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Community News & Updates April 2020

Hope everyone is staying safe!

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

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The German edition of JJ Amaworo Wilson‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Writing for Social Change) novel Damnificados, translated by Connie Lösch, was published by Editions Nautilus on March 2nd. The book was positively reviewed in Der Spiegel, Europe’s largest weekly news magazine, the same week.

Aaron Hamburger‘s (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction) novel Nirvana Is Here is nominated as a 2019 Indie Book of the Year (LGBTQ fiction) from Foreward Reviews!

Elizabeth Hand (Popular Fiction, Fiction) will be leading a free online workshop focused on building resilience through writing for teens, sponsored by the Clarion West Writers Workshop; Stonecoast faculty member emeritus James Patrick Kelly (Popular Fiction) and current Stonecoast faculty member Tobias Buckell (Popular Fiction) are also instructors.  Recent reviews include N.K. Jemisin’s The City We Became and Megan Campisi’s Sin Eater, both for The Washington Post.

Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Playwriting, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) published “Soundstage Musicals: Capturing Theater on Film” in the March 2020 issue of Imagine, the print and online magazine for the New England film community. Her article addresses the filming and streaming of musicals as one way to keep theater alive in these dark times.

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Check out Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s (Creative Nonfiction, S’15) current online radio and podcast interviews regarding her book, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. In addition to a lot of quirky snail science, the book relates to the pandemic experience, as it includes reflections on isolation and illness. Recent interviews include the following links: interviewed by Indira Naidoo for ABC Nightlife Radio in Sydney, Australia, and interviewed by Emily Kwong for NPR Science Podcast Short Wave.

Peter Adrian Behravesh (Popular Fiction, W’18) narrated Amit Gupta’s story “How Did It Feel to Be Eaten?” for the March 12th episode of Escape Pod. You can listen to it here. He also hosted the March 24th episode of PodCastle, featuring Sofia Samatar’s retelling of “The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle,” available here.

Carina Bissett (Popular Fiction, S’18) has a Snow White retelling coming out in the anthology Arterial Bloom, edited by Mercedes M. Yardley. “Rotten” was the story she submitted with her application to Stonecoast, so she’s happy that is has finally found a home at Crystal Lake Publishing.

Julie C. Day (Popular Fiction, S’12) is thrilled to announce that her novella The Rampant (Aqueduct Press) is a nominated finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Award in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and HorrorPublishers Weekly says, “Equal parts playful and heartbreaking, this apocalyptic novella offers one-of-a-kind answers about the end of the world….This clever and surprisingly fun take on the rapture is the perfect theological horror story.” The novella is available in both paperback and as an ebook.

Jess Flarity (Popular Fiction, S’18), PhD candidate in Literature, has been awarded a summer research grant from the University of New Hampshire to continue his work on the erasure of women in science fiction. He is excited to write an article on feminism related to Jesuit philosophy and the universe of Warhammer 40k as his entry point into the world of academic publishing.

 

David A. Hewitt’s (Popular Fiction, S’09) novelette The Great Wall of America, published by Mithila Press, is now available in both Kindle and paperback editions, and his short story “Donald Q. Haute, Gentleman Inquisitator, and the Peril of the Pythogator” will be appearing in the April 2020 issue of Metaphorosis.

Lissa Kiernan (Poetry, S’11) is happy to announce that her second full-length poetry collection has been selected as a semifinalist in Tupelo Press’s 2020 Dorset Prize.

Alison McMahan‘s (Popular Fiction, W’10) short story “Harlem in Havana” will be released April 7, 2020, in the anthology The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell, edited by Josh Pachter, published by Untreed Reads. Alison will appear with fellow anthology authors Alan Orloff and Elaine Viets for a panel and signing on April 18th at Murder on the Beach Bookstore in Delray Beach, 6:00 p.m.

What a moment to launch a new novel! Ellen Meeropol (Fiction, W’06) is delighted that her fourth novel, Her Sister’s Tattoo, will be published on April 7th. She is working hard to convert her book tour to virtual events—live-streamed readings and Zoom book parties and curated series like A Mighty Blaze and Reading with Robin. Links to Internet events will be posted on her website as they’re set. Interesting times, no?

John Christopher Nelson‘s (Fiction, S’15) creative nonfiction piece, “Things You Gave Me When You Left” is forthcoming in The Real Story. John will have a solo author event—barring further quarantine—at Paper Boat Booksellers in West Seattle on the evening of May 1st.

dg nanouk okpik’s (Poetry, W’10) poem “When White Hawks Come” was published in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day email on March 30, 2020 (the link also includes an audio recording of the poem).

