News and Events
NOVEMBER and DECEMBER 2020
Amie Charney's poem was selected to accompany the exhibit Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.
Andrea Eldridge's poem "Unexpected" was published in Modern Haiku, which nominated the poem for a Pushcart Prize. Another haiku placed fourth in Whole Life Soaps' haiku contest. Her poem "Inclusions" was published in Contemporary Haibun.
Bill Ratner had two poems—"Fear" and "Radio" published in Bombfire.
Charles G. Thompson's essay "Why Princess Diana's Wedding Was a Gay Coming-of-Age Moment" was published in The Advocate.
Charli Engelhorn's pilot "Black Like Me" was named a quarterfinalist in Final Draft's Big Break Screenwriting Competition.
Clarinda Ross was interviewed about her play in the article "Horizon Theatre marks World AIDS Day with new play, 'Love, M.'" in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Collin Mitchell's article "Translating the Elliptical" was published in the Kyoto journal. The piece reviews manga artist Kuniko Tsurita's collection, The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud and interviews the book's translator, Ryan Holmberg.
Cynthia Alessandra Briano's story "Inscribed: Quarantine Day 40" was published in Redshift. This is Cynthia's first prose publication.
Emily J. Sullivan's essay "Hungry and Loaded on Hollywood Boulevard" was published in Los Angeles Magazine.
George D. Morgan's play Rocket Girl has been nominated in Broadway World Connecticut's 2020 regional awards for Best Production of a Play of the Decade.
Heather Scott Partington was elected to the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle.
Kaia Gallagher's story "The Trip Not Taken" was published in Blue Lake Review's December 2020 issue.
Kathryn E. McGee's short story "A Winterland Surprise" was published in the anthology Halldark Holidays from Cemetery Gates.
Kendall Brunson's flash story "Child Play" was published in 100 Word Story.
Kimberly Ussery's novel Bettie Page: Aphrodite Rising was excerpted in Vintage Trailers magazine.
Lisa Quigley moderated the Horror Writers Association's Skeleton Hour panel on witchcraft on December 9. Her novella, Hell's Bells, was named one of the top horror books of the year by Goodreads. She also announced that her debut novel, The Forest, will be published by Perpetual Motion Machine in October 2021.
Liska Jacobs's essay "On Time" was published in Air/Light.
Lon Varnadore's novel Witch Mountain (book three in his Known World series) was published on November 3. He also participated in the panel "The Indie Author Journey: A Conversation with Indie and Self-Publishing Authors about Their Experience" at the online Digital Author and Indie Publishing West Coast Writers Conference and read at Books That Make You's Jingle Books Holiday Party. An interview with Lon was also the cover story of ICC Magazine's fall issue.
Luke Yankee's Confessions of a Star Marker was performed as a radio play through Cal State Northridge and reviewed by The Show Report. Luke was also interviewed in a livestream with Richard Skipper Celebrates.
Mag Gabbert released a zine entitled Fidgety Puddings with fellow poet Chen Chen in late December. Her poem "Pink" was also published in Southeast Review. Her manuscript Sex Depression Animals was a finalist in the X. J. Kennedy Prize from Texas Review Press.
Maggie Downs joined in a livestream with the Write Reviewer's Book Club on November 27 to discuss her memoir. Her book Braver Than You Think was also listed in Library Journal's article "On The Road: Food & Travel Memoirs."
Marion Ruybalid's essay "The Culture of a Bangladeshi British American Adoptee" was published in Chicago Now.
Martin Cossio had a haiku published in Modern Haiku. Another haiku received an honorable mention in Whole Life Soaps' haiku contest. His poem "Erasure Sonnet" was also shortlisted in Better Than Starbucks' sonnet contest.
Natalie Ferrigno's story "Exact Change" was published in Sanitarium.
Natashia Deón's essay "My Father's Badge and Gun" was published in Air/Light. She spoke at the Innovative Arts Futures Conference on December 3 and was featured on the panel "Changing the Narrative - The Power of Telling Our Story," presented by the Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies.
