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Maggie Downs Making It Work In The Washington Post

Alum Maggie Downs has a new essay in the Washington Post this week about finding your inner Tim Gunn: One week after Everest was born, the shower on the second floor of my condo began leaking into the garage underneath. The landlady arranged for a few different companies to come by and assess the damage, and she hired the one [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:15-07:00 January 7th, 2015|Categories: Alumni News, Program News|Comments Off on Maggie Downs Making It Work In The Washington Post

Accolades for Mickey Birnbaum

Alum-turned-playwriting professor Mickey Birnbaum's play "Backyard" was a big critical and audience hit in 2014...and now he has the end-year-plaudits to show for it, including a Sage Award and being named the Best of 2014 by KCRW: The Echo also produced Mickey Birnbaum's Backyard a play that carried the tropes of amateur wrestling to allegorical heights. Led by actor Hugo [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:15-07:00 January 7th, 2015|Categories: Alumni News, Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Accolades for Mickey Birnbaum

Alumni News: New Fiction From Michael Morshed

Michael Morshed has a typically dark, weird tale in the latest issue of of Bartleby Snopes.  Here's a taste: All night I sat in the kitchen, eyeing the chemicals under the sink. Marty always asks me how I could have so many cleaning supplies and such a dirty apartment. I like to ask him why he cheats on me and why [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17-07:00 May 26th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Program News|Comments Off on Alumni News: New Fiction From Michael Morshed

Alumni News: Heather Partington Reviews The World

...or at least quite a few books. This week, she reviews two new books in the Rumpus, Fridays at Enrico's by Don Carpenter and Inside Madeline by Paula Bomer.  Don’t write about writing. That gets said a lot. But like any absolute about what not to do, it’s only true until someone does it well. Such is the case with Don Carpenter’s Fridays at [...]

By | 2014-05-26T13:39:20-07:00 May 26th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Program News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Heather Partington Reviews The World

Alumni News: Debbie Graber in Harper’s

Congratulations to Debbie Graber, who has a hysterical new story, "New Directions,"" in the latest Harper's: Employees: There is a matter of some importance that the executives would like to share with you. As leaders of a company that was voted one of the 500 most transparent companies in the San Fernando Valley (Westways Magazine, September 2009), we pride ourselves on [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:18-07:00 May 13th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Debbie Graber in Harper’s

Alumni News: Cynthia Romanowski On “The System of Things”

An excellent new story from Cynthia Romanowski in The Nervous Breakdown:  We were both eighteen but Rebecca was hopelessly naïve. She talked about her crush, Brother Matthew, with an unbridled enthusiasm I hadn’t seen since middle school. The first time he flirted with her, she told me the story like her life was never going to be the same. When he [...]

By | 2014-04-25T06:20:33-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Cynthia Romanowski On “The System of Things”

Alumni News: Heather Partington In Los Angeles Review of Books

A great new review from literary critic (and esteemed alum) Heather Partington in the Los Angeles Review of Books, this time on More Than Conquerors by Megan Hustad and City of God by Sara Miles: ONE HAS ONLY to turn on the news to see that there are those determined to fit American faith into a neat arc — conflict, resolution, redemption — so that [...]

By | 2014-04-25T06:11:53-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Heather Partington In Los Angeles Review of Books

Alumni News: World Premier Set For Mickey Birnbaum’s Latest Play

Mickey Birnbaum's latest play, Backyard, is set to premier this spring: The Echo Theater Company has found a permanent space for 2014, taking up residency at Atwater Village Theatre for a year-long season of three world premieres and the revival of an acclaimed holiday show. "After 16 years of moving around L.A. - we've produced 48 plays, including 35 world premieres, of which [...]

By | 2014-04-25T05:06:11-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News|Comments Off on Alumni News: World Premier Set For Mickey Birnbaum’s Latest Play

Alumni News: New Flash Fiction From Julia Watson

A great new bit of weirdness from our esteemed alum Julia Watson in the latest issue of Fantasy Scroll: My foot touches the platform and it hits me, a plunging sensation in my gut—I feel light and the lightness is wrong. Merciless, the impatient momentum of the crowd pulls me the wrong way. All wrong. I check my pockets: Gum. Keys. [...]

By | 2014-04-25T04:57:16-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News|Comments Off on Alumni News: New Flash Fiction From Julia Watson