Sean Robinson (Popular Fiction, W’14) is pleased to share that his short story “Soovien Hungered in the City of Spiders” is out at StarShipSofa. It’s a story about poetry-driven spider gladiatorial matches, and other stuff.

Catherine Schmitt (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) had a streak of publication right before everything changed: an article on wood construction and the future of Maine forests in Northern Woodlands magazine, a “Plant Love Story” about salt marsh grass, an essay on the striped skunk for Natural Resources Council of Maine, and an update on wild Atlantic salmon for The Working Waterfront. Her book, The President’s Salmon, was featured in several new podcasts and cited by Mark Kurlansky in his new book on salmon. And a lyric essay has been accepted by Waterwheel Review.

Kevin St. Jarre (Popular Fiction, S’10) recently participated in a six-author online showcase, hosted and broadcast via Zoom by publisher Encircle Publications. His novel Aliens, Drywall, and a Unicycle is now available for pre-order here.

Eugenio Volpe (Fiction, W’05) has an essay coming out in the summer issue of Massachusetts Review entitled “Jesus Kicks His Oedipus Complex.”

“Steve’s Ashes,” a story by Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11), appears in the Summer 2020 issue of Evening Street Review, a journal of Evening Street Press of Sacramento.

 

 

 

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Community News & Updates October 2014

STONECOAST IN IRELAND

Ted Deppe and Jeanne Marie Beaumont will be the faculty for the Stonecoast in Ireland residency in beautiful Dingle, County Kerry, next summer.  The residency will take place from 8 July to 15 July 2015.  An invitation to apply will be sent out to all students on 1 November 2014 and applications will be accepted until 12 November.  Any questions about the Irish residencies can be sent to Ted at theodore.deppe@maine.edu.

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Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13) is happy to announce the launch of Catwalk, her third mystery from Midnight Ink and her twentieth book, in October. Early reviews have been encouraging, including “Intricate plot and smart characters” from Booklist.

Eric M. Bosarge‘s (Popular Fiction, W ’12) horror story “My Father’s House” will appear in the October issue of Pithy Pages. Subscriptions are now free.

723_largeJulie Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) story “The Faces Between Us” is now available in the latest issue of Interzone. It started out as a flash piece written for the 2013 Art & Words Show, curated annually by Stonecoast’s own Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam.

Tamie Fields Harkins‘ (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) poem “We Thought We Needed a Boat” and her essay “The Crossing” were both published in the Fall 2014 issue of Connotations, the journal associated with the Island Institute, which hosted Tamie as writer-in-residence in Sitka, Alaska, last April.

Lesley Heiser (Fiction, S’11) was proud to have her memoir piece “Saudade” published next to a poem by one of her favorite poets, Martin Espada, in the second edition of The Stonecoast Review. Also, her unpublished novel, “The Actor,” was a top five finalist in the 2014 Brighthorse Prize Novel Contest.

Kass My-BeautifulJeff Kass (Fiction, S’09) is proud to announce the release of his first full-length poetry collection My Beautiful Hook-Nosed Beauty Queen Strut Wave from Dzanc Books. The book will be released in Ann Arbor, MI, on Thursday, October 23, at 8:00 p.m. in a reading at The Neutral Zone, and in New York at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, in a reading at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn. Stonecoast faculty mentor and National Book Award Finalist Tim Seibles says of Kass’ poetry collection, “These are the poems of many men who grew up in this country bursting at the seams with boyness, who did the best they could to grow into useful men—fathers, teachers, plumbers. Line by line, this book unfolds like a well made movie.” Books will be available for purchase online at  www.dzancbooks.org.

Joe M. McDermott (Popular Fiction, S’11) sold “Paul and His Son,” an excerpt from an unpublished science fiction novel, to Asimov’s Magazine and the short story “Fox in the Fields” to 3-Lobed Burning Eye.

Ellen Meeropol (Fiction, W’06) will be on a panel, Balancing Commitment and Craft in Political Fiction, at Pace University on November 5, 2014. The panel is sponsored by the New York City chapter of the Women’s National  Book Association and also includes Céline Keating, Marnie Mueller, Elizabeth Nunez, and Tiphanie Yanique.

Janet Passehl‘s (Poetry, S’10) manuscript, “Clutching Lambs,” has been accepted for publication by Negative Capabilities Press.

Cristina Perachio’s (Fiction, S’14) story “Nightstands” was selected as one of the Top 5 Stories of the Year in Narrative magazine for 2013-2014. “Nightstands” was originally selected as a finalist in the Narrative 30 Below Story & Poetry Contest in 2013 and ran as Story of the Week in the Spring of 2014.

