Every month is a pretty good month for the students and alums of the MFA program. February has a little bit of everything! Thanks to Yennie Cheung for compiling the news…and if you have something to report, let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amie Heasley Charney read from her novel manuscript DRAWN TO LOVE at the San Antonio Writers Guild Awards on February 7, where the story recently won first place.
Anne-Liisa M. Larks‘s essay “All I Needed for 2018 Was a Knife and a Heart Emoji” was published in SCOUNDREL TIME.
Annemarie Hauser was named the Programming and Audience Development Coordinator for the LOS ANGELES TIMES Events team.
David Martinez‘s essay “Just a Flesh Wound” was published in ANTI-HEROIN CHIC.
Dein Sofley‘s poem “Reparative Therapy” was published by WRITERS RESIST.
Francesca Lia Block was the featured guest at UCR Palm Desert’s Arts & Letters series on February 27.
Jenn-Anne Gledhill‘s OLD SINGLE MOM article ” Life lessons from a dollar store clerk: ‘Watch your mind, ma’am'” was named one of CHICAGO NOW’s 20 best posts from January 2019.
JoAnn Chaney‘s novel AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE was featured four times in THE NEW YORK TIMES: in an article on new thrillers, in the Book Review’s “9 New Books We Recommend This Week,” and in the Book Review’s podcast twice. JoAnn was also interviewed by THE SENTRY.
John Mattson‘s short story “Figure & Ground,” which won the R.M. Kinder Award for Realistic Fiction, has been published in issue 39.1 of PLEIADES.
Juniper Moon‘s panel proposal, “Queering Literature: Both/and in the Creation of a Human Medium,” was accepted for the Theorizing the Web conference at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Kaitlin Hulsy was hired as a faculty advisor in the Bakersfield College Writing Center in Bakersfield, CA. She also performed at Bakersfield’s first all female stand-up comedy night, produced by DLG Productions.
Kathryn E. McGee was interviewed for Sara Tantlinger‘s blog to celebrate women in horror.
Liska Jacobs selected her “Five Books by Women to Help You Through Difficult Times” to ELECTRIC LITERATURE. She was also featured on the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program podcast THE WRITE PROCESS.
Maggie Downs appeared at the La Quinta Book Fest on February 2.
Max Gee‘s short film TERMINAL was selected for the Starburst International Film Festival in Manchester, UK this March.
Natashia Deón announced the launch of her newest literary reading series, the Release. Co-produced by our own Darlene Kriesel, the Release celebrates the book launch of a featured writer and includes readings by other members of the writing community. The inaugural event takes place May 25 at the Virgil in Los Angeles, and it will include MFA alums Jeff Eyres and Yennie Cheung. Natashia also served as a fiction judge for this year’s LOS ANGELES TIMES Book Prize.
Pam Munter‘s memoir AS ALONE AS I WANT TO BE was reviewed in KIRKUS.
Ruth Nolan‘s opinion piece “Are great draws like Coachella and DesertX crowding out what makes our desert great?” was published in the DESERT SUN. She was also one of the featured writers at UCR’s Writers Week Conference.
Sara Marchant‘s memoir PROOF OF LOSS was published by Otis Books/Seismicity Editions on February 5. She and Kit-Bacon Gressitt held a reading for their WRITERS RESIST anthology at Book Show on February 2, which featured alums Katie Thomason and Charles G. Thompson.
William Hillyard read from his book WELCOME TO WONDER VALLEY on February 2 at the Wonder Valley Community Center. The event was featured in DESERT TRAIL.