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Community News & Updates May 2016

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Woman of Gold (2015) by Jackson Zorn

Woman of Gold (2015) by Jackson Zorn

Karen Bovenmyer (Popular Fiction, S’13) has 7 pieces of exciting news this month.

  1. Her new short story “Snow as White as Skin as White as Snow” has been accepted into fellow alumni Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s Art & Words Show—Karen is so very excited to participate in the show again!!!!
  2. Also, Karen’s haunted house flash “So Normal and Unwritten” (reprint) is forthcoming in Iron Soap’s 200 CCs on October 7, 2016.
  3. The sad puppies kerfuffle poem Karen mentioned last month, “Keep Hugo Stormed,” is now available for reading (scroll all the way to the bottom) at Eye to the Telescope Magazine. She is still nervous about potential reactions to the poem but as yet has received only positive feedback.
  4. Her epic science fiction novella “Failsafe” (18k word salute to Aliens) will be reprinted in a forthcoming science fiction anthology put out by Onyx Neon Shorts.
  5. A 1250-word “Like a Soul” flash, originally published in The Stonecoast Review, will be reprinted in Centum Press’s first anthology, One Hundred Voices.
  6. She’s going to be an author guest (with Stonecoaster Mur Lafferty) at the GenCon Writer’s Symposium this August, moderating/speaking on seven panels and one critique workshop.
  7. The DSP Publications editing team working on her 27,000-word pirate adventure novella “Swift for the Sun” (coming 1st quarter 2017) have crafted this very cool blurb:

Benjamin Swift imagines himself a smuggler, a gun runner, and an all-around scoundrel. A preacher’s son turned hard-bitten criminal. Sinner extraordinaire. But first and foremost, a survivor.

He’s never considered himself noble.

When Benjamin is shipwrecked on a tropical island, fortune sends an unlikely savior: a blond savage who is everything Benjamin didn’t know he needed. Falling in love with Sun is easy, but pirates have come looking for the remains of Benjamin’s cargo. They find their former slave, Sun, instead.

Held captive by the pirates, Benjamin learns the depths of Sun’s past and the horrors he has been exposed to and forced to perpetrate. Together, they must not only escape, but prevent a shipment of weapons from making its way to rebellious colonists. Benjamin is determined to save the man he loves and ensure their peaceful future together is never threatened again. To succeed might require the unthinkable—an altruistic sacrifice.

Amy Burroughs (Creative Nonfiction, W’16) will have an essay appear in the fall issue of Jabberwock Review. Thanks to the mentors and members of Suzanne Strempek Shea‘s workshop who helped her work on this piece. This is Amy’s first published essay.

Paula Treick DeBoard’s (Fiction, S’10) third novel, The Drowning Girls, was published on April 26 by Mira. It was chosen by Target as an Emerging Authors pick and has received early critical acclaim, including a starred review in Library Journal. She was a recent guest on Capital Public Radio’s Insight with Beth Ruyak to discuss writing the book. Her first novel, The Mourning Hours (workshopped at Stonecoast and mentored by Suzanne Strempek Shea and Boman Desai), is being rereleased this summer in a mass market format. Paula is a lecturer in writing at the University of California, Merced, and will serve this summer as permanent faculty at Go Deep, a writing and yoga retreat in the Sierra Nevadas.  More information can be found on her website www.paulatreickdeboard.com

In April, Mike Langworthy (Creative Nonfiction, W’11) was hired by Sony Television International as a consultant in Moscow on Russian adaptations of American television comedies. After a month on The Voronins, the Russian version of Everybody Loves Raymond, he has been assigned to run the writers’ room on Lucky Us, the Russian version of Roseanne. Mike will oversee the writing staff as it prepares outlines and scripts for episodes of the series.

Joe M. McDermott (Popular Fiction, S’11) sold a new science fiction novel called The Fortress at the End of Time to Tor.com.

MagickByMoonriseFinalLaura Navarre‘s (Popular Fiction, W’11) award-winning Tudor fallen angel romance Magick By Moonrise was picked up by Harlequin’s worldwide paranormal romance program as a direct-to-consumer release for August 2016, thereby proving again the wisdom of the writer’s adage: “Don’t follow the trends. Write what you love.” Laura’s amazed that it worked. 🙂

John Christopher Nelson‘s (Fiction, S’15) short story, “Sola Fide,” will be featured in the summer issue of Able Muse Review.

Historic Acadia National ParkHistoric Acadia National Park: The Stories Behind One of America’s Great Treasures by Catherine Schmitt (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) has just been published by Lyons Press, part of a series of books in observance of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016. Schmitt will host a launch party at the Northeast Harbor Library on May 18.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam‘s (Popular Fiction, S’13) short story “The Split,” a fantastical fictionalization of her move to Eugene, OR, in 2010, appeared in The Master’s Review. She has also announced the participants in the 2016 Art & Words Collaborative Show she curates annually, which started out as her Stonecoast Third Semester Project, and she was thrilled to see a plethora of Stonecoast alumni in her submissions queue. This year the show will feature alum Shawna Borman and Karen Bovenmyer. For a complete list of participants, click here.

