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Community News & Updates February 2015

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Joe M. McDermott (Popular Fiction, S’11) sold the short story “Farmer” to Analog Magazine, an excerpt of an unpublished novel.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

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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.

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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 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Dam” by Janet Passehl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Community News & Updates April 2014

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Katie Bickham‘s (Poetry, S’13) first book of poems, The Belle Mar, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Competition and will be coming out in April 2015 through Pleiades and LSU Press. The prize also includes $2000.

Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre, S’13) was writing on trains before it was cool and had two related narrative nonfiction pieces published in March to prove it: both are excerpted from her book-in-progress about riding long-distance trains. “The ‘I’ States” appears in The Museum of Americana: A Literary Review (free online here), and “Nocturne: Nebraska” appears in The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature, a print and online literary magazine (free online here).

71BmzDkykAL._SL1500_Jennifer Marie Brissett (Popular Fiction, S’11) will be presenting her paper “The Eleusinian Mysteries of Octavia E. Butler” to the Buffy to Batgirl: Women and Gender in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Comics Conference to be held May 2-3, 2014, at Rutgers University.

Julie Day‘s (Popular Fiction, S’12) story “Dried Skins Unshed” was published in the March 2014 issue of Stupefying Stories.

Christopher Fisher‘s (Fiction, W’08) novel, A History of Stone and Steel, has been selected as a finalist in Foreword Reviews‘ Book of the Year Award.

ZomburbiaAdam Kretuz Gallardo (Popular Fiction, S’12) is pleased to announce that his debut novel, Zomburbia, now has a cover image and a release date of August 26. More information, as well as a variety of links to various booksellers (should you find yourself in the mood to pre-order the book) are available at his publisher’s website. Adam would like to thank Jim Kelly and Nancy Holder, both of whom supplied very nice quotes for the cover.

Tamie Marie Harkins (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) has won a month-long residency at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, as did current Stonecoast student Carol Green. Along with the intensive writing of the residency, they will be giving readings and a radio interview in Sitka. They’ll also be doing service in the community: Tamie will be leading local at-risk high schoolers in conversation on the subject of grief.

Lexa Hillyer (Poetry, S’10) has just launched Paper Lantern Lit’s The Studio: a boutique digital imprint committed to publishing a highly selective list of exciting ebooks ranging form YA to adult. Please check it out, buy some books, and submit!

Lissa Kiernan (Poetry, S’11), director of The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, announces a special online workshop for National Poetry Month. “Gilding the Lily: The Roots that Clutch” will make April a little less cruel by offering an unlimited number of writers the chance to audit this workshop for free! You’ll get to read all the lessons, prompts, and poems, but, alas, you will not be able to post your own poems or comments. However, if you’ve been on the fence about what online workshops are all about, this is a great opportunity for discovering just how rewarding they can be. Learn more and sign up here.

Mike Langworthy (Creative Nonfiction, W’11) is proud to announce that “The Day Crew,” season 2 of the hit original web series The 4-to-9ers (over 45 million unique viewings in season 1) created by Jamie Widdoes and Tim O’Donnell, premiered on March 25 on Hulu Plus. Mike is a Consulting Producer on the series and co-wrote two episodes with executive producer O’Donnell.

UntitledMihku Paul (Fiction, S’10) and Kathleen Sullivan (Poetry, ’06) will be reading with several other poets in the series “Local Writers at The Local Buzz,” co-hosted by Marcia Brown, Portland’s newest Poet Laureate, and Penelope Anne Schwartz (both Stonecoast graduates). The event will be dedicated to Port City Poems, an anthology edited by Brown and which includes Mihku’s poem “A Song for Machigonne.” The reading will take place Saturday, April 26th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at The Local Buzz in Cape Elizabeth. On Thursday, May 1st, Mihku will be the featured poet and read from her book 20th Century PowWow Playland at the 20th anniversary of the Atlantic Studies Conference at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. The UNB archives hold a special collection of her great grandfather, Peter Paul.

