2018 was another amazing year for ye olde MFA program. Here’s a roundup of what happened in December, culled as ever by our friend Yennie Cheung:
Art Hanlon‘s essay “The Brilliant Present” has been included in the special mentions section of the 2019 Pushcart Prize anthology. The essay was originally published in NARRATIVE.
Ashley Mag Gabbert‘s poem “Orangutan” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by ANIMAL: A BEAST OF A LITERARY MAGAZINE. Her manuscript BLOW was named one of Slope Edition’s book prize finalists.
Darlene Kriesel‘s article “Adapted Living: Style & Design” ran in LA PARENT magazine and features the family of our own Natashia Deón.
Carol Park‘s documentary “Footsteps of Korean Americans” premiered at the UC Riverside campus on November 28.
Charles G Thompson‘s story “Two Kings” will be featured in the upcoming anthology MADE IN LA, VOL. 2.
Clarinda Ross‘s play LOVE, M. was published in both print and audio formats by the KENYON REVIEW.
Dorothy Rice‘s piece “Living the Dream” was featured in BREVITY.
Douglas Wood announced that he has signed with agent Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourrett.
Gallagher Lawson‘s critical essay “An Epidemic of Violence in DESTROY ALL MONSTERS” was published in Ploughshares.
Guy Nicolucci‘s Lifetime movie KILLER IN LAW is being broadcast in Europe.
Jalysa Conway was featured in a HOLLYWOOD REPORTER photo spread and article entitled “No More ‘We Can’t Find Any Black Female Writers’: Here Are 62 Scribes in One Photo.”
Jeff Meyers‘s movie MIMESIS: NOSFERATU screened at the Fanta Festival in Rome on December 8. Jeff also won Filmaka’s Fantasy Web Series competition and was awarded $25,000 to turn his pilot for THE CROOKED TOWER into an entire webseries.
Jenny Hayes‘s story “Going to Lake Anza” was published in GEOMETRY.
JoAnn Chaney recently sold the film rights for her upcoming second novel AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE to Made Up Stories. The book was named one of “Winter 2019’s Can’t-Miss Mysteries & Thrillers” by BOOKISH. CRIMINAL ELEMENT also published an excerpt from the book. BookBar in Denver will be hosting a dinner party to celebrate her book release on January 15. JoAnn’s first book, WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW, was released in paperback on December 4 and was featured in the PAPERBACK ROW section of THE NEW YORK TIMES.
Julia Watson-Foster co-wrote GODFALL, a community-focused role-playing game that launched on November 6.
Kaitlin Hulsy accepted a lecturer position in the composition department at Cal State University Bakersfield.
Kate Abbott‘s article “A Good Place: Under the Sea” was published in THE OUTLINE.
Kit-Bacon Gressitt introduced the WRITERS RESIST ANTHOLOGY reading at the Writers Center in Bethesda, MD on November 4.
Kristi Rabe‘s essay “Dear Man Whose Name I Forgot” was published by HERSTRY.
Lisa Quigley‘s short story “Birth” was published in UNNERVING‘s special Stephen King-themed issue. The magazine also interviewed her for the Christmas episode of their podcast. She and Mackenzie Kiera announced that they are the official podcasting partner of the Horror Writers Association’s Summer Scares Reading Program.
Liska Jacob‘s essay “Grief and Recovery in Thousand Oaks” was published in LIT HUB.
Luke Yankee‘s play, THE LAVENDER MAFIA is a semifinalist for the first ScreenCraft Stage Play Competition. Finalists and winners will be announced soon.
Mackenzie Kiera‘s essay “The Colors of Her Life” was published in THE MANIFEST-STATION.
Maggie Downs is back in MCSWEENEY’S with her piece “Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ as Written by Walt Whitman.” Her essay “What to Expect When You’re Unexpecting” was named one of MOTHERWELL’s most popular essays of 2018. An article on Maggie and her work was also featured in PALM SPRINGS LIFE. She also wrote a piece on Jesika von Rabbit entitled “Down the Rabbit Hole” for the same publication.
Mark Johnson‘s article “This Army Vet Died of an Overdose in His Jail Cell. He Deserved Better Than Laughter” was published by TASK AND PURPOSE.
Matthew Johnson‘s stories in the BLACKEST KNIGHT anthology (“Plainswalker” and “Death Becomes Him”) were reviewed by GRIMDARK MAGAZINE.
Max Gee‘s short film TERMINAL premiered in York on November 3. Her script HYDRANGEA was a nominee for Best Short Screenplay in the Genre Celebration Festival.
Natashia Deón will participate in the Writ Large Press event Drunken Masters: Love & Liberation on Thursday, January 24. She interviewed WELL READ BLACK GIRL’s Glory Edim at Scripps College on November 7, co-hosted the PEN America’s Litfest Gala in Beverly Hills on November 2, and was a guest speaker at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena. Her novel GRACE was also the subject of an essay in CRAFT.
Pam Munter‘s memoir AS ALONE AS I WANT TO BE was published by Adelaide Books on November 6. She had essays out in the SCARS PUBLICATION anthology NATURAL LIGHT (“Beverly Park”), HERSTRY (“Dear Miss Marshall“), and SCARLET LEAF (“Phantom at the Table,” which will be reprinted in SCARLET LEAF’s January anniversary issue). The essay “The Resistant Cancer of Misogyny” was accepted by WRITERS RESIST, and CULTURECULT accepted three of her essays, including “Channeling Doris Day,” which will appear in the magazine in early 2019.
Precious Rasheeda Muhammad‘s essay “Never Again: Why We Must Vote” was published in LIT HUB.
Ruth Nolan read her poetry at an event entitled “Fire and Rain” Ecopoetry of California” at the Coachella Valley Preserve Visitors Center on December 9.
Sandy Smith‘s story “The Werewolf of Kaltenbrun” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by SKY ISLAND JOURNAL.
Senta Scarborough was named a semifinalist in the Middlebury Script Lab fellowship.
S.H. Mansouri‘s short story “By Bread Alone” was published by AUTOMATA REVIEW.
Stephen Jay Schwartz served as editor of HOLLYWOOD VS THE AUTHOR, which was published by Rare Bird Books on November 13. He took part in a book release party at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles on November 14. The anthology received a review in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY.
Tiffany Hawk‘s story “You Deserve More” was released in the collection HONG KONG NOIR on December 4. She interviewed the editor of the collection, Susan Blumberg-Kason, for THE RUMPUS.
And, of course, congratulations to our Fall 2018 graduates!