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Community News & Updates January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FACULTY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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 January 2013

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Eric M. Bosarge‘s (Popular Fiction W’12) story “Corentin the Divine” will appear in Buzzy Magazine on January 18th. It can be read online for free here.

Jennifer Marie Brissett (Popular Fiction) was interviewed and read a short story on the Hour of the Wolf radio show hosted by Jim Freund on WBAI in New York City. The show was podcasted and will remain available for 13 days past December 27, 2012. Also, the Kindred Reading Series, which she curates, made the November 2012 issue of Locus magazine (see below).

Kindred Reading Series in Locus 2012-11

Libby Cudmore and Matthew Quinn Martin’s (Popular Fiction, S’10) short story “The Real Housewives of Happily Ever After” was published in the Fall 2012 issue of Mixitini Matrix.

Lesley Heiser (Fiction ’11) is happy to share that her story “Malaysian Rainbow” is going to be published on The Nervous Breakdown. She thanks all Stonecoasters who helped her with this story, especially David Mura.

ColdFeet-cover-413x638Karen Pullen‘s (Popular Fiction S’08) debut mystery novel will be released this month from Five Star Cengage. Cold Feet is the story of what happens when an undercover drug agent, a stalkerish ex-girlfriend, and a couple of religious scammers show up at a wedding hosted by a faux Scotsman in a kilt. Publsher’s Weekly liked it: “Stella Lavender [is] the appealing 26-year-old heroine of Pullen’s absorbing first mystery…. Readers will hope to see a lot more of Stella in future installments.” Karen’s awarding everyone who pre-orders with a chance to spend two nights at her Pittsboro, NC, bed and breakfast; see details here.

Robe of Bones CoverOn Halloween, Jacob Strunk (Fiction W’07) and Dominic Aulisio (Fiction S’07) released their collaborative Robe of Bones, documenting in black-and-white photography, poetry, song, and 16mm film their autumn 2012 New England road trip. Available as a free download and in a handsome dead-tree coffee-table version, Robe of Bones consists of a photo book, original songs inspired by the experience, and the 16mm black-and-white short film.

STUDENT NEWS

Boneham_book_dropdead_90dpiYou know Sheila Boneham as a CNF student, but her new mystery novel Drop Dead on Recall (Midnight Ink, October 2012) has made the “Best of 2012” list of top-ten dog books from NBC’s Petside, a website dedicated to “improving the world for pets and their owners.” Petside reviewer Dorri Oldes calls the book, which draws on Sheila’s long experience in dog sports and writing nonfiction about dogs and cats, “a fast and exciting read that will keep you riveted right through till the end.” The list can be found here.

Love in Reality 600 wide 72dpiMagdalen Braden‘s publishing company, Harmony Road Press, released her first full-length contemporary romance, Love in Reality, in mid-December 2012. In it, TV producer Rand casts a confident bartender, Lissa, as a ditzy reality show contestant, not realizing she’s actually Lissa’s law student twin, Libby. Life in The Fishbowl encourages scheming, but as Rand and Libby fall in love, they have to be honest with themselves—and each other.

FACULTY NEWS

Nancy Holder (Popular Fiction) will be a guest of the Horror Writers Association at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA, January 25-29th. She will appear on two panels, Graphic Novels and Young Adult Horror, and will be available in the HWA booth to discuss the horror genre with attendees.

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Community News & Updates December 2012

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Adam Kreutz Gallardo (Popular Fiction, S’12) is happy to announce that he has signed with Ann Collette of the Reese Literary Agency. She plans to shop his debut novel, Zomburbia, to publishers as soon as early December.

Sandra McDonald (Popular Fiction, W’05) has three stories currently in print: “Searching for Slave Leia” in Lightspeed, “The Black Feminist’s Guide to Science Fiction Film Editing” in Asimov’s, and “Your Final Apocalypse” in Clarkesworld. Her young adult sci-fi adventure for girls, “Annie Wu Saves the Future,” is available at Amazon. Visit Sandra’s website for more information.

