July Student & Alum News

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Talent doesn’t take time off…or at least the talented folks from our program don’t! Here’s what some of them were up to in July. (And thanks, as ever, to Yennie Cheung for keeping track!)

Amy Reardon‘s interview with Tracy Strauss was published in The Rumpus.

Ashley Mag Gabbert‘s sonnet “Robin” was published in the Fiolet & Wing: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Poetry. She’ll be teaching undergraduate creative writing in the English department of Southern Methodist University this fall. This is in addition to her current responsibilities in the university’s graduate liberal studies program.


Bill Ratner‘s poem “Phoebe” appeared in KYSO Flash. He also participated in Shoot ‘Em Up!, a show that shows audience members the evolution of scripts into films, on July 17 at Angel City Brewing in Los Angeles.


Bryan Burch‘s play Inferno, an adaptation of The Divine Comedy, debuted on July 28 at the Island Shakespeare Festival in Langley, WA.


Carol Park announced that she has been hired as an adjunct faculty member at College of the Desert in Palm Desert in conjunction with her new position at California Indian Nations College.


Charles G. Thompson participated in the Made in LA anthology readings at LA’s Stories Books & Café on August 9 and Skylight Books on July 19.


Darlene Kriesel read at un::fade::able, a reading series that honors Sandra Bland, at Art Share LA on July 16.


David Martinez has been appointed to a full-time English/Creative Writing faculty position at Glendale Community College in Arizona. His essay “Saudade” was also published in Charge magazine.


David Olsen‘s literary journal Kelp launched on July 4 with a first issue that includes many UCR students and alums on staff: Oliver Brennan (Fiction Editor), A.E. Santana (True Horror Editor), Maria Duarte (Poetry Editor), A.M. Larks (Photo Editor), and Heather Wehland (Art Editor).


David Zimmerle‘s essay “The Baja Accord” appeared in Kelp. Another essay, “Mai Tais,” was published in The Surfer’s Journal.


Dorothy Rice appeared on Good Morning Washington to promote her new book Gray Is the New Black. Her story “Body Braille” was printed in Hippocampus. She was also interviewed by Longridge Review about her book, and she made two reading appearances in Santa Rosa, CA to promote her book: at the Flamingo Hotel on July 14 and at Copperfield Books on July 16.


Grace Jasmine‘s essay “I Was a 2019 Fringe Do-it-Yourself-er” appeared in the LA Female Playwrights Initiative on July 6.


Felicity Landa was interviewed by Lit Mag Love to discuss her role as fiction editor at Literary Mama.


J.D. Horn‘s book The King of Bones and Ashes is one of three finalists for the Shreve Memorial Library’s One Book One Parish campaign. Selection includes special programming and book club discussions of the book in twenty-one library branches in Shreveport, LA.


Jan Steele‘s debut novel, Shoes on the Stairs, was published by Acorn Publishing on July 27. She celebrated with a  signing at the Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble in San Diego the same day. She also spoke with Eclectic Evelyn, which ran a giveaway of her book.


Jalysa Conway participated at a San Diego Comic-Con panel on July 20 to discuss her contribution to the upcoming military veteran comic anthology Soldier Stories.


Jeff Meyer‘s film Mimesis: Nosferatu won the Golden Stake award for best feature at the International Vampire Film Festival in London. His screenplay The Exchange is currently a quarter finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship.


JoAnn Chaney announced the UK paperback cover for her second novel, As Long as We Both Shall Live. Celadon Books also named the novel in its article “10 Best Suspense Book of 2019 (So Far).”


Liska Jacobs‘s upcoming second book, The Worst Kind of Want, was named one of Literary Hub‘s most anticipated books of the year. The book is also the prize in a sweepstakes sponsored by Shelf Awareness.


Mackenzie Kiera‘s essay “The Death of Fear: My Bloody Valentine” ran in This Is Horror on July 25.


Max Gee‘s script Golems Inc was named a Screencraft screenplay competition finalist in science fiction. Her short film Terminal screened at the Palm Springs Queen Palm International Film Festival on July 14.


Pam Munter‘s essay “Passing It On” was reprinted in the summer issue of Culture Cult. Another essay, “Dead but Not Gone,” appears in the summer issue of the Remington Review.


Sara Marchant‘s essay “You’re Not from Here: A Memoirist Writes Through the Mudstorm” was published in Story News.


Tiffany Hawk spoke at the book launch of Judy Kundert’s Sky Queen at Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver on July 27.


Tom Mavroudis interviewed author Carter Wilson about his new book at BookBar in Denver on July 28.


Trai Cartwright taught a class entitled “The Top 10 Things Movies Can Teach Novelists.” At the Colorado Writing Workshop on July 27.


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