From Joanne Turnbull (Fiction, S’11):

Thanks to the contributions of Stonecoast leaders and alumni, Artists Wielding Words and Images was a huge success. Robin Talbot‘s unassuming grace made it possible for 85 artists, students, and community members to gather and explore the power of art (broadly defined to include written word and visual image) to effect social change. Justin Tussing moderated a panel of writers and photographers who shared challenges of creating work that reflects social issues. Novelist Ellen Meeropol (Fiction, ‘06) discussed the personal journey that led to two novels with themes addressing the emotional impact of political activism. Alumna Helen Peppe (Creative Nonfiction, ‘11) and student Jenny O’Connell (‘17) helped to create breakout sessions in which participants experienced ways in which their own creativity might influence social change. Adult artists and the King Fellows (high school students whose creative writing focuses on racism and social justice) facilitated the breakouts. Artists Wielding Words and Images will be the blueprint for ongoing community conversations about art as an agent of social change.

Jennifer Wade (Creative Nonfiction, W’13) is a reader for Creative Nonfiction magazine and its new enterprise, True Story magazine, which will debut this fall, featuring one long form CNF piece each issue.

Ashley Warren (Fiction, S’12) has four poems—“Modern Witchcraft: A Business Meeting,” “Ode to Procrastination,” “Spreadsheet,” and “Symptoms of a Brain Injury”—in an April 2016 issue of Easy Street.

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Mythic DeliriumCarina Bissett‘s (Popular Fiction) poem “Swimming with the Shark Boys” is featured online in the May selections of Mythic Delirium (Issue 2.4).

Ellie O’Leary’s (Poetry) poem “The Ghosts Rondeau in the Granite” will appear in issue 36 of The Northern New England Review. Her poem “The Woods Are Open to Me Now” (a rimas dissolutas) will be in the book The Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop by Diane Lockward.

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David Anthony Durham‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction) novel, The Risen, about the Spartacus rebellion against ancient Rome will be published on May 3rd, both as a hardback and as an audiobook.

Aaron Hamburger (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) will be teaching at the Peripatetic Writing Workshop this summer, in Woodstock, NY. It’s both a workshop and a writing retreat with lots of opportunities to get extensive feedback, especially for those working on longer projects. Check out their website for more info: http://www.peripateticwritingandart.org/home

Elizabeth Hand‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction) novel Hard Light has received rave reviews from Maureen Corrigan at The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and the Associated Press, among others. She was featured as part of the Rubin Museum’s Brainwaves Festival in NYC, where she appeared with neuroscientist Dr. Carl Bazil in a conversation about parasomnia, spoke with the A.V. Club’s Jason Heller about her five favorite books on music, and did a reading at the Mysterious Bookshop in NYC. Just announced: she’s co-editing the upcoming issue of the literary magazine Conjunctions with Bradford Morrow. Her essay on Hillary Chute’s Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form appeared in The Boston Review. Recent reviews include Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming for The Washington Post.

StokerCon-logo-red-whiteNancy Holder (Popular Fiction) will participate in StokerCon™, the annual horror conference presented by the Horror Writers Association, at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas from May 12-15. She will be riding the HWA Los Angles StokerBus, leaving the Iliad Bookstore in North Hollywood on Thursday around 10 AM. There are still seats available! Cost is currently $176 but will decrease with every new rider. Contact Nancy if you are interested. At StokerCon, she will participate in signings, readings, panel discussions, and teaching “How to Write Scary” at Horror University. Her panels include “Screenplay Writing for Authors” with 41dYNQfjMLL-1._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_Jack Ketchum and “The Romance of Horror” with Heather Graham. She will co-present the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel with Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. Also, Fire at Sea, Nancy’s third Beauty and the Beast novel, set in the universe of the CW TV show, will go on sale on May 31.

This month Mike Kimball (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) will make his acting debut as comedian Henny Youngman in his short play Henny and Hitler in Hell. The play is part of a collection of seven short plays in a show called Group Synergy. The Actors Studio of Newburyport. The Tannery, Mill #1, Suite 5, Newburyport, MA 01950.

"Hey, some green room. Last joint they put me? So small, the mice were hunchbacked."

“Hey, some green room. Last joint they put me? So small, the mice were hunchbacked.”

 

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Community News & Updates February 2016

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Karen Bovenmyer (Popular Fiction, S’13) is ecstatic to announce she has signed a contract with a small press for her 26k word novella “Swift for the Sun” (historical pirate adventure/romance) which will be released under a pseudonym in the first quarter of 2017. It’s the biggest advance and largest royalties percentage she’s ever signed for and she’s very excited. Furthermore, Karen’s poem “NeverNever Holes,” originally published on Zingara Poet, will be reprinted in a forthcoming Love Poems anthology edited by Johnny M. Tucker, Jr. Also, the second issue of Mothership Zeta Magazine, featuring nonfiction by Stonecoast alumnus Adam Gallardo and faculty James Patrick Kelly is now available for download! Karen is the Assistant Editor, Nonfiction, for this magazine, which is led by Stonecoast alumna Mur Lafferty, Editor in Chief.

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Space Heart,” an essay by Linda Buckmaster (Creative Nonfiction, ‘11), appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Solstice Literary Magazine. Her poem “Flowering” was re-published in A Year of Being Here. In February, she will be an Associate Artist under writer David Shields at the residency program of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. From there, she will go to Foundation Obras in Portugal for a three-week residency.

Isthmus-issue-4-e1452206003965Julie C. Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) “Holes in Heaven”—a story that concerns itself with sibling rivalry, stellar nurseries, and exiled children—can be found in the print journal Isthmus; an excerpt is available online. Issue 21 of the Small Beer podcast also came out in January and features Julie’s narration of Mary Rickert’s story “Cold Fires.”