Alice Guy BlacheAlison McMahan (Popular Fiction, W’10) had her book, Alice Guy Blaché: The Lost Visionary of Cinema (which was translated into Spanish as Alice Guy Blaché by Plots Ediciones) adapted into a play, Alicia en la Sombras de las Maravillas, by La Recua Teatro in Toledo, Spain. The play premiered November 22nd and will be part of the Miami International Theatre Festival in May 2013. Also, her screenplay Imprinted won the Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition for Feature Script in the Artistic Vision category.

Alexandra Oliver (Poetry, W’12) and Pino Coluccio will soon launch The Rotary Dial, Canada’s first all-formalist online journal (welcoming international talent, as well). They also plan to run classes on formal poetics and host readings in Toronto.

STUDENT NEWS

Karen Bovenmyer (Popular Fiction) was recorded reading two poems, “Cadaver Feet” and “The Sweet Spot,” as part of Third Stanza Poets’ 11 Days of Global Unity at Café Diem, Ames, Iowa, on September 18th. A community radio station, KHOI 89.1 FM, broadcast the reading on October 30th and November 4th, 2012.

Linda Kobert’s (Creative Nonfiction) essay “Pecky” appears in the Fall 2012 issue of Hospital Drive, the online literary and humanities journal of the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

FACULTY NEWS

Elizabeth Searle was featured in the October 2012 issue of Imagine Magazine, which covers the film community in New England, in an article about the ongoing film development of her novel A Four-Sided Bed. Bravo Sierra Pictures has a produced a three-minute “sizzler reel” for the film directed by Stonecoast alum Matthew Quinn Martin. Elizabeth also had a short essay about Virginia Woolf published in the fall 2012 issue of New Ohio Review. A Song Showcase of Elizabeth’s Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera will be performed in New York City on January 21st, co-produced by Harborside Films (details forthcoming).

Newly elected U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren personally greeted and thanked Elizabeth Searle at a victory celebration held November 6th at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. The Stonecoast Elizabeth was the driving force behind Writers for Warren, a night of readings and music held in September in Somerville, Massachusetts, to benefit the campaign of the candidate Elizabeth. Emceed by Steve Almond, the event included readings by Anita Diamont, Anita Shreve, Stephen McCauley, Tom Perrotta, and Suzanne Strempek Shea. A photo of Elizabeth, Suzanne, and Enza Vescera at the event, seen below, was featured in the print version of an October 4th Boston Globe story about political fundraisers featuring the creative community. Another photo in the piece (print and digital) featured political activist William Hodgkinson, Elizabeth Searle’s 14-year-old son, standing next to Elizabeth Warren at a March rally.

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DSCN0001Suzanne Strempek Shea recently joined her husband, Tommy Shea, and their friend, Michele P. Barker, in celebrating the release of 140 Years of Providential Caring: The Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts, a book telling the stories of the women religious behind the creation and continuation of the order, and of some of their many programs, services and facilities established between Western Massachusetts and Chile. Copies may be obtained by sending a check for $25, made payable to the Sisters of Providence, to Nancy Arnold, Providence Place, 5 Gamelin St., Holyoke, MA 01040.

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AWP 2012–Don’t Stop Believin’

by Libby Cudmore PF W’10 and Matthew Quinn Martin PF S’10

Everyone on the dance floor immediately recognized those oh so familiar piano chords from Journey’s most famous song–even if it had been plastered over with a generic dance beat. There was little double that their shadows were searching in the night–underneath the disco ball and gel-covered stage lights. And those who win as well as those who lose, along with a smattering of those who may or may not have been born to sing the blues, belted out the rest–Don’t Stop Believing!

For the better part of the past three days AWP ’12 Chicago’s nine-thousand plus attendees–the largest turnout in the conference’s history–go, have been rising at the crack of dawn and rarely hitting the sack before midnight. All of us have spent our time shuffling from conference room to conference room, from hotel to hotel, butts glued to uncomfortable chairs when available, and camping out on the floor when not. We’ve taken in panel after panel, found our way to late-night readings on the outskirts of a mostly-unfamiliar town and connected with friends and colleagues we haven’t seen in far too long. During the day we’ve subsisted on overpriced coffee and candy scrounged from an endless sea of book fair tables competing for our attention. At night we raid the many receptions for crudete, cheese ‘n crackers, and the occasional pulled pork slider, as well as any complimentary libations that might be extended by the more generous hosts. And we’ve seen it all, the undiscovered gems as well as the big stinking turds, all hoping that we’ll hear those magic words of inspiration, or make that one chance connection that will take us to the next level in our writing careers.

