Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Community News & Updates April 2014

ALUMNI NEWS

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) andKathleen 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, andPenelope 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 asNarrative‘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 attheodore.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 TimesFestival 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 atWonderCon, 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 ofPortland 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 collectionAfter 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.