August Student & Alumni News

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It’s been another stellar month for our students & alums! If we missed anything, please send a note to 


– Congratulations to Kaia Gallagher, who celebrated her first publication in August! “Just a Hug” ran in FLASH FICTION MAGAZINE.

Tom Mavroudis‘s story “Terror from the 50-Yard Line” came out in the video game horror anthology TERROR IN 16-BITS.

Dorothy Rice‘s first foray into science fiction, a short story called “Tiny Dancer,” was published by CHROME BABY.

Matt Thompson‘s short play THE 146 POINT FLAME is now available through Dramatic Publishing.

George Morgan‘s audio book for his biography ROCKET GIRL was released this month.

Marion Ruybalid‘s essay “Assignments” was published by PANK.

Pam Munter‘s essay “Vicki” was printed in LADY, and the essay “Becoming a Legend” was reprinted in SEA FOAM.

Sami Jankins published the essay “How to Support Your Chronically Ill Friend and Their Partner” in THE MIGHTY.

– PURPLE CLOVER continues to show Gail Mackenzie-Smith love by publishing two of her essays: “Is Too Much Safety Dangerous?” and “Was I Crazy to Go Back to School at 60?” which is about getting her MFA with us. (Spoiler alert: The answer is no, she was not crazy.)

David Zimmerle had an article on SURFER’s website entitled “Another Twist in Trestles Toll Road Saga.”

Jeff Meyers has an article called “Making a Living by Mixing Media: How to Make the Leap From Directing Features to Directing Television” on MOVIEMAKER, which features a cameo from our very own William Rabkin.

Mackenzie Cox has an article entitled “Kindergarten, please take care of them” in the EUREKA TIMES-STANDARD.

Natalie Ferrigno wrote an overview of Francesca Lia Block’s work for DWARF + GIANT.

– As one of National Book Critics Circle’s Emerging Critics, Heather Scott Partington shared her summer reading list on the NBCC blog, where she mentioned fellow alum Natashia Deón, as well as professors Tod Goldberg and Elizabeth Crane.

Maggie Downs had a stellar August:

* She’s in WRITERS RESIST with an essay called “How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.”

* She’s also in LITERARY HUB with an essay called “How the Silent Book Club Gave Me Back My Reading Life.”

* Maggie also published a BABYCENTER interview with former MTV VJ Jancee Dunn about Dunn’s book HOW NOT TO HATE YOUR HUSBAND AFTER KIDS.

* She also had an essay called “Blooming Beauty” published in PALM SPRINGS LIFE.



Natashia Deón was in Atlanta to accept the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s 2017 First Novelist Award (for her book GRACE).

– Two alums are up for Desert Star theater awards in the Coachella Valley. Luke Yankee‘s production of LATER LIFE was nominated for nine awards, including a Best Director nomination for Luke. Meanwhile, LIFE WITHOUT, written by Pam Munter, has been nominated for four, including the Bill Groves Award for Outstanding Original Writing.

Ashley Gabbert‘s poetry collection I COULD GO TO SLEEP RIGHT NOW was a semifinalist the Numinous Orisons, Luminous Origin Literary Award.

Max Gee‘s screenplay GOLEM, INC., placed in the quarter finals of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.

Jeff Eyres‘s script CHAPEL PERILOUS was named a finalist at the Shriekfest Horror Film Festival.



Sara Marchant told a story entitled “How to Avoid a Pit Barbecue” at the Living Desert in Palm Desert as part of the Coachella Valley Storytellers series.

Dorothy Rice spoke about her book THE RELUCTANT ARTIST at a joint event for the Sacramento Library and Sacramento’s Wide Open walls mural festival.

Xach Fromson‘s Shades and Shadows participated in a special LGBTQ edition of the reading series as part of Writ Large Press’s #90×90 showcase.



– Congratulations to Ruth Nolan, who is now the poetry editor at WRITERS RESIST!

Luke Yankee and John Mattson both were offered positions at Golden West College teaching Appreciation & History of the Cinema.

Kendall Brunson is now teaching English Comp at her alma mater, Jacksonville University.

Emily Duren also just started her first year teaching sixth grade language arts in Tampa.

Natashia Deón participated in Bread Loaf this year as a Fiction Fellow, co-teaching a course.



– Filming has begun on the episode of GREY’S ANATOMY written by our own Jalysa Conway! Look for the episode, entitled “Danger Zone,” set to air in October.

Tyrell Johnson‘s debut novel, THE WOLVES OF WINTER, is currently part of a Goodreads giveaway courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada.

– Galleys are going out for Suzy Fincham-Gray‘s upcoming memoir, CHASING ZEBRAS. The book will be released April 10, 2018 from Random House.

Lizi Gilad Silver‘s chapbook HYPERION was reviewed in this summer’s edition of WHALE ROAD REVIEW.

– UCR Magazine featured Carol Park‘s book MEMOIR OF A CASHIER in its most recent issue’s “Page Turners” section.

– You can now preorder CATALINA, the debut novel by Liska Jacobs, which comes out November 7.

Sara Marchant‘s essay “Proof of Blood” will be included in the upcoming anthology ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING: WOMEN WRITE THE WORLD – EQUALITY, JUSTICE, PASSION AND HUMANITY, edited by ZZ Packer. The book comes out in January and is also available for pre-order now.

Yennie Cheung and Kathryn McGee‘s book, DTLA/37: DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IN THIRTY-SEVEN STORIES, finally has an official release date! It will be out November 1 and is available for pre-orders now! The book was edited by Julia Watson and includes two stories by Cynthia Romanowski.



Natashia Deón  will be on a panel called “Reclaiming the Past, Empowering the Present: Writing as Political Resistance” with Jacqueline Woodson, among others, at the Well-Read Black Girl conference on September 9 in Brooklyn. She’ll also be teaching a one-day seminar called “Backstory—Moving Forward, Looking Back” through Edan Lepucki’s Writing Workshops LA.

– Marion Ruybalid’s essay “Birthplace” has been accepted in the seventh annual 30 PORTRAITS OF ADOPTION, which will run in November during Adoption Month.

Jeff Meyers‘s story “Every Body Dies” is being reprinted by Digital Fiction Publishing in their upcoming anthology and as a single digital short story. (Basically, what we’re saying is it’ll be available in every format, so you have no excuse not to read it.)

– And of course, nothing ends these lists of accomplishments better than a breakdown of acceptances for your hero and mine, Pam Munter:

* Her essay “Being a Shrink” will run in the inaugural issue of EVENT HORIZON in September.

* Another essay entitled “The Hypnotic Danube” was accepted by VARNISH.

* Her short story “Delayed Flight” has been accepted by TREEHOUSE ARTS.

* And on the SAME DAY, received another short story acceptance. Look for “Deconstructing Doris” soon in WRITING IN A WOMEN’S VOICE.

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