February Student & Alum News

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Another great month for the people of the MFA…here’s just a sampling of how the students and alums from this program are steadily taking over the world. (And thanks to Yennie Cheung for keeping track, as ever!)

Ashley Mag Gabbert‘s review of  Sarah Galvin’s UGLY TIME is up at GABBY. Her poetry manuscript BLOW was also named a semifinalist in the Black Lawrence Press Book Awards. She’ll also be teaching a class on writing through grief through Writing Workshops Dallas.

Bill Ratner read at Sacred Storytelling on February 25 in Los Angeles.

Carol Damgen‘s film THE INVISIBLE MAN in now an official selection of NoHo Cinefest. Her stage production of NOISES OFF also ran in Temecula, CA in February.

Clarinda Ross‘s play #GUNSENSE OR ILYSM was staged at the Region 8 Festival in Mesa, AZ as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s ten-minute play contest.

Cynthia Romanowski will be reading at Tongue & Groove as part of the Boca de Oro Literary Festival in Santa Ana, CA on March 3.

Darlene Kriesel will participate in THE TABLE reading series’ next event, “Making Room for Black Women,” on March 11 at the Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. She is also curating a discussion called “Breaking Tables” at the Boca de Oro Literary Festival in Santa Ana, CA on March 3.

Debbie Graber was a guest on the OTHERPPL podcast with Brad Listi.

Dorothy Rice‘s essay “Sewing Lessons” was published in issue 14 of RIPPLES, and another essay, “Prom and Other Stories,” was published by LONGRIDGE REVIEW. Her essay “In Photographs,” which came in second for the Kalinithi Award last month, is currently up on the Stanford Medicine website. She also has a flash fiction story currently longlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award (but we can’t announce the title yet).

Douglas Wood‘s short stories were read in the New Short Fiction series in North Hollywood on February 11.

Gail Mackenzie-Smith‘s essays “The Pedophile Next Door” and “The Pleasure of Not Giving a Damn” published by PURPLE CLOVER.

Grace Jasmine‘s short play MOTHER, SON; FATHER, DAUGHTER, premiered on February 10 as part of the Phoenix Art Museum/Now and Then Creative Company’s event PLAYing with Art. She also directed THE DRAWING LESSON by Andrea Markowitz for the same event, which won second place.

Heather Scott Partington reviewed THE WINTER STATION by Jody Shields for the WASHINGTON POST and RED CLOCKS by Leni Zumas for the LAS VEGAS WEEKLY.

Jalysa Conway spoke with actor Kevin McKidd at a screening and Q&A of her GREY’S ANATOMY episode “Danger Zone.” The February 7 event took place at the Writers Guild headquarters in Los Angeles.

Jenn-Anne Gledhill has resumed her column OLD SINGLE MOM for CHICAGO NOW.

Jenny Hayes read her work with the Seattle Fiction Federation at Hugo House on February 7 and the It’s About Time reading series on February 8.

JoAnn Chaney‘s WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW is now available in Italian as LE COSE CHE NON SAI.

John Flynn-York‘s review of THE RUIN OF KASCH by Roberto Calasso is up at FICTION ADVOCATE.

Karen Howes had a staged reading of her play BAD MOON RISING directed by Robert Bailey at the Skylight Theater in Los Angeles on February 1 and 5.

Kathryn E. McGee has been tapped to host The Thing in the Labyrinth, a monthly horror book club at the Last Bookstore in DTLA. The first meeting takes place on March 25 and will discuss THE JOB OF THE WASP by Colin Winnette.

Kit-Bacon Gressitt and Sara Marchant‘s WRITERS RESIST have announced a call for submissions for the lit journal’s first anthology, WRITERS RESIST AN ANTHOLOGY: BECAUSE WRITING IS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE, due out this October through Running Wild Press. You can also see them lead a WRITERS RESIST discussion at Boca de Oro Literary Festival in Santa Ana, CA on March 3.

Lia Langworthy read at the ANGELS FLIGHT • LITERARY WEST salon “Black Resistance in the Time of Trump” on February 24. She was also named a semifinalist in the Universal Writers Program competition.

Lilliana Winkworth‘s web series KILL ME premiered on February 11.

Lisa Quigley and Mackenzie Cox‘s podcast LADIES OF THE FRIGHT debuted this month. Mackenzie also had an article published in THE MIGHTY called “When I Believed I Was Simply ‘Not Smart.’

Liska Jacobs was featured on the OTHERPPL podcast with Brad Listi and in the COACHELLA VALLEY WEEKLY. She also had two Southern California speaking engagements—Writers Read at the Fallbrook Library on February 6 and the San Clemente Friends of the Library’s Meet the Authors luncheon on February 24—to discuss her book, CATALINA.

Maggie Downs‘s essay “What to Expect When You Are Unexpecting” was published by MOTHERWELL.

Mark Johnson‘s article “A Message To The High School Teacher Who Called Service Members The ‘Lowest Of Our Low’” was printed in TASK & PURPOSE.

Max Gee‘s web series TALES OF BACON received a write-up in THE FLANEUR. STANDING WOMAN, a short film she wrote, made it to the semifinals of the ScreenCraft Film Fund. Also, her play SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SPECKLED BAND has been picked up for production by the Genesian Theater in Sydney, Australia. The play is an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Dolye’s story “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.”

Michael Morshed‘s short story “Tennis” was published on the Akashic Books website.

Natashia Deón was a judge at the Drunken Masters literary event entitled “Ghost Stories” on February 15. She’s also slated to lecture and workshop at Phoenix College in Arizona on April 19.

Pam Munter had two essays reprinted in THE CREATIVE TRUTH: “Passing It On” and “Dear Adam.” Her essay “Becoming a Real Girl” will be reprinted in THE ADELAIDE VOICES ESSAY ANTHOLOGY and is shortlisted for the Adelaide Voices Essay Award. The essay was originally printed in BIOSTORIES.

S.H. Mansouri‘s story “Inside the Glass” was published by SPECULATIVE CITY, and another story called “Eternal Things” was published by OUTLOOK SPRINGS.

Sara Marchant announced that her novella THE DRIVEWAY HAS TWO SIDES will be published on July 11 by Fairlight Books.

Sarah Sheppeck produced and starred in the rock opera ELTON LEE ROTH & THE SOUL SISTERS OF LOVE, which premiered at MAGICOPOLIS on February 18 in Santa Monica, CA.

Suzy Fincham-Gray‘s upcoming nonfiction debut, MY PATIENTS AND OTHER ANIMALS, received positive reviews in both KIRKUS and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. The book will be released April 10 from Spiegel & Grau.

Theresa Corigliano will be teaching a TV/Film class called PR Boot Camp for Writers for UCLA Extension in the spring.

Tyrell Johnson‘s book THE WOLVES OF WINTER lead a list of BUZZFEED’s “5 Reads for Fans of the Walking Dead.” Ty also appeared at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on February 11, in conversation with our director, Tod Goldberg.

Yennie Cheung will moderate ANGELS FLIGHT • LITERARY WEST salon with authors Cari Lynn (BECOMING MS. BURTON) and Christine Pelisek (THE GRIM SLEEPER) on March 3 at the Last Bookstore.

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