15 at the Submittable website.

Submit electronically or mail entries to

American Fiction Prize
New Rivers Press
1104 7th Ave. S.
Moorhead, MN 56563

Mailed entries must include a cover page with your name, story title, mailing address, and email address. Do not include your name on the pages of the story. Please ensure all stories are typed, double-spaced, and that the title and page number appear on each page. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and an e-mail address.

We welcome multiple entries ($16/story). For entries outside the U.S., please send entry fee in U.S. currency or money order. While we cannot return manuscripts, we will forward a list of the winning stories to any entrant who includes an SASE and we will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories.

Please e-mail any questions to obdriveway@aol.com

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Via Christopher Fisher: Call for applications: The Editorial Department is looking for an experienced book designer for independent contractor work. See the ad here for details and to apply.

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Community News & Updates February 2013

ALUMNI NEWS

Being Henry DavidCal Armistead‘s (Fiction, W’07) debut young adult novel, Being Henry David, will be released by Albert Whitman & Co. on March 1, 2013. Cal’s novel has already received a starred Kirkus review! For more, see www.calarmistead.com.

Eric’s Hysterics is proud to present Love Hurts, an anthology edited by Eric M. Bosarge (Popular Fiction, W’12) that includes 21 humorous stories about falling in love, falling out, and everything in between. Featuring Stonecoast alumni Payne Ratner and faculty member Mike Kimball, the collection is sure to delight. The anthology will be available February 7th. For more information, visit the website.

ColoredLens6Julie Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) “China Island” came out in the Winter 2013 edition of The Colored Lens (an eMagazine available on Amazon.com and, amazingly, free to Amazon Prime members). As always, you can find Julie on Facebook and on her blog.

Tamie Marie Fields (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) had her first-ever publication in Cirque (page 87!). The essay is titled “Silvers.” She has an upcoming essay titled “Hook and Sway” in the March issue of Terrain.

TwoMenTenSuns_coverJeff Foltz (Fiction, S’04) will be on a signing tour in the Midwest for his new novel, Two Men Ten Suns, and his first novel, Birkebeiner, A Story of Motherhood and War (his Stonecoast thesis). Here are the dates:

Friday, February 15 — Marquette, MI — Book World, 136 W. Washington Street — 3:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 16 — Iron Mountain, MI — Book World, 1104 S. Stephenson Highway — reading and Q&A from 12:00-1:00 p.m., signing to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 — Escanaba, MI — Book World, 301 Lincoln Road, Suite 29 — 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, and Friday, February 22 — American Birkebeiner Expo, Hayward, WI Middle School — signing
Saturday, February 23 — Cable, WI — Redbery Books — 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27 — Long Lake, MN — Gear West Ski Shop, 1786 W. Wayzata Blvd. #B — signing and Q&A
Friday, March 1 — Rhinelander, WI — Book World, 58 Brown Street — 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 — Minocqua, WI — Book World, 522 Oneida Street — 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 — Eagle River, WI — Book World — 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Mike Langworthy (Creative Nonfiction, W’11) continues to write his biweekly column for The Forecaster, a weekly newspaper covering the southern and central Maine coast. He is also executive producer and co-creator of Rock Island, a syndicated children’s television show in development, in association with a number of Portland-area nonprofits and media companies. He is also a consultant and story editor on Spun Out, a multi-camera situation comedy pilot for Canadian network CTV, starring Dave Foley (Newsradio, The Kids in the Hall) and shot in Toronto on January 18, 2013.

Sandra McDonald (Popular Fiction, W’05) sold her short story “Fleet” to the speculative fiction anthology We See A Different Frontier. She also sold her ninth book, a thriller about gay veterans in Philadelphia.

peacepeopleEllen Meeropol (Fiction, W’06) has a short story titled “Her Flammable Sister” in the February 2013 issue of Dove Tales (Writing for Peace). Her essay with Rosellen Brown and Tracy Daugherty, “Balancing Craft & Commitment: Writing Political Fiction,” will be in the March/April 2013 issue of The Writers Chronicle.

Rebecca Hotaling Nix‘s (Fiction, W’12) short story “Someplace Else” was published in ninepatch: A Creative Journal for Women and Gender Studies at Eastern Kentucky University and can be read here. Also, her screenplay “Exes” is being made into a movie; filming will being in April. (She was approached by a composer from Barcelona, Spain, who’s interested in writing the soundtrack.) She hopes to screen the movie during a future Stonecoast residency, maybe Winter or Summer 2014. For updates, check out the Facebook page.

Mihku Paul (Fiction, S’10) will read from her poetry collection, 20th Century PowWow Playland, on Friday, February 8th, at “Hear The Women” in the Nick Sapiel Building on Indian Island (Maine). The line-up includes Cheryl Savageau (an Abenaki poet) and Yvette Nolan (an Algonquin playwright). On Saturday, February 9th, Mihku will co-teach a writing workshop, “HERstory,” for Waponahki women. This event is co-sponsored by the Penobscot Nation and Gedakina, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening Waponahki communities through the preservation of cultural heritage.

