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Current Student News

KARYN LIE-NIELSEN's poem, "The Dowagers Dance," appears in the September issue of Maine, the magazine.

 LYNETTE JAMES is interviewed (as T.J. Weyler) at Apex Magazine, concerning her short story "The Neighborly Thing to Do".

 Alumni News

 MELANIE DRANE will receive a 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, which is given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. Awards of $25,000 each will be presented to the recipients in New York City.

 ED McCOURT's (CNF - 09) essay "Watching Rocco" was an honorable mention in the Bacopa Literary Review's nonfiction contest and appeared in the 2011 edition.  His poem "Salt Life" also appeared in the magazine. 

 LISSA KIERNAN reviews Susan Slaviero's Cyborgia in Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal, Issue 26

REZA JALALI's children book, Moon Watchers, was honored by the Skipping Stones children magazine and was a finalist for the Maine Publishers and Alliances' children book Literary Award 2011. Reza and his publisher are excited that over 2,400 copies of Moon Watchers were just shipped to the New York City schools!

TAMRA WILSON will officially launch her story collection, Dining with Robert Redford & Other Stories with a celebration Sept. 29 at the Trott House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Newton, NC. She was recently interviewed by the Charlotte Observer. The collection is available through Tamra's website at, her publisher, Amazon or through your local bookstore.

Faculty News

DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM will be partnering with audiobook narrator, Dick Hill, to do an audio version of Pride of Carthage.

ELIZABETH SEARLE invites all Stonecoasters to her Book Launch/Book Party for her novel, Girl Held in Home at Newtonville Books in Newton, MA on Sept. 27 at 7PM (party to follow reading).  Elizabeth's Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera had an exciting Return Engagement at the American Repertory Theater's Oberon Theater in Boston in July.  Elizabeth sends big thanks to all Stonecoaster's who supported the show!  Elizabeth was interviewed on WGBH TV, Centerstage (Boston's PBS) and for a feature story in the Boston Globe (link below).  The rock opera was an Arts Pick on WBUR (Boston's NPR) and Editor's pick in the Boston Phoenix.  It received strong reviews in the Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix, the Edge and more (see website Press page).  

New website for the show:

Link to Boston Globe feature story:


JEANNE MARIE BEAUMONT’s Burning of the Three Fires has been named a finalist for the Writers’ League of Texas 2011 Book Award (Poetry category). Information on all the nominees is at their site:


NANCY HOLDER's new young adult dark fantasy novel in her Crusade series, Damned, went on sale August 30.  She recently sold German rights to two more books in her Wicked series, Spellbound and Resurrection.

SCOTT WOLVEN's stories, “FTW” and “Hundred Proof “- both read first at Stonecoast - appear in these anthologies, along with an interview in Noir Nation.

The Crime Factory: The First Shift

Noir Nation: International Journal of Crime Fiction


Stonecoast News, 8/22/11

Current Student News
Terri Glass

TERRI GLASS'S poem "Root Cellar" will be published in Shadow and Light - A LiteraryAnthology on Memory, due out October 2011, published by Monadnock Writer's Group.

Alumni News
Nylah Lyman, J M McDermott, Bruce Pratt

NYLAH LYMAN'S poem "Threshold" was selected for publication by Cider Press Review, and will appear in Volume 13:

J M MCDERMOTT'S short story "Ariadne After Theseus" was picked up for publication in Paul Jessup's Coffin Mouth.

BRUCE PRATT'S short play Beaching won the audience choice award at the 2011 Northern Writes New Play Festival. This is the second straight year one of his plays has captured the top prize. His short story "Restraint" has been selected for the Trust and Treachery Anthology, due out in 2012.

Faculty News
Boman Desai, David Anthony Durham, Aaron Hamburger, Barbara Hurd, Jim Kelly, Elizabeth Searle

BOMAN DESAI'S novel manuscript Black Elephant, which won First Honorable Mention for the Dana Awards last year, has been shortlisted for the Noemi Awards this year. As he likes to say, one of these days this

DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM will be partnering with audiobook narrator Dick Hill to do an audio version of Pride of Carthage.

AARON HAMBURGER'S short story "Theresa's Secret" has been published in the summer issue of Midwestern Gothic:

BARBARA HURD will be giving a talk at Welcome Table Press' Symposium "In Praise of the Essay" at Fordham University on October 15, a reading at the University of Pittsburgh/Johnstown on November 3, and at Chatham University's Bridges to Other Worlds Festival on November 5, and will be teaching at the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway in January.

