March Student & Alum News

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Another month of huge success. That’s just how it goes…

And, as ever, thanks to Yennie Cheung for compiling this list!

Adam Sullivan‘s nonfiction piece was published in the TAMPA REVIEW.

Anna Hozian wrote a two-minute PSA called Different This Year in support of March for Our Lives.

Ashley Mag Gabbert‘s poem “Snow Globe” was published in BOILER PLATE. She has also completed her Ph.D. at Texas Tech University, just in time for her to start teaching creative writing with the Graduate Department of Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University.

Ashley Santana performed one of her essays, “To My Cat: Thank You for Loving Me,” at the Coachella Valley Storytellers Project event held at the UCR Palm Desert campus on March 19.

Carol Damgen directed a production of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which opened on March 16 at Cal Arts.

Clarinda Ross staged a free reading of her play #gunsense on March 24 at the Los Angeles Theater Center, immediately after the March for Our Lives rally in Downtown Los Angeles.

Cynthia Romanowski read at Tongue & Groove as part of the Boca de Oro Literary Festival in Santa Ana, CA on March 3.

Darlene Kriesel‘s article “America, Don’t Give Me a Gun: Love, a Teacher” was published in ARGOT. She also participated in THE TABLE reading series’ event “Making Room for Black Women,” on March 11 at the Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. and curated a discussion called “Breaking Tables” at the Boca de Oro Literary Festival in Santa Ana, CA on March 3.

Deedie Runkel announced that her memoir SCONE BY SCONE: TALES FROM AN INNKEEPER’S LIFE will be released on April 10.

Dorothy Rice had her short story “All Along the Wonder Wires” published in CABINET OF HEED.

Douglas Wood‘s short story “Riverbend Anthology” was published by CONNOTATION PRESS, which also ran an interview with him and a video of Doug reading his work.

Eli Ryder received an honorable mention in the ON THE PREMISES short story contest. His piece, “The Only Thing That Matters,” will be published in the journal in April. Another story called ” A Quiet Street” also received an honorable mention in the Roswell Awards.

Francesca Lia Block will celebrate the release of her new memoir, THE THORN NECKLACE: HEALING THROUGH WRITING AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS, with an event at Diesel Bookstore in Los Angeles on May 1.

Gail Mackenzie-Smith‘s essay “On Dying and Little Dogs” was published by THE MANIFEST-STATION.

Grace Jasmine‘s essay “Your Order Is Up” was accepted for publication by HELIX.

Jalysa Conway wrote a second episode of GREY’S ANATOMY entitled “Caught Somewhere in Time,” which aired on ABC March 22.

Jeff Meyers‘s script THE EXCHANGE came in first place at the Cinequest Film Festival‘s screenplay competition.

John Flynn-York‘s review of GRAFFITI PALACE by A.G. Lombardo ran in the LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS.

Kaitlin Hulsy‘s flash fiction story “Golden Wheels” has been accepted by STORYLAND LITERARY REVIEW for publication in April.

Kathryn E. McGee and Yennie Cheung‘s book DTLA/37: DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IN THIRTY-SEVEN STORIES was featured in DTLA LIFE MAG‘s March 2018 issue. They also had separate events at the Last Bookstore in March: Kathryn hosted the first month of the horror book club, The Thing in the Labyrinth, and Yennie moderated an ANGELS FLIGHT • LITERARY WEST salon with authors Cari Lynn and Christine Pelisek.

Laura Jo Provost‘s poem “Preamble Ramble” was accepted for the upcoming WRITERS RESIST anthology. This is her first publication in poetry.

Lia Langworthy has signed on as a writer for the CBS soap opera THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

Lisa Quigley and Mackenzie Kiera‘s podcast LADIES OF THE FRIGHT received a shout-out as one of horror writer Kendra Temples’s “4 Podcasts for Horror and Weird Fiction Readers.” Temples even singles out the episode featuring our own Kathryn E. McGee as one to check out.

Liska Jacobs contributed an entry to WORK IN PROGRESS’s Developing Stories series with a photo essay about a day with her twin sister in Los Angeles. She announced she’ll be reading at Third Place Books in Seattle on April 2, and at a LOS ANGELES TIMES Festival of Books panel called “Crime Fiction: The Dark Side” with Janelle Brown, T. Jefferson Parker, and Antoine Wilson on April 22. An interview with Liska also ran in MINOR LITERATURES, and her novel, CATALINA, was also reviewed in SAN DIEGO CITY BEAT by friend of the program Jim Ruland.

