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It’s been a super busy spring for our students alums. Here’s just a taste of what they were doing in this spring. Thanks, as ever, to the official archivist Yennie Cheung!


Amie Heasley Charney announced that she will perform her essay “Laundry Day Blues” as part of the show LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER on May 11. The event takes place at the Tobin Center in San Antonio, TX.


Anne-Liisa M. Larks‘s critical essay “Still Playing the Girl” was published by ASSAY: A JOURNAL OF NONFICTION STUDIES.


Ashley Mag Gabbert had two poems published this month: “On the Anniversary of the Death of JFK” is featured in LIT, and “New Year” is featured in BIRMINGHAM POETRY REVIEW. Her poem “Steam” was accepted by THRUSH and is expected to be published in May. Two more poems are upcoming—“Cat” in CRAB CREEK REVIEW and “Dolphin” in JUKED—and her first interview for UNDERBLONG JOURNAL with poet Jane Wong is also scheduled to run soon. She also gave a poetry talk at Mountain View College in Dallas last week called “The First and Discovered Subject” for the North Texas Community College Consortium’s Culture of Writing Festival.


Brian Asman‘s new book I’M NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE HERE TODAY was released by Eraserhead Books on March 1. He spoke with DREAD CENTRAL’s podcast, Who Goes There, in support of the book.


A reading of Clarinda Ross‘s play LOVE, M. took place at the Horizon Theater Company in Atlanta on March 3.


Darlene Kriesel produced an arts and literary event called The Parable at the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana on March 2.


David Olsen‘s personal essay “All the Ways to Save Your Life” was published by THE RUMPUS.


Dorothy Rice announced that her book GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK will be published by Otis Books/Seismicity Editions this May.


Grace Jasmine‘s play THE MASHER was read by the Now & Then Creative Company at the Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix on May 6. Grace also announced that THE MASHER will be staged as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June at Theatre Asylum’s Studio C Theatre.


Guy Nicolucci sold his screenplay KILLER CHEERLEADER to Lifetime.


Heather Scott Partington‘s review of Mitchell S. Jackson’s SURVIVAL MATH: NOTES ON AN ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY was published in USA TODAY. Her review of Yiyun Li’s WHERE REASONS END was published in THE NATIONAL BOOK REVIEW. She also announced that she will be moderating the panel “Books: What It Means to Be a Reader” at the LOS ANGELES TIMES Festival of Books on April 14.


J.D. Horn‘s book THE LINE was recommended by COLLEGE magazine in its article “Five Books to Read Based on Your Netflix Favs.”


Jeff Meyers‘s movie MIMESIS: NOSFERATU received a write-up in RUE MORGUE.


Jenny Hayes‘s poem “Feminist Cocktails” has been published in UNCHASTE ANTHOLOGY, VOL. 3.


JoAnn Chaney was a guest at the BookMania! festival in Florida on March 2.


John Rosenberg‘s short story “Split Key” has been named a finalist in Screencraft’s Cinematic Short Story contest.


Kit-Bacon Gressitt and Sara Marchant held an open mic reading at the Boca de Oro literary festival in Santa Ana on March 2, which included readings by alums Katie Thomason, Senta Scarborough, David Nestor and Cynthia Romanowski. They also hosted a WRITERS RESIST reading at Rontoms in Portland, OR during AWP, which included a reading from Laura Jo Provost. K-B’s essay “Coconut Boys” was published by EVENING STREET REVIEW. An online version of the story can be found on her website.


Lisa Quigley has been hired to write nonfiction articles for publisher Gehenna & Hinnom.


Liska Jacobs contributed to the Farrar Strauss & Giroux post “19 FSG Writers on the Women Who Inspire Them.”


Lon Varnadore released his new book CRIMSON PLANET on March 22. He was interviewed by MR Richardson for his blog.


Luke Yankee announced that readings of his play THE LAVENDER MAFIA will be staged at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles on April 11 and at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska in June. Luke himself will direct the readings.


Maggie Downs appeared with director Tod Goldberg at the Cathedral City Library in Cathedral City, CA on March 16 for an event called “Tales from the Open Book” to discuss their radio show. She also had two articles featured in PALM SPRINGS LIFE: “The Forecast from FIDM: Bright New Design” and “Michael Costello, Friends Bring Fun, Bossy, and Beautiful.”


Marion Ruybalid launched her column in RAISING MOTHERS with an essay entitled “How Being Adopted Made Me Create My Own Brood.”