For some this is their first experience with the madness that can be the Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference, others are hardened vets. Speaking personally, this is a return to the scene of the first AWP that we’d attended three years ago. To call the Chicago Hilton’s layout a labyrinth would be generous. Our own overwhelming confusion that first year eventually birthed the story “Convention of Exphrasis” (published in Stonecoast Lines S’10). The many elevators that all stopped at a different selection of floors, the creepy-eyed gloved bellmen and the winding staircases that seemed to lead nowhere were still there and still terrifying.  It was like coming home.

AWP is an odd mix of hope and fear, joy and frustration, uplift and disappointment. Nearly every writer there could point to at least one booth and justify taking a few extra mini-Snickers or an additional piece of swag because they rejected a submission.  The book fair can seem like a crowded bazaar of hustlers and carnival barkers.  It’s hard not to look at all the books on the table and wonder, Will that ever be me? And if it is, will anyone buy it?  Hands shoot up during Q&A’s to ask non-questions or to openly argue with the panelists. And it can seem like everyone there has it figured out except you–not just AWP, the whole writing game.

But here, on the dance floor, at five till midnight, we’re all still believing. We’ve weathered the storm, and at the brink of exhaustion we know, at the bottom of our hearts, that we deserve to dance. Because maybe sitting on top of that stack of form rejections is the one from the editor that loved it. And even if it isn’t yet, it’s only yet, and that acceptance might be sitting in our e-mail waiting for us when we get back. If only we could keep believing long enough to get us through the next double shift, at the keyboard or the coffee shop, we’d make it. And tonight, there isn’t a single soul in that sweaty, ecstatic, frenzied horde that wasn’t.

We took the midnight train to get here–literally, not metaphorically–and now as we sit in our tiny cabin, rocking back and fourth on the rails as we make our way back to New York, we find ourselves wondering about some of the other Stonecoasters. Not the ones we were able to meet up with, or those whose many newsletter announcements trumpet their accomplishments. No, our minds turn to those we haven’t heard from in a while, and we wonder how many of them may havestopped believing. There isn’t a writer alive that hasn’t in some part bought into the myth of the solitary genius, but the reality is that no one is truly successful on their own, and it is the duty of the Stonecoast alumni as a group–as well at our Alma Mater itself (if it is to deserve that title of “nourishing mother”)–to make sure that none of us stop believing. Believing in ourselves andbelieving in each other.

~

Libby Cudmore and Matthew Quinn Martin are Summer 2010 graduates.  Libby’s work has been featured in Pank, Umbrella Factory, Postcard Press, Connotation Press, The MacGuffin and the Yalobusha Review. Matthew Quinn Martin is the writer of the feature film Slingshot. His prose work has been featured in Transition Magazine, Thuglit and JMWW. Their collaborative work has been published by Emprise Reviewand Big Pulp and will be featured in the July issue of The Writer.   Record of the Month/Boys on Filmwww.matthewquinnmartin.com

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Publication Announcement: Pop Fic Review

Title: Pop Fic Review

Editors: Hanna Strom-Martin W’09 & Erin Underwood S’09

Publisher: Underwords (December 2001)

Stonecoast Contributors: Karen Bovenmyer, Elsa Colón, Libby Cudmore, Jessica de Koninck, Julia Gay, Nancy Holder, Jeff Kass, James Patrick Kelly, Michael Kimball, Paul Kirsch, A. J. Luxton, Julie L. Martin, Matthew Quinn Martin, J. M. McDermott, Sandra McDonald, Ellen Neuborne, Helen Peppe, Michaela Roessner, Linda K. Sienkiewicz, Patricia Smith, and Scott Wolven

Anthology Description: The Pop Fic Review confronts the definition of popular fiction with literature written by 21 authors from the Stonecoast MFA community who will entertain, shock, and delight you. Fiction writers, essayists, playwrights, and poets come together in their own unique ways to express what it means to be “pop” in this cross-genre anthology that is not to be missed. While the editors and contributors of the Pop Fic Review are all members of the Stonecoast community (including current students, alumni, and faculty), this anthology is an independent publication with no official affiliation with the Stonecoast Program or the University of Southern Maine.

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