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Community News & Updates April 2017

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Erin Lyn Bodin‘s (Poetry & Creative Nonfiction, S’17) essay “How it Goes” has been published by So to Speak: a Feminist Journal of Language and Art. This piece, included in her Stonecoast thesis, took a little bit of coaxing to send out into the world. Many thanks especially to Barbara Hurd and Ted Deppe for their confidence in the work.

Karen Bovenmyer (Popular Fiction, S’13)’s first novel, an LGBT romantic pirate adventure set in 1822 Caribbean, Swift for the Sun, came out March 27, 2017, via Dreamspinner Press and is now available in ebook and paperback. Karen created a series of blog posts for review sites ranging from interviews to “Top 10 Weird Things I Researched While Writing Swift for the Sun” to a range of writer-education topics such as “Fear: Why Aren’t You Sending Out Your Drafts?,” “Maintaining Your Meat Blimp: Endurance and Novel Writing,” “Planning Your Garden: Finding the Middle Ground between Discovery and Architect Writing Styles,” “Inspired-Response Writing: Entering the ‘Great Conversation’ with Other Authors,” “Where Do You Look for Inspiration? An Extrovert’s Guide,” “An Eye on the Market: Where to Send Your Work,” and more! You can read these articles by following links on Karen’s Facebook page as she posts them through the first week of April. Karen’s red riding werewolf story “The Scarlet Cloak” will be reprinted in Fantasia Divinity Magazine’s Evil Within anthology. Karen’s unrequited astronaut love poem, “The Blind Elephants of Io,” will be reprinted in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award Anthology. Karen narrated her interstellar spies poem “Save Our Souls” for Silver Blade Magazine 33, Winter 2017, and you can listen to her read it here. Quick Sip did a review of Karen’s Strange Horizons poem “Syncing Minefields.” Karen is thrilled QS’s Payseur also reviewed her zombies vs robots flash “We Are Still Feeling” for Nerds of a Feather. Love you forever, Stonecoast!

Michael Beeman (Fiction, S’09) published his short story “The Siege” in the March issue of Juked. The story was also selected by Longform as a featured fiction pick for March.

Gro Flatebo (Creative Nonfiction, W’10) was accepted into a three-week May residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts to work with Sigrid Nunez. Nunez’s work straddles the murky line between fiction and memoir. The ACA facility is on a 69-acre ecological preserve in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

In a rare foray into pop culture, Andrea Lani (Fiction, W’14) had a piece called “I’ll Be There For You,” about watching Friends with her son, published at Grown and Flown and an essay called “No Fun,” about a Psychedelic Furs concert and the nature of having fun in your 40s, published at The Manifest Station. She shared some writing advice in “How to Write with (or Despite) Kids” at WOW! Women on Writing. Her guest blog post, “Post-Twin Stress Disorder,” appeared at Multiples Illuminated, as part of the run-up to the publication next month of the eponymous anthology, in which her essay “Individuality, Mutuality, and a Game of Twister” will appear. Finally, she saw two pieces about her summer spent hiking with her family go live: “How Being a Mom Helped Me Hike 500 Miles” at Parent Co. and “Five Hundred Miles” at Mothers Always Write.

For the fourth year, Kristin LaTour (Poetry, S’07) is holding a fundraiser for National Poetry Month. The Poem-a-Thon benefits the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and Kristin emails sponsors a brand new draft poem every day in April. Visit her Poem-a-Thon to Erase Hate page to join.

Ellen Meeropol (Fiction, W’06) will launch her third novel, Kinship of Clover on April 5. Upcoming events include Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA (April 5); Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA (April 12); Forbes Library, Northampton, MA (May 10); PRINT Bookshop, Portland, ME (May 16); Book Culture, Manhattan (June 6); Wachtung Books, Montclair, NJ (June 7); Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY (June 8); and Belmont Books, Belmont, MA (June 28). Details and full events listing can be found on Ellen’s website.

Adam Mills (Popular Fiction, W’12) has a story in FUSION Magazine: “Birdheart,” which was originally a story in his MFA thesis.

Laura Navarre (Popular Fiction, W’11) is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the suspicious activities of her notorious twin Nikki Navarre, whose sexy spy romance The Russian Obsession hit the shelves in March. Nikki and her accomplice Steven Denlinger wrote the accompanying TV pilot for the Foreign Affairs series, their agent is negotiating with Hollywood, and the Senate fears the worst. Download this steamy expose from WikiLeaks and spy on Nikki at www.NikkiNavarre.com.

Lisa Romeo‘s (Creative Nonfiction, S’08)​ flash essay, “A Dress for the Wedding,” appeared on Beautiful Things at the River Teeth website. A craft essay, “When Prose Turns to Horses, Remember the Humans,” is up at Ephemeral Artery, the online companion of the journal Hunger Mountain. Another essay, “Reminiscing with My TV Friends,” is at The Sunlight Press.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Popular Fiction, S’13) won the Grand Prize in the Syfy Wattpad “Battle the Beast” Magicians contest; in addition to the cash prize, her flash fiction set in The Magicians universe will be turned into a digital short. On April 1, her short story “Bitter Orchids” will appear in the magazine Nat Brut.

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Peter Adrian Behravesh (Popular Fiction) has accepted a position as an associate editor for Escape Pod, a SFWA-qualifying science fiction podcast magazine. If you’re interested in submitting your stories to Escape Pod, please see the submission guidelines.

FACULTY

Jeanne Marie Beaumont (Poetry) will be reading from Letters from Limbo on April 19th at Book Culture, 536 W. 112 St, NYC at 7:00 p.m. More information here. Later in the month, on April 28 at 4:00 pm, Jeanne Marie will be one of the panelists taking part in a Scholar Roundtable at the New York Public Library to celebrate the launch of This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton. Free registration here.

Ted Deppe (Poetry, Coordinator of Stonecoast in Ireland) and Annie Deppe will be reading on 4 April 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas (Fine Arts Building, Room 157).  They will also be reading on 6 April at Georgia State University at 4:00 p.m. Anyone in the area is invited!

Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) will serve as Toastmaster at StokerCon 2017, the annual gathering of the Horror Writers Association. StokerCon will be held aboard the Queen Mary floating hotel in Long Beach, California, from April 27-April 30. George R.R. Martin and Popular Fiction Faculty Elizabeth Hand are Guests of Honor.

Jim Kelly (Popular Fiction) is pleased to announce his new novel, Mother Go, will be released July 11—in the middle of the summer residency!—by Audible.com as the first title of its new Audible Original Publishing initiative. Mother Go will debut exclusively as an audiobook, with a print version to come in 2018. Jim has also placed a new story with Asimov’s Science Fiction called “And No Torment Shall Touch Them,” which will appear in the November/December issue. In May, Jim will lecture at the 36th Annual Writers Conference at Christopher Newport University.