Luke Yankee announced that he’ll be teaching Film Appreciation at Citrus College in Glendora, CA starting this spring. He’s also one of the talent coordinators for The Actors Fund’s final episode reading of SCANDAL at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, featuring Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington. Look for him in the fall directing a production of Alan Ball’s FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS.

Maggie Downs has an article in the April edition of PALM SPRINGS LIFE called “Music and Magic in the Mojave.” Her essay from essay “What to Expect When You Are Unexpecting” (published in MOTHERWELL last month) has also been picked up by Gannett.

The pilot of Max Gee‘s web series TALES OF BACON was screened as part of REEL WOMEN, a short film event that showcases female filmmakers in Cambridge, UK.

Michelle Castillo was featured in the PALMS SPRINGS LIFE article “State of the Art.” The magazine is also honoring Michelle as one of their 2018 Women Who Lead for her work with Wyld Womxn, a Feminist Artists’ Collective.

Natashia Deón published an article called “Drunk-Girls Bible Study,” about her new podcast of the same name, in LENNY LETTER.

Pam Munter announced that she has signed a book contract with Adelaide Books, which will publish her my memoir, AS ALONE AS I WANT TO BE. She also had three essays published in March: “Thoughts on Being a Memoirist” (in THE WRITERS NEWSLETTER), “Romancing New York” (in the inaugural issue of WILLOW), and “My Hollywood, Once” (in THE SUMMERSET REVIEW). Plus, a reading of her new play THAT SCREWY, BALLYHOOEY HOLLYWOOD will be staged at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis on April 3. Pam was also interviewed in THE QUIET LETTER.

Ruth Nolan has been accepted to the Breadloaf Environmental Writers workshop, which takes place June 1-7. She also presented a lecture entitled “Fire on the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts & Mountains of Inland Southern California” at the Inlandia Institute in Riverside on March 4. She and professor Rob Roberge also participated in a panel called “By One’s Own Hand: Writing About Suicide Loss” at AWP in Tampa on March 10.

S.H. Mansouri‘s story “Beyond the Great Divide” (originally published in CIRSOVA) was named a finalist in the Ursa Major Awards for best short fiction. Another story called “Imagine All the Insects” was picked up by Red Rabbit Publishing for an upcoming anthology.

Sara Marchant and Kit-Bacon Gressitt led a WRITERS RESIST discussion at Boca de Oro Literary Festival in Santa Ana, CA on March 3. WRITERS RESIST was also mentioned in poet Trish Hopkinson’s list “22 lit mags/journals to send your current event poems.” Sara’s story “People, Continued” was also published by JEWISH FICTION.

Stephen Jay Schwartz and program director Tod Goldberg participated in a panel entitled ” A Life of Crime: Writing at the Dark End of the Street” at AWP in Tampa on March 10.

Suzy Fincham-Gray‘s upcoming memoir MY PATIENTS AND OTHER ANIMALS received a starred review from Booklist. She’ll also celebrate her book release on April 10 with an event at Warwick’s in La Jolla, CA.

Tom Provost participated in two panels at AWP in Tampa: “Screenwriting: Introducing Your Protagonist” on March 9 and ” Eight Mistakes Screenwriters Make and How to Fix Them” on March 10.

Tyrell Johnson‘s book THE WOLVES OF WINTER was named one of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S “10 best new thrillers to read this spring.” Ty read at Mosaic Books in Kelowna, BC on March 13 and Village Books in Bellingham, Washington on March 16 in support of his book. He also penned an article called “‘Writing The Wolves of Winter:’ How I Turned A Quagmire of Questions Into My First Novel” for BOOK TRIB.

Xach Fromson announced the lineup for his Shades and Shadows reading series’ special LOS ANGELES TIMES Festival of Books event, “Truth to Power: Genre Fiction in Post-Face America.” You can see him host a panel of writers that includes Cory Doctorow, Gretchen McNeil, Kate Maruyama, and CB Lee at the Last Bookstore on April 21.

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