Michaela Roessner-Herman (Popular Fiction, S’08) is one of the judges for this year’s Philip K. Dick Award, an annual science-fiction literary award.

Catherine Schmitt (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) has signed a book contract with Down East Books (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield) for The President’s Salmon, scheduled for release in 2015. The manuscript was the basis of her Stonecoast thesis, and she thanks her Stonecoast mentors for contributing to this success.

Gina Troisi‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’09) essay “Where the Ocean and Sky Divide” will appear in the next issue of Fugue.

Tamra Wilson (Fiction, S’11) is leading a workshop on blogging and column writing at the Carolinas Writers Conference in Wadesboro, NC, on April 5.

STUDENT NEWS

Cristina Perachio (Fiction) was named as a finalist in Narrative magazine’s 30 Below Story & Poetry Contest, and her short story “Nightstands” ran as Narrative‘s “Story of the Week” on March 24th.

FACULTY NEWS

Tony Barnstone‘s (Poetry, Translation) selected poems, Buddha in Flames (Buda en Llamas: Antologia Poetica 1999-2014), have just been published bilingually (translated by Mariano Zaro) with Ediciones el Tucan de Virginia (Mexico City).

Jaed Coffin (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Writing for Social Change) has recently accepted a full-time position at the University of New Hampshire, where he’ll be teaching undergraduate courses in fiction and nonfiction and MFA courses in memoir and literary journalism. He’ll continue to teach at Stonecoast as well.

cover of Beautiful WheelTed Deppe‘s (Poetry, Coordinator of Stonecoast in Ireland) new collection of poems, Beautiful Wheel, will be published in April 2014 by Arlen House in Ireland and will be distributed in the U.S. by Syracuse University Press. The book can be ordered now from Kenny’s Bookstore in Ireland (free international shipping and discounts on the price). Ted and Annie Deppe will be reading in the Riverwood Poetry Series in Hartford, CT, on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Asylum Hill Congregational Church. They will teach in an intensive three-day writing workshop in beautiful Strandhill, County Sligo, Ireland, that will take place from 4-6 July 2014. Contact Ted at theodore.deppe@maine.edu for more information.

David Anthony Durham (Fiction, Popular Fiction) recently accepted an invitation to be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Write Angles Conference, to be held at Mount Holyoke College on October 18. Past Keynoters include Valerie Martin, Richard Russo, Julia Glass, Dennis Lehane, Patricia Smith, Andre Dubus, and Ann Hood.

Aaron Hamburger (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Popular Fiction) served as the judge for the PEN New England Fiction Award this year, given to Jennifer Haigh’s News from Heaven. He’ll be in Boston for the ceremony on April 6.

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Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) will be appearing a three Southern California events in April. First, she will be signing books at the YA Spring Fling Event on April 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego with Shannon Messenger, Debra Driz, and others. She will also appear at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held on the campus of the University of Southern California, on Sunday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m. discussing “Things that Go Bump in the Night” with Les Klinger, Lisa Morton, and others. A signing will follow. And at WonderCon, held at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, April 19th, at 4:30 p.m. in room 213, Nancy will be discussing “Kid Lit SF: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” with Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars) and others. A signing will follow.

dwr3On April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pearl McManus Theater in Palm Springs, CA, Dezart Performs Theatre Company will present a staged reading of Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) full-length play Duck and Cover, which has also been nominated for “Best Original Script” in the annual Spotlight Awards of Portsmouth and seacoast New Hampshire. The April edition of Portland Magazine will feature Mike’s 10-minute play The Perils of Long-Term Care (an elderly married couple perfect the art of disagreement). On April 23 at 7:00 p.m., two of Mike’s short monologues (“Nightmare Girl” and “Clean Break”) will be featured in The Monologathon at St. Lawrence Center for the Arts in Portland, ME. His 10-minute play “Houston” is part of comedy troupe Darwin’s Waiting Room’s new show Comicality, running through April 13 at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth. Also, Mike’s new 10-minute play Disagreement at Dead Boot Saloon (gun control in the wild, wild west) will be part of the Maine Playwrights Festival’s “Alpha Show,” a program of short plays. Showtimes are April 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. St. Lawrence Center for the Arts in Portland, ME.