Mike Kimball (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) has two plays in the works. The Secret of Comedy runs March 31-April 16 at The Players’ Ring, in Portsmouth, NH: Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 3:00 p.m. For more info, click here. Mike’s new play, Patience Boston, will have its first public reading on Saturday morning, April 8th, at 10:00 a.m., with a talkback following the performance. Limited Seating. The Actors Studio of Newburyport, 50 Water St, Newburyport, MA. For more info: 978-465-1229. http://www.newburyportacting.org

Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) has been interviewed about her new novel We Got Him on radio shows including the national Frankie Boyer show and in a talk with Stonecoast alum Bruce Pratt on Downtown with Rich Kimball (WZON, Bangor Maine). She was interviewed online in Solstice: a Magazine for Diverse Voices and on Boston area cable TV on The Literari Scene, Behind the Pages, and Books and Authors. She has an interview forthcoming on Urban Update (Channel 7; NBC, Boston), which will be broadcast in the Boston area on April 9th after Meet the Press. Elizabeth will read in the Arlington Salon Series in Arlington, MA, on April 6th.  For links and updates, see: www.elizabethsearle.net.

Bay Path University’s 15th Writers’ Day, to be held April 2 at the campus in Longmeadow, MA, will feature Stonecoasters Melanie Brooks, who’ll be talking “Writing Hard Stories,” the topic of her highly acclaimed newly published first book, and Mary Heather Noble, who’ll be talking about sources of inspiration for her acclaimed essays on family, nature and current events. The lineup will include inspiration panelist John Sheirer and Dave Stern, and a primer on podcasting by Bernadette Duncan Harrison, a former national talk-show producer and author of Yappy Days, a newly-published memoir of her time in that arm of radio. Find Suzanne Strempek Shea (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction), Bay Path’s writer in residence, at the registration table. She hopes to see you there, and sends this link with schedule and registration information. Suzanne also is looking forward to the week of April 2 as Melanie Brooks will be Bay Path’s visiting writer that week. Melanie’s duties will include giving a talk and reading on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the university’s Hatch Library. The event is free of charge. Melanie’s Writing Hard Stories will be available for purchase at both Writers’ Day and Melanie’s reading. Suzanne will travel one mile south on April 7 to lead a workshop on “Writing Your Home Town (or Village).” It’ll be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Interactive School House, 2055 Main St. in Three Rivers, MA, the village in which she grew up. Looking at our home turf in fresh ways on the page will be the focus. Writers of all genres will be welcome. Cost is $15 per person and registration is required. Phone 413-967-3001 if you’d like to register. Elizabeth Searle and Suzanne Strempek Shea have a date of April 30 for the launch of Soap Opera Confidential: Writers and Soap Insiders on Why We Tune in Tomorrow as the World Turns by the Guiding Light of Our Lives. They and seven contributors, including Stonecoast alumna Brenda Sparks Prescott, will read on that Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Newtonville Books in Newton Center, MA. Another Stonecoast connection is the bookstore, which is owned by alumna Mary Cotton and her husband, Jaime Clarke. Other readers at the launch will be Lisa Borders, Emily Franklin, Allan Hunter, Marianne Leone, Leigh Montville, and Sebastian Stuart. Coincidentally, April 30 is the same date as the Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be held that night. A Western Mass. launch of Soap Opera Confidential is scheduled at Broadside Bookshop in Northampton on Wed., June 7, 7:00 p.m. Readers scheduled so far are Elizabeth and Suzanne, plus former Stonecoast faculty member Lesléa Newman, and Suzanne’s husband, Tommy Shea. A Sunday, July 9, reading at 1:00 p.m., at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., has been organized by faculty member and Soap Opera Confidential contributor Aaron Hamburger, and will include former faculty member Shara McCallum. And stay tuned for more info on a soapy reading in Portland during the July residency. Elizabeth, Suzanne, Aaron, and contributors yet to be confirmed will read Wednesday, July 12.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Current student Allen Baldwin (Popular Fiction) is running a script contest called the Maine Film Initiative as part of his Third Semester Project. Please see the press release below:

Contact: Allen Baldwin, Maine Film Initiative
207-776-8737
maineneedsstories@gmail.com

New Maine Screenplay Contest Seeks to Jumpstart Maine Film Industry

The Maine Film Initiative is Part Contest, Part Crowd-Funding Effort.

Portland, ME—Maine filmmaker Allen Baldwin knows first-hand of the vast amount of creativity and passion that exists in the filmmaking industry in Maine. What he also understands is the need for funding to produce films in Maine. Thus, Baldwin has launched a new program to help support Maine filmmakers. The Maine Film Initiative (MFI) is a new screenplay contest that seeks to create funding for Maine-based film productions. In addition to over $4,000 in cash prizes, the Maine Film Initiative is offering a Production Prize. The winning script will be produced in Maine using proceeds from the screenplay contest entry fees.

The MFI is seeking diverse scripts that can be produced in Maine on a small budget, and is produced by Baldwin. “We have a thriving, talented film community in our state that is eager and excited for new opportunities,” said Baldwin. “With the Maine Film Initiative, we are proud to highlight Maine as a micro-budget independent film destination while providing resources to produce work here in the state, and reward great screenwriting along the way.”

Though the winning script will be produced in Maine, MFI is open to screenwriters from around the world. Categories include short screenplays, feature length screenplays, and episodic scripts of 30 or 60 minutes in length. Submission fees apply and will go towards the production of one of the winning films. Entries are being accepted on the Film Freeway platform. To submit, visit: www.filmfreeway.com/festival/Mainefilm. The competition has a regular deadline of February 28 and extended deadlines of March 31 and April 30.

Baldwin, executive producer and co-founder of the long running Maine film showcase Damnationland, hopes to make the Maine Film Initiative an annual event. “Ideally, this event will grow over time and provide the filmmaking community of Maine with great scripts and startup funds for a long time to come. We are already receiving submissions from all over the world, and hopefully this project will allow us to show off the quality of the filmmakers here in Maine.”

For more information on the Maine Film Initiative, visit www.mainefilminitiative.com or call Allen Baldwin at 207-776-8737. You can also find MFI on Facebook, facebook.com/mainefilminitiative ,  and Twitter, @maine_film.

About The Maine Film Initiative

The Maine Film Initiative exists to generate and reward bold original screen-writing; to highlight Maine as a low budget film-making destination; and to support Maine film artists by investing directly in paying productions. MFI is a screenwriting contest, where the top prize is the production of a script in Maine. Funds raised from submission fees will be used to produce one of the top screenplays, using Maine cast and crew.

About Allen Baldwin

Born and raised in Norridgewock, Maine, Allen Baldwin attended Bowdoin College before moving to Portland, Maine, where he lives today. He is the co-founder of Damnationland, a long running short dark genre film showcase of Maine filmmakers. Recently, he produced Derek Kimball’s feature film debut Neptune, which screened at Slamdance, the Nashville Film Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, and over a dozen other fests around the world. Criterion Cast called Neptune “One of the best films to come out of Slamdance in quite some time.”

