RC Creative Writing alumna Logan Corey (’13) was promoted last July to Director of RC Admissions, replacing Lana Kanitz, who retired. Among other things, Logan has been visiting Metro Detroit high schools and refining RC information pieces to broaden the RC’s presence to prospective U-M students.
The RC continues to admit approximately 260 new students each year. All are LSA “admits” who expressed interest in the RC. New students start in the Fall semester and must live in East Quad for their first two years. The RC also admits a few transfer students (with 40 credits or less); these usually have a one-year residency requirement.
From South Haven, Logan heard about the RC while in high school, liking the small-college environment within a much larger university. She planned to major in Drama, perhaps with a focus on Shakespeare, but began to segue toward Creative Writing after a poetry class and then tutorials with Ken Mikolowski. Logan worked as an ESL tutor after graduation; she did peer, Sweetland, and other tutoring while in school at the RC.
Logan continues to write, mostly poetry but also fiction and creative non-fiction. Several of her poems (from RC Review and from her senior thesis) will be reprinted in the new RC Alumni Journal, due out in October.
Several RC students won Winter 2017 Hopwood awards! Congratulations!
Kathryn Cammell won for Undergraduate Nonfiction
Kelsey Fox won the Leonard and Eileen Newman Writing Prize for Dramatic Writing
Fahim Rahman won two awards: the Leonard and Eileen Writing Award for Dramatic Writing, and for Screenplay
Lily Buday won three awards: the Leonard and Eileen Newman Writing Award in Fiction, the Stanley S. Schwartz Prize, and for Undergraduate Short Fiction
Isabel Sandweiss won for Undergraduate Poetry
In addition, RC major Jean Hung won two awards: the Robert F. Haugh Prize, and for Undergraduate Short Fiction.
The Winter Hopwood Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 20 at 3:30 pm in the Rackham Auditorium. The ceremony includes a lecture by longtime U-M English professor Nicholas Delbanco, a Guggenheim fellow and prolific author.
RC Creative Writing senior Skyler Tarnas is featured in a YouTube video about his work with the RC Players, recently posted by the College. Among other things, Skyler wrote and directed the recent RC Players-performed plays “Murder, by Chanel,” “Wet Hot American Slaughter,” and “Breaking News.” He won a Hopwood in Fall 2015. Skyler is triple-majoring: in English, Drama, and Creative Writing. There’s more about Skyler on his website.
RC creative writing alumnus Peter Anderson (’72) has a small, non-speaking role as Joseph Goebbels in two episodes of the second season of The Man in The High Castle, now available on Netflix. Peter appears in episodes 8 and 10, “Loose Lips,” and “Fallout.” Peter has also appeared in other tv shows: Supernatural (2015) and The X-Files (1995), and in several movies (Leaving Normal, 1992; The Golden Seal, 1983).
Peter is concluding a 10-day residency with Playwrights Theatre Centre’s Writers’ Colony in Vancouver. PTC is working with Peter to create a process tailored to his play, “which may include workshops with actors, dramaturgical sessions, studio work, or design consults.”
RC creative writing alumna Megan Cummins has published an article, “Plunge,” in Guernica. Megan is a two-time Hopwood winner (for undergraduate fiction, and the Robert F. Haugh Prize, both in Winter 2009). She lives in Newark, New Jersey; her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, The Masters Review, Hobart, One Teen Story, and Ninth Letter. She has an MFA from Rutgers-Newark and an MA from UC Davis. She is the managing editor of A Public Space and has worked as a reader in the fiction department at The New Yorker.
RC Creative Writing lecturer Andrew Weinstein is closing out his 2016 tour tour with a reading from his newly released collection, Children of the New World (Picador 2016) at Nicola’s Books (2513 Jackson Ave.) in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, November 30, at 7 pm.
Children of the New World introduces readers to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and alarmingly intuitive robots. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification that belies an unbridgeable human distance, while others inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster, which they must work to rebuild as we once did millennia ago.
Weinstein is also the director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. His fiction and translations have appeared in Cream City Review, Notre-Dame Review, Pleiades, PRISM International, Rio Grande Review, Salamander, Sou’Wester, World Literature Today, and other journals. His fiction was awarded the Lamar York Prize and the Gail Crump Prize, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and appears in the anthologies 2013 New Stories from the Midwest, Bully Anthology, 2014 Lascaux Prize Stories, and 2015 Lascaux Prize Stories. He is a professor of Creative Writing at Siena Heights University and a lecturer at U-M. A graduate of Indiana University’s MFA program and Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, he has been working as a creative writing teacher and freelance editor for the past twelve years and leads fiction workshops in the United States and Europe.
RC Creative Writing alumna (’14) and RC Emerging Writer awardee Allison Epstein has published a story, “Pandemonium”, in Metaphorosis, a fantasy and science-fiction magazine.
Allison lives in Chicago, and is a writer, editor, marketer, and words person. She currently writes both historical fiction and what could be called urban fantasy if you squint. She is the grammar nerd your high school English teacher warned you about.
While in the RC, Allison was an active member and editor-in-chief of the RC Review literary magazine. For more about Allison . . . .
RC Creative Writing alumna Elena Potek (RC 2015) recently concluded a “30 day/30 women” social media project: each day on Facebook she posted about a different woman in her life who has inspired her, and who embodies “a wonderful trait that lights up the world around them.” (One of the featured women was the RC’s Laura Thomas). Elena got the idea from a former theater director, Aaron Gabriel, who was posting about a different woman each day, 38 days out from the national election, to counter “other people’s low value of women.” Elena says, ” I can’t begin to describe what an incredible experience it has been for me to reflect on all of the truly amazing women who have helped to shape me, and to see how positively people have reacted to the posts has shown me how deeply important it is to actively affirm those in our lives and share more positivity with the world around us.”
Elena has started a new 30-day project on Facebook: lifting up non-profits that folks might want to donate time and money to in the the wake of the election.
Since graduation, Elena has been living in Chicago and working as a management consultant in the healthcare space. She hopes to return to graduate school in the near future to fulfill her dream of becoming a sex therapist and educator.