JIM KELLY has launched a new reprint ezine on Kindle and Nook to bring his backlist into electronic print. Each issue of James Patrick Kelly's Strangeways will include two previously published stories of his and two essays—one new, one reprint—for the bargain price of $.99. The first two issues are up and a third will be published shortly. His flash fiction "Suspicious," written during the Winter 2011 residency, was published
on the ezine Daily Science Fiction on July 12. Just out from Tachyon Publications, Future Media, an anthology edited by Rick Wilber, reprints his story "Feel the Zaz" and his essay "New Brains For Old."

ELIZABETH SEARLE invites all Stonecoasters to her Book Launch/Book Party for her novel Girl Held in Home at Newtonville Books in Newton, MA on Sept. 27 at 7PM
(party to follow reading).


Stonecoast News, 8/8/11

Alumni News
Linda Buckmaster, Anthony D'Aries, Ruth Foley, Lissa Kiernan, C. Liddle, Tom MacDonald,
Shanna McNair

LINDA BUCKMASTER'S poem, "Girls Wanted," was awarded Honorable Mention in the Passagers Poetry Contest. It will appear in an upcoming issue. Linda will be presenting on two panels at the Other Words Literary Festival in St. Augustine, Florida, in November. One of the panels will be about writers writing about home, and she will be basing her talk on her Stonecoast third semester project.

ANTHONY D'ARIES' essay, "Exhausted," will appear in the forthcoming anthology on the subject of "work" by Motes Books:

RUTH FOLEY'S poem, "Love Poem for my Eyelids," is in the newest issue of OVS ( and her poem, "Without," is up at Foundling Review (

LISSA KIERNAN'S poem, "Proxy," was picked up by Albatross, and will appear in Issue #23 (

C. LIDDLE'S short story, "In Bloom," (written as Caspian Gray) is up at Pseudopod: It's a free audio market, so you can listen to it before bedtime tonight!

TOM MACDONALD is appearing in support of his novel, The Charlestown Connection: August 11, 2011 on The Callie Crossley Show-Live on WGBH-FM, 89.7, Boston’s NPR Station, 1:00 pm; August 3, 2011 at The Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner, Brookline MA, 7:00 pm; August 20, 2011 at Barnes and Noble, Derby Street Mall, Hingham MA, 3:00 pm.

SHANNA MCNAIR was chosen to be the Poetry Contest Insider summer interview:

Faculty News
David Anthony Durham, Elizabeth Searle, Scott Wolven

DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM'S forthcoming novel, The Sacred Band, just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly: "This triumphant conclusion to the Acacia trilogy vindicates Durham's resurrection of a major character in 2009's The Other Lands. Corinn Akaran, queen of Acacia, used her ever-growing magical powers to revive her brother Aliver to aid her defense of her kingdom. But there are no simple resolutions to the challenges facing Corinn and her siblings, and the gap widens between the means
she employs and the ends she pursues. Durham provides a graphic and chilling look at how far Corinn is willing to go to advance her cause as she brutally massacres opposing armies, and that's just the beginning. A smooth plot, Corinn's well-developed character, and Durham's stellar prose and rich imagination will have many traditional fantasy fans hoping for future books set in this turbulent world." Also, the Portuguese rights for the novel just sold to Saidi de Emergencia. They'll be publishing the complete series!

ELIZABETH SEARLE'S Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera had an exciting Return Engagement at the American Repertory Theater's Oberon Theater in Boston in July. Elizabeth sends big thanks to all Stonecoaster's who supported the show! Elizabeth was interviewed on WGBH TV (Boston's PBS) and for a feature story in the Boston Globe. The rock opera was an Arts Pick on WBUR (Boston's NPR) and Editor's pick in the Boston Phoenix. It received strong reviews in Boston Herald ("Black Swan on ice"), Boston Phoenix ("Absurdly funny" & "Suprisingly poignant" with a "rousing soundtrack") and the Edge ("One wild theatrical experience"). See website for updates on future productions:; link to Boston Globe feature story:

SCOTT WOLVEN was interviewed on the BOMB Magazine Blogsite:


Stonecoast News, 7/25/11

Current Student News
Sheila Boneham, Kendall Giles, Lynette James, Catherine Schmitt

SHEILA BONEHAM has accepted a three-book offer from Midnight Ink for her mystery series featuring an animal photographer/accidental amateur sleuth, her dog and cat, and a variety of other characters with varying numbers of legs. The first book, Drop Dead on Recall, is scheduled for release the second half of 2012.

