June Student & Alum Success!

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It was another big month for our students and alums! Here’s just a taste of some of the big news from the last month…and thanks, as ever, to Yennie Cheung for compiling it all!

Amy Reardon‘s interview with Christian Keifer was published in THE ADROIT JOURNAL.


Ashley Mag Gabbert‘s interview with Jane Wong was published in UNDERBLONG—her first for the journal, where she serves as the interviews editor. She was also interviewed by WAVELENGTH.


Carol Park‘s textbook KOREAN AMERICANS: A CONCISE HISTORY was published on June 3 in English by the YOK Center at UC Riverside and in Korean by the Korea University Press. Carol has also accepted a position as an Academic Administrative Associate at the California Indian Nations College in Palm Desert.


Collin Mitchell‘s story “Haircuts” was published in PCC INSCAPE.


Clarinda Ross‘s play #GUNSENSE was read at Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, CA on June 8, performed by students from the school and Cal Lutheran University, as well as professional actors.


Dorothy Rice‘s book GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK was published by Otis Books · Seismicity Editions. She celebrated with a book launch and signing at 916 Ink in Sacramento on June 30. Her flash fiction story “Five Points of View” was published by FLASHFLOOD.


Francesca Lia Block‘s novel WEETZIE BAT was featured in the New York Public Library’s article “Librarians on Meaningful Books in Their LGBTQ Journeys.”


Grace Jasmine‘s play THE MASHER debuted at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and received the Encore Award. Grace was interviewed by FANBASE PRESS about the production. The play was also reviewed in the TOLUCAN TIMES.


Heather Scott Partington‘s review of MOSTLY DEAD THINGS by Kristen Arnett was published in the STAR TRIBUTE.


J.D. Horn‘s novel THE FINAL DAYS OF MAGIC, the last book in his WITCHES OF NEW ORLEANS trilogy, was published on June 18 by 47North. He was also interviewed by LEFT OF STRAIGHT.


JoAnn Chaney‘s second novel, AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE, was named one of the best crime novels of the year so far by CRIMEREADS. She also revealed the cover of the US paperback edition, due out June 2020. Her first novel, WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW, was named in the O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE article “12 of the Best Recent Mystery Novels That Will Get Your Blood Racing.”


Katherine MacDonald has been promoted to Senior Vice President at Paramount Animation.

Kathryn E. McGee‘s short story “The Unboxing” was published in AUTOMATA REVIEW. Her book club at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles was also featured in the cover story of DOWNTOWN NEWS.


Lee Cataluna‘s play FLOWERS OF HAWAII was performed at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego on June 1 as part of the Gene Autry Museum’s Native Voices 25th Anniversary Festival of New Plays.


Lisa Quigley and Mackenzie Kiera‘s LADIES OF THE FRIGHT podcast was mentioned in the BOOK RIOT article “I Stuck a Book in My Freezer: Resources for New Horror Readers.”


Liska Jacobs‘s upcoming novel, THE WORST KIND OF WANT, was selected by Powell’s as a staff pick.


Luke Yankee‘s play CONFESSIONS OF A STAR MAKER won the stageplay competition for the Moondance International Film Festival.


Maggie Downs wrote a profile director of Tod Goldberg in PALM SPRINGS LIFE.


Mark Takano penned an opinion piece for Riverside’s PRESS-ENTERPRISE entitled “The heavy burden of rent in Riverside County.”


Max Gee‘s short film TERMINAL played at the High Peak Independent Film Festival’s “Best of the North” screening on June 16 in New Mills, England.


Natashia Deón appeared at the writers’ group Women Who Submit on June 8 for a talk entitled “Finding an Agent and What I Never Knew until It Happened.”


Pam Munter read from her memoir AS ALONE AS I WANT TO BE at the Red Room in New York City on June 7.


Sara Marchant‘s flash fiction story “Letter from the Bereaved” was published in the anthology ON LOSS on June 23.


Stephen Jay Schwartz was interviewed by BLOG TALK RADIO‘s Fran Lewis about the anthology he edited, HOLLYWOOD VERSUS THE AUTHOR. The adaptation of his novel BOULEVARD screened at the New York Shorts International Film Festival on June 3.


Susan Ruskin was named the dean of the AFI Conservatory in Hollywood.


Tom Mavroudis‘s story “A Pantheon of Trash” was published in the Wildside Press anthology WEIRDBOOK #41.


Travis Hedge Coke‘s Story “En Passant” was published in the SOUTH DAKOTA REVIEW Vol. 54, #3 & 4. He also guest lectured on the UCR main campus on June 25 and 27, speaking on Indigenous representation in media and working as a Native critic.


Xach Fromson has accepted a job as a book distribution specialist at Book Launchers in Los Angeles. He was also interviewed by BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU DREAM.


And, of course, congratulations to our Spring 2019 graduates!

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