December was very good to our students and alums. Thanks, as ever, to Yennie Cheung for doing the detective work!
Anna Hozian‘s web series, OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN, received a write-up in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE this month. Her drama SOMEDAY, OHIO was also named a finalist (and came in fourth overall) in ScreenCraft’s Feature Script Contest.
Ashley Mag Gabbert has several poems out this month: “Toilet” and “Birthday Cake” were published by GUESTHOUSE, “Toucan” was published in CLEAVER, and “David” is in 1932 QUARTERLY.
Carol Damgen was named the Vice Chair of the National Playwriting Program for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival-Region 8. She is directing and producing a staged reading of INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE, a play by nonfiction professor Deanne Stillman, on January 6 at the California Theatre in San Bernardino, and will be directing productions of NOISES OFF, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE GREAT GATSBY, and BILLY ELLIOT later in 2018.
Charles G. Thompson launched Pen & Paper Writing Workshops in December, offering classes in fiction, nonfiction (with Sara Marchant), and screenwriting (with Senta Scarborough). Classes start January 29.
Clarinda Ross‘s play #GUNSENSE OR ILYSM was named a semifinalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s ten-minute play contest. The play will be staged in February at the Region 8 Festival in Mesa, AZ to compete for a spot at the national festival.
Douglas Wood announced that his short stories will be read in the New Short Fiction series in North Hollywood on February 11.
Grace Jasmine‘s essay “The Chemo Show” was published in MEMOIR, with another essay, “48 Hours,” to run in January in the same publication.
Gail Mackenzie-Smith‘s essay “When Black Was a Color” was published in PURPLE CLOVER.
Guy Nicolucci also had an essay published by PURPLE CLOVER called “‘The Apartment’ Is One of the Best Christmas Movies Ever Made.” He also sold a movie treatment for a TV thriller called “The Perfect Grandmother” to Lifetime.
Heather Scott Partington‘s review of THE VANISHING PRINCESS by Jenny Diski was published in NEWSDAY, and her review of James Salter’s DON’T SAVE ANYTHING ran in LAS VEGAS WEEKLY. THE MILLIONS also included her in their Year in Reading feature. As part of her National Book Critics Circle Fellowship, she also wrote on her discussion with Tom Beer, book editor of NEWSDAY, on the ethics of book reviewing.
Jeff Eyres read at THE TABLE’s event “WeHo at the HoHo.” (the West Hollywood Library writing workshop at the Hollywood Hotel) on December 3. THE TABLE is produced by our very own Natashia Deón.
The second edition of John Rosenberg‘s book THE HEALTHY EDIT: CREATIVE EDITING TECHNIQUES FOR PERFECTING YOUR MOVIE was published by Focal Press.
Kat Kiefer-Newman‘s essay “Studio Time” was published by OPEN: JOURNAL OF ARTS & LETTERS. Two more essays will run this month: “Tourist Rules” in BEAUTIFUL LOSERS and “Baby Brother” in ADELAIDE.
Kit-Bacon Gressitt‘s “Can We Talk About Banned Trump Books?” in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY was noted by the publication as one of its most read article of the year.
Kathryn E. McGee and Yennie Cheung‘s book DTLA/37: DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IN THIRTY-SEVEN STORIES was featured in the DWARF + GIANT holiday gift guide. They also signed their book at Dark Delicacies in Burbank along with nonfiction professor Deanne Stillman.
Liska Jacobs read at It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere on December 10 in Los Angeles. Her novel CATALINA was also featured in the DWARF + GIANT holiday gift guide, as well as catalogues for Parnassus Books, Skylight Books, Book Soup and The Last Bookstore. Nashville’s her bookshop named CATALINA one of the best of 2017, and it’s also a staff pick at Green Apple Books. A conversation between Liska and author Rachel Khong is up at the MCD website.
Lucio Rodriguez‘s story “Witch Hollow” was published in CEA Greatest Anthology Written.
Luke Yankee was nominated for a Broadway World Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. He wrote and directed the FAME 35th Anniversary Reunion Concert in West Hollywood earlier this year. His play THE MAN WHO KILLED THE CURE will also be staged by the Dayton Theatre Guild in Ohio next year. They previously won over 30 awards staging Luke’s play THE LAST LIFEBOAT.
Mackenzie Cox‘s interview with Karen Joy Fowler is up on the GAMUT website. She will have an interview she conducted included in the 2018 Stokercon anthology.
Maggie Downs had a humor piece accepted by MCSWEENEY’S INTERNET TENDENCY. It’s slated to run in January.
Nicky Loomis wrote the article “Lyrical Oblivion: László Krasznahorkai’s ‘The World Goes On’” for the LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS.
Pam Munter‘s essay “The End of Gerald” is up in SNAPDRAGON. Another essay entitled “Sparky” is up at WRITING DISORDER. A travel piece called “Surviving a Safari” was published in WANDERLUST. Her short story “Frances” was accepted by SCARLET LEAF REVIEW.
PJ Feldsine published an audio version of his novel THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD.
Shawnacy Kiker Perez announced that her chapbook, UNTITLED STATES, will be published by Dancing Girl Press in February. Her poem “A way to disguise what we are not meant to hear” was also accepted by Dos Gatos Press for their upcoming anthology of 100-word poems about the Southwest.
Tom Mavroudis will be reading from his story in TERROR IN 16 BITS at Book Bar in Denver on January 6.
Tyrell Johnson‘s debut novel THE WOLVES OF WINTER has been named an Indie Next Pick and a SF Book Club pick, and it’s also gotten positive write-ups in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist. THE GLOBE AND MAIL also published an interview with him. He also wrote an article called “How to Get Your First Novel Published (From Someone Who Did It)” for POPSUGAR. You can also read the first chapter of his novel on his website.
Also, January 13 looks to be quite a day for the alumnae of UCRPD. First, join Kit-Bacon Gressitt and Sara Marchant as they commemorate the one-year anniversary of their lit journal WRITERS RESIST with a reading at Gatsby Books in Long Beach. Then, check out Angels Flight • Literary West’s women writers event, featuring Liska Jacobs, Natashia Deón, and Yennie Cheung at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles.
And, of course, congratulations to this December’s graduating class!