May Student & Alumni News

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As we head into the summer, the pace of publications and productions from our students and alums moves forward unimpeded by the Earth’s proximity to the sun…but then again, this is the Hottest MFA…

Thanks, as ever, to Yennie Cheung for archiving all of this great news. If you have something to report, email us at

Ashley Mag Gabbert‘s poetry manuscript BLOW was named a semifinalist in the Pamet River Prize from YesYes Books. She spoke on the panel “Labor & Delivery: Emerging Poets on Notions of Literary Success” at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival on May 5 and at the Nonfiction Authors Association in Dallas on May 24. She’ll also be a featured reader at the “Meet Me with Curiosity” reading series at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.

Brian Asman announced that his story “A Festival of Fiends” will be published in August in the anthology LOST FILMS.

Charles G. Thompson will be reading at Fallbook Writers Read in Fallbook, CA on June 12.

Clarinda Ross had a spoken word piece featured on ZIMZUM: “Warrior Mommy Slays Dragons” is an excerpt from her play SPIT LIKE A BIG GIRL.

Deedie Runkel read and signed her book SCONE BY SCONE at Book Passage in Sausalito, CA on May 29. She’ll also be at the Barnes & Noble in Medford, OR on June 3.

Eli Ryder read his Roswell Award Honorable Mention piece, ” A Quiet Street,” at the Shades & Shadows reading at Lit Fest Pasadena on May 19.

Felicity Landa has been named the fiction editor of the journal LITERARY MAMA.

Francesca Lia Block‘s new book, THE THORN NECKLACE: HEALING THROUGH WRITING AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS, was released on May 1. She celebrated with a book release event at Diesel Books in Los Angeles on May 1 and readings at Skylight Books in Los Angeles on May 8 and Antioch University’s Literary Uprising on May 15. She was also featured in LIT HUB and THE LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS.

Heather Scott Partington reviewed Curtis Sittenfeld’s new book, YOU THINK IT, I’LL SAY IT for Minneapolis’s STAR TRIBUNE.

Jeff Eyres and Natashia Deón brought a little of that Dirty Laundry Lit magic back when Jeff hosted Natashia’s reading vent THE TABLE: CANDY at LitFest Pasadena on May 19.

Jeff Meyers‘s short story “The Museum of Broken Relationships” was published in spring/summer edition of THE CAROLINA QUARTERLY.

JoAnn Chaney‘s book WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW was released in France on May 16 by Les Presses de la Cité under the title SEPT ANS DE SILENCE.

John Mattson won this year’s R.M. Kinder Prize for his story “Figure and Ground,” which will appear in the Winter 2019 issue of PLEIADES.

Kit-Bacon Gressitt and Sara Marchant announced the contents of their upcoming WRITERS RESIST ANTHOLOGY, which includes work by David Martinez, Charles G. Thompson, Katie Thomason, and professor David Ulin.

Kristi Rabe‘s personal essay “What You Need to Know” was published by WRITERS RESIST.

Larry Handy‘s essay “Seeking Freedom in My Old Griefs: An Essay in Seven-year Intervals” was published in Issue 9 of COG.

Lia Langworthy‘s first episode as a writer on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS aired on May 14. Her essay “Memento” was also published in MUTHA.

Lisa Quigley‘s first published short story, “Redemption,” ran in AUTOMATA REVIEW.

Liska Jacobs‘s novel CATALINA was featured in ARTNET NEWS’s article “Turn a New Page! 8 Brilliant Books to Start Reading This Memorial Day Weekend.”

Lon Varnadore read at Black Chateau’s Beach-Bound Book Bash in North Hollywood on May 12, which was hosted by Xach Fromson. Lon was also interviewed on the LA Talk Radio program Sheena Metal Experience on May 15. In June, he’ll also be participating in a panel on world-building at the Annual Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference at Los Angeles Valley College.

Marion Ruybalid had an essay accepted by BLUNTMOMS, to be published in June.

Matthew Johnson
has two stories forthcoming in anthologies. “Plainswalker” will be published in the BLACKEST KNIGHT anthology in June. The second story will be featured in the DARK LEGION anthology in January 2019.

Michelle Castillo was featured in the article “Women Who Lead” in PALM SPRINGS LIFE. She also participated in the “PilipinX America” panel discussion and poetry reading at LitFest Pasadena.

Natashia Deón interviewed author Joshua Mensch on May 18 at Book Soup in West Hollywood to promote his lyric memoir BECAUSE. She also recently served as a judge for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pam Munter‘s one-act play MADELYN was accepted in the Secret Theater’s one-act festival in New York this July. Another play, THAT SCREWY BALLYHOOEY HOLLYWOOD was named a semifinalist in AACT’s NewPlayFest. Her short story “Phantom at the Table” was also accepted by FURTIVE DALLIANCE.

Ruth Nolan won the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society’s Love of Learning Award for her book and multimedia project FIRE ON THE MOJAVE: STORIES FROM THE DESERTS AND MOUNTAINS OF INLAND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

S.H. Mansouri‘s novelette “Through the Doorways, Whiskey Chile” was accepted for publication in BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES.

Congratulations to Shawnacy Kiker, whose poetry chapbook UNTITLED STATES was published on May 16 by Dancing Girl Press!

Suzy Fincham-Gray‘s memoir MY PATIENTS AND OTHER ANIMALS was reviewed in the NEW YORK TIMES. She also appeared at Fallbrook Writers Read on May 8.

Trai Cartwright announced that she has accepted a position teaching  screenwriting at Western State University’s low-residency MFA program. She starts this summer.

Tyrell Johnson was interviewed on CFJC’s MIDDAY in Kamloops, BC on May 11 to talk about his book, THE WOLVES OF WINTER, and promote his reading at Chapters the next day in Kamloops. He also spoke with Kansas Public Radio’s CONVERSATIONS about the book.

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