Cameron Finch (RC 2016) has an article published in the health/wellness section of the February 11, 2019 issue of Entropy, an online magazine (and community space). 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 has recent work in (or forthcoming in) Windmill, Midwestern Gothic, Across the Margin, and Orange Quarterly. Find out more about her at ccfinch.com or on Twitter @_ccfinch_.
RC First-Year Seminar lecturer Leslie Stainton has published “Miniature,” an essay, in Broad Street, a “magazine of true stories.” Leslie has been teaching First-Year Seminars since 2017, and was also a lecturer in the RC from 2003-2007. She has worked as an editor at the U-M School of Public Health, Museum of Art, and at the late, great Borders Books. She is the author of Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts (Penn State Press, 2014) and Lorca: A Dream of Life (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999). Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Sun, The American Scholar, Brevity, River Teeth, American Poetry Review, and Common-place, among others. A two-time recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, she is at work on a book about her slaveholding ancestors, the Scarletts of Georgia.
RC Creative Writing alum Skyler Tarnas has a play selected for Theatre NOVA’s Playwrights Festivals this spring (March 6-10) or summer. Ann Arbor-based Theatre Nova is “passionate about new plays. And playwrights. And making theater accessible for everyone. And making theater relevant to a modern audience.” Skyler continues to work as a research assistant at U-M’s Institute for Social Research. He was featured in a YouTube video about his work with the RC Players, posted last year by LSA. There’s more about Skyler on his website.
LSA creative writing major Necko Fanning recently attended conference for student veterans and met and networked with several New York Times reporters and one of its editors! He says, “We were allowed to interview with the editor for a chance to pitch and they selected me. I just sent my pitch for a first-hand account of LGBTQ+ veterans in the army following the repeal of DADT. ” Necko was a Military Intelligence Analyst in the U.S. Army from May 2011 until the end of 2014, and was a creative writing student at Chicago’s Loyola University before transferring to U-M. He’s been published in Diminuendo and BROAD magazine; self-published works can be read on his website and blog (www.neckofanning.com).Additionally, he is the Assistant Editor for BlakeWrites.com; an inclusive men’s blog. Necko was featured in a November 8th article in the Michigan Daily, “LGBTQ veterans speak on their experiences in the military.” (Photo: Necko Fanning is the center of a group of Times reporters and an editor at a recent conference for student veterans.)
Lia Baldori, Underclassman Nonfiction
Nadia Mota, Cowden Memorial Fellowship, Academy of American Poetry Award – Undergraduate
Elena Ramirez-Gorski, Cowden Memorial Fellowship, Rapaport Award in Poetry
Sofia Spencer, Underclassman Fiction
These honors will be conferred on January 30, at 6 p.m. in the Rackham Amphitheatre. Following the announcement of the awards, there will be a reading from former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and a light reception. Free to attend and open to all! Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry and a book of nonfiction. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Northwestern University she is a Board of Trustees Professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the State of Mississippi and and in 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
RC creative writing student Clara Scott was recently featured in the Michigan Daily‘s genre-bender series Arts Interrupted! In the podcast, Clara discusses country music. Clara is Senior Music Editor at the Michigan Daily as well as Music Writer there. Some of Clara’s articles can be found on the Daily Style page. She works as an editorial intern at Consequence of Sound, an online music, film, and television publication, and was Culture Editor at Teen Eye Magazine.
Kathryn Orwig (RC 2017) recently won the 2018 National Film Festival for Talented Youth Story Starts Here Screenplay Competition, with her script, “The Adventures of Star Girl and the Marble Roller.” The announcement came at the Awards Show during the closing ceremony of the NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) in Seattle (October 25-28). Kathryn works as a screenwriter for It’s Not a Phase, Mom LLC, an animation company, developing content for 20 episodes that will be shown online. Filming will begin after the scripts are finished, in the “machinima” genre, which uses real-time computer graphics to create films. Kathryn received a Hopwood in 2017, and has been published in Confined Connections (Z Publishing’s creative writing series anthology), Northwestern Michigan College Magazine, Café Shapiro, and RC Review. More about Kathryn at her website. For more information or to read the winning screenplay, please email Kathryn at email@example.com. (To the right is a photo of Kathryn at the Awards Show in Seattle).
Kathryn Orwig (RC 2017) is a finalist in The Talented Youth‘s 2018 Story Starts Here screenplay competition. The winner will be announced at the Awards Show during the closing ceremony of the NFFTY Film Festival (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) in Seattle (October 25-28). Kathryn works as a screenwriter for It’s Not a Phase, Mom LLC, an animation company, developing content for 20 episodes that will be shown online. Filming will begin after the scripts are finished, in the “machinima” genre, which uses real-time computer graphics to create films. Kathryn received a Hopwood in 2017, and has been published in Confined Connections (Z Publishing’s creative writing series anthology), Northwestern Michigan College Magazine, Café Shapiro, and RC Review. More about Kathryn at her website.