Detroit Jewish News is looking for bloggers!

RC Creative Writing alumna Hannah Levine (RC 2016) is the new Digital/Social Media Editor at the Detroit Jewish News. She notes that the News is looking for bloggers!

Writers are not required to be Jewish. “However,” Hannah writes, “in order to stay within the overall goals of the Detroit Jewish News, we are looking for candidates with a willingness to explore Jewish content or themes.” If interested, send a resume with a brief (paragraph or two) cover letter, a 300-500 word blog-style writing sample related to one of the topics below  (or another topic if really passionate about it), and a list of social media accounts and following to Please use the subject line “DJN Blogger [YOUR NAME}.” For example,  “DJN Blogger Hannah Levine.” Please send writing samples by March 26, 2018. Bloggers write at least 2x/month and are paid $15 per post.

The News is looking for bloggers who can write about the following topics in a fun, interesting, fresh way. AP style is a plus. Kitschy Kosher: Write about cool, interesting Kosher and not-Kosher food, recipes, restaurants, etc. Music:  What should our readers be listening to? Why? Cable and/or Streaming TV: What should our readers be watching? Why? No spoilers. Love & Relationships: Do you have crazy experiences in dating? Are you open to answering relationship questions? Do you have love advice that actually works (or that you tell yourself works)? Books: What should our readers be reading? Think of this like a book club. Choose a book, read the book, discuss the book, keep going. No spoilers. Israel (Travel/Volunteerism/Voluntourism): Do you like to travel? Is Israel your favorite location, or dream spot, or maybe one day if I’m really, really lucky spot? Have you been on birthright or other Israel trips? Have you been anywhere else? Do you have travel tips or tricks? Jewish & Jew-ISH life: Do you identify as Jewish or Jew-ISH? Why? Kick-Ass Women: Can you highlight awesome Jewish women doing cool and interesting things both locally and not? Can you  identify and seek out inspirational women, talk with them, and write about them? Jewish Detroit: What’s going on downtown and in the burbs? What are the cool kids on the block doing? Slightly Alcoholic (Kosher + wine, beer, scotch, and more. (Must be 21+): Can you write about all things alcohol?

There’s more about Hannah at her website.

RC writing student Zofia Ferki wins First Year Writing Prize

RC creative writing student Zofia Ferki is one of two winners of the Matt Kelley/Granader Family Award for Excellence in First Year Writing, awarded by the Sweetland Center for Writing and the English Department Writing Program. Her paper, “As Time Ticks By,” was written for RC 100, a First Year Seminar, and was nominated by her instructor, Leslie Stainton. (The other First Year Writing prize awardee was also a student in Stainton’s class.)  Zofia will receive $1,000 and her paper will appear in the forthcoming volume collecting winning documents from this and other Sweetland/English writing prizes this year. Previous volumes are viewable at the Sweetland website, and paper copies can be purchased at Amazon. Zofia and others will be honored at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 18, at 10 am in 2435 North Quad.

RC alum Peter Anderson in Butcher

RC Creative Writing alum Peter Anderson is starring in Nicolas Billon’s Butcher, March 20-31 at the Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre). In Butcher, an old man in a strange uniform is dropped off at a police station at 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve. He refuses to speak English, and has a meat hook dangling from his neck. Impaled on the hook is the business card of a local lawyer and the words “Arrest Me.” Haunted by events a world away, a victim confronts the perpetrator of a war crime in a struggle for truth. CBC Arts calls the play “[a] funny, horrifying, serpentine stage thriller.”

Cafe Shapiro Schedules Readings, Prepares for 21st Collection

On February 5, 6, 8, 12, and 13, U-M undergraduate writers nominated by their professors will read original works in Bert’s Cafe in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. Many of these works will be included in the 21st Cafe Shapiro Anthology. (Earlier anthologies are available online). Last year’s anthology included 106 works from 41 students, including several RC creative writing majors:Kathleen Janeschek, Nadia Mota, Kathryn Orwig (who graduated last year), Elena Ramirez-Gorski, Shashank Rao, Natalie Steers, and Minna Wybrecht. Cafe Shapiro launched 20 years ago as “a student coffee break” of the University’s Year of the Humanities and Art.

RC alum James Guthrie is editor of the Emily Dickinson Journal

RC creative writing alumnus James Guthrie (1973) is editor of the Emily Dickinson Journal, published twice a year by Johns Hopkins University Press for The Emily Dickinson International Society. Jim has been the editor since 2016. Retired Professor of English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, Jim is author of A Kiss from Thermopylae: Emily Dickinson and Law (2015), Above Time: Emerson’s and Thoreau’s Temporal Revolutions (2001) and Emily Dickinson’s Vision: Illness and Identity in Her Poetry (1998).