dead boot flyerElizabeth Searle (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) will be a featured author along with fellow Stonecoast faculty Martin Espada at the annual WriteBoston gala fundraiser. The gala raises money for a program begun by Mayor Tom Menino to provide support for students and teachers and to promote writing skills in MA public schools. Other writers featured at the Pros and Conversation event are Ben Bradlee, Jr., Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson, and Edith Pearlman. To buy tickets, make a donation, or learn more about WriteBoston, visit the website.

TIP VERY FINAL ThisIsParadiseFrontCoverSuzanne Strempek Shea (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) will launch her tenth book and fifth nonfiction title, This Is Paradise: An Irish Mother’s Grief, an African Village’s Plight and the Medical Clinic that Brought Fresh Hope to Both, on April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Broadside Bookshop (247 Main Street, Northampton, MA). She’ll be sharing hte night with poet Kathleen Aguero, who’ll be reading from her collection After That. Though this is the April newsletter, Suzanne asks Portland-area folks to think May, which she’ll be heading north to read from This Is Paradise at 7:00 p.m. on May 8 at Harmon’s and Barton’s (584 Congress Street, Portland, ME). Books will be sold that night by the inimitable Barbara Kelly of Kelly’s Books to Go. On April 25, Suzanne will emcee Bay Path College’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference, to be held at the MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA, where she’ll be introducing speakers including broadcasting pioneer Barbara Walters, Bruce Feiler of The New York Times, and News Deeply founder and editor Lara Setrakian. The theme of the day will be “Own Your Story.” The conference seats approximately 2,200 and sells out annually. For registration details, please visit the website.

 

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Community News & Updates February 2014

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Libby Cudmore (Popular Fiction, S’10) is thrilled to announce that she has accepted an offer of reprsentation from Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Anthony D’Aries (Creative Nonfiction, W’09) was recently interviewed by Mason’s Road, Fairfield MFA’s literary journal. He was also invited to present at Embry-Riddle University’s President’s Speaker Series on February 26th at 7:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted on Marc Bernier’s radio show. Additional information about the event can be found here.

Melody FullerMelody Fuller (Creative Nonfiction, S’12) has accepted an invitation to attend The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa (February 2014). This is a high honor and a testament to her assiduous work. This Symposium holds hard-to-get space for only the top writers of food and wine in the world. It is very difficult to earn a chair.

Lissa Kiernan (Poetry, S’11) announces “Praise the Poetry Barn,” a new initiative for her nonprofit organization, The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, a provider of online poetry workshops. The Indiegogo campaign envisions building an energy-efficient, cooperatively run timber barn to hold poetry workshops, readings, and retreats in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. Have your name and a line of your poetry inscribed on a barn board, or claim another poetic perk of your choice, from bestselling, award-winning books to enrollment in one of our online workshops. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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NIGHTLIFE worm 4AMatthew Quinn Martin (Popular Fiction, S’10) is excited to be able to share the cover for the second novel in his Nightlife series, Nightlife: As the Worm Turns (Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster), which is set to be released in early October 2014 … just in time for Halloween.

The post-apocalyptic, transgender story “Fleet” by Sandra McDonald (Popular Fiction, W’05) was selected to appear in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. It originally appeared in the collection We See a Different Frontier. Sandra also attended the January launch of the TDRS space satellite at Kennedy Space Center as a social media expert.

Lisa Romeo nov 2013 - CTwo of Lisa Romeo‘s (Creative Nonfiction, S’08) narrative essays found homes recently. “Eyes, Hands, Hotel, Hospital” appears on Halfway Down the Stairs, and “Down at the Diner” is in the January 2014 print and digital issue of Under the Gum Tree. Both are excerpts from her memoir manuscript. An essay about finally getting a new professional photo taken (after delaying it for seven years), and mulling the meaning of a writer’s headshot, appeared on SheWrites. Lisa’s blog was included in the Best 100 Websites for Writers in 2014 at The Write Life.