Max Gee‘s short film TERMINAL screened at the Starburst International Film Festival in Manchester, UK, where it won the Best Short Film award! The film was also selected as a semi-finalist at the NanoCon International Film Festival in Washington and was reviewed by THE B-CLUB.


Natashia Deón announced that she will be interviewing author Tommy Orange at the LOS ANGELES TIMES Festival of Books on April 13.


Nicky Loomis was a presenter on the panel “True Story: Revolutionary Creative Nonfiction” at AWP in Portland, OR on March 30.


Pam Munter‘s essay “Reclaiming a Dream” was published by TALKING SOUP.


Pamela Pete spoke at an event to promote her book MASTERFUL PURPOSE in Moreno Valley, CA on March 9.


Penne Richards wrote an article called “The Work of Advocacy” for the United Way of Lubbock, TX.


Ruth Nolan‘s essay “Life as a Female Firefighter & California’s Wildland Fires” was published in SHE EXPLORES LIFE.


Sara Marchant signed her book PROOF OF LOSS at the Otis Books booth at AWP in Portland.


Sarah Sheppeck was named the social media manager of THE MASHER, the upcoming play written by Grace Jasmine.


Shawnacy Kiker Perez launched her new literary journal, CHARGE MAGAZINE, on March 31. The debut issue includes fiction from John Flynn-York entitled “Shard” and an interview with JoAnn Chaney by Heather Scott Partington.


Stephen Jay Schwartz hosted an episode of Rare Bird Books’ podcast, in which he interviewed author Erik Tarloff.  A review of Stephen’s anthology, HOLLYWOOD VS. THE AUTHOR, was published in the SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW. He will be appearing at the LOS ANGELES TIMES Festival of Books panel “Final Draft: Writing Hollywood’s Stories” on April 13.


Tiffany Hawk announced that she’ll participating in a panel discussion at the Book Cellar in Chicago on April 13 to promote HONG KONG NOIR.


Tom Mavroudis has won the Horror Writers Association’s 2019 Scholarship From Hell. This includes free attendance and accommodations to the HWA’s StokerCon, as well as free workshops at the convention’s Horror University.


Tom Provost participated in the AWP panel ” Script Tips: The Secrets to Dynamic Dialogue” in Portland, OR on March 29.


Tracy Granzyk‘s new literary journal, PLEASE SEE ME, officially launched on March 15. The journal’s staff includes John Flynn-York as the managing editor, Grace Jasmine as the nonfiction editor and Anne-Liisa M. Larks as fiction editor. The first issue also features essays from Emily Duren (“1,392“) and Pam MunterTalking Headaches.”


Travis Hedge Coke served as a coordinator and anthology editor of ALONG THE CHAPARRAL, which was reprinted by the Inlandia Institute. The UCR project, which was done in collaboration with the Veterans Legacy Program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and National Cemetery Administration, pays tribute to veterans interred at Riverside National Cemetery by documenting their stories. The project includes contributions from alums Amie Charney, Carol Damgen, and Mark Takano.



Amie Heasley Charney was featured in the SAN ANTONIO magazine article “Military Mom,” which promotes her upcoming reading at LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER.


Ashley Mag Gabbert read at Dallas’s Deep Ellum Arts Festival, which took place April 3-5. She also read at LitNight, which is hosted/curated by author Sanderia Faye in Dallas, on April 9.


Charles Thompson participated in a signing at the LOS ANGELES TIMES Festival of Books for the MADE IN LA anthology CHASING THE ELUSIVE DREAM, which features his short story “Two Kings.”


Darlene Kriesel‘s article “Supporting Siblings with and Without Disabilities” was published in LA PARENT.


David Martinez‘s short story “Visions of Maria Aparecida” was published in AUTOMATA REVIEW.


George Morgan announced that his nonfiction book TO THE MOON AND BACK: HOW AMERICA ACHIEVED HISTORY’S GREATEST ADVENTURE has been sold to Prometheus Books and is slated for a spring 2020 release.


Heather Scott Partington interviewed Dave Cullen about his new book, PARKLAND, for the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her review of THE SPECTATORS by Jennifer duBois was published in USA TODAY. She also moderated the panel “Books: What It Means to Be a Reader” at the LOS ANGELES TIMES Festival of Books on April 14.


Jalysa Conway announced that she has been chosen for a TV writing residency and mentorship program developed by Rideback and MRC. The program helps TV writers create new drama series by pairing them with experienced showrunners.