Cameron Finch and Mary Gallagher in Ann Arbor’s Current Magazine

The December 2017 and January 2018 issues of Ann Arbor’s Current Magazine feature work by RC creative writing alumnae Cameron Finch (2016) and Mary Gallagher (2015).

Cameron writes “Person of Interest,” a monthly feature she debuted  in the January 2016 issue. She’s written about “all sorts of Ann Arborites: dancers, chocolate makers, venture capitalists, preschool teachers, bloggers, and bartenders,” including the RC’s Laura Thomas. Click for a link to her Current archive. Cameron is a candidate for an MFA in Writing and Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she serves as managing editor of the VCFA literary journal Hunger Mountain. She also writes for Michigan Quarterly Review and Buzzworthy, and is working on stories and her first novel. Find out more about her at her website.

Mary has an article about vaping in the January Current, and an article about “treetown muralists” in December’s. She’s working on an article about the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Click for a link to her Current archive. Mary works at the literary arts program at the Neutral Zone, and teaches a short story workshop there. She’s starting a nursing program, and working on a fiction collection. By the way, Mary’s dad, Terry, is also an RC alum (1977).

RC creative writing alumna Megan Cummins in CRAFT

RC creative writing alumna Megan Cummins (2005) has a short story, “Beast,” published in the December 15 issue of CRAFT, an online journal of The Masters Review. Megan’s writing has appeared in GuernicaA Public SpaceHobartOne Teen Story, Ninth Letter, among other places. She has an MFA from Rutgers-Newark and an MA from UC Davis. She is managing editor of A Public Space and has worked as a reader in the fiction department at The New Yorker. She lives in Brooklyn.

Summer Internship Funding for Creative Writing Students

The Residential College is pleased to offer a new source of funding for Creative Writing students in unpaid summer internships through the David and Sylvia Nelson Award. Two students will receive a minimum $2,500 stipend to help support a summer unpaid internship for an organization in a creative-writing related field, such as editing, publishing, social media writing, or teaching creative writing for a nonprofit (for example, a youth arts organization).
This award is open to all RC and LSA students majoring in RC creative writing.
Submit a 2-4 page proposal to Laura Thomas via email before 5 pm on March 30. Include: (1) A written description of your unpaid internship, including information about the organization’s mission, a description of your expected duties, and how your internship will support your writing and career goals. (2) A budget of expenses you expect to incur during this unpaid internship. For example, if you must relocate to perform this work, itemize your anticipated living expenses. (3) A letter from the organization offering the unpaid internship verifying that you have been hired for this work.
The funding committee’s decision will be based on financial need and academic promise in creative writing, poetry or non-fiction.
Only unpaid internships performed over the summer of 2018 will be considered.
David and Sylvia Nelson are both U-M graduates. In 2005 they endowed the David Robert and Sylvia Jean Nelson Foundation for Arts and Letters primarily to provide talented students financial assistance so they may continue their studies at the university level in visual, performing and literary arts.  Nelson scholarships have been provided to students at the University of Michigan, the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and the Detroit Public Schools’ Detroit School of Arts.

RC Creative Writing Alumna Paige Pfleger: Getting the Hang of Body Suspension

RC Creative Writing Alumna Paige Pfleger (2015) had a story about body suspension on NPR’s Here and Now on Wednesday, January 17. After graduation (double-majoring in Communications as well as Creative Writing) Paige began work as a Digital News intern at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. She is associate producer for WHYY’s The Pulse. There’s more about Paige at her website. She tweets @PaigePfleger.

RC Students Win Fall 2017 Hopwoods!

Several RC students won Fall 2017 Hopwood awards! Congratulations!
Hannah Brauer: Hopwood Underclassman Fiction
Alexa Zielinski: Hopwood Underclassman Nonfiction
Ceren Ege: Hopwood Underclassman Poetry
Caroline Rothrock: Academy of American Poets Prize Undergraduate
Paulina Adams: Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship
Emilia Prado: Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship

The 2018 Hopwood Underclassmen Awards will be announced and celebrated by Hopwood director Michael Byers. After the presentation of these awards, Antonya Nelson will offer a reading.

Antonya Nelson is the author of four novels, including Living to Tell and Bound, and seven short story collections, including Some Fun, Nothing Right, and, most recently, Funny Once. Her short stories have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Quarterly West, Harper’s, and other magazines. They have been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. She teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, as well as in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program.

This event is free and open to the public.