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We’ve been on vacation…but we’re back with a bunch of student publications, productions and great news…

Thanks to Yennie Cheung for tracking all of this great success.


Amie Charney will be giving her graduate lecture “Not Your Grandmothers Bodice Ripper (Escalating Romantic Tension)” as a live webinar at Savvy Writers Con on September 14.


Ashley Mag Gabbert‘s poetry manuscript BLOW was announced as a finalist in Black Lawrence Press’s Hudson Prize. She is also featured in an interview with VOYAGE DALLAS.


Carol Park coauthored an article published in THE JOURNAL OF GLOBAL AND AREA STUDIES: “Reflections on Migration and Economic Globalization: The 1992 L.A. Riots and the Korean American Community.”


David Zimmerle‘s essay “Meditations in a Surf Emergency” is now available online through THE SURFER’S JOURNAL.


Debbie Graber will be reading from her short story collection KEVIN KRAMER STARTS ON MONDAY at Stories Books and Cafe in Los Angeles on September 5.


Deedie Runkel announced that she’ll be reading from her memoir SCONE BY SCONE at Book Plate in Chestertown, MD on September 8.


Dorothy Rice is now a staff member at 916 Ink, a literary nonprofit in Sacramento, where she’ll be mentoring students in creative writing. She also wrote a piece entitled “Late Bloomers and Perennials” for BREVITY’s blog.


George Morgan took second place in Script Pipeline’s Great Movie Idea contest with ROCKET GIRL.


Grace Jasmine announced that the That is Now and Then Creative Company in Phoenix will be producing a reading of her one-act play ALMOST HEAVEN.


Jeff Meyers‘s script THE CROOKED TOWER has been named a finalist in Filmaka‘s web series competition. This means he’ll receive $5,000 to film a five-minute pilot this fall. DREAD CENTRAL also has an exclusive look at the trailer for Jeff’s upcoming film, MIMESIS: NOSFERATU.


Jenn-Anne Gledhill‘s OLD SINGLE MOM story entitled “A letter for my son to read on June 2, 2038” is one of CHICAGO NOW’s 20 best posts of July 2018.


Jon Levenson took part in a reading and discussion of his upcoming film SOMEONE WILL ASSIST YOU SHORTLY on August 13 at the Southampton Arts Center’s ART OF THE PROCESS series in Southampton, NY.


Kendall Brunson announced that she has joined Jon Levenson on his film SOMEONE WILL ASSIST YOU SHORTLY, signing on as an associate producer.


Kit-Bacon Gressitt has begun teaching Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Cal State San Marcos. She and Sara Marchant will be hosting a book signing for their WRITERS RESIST anthology at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on September 30.


Lia Langworthy was announced as a finalist for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Impact program.


Lisa Quigley‘s story “Hell’s Bells” has been shortlisted for the upcoming collection TALES FROM THE CRUST: AN ANTHOLOGY OF PIZZA HORROR.


Liska Jacobs read at Why There Are Words in Los Angeles on August 12.


Luke Yankee directed a production of SEUSSICAL at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale, CA, which opened on August 3.


Maggie Downs announced that she sold her memoir ROAM: THE TRIP OF MY DYING MOTHER’S LIFETIME to Dan Smetanka at Counterpoint. Her article “How a Farming Experiment in the Palm Springs Desert Led to the Iconic Date Shake” was published in MIC.


Marion Ruybalid‘s essay “Unrealistic Birth Plans and My Reality Check: On Giving Birth to Baby Number Five” was published by MUTHA.


Martin Cossio announced that he has a untitled haiku upcoming in FROGPOND: THE JOURNAL OF THE HAIKU SOCIETY OF AMERICA. The poem will be published this fall.


Michele Lombardo‘s short story “Animatronics” was published in COSMONAUTS AVENUE.


Michelle Castillo and Senta Scarborough will be participating 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 will be partnering in this event.


Natashia Deón announced that she will be a guest faculty member this semester at Antioch University’s MFA program. She was also in conversation with J.M. Holmes at Skylight Books on August 22 about his book HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SAVE YOURSELF. Natashia is also talking to Glory Edim of Well Read Black Girl at Scripps College in November 7.


Nathania Seales Oh‘s essay “Orange Is the No Black” was published in print by COAST MAGAZINE and online at the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER.


Pam Munter announced that her short story “Frances” will be reprinted by FICTION ON THE WEB in October. Her essay “Loving Life” was published in MONTHS TO YEARS. Pam’s play THAT SCREWY, BALLYHOOEY HOLLYWOOD will also be produced by the Script@Stage2Screen theater company in Rancho Mirage, CA with show dates for October 5 and 6.You can now find her upcoming memoir AS ALONE AS I WANT TO BE featured on the Adelaide Books website. The book comes out in September.