Nikki Flionis (Fiction, ’10) is among many long-time Bostonians reflecting on their lives in Streets of Echoes, the latest volume in the City of Boston’s memoir project series. Developed in collaboration with Grubstreet, this volume includes residents of Back Bay, Fenway, Beacon Hill-West End, and Dorchester. Flionis’ essay, “Rooms with Adieu,” focuses on the old rooming house culture, wiped out with stunning speed by the advent of the residential condominium in the 1980’s.

_6757124Penny Guisinger’s (Creative Nonfiction, S’13) essay “The Sound of Galton’s Whistle” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Maine author and former Pushcart winner Jennifer Lunden in December 2015. And 2016 is off to a grand start: Penny’s book Postcards from Here is now available for order.

Cindy Williams Gutiérrez (Poetry/Artistic Collaboration, W’08) was awarded the first Oregon Literary Fellowship for Writers of Color in 2016. Her debut poetry collection, the small claim of bones, placed second in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards, and she was selected by Poets & Writers Magazine as a 2014 Notable Debut Poet.

Joe M McDermott‘s (Popular Fiction, S’11) short story “Snowbird” appears in the March 2016 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

Mary Heather Noble (Creative Nonfiction, W’14) is pleased to have her essay “Seduction” included in Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America, an anthology to be released by Ice Cube Press later this month. Fracture explores the well-known and little-known complexities of fracking through first-hand experience, investigative journalism, storytelling, and verse. The collection will also feature the work of Stonecoast faculty Debra Marquart, former Stonecoast faculty Barbara Hurd, and several other acclaimed environmental writers. The book can be pre-ordered here.

Lisa Romeo’s (Creative Nonfiction, S’08) essay “Sound and Fury, Signifying” appeared in Synaesthesia Magazine in January. Another CNF piece, “​Gray,” received honorable mention in the 2015​ Our Past Loves contest and 9780997040005-BeyondRainMan2_Front_RGB_72dpi_5.5x8.5_webis now posted online (scroll down). ​Lisa has ​been invited to present a craft seminar at HippoCamp 2016​: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers in Lancaster, PA, in August​. ​Conference registration is now open.​ Lisa’s humor essay, “The Long Pink Line,” has been accepted for Flash Nonfiction Funny.

Anne K. Ross’s (Creative Nonfiction, W’07) book Beyond Rain Man: What One Psychologist Learned Raising a Son on the Autism Spectrum will be published on April 5, 2016, by Leatherback Press.

Tripping Back Blue coverKara Storti‘s (Fiction, S’06) debut young adult novel, Tripping Back Blue, will be released on April 1st by CarolRhoda Lab, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group. The book is about Finn, a 17-year-old full of paradoxes. He’s a drug dealer, but he’s scoring money to send his twin sister to Harvard. He’s desperate to shoot up even though he’s the most popular kid in Dammertown. He’s a philosopher and orator who’s failing all his classes. The only time he finds peace is when he’s bird-watching. Finn’s life begins to spiral out of control, until he discovers a miracle drug called indigo. Finn is convinced that the drug is the way out of everything broken in his life. But is it really as magical as it seems?

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam‘s (Popular fiction, S’13) stories “Feeding the Skeleton Cats” and “Tornado Season” appeared in Eleven ElevenHer story “The Damaged,” originally published in Interzone, appeared on the podcast StarShipSofa. “Skeletons,” originally in Room, was reprinted on the LGBTQ podcast Glittership.

Olive Sullivan (Fiction/Cross-Genre Poetry, S’15) is the editor of a new fine arts magazine produced by students in the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University, where Sullivan is an assistant professor. The magazine, Vivid, hosted a launch party January 22nd in downtown Joplin. The website is www.vividfinearts.com. Here is a link to a TV news feature about the launch.

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grimmdj-front-finalBoskone 53, New England’s longest running science fiction and fantasy convention, will feature among their program participants Stonecoast faculty James Patrick Kelly and Theodora Goss as well as alumnae Julie C. Day and Erin Underwood (Popular Fiction, S’09). This year Erin Underwood is serving as Program Head for Boskone, and she was recently appointed as Chair for next year’s convention. Join us in Boston, MA from February 19-21, 2016, and visit the Boskone website for membership information. The Grimm Future, edited by popular fiction alumna Erin Underwood, will be released in February 2016 by NESFA Press and will be featured as this year’s Boskone book. The Grimm Future is a new science fiction anthology of reimagined Grimm fairy tales that features original fiction by 14 of today’s most exciting authors including Stonecoast faculty member Nancy Holder and alumna Sandra McDonald.

Christopher Watkins (Poetry, W’08) marks a return to songwriting with a new record deal and a new album! Preacher Boy – The National Blues is now available direct from Altco Recordings, or on iTunes and other digital music services

An Unfinished Story about Eagles,” by Rick Wile (Creative Nonfiction, W’05), appears in the latest edition of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. His blog, The Geriatric Pilgrim, now comes out twice a month.

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kanth3Aaron Hamburger‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) review of Garth Greenwell’s novel What Belongs to You appeared in the New York Times Book Review.

Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) has a new story titled “Whatever Kills in Vegas” in Kolchak: Passages of the Macabre, published by Moonstone Books.

Debra Marquart’s (Creative Nonfiction, Poetry) poem “Lament” has been selected by guest editor, Edward Hirsch, for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2016 anthology. The poem, “Lament,” a section of a long poem in Marquart’s recent collection, Small Buried Things, addresses the ravages of best-american-poetry-2016-9781501127557_lgfracking in her home state of North Dakota. The poem was originally published by New Letters in 2014. The Best American Poetry 2016 anthology will be published by Scribner in September 2016.

CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

By request of the editors, Lisa Romeo S’08 would like to pass along this opportunity:​  Flash Nonfiction Funny, a planned collection of humorous short-short nonfiction pieces. Editors Tom Hazuka and Dinty W. Moore are soliciting submissions, 750 words maximum; both unpublished and previously published selections are welcome. Email submissions as Microsoft Word documents to either tom@tomhazuka.com or moored4@ohio.edu (not both, please).

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Community News & Updates October 2015

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51+sb3Zv9WL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13) is pleased to announce the release of Shepherd’s Crook, her fourth Animals in Focus mystery from Midnight Ink. Her essay “A Question of Corvids” will also appear this month in the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology edited by Rebecca Skloot, and her poem “Spin” will be appear in 27 Views of Wilmington, also being released in October by Eno Publishers. Sheila will be giving a reading with several other North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship recipients in Wilmington on October 4th, and as part of a “release slam” for 27 Views on October 24.

Eric M. Bosarge‘s (Popular Fiction, W’12) short story “Taking My Time” appeared in The New Haven Review.

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Karen Bovenmyer’s (Popular Fiction, S’13) short story “What the Dollhouse Said” will be in a forthcoming episode of Pseudopod! She’s so excited! She’s been an avid listener for four years and has every episode on Podisc. Her micro fiction “So Normal and Unwritten” will be reprinted in a forthcoming edition of Bosley Gravel’s Cavalcade of Terror. Her story “The Scarlet Cloak,” from her Stonecoast thesis, will be reprinted in the December 1 issue of Luna Station Quarterly, a speculative fiction magazine featuring stories by emerging women authors. She is using skills she learned writing Stonecoast homework to create book reviews and editorials for the magazine Mothership Zeta, which debuts October 15 with its first issue (she is the nonfiction editor, alumna Mur Lafferty is the editor-in-chief). Issue 0, featuring book reviews from Stonecoast faculty Liz Hand and short story reviews from alum Bonnie Stufflebeam is already available for free download at http://mothershipzeta.org/. Issue 1 will feature a short story by Bonnie and a “Story Doctor” analysis of why her story works so brilliantly by faculty James Patrick Kelly, as well as a “Favorite 2014-2015 Graphic Novels” review by alum Adam Gallardo. Karen is thrilled to be working with so many talented people!!!!

The Big Rewind CoverLibby Cudmore‘s (Creative Nonfiction/Popular Fiction S’10) debut novel The Big Rewind (William Morrow) received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, who called it “A mystery that will inspire more than one playlist and, hopefully, a sequel.” The book is slated for release on February 2, 2016.

A short film written by Adam Kreutz Gallardo (Popular Fiction, S’12), Monster Movie, is an official selection at this year’s McMinnville Short Film Festival on October 3rd. The film is based on his novel, Zomburbia.

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Penny Guisinger’s (Creative Nonfiction, S’13) piece “Coming Out” is listed as a notable essay in the 2015 volume of Best American Essays, edited by Ariel Levy. The piece originally appeared in Fourth Genre, fall 2014.

9780373211722_BB.inddLexa Hillyer (Poetry, S’10) was named producer on a forthcoming TV show from WBTV based on Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman, the first book in a series she created, plotted and edited with her literary company Paper Lantern Lit. Read more here.

Joe M. McDermott (Popular Fiction, S’11) sold his short story “Snowbirds” to Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

Authors Bill Roorbach, Susan Conley, and Meredith Hall will discuss the “Joys & Challenges of Writing Fiction, Non-fiction, & Memoir,” moderated by Helen Peppe (Creative Nonfiction, ’11) on October 18, 2015, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Open to the public. Authors will have books for signing. Contact Laurie Skillings: laurie@addwithease.com for location and directions.

Karen Pullen‘s (Popular Fiction, S’08) short story “#grenadegranny” is included in the Bouchercon 2015 anthology Murder Under the Oaks, edited by Art Taylor and published by Down & Out. The anthology will be available after Bouchercon, the world’s biggest mystery fan convention, in Raleigh, NC, on October 8-11. Her second mystery novel, Cold Heart, has been accepted by Five Star Cengage for publication in August 2016.

Marian Romero‘s (Popular Fiction, S’15) story “Ruta Lato and the Ghost of the Revolution” will be appearing in Betwixt this month.

AOY+poster+WEBAll Our Yesterdays, a new film by Jacob Strunk (Fiction, W ’07), begins its festival run with an October 18th premiere at HorrorQuest Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, just in time for Halloween.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s (Popular fiction, S’13) “Sleeping With Spirits” is due to appear in Motherzhip Zeta, the new magazine edited by fellow Stonecoasters Mur Lafferty and Karen Bovenmyer, on October 15; this story was written for a Stonecoast humor workshop with James Patrick Kelly and Aaron Hamburger. Her roundup of the best short fiction of 2014 was in their Issue 0, available for free download at http://mothershipzeta.org/. Her dark fantasy story “A Careful Fire” will appear in Beneath Ceaseless Skies this month. Her poem “The Werewolf” has been reprinted in Tony Barnstone and Michelle Mitchell-Foust’s Monster Verse anthology.