Catherine Schmitt‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) article based on her Stonecoast thesis, “How the Presidents Ate Their Salmon,” appears in the winter issue of Gastronomica. A PDF can be found on her website.

Bonnie Stufflebeam (Popular Fiction, S’13) has a lot of story news she’s been holding onto: Her short story “The Land of Phantom Limbs” appeared in the January issue of Flash Fiction Online. Her story “The Damaged” appears in the current issue of Interzone. Her story “The Mammoth” appeared in the December 2013 issue of Ideomancer. The flash fiction “Spiders” appeared in the December issue of The Drabblecast, a podcast zine. “Old Boys” appears in the Winter issue of The Colored Lens. All of these stories, she is happy to say, were written during her time at Stonecoast.

Gina Troisi‘s (Creative Nonfiction, W’09) memoir, Shadows on the Sidewalk, was a Short List Finalist for the 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition for Narrative Nonfiction. She is still looking for a home for the book. Her essay “Until the Morning Comes” was recently published in Flyway: Journal of Writing and the Environment. Her essay “Our Shadows on the Sidewalks” (from which the title of the book originated) was accepted for publication in Under the Sun, due to be released in May 2014.

Karrie Waarala‘s (Poetry, S’11) heroic crown of sonnets, “Pierce & Brand: A Sideshow Diptych,” appears in the latest issue of Mezzo Cammin (along with a spare sonnet and a villanelle for good measure).

Adrienne S. Wallner‘s (Poetry, W’09) poem “The Parable of the Butchers: Taiji Cove vs. Factory Farming” is featured on the January 22, 2014, edition of New Verse News. To see what else she has been up to, please visit her website.

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Genevieve Williams (Popular Fiction) has a short story in the March 2014 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, titled “The Redemption of Kip Banjeree.”

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Beast in the ApartmentTony Barnstone (Poetry, Translation) just published his new book of poems, Beast in the Apartment (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014). It’s available from various distributors, directly from UPNE, Amazon, and so on. More importantly, his son, Blake William Barnstone, was born on January 14th, healthy and happy, 7 pounds, 10 ounces!

An excerpt from David Anthony Durham‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction) story “Those About to Die…” is currently being featured on George R.R. Martin’s official website. It’s there to promote the forthcoming Wild Cards novel, Lowball, and includes the cover illustration of David’s character. David also contributed to the forthcoming craft book Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Speculative Genre Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers, edited by Laurie Lamson and published by Archer.

A staged reading of Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) Edgar-nominated stage play Ghosts of Ocean House will be performed at Mad Horse Theater, 24 Mosher Street, South Portland, ME, on Friday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m. Pay-what-you-can tickets (a suggested $10 donation) are available at the door, cash and check only.

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In 2013, Debra Marquart (Creative Nonfiction, Poetry) received the following awards/honors: 2013 Wachtmeister Award for Poetry from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (award includes an honorarium and a one-month residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA); The Paumanok Poetry Award from the Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State College, New York; the 2013 Normal Prize for Poetry for “Kablooey Is the Sound You Hear”; short-listed for the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Also, her poem “Door-to-Door” was selected by Narrative Magazine as one of the “Top Five Poems” published by Narrative in 2013.

meeting-the-tormentors-in-safewayThe National Post recently named Alexandra Oliver‘s (Poetry, ’12) Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway one of the top four books of Canadian poetry for 2013. Kerry Clare of The 49th Shelf discusses Tormentors in this review.