Jay Paul Deratany‘s film FOSTER BOY was mentioned in VARIETY‘s recent film news roundup, which announced Shaquille O’Neal’s new role as an executive producer for the movie.


Jenny Hayes was a guest on Hollow Earth Radio on April 26 to speak about writing and read some of her work.


Lisa Quigley and Mackenzie Kiera‘s podcast, LADIES OF THE FRIGHT, has been nominated for the Best Nonfiction Podcast of the Year award from THIS IS HORROR. The two also were featured guests on the Castle Rock Radio podcast.


Liska Jacobs revealed the cover of her new book, THE WORST KIND OF WANT, which will be released on November 5 from MCD/FSG. She also participated in the Moorpark College Writers Festival on April 5 in Moorpark, CA, as well as the panel “California Crime: MissDeeds” at Literary Orange on April 6 in Newport Beach, CA.


Luke Yankee‘s play THE LAVENDER MAFIA was read at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles on April 11.


Max Gee‘s short film TERMINAL won ten awards from the Queen Palm International Film Festival in Palm Springs, including a gold for best sci-fi/fantasy short and two awards for Max: a gold for best writer and a bronze for best producer. The short will be featured at the festival’s annual event in Cathedral City, CA in July. The film was also an official selection of the Prisma Independent Film Awards.


Natashia Deón interviewed author Tommy Orange at the LOS ANGELES TIMES Festival of Books on April 13 and presented at the LA TIMES Book Prizes the night before. She was interviewed for an article by VOYAGE LA, in which she discussed her new nonprofit, REDEEMED, which pairs professional writers and lawyers with people seeking help clearing their criminal records.


Pam Munter‘s essay “Hello, Dolly, Goodbye” was reprinted in CULTURE CULT.


Rachel Zarrow‘s article “The C-Words of Coachella: Capitalism, Consumerism, and Cults” was published in BUST.


Ruth Nolan read at the Sierra Poetry Festival on April 27.


Stephen Jay Schwartz appeared at the LOS ANGELES TIMES Festival of Books panel “Final Draft: Writing Hollywood’s Stories” on April 13. He also appeared on Rare Bird Books’ podcast in conversation with Doug Cooper.


Tiffany Hawk took part in a panel discussion on the anthology HONG KONG NOIR at the Book Cellar in Chicago on April 13. She also began hosting the Tucson Writer’s Salon with an event on April 22 featuring author Matt Mendez.


The cover of Tom Mavroudis‘s novellete, PEYMAKILIR, was revealed by Gehenna and Hinnom.


Trai Cartwright spoke at the event Story Telling in New Media at the Colorado Professional Video Association on April 29.


Wendy Maxon‘s short story “Angler” was published in JERSEY DEVIL PRESS. This is her first fiction publication.


A.E. Santana moderated a panel entitled “No Longer the Scream Queen: Women’s Roles in Horror” at Pasadena LitFest on May 19. Kathryn E. McGee took part as one of the panelists.


Amie Heasley Charney has been hired to teach and run the creative writing program at the Northeast School of the Arts in San Antonio.


Anne Silva has been chosen to attend the Disquiet Azores Writing Residency on Sao Miguel Island in Portugal in July. While in Portugal, she will also write for Fodor’s 2019 Go List about the Azores.


Ashley Mag Gabbert had two poems published this month: “Stream” in THRUSH and “Dolphin” in JUKED.


Bill Ratner‘s poem “Emily” was published in RAMINGO.


Carol Park‘s short documentary, FOOTSTEPS OF KOREAN AMERICANS, can now be streamed on YouTube. The documentary has previously aired on television in America and Korea. She also announced that her textbook KOREAN AMERICANS: A CONCISE HISTORY will be published next month in both English and Korean.


Charles G. Thompson‘s short story “Fourths” was published in THE MAINE REVIEW.


Dorothy Rice‘s essay “Going Gray: A Woman’s Right to Choose” was published in WRITERS RESIST.


Emily Duren‘s poem “Cake” was published in SAD GIRL REVIEW.


Felicity R. Landa‘s essay “Dear Sarah” was published in RAISING MOTHERS.


Francesca Lia Block was interviewed in BUST in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of her novel WEETZIE BAT.


Grace Jasmine was interviewed in BROADWAY WORLD, in which she talked about her new play, THE MASHER.


Guy Nicolucci‘s new TV movie, KILLER IN-LAW, aired on Lifetime on May 12.


