We’re a little late here, because we’ve been away at residency making magic happen…but let’s be clear: November was another amazing month for our students and alums. Thanks, as ever, to Yennie Cheung for compiling this list of greatness:
Here’s just a taste:
Alexandra Neumeister appeared at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA on November 5 to sign copies of the anthology CALIFORNIA SCREAMIN’, which features her story “Hidden Depths.”
Ashley Mag Gabbert‘s poems “Nightmare” and “Trouble Sleeping” were published in issue 47.1 of PHOEBE. Two more poems, “Toilet” and “Birthday Cake,” were also accepted by GUESTHOUSE.
Carol Park participated in a panel discussion on Koreatown as part of a screening of the movie GOOK, about Korean-Americans during the LA Riots. The discussion took place on November 5 in Los Angeles.
Cate Dicharry and Natashia Deón participated in a reading tour for the University of Iowa International Writing Program in and around Yerevan, Armenia. In addition to leading a three-day workshop with Turkish and Armenian students, the two spoke at a series of events, which included a panel discussion entitled “A Sense of Place” and (for Natashia) an appearance on the Armenian morning show ARM NEWS.
Charles G. Thompson read his work at a literary and visual arts salon in Los Angeles benefitting the Jacaranda School for Orphans.
Cynthia Romanowski spent part of the month in residency at Ragdale.
Dorothy Rice‘s essay “Sewing Lessons” was published in MINERVA RISING. Her speculative story “Tiny Dancer” was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize by CHROME BABY.
Eileen Shields had her first speculative fiction story, “Miss May,” published in GOLD MAN REVIEW.
Eli Ryder and John Flynn-York have announced the upcoming launch of their new literary journal, AUTOMATA.
Francesca Lia Block‘s upcoming book, THE THORN NECKLACE: HEALING THROUGH WRITING AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS, is available for preorder now.
Grace Jasmine‘s essay “The Chemo Show” was accepted by MEMOIR for an upcoming publication. She was a guest speaker at the Art Institute of Phoenix, where she was also invited to read her essay “48 Hours.”
Jason Metz‘s essay “The Invisible” for WRITERS RESIST was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Jay Paul Deratany‘s movie FOSTER BOY began shooting in Los Angeles. The movie stars Matthew Modine and James Earl Jones, and screenwriting professor John Schimmel serves as an executive producer.
Jeff Eyres will be reading at THE TABLE’s upcoming reading entitled “WeHo at the HoHo” (aka the West Hollywood Library writing workshop’s presentation at the Hollywood Hotel), which takes place December 3 at 3pm.
JoAnn Chaney‘s debut novel WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW was listed in BOOK RIOT’s “Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2017.” The book is also now available in Slovakia.
John Flynn-York’s review of BELLADONNA by Daša Drndić was published in THE RUMPUS.
Kathryn McGee and I had a good month:
- Our book DTLA/37: DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IN THIRTY-SEVEN STORIES was released by En Ville Publishing on November 1. The book was edited by Julia Watson and includes writing from Cynthia Romanowski.
- To celebrate, we had a book release event at the Last Bookstore, which featured a conversation with professor David Ulin.
- We’ll also be signing our book at Dark Delicacies in Burbank on December 17 with nonfiction professor Deanne Stillman.
- Kathryn also had a haiku entitled “First, the Tongue” published in the Horror Writers Association’s POETRY SHOWCASE VOLUME IV and a story called “Room of Water” in the anthology DEAD BAIT 4.
Kendall Brunson‘s short film BOX debuted at the Loft Film Fest in Tuscon.
Kimberly Ussery was a keynote speaker at CAMP CREATIVE: A PLAYDATE FOR WOMEN, hosted by UCR Extension.
Lia Langworthy will be advising Middlebury College’s Script Lab in January.
Lisa Quigley‘s review of WITCH: UNLEASHED, UNTAMED, UNAPOLOGETIC is up at DWARF + GIANT.
Liska Jacob‘s is having a pretty fantastic month. Let’s break this down:
- First and foremost, her debut novel CATALINA was published on November 7 by MCD/Farrar, Strauss & Giroux.
- She celebrated with two book events, the first at the Last Bookstore, and the other featuring David Ulin at Skylight Books. Then she spoke with director Tod Goldberg in the UCR Palm Desert Arts & Letters series at the UCRPD campus.
- Liska also wrote an article for CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS called “A Tribute to Women on the Edge” and another for LITERARY HUB called “10 Essential Books That Capture Los Angeles in All Its Sublime, Beautiful Darkness.”
- She was featured in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, FSG WORK IN PROGRESS, com, and the aforementioned ELECTRIC LITERATURE.
- Liska was also featured on THE TALKING BOOK podcast and THE LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS RADIO HOUR.
- Positive reviews for the book were published in the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS, BOOK PAGE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, and THE LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS.
- CATALINA was listed as a November book pick in BOOK RIOT, CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS, W MAGAZINE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, ELLE, and THE OC REGISTER (this one written by Cynthia Romanowski.
- The Last Bookstore and Skylight Books in Los Angeles, Powell’s in Portland, and Newtonville Books in Newton, MA all have named CATALINA a staff pick. Skylight and West Hollywood’s Book Soup have also included CATALINA in their holiday recommendation list (Tod Goldberg’s GANGSTER NATION appears on the Book Soup list, as well).
- Other press mentions: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY wrote about her appearance at SCIBA and the beauty director of ELLE created a lipstick mix inspired by CATALINA.
- Liska will also be reading at It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere on December 10 in Los Angeles and at library events in Fallbrook, CA and San Clemente, CA in February.
Mackenzie Cox covered the 2017 World Fantasy Convention for GAMUT.
Maggie Downs printed an essay in PALM SPRINGS LIFE called “2 Leagues Under the Sea.” Her essay “If You Give a Rat a Cookie… On Parenting Vs. Vermin” was published in MUTHA MAGAZINE. She and Tod have also begun hosting a Palm Springs public radio program called OPEN BOOK. Their second guest: Liska Jacobs!
Marion Ruybalid‘s essay “My Birthplace Became a Reality” was published in CHICAGO NOW as part of its “30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days” project with Portraits of Adoption.
Michele Lombardo read her work at Head House Books in Philadelphia on November 14.
Natashia Deón spoke in an online discussion hosted by THE MEMO called “How to Get Published (What They Don’t Tell You).”
Pam Munter, once again, continued getting published everywhere:
- Her essay “Vicki” was reprinted in BETTER THAN STARBUCKS.
- A second essay, “Alpha and Omega,” was reprinted in THE SAME.
- Another essay, entitled “Mimi,” was published in ADELAIDE.
- FOURTH & SYCAMORE published another essay, “Glimpses Through Glass.”
- Also, Pam’s essay “The Hypnotic Danube” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by VARNISH.
Ruth Nolan was a guest on the podcast THE HOW THE WHY as part of the 1888 Center’s California Writing Residency in Orange, CA.
Sara Marchant‘s novella LET ME GO was published in the RUNNING WILD NOVELLA ANTHOLOGY on November 15. The publisher also interviewed her for the RUNNING WILD website. She also had an essay in DESERT MAGAZINE’s “Final Thoughts” column.
Tyrell Johnson‘s debut novel, THE WOLVES OF WINTER, was named one of POPSUGAR’S “22 Best New Books of Winter.”