Elizabeth Searle‘s (Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) opera and rock opera about “Tonya & Nancy” are both being produced in February. In L.A., a second show has been added to the Rock Concert performance of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera at the King King Club in Hollywood, February 4-5, libretto by Elizabeth and music by Michael Teoli, produced by The Los Angeles Rock Opera Company and Harborside Films, both shows benefitting L.A.’s iconic Celebration Theater. A full run for the rock opera in L.A. is in the works. L.A. Stonecoasters please join Elizabeth and Nancy Holder at rink-side February 4th. Media coverage for the 2014 L.A. production of the Rock Opera has included featured articles on NewsOXY (ranked a “Most Popular” article), BroadwayWorld/LA, MSN, deathandtaxes.com, and an hour on Los Angeles Talk Radio: The Sheena Mateal Experience Show. Meanwhile in Minneapolis/St. Paul, the operatta group Mixed Precipitation is performing Tonya & Nancy: The Opera, Elizabeth’s one-act chamber opera with music by Abigail Al-Doory Cross on February 20 at Amsterdam Hall, the night of the Women’s Figure-Skating finals in Sochi. For updates, please visit Elizabeth’s website.

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On February 15, Suzanne Strempek Shea (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction) will be emceeing the ninth Writers’ Day at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA, an event that will include a talk by Stonecoast grad Helen Peppe on the sometimes-sticky business of writing the family. That night, she’ll introduce Liz Peavey (who’ll be speaking during the day on memoir and truth) as she presents her acclaimed one-woman show, “My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother,” about mourning, sorting, and saying goodbye.

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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.

Issue-3-draft_small-300x237Three poems by Lissa Kiernan (Poetry, S’11) appear in issue 3 of Poecology.

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 April 2013

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

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

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

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

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The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STUDENT NEWS

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

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

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

FACULTY NEWS

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

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

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

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

CONTESTS

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

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

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

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

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

Submit electronically or mail entries to

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

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

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

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

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

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

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Community News & Updates March 2013

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Being Henry DavidCal Armistead‘s (Fiction, W’07) debut young adult novel, Being Henry David, was released three weeks ahead of its March 1 release date by Albert Whitman Teen. It has received favorable reviews, including a starred review in Kirkus Reviews, and has already sold out is first printing! Luckily, a second printing is underway.

Kathy Briccetti (Creative Nonfiction, W’07) will be attending the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Writers’ Conference in Montpelier in August to work on her novel manuscript with Lee Martin.

Libby Cudmore (Popular Fiction, S’10) has begun her yearlong stunt memoir project, Geek Girl Goes Glam, testing and following vintage beauty, dating, career, and housekeeping tips and advice.

David Hewitt (Popular Fiction, S’09) will, as of Fall 2013, be taking up a permanent full-time post on the English faculty of the Community College of Baltimore County.

NoReturn_Press_Corrected_FinalV1Zachary Jernigan‘s (Popular Fiction, S’11) debut fantasy novel, No Return, comes out from Night Shade Books in hardcover, ebook, and Audible audiobook on March 5th, 2013.

Lissa Kiernan‘s (Poetry, S’11) “The Art of Hurricanes” appears in Underwater New York, and two poems, “Whereas” and “Ecologue on Decommissioning,” are featured as finalists in Terrain.org’s third annual contest.

Mike Langworthy (Creative Nonfiction, W’11) has been hired as a consulting producer on Spun Out, a new situation comedy starring Dave Foley recently ordered for 13 episodes by Candian television network CTV, with production tentative scheduled to begin May 2013 for a summer launch. He continues in development on a syndicated children’s series, working title Rock Island, as co-creator and executive producer. The Star Angel, from Colonial Radio Theater, on which he worked as a consulting producer, has been nominated for an Audie Award as best audio drama. He is currently adapting the story as an animated feature. Also in development is a romantic comedy movie for television, working title Survey Monkey, with director Brian Roberts for MarVista Entertainment.

Will Ludwigsen‘s (Popular Fiction, W’11) collection In Search Of and Others releases today and has already received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. He has also been interviewed by Adam Mills (Popular Fiction, W’12) for Weird Fiction Review and by Zachary Jernigan (Popular Fiction, S’11) at his blog.

Kings of RuinMatthew Quinn Martin‘s (Popular Fiction, S’10) novel Nightlife (an earlier draft of which was his MFA thesis) has sold to Pocket Star (Simon & Schuster) as part of a two-book deal along with an, as yet, unwritten sequel.

