July Student & Alumni News

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Thanks to esteemed alum Yennie Cheung who tracks this for us each month! July, as ever, has been a great month for our alums and students:


– This month in our never-ending quest for WORLD DOMINATION: JoAnn Chaney‘s novel WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW is now available in Polish.

Jeff Meyers had a short story called “Every Body Dies” published in the anthology THE BIG BOOK OF BOOTLEG HORROR, VOL. 1.

Michele Lombardo had a short story called “The Literary Journal Editor” published in CRACK THE SPINE.

Dein Softley‘s prose poem “Love Letter to Chicago” ran in WRITERS RESIST.

Art Hanlon‘s essay “The Brilliant Present” ran as a Story of the Week in NARRATIVE.

Gail Mackenzie-Smith‘s in PURPLE CLOVER again this month with three essays called “My Funeral Dress,” “The Kids Are All Right,” and “The Late-Life Crisis.”

Kate Abbott‘s essay “Helping My Son Choose Between the Cub Scouts and His Beliefs about God” was published by LONGREADS.

Sara Marchant had an essay called “Women in Parking Lots” published at ROAR.

Ruth Nolan‘s story “Treasured tales illuminate the enduring allure of a Mojave Desert road trip” was published by Riverside’s PRESS-ENTERPRISE newspaper.

Natashia Deón had an article up in LENNY LETTER called “Does the Church Have the Answer to Our Political Turmoil?”

Matthew Johnson wrote a post called “Nine Key Factors in the Making of a Myth: Creating Gods in Fiction” for the blog of author Ivy Logan.

Gallagher Lawson reviewed Eugene Lim’s novel DEAR CYBORGS for Ploughshares.

Heather Scott Partington interviewed our very own Elizabeth Crane for the LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS.

– And then there are all the things Pam Munter did this month:

* A short essay called “Fascinating Me: Writing in an Age of Narcissism” ran in THE WRITERS NEWSLETTER.

* The essay “Echoes of Doris Day” ran in NIXES MATE.

* Another essay called “Liz” was published in REMEMBERED ARTS.

* The essay “Growing Up Alone” was published by I COME FROM THE WORLD.

* A review of the book THE GATEKEEPERS was published by FOURTH & SYCAMORE.




– The musical SENECA FALLS, written by Karen Howes, debuted this month in Margaretville, NY.

George Morgan‘s play THE WIGGLE ROOM opened this month at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in New York City.

– The Pacific Resident Theater in Venice, CA staged a reading of Clarinda Ross‘s LOVE, M. She also performed at the LA Women’s Theater Festival for its program DEFINING MOMENTS.

– Also in readings, Mickey Birnbaum‘s latest play, NIGHT DUST JOURNEY, had a staged reading at the Boston Court New Play Reading Festival in Pasadena, where Mickey also participated in the symposium, “Writing the Unusual: Representing the Known World in Unfamiliar Ways.”

Luke Yankee wrote and directed the FAME 35th anniversary reunion event that took place at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.



Ashley Gabbert‘s manuscript BLOW was a semi-finalist for the Agape Editions NOLO Prize and made it to the final cuts at C&R Press.

– The Dayton Theater Guild won a regional Ohio Community Theater Association Award for their production of Luke Yankee‘s THE LAST LIFEBOAT.



Charles G. Thompson‘s short stories were read by actors at the New Short Fiction reading series in North Hollywood.

Max Gee showed a sneak peak of her short film TERMINAL at the Northern Power Women conference in Leeds, UK, where she also spoke about women in film.

Darlene Kriesel anchored the first ever Dirty Laundry Lit – Orange County reading (produced and hosted by our own Natashia Deón) and brought the house down.

– Speaking of Natashia, she also spoke at the Idyllwild Arts Writing Workshops and debuted her new literary series, The Table, here in LA.

– And immediately after The Table, Xach Fromson moderated Jennifer Brody’s book launch up the street at Skylight Books.

– Then later in the month, Xach and Yennie Cheung read at Tongue & Groove in Hollywood.

Carol Park was a panelist on a program called “After the Rebellion, Rebuild LA and Reconciliation” at the California African American Museum in LA on July 25.

Ashley Gabbert talked us up at a roundtable discussion about MFA programs at Deep Vellum books, sponsored by Writing Workshops Dallas.



– Congrats to Jenny Zimmerman Manley, who will start teaching high school English this upcoming school year.



– Important news: Suzy Fincham-Gray‘s upcoming memoir, CHASING ZEBRAS, is now available for preorder. The book will be released April 10, 2018 from Random House.

Grace Jasmine‘s F**KED UP FAIRY TALES was reviewed in West Hollywood’s WEHO TIMES. The play, as well as her play SYBIL’S CLOSET, was also streamed as part of the Stages Festival. Grace also taped an interview with her composer, David Anthony, that aired during the festival.

– INVISIBLE, the documentary on which Sami Jankins serves as an associate producer, released some film footage for the first time as part of its fundraising campaign.

Liska Jacobs and her upcoming novel, CATALINA, got a shout out in the LA TIMES this week as it covered her publishing house, MCD. CATALINA also is a current staff pick at Powell’s. Portland peeps, be sure to swing by in November to take a picture and tell everyone you know her.



Tom Mavroudis‘s got a story called “Terror from the 50-Yard Line” in the upcoming video game horror anthology TERROR IN 16-BITS, which will be available later this month.

Pam Munter‘s essay “Grace” was accepted by ANOMALY for its fall publication.

Carol Park will be in Portland Sept. 8-10, where she’ll take part in the Korean American Coalition National Conference and sign copies of MEMOIR OF A CASHIER.

– We’ve got at least two UCRPD-associated panels happening at the North Hollywood LitCrawl this October. Ruth Nolan‘s UCR-focused reading will feature Douglas Wood, Darlene Kriesel, George Morgan, Yennie Cheung, and main campus professor Alison Hedgecoke. Xach Fromson‘s Shades & Shadows series will also have a showcase that features, among others, friend of the program Ben Loory.

Heather Scott Partington will be interviewing MFA director Tod Goldberg at Diesel Bookstore in Oakland after GANGSTER NATION comes out.

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