In September of 2016, Baldwin attended the IFP Film Forum in support of Kimball’s latest feature, A Winter Table. Baldwin is a partner at the Story Board, a production company in Portland, Maine, where he produces videos for clients worldwide. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Scriptwriting as part of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine.

 

 

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Community News & Updates January 2017

Stonecoast Rocks Manhattan….

Calling all Stonecoasters past and present in the New York City area—please join us on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, for a special Stonecoast Night at the KGB Bar in Manhattan, 85 E. 4th St. from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Featured faculty readers will be Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Elizabeth Searle, and Breena Clarke. Joining in with flash readings will be students and alums Daniel Ball, Peter Behravesh, Anthony D’Aries, Jessica de Koninck, Gro Flatebo, Lissa Kiernan, Erin Roberts, and Alex Sherman. Please come to cheer and toast the New Year. We hope to see many of you there!

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Elisabeth Tova Bailey (Creative Nonfiction, S’15) received a 2016 Jane Morrison Film Fund grant and a 2017 Fellowship in Literature from the Maine Arts Commission.

boundaries-withoutKaren Bovenmyer (Popular Fiction, S’13) is thrilled her story “What the Dollhouse Said” is scheduled to air on the Pseudopod Podcast on January 13, 2017. Her zombie masters vs robot apocalypse flash fiction “We Are Still Feeling,” originally published in alumni Cynthia Kraack’s Boundaries Without: The Calumet Editions 2017 Anthology of Speculative Fiction on October 29, 2016, will be reprinted in Sockdolager magazine’s Women of War Special Issue, Winter 2017. MK Gibson’s interview Karen Bovenmyer – Drop and Give me 20! 20 Hard Questions for Hard Authors was published on November 30, 2016, revealing Karen’s biggest failure, greatest shame and what Frankenstein, a bunch of grapes, and a broken closet door have to do with it. She also goes on and on about how wonderful you all are in the Stonecoast program. Another interview promoting her forthcoming fantasy novella “The Beaded Slipper” in Crimson Edge Press’s Maidens and Magic anthology went live on December 11. In her role as nonfiction editor for Mothership Zeta Magazine, Karen is assisting alumna Mur Lafferty in preparing the January issue (#6), which will include an awesome story from alumna Jennifer Castello and a Story Doctor article from faculty member James Patrick Kelly.

Amy Burroughs (Creative Nonfiction, W’16) received a Pushcart Prize nomination for her essay “Two Strangers on a Train,” published in Jabberwock Review.

Michael L Joy (Popular Fiction, S’13) has been voted to the board of the Florida chapter of the Mystery Writers of America for 2017.

Alan King’s (Poetry, W’13) book Point Blank was named among the “Ten Best Poetry Books of 2016” by Beltway Poetry. He also just finished a new trailer for the book, which you can watch here.kinship-of-clover

Joe M. McDermott‘s (Popular Fiction, S’11) new novel, The Fortress at the End of Time, about clones on a military listening station in deep space, comes out on January 17 from Tor.com.

Ellen Meeropol (Fiction, W ’06) is delighted to share the cover of her third novel, Kinship Of Clover. She will be signing copies at the Red Hen Press booth at AWP and reading at Politics & Prose on February 10, 6:00 p.m.

midsummer-magickHarlequin has picked up all three books in The Magick Trilogy by Laura Navarre (Popular Fiction, W’11) for its paranormal romance DTC program. Midsummer Magick, a sexy Tudor fallen angel romance about the son of Lucifer and a secret Tudor princess, is a January 2017 release.

Bruce Pratt‘s (Fiction, S’04) full length play The King of France has won this year’s Meetinghouse Theatre Lab’s play competition and will receive a staged reading in Winter Harbor on January 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Hammond Hall, 427 Main Street, Winter Harbor, ME 04693. The event is free and open to the public and will feature a talk back with the playwright and actors following the performance. The play set in the fictional town of Hopton Maine in Aroostock County examines both the deep pull of that region on its inhabitants and its serious limitations for young people, as well as the devastating effects of isolation and abuse. For information please call 207-963-2569 or contact Schoodic Arts for All at info@schoodicartsforall.org.

cold_heart_coverKaren Pullen‘s (Popular Fiction, S’08) second mystery novel, Cold Heart, will be released by Five Star Cengage on January 18. The series features an undercover drug agent who is pulled into a homicide investigation. In November, her story “No Falling Ribbons” was included in an anthology, Stuck in the Middle (Main Street Rag).

STUDENTS

Brenda Cooper‘s (Fiction) novel, Edge of Dark , won the 2016 Endeavour Award, which was presented ay Orycon in November, 2016.  The Endeavour award is “…for a edge-of-darkdistinguished Science Fiction or Fantasy Book written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors and published in the previous year.” Edge of Dark, edited by Rene Sears, was published by Prometheus Books in 2015. The award includes a $1,000 cash award and a glass trophy.

FACULTY

Jim Kelly’s (Popular Fiction) story “One Sister, Two Sisters, Three” published in October in Clarkesworld (read and/or listen to it online here).  has been selected for The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. This will be Jim’s sixteenth appearance in this anthology series.

we-got-himIn addition to the January 4th KGB reading in New York City, Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) will read from her new novel We Got Him at the Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, MA, on Jan. 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Elizabeth’s show Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera completed its six-week run in Chicago, fully produced by Underscore Theater. The show was listed as one of the Top Five Musicals of 2016 by New City, which had written in its review: “The play radiates like strobe light hitting a disco ball.  Tonya and Nancy’ relates a cautionary tale of ambition, manipulation, competition and the appalling way men and women treat girls.”  For quotes, pictures, and film clips from Chicago, see: www.tonyaandnancytherockopera.com

 

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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.

STUDENTS

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.

FACULTY

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.

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

 

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Community News & Updates March 2014

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IllinoisReadsThe young adult novel Being Henry David by Cal Armistead (Fiction, W’07) has been chosen as one of the books for the annual “Illinois Reads” program. Under the auspices of the Illinois Reading Council, this project was created to promote reading for all Illinois citizens, from birth to adult. Thirty-six titles were chosen (Being Henry David is among six for young adults) and will be introduced into classrooms, public health facilities, public and school libraries, and bookstores. Cal has been invited to the program’s formal launch ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, IL, on March 12, along with a host of state and local officials. (Needless to say, Cal is over-the-moon excited!)

Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13) has won the Maxwell Award for Fiction from the Dog Writers Association of America for Drop Dead on Recall (Midnight Ink, 2012), the first book in her Animals in Focus series. The second book came out last fall, and the third is in press. DWAA is the primary professional organization for dog writers. This is Sheila’s fourth Maxwell award, her first for fiction. Sheila’s essay “The ‘I’ States” appears in the Winter “Midwest” issue of The Museum of Americana: A Literary Review, which is available online.