Growing a New TailLisa C. Taylor‘s (Poetry, S’04) first collection of short fiction launched in Ireland on September 3rd (Pearse Street Library in Dublin) and September 5th (Charlie Byrne’s Book Shop in Galway). Ted and Annie Deppe were among the attendees at the Galway reading. It will launch in the United States on November 14, 2015, at the Mansfield Center Library in Mansfield, CT. See www.lisactaylor.com for details of her upcoming readings. Here is a link to one of the early reviews of the book (even though it says it was released in January, this is incorrect; the book was published in Ireland in August). This collection should be widely available by mid-November. Lisa looks forward to reading in Maine, perhaps in December or January.

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51WzKfO4hIL._SX343_BO1,204,203,200_Jeanne Marie Beaumont’s (Poetry) poem “Bride” appears in the new anthology Monster Verse: Human and Inhuman Poems, edited by Tony Barnstone and Michelle Mitchell-Foust.

Ted Deppe (Poetry, Coordinator of Stonecoast in Ireland) will give a reading for Old Dominion University’s 38th Annual Literary Festival at 12:30 p.m. on 8 October at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center, Virginia Beach, VA.

Vivas to Those Who Have Failed CoverMartín Espada‘s (Poetry, Writing for Social Change) new collection of poems, Vivas to Those Who Have Failed, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in January.

Crimson Peak novelization cvrNancy Holder (Popular Fiction) has a new book out on October 15: the official novelization for the new Guillermo del Toro movie, Crimson Peak. She was approved by del Toro and attended a private screening at Legendary Pictures with some VIPs from Universal Studios. Both the movie and book will come out in mid-October. “In Arkham Town Where I was Bound,” a Lovecraftian story narrated by Edgar Allan Poe received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best Horror of the Year Volume 7. Nancy read the story last winter at Stonecoast.

October 14-25, Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) play Best Enemies will be staged at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave, Portland ME. Two cowboys, lone survivors of a sabotaged rodeo cruise, are marooned together on a tiny desert island. To preserve their sanity, they’ve invented imaginary geography and instituted a system of laws, but ultimately they go to war over their shared cowboy hat. The Portland Phoenix called the Best Enemies “A sly, haunting, and remarkably fun new existential comedy . . . nimble, irreverent, and immensely entertaining,” and The Portsmouth Herald described it as “Smart, funny, poignant and creepy.” Tickets available for purchase here.

Best EnemiesDavid Mura (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Social Change) published his essay, “Asian Americans: The Front & Back of the Bus” in the anthology A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry & Race. He was guest blogger for the Gulf Coast Literary Journal (his own blog is blog.davidmura.com). He’s just completed a book of essays on creative writing and is finishing up his book of essays on race. His conversations on race and the arts with Minnesota artists can be found on youtube and his conversation with Stonecoast faculty member Alexs Pate is also on the Minnesota Public Radio website.

 

 

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Eric M. Bosarge (Popular Fiction, W’12) is happy to announce that Medallion Press has acquired his novel The Time Train. It will be released in 2016.

Jennifer Marie Brissett‘s (Popular Fiction S’11) debut novel Elysium has been listed as a Locus New and Notable Book and also has been nominated for the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award. She will be reading and signing with Carlos Hernandez at the NYRSF Reading Series in SoHo on February 3rd.

13coverimage Julie C. Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) story “The Church of Forgotten Gods” is out in the latest issue of the magazine A cappella Zoo.

Terri Glass’s (Creative Nonfiction / Poetry, S’13) haiku chapbook, Birds, Bees, Trees, Love, Hee Hee will be forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in mid-March. Cait Johnson states, “Glass delivers her crystalline observations of nature—and of being human—with incisive thrust and an unexpected wry humor. I could spend hours happily inhabiting these beautiful miniature worlds, each so alive, so sensual, so ultimately delicious. Like gems shining with concentrated brilliance, here we find language and insight distilled to the bone.” To order, click here.

Lesley Heiser (Fiction, S’11) recently enjoyed having her first flash fiction publication at Stirring: A Literary Collection. She’d love for you to read “Speaking in English, Speaking in Sudanese” here. Her memoir piece, “Saudade,” which was originally published in the Stonecoast Review, will be reprinted in Hippocampus Magazine in May 2015. Her email is lesleyheiser@yahoo.com.

Two Faint Lines in the Violet (Negative Capability Press) by Lissa Kiernan (Poetry, S’11) is a 2014 Julie Suk Award finalist for best poetry book by an independent press.

Flowers-COVERIt has been a busy six months for Cynthia Kraack (Fiction, W’10). Leaving Ashwood, the final book in the dystopian Ashwood trilogy, was released by North Star Press. In December, Calumet Editions released The High Cost of Flowers, a literary novel. The opening chapters of this book were reviewed in workshop sessions at Stonecoast. The High Cost of Flowers follows a family adapting to the rapid decline of its matriarch from heart disease and dementia.

Joe M. McDermott (Popular Fiction, S’11) sold the short story “Farmer” to Analog Magazine, an excerpt of an unpublished novel.

Sandra McDonald (Popular Fiction, W’05) sold the story “The Cthulhu Navy Wife,” a Lovecraftian mash-up, to the anthology The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu for publication later this year. She tweets about markets, writing tips, and more @sandramcdonald.

22999456Ellen Meeropol‘s (Fiction, W’06) second novel, On Hurricane Island, will launch on March 3 at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA, with events scheduled in Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, Texas, Minneapolis, and Calfifornia (full event schedule here). Former Stonecoast faculty member Walter Wetherell writes that “Meeropol takes on the complexities and dangers of contemporary life in a novel that starts fast and ratchets up the tension all the way to the end.” On Hurricane Island can be pre-ordered from Red Hen Press.

Janet Passehl (Poetry, S’10) has an untitled poem in Caliban Online 18.

