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JULY 2016 news

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READINGS & EVENTS

MASSACHUSETTS

Solstice Summer Reading Series. All readings will be held in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, and are FREE and open to the public.

Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Sterling Watson (Fighting in the Shade & Suitcase City); Iain Haley Pollock (Spit Back A Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize); & Laura Williams McCaffrey (Water Shaper, Alia Waking, & Marked).

Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Graduate Assistant Beth Grosart (recently published in YA Review; Anne-Marie Oomen (An American Map: Essays; Love, Sex, & 4H); Steve Huff (The Water We Came From & A Pig In Paris); & Renée Watson (This Side of Home & Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills).

Sunday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Associate Director Tanya Whiton (Two for the Road: Adventures in Maine); David Yoo (The Detention Club & The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever); Special Guest Laura McCullough (Jersey Mercy; Rigger Death & Hoist Another); & Cave Canem Partner Poet Rickey Laurentiis (Boy With Thorn).

Monday, July 11 from 4:45 – 6:00 p.m.: Graduating Student Reading I: Billy Still; Jennifer Strattman, & Lisa Sullivan

Monday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Mike Steinberg (founding editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction; author of Still Pitching); Program Director Meg Kearney (Home by Now & Trouper); & Special Guest Kelly Starling Lyons (One More Dino On the Floor; the forthcoming Jada Jones: Rock Star).

Wednesday, July 13 from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.: Graduating Student Reading II: Lindsay Applegarth; Gail George; & Wren Thompson Wynn

Wednesday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m.: Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge & A Few Perfect Hours); Special Guest Mia Alvar (In the Country); & Jedediah Berry (The Manual of Detection  & The Family Arcana: A Story in Cards).

Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Tonya Hegamin (M+O 4evr, Pemba’s Song; & Willow); Special Guest Lee Hope (Horsefever); & Randall Horton (Pitch Dark Anarchy & Hook: A Memoir).

Friday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Stephen Murphy (Umbra & The Puma Blues); Special guest Barry Wallenstein (Tony’s Blues and Drastic Dislocations: New and Selected Poems); & Laure-Anne Bosselaar (The Hour Between Dog and Wolf & A New Hunger).

IOWA

Faculty member Sandra Scofield will read on Monday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA.

MICHIGAN

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis will host Open Mic Night on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Metro Writers Guild Creative Reading Series at Westview Orchards Winery, 65075 Van Dyke, Washington Twp, MI. Jenifer will read on Saturday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m.

UTAH

Graduate Alison McLennan will read from Ophelia's War: The Secret Story of a Mormon Turned Madam on Saturday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. at Booked in Ogden, Utah. A book launch celebration will be held Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alleged bar in Ogden, Utah.

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS, RADIO, & BLOGS

Graduate Heather Christie’s essay, “Stick A Flag In Your Yard,” has been accepted by The Good Men Project for publication. Her essay, “At Settlement Last Fall,” has been published by the National Association of Realtors.

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis’ three poems—“Diurnal,” “Oak,” and “A Time To Be Silent”—have been accepted by Kind of a Hurricane Press for publication in their Tranquility anthology.

Graduate Kimberly Kreines’ short stories, “The Archmage of Goldnight,” and “Emrakul Rises,” were published on Magic the Gathering’s Eldritch Moon story page. She also compiled an eBook of the complete “Shadows Over Innistrad” stories for Magic the Gathering.

Graduate Kim Suhr's short story, “Nothing to Lose,” was published in Issue #5 of the Stonecoast Review.

TEACHING, RESIDENCIES, & CONFERENCES

Student Lindsey Applegarth mentored for the Archer City Writing Workshop for Young-Adults and presented an excerpt of her novel in Archer City, Texas.

Faculty member Josh Neufeld will be co-teaching (with his wife, the writer Sari Wilson) a week-long comics memoir workshop with the Fine Arts Work Center Summer Workshop program, July 31–August 5. More info: http://web.fawc.org/summer-program/memoir-comics-workshop. Deadline: July 10, 2016.

Faculty member Sandra Scofield will be teaching three courses in Novel Revision, July 17-29 at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa.

Faculty member Renée Watson will take part in Community Word Project's Summer Institute: Teaching for Social Justice, July 20–22, 2016 in New York, NY.

OTHER NEWS

Graduate Beth Grosart's story “Two Truths and a Lie," published on YARN in May 2015, received the Honor Certificate for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2016 Magazine Merit Competition.

Alison McLennan was awarded funding from Ogden City Arts Council and a Weber County R.A.M.P. grant to develop and facilitate the Ogden Inspired Writing Series with Kase Johnston.

Sandra Scofield’s short short story, “The Sinkhole,” recently published in Narrative Magazine  will be read in July on Bloomington, Indiana’s NPR station.