81PvhklXIfL._SL1500_Julie Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) story “Unmaking” was reprinted in Outpouring: Yolanda Relief Anthology. All proceeds from the anthology go to the Philippines Red Cross to assist with typhoon relief. Copies may be bought at Amazon and Kobo. In a Stonecoast one-two punch, Julie’s flash piece “Drinking Grandma’s Tea” won second place in the Boskone Flash Fiction Slam. Details and fabulous photos can be found on the Boskone blog.

Bunny Goodjohn (Poetry, W’07) has a poem in issue 6 of Southern Women’s Review.

It’s a big month for Penny Guisinger (Creative Nonfiction, S’13)! Her piece “I Have This Part Right” appears in the current issue of River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction. Additionally, the current issue of Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art contains a suite of seven of her micro-prose pieces. These pieces are from a book-length work in progress called Postcards from Here.

Mistress by Magick JPEG LNavarre coverThe third book in Laura Navarre‘s (Popular Fiction, W’11) award-winning Tudor fallen-angel romance trilogy, Mistress by Magick, is out from Harlequin/Carina. He’s a daredevil Spanish pirate. She’s a Boleyn who spies for England. On the high seas, she’ll risk everything. Even her heart.

Cabildo Quarterly Online is featuring writing and mixed media by Rooze (Poetry, S’13).

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Popular Fiction, S’13) and her annual Art & Words Show was featured in Poets & Writers News and Trends section. Her story “Mrs. Stiltskin” appears in Lakeside Circus. Her essay “Stepping Through a Portal” appeared online as part of the recent Lightspeed Magazine: Women Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter and will be included as part of the special issue.

In February, Robert E. Stutts (Popular Fiction, S’10) was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of English at Presbyterian College, where he serves as director of the Creative Writing program.

Marco Wilkinson‘s (Poetry, S’13) poem “Succession” was just published by Seneca Review in their “Beyond Category” issue.

Tammy Wilson 2Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11) presented a talk, “What Makes a Southern Story Southern,” on February 26 as part of her service as a Road Scholar with the NC Humanities Council. Her talk at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington, NC, was sponsored by the local affiliate of the NC Writers Network and arranged by Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13).

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Olive L. Sullivan (Fiction) will be presenting a workshop at the Transformative Language Arts Network’s annual conference, The Power of Words, held in Kansas City in September. For more information, visit the conference website. Here is a brief description of the workshop: When Liz Spencer, photographer and student, met Olive Sullivan, poet and teacher, they soon recognized they had embarked on parallel journeys of transformation. In this presentation, they’ll share their poems, stories, and artwork, weaving their two separate narratives into a seamless message of how service to one’s community can become service to one’s self. Embracing the process of your self-portrait includes recognizing the need to keep developing even in the face of back-sliding, failing, and moving forward again. Participants will develop a personal mission statement and write toward right livelihood that embodies their gifts and stories.

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David Anthony Durham‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction) story “All the Girls Love Michael Stein,” published in the anthology Unfettered, edited by Shawn Speakman, has been produced in an audio version. A sample of the story is available for listening here, and the entire anthology is available as an audiobook via Audible.com.

Aaron Hamburger‘s (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) essay on Susan Conley’s memoir The Foremost Good Fortune appeared on Matador Network.

header_0Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) will be appearing at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 16th and 17th. She will also be appearing at ConDor Con in San Diego on a special panel with Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars), Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn), and others.

A staged reading of Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) Edgar-nominated stage play Ghosts of Ocean House will be performed at The Actors Studio of Newburyport on Saturday, March 8, at 10:00 a.m. Suggested $7 donation at the door, cash and check only.

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last-incantations-poems-david-mura-paperback-cover-artDavid Mura (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry) will be giving a publication reading of his new book of poetry, The Last Incantations, at The Loft in Minneapolis on Friday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. He recently started a blog and his first essay, “Black (and Other) History Month,” is posted at http://blog.davidmura.com. In addition to commentary, he will be doing blog posts on creative writing in the future. He is also—yikes—now on Twitter @muradavid. He recently tweeted under the #signsyourdissertationisplottingtokillyou: 1. Does it have footnotes? 2. Does it wake you up at night? 3. Does is wake you up in the morning? 4. Are you finished?

Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) is featured with her longtime writing group in the Winter 2014 Brown Alumni Magazine. Elizabeth’s one-act opera, Tonya & Nancy: The Opera, with music by Abigail Al-Doory Cross, had an additional performance added in St. Paul, MN, where it opened on February 20, produced by the operetta group Mixed Precipitation, which describes itself as “a performance company exploring text, space and form with festive theatrical events that inspire social engagement.” Previews for Tonya & Nancy: The Opera were performed outdoors at the Minnesota Art Shanty Festival, on ice.

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Community News & Updates November 2013

SCRCoverSpace11The first issue of Stonecoast Review, Stonecoast MFA’s new literary publication, has just been released. You can read the issue here or purchase the issue here. About Stonecoast Review:

The Stonecoast Review is an online literary journal edited by students in the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing. We are inspired by the Stonecoast program’s goals: excellence of craft, independence of voice and an acknowledgement of literature’s responsibility in shaping society. Publishing works of Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Popular Fiction, we are especially interested in quality writing that embodies our core values of social and environmental justice, cultural awareness, and international perspectives. We seek submissions from a diversity of writers—both published and emerging. If you would like to contact us with any questions or comments, please direct emails to editor@stonecoastreview.com.

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Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13) will be teaching a workshop and giving a reading at the North Carolina Writers’ Network annual conference in Wrightsville Beach, NC, November 15-17.

Anthony D’Aries‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’09) essay “Heart of the City” is a finalist for the Diana Woods Memorial Creative Nonfiction Award. His essay will appear in Antioch MFA program’s literary journal, Lunch Ticket. Below is a video of Anthony reading the essay at Literary Fields, a reading series at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, MA:

Kendall Giles’ (Popular Fiction, W’13) macabre short story “Rebel Yell” is in the anthology Surreal South ’13, edited by Josh Woods and published in Press 53. For more information, please visit Kendall’s blog. His flash fiction story “Here to Help” has been selected to be displayed as a part of the ThinkSmall7 art exhibition at the artspace Gallery @ Plant Zero, Richmond, VA, October-December 2013. ThinkSmall is a biennial international miniature invitational exhibition that challenges artists to produce small-scale work with a maximum dimension of 3″ x 3″, and ThinkSmall7 is in the 7th installment in the series. For more information, please read this blog post.

Bunny Goodjohn (Poetry, W’07) has three poems in the current issue of Prime Number Magazine: “To My Husband on the One-Year Anniversary of Our Separation,” “Conversation at Tastee Freeze: Stage Five,” and “Hard to Believe.”

Penny Guisinger‘s (Creative Nonfiction, S’13) essay “Coming Out” (which was a finalist in the 2013 Essay Contest at Fourth Genre) has now formally been accepted for publication at Fourth Genre and will appear in 2014. Also, she will participate in an online reading for the lit mag Under the Gum Tree on November 15th at 9:00 p.m. EST. The event is physically located in Sacramento, CA, but the broadcast will be streamed live for anyone who wants to watch. For more information, visit her website.