Michaela Roessner-Herman (Popular Fiction, S’08) just wrapped up a year of serving as one of the judges on the 2014 Philip K. Dick science fiction award panel.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Popular Fiction, S’13) had three original stories out in January: “He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth” in Lightspeed (cross-published on io9), “Everything Beneath You” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and “Nostalgia” in Interzone“The Damaged” was reprinted in Story; it first appeared in the January 2014 issue of Interzone. Her story “Six Ways to Break Her” appeared on SmokeLong Quarterly, accompanied by her mother’s artwork.

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David Arroyo‘s (Poetry) poem “Eve’s Cheeseburger” was published in the January issue of Stirring.

FACULTY

Ted Deppe (Poetry, Coordinator of Stonecoast in Ireland) and Annie Deppe will be giving a reading on 12 February at 7:00 p.m., Breck Suite, Wright Hall, Bay Path University, Longmeadow, MA (free and open to the public). On 14 February, Ted will give a talk on writing titled “Taking it All the Way to Coleman’s: On Abandoning the Good for the Marvelous,” at Bay Path’s Writer’s Day from 11:05 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.  On Thursday 5 March at 7:00 p.m., Ted and Annie will give a reading at Trinity House, at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, FL (free and open to the public).  On Wednesday 25 March, at 8:00 p.m. Ted and Annie will read at the Maier Museum of Art, 1 Quinlan Street, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA (free and open to the public).

1-Marquart_Small Buried Things_2015Debra Marquart’s (Creative Nonfiction, Poetry) poem, “Lament,” was published in New Letters Magazine (Issue 81.1) in December of 2014 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She was awarded the 2014 Paumanok Poetry Award from Farmingdale State College, New York, and in November 2014 she read from her prize-winning work at the college. She was invited by the North Dakota Humanities Council to travel in North Dakota for six weeks in January and February of 2015 to do field research and teach creative writing workshops in several communities impacted by the oil boom.  The name of the project is Our People. Our Places. Our Stories. 2015. Debra’s poetry collection, Small Buried Things, will be published by New Rivers Press in March of 2015.

Our People. Our Places. Our Stories. 2015.

Our People. Our Places. Our Stories. 2015.

 

DumpedCoverElizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) joins fellow Stonecoasters Kristabelle Munson, Alexis Paige, Judith Podell, Penny Guisinger and Julie L. Vandekreke as contributing authors in the new anthology Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, which is now available as a pre-order on Amazon and which was reviewed as “gripping from beginning to end” on MomsRising. Watch for news of an AWP reading for this anthology:  www.elizabethsearle.net

Suzanne Strempek Shea (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) looks forward to welcoming Ted Deppe and Annie Deppe at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Mass., where they’ll visit classes for a week. The university, where Suzanne is writer in residence, well host a reading by both Ted and Annie Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Breck Suite on campus. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of books by both Ted and Annie will be sold.

On Feb. 14, Ted will speak on “Taking It All the Way to Coleman’s: On Abandoning the Good for the Marvelous” at  the university’s eleventh Writers’ Day. Other speakers will include Stonecoast alum Penny Guisinger, who’ll talk about grant writing, and former Stonecoast faculty member Roland Merullo, who’ll talk about conquering the demons of the blank page. Information including schedule, fees and how to register is available at http://www.baypath.edu/news-and-events/writers-day

The Irish Times recently published an essay by Suzanne and an excerpt from her book This Is Paradise: An Irish Mother’s Grief, and African Village’s Plight and the Medical Clinic That Brought Fresh Hope to Both, about the work of Irishwoman Mags Riordan and the medical clinic she founded in Malawi in memory of a son who drowned there. Southern Maine readers interested in meeting Mags Riordan are invited to the Maine Irish Heritage Center, at the corner of State and Gray Streets in Portland, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. Mags will give and update on the clinic. Copies of This Is Paradise and craft items from Malawi will be offered for sale. The center will be charging a $5 admission fee.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Via Amanda Pleau (Creative Nonfiction): Stonecoast Reviewa journal edited and produced by students at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program, is now accepting submissions of literary fiction, popular fiction, nonfiction and poetry, for their third and fourth issues. Emerging and established writers welcome. (Deadline: revolving)

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

FACULTY

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 June 2014

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Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction / Cross Genre, S’13) has signed a contract for two more novels in her Animals in Focus series from Midnight Ink. The first book, Drop Dead on Recall (2012), was named Best Fiction Book of the year by the Dog Writers Association of America. Book two, The Money Bird, came out last fall, and the third, Catwalk, will be released this coming October. Also, Sheila has had a poem accepted for publication in Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics; “Spin” will appear in the July issue.

FloridaRWA_-_finalMichael L. Joy‘s (Popular Fiction, S’13) story of geriatric adventure and intrigue, “Portrait Conspiracy,”  will appear in an anthology from Melange Press called From Florida with Love, which comes out as an ebook on June 5th and in print at a later date (and will be available on Amazon). All proceeds support the South West Florida Romance Writers.

Paul Kirsch (Popular Fiction, W’11) is under contract with Obsidian Entertainment to write the Collector’s Edition book for their much-anticipated game Pillars of Eternity. You can read more about it here.

Andrea Lani (Fiction, W’14) had two essays published in May: “The Mother as She Writes” in Literary Mama and “Memento Mori: On Collecting Baby Teeth” in Mutha Magazine.

17247288Will Ludwigsen‘s (Popular Fiction, W’11) collection In Search Of and Others has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.”

