Have you heard the news? Our alums and students are taking over the world. We know, we know, we say that every month…but did you check out September yet? The news is below. And, as ever, thank you to Yennie Cheung for her hard work compiling the news!
Amie Charney taught a live webinar at Savvy Writers Con called “Not Your Grandmother’s Bodice Ripper (Escalating Romantic Tension)” on September 14.
Ashley Mag Gabbert‘s poems “Rabbit Test” and “Fishbowl” were published by WHISKEY ISLAND. Her poetry collection BLOW was also named a finalist for the Univeristy of Akron Press’s Akron Poetry Prize. She was also named the interviews editor and a poetry reader for UNDERBLONG.
Carol Park was appointed a lecturer at the UCR main campus. She is teaching Contemporary Asian American Issues.
Charli Engelhorn‘s TV pilot TWO-FACED advanced to the second round of the Austin Film Festival’s 2018 Script Competition.
Clarinda Ross‘s play LOVE, M. has been published in THE KENYON REVIEW.
Debbie Graber read from her short story collection KEVIN KRAMER STARTS ON MONDAY at Stories Books and Cafe in Los Angeles on September 5.
Dorothy Rice‘s story “Mud Under Glass” was published in COWBOY JAMBOREE (you can find it on page 46). She also announced that she’ll be participating in the Elk Grove Writers Conference in Elk Grove, CA on October 27.
Eileen Shields announced that THE AMARANTH, the film she wrote and produced, was selected for the Austin Film Festival and will be screened on October 26. Eileen was also recently asked to join the board of directors at 826LA.
Francesca Lia Block began working as the Assistant Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Redlands.
Grace Jasmine‘s creative nonfiction piece “Your Order Is Up” was published in THE HELIX.
JoAnn Chaney‘s second novel, AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE, is receiving early reviews, including one from BOOK RIOT.
Kathryn E. McGee‘s short story “The Creek Keeper’s Lodge” was named an honorable mention for THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, VOLUME TEN. ANGELS FLIGHT LITERARY WEST also published an interview with Kathryn and Yennie Cheung as well as excerpts from their book DTLA/37: DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IN THIRTY-SEVEN STORIES.
Kit-Bacon Gressitt and Sara Marchant published the first WRITERS RESIST anthology this month, which includes work by David Martinez, Jason Metz, Katie Thomason and Charles G. Thompson, as well as UCR professor David Ulin. They celebrated with a book signing at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on September 30. They also announced another signing at the Writers Center in Bethesda, MD on November 4. KB also spearheaded the first-ever Fallbrook Writers’ Conference in Fallbrook, CA, which included appearances by Sara, Suzy Fincham-Gray, and professor Deanne Stillman.
Lisa Quigley‘s story “Birth” was accepted for an upcoming Stephen King-themed issue of UNNERVING MAGAZINE, and her short story “Hungry Things Must Eat” was shortlisted for the Blood Bound Books “Best Of” Anthology. She and Mackenzie Kiera were interviewed for THIS IS HORROR’s Story Unboxed podcast. Lisa and Mackenzie’s podcast, Ladies of the Fright, has been approved for a panel at StokerCon 2019. The panel, entitled “Why Horror Matters, will be a live podcast recording that will include Kathryn E. McGee. Ladies of the Fright will also be featured on another StokerCon panel about horror podcasts.
Maggie Downs read as part of the Pegasus Books Reading Series at Deep Vellum Books in Dallas on September 28.
Michelle Castillo and Senta Scarborough participated in the DESERT SUN/Storytellers Project’s event “Reflecting Our Community: A Night of Storytelling” on September 5. The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association partnered in this event.
Natalie Ferrigno‘s short story “Exact Change” was accepted by SANITARIUM MAGAZINE for its winter publication.
Natashia Deón led a conversation with J.M. Holmes about his book HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SAVE YOURSELF at Skylight Books in Los Angeles this month. She also announced that she has signed with a new agent: Dara Hyde of Hill Nadell Literary Agency.
Pam Munter had two essays published this month: “Honeymoon Jitters” (THE WRITERS NEWSLETTER) and “Dear Past Me” (REMINGTON REVIEW). A third, “Me and the Milkman,” was accepted for the October issue of THE WRITE LAUNCH. Her essay “Losing Linda” and short story “Madelyn, Mostly” were also named finalists for ADELAIDE LITERARY VOICES, BEST OF 2019, while her essay “Becoming A Real Girl” will be published in the anthology.
Ruth Nolan‘s new poetry collection, BADWATER, was named a finalist for the 2018 Hilary Gravendyk poetry award. She also presented her lecture “The Power of Place” at the Palm Springs Writers Guild meeting on September 8. Ruth also served as co-editor of and contributor to FIRE AND RAIN: ECOPOETRY OF CALIFORNIA, out now. She and co-editor Lucille Lang Day were in conversation about the book at the Heyday-Hearst Fall 2018 Speakers Series at UC Berkeley on September 26. She’ll also participate in other readings supporting the collection at the San Francisco Lit Crawl on October 20 and Concordia University in Irvine, CA on November 12. The collection was reviewed in KIRKUS.
Sara Marchant announced that her memoir, PROOF OF LOSS, has been picked up by Otis Books. Her novella THE DRIVEWAY HAS TWO SIDES was also a featured recommendation in PHOENIX MAGAZINE.
Stephen Jay Schwartz edited the book HOLLYWOOD VERSUS THE AUTHOR, which was released on September 18.