41816_119537834768708_605_nJeff Kass (Fiction, S’09) recently had his poem “Elegy for a Sweathog” accepted by The Museum of Americana and his poem “I told the dentist” accepted by Union Station. In addition, Jeff’s Literary Arts Program, The VOLUME Youth Poetry Project, will host the 15th annual Poetry Night in Ann Arbor this November featuring Aaron Samuels and Kim Addonizio. Finally, Jeff’s youth-run Red Beard Press has released Uncommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning and Living, what the press is calling the ultimate collection of contemporary poems for classroom use. It features over 200 poems from 92 poets, including Stonecoast alums Adrienne Wallner, Kaarrie Waarala, and Teresa Scollon, as well as current and past Stonecoast instructors Tim Seibles, Patricia Smith, David Mura, and Lesléa Newman. Information about how to purchase the book and other Red Beard Press titles can be found here.

In October, Mike Langworthy (Creative Nonfiction, W’11) was hired as a creative consultant and writer on the web series The Day Crew, co-created by Jamie Widdoes and Tim O’Donnell. The Day Crew is the sequel to The 4 to 9ers, an original production of Hulu that was the service’s most-watched original programming last year. The Day Crew is the story of four “millennials” dealing with their first years out of college and living on their own.

Ellen Meeropol‘s (Fiction, W’06) second novel, Hurricane Island, has been sold to Red Hen Press for publication in Spring 2015.

Laura Navarre (Popular Fiction, W’11) signed a deal to co-author her first screenplay with writing partner Steven Denlinger. A dark historical adventure set in medieval France with paranormal and romantic elements, this film adaptation of The Execution by Sharon Cramer goes into pre-production in February. Laura and Steven were also contracted to develop at TV pilot for the series. Laura’s sinister twin, diplomat and playgirl Nikki Navarre, is celebrating the print release this month of her sexy spy romance The Russian Temptation with a Facebook Event on November 20. This “Passport to Suspense” party features six award-winning romantic suspense authors who write in exotic settings. Stop by, comment, and help spread the word for more chances to win a new Kindle Paperwhite and other fun prizes!

9780989512534-BorrowedBike-Panepinto-COVER-v1r4-350x525-200x300Three Rooms Press just published Lisa Panepinto‘s (Poetry, W’13) debut poetry collection, On This Borrowed Bike, available here and here.

“Bleat and Sigh, Night,” the second section of Janet Passehl‘s (Poetry, S’10) extended prose poem written in response to Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons,” will be published in Caliban Online, issue 14, coming out in mid-November. “Bleat and Sigh, Night” was inspired by the “Mutton” section of “Tender Buttons.” (The previous section, “Glazed, blind cushion not mercy,” published in Caliban Online #13, which Janet erroneously attributed to “Mutton,” was actually inspired by Stein’s “Roast Beef.”) Janet will be reading poetry with Basil and Martha King at Infinite Well, 123 Court Street, New Haven, CT, on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Bruce Pratt (Fiction ’04) will host Rich Kimball on Downtown, a sports entertainment show on 92.9 FM The Ticket for a regular segment called “Sports Lit 101” where he will discuss literary works, novels, stories and story collections, poems and poetry collections that in some way reference sports. For the next few weeks, the segment will be heard at 4:45 Wednesday afternoons. The program is heard on a network of stations across Maine and may be streamed at www.929theticket.com.

sixfold fall 2013 coverKaren Pullen (Popular Fiction, S’08) entered a story in Sixfold‘s writer-judged competition. “Something to Tell Henry” made it through three elimination rounds and was published in their Fall 2013 Fiction issue. She recommends Sixfold—the feedback is honest and extensive from each round of writer-judges. Also, she’s grateful to Stonecoasters Lisa Romeo and Linda Sienkiewicz for recently inviting her onto their blogs.

An essay by Lisa Romeo (Creative Nonfiction, S’08), “Not a Shore Thing,” about her reaction to the destruction of the New Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy last fall and her circuitous relationship with the region, appears in bioStories. Lisa recently taught a series of Writing Your Life Stories interactive seminars at several senior living centers in southern New Jersey.

Adrienne S. Wallner‘s (Poetry, W’09) poem “Letter to Lake Michigan” was featured in the Wisconsin DNR Great Lakes Calendar 2013-2014. “Cheers” and “Morning” will be published in the forthcoming edition of Puff Poetry Prose and a Play, and “Never Fell” has been chosen for inclusion in Uncommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning and Living by Red Beard Press.

“Fit to Kill,” a story by Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11), appears in the Fall issue of The Main Street Rag.

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beyond_the_pillars___cover_for_kindleErin Lyn Bodin (Fiction) is thrilled to share that her creative nonfiction essay “Waking Up in the City of Joy” has been selected by guest judge Dan Raffel as an Honorable Mention in Tiferet Journal‘s 2013 Writing Contest. Erin is also honored to have her poem, “Heavy,” selected by guest editor Laila Halaby for the most recent volume of Magnolia: A Journal of Women’s Socially Engaged Literature.

Genevieve Williams’ (Popular Fiction) short story “The Girl Whose Name Means Girl” is in the new anthology Beyond the Pillars from Bibliotheca Alexandria. The book is available in print and e-book format.

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Tony Barnstone (Poetry, Translation) has won first place in the CZP/Rannu Fund for Writers of Speculative Poetry Prize. He will publish four books in the next year and a half: a new book of poems titles Beast in the Apartment (Sheep Meadows Press, 2014); a selected poems in Spanish translation titled Buda en llamas (Ediciones El Tucan de Virginia, 2014), translated by Mariano Zaro; Dead and Undead Poems (Everyman, 2014) and Human and Inhuman Monsters Poems (Everyman, 2015), both edited with Michelle Mitchell-Faust.

Jeanne Marie Beaumont‘s (Poetry) poem “A Stein’s Sestina” appears in the new anthology The Incredible Sestina Anthology, edited by Daniel Nestor, and she answers questions about her poem in a short interview on the website. She also has a poem in the latest issue of Harvard Review and appears in the new issue of Warwick Review (UK) in their feature on new poetry from the U.S.

BOMAN DESAI DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTUREBoman Desai (Fiction) has two bits of news: The first chapter from his novel The Lesbian Man was a joint winner in a competition for First Chapters. You may read it online until December 1st here. Second, he published Dancing About Architecture: A Songwriter’s Guide to the Lennon-McCartney Catalog, which runs through the 162 songs by Lennon and McCartney, tracing the song fingerprints of each songwriter. Most interesting, perhaps, is the origin of “Yesterday,” the only song for which Paul requested sole credit, saying it had blossomed full-blown when he woke from a night’s sleep and no one had anything to do with it but himself. Yoko Ono denied the request, but for the wrong reason. John’s influence on the song is undeniable, the book makes it clear, but Yoko doesn’t know what it is, and Paul McCartney himself may just be amazed. boman@core.com

Elizabeth Hand (Fiction, Popular Fiction) will be speaking at the Maine College of Art in Portland at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, in Osher Hall. Topic: Outsider Artists and the Strange Case of Richard Dadd. On Tuesday, November 12, she’ll speak at the Belfast Free Library, Belfast, Maine, at 6:30 p.m. Topic: Guided by Voices: Reading Aloud and Characterization.

Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) is appearing at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, England, through November 3rd. She’s teaching “Romancing YA” for the Romance Writers of America University, November 4-8. She’ll appear at YALLFest in Charleston, SC, on November 9th and at Atomacon on November 10th. She’ll be doing a reading with James P. Blaylock at Whittier College on November 19, courtesy of fellow Stonecoast faculty member Tony Barnstone (poetry), and she’s tentatively scheduled for Long Beach Comic & Horror Con November 23-24.

Barbara Hurd‘s (Creative Nonfiction) essay “Keys” is one of thirteen essays now short-listed for a major award in Great Britain: the William Hazlitt Prize, which honors “the best essay in the English language, published or unpublished, on any subject.” She was also first runner-up for the Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Contest and a finalist for the 2013 Annie Dillard Award. Those essays will be published in Prairie Schooner and in the Bellingham Review in the spring. All three essays are part of her forthcoming collection Putting an Ear to the Ground.

cov1311lg-250Jim Kelly (Popular Fiction) has had two new stories published. The first, titled “The Promise of Space,” was in the September issue of Clarkesworld. In addition to the print version, there is an audio version which features Jim and Clarkesworld‘s Podcast Director Kate Baker doing the readings. “The Promise of Space” is a story told entirely in dialog; a theatrical version will debut in March 2014 as part of the New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Intelligent Theatre Festival in Portsmouth, NH. The second story, “Sing, Pilgrim,” is a flash piece in the November/December issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The first draft of this story was written at a Stonecoast residency, during one of Jim’s (infamous) flash fiction challenges. Jim has also sold a new story to the online magazine Lightspeed; “Miss Nobody Never Was” will be published in the December issue. Also, Jim will be reading with Mercurio D. Rivera on November 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street just off 2nd Avenue, upstairs) in New York City. The reading will be the latest in the “Fantastic Fiction at KGB” monthly reading series, which began in the late ’90s. Fantastic Fiction is held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar. Admission is free.

Mike Kimball (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) is directing the play Red, which will run three weekends, November 1-17, at The Actors Studio of Newburyport, MA. Red, by playwright/screenwriter/director John Logan is the story of abstract-expressionist Mark Rothko, holed up in his New York Studio in 1958-9, painting a group of murals for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. He gives orders to his assistant, Ken, as he mixes the paints, makes the frames, and paints the canvases. Ken, however, brashly questions Rothko’s theories of art and his acceding to work on such a commercial project. In 2010 the play won six Tony awards, including Best Play. The Actors Studio is located in The Tannery, 50 Water Street, Mill #1, Suite 5, Newburyport, MA. For reservations, call 978.465.1299 or visit the website.

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Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) has a personal essay in a new anthology from Norton: Knitting  Yarns, edited by former Stonecoast faculty Ann Hood and featuring fellow faculty Suzanne Strempek Shea along with writers such as Barbara Kingsolver, Anita Shreve, Andre Dubus III, Elinor Lipman, Ann Patchett, and Jane Smiley. Elizabeth and Suzanne will read from the anthology along with Ann Hood and others at Newtonville Books on November 14; Elizabeth will read from the anthology with others in Wellesley, MA, on November 21 at Wellesley Books. Elizabeth will also be reading “bedtime stories” from her fiction along with Suzanne at a “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Pajama Party” event sponsored by the Republican Newspaper in Springfield, MA, on November 15 at Delaney House. The event is featured in an article in The Republican and on Mass.Live. Elizabeth is also reading and partying on November 2nd at the Stonecoast Northeast event Lost Lit presents Stonecoast MFA in NYC, hosted by Stonecoast student Kristabelle Munson and featuring Stonecoast students and alumni. The reading is 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Grumpy Bert, 82 Bond Street in Brooklyn. Seating is limited, so RSVP for this event with lynne@lostlit.com.

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Community News & Updates October 2013

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Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13) has had a busy September. During the first two weeks, she was the spotlighted author on DogRead, an online book discussion group with some 7,000 followers, in conjunction with the launch of her new novel, The Money Bird. On September 25th, she read from the book and spoke about animals in fiction in the New Hanover Public Library’s author series. The following evening she was part of a three-person panel on “The View from Across the Desk: How to Get Your Manuscript Out of the Slush Pile” sponsored by the Lower Cape Fear chapter of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. She wrapped up the month (and Banned Books Week) with a reading of poetry and prose as part of a local 100 Thousand Poets for Change event in Wilmington, NC, on September 28th.

Karen Bovenmyer (Popular Fiction, S’13) is excited to announce her post-apocalyptic horror short story “Like a Soul” will be published in the inaugural issue of Stonecoast Review, which will be published mid-October.

Jennifer Marie Brissett‘s (Popular Fiction, S’11) story “Secrets of the Sea” is on the long list for the 2012 storySouth Million Writers Award.

Nightlife CoverLibby Cudmore‘s (Popular Fiction, S’10) story “The Hand of God” was selected as a finalist for the New Rivers Press American Fiction Prize and will be included in the anthology American Fiction Vol. 13. Additionally, she has two short stories in publication: “Late Night on Route 17” in Big Click and “Angelmaker” in Big Lucks.

Lexa Hillyer (Poetry, S’10) just got a two-book deal for her first young adult novel, Proof of Forever, from HarperCollins for publication in Summer 2015.

Matthew Quinn Martin‘s (Popular Fiction, S’10) debut novel Nightlife will be released October 21 by PocketStar/Simon & Schuster. He is currently hard at work on the sequel, Nightlife: As the Worm Turns, which is due out in the spring of 2014.

RussianTemptation_300_Nikki_NavarreLaura Navarre‘s (Popular Fiction, W’11) alter ego, sexy spy romance author Nikki Navarre, is featured on the cover of the November issue of Romantic Times. An article titled “Ex-Diplomat Goes Under the Covers” features her October release The Russian Temptation, which was workshopped at Stonecoast with Mike Kimball before it sold. The Russian Temptation is Book Two in Nikki’s Foreign Affairs series.

“Glazed blind cushion not mercy,” one section of Janet Passehl‘s (Poetry, S’10) extended prose poem written in response to Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons,” will be published in Caliban Online, issue #13, coming out in mid-October. “Glazed blind cushion not mercy” was inspired by the “Mutton” section of Stein’s text.

Julie L. Scharf‘s (Creative Nonfiction, S’10) nonfiction essays titled “Pranked” and “Teaching with Tolerance” are now featured in the Autumn 2013 issue of Mused: The Bella Online Literary Review.