Jeanette Lynes (Poetry/Fiction, ’05) presented a talk on poetic responses to the poet John Clare at the “John Clare in Space” conference held at Oxford-Brookes University in England on May 30th. Jeanette’s poetry collection, School of Flowers: The John Clare Poems, will be published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2016.

Lightspeed_49_June_2014J.M. McDermott‘s (Popular Fiction, S’11) much anticipated final Dogsland novel, We Leave Together, comes out in June from WordHorde.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam‘s (Popular Fiction, S’13) essay “Stepping through a Portal” is out in Lightspeed: Women Destroy Science Fiction! today. Her story “Sleepers” is in the most recent issue of Interzone.

FACULTY NEWS

Jeanne Marie Beaumont (Poetry) has two poems in the new issue of Gulf Coast, one of which, “Lotto,” is also posted on their website.

Boman Desais (Fiction) flash fiction, “The Boy from Chicago,” won first prize in the Writer’s Billboard competition for the month of April and will be posted at this link until July 1st.

David Anthony Durham (Fiction, Popular Fiction) has a couple of events before the July residency. At the Squam Arts Workshops (June 4th-8th) he’ll be leading a series of workshops called “Story in a Day,” and he’ll be teaching at Mary Robinette Kowal’s Writing the Other Workshop and Retreat (June 9th-15th).

Aaron Hamburger‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) essay “A ‘Shortcut to Europe’ in D.C.? Not Quite” appeared in The Washington Post.

Elizabeth Hand‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction) reviews of Emma Donoghue’s Frog Music, Stacey D’Erasmo’s Wonderland, and Lauren Owen’s The Quick all recently appeared in The Los Angeles Times. In June, Hand will be writer-in-residence at the Norton Island Residency, and later that month she’ll be a guest instructor at the Odyssey Writing Workshop.

Debra Marquart (Creative Nonfiction, Poetry) co-edited a special “Sense of Place” issue of On Second Thought for the North Dakota Humanities Council. Marquart’s essay “Carte Blanche,” with some of her thoughts on the oil boom, was included in the issue.

Suzanne Strempek Shea (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) sends many thanks to all of the Portland-area Stonecoasters and staff who attended her reading at Harmon’s and Barton’s in the city May 22. The event was set up by the also-much-appreciated Barbara Kelly of “Kelly’s Books to Go,” which that night sold copies of Suzanne’s new book, This Is Paradise: An Irish Mother’s Grief, an African Village’s Plight an the Medical Clinic that Brought Fresh Hope to Both. Suzanne will continue on the book promotion trail this month, at events including

  • June 5 – 7:oo p.m. – Workshop 13 Cultural Arts & Learning Center, 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.
  • June 8 – 2:00 p.m. – Bay Path College, 588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA
  • June 11 – 6:30 p.m. – East Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA
  • June 14 – 4:00 p.m. – Poetry Center, Wright HallSmith College, Northampton, MA
  • June 16 – 7:00 p.m. – Fiske Free Library, 108 Broad Street, Claremont, NH
  • June 21 – 2:00 p.m. – Booklovers’ Gourmet, 55 East Main Street, Webster, MA
  • June 22 – 1:00 p.m. – Write Your Mind, 21 Westminster Terrace, Cape Elizabeth, ME (with Helen Peppe and Richard Hoffman)
  • June 28 – 12:00 p.m. – Hampden Public Library, 625 Main Street, Hampden, MA

Suzanne sends no thanks to the Montreal Canadiens, who recently dashed the Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup hopes. She does thank Elizabeth Searle and Celebrities in Disgrace for posting an essay by Suzanne on her childhood fixation with the Bruins and a certain defenseman. Finally, she thanks all who’ve registered for Iota: The Conference of Short Prose, which will run August 14-17 on Campobello Island, New Brunswick. Suzanne will lead a fiction workshop while Barbara Hurd works with nonfiction writers and Charles Coe with poets. For full information, including how to register for any of the workshops, visit the website.

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Stonecoast grads and current students chat (and display their souvenir Suzanne’s mother’s bookmarks) after Suzanne’s recent reading in Portland. From left: Amanda Pleau, Teal Gardella, Melanie Brooks, and Emily Young.

WORKSHOPS

Suzanne Van Dam (Fiction, S’09) is offering a weekend writing retreat July 19-20 in Copper Harbor, MI. The theme this year is “The Wandering Word.” Suzanne will be leading a prose workshop on “Travel & Life Writing” and will be teaming up with poet Laura Smyth (MFA Columbia University), who will be leading a workshop on “Poetry & Transformation.” The retreat provides additional activities designed to support the writer and the writing life—meditation, yoga, songwriting, and nature activities. Join us for two days of creative writing on the beautiful Keweenaw Penninsula. Check us out!

 

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Community News & Updates January 2014

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The Young Adult novel Being Henry David by Cal Armistead (Fiction, W’07) has been listed among the “Best Young Adult Novels of 2013” by Kirkus Reviews, Mashable, and Buzzfeed.

Michael Beeman (Fiction, S’09) was thrilled to receive the Sewanee Review‘s 2013 Andrew Nelston Lytle Fiction Prize for his story “The Sleeping Santas” (written in his first semester at Stonecoast). He was also excited to see another story, “The Children Without Fathers,” published in Per Contra and to receive an acceptance letter from Volume 1 Brooklyn for “The Burglaries,” which he workshopped with Boman Desai during his master class at Stonecoast just before graduating. It was a great end to 2013!