Heather Scott Partington‘s review of RAG by Maryse Meijer was published in THE BELIEVER LOGGER.


Jenny Hayes‘s short story “Double Zero” was published in HOBART.


Jhenna Wieman has been hired to teach English and Newcomer English Language Development at Citrus Hill High School in Perris, CA.


Lee Cataluna‘s play FLOWERS OF HAWAII was performed on May 29 as part of the Gene Autry Museum’s Native Voices 25th Anniversary Festival of New Plays in Los Angeles.


Lia Langworthy has been hired as an assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. She’ll be teaching screenwriting in the Image Arts department.


Liska Jacobs appeared at a UCLA event called “Life Beyond English” on May 6 to speak to students about her writing career. Her upcoming second novel, THE WORST KIND OF WANT, was named by PUBLISHERS LUNCH as a highly anticipated book of the fall/winter.


Lisa Quigley and Mackenzie Kiera‘s podcast LADIES OF THE FRIGHT won the Best Nonfiction Podcast of the Year award from THIS IS HORROR. They also recorded a live podcast on May 11 at StokerCon while moderating the panel “Why Does Horror Matter: An Exploration of the Relevance and—Dare We Say—Necessity of Horror in a Tumultuous World,” featuring Kathryn E. McGee and professor Stephen Graham Jones.


Lucio Rodriguez performed in his first major live reading event at Xach Fromson‘s Shades & Shadows event at Pasadena Lit Fest on May 18.


Luke Yankee announced that he’ll be directing THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at El Camino College in Torrance, CA this fall.


Mackenzie Kiera was promoted to the full-time professional communications faculty at Western Governors University.


Maggie Downs‘s opinion piece “Abortion bans punish women, regardless of state, whether or not they’re terminating a pregnancy” was published in the DESERT SUN. She also contributed to the WASHINGTON POST article “Defining Motherhood.”


Max Gee‘s script GOLEMS INC. is currently a semifinalist in the ScreenCraft Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenplay Competition. The finalists will be announced soon.


Natashia Deón debuted her new reading series The Release on May 25 at the Virgil in Hollywood, which was co-produced by Darlene Kriesel and featured Jeff Eyres and Yennie Cheung as readers. The reading was mentioned in the LOS ANGELES TIMES.


Nathania Elizabeth Oh has been named a visiting professor at the Oregon Extension near Ashland, OR. She starts in the fall.


Pam Munter‘s essay “Making Movies” was published in SAD GIRL REVIEW. Her essay “A Writer Changed My Life” was also published in THE MANIFEST-STATION.


The anthology Ruth Nolan edited, entitled FIRE & RAIN: ECOPOETRY OF CALIFORNIA, was named a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.


Ryan Ritchie reviewed a concert by the Damned in the OC WEEKLY.


The adaptation of Stephen Jay Schwartz‘s novel BOULEVARD was named an official selection of the New York Shorts International Film Festival. Catch the film at the festival on June 3.


Tracy Granzyk spoke at the event “Using Narratives and Mindfulness to Improve the Patient Experience” during the Patient Experience Symposium at Harvard Medical School on May 2.


Travis Hedge Coke‘s article “The Use and Abuse of Mary Sue” was published in COMIC WATCH.


Wendy Maxon‘s story “The Wet Nurse” was published in TALES FROM THE MOONLIT PATH’s “Demented Mother’s Day” issue.

Carol Park‘s textbook KOREAN AMERICANS: A CONCISE HISTORY was published on June 3 in English by the YOK Center at UC Riverside and in Korean by the Korea University Press.


Lee Cataluna‘s play FLOWERS OF HAWAII was performed at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego on June 1 as part of the Gene Autry Museum’s Native Voices 25th Anniversary Festival of New Plays.


Max Gee‘s short film TERMINAL played at the High Peak Independent Film Festival’s “Best of the North” screening on June 16 in New Mills, UK.


Natashia Deón appeared at the writers’ group Women Who Submit on June 8 for a talk entitled “Finding an Agent and What I Never Knew until It Happened.”


Pam Munter read from her memoir AS ALONE AS I WANT TO BE at the Red Room in New York City on June 7.


Sara Marchant‘s flash fiction story “Letter from the Bereaved” was published in the anthology ON LOSS on June 27.


The adaptation of Stephen Jay Schwartz‘s novel BOULEVARD screened at the New York Shorts International Film Festival on June 3.


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