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Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11) studied commonalities of Southern fiction while at Stonecoast. One result is her essay “The Chifforobe: An Overlooked Ingredient in Southern Writing” in the Fall 2013 issue of storySouth, a literary journal at the MFA program at UNC-Greensboro. Also, Tamra was a writer-in-residence at Weymouth Center for the Arts in Southern Pines, NC, at the end of September.

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Marian Romero‘s (Popular Fiction) short story “Child of the Underworld” will be featured in the paranormal anthology Shades and Shadows from Xchyler Publishing this Halloween.

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NorthrupDolen Perkins-Valdez (Fiction) has written an introduction to the 19th-century autobiographical slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup. The movie based on his heroic story will be released this month. The e-book version published by Simon & Schuster and featuring her introduction is only 99 cents on Amazon, iTunes, or BN.com.

Barbara Hurd‘s (Creative Nonfiction) Stepping into the Same River Twice is a just-published collaborative book of prose and paintings that explores one of Maryland’s most treasured resources, the Savage River. A shameless promoter, she notes that all proceeds benefit the local watershed and that books can be purchased through Main Street Books in Frostburg, MD (301.698.5605 or mainstreetbooks@comcast.net). Her next collection of essays, titled Putting an Ear to the Ground, is forthcoming from University of Georgia Press.

Mike Kimball (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) is directing the play Red, which will run three weekends, November 1-17, at The Actors Studio of Newburyport, MA. Red, by playwright/screenwriter/director John Logan is the story of abstract-expressionist Mark Rothko, holed up in his New York Studio in 1958-9, painting a group of murals for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. He gives orders to his assistant, Ken, as he mixes the paints, makes the frames, and paints the canvases. Ken, however, brashly questions Rothko’s theories of art and his acceding to work on such a commercial project. In 2010 the play won six Tony awards, including Best Play. The Actors Studio is located in The Tannery, 50 Water Street, Mill #1, Suite 5, Newburyport, MA. For reservations, call 978.465.1299 or visit the website.

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talk show for front pageElizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) is included in Talk Show: On the Couch with Contemporary Writers, a new anthology edited by Jaime Clarke of talk-show style interviews with writers, just out from PFP Press. The interview with Elizabeth was originally published in Fanzine.

Suzanne Strempek Shea (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) has just signed contracts for two books to be published by PFP Press. She thanks Stonecoasters who’ve wished her well over the 3 1/2 years she’s worked on This Is Paradise, the story of the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in Malawi, which will be published in April. She’s also grateful for the encouragement as she finished the novel Make a Wish But Not for Money, about a palm reader in a dead mall, to be published next October. Suzanne is in great company as PFP also publishes Elizabeth Searle and former Stonecoast faculty member Roland Merullo.

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Suzanne also sends out an alert to Stonecoast Ireland alums who loved meeting and hearing Irish short-story writer and poet Nuala Ni Chonchuir at a residency can see her again, stateside, October 26th at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA. Nuala will be talking about the short story during the day of lectures that will include Allan Hunter (on the memoir and finishing that project), Jim Brosnan (on the personal essay), and public relations experts Janice Beetle and Judith Kelliher (on promoting your work). Registration is necessary—please visit the website.

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Community News & Updates August 2013

Congratulations to the Stonecoast Summer 2013 graduates: Katie Bickham, Sheila Boneham, Karen Bovenmyer, Katie Crumpton, Heather Ann Cyr, Kerri Dieffenwierth, Katrina Ellyson, Kelli Faherty, Edward Ferrara, Karla Michelle Fossett, Yvonne (Rooze) Garcia, Alexandria Giardino, Terri Glass, Penny Guisinger, Andrew Heckler, Sarah Steinberg Heller, Michael L. Joy, Thomas Morrissey, Casey Moynihan, Meaghan Reynolds, Katherine Sargent, Chuck Smithson, Bonnie Stufflebeam, Andrew Wales, and Marco Wilkinson!

(Thanks to Michael L. Joy for supplying the list)

STONECOAST ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

From SCAA President Mihku Paul:

At the annual SCAA meeting on July 22nd, live elections were held to fill empty Board seats. I am happy to report that we have nearly a full complement of Board members at this time [the line-up is listed below]. Our thanks to those who have served and are stepping down, and welcome to new Board members. We are eager to grow the organization and continue planning events and activities that highlight the skills and achievements of all Stonecoast alumni. We encourage all Stonecoast alumni to stay connected, informed, and involved. To that end, Board member emails are listed here as well.

President: Mihku Paul S’10 (F) 2013-2015 – mikhupaul@gmail.com
Vice President:
Mike Langworthy W’11 (CNF) July 2013-July 2014 *special 1 yr term to fill vacancy – mikelangworthy4@gmail.com
Treasurer: Position is unfilled at the moment due to the Maine residency requirement. Suggestions are welcome, as are volunteers.
Secretary: Jessica DeKoninck (P) July 2012-July 2014 – jessica.dekoninck@verizon.net
Director: Patricia Barletta W’12 (PF) July 2013-July 2015 – plb.author@verizon.net
Director: Adam K. Gallardo S’12 (PF) July 2012-July 2014 – adamkretuzgallardo@gmail.com
Director: Michael Joy S’13 (PF) July 2013-July 2015 – Privateer_nh@hotmail.com
Director: Kathleen Saville W’13 July 2013-July 2015 – ksaville@aucegypt.edu
Director: Andy Wales *special 1-year term to fill vacancy – andrew.wales@maine.edu
Amy Martin **co-signatory to Treasurer (Maine resident)

ALUMNI

Michael Beeman (Fiction, S’09) was happy to see his post about incredibly late movie sequels published on Esquire.com. You can read the article here.

Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13) has been invited to judge nonfiction books in the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA) annual international writing contest. This year her debut mystery, Drop Dead on Recall, has been nominated in the fiction category in the CWA contest and the annual writing contest of the Dog Writers Association of America. CWA and DWAA are organizations of professionals writing, publishing and broadcasting about cats and dogs, respectively. Three of Sheila’s nonfiction books have won Awards of Excellence, and two of those were names Best Care & Health Books, in the CWA contest in past years, and six of her nonfiction books have won best book awards or been finalists in past DWAA contests.

tumblr_mqt2dgFHxL1qh9n0no1_500Karen Bovenmyer (Popular Fiction, S’13) is excited to announce her science fiction horror novella “Failsafe” will be published August 14, 2013, in The Crimson Pact, Volume 5 anthology edited by Paul Genesse. The anthology will debut at GenCon Indy and also feature Writing Excuses’ Dan Wells, Xena and Hercules’ George Strayton, Seton Hill’s Lawrence Connolly, and New York Times Bestseller Larry Correia among its pages. Karen read from “Failsafe” as her graduate reading and couldn’t be more thrilled to appear in CP5 with a host of 22 awesome authors’ scary stories!