Sandra McDonald‘s (Popular Fiction, W’05) latest GLBTQ novel for teen readers (under the pseudonym Sam Cameron) goes on sale this month. Kings of Ruin is about teens, aliens, rock ‘n’ roll, and secret government agencies.

MagickByMoonriseFinalThe launch book in Laura Navarre‘s (Popular Fiction, W’11) Tudor paranormal romance trilogy for Harlequin/Carina, titled Magick by Moonrise, comes out in print and Audible formats on March 11. When Tudor England and the Faerie kingdom collide, the players risk all for power. But only love can save them. Magick by Moonrise won the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s 2012 award for romance. Pick up your copy here.

Bruce Pratt‘s (Fiction, 04) poem “A distant ship tiding home,” awarded the 2007 Ellipsis poetry prize by James Galvin for Ellipsis: A Journal of Literature and Art, and included in his collection Boreal from Antrim House Books, also 2007, has been selected for inclusion in the non-fiction and poetry anthology The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home, from Holy Cow Press to be published in October 2013. His short play Memories of Paradise will be performed as part of the 2013 Maine Play Festival at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland. The festival runs from April 25 through May 5. Information on the festival, which also includes work by Stonecoast faculty member Mike Kimball, is available here. The play will also be published in the forthcoming Spring issue of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature and will be presented as a reading at the annual Sport Literature Association Conference in Monmouth, NJ, this June. obdriveway@aol.com

Michaela Roessner-Herman (Popular Fiction, S’08) is contributing essays on writing to the Western State Colorado University Fiction Concentration blog. To date, she’s posted articles on the author/reader contract, misdirection, and cueing/filtering.

Steve Rhodes (Poetry, W’11) reports that Still has just published his poem “Red-eyed Vireo,” which also was a finalist in that journal’s recent poetry contest. In addition, Christianity and Literature has accepted his poem “Into the Woods.”

Catherine Schmitt (Creative Nonfiction, W’12) is organizing a reading series by authors of recent Gulf of Maine-related books at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum March 1-2. More information can be found here. She also has a review of one of the books, Mortal Sea by Jeffrey Bolster, in the current issue of The Working Waterfront newspaper.

STUDENT NEWS

Boneham_book_dropdead_90dpiSheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction/Cross Genre) will be reading “Chasm Familiaris” at the bi-annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Literature & Environment in Lawrence, KS, in May. “Chasm” is excerpted from a long narrative nonfiction WIP that “blends elements of memoir, science, folklore, contemporary culture, and history…not to provide answers but to provoke thoughtful (re)considerations of our attitudes and actions as they may affect the future of Canis lupus familiaris, both the species and the warm muzzles in our hands.” Sheila’s reading will be part of a panel called “Connecting with Canines: A Creative Nonfiction Reading.” Also, Sheila spoke on plot character development in her mystery Drop Dead on Recall at Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair on February 23. The Book ‘Em Foundation, a partnership between authors and law enforcement, holds events to raise public awareness of the correlation between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates. Sheila and other authors donated at least 40% of proceeds from the sales of their books to the community—in this case, Robesome County and Lumberton, NC—for the purpose of increasing literacy and reducing crime.

The Hermes & Hekate Road Show, a radio drama-style serial podcast that Genevieve Williams (Popular Fiction) has been working, on launches in March with a “season” of seven episodes; if it’s well received additional “seasons” will be written and produced. Interested listeners can find it here or check out the Facebook page.

FACULTY NEWS

Tony Barnstone‘s (Poetry, Translation) new book of poems, Buddha in Flames, has been accepted for publication in 2014 by Sheep Meadow Press. In addition, his CD of original music, Tokyo’s Burning: WWII Songs, is available for purchase at CD Baby, Amazon.com, iTunes, and Spotify. His selected poems Bestia en el Apartamento: Antología poética (1999-2012) will appear in a bilingual Spanish-English edition with Ediciones El Tucán de Virginia (Mexico City) in 2013, with translations by Mariano Zaro.