KENDALL GILES'S article, “Understanding Ancient Martial Arts Texts: Pooh and Hermeneutics," was reprinted in the July 2011 issue of the newly redesigned journal InYo: The Journal of Alternative Perspectives on the Martial Arts and Sciences:

LYNETTE JAMES'S short story,"The Neighborly Thing to Do," is currently published in issue 26 of Apex Magazine: 2011/07/issue-26-the-neighborly-thing-to-do/.

CATHERINE SCHMITT will be reading from and signing copies of A Coastal Companion: A Year in the Gulf of Maine from Cape Cod to Canada (Tilbury House 2008) at Beyond the Sea Bookshop in Belfast, Maine, as part of the Belfast Bound Book Festival, Saturday July 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

Alumni News
Michael Beeman, Zachary Jernigan, Lissa Kiernan, Will Ludwigsen, David Sloan

MICHAEL BEEMAN'S short story, "The Partisans," has been accepted for publication in the fall issue of The Sewanee Review. Mike wrote the story while working with Kelly Link during his first semester at Stonecoast, and is very happy that after many, many revisions the story has found a great home.

ZACHARY JERNIGAN'S story, "Pairs," is in the August issue of Asimov's Science Fiction: His story, "Mexico Needs You," is in Murky Depths #17:

LISSA KIERNAN'S poem, "Closer," co-written with Susan Yount, will be read by Nic Sebastian for Whale Sound (, in August/September 2011.

WILL LUDWIGSEN'S story, "We Were Wonder Scouts," is in the August issue of Asimov's Science Fiction:

DAVID SLOAN'S poem, "Takedown," has been accepted by Passager, and will appear in their next issue at the end of the summer.

Faculty News
David Anthony Durham, Aaron Hamburger

DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM'S forthcoming novel, The Sacred Band, has just been picked up for an audio version to by He's very pleased. This means the entire Acacia trilogy will be available in audio book format.

AARON HAMBURGER'S short story, "Theresa's Secret," has been published in the summer issue of Midwestern Gothic: ttp://

Stonecoast News, 6/13/11

Current Student News
Sheila Boneham, Shanna McNair

SHEILA BONEHAM has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop in August in creative nonfiction. She thinks that a week of writing workshops in the high Sierra after 10 days in Maine makes for a nearperfect summer!

SHANNA MCNAIR was interviewed in May for about The New Guard:


Alumni News
Nancy Brown, David Healey, Cynthia Kraack, Jeanette Lynes

NANCY BROWN'S essay, "First Day at the Big Apple," won the Memoir Category and the Grand Prize in Work literary magazine's Employee of the Month Writing Contest. The essay, which appeared in the June 5 issue, can be read at

DAVID HEALEY was selected as the Chaney Scholar in American History at St. Mary's College of Maryland for the spring semester and gave a lectured entitled "The War of 1812 in the Maryland Imagination." He'll be speaking at OpSail in Norfolk, VA, next year on the topic "Heroes and Villains of the War of 1812."

CYNTHIA KRAACK is one of fifteen featured writers for the 2011 Bemidji Library Book Festival June 13 – 20 in Bemidji, MN. The lineup of award-winning Minnesota writers features writers across all genre. Cynthia will talk about speculative fiction and do a reading from Minnesota Cold.

JEANETTE LYNES has been named inaugural Coordinator of the new MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Faculty News
Boman Desai, Aaron Hamburger, Nancy Holder

BOMAN DESAI'S mammoth novel, TRIO, about the lives of the Schumanns and Brahms against a backdrop of the growth of Germany from a patchwork of 400 principalities to one nation under Bismarck, was reviewed in Quarter Notes. It's a narrative about love, insanity, suicide, revolution, politics, war, and music. You will find the review at Please click on the link
that says "Click here to start download from MediaFire" and go to page 25.

AARON HAMBURGER gave a reading and lecture about his work hosted by the Palo Alto Art Center as part of the Djerassi Artist Program's lecture series, "2011 Where Art Originates: Artists & The Creative Process."

