January was a month filled with the usual awesome success of our students and alums. Here’s a brief rundown of the cool things our people have going on. And thanks, as ever, to Yennie Cheung for keeping it all recorded!
Amie Charney‘s short story “The Red” was accepted by AS YOU WERE.
Annemarie Hauser accepted a job working for the LA Times Festival of Books.
Ashley Mag Gabbert was interviewed by CARVE, which published her poem “Dark Matter” in their Winter 2018 issue. She was also the featured poet in 1932 QUARTERLY, which features text and audio of her poem “David. Her book BLOW was named a semifinalist for the Miller Williams Prize (U of Arkansas Press—finalists pending) and the St. Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press). She also has poems forthcoming in UNDERBLONG, WHISKEY ISLAND, and THE BOILER JOURNAL. She also be a panelisy at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in early May.
Carol Damgen directed and produced a reading of INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE, a play by nonfiction professor Deanne Stillman, on January 6 at the California Theatre in San Bernardino.
Carol Park was in South Korea, where she gave a lecture at Pukyong National University in Busan about the LA Riots and her book, MEMOIR OF A CASHIER. The university’s JOURNAL OF GLOBAL AND AREA STUDIES published her academic paper “Reflections on Migration and Economic Globalization: The 1992 L.A. Riots & the Korean American Community.” She also lectured at the National Youth Policy Institute in Sejong.
Charles G. Thompson launched the inaugural classes of Pen & Paper Writing Workshops, offering classes in fiction, nonfiction (with Sara Marchant), and screenwriting (with Senta Scarborough). He’ll be reading at Writers Read at the Fallbrook Library in Fallbrook, CA June 12, 2018, 6-7:30 pm.
Dorothy Rice has a flash nonfiction piece called “The Echo” in the anthology FLASH, I LOVE YOU! from Paper Swans Press. Her essay “In Photographs” also placed second for the Kalinithi Award me will be published in THE PEGASUS REVIEW. Another essay entitled “Prom and Other Fairy Tales” was accepted by LONGRIDGE REVIEW.
Eli Ryder and John Flynn-York launched their own literary journal called AUTOMATA. Their first publication is an essay by fiction professor Stephen Graham Jones called “Why I Write.”
Grace Jasmine‘s essay “48 Hours” was published in MEMOIR. She has also been asked to direct a short play, THE DRAWING LESSON by Andrea Markowitz, for the Phoenix Art Museum. The play will premiere on February 10, the same day as Grace’s own play, MOTHER, SON; FATHER, DAUGHTER, premieres at the same museum.
Jalysa Conway announced that she will be in conversation with actor Kevin McKidd to screen and discuss “Danger Zone,” the first episode of GREY’S ANATOMY written by her. The event takes at the Writers Guild headquarters in Los Angeles on February 7 and is hosted the by US Veterans’ Artists Alliance and the Writers Guild. Filming on Jalysa’s second episode of GREY’S wraps on February 2.
JoAnn Chaney‘s WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW is now available in paperback in the UK (the US paperback publishes in late May). She also announced that her next book, AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE, will be released by Flatiron Books this September.
Kat Kiefer-Newman‘s essay “Tourist Rules” was published by BEAUTIFUL LOSERS. Another essay called “Baby Brother” ran in ADELAIDE.
Kathryn E. McGee and Yennie Cheung‘s book DTLA/37: DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IN THIRTY-SEVEN STORIES was featured as a cover story of DOWNTOWN NEWS.
Kit-Bacon Gressitt and Sara Marchant commemorated the one-year anniversary of their lit journal WRITERS RESIST with a reading at Gatsby Books in Long Beach on January 13, which included readings from Annie Connole, Charles G Thompson, Douglas Wood, and Tarra Stevenson. K-B also hosted a reading at the Fallbook Library in support of the anthology NOT MY PRESIDENT: THE ANTHOLOGY OF DISSENT, which features work by K-B and Natashia Deón.