Portugeuse Other LandsDavid Anthony Durham (Popular Fiction) has two new foreign language publications. The Sacred Band has just been released in France as L’alliance sacrée, and the first half of The Other Lands has been released in Portugal as Outras Terras (they’re publishing the trilogy as a six-book series).

Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) will appear on three panels at the Tucson Festival of Books, the fourth largest book festival in the U.S.:

Romance: The Last Frontier in SciFi & Fantasy
Saturday, March 9th, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Integrated Learning Center – Room 140

It’s Not all Demons, Death and Destruction
Saturday, March 9th, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Koffler – Room 216

Writing Fantasy for a Young Adult Audience
Saturday, March 9th, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Integrated Learning Center – Room 140

Nancy will also be a guest lecturer at Pepperdine University on March 27th, and she will be one of two Author Guests of Honor at the 2014 World Horror Convention in Portland, OR (the other is Jack Ketchum).

ebTwo of Mike Kimball‘s (Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting) short plays, Henny and Hitler in Hell and Falling Falling: A Gothic Mystery, will be featured in a show called Evening Broadcasts III, which will be staged at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, NH, from March 8-24. For reservations and additional information, click here.

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Community News & Updates October 2012

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Jennifer Marie Brissett has had two stories published. “Clone” is in Ripped Genes: The Biopunk Special Issue of Morpheus Tales magazine and is available for the Kindle and other eBook formats as well as in paperback. Her story “Secrets of the Sea” is in The Future Fire magazine and it’s available free online!

Debbie Daughetee, aka D. Lynn Smith (Popular Fiction, S’08), sold her short story “Anointed” to Blood Bound Books for publication in their new anthology D.O.A. II: Extreme Terror.

Julie Day (Popular Fiction, S’12) has a short story titled “Finding Your Way to the Coast” in the Fall 2012 issue of A cappella Zoo.

Louis A. Di Leo (Fiction, S’10) graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law in July and began working as a graduate assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he is pursuing a PhD in English. He is currently working on articles regarding the law and literature movement.

Lissa Kiernan (Poetry, S’11) is a finalist in the 3rd Annual Terrain.org Contest in Poetry.

Susan Lilley‘s (Poetry, ’08) new chapbook, Satellite Beach, will be coming later this fall by Finishing Line Press.

Will Ludwigsen‘s (Popular Fiction, W’11) collection of horror and dark fantasy short fiction, In Search Of and Others, will appear in March 2013 from Lethe Press. It’s available now for pre-order on Amazon. Also, Will’s story “Leverage” (a memoir of the world’s laziest hitman) is available in issue 67 of Cemetery Dance, and his story “The Ghost Factory” (a tale of an abandoned asylum haunted by both the living and the dead) appears in the September/October 2012 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction.

Alison McMahan (Popular Fiction, W’10) has been hired by Armada Studios to collaborate on a sci-fi vampire film. Her documentary, Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs, will soon be screening on BBC Scotland and streaming on Kanopy.

Laura Navarre (Popular Fiction, W’11) launched her maiden foray into contemporary romantic suspense, writing as Nikki Navarre, with her debut release for The Russian Seduction (Affluent Press, Oct. 1 release), the first in a two-book deal for her Foreign Affairs series. The Russian Seduction was her second-semester project with Mike Kimball at Stonecoast. Meanwhile, Harlequin is keeping historical Laura plenty busy—her Tudor paranormal romance trilogy is scheduled for quick release starting in March 2013 with Magick by Moonrise.

STUDENT NEWS

Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction) wants you to drop dead—but for a good cause! Sheila is celebrating the release of Drop Dead on Recall, her new mystery, by collaborating with an independent bookstore for “Drop Dead for Healthy Dogs,” a “virtual book launch & signing” running now through October 11. A portion of sales will be donated to either of two not-for-profit organizations that support canine health research. Purchases of Sheila’s nonfiction books, including Rescue Matters: How to Find, Foster and Rehome Companion Animals (Alpine, 2009) also qualify for the event. For information about the “virtual book launch” (a collaborative model that may work for other authors), please click here.

 

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