Learn From The Best…Of 2012

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We’ve got an accomplished bunch of professors at UCR Palm Desert, perhaps because they aren’t just teachers, they’re first and foremost professional writers. And like most years, 2012 was a pretty good one for our faculty. Here are some of the accolades our faculty received last year…and if you’d like to learn from them starting in Spring 2013, you have until February 1st to apply for our next cohort.

Elizabeth Crane’s “revelatory” novel We Only Know Much earns huge praise in the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus and more

Jill Alexander Essbaum earned the only NEA for poetry in the entire UC system…and the second of her career. 

Charles Evered’s “Looking Again” was named one of the Best Ten Minute Plays of 2012 by Smith & Kraus, while his film A Thousand Cuts was released to wide-acclaim.

Tod Goldberg had new work in Hobart, the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, as well as starting the popular podcast Literary Disco…and a few other things, too.

Stephen Graham Jones found his books on a slew of best-of lists, including: Spinetingler, LitReactor and Bloody Disgusting and was named one of the best books of the summer by the LA Times.

Mary Otis’ story “Where We Missed Was Everywhere”…or at least a sentence of it…is animated in this great short film from Electric Literature

William Rabkin’s episode of The Glades, “Old Times”, was one of the top rated of the year and his book Writing The Pilot has spent the last year as one of the bestselling screenwriting books.

Emily Rapp was named a “Face to Watch” by the Los Angeles Times for her upcoming memoir The Still Point of the Turning World, her essay “Transformation and Transcendence” was named one of the Best Articles of 2012 by the Huffington Post and TIME named her blog one of the 25 Best of the Year.

Rob Roberge’s serialized memoir “Your Life In Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll” was featured on The Rumpus…and you can see him read a bit of it here:

John Schimmel’s Tony-nominated musical Pump Boys & Dinettes gets primed for a return to Broadway, while John’s screenwriting book will be released in 2013.

Mark Haskell Smith’s Heart of Dankness ended up on several best of the year lists, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Lonely Planet, and here he is talking about it:

Deanne Stillman’s Desert Reckong was named one of the Best Books of the Year and a  Rolling Stone “Must Read” of the Summer and received glowing notices in the LA Review of Books, Denver Post, and many more.

David Ulin’s latest book, Labyrinth, was just released…and his weekly writing on books in the Los Angeles Times, where he’s Book Critic, included some of the most talked about book discussions of the year, including this recent piece on Jack Kerouac.

Mary Yukari Waters was the Jean Drahmann Writer-in-Residence at St. Louis University and was recently the subject of a rather exhaustive examination in Asian American Literature.

Matthew Zapruder had new work in the innovative Pink Thunder, as well as poems in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Academy of American Poets, and PEN, among many others, including on PBS:

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