Jennifer Marie Brissett (Popular Fiction, S’11) signed the contract for her first book deal for the novel Elysium, which is due to be released from Aqueduct Press in Spring 2014! Elysium was her Stonecoast thesis, so many thanks to her beyond-awesome mentors, Jim Kelly, David Durham, Ted Deppe, and Elizabeth Hand. Thanks also to her amazing agent Kris O’Higgins from Scribe Agency, LLC. Also, she just returned from the Launch Pad Writers Workshop in Wyoming (Jamie Todd Rubin did a nice write-up of all the lovely folks where were there).

Florence Grende‘s (Creative Nonfiction, S’07) manuscript, Out of Silence, has been chosen as a finalist in the Autumn House Press nonfiction book contest, to be judged by Phillip Lopate.

Tamie Fields Harkins (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) just finished teaching her first undergraduate college class ever! The students were thoughtful, funny, receptive, and engaged, and took every ounce of her strength, energy, and time. She’s looking forward to the coming semester!

Acquainted final coverFormally announced at ALA last month, Lexa Hillyer‘s (Poetry, S’10) debut poetry book, Acquainted with the Cold, won the Foreword Book of the Year Award. The publisher’s press release can be found here. On a separate note, Hillyer would also like to announce an intensive full-day seminar for Young Adult and Middle Grade writers hosted by Paper Lantern Lit in Brooklyn, NY, on October 12, 2013. For information or to register, click here.

Jeff Kass (Fiction, S’09) had his first full-length poetry collection, My Beautiful Hook-nosed Beauty Queen Strut-wave, accepted for publication by Dzanc Books. Look for it in fall of 2014. In addition, Jeff has a poem, “Everybody will talk about the 30-footer Trey Burke knocked down to tie Kansas,” in the current issue of Midwestern Gothic. Finally, Jeff and his students at Ann Arbor’s Teen Center The Neutral Zone’s independent publishing company Red Beard Press have just completed editing Uncommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning and Living, which they are billing as the “ultimate collection of contemporary poems for classroom use.” The book includes poems from such luminaries as Naomi Shihab Nye, Kim Addonizio, Matín Espada, Marge Piercy, Aracelis Girmay, Patrick Rosal, Ross Gay, and former and present Stonecoast instructors Patricia Smith, Tim Seibles, and Lesléa Newman as well as Stonecoast alums Karrie Warrala and Theresa Scollon. Class sets will be available for teachers at a discount price along with a companion Teacher’s Guide authored by Jeff. Look for it in September!

drift-cover-2Alan King (Poetry, W’13) is now a visiting writer for PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools, a literary arts outreach program that purchases and makes available for free copies of contemporary works of literature to participating DC schools. The Foundation also arranges for the authors of those works to visit classrooms and discuss literature and the writing life. King is currently visiting and discussing his first collection, Drift.

The first season of Spun Out, a situation comedy for CTV, on which Mike Langworthy (Creative Nonfiction, W’11) was a creative consultant, wrapped on Friday, July 19th. The final episode reunited Spun Out star David Foley with the legendary Canadian sketch-comedy group The Kids in the Hall, of which Foley is a founding member. Other guest stars have included Will Sasso (MADtv, Less Than Perfect) and Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica). Spun Out is the first multi-camera situation comedy shot in front of a live audience in Toronto in over 20 years and is scheduled to air on CTV and internationally beginning in January 2014.

Sandra McDonald (Popular Fiction, ’05) was invited to tour NASA Johnson Space Center along with other social media writers, reporters, and space program fans. Their group visited Mission Control for the International Space Station (ISS) and met astronaut Mike Hopkins (pictured below with Sandra), who will be going to ISS via Soyuz in September. Sandra’s currently working on a short story called “Murder on the Space Station.” Follow @sandramcdonald and @NASASocial for more information.

Mike Hopkins and Sandra McDonald

Mike Hopkins and Sandra McDonald

MidsummerMagick LNavarre coverLaura Navarre (Popular Fiction, W’11) is thrilled to announce that Midsummer Magick, Book Two in her award-winning historical fantasy Magick Trilogy, comes out from Harlequin/Carina on August 12. The Magick Trilogy brings Faeries, fallen angel heroes, and figures from Arthurian legend to Tudor England. Midsummer Magick is Laura’s sixth published novel. Spread the magick here!

Bruce Pratt‘s (Fiction, ’04) short story “Saturday Night Lights” will appear in the September issue of Portland Magazine.

Linda K. Sienkiewicz (Fiction, S’09) was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Springfed Arts 2013 Writing Contest for her short story “The Right Thing.” She will be reading with the other winners at the Springfed Writers and Music Series in Birmingham, MI, on August 12.

Ashley Warren‘s (Fiction, S’12) short story “An Exhibition of Human Bodies” has been accepted by Moon Hollow Press for inclusion in the forthcoming anthology Uneasy Bones: Dark Works by Women.

STUDENTS

Alexis Paige (Creative Nonfiction) recently published the essay “Playing By the Rules: White Privilege and Rachel Jeantel.” It appeared on The Rumpus on July 1st; this is her second piece featured there.

FACULTY

Portuguese The Other Lands V2David Anthony Durham‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction) Acacia Trilogy continues to roll out in Portugal. The fourth volume (which is actually the second half of the second novel) is called O Povo Das Criancas Divinas. Also, George R. R. Martin and Tor have accepted David’s multi-part story, “Those About to Die,” for inclusion in the next Wild Cards mosaic novel, Lowball. It’s due out sometime in 2014.

Aaron Hamburger (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) has a review scheduled to appear in The New York Times Book Review on August 11th. He’s also appearing at the Outwrite Book Festival in Washington, DC, where on August 3rd he’ll give a reading and lead a workshop.

Elizabeth Hand (Fiction, Popular Fiction) was an instructor at Clarion West in Seattle this summer. In September she’ll be reading/signing at Forbidden Planet in London and interviewing Nijinsky biographer Lucy Moore as part of Uppsala, Sweden’s Culture Night, then appearing in Helsinki and at the Turku Book Fair to promote the Finnish editions of Generation Loss and Available Dark.

rip-off3Jim Kelly (Popular Fiction) has sold “The Promise of Space,” a short story, to the online magazine Clarkesworld; it is scheduled for publication later this year. Jim also resold his novelette “Declaration” to Asimov’s Science Fiction. It was originally published in audio only on Audible.com as part of the Science Fiction Writers of America’s anthology Rip-Off, edited by Gardner Dozois. Its appearance in Asimov’s will be its first print incarnation.

On August 3rd, Elizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) will attend the Awards Ceremony at the Woods Hole International Film Festival on Cape Cod, where her screenplay, A Four-Sided Bed, is a finalist in the Best Feature Film Script competition. On August 7th at 7:00 p.m., the New England Institute of Art bookstore in Brookline, MA, presents A Midsummer Reading, featuring Elizabeth, Jessica Gozek, Stephen Burt, Ben Mazer, Fred Marchant, Elizabeth McConnell, Peter Richards, and Tom Yuill.

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