September 2014 News

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Graduate Joe Gannon will be celebrating the launch of his first novel, Night of the Jaguar, Wednesday, September 10 at 7 p.m. at Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton, MA.

Student Maria Luisa Arroyo will be reading on Sunday, September 28 at 3 p.m. on the Spoken Word Stage as part of the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival in Orange, MA.


Graduate Suzanne Deshchidn read at Cafe Improv in Princeton, NJ on August 23rd.


Graduate Kerry Beckford has co-authored an inspirational memoir with Darwin Shaw titled Becoming Coach Shaw: How I Learned to Run My Own Race. The book will be self-published in summer 2014.

Suzanne Deshchidn was recently published in the New Voices Anthology 2014, and received an Honorable mention in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize 2014.

Graduate Faye Rapoport DesPres personal essay/fiction hybrid, "The Old Man," was named as one of the top fiction pieces published by Connotation Press: An Online Artifact over the last year and has been included in their August retrospective issue.

Graduate Hannah Goodman is releasing a new edition of her novel, My Summer Vacation.

Graduate Buffy Hastings was recently hired to edit an anthology, Stray Dogs: Writing from the Other America, and it will be published by Down and Out Books.

Graduate Lisa Mahoney’s short story, "Stilled Ride" earned an honorable mention in the 2014 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Contest.

Graduate Mike Miner’s short story, "The Hurt Business," was featured in Thuglit #12, and his novella, "The Immortal Game"has been published by Gutter Books.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky and Jeff Friedman recently published their co-translation of Memorials: A Selection by the postwar Polish poet, Mieczysław Jastrun.

Student Jason Stocks poem "voices in the closet" was recently accepted by Confrontation.

Graduate Alison Stone recently had two poems accepted by Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.

Student Jonathan Todd will release a 16-page mini comic-book from my children's graphic novel in progress "Cecil Hall is an Oreo" at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo on Oct 4-5 at Lesley University’s Porter Square campus in Cambridge, MA.

Graduate Cindy Zelman’s review of Message from a Blue Jay (written by fellow grad Faye Rapoport DesPres) was chosen as one of five book reviews to be reprinted in the August retrospective issue of Connotation Press: An Online Artifact.

Graduate Estela Gonzelez Zenteno’s short story, “Maga” will appear in the fall/winter 2014 issue of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.


Suzanne Deshchidn recently completed a Master’s degree in Creativity Studies.

Lisa Mahoney will begin teaching at Florida Keys Community College in Key West this fall.

Graduate Jina Ortiz is a resident artist Fellow at CAMAC Centre D'Art in Marnay-sur-Seine, France for the month of August 2014.


Student Lindsey Applegarth received a scholarship to attend the Slice Literary Writers' Conference in Brooklyn.

Maria Luisa Arroyo’s profile has been included on She will continue to facilitate poetry workshops and readings August–December 2014 as part of the Vitamin P for Poetry Series in Springfield, MA libraries, and will be teaching at Springfield Technical Community College.

Graduate Lori Calabrese was accepted into the University of Southern California's Master of Management in Library Information and Sciences program.

Student Jenifer DeBellis coedited The Message, by Eugenio Volpe, with Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices Editor in Chief Lee Hope.

Graduate Kimberly Kreines is a writer for an online story that’s a spin-off from an animated TV show: Kaijudo.

Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes was selected as one of seven works-in-progress grantees by SCBWI for her manuscript, Poems for Tough Times.

Faculty member Sandra Scofield’s memoir, “Mysteries of Love & Grief,” has been awarded first place in Narrative magazine’s spring 2014 story contest.

Graduate Von Thompson was just appointed to the board of directors of the Redmond Association of Spokenword.