Jennifer Marie Brissett (Popular Fiction, S’11) will be reading from her upcoming novel Elysium at the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series held at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art on January 7th. She will be reading along with Sam J. Miller. If you’re in town, stop by!

Nancy Brown‘s (Fiction, S’08) short story “Old Orchard” won first place in the Green River Tales Short Fiction competition sponsored by Green River Writers.

Mike Langworthy (Creative Nonfiction, W’11) has joined the writing staff of Instant Mom with the title Consulting Producer. Instant Mom is a situation comedy starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Michael Boatman, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. It follows the life of Stephanie Phillips, a 25-year-old woman forced to change her single lifestyle radically when she marries an older man and suddenly finds herself the full-time stepmother of three children. The series is produced at Paramount Studios Nightlife Coverin Los Angeles and airs on Nick At Nite. Mike also continues to consult on the web series The Day Crew, which shot its first five episodes on location in Los Angeles during the week of December 8, 2013.

Matthew Quinn Martin‘s (Popular Fiction, S’10) debut novel Nightlife (PocketStar/Simon & Schuster) was selected by Badass Book Reviews as one of the top 5 horror novels of 2013 (for their “best of 2013” roundup). Earlier in the month, Matthew handed in the manuscript for the sequel Nightlife: As the Worm Turns, which is set to be released in 2014.

Maze_cover1J.M. McDermott‘s (Popular Fiction, S’11) novel Maze is coming out in this month from Apex Books. Part of it was workshopped during his first semester at Stonecoast.

From every corner of time and space, sometimes people go missing without a trace. They never come back.

Get lost in the long stone halls of the maze with the ones that find each other, form tribes, scrape out a life from rocks and sand. Their stories interweave. Maia Station is a scientist ripped from stasis, but she has no tools to test the way things are. Instead, she raises her daughter as best she can and survives. Wang Xin once had his head dipped in water, and a djinni in the water entered his eye. He sees the future, exactly as it was supposed to be if he hadn’t seen the light, but it does him no good in the life he has. In a world much like our own, Joseph comes home from a ten-year high school reunion and encounters a light in the darkness. The light speaks.

My name is Jenny. Put me in your lung. Breathe deep.

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Autumn Newman‘s (Poetry, ’09) poem “Cleave” has been accepted for publication by Cider Press Review. She currently teaches full-time at College of San Mateo in California.

Bruce Pratt‘s (Fiction, S’04) poem “In A Japanese Woman’s Photos of Paris” will appear in the next issue (#75) of Hiram Poetry Review due out in spring 2014.

Stonecoasters Ann Rosenquist Fee (Fiction, S’08) and Jacob Strunk (Fiction, W’07) collaborated with musician Paris Zax on a short film built around Ann’s short story “Eucalyptusexy.” The film goes live January 2, 2014, here. Follow Ann and Jacob on the Twitters at @arosenquistfee and @sevenmileswest, respectively; they promise more spoken words and moving pictures soon.

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Sandra Dascensao (Popular Fiction) has won an honorable mention in the Thriller category for the 2013 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award for her short story “A-1 Charter.” Her story will be listed in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest and on writersdigest.com. Sandra is a new student at Stonecoast this semester.

Alexis Paige‘s (Creative Nonfiction) Pithead Chapel essay “A Decent Happiness,” published last March, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

FACULTY

David Anthony Durham (Fiction, Popular Fiction) will be featured in a lengthy interview in the February volume of The Writer’s Chronicle.

Aaron Hamburger‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) essay on New Zealand author Frank Sargeson will appear in the summer issue of Tin House.

Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) sold “In Arkham Town Where I Was Bound” to Out of Tune, an anthology to be published by JournalStone in May. She is teaching The Secrets of a Satisfying Short Story, an online class for Odyssey, from January 20-February 20.

9781250046215_p0_v1_s260x420Jim Kelly‘s (Popular Fiction) story “The Promise of Space” from the September issue of Clarkesworld has been selected for a second Best of the Year collection, this one being The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois (St. Martin’s Griffin).

In Portland, ME, on Friday, January 24, at 8:00 p.m., The Portland Stage Company will present Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) play Bar Exam as performed by the Improvised Puppet Project. In other words, the first scene will be performed as scripted (a woman runs into her gynecologist at a singles bar), and then the puppets will take off on their own. Live theatre doesn’t get any “liver” than this. Or stranger. For details, click here.

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David Mura (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Social Change) will publish a new book of poetry, The Last Incantations, in March 2014 last-incantations-poems-david-mura-paperback-cover-art(Northwestern University Press). This fall David published two essays: “An Asian American Race Man” in Black Renaissance Noire and “Mixed Voices”/ “Ambiguously Brown” in the Asian American Literary Review. An essay critiquing the musical Miss Saigon and an essay critiquing large mainstream arts institutions recently appeared on the website Opine Season. An essay, “Asian Americans: The Front & Back of the Bus,” will appear next year in an anthology of essays on poetry and race published by University of Georgia Press.

In a recent interview with The Toronto Quarterly, Alexandra Oliver (Poetry, ’12) waxes eloquent on her new collection Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway—and explains why readings in bars and restaurants need their own handbook.

Elizabeth Searle‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera is coming to Los Angeles. The show will be performed in a “rock concert” version on February 4, 2014, at the King King Club in Hollywood. The performance will be produced by Harborside Films and will serve as a benefit concert for the iconic LGBT Celebration Theatre. A full-production run of the rock opera, produced by Harborside, is in the works for later in 2014 in L.A. Check for updates at elizabethsearle.net.

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