Lisa Romeo (Creative Nonfiction, S’08) has joined the faculty of The Writers Circle, teaching nonfiction and leading all-genre workshops at three locations in northern New Jersey. Her narrative essay, “Old Men Who Write,” will appear in Under the Sun‘s first online issue (Spring 2013). Lisa is also editing essays and short stories for the newly revived Brain, Child magazine, and was recently interviewed on WTBQ radio (Orange County, NY) on their Creative Vision program, offering tips for writers.

Catherine Schmitt‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) story, “The Snowy Owls of Acadia,” appears in the Winter issue of Friends of Acadia Journal.

futuredaze-cover-finalCo-editors Hannah Strom-Martin (Popular Fiction, W’09) and Erin Underwood (Popular Fiction, S’09) announce the publication of Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction from Underwords Press on February 12, 2013. Futuredaze includes 33 original short science fiction stories and poems that spark the imagination, twist the heart, and make us yearn for the possibilities of a world yet to come. Contributing authors include faculty member Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) and alumna Sandra McDonald (Popular Fiction, W’05). Futuredaze will be available in print and as an eBook, and it will be distributed in bookstores and online venues in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Below is the book video that Underwoods Press created for the anthology.

Robert E. Stutts‘s (Popular Fiction, S’10) short story “Hungry” (one of his Stonecoast stories) will appear on Daily Science Fiction the week of February 11th.

Gina Troisi‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’09) essay, “Wrapped Up in Skin, Hidden Behind Eyes,” was published in Gettysburg Review, Spring 2013 issue. Her essay, “The Angle of Flickering Light,” was a finalist for the 2012 Bellevue Literary Review Prize in Nonfiction. ginatroisi@yahoo.com

Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11) took second place in the Charlotte Writers Club Creative Nonfiction competition with the essay “Wildflowers.” The same piece has been accepted for publication in ENO, a new journal of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

STUDENT NEWS

Linda Kobert‘s (Creative Nonfiction) travel essay “The Eye of God” appears in the latest print version—the India Issue—of the literary and arts journal Annalemma. The piece documents part of her Fall 2010 around-the-world voyage on Semester at Sea, during which she taught—what else?—writing.

future-gamesBonnie Jo Stufflebeam‘s (Popular Fiction) short story “The Wanderers” will be published in the February 2013 issue of Clarkesworld.

Genevieve Williams‘s (Popular Fiction) short story, “Kip, Running,” which originally appeared in Strange Horizons, is now available in the Future Games anthology from Prime Books, alongside stories by Cory Doctorow, James Morrow, George R.R. Martin, and Kate Wilhelm.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

penobscotNorthern Writes Festival. Submissions are open year round for plays—especially full-length works—that are set in the greater Bangor area, as part of Penobscot Theatre Company‘s Northern Writes Project. The geographic area may be interpreted liberally, but the plays must be fully based in Maine. There is no reading fee as this is not part of our annual new play festival contest (submissions for that closed January 31). This year’s Northern Writes Festival will take place in Bangor April 19-21, 2013. Details can be found here. Scripts should be mailed to

Bruce Pratt
Northern Writes Coordinator
Penobscot Theatre Company
115 Main Street 4th Floor
Bangor ME 04401

All plays must be in standard playwriting form and bound with at least a binder clip. Include SASE for reply and, if you wish, postcard for acknowledgement of receipt.

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Community News & Updates August 2012

As you may have heard Stonecoast is transitioning to a printed newsletter that will be published twice a year and will likely not have room for publication announcement and other news related updates from community members. So, the SCAA is going to take over the news and updates, which will be published on a monthly basis. To get your info included in the update, please email Robert Stutts and include the words “August News” or “September News”  in the subject line. Also, please remember to type your news as you’d like to have it printed in the news post. If there is an associated cover image, you must supply the URL. The news will be published once a month around the first of each month.

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The first bit of news is that the SCAA is looking for a volunteer to manage the news for the Community blog. All you have to do is collect emails from people, compile their news into a single/monthly post and publish it Easy. If you’re interested please contact Erin Underwood.

**UPDATE: **Alumnus Robert Stutts PF W’10 is the new News Editor for the Stonecoast Community Blog. If you have news items, please be sure to email them to Robert. You can get his email address by clicking on this link to “Email your news to Robert.”

ALUMNI NEWS

Linda K. Sienkiewicz (fiction, S ’09) has a poem titled “What Every Mother Hopes For” in the Summer 2012 issue of Mobius, A Journal for Social Change  http://mobiusmagazine.com/ Linda also won an Honorable Mention from Springfed Arts for a short story titled “Gut Wrenched in Barnstown.”

Erin Underwood (popular fiction, S’09) sold her short story “The Foam Born” the Ticonderoga Press for publication in their new anthology Bloodstones, edited by Amanda Pillar–available October 2012.

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FACULTY NEWS

Vanquished, the final book in the Crusade series, by Nancy Holder (popular fiction) and her coauthor Debbie Viguie will be available on August 28, 2013.

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