Pam Munter's essay "Belated Regret" was published in Dillydoun Review; another essay, "Working Through Trouble: The Therapeutic Relationship Is Integral to Change," was published in The Mindful Word. Her essay "My Hollywood, Once" was reprinted in the anthology Roll the Bones from cc&d magazine.
Rachel Zarrow led a series of high school creative writing workshops and seminars at Polyphonic Lit.
Ruth Nolan was a featured poet in the Los Angeles Poet Society's online event celebrating their eleventh birthday.
Tyrell Johnson joined the Lustre Art Show's livestream to discuss art and books on November 27.
Adam Zemel's essay "There’s No Correct Jewish Response to Trump’s COVID Diagnosis" was published in Alma.
Bill Ratner read his poem "Wabash Banner Blue" for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association 2020 Halloween poetry reading. He was the featured reader at an online event presented by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association.
Charles G. Thompson's essay "How the pandemic actually improved my mental health" was published in the Washington Post.
Charli Englehorn was accepted into the 2020/2021 Warner Bros. Television Writing Workshop.
Collin Mitchell's review of 21 Immortals was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Emily Sullivan's essay "I Lost a Best Friend to QAnon" was published in Cosmopolitan.
Greg Bachar's flash fiction piece "Sweet Potato" was published in Litro.
Jacqueline DesForges's "For Breonna #1 (Text from Breonna’s Law)"—a piece from her Missing series of erasure poems/artworks—was featured in a virtual exhibition at Chicago's Woman Made Gallery.
Jaime Parker Stickle received a full fellowship to the 2021 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
Kathryn McGee interviewed Lisa Morton in an online event entitled Halloween: From Pagan Worship to Quintessential American Holiday for the Friends of the North Hollywood and Sherman Oaks Libraries.
Kendall Brunson's short story "The Isle of None" was published in Kelp.
Kimberly Ussery's book Bettie Page: Aphrodite Rising was published on October 15. This is her first novel.
Kit-Bacon Gressitt and Sara Marchant were interviewed by Trish Hopkinson about their journal, Writers Resist.
Leigh Raper's short story "The Day When Nothing Happened" was published in Barrelhouse.
Lisa Quigley's novella Hell's Bells was reviewed in Library Journal.
Mag Gabbert's poetry collection Minml Poems was published by Cooper Dillon Press. Her poem "Ghost" was published in The Pinch.
Maggie Downs's story "The Breakfast Club Meets for Zoom Detention" was published in Points in Case.
Maria Duarte's essay "Dear America" was published in Air/Light.
Max Gee's web series Tales of Bacon has been nominated in two categories of the Bilbao Seriesland Festival.
Pam Munter's essay "My First Real Job" was published in bioStories. Another piece entitled "Working Through Trouble: The therapeutic relationship is integral to change" was published in The Mindful Word. Her essay "My Hollywood, Once" was republished in Down in the Dirt.
Pamela Pete's poem "Mind Erasure" was published in Beyond Words.
Rachel Zarrow's review of "Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages Through the Unknown City" by Gary Kamiya and Paul Madonna was published in Datebook.
Ruth Nolan published an essay entitled "Cima Dome, East Mojave National Preserve" in Boom California. She also participated in an online reading for her anthology Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California through Poets House.
Senta Scarborough worked as a fact-checker for the documentary City Rising: Youth & Democracy, which premiered on PBS on October 20.
Susan Ruskin was praised in The Wrap for her work as dean of the AFI Conservatory.
Tiffany Hawk launched her new literary journal Undomesticated, featuring travel narratives by and interviews with women writers. In its debut month, the site featured an interview with Maggie Downs and an essay by Maggie Thach Morshed entitled "Finding My Voice in Seoul."
Tracy Granzyk's TV pilot script Risk Management advanced to the quarterfinals of the Screencraft Writing Competition.
Travis Burkett's poem "Harbinger" was published in High Shelf.