Lee Michael Cohn‘s film BACHELOR LIONS premiered in Hollywood at the Cinerama Dome on January 9. A film written by Lee and Jeff Eyres, CELEBRITY RELAPSE, is on the production slate with RiverRock Films. Lee is also contracted to co-write a film with the head of RiverRock, Paul Bunch.
Leigh Raper‘s essay “Righteous Breaks” was published in ANGELS FLIGHT • LITERARY WEST.
Lia Langworthy began teaching her first class at UCLA Extension in January.
Lisa Quigley accepted a job teaching Publishing, Editing, & Design and Intro to English Lit at Union County College in Cranford, NJ. She will also have an interview with Jeff Strand in this year’s StokerCon anthology/souvenir book. Lisa and Mackenzie Cox also announced that they’ve started their own podcast, LADIES OF THE FRIGHT.
Liska Jacobs‘s novel CATALINA was featured in AM New York’s article “Escapist reads for those stuck in the city this winter.” She, Natashia Deón, and Yennie Cheung also read at the ANGELS FLIGHT • LITERARY WEST salon Year of the Woman: Writing for Change at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. She also sold the rights to CATALINA to a publisher in Slovenia and recorded an episode for UCLA Extension’s new podcast THE WRITE WAY. She’ll also be at the LA TIMES Festival of Books this April.
Mackenzie Cox reviewed THE GIRL IN THE TOWER by Katherine Arden for DWARF + GIANT. She’ll also have an interview with Ramsey Campbell in this year’s StokerCon anthology/souvenir book.
Maggie Downs had a humor piece called “Discover Your Bathroom!” in MCSWEENEY’S INTERNET TENDENCY.
Max Gee‘s web series TALES OF BACON launched in January with a re-release of the pilot episode, “Witch.” A new episode airs every Thursday.
Several of Pam Munter‘s essays were published in January: “Beverly Park” (DOWN IN THE DIRT) , “Frances” (SCARLET LEAF REVIEW), and “Finding the Keys Again” (LITERARY YARD). She also received acceptances for the essays “Romancing New York” (printing in the winter issues of WILLOW), “My Hollywood, Once” (printing in SOMERSET REVIEW in March), and “Losing Linda” (LUNARIS), as well as the short story “Phantom at the Table” (LITERARY EARTH).
Tom Mavroudis read from his story “Terror from the 50-Yard Line” in the anthology TERROR IN 16 BITS at Book Bar in Denver on January 6.
S.H. Mansouri has a microfiction piece called “Squab” in SPECULATIVE 66.
Sami Jankins‘s TINY TIM LITERARY REVIEW was mentioned in the AEROGRAMME WRITERS’ STUDIOS article “10 Literary Magazines Curated by and for People with Disabilities.”
Sara Marchant‘s short stories were read by actors at the New Short Fiction Reading Series in North Hollywood on January 14. She also had an essay in DESERT magazine called “Time passes slower in the desert, but grief does not.” VOGUE also featured the anthology she’s in, ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING, in its article “7 Nonfiction Books to Change Your Life in 2018.”
Trai Cartwright was one of three featured guests at the Denver Media Professionals event “Crush It in 2018 – Tips, Resources and Strategies for Film and Video” on January 9. She also announced she’ll be teaching Arts and Culture Entrepreneurism at Denver University this year, and she’ll be an instructor at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in April 27-29.
Tyrell Johnson‘s debut novel THE WOLVES OF WINTER was published by Simon & Schuster (Canada), Scribner (US), and HarperCollins (Germany) on January 2. It became an instant bestseller in Canada, debuting at #10 in fiction and #4 in Canadian fiction. Ty and the book were featured on CBC, the CTV’s YOUR MORNING, Global News, and CASTANET, as well as in VOGUE. He held a launch party at Mosaic Books in Kelowna, BC on January 6 and also appeared at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle on January 19. He’ll also be joined by program director Tod Goldberg for a signing at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on February 11.
Xach Fromson’s Shades and Shadows reading series will host a panel at the Last Bookstore during the LA TIMES Festival of Books.