Felicity Stone (Creative Nonfiction, ’08) is excited to announce that Narrative magazine has published an excerpt from her memoir Maggie, a project she began at Stonecoast.

TheMessage_Cover-187x300Eugenio Volpe‘s (Fiction, ’05) eBook The Message was recently published by SolsticeLit Books. It’s the story of Adam Zane, a young veteran struggling with PTSD, who copes by shooting hoops and hating NBA hometown traitor Elijah “The Message” Adams. The eBook may be purchased on Amazon or the SolsticeLit Books website.

Marco Wilkinson’s (Poetry, S’13) essay “The Gift of Failure” appears in the Fall 2014 issue of the magazine Taproot.

Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’10) took second place in the Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by Charlotte Writers Club. Her piece, “I Hear Music,” was judged by author Ruth Moose herself, a former creative writing faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Tamra was invited to read her piece at the Charlotte Writers’ September meeting.

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John Christopher Nelson‘s (Fiction) essay titled “Been Haunted” will be published online by Paper Tape Magazine in a series of haunting-themed stories/essays. The relevance to Stonecoast is particular: the essay is based on a conversation with Stonecoast peers on the Blasket Islands during our summer 2014 residency in Dingle, Ireland, with the Deppes.

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family framedMichael Kimball (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) is the recipient of the 2014 John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award for his play Duck and Cover. The Gassner Award is presented annually by the New England Theatre Conference, “New England’s oldest, largest theatre association.” On October 25th, a staged reading of Duck and Cover will be presented at the NETC Awards Banquet at Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center, 219 Littleton Road, Route 11, Westford, MA, 01886. His play Ghosts of Ocean House runs October 10-26 at The Players’ Ring, 105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH. Early reservations are recommended and can be made at www.playersring.org or by calling the Players’ Ring at (603) 436-8123. Ghosts of Ocean House received the 2006 F. Gary Newton Playwriting Award and was one of three finalists for the 2007 Edgar Award (Mystery Writers of America). The play is a psychological drama about a brother and two sisters who, to inherit their late father’s Victorian seaside mansion, must spend one week for ten years living together harmoniously—or else lose the house to charity. This is their final year, their final week. But the newest family member, a flighty, fragile young bride named Darlene, harbors a dark, mysterious past—as does the quiet old house—and when they come together, ghosts begin awakening.

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Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) is the featured author for Under the Covers in the fall newsletter of WriteBoston, an organization that aids teen writers and writing teachers in MA public schools; Elizabeth’s piece is “Ripped from the Headlines and Whipped into Reality Fiction.”

Suzanne Strempek Shea (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) will be launching her newest book, the novel Make a Wish But Not For Money, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Broadside Bookstore in Northampton, MA. She’ll have many events in October, including two weeks’ worth with Mags Riordan, founder of the Malawian clinic detailed in This Is Paradise, which came out in the spring and which Suzanne will continue to promote through the end of the year. Mags visit with be a rare chance for readers to meet her, as she lives in Malawi. A full schedule of events is available at http://www.suzannestrempekshea.com/index.php?page=upcoming-events#240. Suzanne has just returned from two weeks of promoting This Is Paradise in Mags Riordan’s native Ireland. Readings included one at The King Sitric in Howth, site of the January Stonecoast Ireland residency, and a night at Galway’s Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop during which Stonecoast Ireland Coordinator and Co-Coordinator, Ted Deppe and Annie Deppe, also read. Suzanne and husband Tommy attended Ted’s launch of his collection Beautiful Wheel at the 37th annual Clifden Arts Festival, and Suzanne read at the festival a few days later during a concert featuring Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite. The festival ended with readings by Paula Meehan and Theo Dorgan, who many in our community will know from the two having been guest lecturers at Stonecoast Ireland. Paula last September was awarded the Chair of Irish Poetry, Professor of Poetry, by President Michael D. Higgins. Big thanks are sent by Suzanne to Aaron Hamburger, who wrote for the Matador Network about Suzanne’s point-of-view decisions in This Is Paradise.

Annie and Ted Deppe with Paula Meehan at center.

Annie and Ted Deppe with Paula Meehan at center.

Ted Deppe signing at his launch of Beautiful Wheel at the Clifden Arts Festival.

Ted Deppe signing at his launch of Beautiful Wheel at the Clifden Arts Festival.

Stonecoast alum Christina Mock, now living in Barcelona, made a surprise visit to former mentor Ted Deppe's reading at the Clifden Arts Festival. Here, she and Ted are snapped by Annie Deppe.

Stonecoast alum Christina Mock, now living in Barcelona, made a surprise visit to former mentor Ted Deppe‘s reading at the Clifden Arts Festival. Here, she and Ted are snapped by Annie Deppe.

