“Set in the Central California countryside and the Southern California desert, By the Lemon Tree’s old school stories chronicle the collision of wide-eyed childhood with the end of lives human and animal. In “Twice Good” a downtrodden city administrator shows up for a Black Panther protest forty years too late. “Funeral in Fresno” introduces us to an impatient reverend who is forced to confront his past and his future, while in the title story, a young boy born and raised in East Oakland bears witness to life and death in an ancient rural world.”
MFAW-VT alumna Cheryl Heller just launched The Intergalactic Design Guide, which illuminates a process for leading change that contradicts the prevalent assumption that the future is “someone else’s” responsibility. It’s a book about leaders who are doing what others consider impossible, and a map for how anyone who wants to step up can become one.
“Black-hole Chronicles: Chasing the Gravitational Beast” is the tag-line/title of MFAW-VT faculty ember Richard Panek’s reviews of Einstein’s Monsters by Chris Impey and Einstein’s Shadow, by Seth Fletcher–both on the . subject of black holes (and, not incidentally, Albert Einstein) in the new issue of Nature.
MFAW-WA alumna Sarah Townsend’s thesis–a memoir called Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis–has been accepted for publication by The Lettered Streets Press in 2019 (April 1st publication date) and a launch at the AWP conference in Portland, OR at the end of March.
I’ve never kept a diary. At least not since I was eight, when my father bought two blank journals and suggested that he and I spend time together every evening writing in our diaries. For several weeks we did just that, sitting side by side on the living room couch and recording the events of the day. One day I came home from school and found my diary in the wrong place on the bookshelf. When I inquired about this, my dad said, “I have to admit something to you. I was so curious about what you’ve been writing that I couldn’t help myself, so I went in your room and read it.”
MFAW-VT alumnus Charlie Bondhus‘s second poetry collection, Divining Bones, has just been accepted for publication by Sundress publications.
MFAW-VT alumn Lizz Schumer has just been offered a full-time job as staff writer at the Hearst Lifestyle group, writing for Good Housekeeping, Redbook Magazine, and Woman’s Day Magazine‘s print editions. And, at the beginning of August, Lizz;s personal essay “The Ravine” is featured
MFAW alumna Nita Sweeney’s unpublished memoir, Twenty-Six Point Freaking Two: How a Sedentary, Middle-Aged Manic Depressive Became a Marathoner (with the help of her dog), was short-listed for the 2018 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition nonfiction category. Read Nita’s
MFAW-VT faculty member Jan Clausen’s review of new poetry and hybrid works appears in the July/August issue of the Women’s Review of Books. She addresses Ada Limón’s poetry collection The Carrying and Amy Fusselman’s lyric essay Idiophone.
On Writers, Writer’s Block, Generosity, Creativity and Community
MFAW-VT faculty member Michael Klein’ interview on WGDR aka Goddard Radio is now available for your listening pleasure.
MFAW-VT student Sassafras Lowrey’s anthology Leather Ever After, a collection of kinky fairy tales that first released in 2013 and was a Honorable Mention for the National Leather Association–International Writing Awards and the Rainbow Book Awards, is available for preorder. The anthology is being
MFAW-WA alumna Sarah Cannon’s Goddard thesis, turned debut memoir, The Shame of Losing (Red Hen Press), will be available October 2, 2018 in most independent bookstores in the Northwest. If you are a strong supporter, it would be helpful to ask your local bookstore and
MFAW-WA student Steven Dunn’s new book water & power is ready for pre-order at Tarpaulin Sky Press. See description and blurb below. This is one for the hybrid lovers. Navy veteran Steven Dunn’s second novel, water & power, plunges into military culture and engages
But beauty is still important, isn’t it? It seems to me and other fairly intelligent people in America, that we are living in a time when the failure to describe the time we are living in is truly mystifying. So, please bear with me—I will get to today’s reason for all of us being here, but I don’t know what to say to you today that somehow hasn’t come out of outrage and disbelief—outrage and disbelief at the fact that one of the last bastions of seemingly liberal thought—the fourth estate—has normalized an aberration.