Ruth Nolan will be presenting her lecture “The Power of Place” at the Palm Springs Writers Guild meeting on September 8.


Sandy Smith‘s short story “Nephew” (published last year in SKY ISLAND JOURNAL) has been nominated for the 2018 BEST OF THE NET anthology.


Sara Marchant was interviewed by Tod Goldberg and Maggie Downs for their podcast OPEN BOOK.


Stephen Jay Schwartz announced that the book HOLLYWOOD VERSUS THE AUTHOR, for which he serves as editor, is now available for pre-order. The book will be released on September 18. Professor Rob Roberge contributes an essay in the collection.



Amie Charney‘s manuscript DRAWN TO LOVE won third place for Contemporary Romance in the 2018 Orange Rose Writing Contest.


Ashley Mag Gabbert had two poems—”Toilet” and “Birthday Cake”—published in GUESTHOUSE LIT.


Brian Asman‘s short story “A Festival of Fiends” was called an “exceptional offering” in the upcoming anthology LOST FILMS by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.


Bryan Burch announced that his adaptation of DANTE’S INFERNO will be read at the Island Shakespeare Festival in Langley, WA on August 15.


Carol Park was interviewed by NORTHJERSEY as an expert on Korean American history. The article mentions her book MEMOIR OF A CASHIER.

Charles G. Thompson‘s short story “Fourths” was accepted by THE MAINE REVIEW. The story will be found in their print publication next year.


Charli Engelhorn and Yennie Cheung accepted jobs with Education Unlimited teaching creative writing at summer camps for teenagers. Charli taught eighth and ninth graders at Stanford University, while Yennie taught tenth through twelfth graders at UCLA.


Dorothy Rice‘s essay “La Movida Madrileña” was published in BELLE OMBRE.


Francesca Lia Block‘s her iconic book WEETZIE BAT was featured in a LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE article entitled “The Book That Made Me Want to Stay in L.A.” The cast was also announced for the film adaptation of the book.


Heather Scott Partington reviewed Megan Abbott’s new book GIVE ME YOUR HAND for NEWSDAY. She was also interviewed by our own Tod Goldberg and Maggie Downs for their radio show OPEN BOOK.


JoAnn Chaney revealed the cover for her second novel, AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE, out in September.


John Flynn-York interviewed Clinton Crockett Peters for THE RUMPUS.


Jon Levenson will kick off the Southampton Arts Center’s new ART OF THE PROCESS series with a reading and discussion of his upcoming film SOMEONE WILL ASSIST YOU SHORTLY. The event will take place on August 13 in Southampton, NY.


Kathryn E. McGee and Yennie Cheung‘s book DTLA/37: DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IN THIRTY-SEVEN STORIES was reviewed in ENTROPY.


Lia Langworthy announced that she will be working on the new NBC show THE INBETWEEN. She starts on August 6.


Lisa Quigley accepted a job teaching Writing and Communications at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.


Liska Jacobs will be reading at Why There Are Words in Los Angeles on August 12. An excerpt of her book CATALINA also ran in Angels Flight Ÿ Literary West.


Maggie Thach Morshed‘s essay “Land and Water” will be published in the anthology FEMININE RISING: VOICES OF POWER AND INVISIBILITY, which comes out in April 2019.


Marion Ruybalid‘s essay “Unrealistic Birth Plans and My Reality Check” was accepted by MUTHA.


Martin Cossio‘s essay “Fighting Gunfire with Gunfire: A True Liberal’s Take on Equipping Teachers with Guns” was published in CULTURAL WEEKLY.


Natalie Ferrigno was a featured guest on the LADIES OF THE FRIGHT podcast to discuss vampire tropes.


Pam Munter‘s essay “Walt” was reprinted in THE LEGENDARY.


Sara Marchant‘s novella THE DRIVEWAY HAS TWO SIDES was published by Fairlight Books on July 11. She was interviewed by JAGGERY and her publisher about her work, as well as mentioned on Laura Patricia Rose’s book blog. Fairlight also published a video of Sara reading from her novella.


Stephanie Kotin‘s poem “Voodoo Economics” was published in WRITERS RESIST.


Theresa Corigliano accepted a job teaching Effective Writing for Strategic Public Relations at USC’s Annenberg School.


Tom Gianakopoulos interviewed documentary filmmaker Marina Zenovich for DOCUMENTARY.

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