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Community News & Updates May 2013

STONECOAST READINGS

On May 13, Elizabeth Searle will host a reading at Newtonville Books in Newton, MA, celebrating ten years of Stonecoast MFA and featuring readings by Stonecoast alumni Eugenio Volpe, Cal Armistead, Mihku Paul, and Richard Cambridge.

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Michael Beeman‘s (Fiction, S’09) short story “The Sleeping Saints” was published in the Winter 2013 issue of The Sewanee Review. The story, written while he was working with Kelly Link during his first semester at Stonecoast, was also well-received in a recent New Pages review.

LaunchPadJennifer Marie Brissett (Popular Fiction, S’11) was accepted into the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for established writers. It’s held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, WY, and aims to provide a “crash course” in modern astronomy science through guest lectures as well as observation through the University of Wyoming’s professional telescopes.

Tamie Marie Fields‘ (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) essay “Hook and Sway” was published in the April issue of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.

J. M. McDermott (Popular Fiction, S’11) sold a story, “Dolores, Big and Strong,” to Asimov’s Science Fiction.

Bruce Pratt (Fiction, ’04) will be directing a staged reading of Elizabeth Searle‘s ten-minute play Stolen Girl on Sunday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m. at the historic Penobscot Theatre’s Opera House in Bangor, ME, as part of the Northern Writes Festival of New Works. A Q&A with the author will follow the performance. Bruce’s short play Memories of Paradise and Mike Kimball‘s short play Janey Succumbs to Polar Madness are included in the Maine Playwrights Festival in Portland, which runs from April 26-May 4 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center. The third performance of Bruce’s play will run Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 p.m.; Mike’s play will be presented on May 2 and May 3 at 7:30 p.m. and again on May 4 at 4:00 p.m. Additional information may be found here, and tickets may be ordered by calling 207.854.0065.

Lisa Romeo (Creative Nonfiction, S’08) has been appointed creative nonfiction editor for the forthcoming online literary journal, Compose. Last month, her memoir proposal was one of five finalists in the Seal Press book contract contest sponsored by SheWrites.com. This winter, Lisa judged Kenneth Kingery/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award for the Council for Wisconsin Writers, selected David McGlynn’s memoir, A Door in the Ocean.

staten_island_noirPatricia Smith (Poetry, S’08, and former Stonecoast poetry faculty member) will be reading at the Library of Congress on May 1, along with poets Kevin Young, Brenda Shaughnessy, Marily Chin, and Brian Turner. The program, “Necessary Utterance: Poetry As Cultural Force,” commemorates Nathasha Trethewey’s historic term as poet laureate. On May 2, Patricia will receive the Robert L. Fish Award from the Mystery Writers of America, given for the best debut story in the genre. “When They Are Done with Us,” her contribution to the crime-fiction anthology Staten Island Noir (which she also edited) was chosen for the Fish Award and will be included in Best American Short Stories 2013.

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Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre) has been invited to participate in the “Lunch with an Author” fundraiser on May 2 in Wilmington, NC. Proceeds from the event go to support Creative Writing Scholarships at Cape Fear Community College. Sheila will also be speaking about her writing to the New Hanover Kennel Club in Wilmington on May 13, with a portion of proceeds going to support canine health research.

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pw may june 2013Bon Appétit: How Food Writing Fed My Fiction,” Aaron Hamburger‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) essay on fiction and food writing, is in the current issue of Poets and Writers. Also, his short story “No More Wild Orchids” will appear in the upcoming issue of Carolina Quarterly.

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Duck and Cover

Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) full-length play Duck and Cover has been selected to be read at the Bangor Opera House as part of the Penobscot Theatre Company‘s 7th Annual Northern Writes Festival May 3-5. A full production of Duck and Cover (“A delicious mix of drama, history and humor… Smart, witty, heartwarming and incisively written. Truly engaging.” –Portsmouth Hearld) will be staged May 30-June 9 at Acorn Studio Theater (Westbrook ME | 207.854.0065). His new short play Janey Succumbs to Polar Madness will be part of the 2013 Maine Playwrights Festival (also on Facebook) on May 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and on May 4 at 4:00 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Center for the Performing Arts in Portland, ME.

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Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) has a new one-act play, Stolen Girl, premiering at Northern Writes Festival of New Works in Maine at the Bangor Opera House on Sunday, May 5, directed by Bruce Pratt (Fiction, ’04) and produced by the Penobscot Theatre Company.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The inaugural issue of The Catch: Writings from Downeast Maine, a new literary journal launched in association with the Downeast Fisheries Trail, was published on April 10 and is available here. The submission window opens in September; Catherine Schmitt (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) is managing editor.

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