NANCY HOLDER will kick off the summer teen reading program at the Upland Public Library, Upland, Calfornia, on June 22, from 3 to 5:30 PM. This event is free: She is also participating in the "YA in Bloom" tea at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena on June 25, from 1 to 4 PM. This tea is on behalf of Bridge to Books, and they have information here, including how to buy tickets (until June 18th:
Tickets are $12.50 and there will be giveaways and a raffle for Library Booster Boxes for school libraries. Vroman's address: 695 E Colorado BlvdPasadena, CA 91101.


Stonecoast News, 5/30/11

Current Student News
Melody Fuller

MELODY FULLER has been accepted to the Renaissance House Residency Program, sponsored by the Helene and Dorothy West Foundation. This residency, located in Oak Bluffs on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, supports artists by offering a weeklong residency with classes, lectures, retreat, and guest speakers.

Alumni News
Michael Beeman, Libby Cudmore, Henry Garfield, Matthew Quinn Martin, Bruce Pratt, Piers Sharman

MICHAEL BEEMAN'S short story, "Chantella," has been accepted for publication in the next issue of South Carolina Review. Mike would like to send out a huge thank you to Aaron Hamburger and the rest of the gang who workshopped this story during the '09 winter residency.

LIBBY CUDMORE and MATTHEW QUINN MARTIN'S article, "Twelve Commandments of Writing Conferences," (based on material originally presented at the Winter 2011 residency) is scheduled to be published in an upcoming issue of The Writer Magazine.

HENRY GARFIELD will present a paper entitled: "Kinsella, McAlpine and me: How Baseball's Open-ended Structures Lens Themselves to Science Fiction" at the 26th Annual Conference of the Sports Literature Association, held this year at The University of Maine from June 22-25. He presents at 3:15 on the 24th.

BRUCE PRATT will give a reading of his short story, "City Water," as part of the 26th Annual Conference of the Sports Literature Association held this year at The University of Maine from June 22-25. He reads at 3:15 on the 22nd.

PIERS SHARMAN has become fed up with acquiring rejections for his work, waiting for the day that his genius will be acknowledged. So he published it himself, using BookBaby, to the main places you can buy e-books, etc. If you have a Kindle or iPad, you can get it. Here is a link:
=1305582612&sr=8-1. It’s entitled “A Very Stupid Thing,” which may seem appropriate.

Faculty News
Jaed Coffin, Annie Finch, Aaron Hamburger, Cait Johnson, Mike Kimball, Elizabeth Searle

JAED COFFIN'S essay, "For My Mother's Burning Body," will be published in the June issue of the The Sun. His essay, "The Kingdom of the Useless," will be in the June issue of Down East magazine. This month he spoke to several hundred high school students from Maine in an event called Maine Writers on Memoir, with Caitlin Shetterly, Susan Conley, and Melissa Coleman. For four weeks in June and early July he'll be teaching
creative writing at the WincQ Summer Institute for Literature in downtown Seoul,

ANNIE FINCH'S play Wolf Song, a collaborative, lyrical play combining poetry, music, masks, dance, and puppets to explore the Wolf of our psyche and our landscape, will be the first production of Poets Theater of Maine. Two workshop performances of Wolf Song will be held Thursday, June 9th and Saturday, June 11th at Mayo Street Arts (10 Mayo St., Portland, ME) at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 general admission/$7 student.

AARON HAMBURGER is in residence at the Djerassi Artists Program in California from May 24 to June 23:

CAIT JOHNSON'S poem, "Saint Vulture," will appear in the next issue of the Platte Valley Review, Volume 32, Issue 2. She is directing an evening of midsummer-themed singing, dance, stories, and her own 30-minute adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Center at High Valley on June 18.

MIKE KIMBALL will preview two new short plays on June 11th at the York Art

Association (Maine) in a show that also features singer/songwriter/fiddler extraordinaire Joyce Andersen, who will preview her own batch of new songs performed with electronics. Mike's plays are titled "Nightmare Girl: A Monologue with Sound & Lights," about a girl who visits the site of her recurring death, and "a c o r n s," about a kindly inventor who must design instruments of torture in order to feed his starving family. Free admission; 394 York Street (Route 1A), York Harbor, Maine 207-363-4049.Mike's full-length play, Best Enemies, will run Oct 7-23 at the Pontine Theatre, in Portsmouth, NH. Best Enemies is a dark comedy about two cowboys stranded on a desert island who go to war over their shared cowboy hat. The Portland Phoenix called the play "a sly, haunting, and remarkably fun new existential comedy . . . nimble, irreverent, and immensely entertaining." 959 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH, 603-436-66

ELIZABETH SEARLE discusses her short film experience and her upcoming novel on author Caroline Leavitt's Leavittville
@ The short film of Elizabeth's Celebrities in Disgrace (directed by ALUM MATTHEW QUINN MARTIN) has just been accepted at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, where it will screen this summer; it also screens on June 7th at Hoboken International Film Festival. Film site:

Other News

Stonecoast News, 5/16/11

Current Student News
Eric M. Bosarge, Lissa Kiernan, J M McDermott, Helen Peppe, Karrie Waarala, Tamra Wilson

ERIC M. BOSARGE, the editor of Eric's Hysterics (, was recently interviewed by Jim Harrington on his blog Six Questions For...
( The interview can be viewed on 5/30/2011.

LISSA KIERNAN'S poem, "Communion," appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Redheaded Stepchild ( Her poem, "Release," will appear in a forthcoming issue of Canary: A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis.

The Journal of Unlikely Entomology has picked up J M MCDERMOTT'S short story, "Arachne", for their inaugural issue.

HELEN PEPPE'S essay, "The American Eagle," is one of the seven finalists in the Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction contest. Her poem, "Head Over Elbows," was performed by countertenor Shane Brewster at USM's Composer Showcase. The poem will appear in an upcoming issue of Eric's Hysterics.

KARRIE WAARALA'S poems, "For Franz Marc, on the Occasion of His Thirty-Sixth Birthday" and "To the Cancer My Mother Does Not Have," will be appearing in the Spring 2011 issue of Arsenic Lobster ( In addition, her poem, "Southpaw," appears in the Spring/Summer 2011 baseball issue of Stymie

TAMRA WILSON is pleased to report that two excerrpts from her thesis manuscript have been picked up by literary journals. "Father's Day" appears in Pinion Journal at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, VA. "The Pink Lady" is forthcoming in Colere at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Alumni News
Anthony D'Aries, Ellen Meeropol, Lisa C. Taylor, Christine Tierney, Gina Troisi

Part II of ANTHONY D'ARIES' reading at Randolph College has been posted on YouTube: Thanks for watching!

ELLEN MEEROPOL'S short story, "Jailbird's Daughter," is online in the April issue of Shaking Like a Mountain. This story is an excerpt/adaptation from her novel, House Arrest, published in February. Ellen was mentioned in the May 6 Sunday NYTBR article about author-booksellers, "Selling Books by Day, Writing Them by Night."

LISA C. TAYLOR has received a partial fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center for the summer of 2012. She will have a new chapbook, Insufficient Thanks, coming out in 2012. Her co-authored book, The Other Side of Longing (with Geraldine Mills), was taught in Contemporary Irish Literature classes at University of Connecticut in the spring semester 2011.

CHRISTINE TIERNEY'S poem, "fit," has been nominated by the editor of The Tusculum Review for Best New Poets 2011. Also, her creative nonfiction piece, "A Very Deep and Unusual Love," is forthcoming in the spring issue of Shadowbox, and her poem, "Sunflowers Holding Out," has been accepted by the journal Skidrow Penthouse.

GINA TROISI'S creative nonfiction piece, "In the Absence of Beauty," will appear in the 2011 issue of The Clackamas Literary Review.

Faculty News
Carolina De Robertis, Aaron Hamburger

CAROLINA DE ROBERTIS' second novel, Perla, now has a U.S. Publication date: March 6, 2012. Italian rights to the book have also just sold. She will also be reading her poetry (yes, poetry! top secret stuff) at a fundraiser/dance party for Mujeres Unidas y Activas on June 11th, at 2216 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, CA, at 7:30 pm. On May 13, Carolina traveled to New York City to meet with three Norwegian booksellers who won a national contest on who could sell the most copies of her first book, The Invisible Mountain, the grand prize being an all-expenses-paid trip to New York and lunch with the author.

Read an intnrview with AARON HAMBURGER in the literary journal Midwestern Gothic: Also, Aaron will be teaching, reading, and appearing on a panel at the Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans, May 12-16: