Monthly Email to the RC Alumni Writing Community

These emails to the RC writing community are slightly edited. To subscribe, send Dan an email: dmadaj@umich.edu.

Feb 10:

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums, among other things.

Matt Forbeck (RC 1989) has a new novel coming out in March: Minecraft Legends: Return of the Piglins (Penguin Random House). Matt is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author and game designer. 

Peter Anderson (RC 1972) has had three short prose poems accepted by Frigg: A Magazine for Fiction and Poetry.

Carmen Bugan (RC 1996) has a review of her recent book of essays in The Manhattan Reviewbit.ly/3Ig6I1n

Ian Ross Singleton (RC 2005) was interviewed on the Haight Ashbury Literary Review podcast: bit.ly/3HTlHwC

Cydney K. Seigerman (RC 2013) gave the annual Robertson Lecture in East Quad’s Keene Theater yesterday. Cydney studied chemistry and Spanish at U-M, then relocated to Madrid and worked as a Fulbright English teaching assistant, studied acting at La Lavanderia, and ran competitively. Cydney is an NSF graduate research fellow and research scholar in Brazil, and is a PhD candidate in the Integrative Conservation and Anthropology program at U Georgia. 

In the Neighborhood:

UM English MFA student (and Rackham Merit Scholar) Brian Gyamfi has two poems in the February issue of Poetry.

Nishanth Injam is a graduate of U-M English Zell (2021). An article, “Come with Me,” is in BestAmerican Magazine Writing 2022, and his short story “Math of Living” won a PEN/Dau Prize and was in The Best Debut Short Stories 2021The Best Possible Experience, a collection of stories, is forthcoming from Pantheon in July.

Haymarket House in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood is the “physical emobidment” of Haymarket Books. Haymarket Books publishes books “that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice.” More info at haymarkethouse.com

Ann Arbor’s District Library hosts monthly meet-ups and workshops for local emerging writers (usually at its Westgate branch), including a meet-up scheduled for Monday, February 20 at 6:30 pm (at Westgate). These are hosted by Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo. Kourvo lives in Ann Arbor and works as a freelance editor. Her most recent book is No Hero Wants to Save the World: How to Raise the Stakes in Your Fiction (Lovely Day Books, 2022). Neal lives near Ann Arbor and graduated from Bowling Green U and writes young adult fiction. Her debut novel is My Last Kiss (Square Fish, 2015). More info at aadl.org

Brief Bios:

As work continues on the Fall 2023 alumni journal, we try to expand our reach: after all, in over 50 years of RC creative writing, there are over 600 writing alums, which does not include other RC alums who have written and published. One source is LinkedIn’s RC group. As we reach out to those alums. we thought you might be interested in some things learned along the way:

Jeff Scott (RC 1983) has won many music awards, and was nominated for a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Americana Song in 2022. CDs include Nola to New York, The Long Way Home, and Begin Again. A recent song, “The Comeback Kid,” is viewable on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59xncBjOclA Jeff will perform at Ann Arbor’s Black Crystal Café (near Jewel Heart) on March 31, and will open for Bill Edwards at the Ark on October 18. More about Jeff at jeffscottmusic.com

Martin Sweeney (RC 1991) wrote, directed, and produced 37 episodes of “Behind the Music That Sucks,” which won a 2000 Wobbly Award. A preview of “CI: A TEDD Talkumentary,” which Martin wrote and directed, is available at bit.ly/3YgjIcc More about the talkumentary at bubblepoint.tv  More about Martin at martinsweeney.com

Elizabeth Inglehart (RC 1987) is a clinical associate professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. She developed and teaches an intensive writing course in revising articles for publication, and is editor in chief of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. She has published several legal treatises in Criminal Law Advocacy, and in other books.

Emily Linn (RC 2000) and Andy Linn (RC 2006) own and operate City Bird, 460 W. Canfield (and Nest next door) in Detroit, which feature Michigan-themed cards, jewelry, and things. They are also the editors (with Rob Linn) of Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit (2012).

David Bell (RC 1976) died in 2016. David earned an MFA in creative writing from Brown (1979), and worked at Chicago Youth Centers for over 26 years.

Caitlin Brown (RC 2006) is the founder of Mindful Detroit, which provides individualized yoga therapy. A Detroit native, Caitlin also has an MSW from Wayne State, where she is an adjunct social work faculty member.

Alumni Journal Reading!

Laura Thomas will host the second annual RC Alumni Journal reading on Tuesday, March 14, 7 pm EST. Brief readings by several authors in the current issue will be featured, including Peter Anderson, Carmen Bugan, Claire Denson, Ellen Dreyer, Cameron Finch, John Hagen, Carolyn Lusch, Kathryn Orwig, Theo Poling, and Haley Winkle. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required: https://myumi.ch/Mrrw5

 Jan 19, 2023

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums, among other things.

Caitlin Cowan (RC 2008) has three poems in Softblow, an online journal. It has been “a home for contemporary poetry from all over the world since Sep. 2004.” https://bit.ly/3HMei3J

Ian Ross Singleton (RC 2005) reviewed Bojan Lewis’ Sinking Bell  in “Who Gets the Bones? On Bojan Louis’s Sinking Bell” in The Los Angeles Review of Books: https://bit.ly/3CRRQTt

Jeanette Bradley (RC 1994) has a nonfiction picture book poetry anthology {No World Too Big: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change) coming out from Charlesbridge on March 14. Jeanette co-edited and illustrated the book as well as authoring a poem included in the anthology. 

Barry Garelick (RC 1971)  has published a story in Adelaide Literary Magazine: http://adelaidemagazine.org/2022/12/20/agatha-by-barry-garelick/

Cameron Finch (RC 2016) is organizing the inaugural Ann Arbor PoetTreeTown event for April Poetry Month. PoetTreeTown is a community-centered “poetry in public” celebration of Washtenaw-based poets. Select poems will be printed and displayed in local downtown business windows during April. All Washtenaw-based folks are invited to submit an original poem for consideration. Submissions are open through February 15: https://forms.gle/nJNvWB1RityvmHuq8

Opportunities

The Ann Arbor District Library is hosting its 31st annual state-wide teen writing contest, “It’s All Write!” in three categories: Grades 6-8, 9-19, and 11-12,  Submissions accepted through March 5 (Michigan residents only). Kids in grades 3-5 can also enter AADL’s “Write On!” short story contest, which accepts entries through February 6. More info at aadl.org or email allwrite@aadl.com

A Rally of Writers (arallyofwriters.com) will hold its annual writers’ conference in Lansing on April 15. 

The Bear River Writing Conference at Walloon Lake is August 31-September 4, with online registration opening in April. More info at lsa.umich.edu/bearriver

In the Neighborhood

Beth Nguyen, who has a U-M MFA and is from Grand Rapids (via Vietnam), published an essay in the 2021 Best American Essays. Her book, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, was a “Great Michigan Read” in 2018. She’s a professor of creative writing at Wisconsin-Madison.

Alums in or near Chicago may be interested in Story Studio Chicago, a charitable nonprofit with a mission to “build communities of storytellers trained to question, explore, celebrate, and change their worlds using the power of story.” The studio is at 4043 N. Ravenswood in Chicago. More info at storystudiochicago.org

Ann Arbor District Library’s Fifth Avenue Press published five books this month, all by folks with Ann Arbor connections. More info at pulp.aadl.org. Also at Pulp is an interview with Dur e Aziz Amna, a U-M Zell grad, who recently published American Fever. She was interviewed by Julie Buntin, who teaches creative writing at U-M English and grew up in northern Michigan. Buntin is an editor at Catapult, is the author ofMarlena (2017), and won the Ellen Levine Fund for Writers award for her novel-in-progress.

Catherine Kim, U-M internist, and Megan Valley, from Flushing near Flint and now a reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat in Illinois, won Emerging Writer awards from Ploughshares.

The Detroit Writing Author Series begins its 2023 series with a book talk and signing by Dr. M. Roy Wilson at the historic Detroit Whitney mansion, January 25 from 7-8:30. Wilson is president of Wayne State (since 2013), and published a memoir, The Plum Tree Blossoms Even in Winter, in 2022 (WSU Press). For tickets and more information, contact detroitwritingroom.com

Dunes Review, the bi-annual journal of the Michigan Writers group (michwriters.org) has five pieces in the 2023 Pushcart Prize publication.

A friend shared a personal memoir from Storyworth (storyworth.com). She responded to weekly prompts, which were gathered into a book. One can imagine generating personalized prompts . . . . This concept might be useful for memoir (and memory) work at nursing homes and senior centers, and could also be used to consider what departed parents or grandparents might have said . . . .

Alumni Journal Reading!

Laura Thomas will host the second annual RC Alumni Journal reading on Tuesday, March 14, 7 pm EST. Brief readings by authors in the current issue will be featured. More information next time!

Dec 20

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums, among other things.

Ian Ross Singleton (RC 2005) was interviewed by Kristina Gorcheva Newberry in the journal Punctured Lines, and then returned the favor: bit.ly/3v1yfvU  Ian talked about his recent book, Two Big Differences.

Barry Garelick (RC 1971) published a story, “Elizabeth“ in CafeLit’s November issue. Barry notes that the authors were asked include the name of a coffee or other drink to go with the story, so that’s why you’ll see “ristresso macchiato” in the title line: https://www.cafelitmagazine.uk/2022/11/elizabeth-by-barry-garelick-ristretto.html

Caitlin Cowan (RC 2008) has three poems in Softblow, an online journal. It has been “a home for contemporary poetry from all over the world since Sep. 2004” : bit.ly/3HMei3J

In April 2023 Cognella will publish Fixing Broken Meetings (by John Tropman with Daniel Madaj and Carolyn Gier). The book provides synopses of over 40 articles and book excerpts, ranging from the humorous to the corrective. Dan Madaj (RC 1973/82) has been working on this project, on and off, with U-M Social Work emeritus professor John Tropman for over 40 years!

In the neighborhood: Since November 7, Ann Arbor’s Tracy Bennett (U-M 1989) has been curating Wordle for the New York Times. An article on M-Live notes that Bennett is using a list of 2700 words “automatically generated” by Wordle creator Josh Wardle, and that the list might last until 2027.

Happy holidays to everyone! Safe travels! See you next year!

Nov 10:

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums, among other things.

Cameron Finch (RC 2016) has published “Sublingua,” as well a piece of original art, in Gender Queer Literature, a “free online and living resource for contemporary genderqueer perspectives”: https://genderqueerliterature.org/2022/09/27/sublingua/

Cameron also notes that in addition to her day job as the Book Publicity Director at Atmosphere Press, she recently joined the editorial masthead (volunteer position) of the literary journal Tiny Molecules (www.tinymolecules.com), which recently published her “Greening” and “Where the Face Becomes a Plant” pieces.The journal is always open for submissions, and Cameron says she’d love to read RC alum flash fiction or nonfiction. Submission guidelines are on the website.

John Hagen (RC 1972) recently received a Gold Medal from the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards for his novelette “Runtley Goes Rogue.” The story is part of his Sea Stacks anthology (available via Amazon, B&N, Rakuten Kobo, or Apple Books). Also, John’s poem “Northwest of the Skillagalee” was recognized as one of the top three submissions to Thrills and Chills: Florida Writers Association Collection 14 (available via Amazon).

Jillian Lukas Rodriguez (RC 2012) presented an “alum connection” via Zoom at the LSA Opportunity Hub on October 26, “Breaking into the Gig Economy and Living the Freelance Life.” The event blurb noted that Jillian’s day job is as a senior copywriter for Maestro, a learning innovation company “that inspires change in learners at Fortune 500 companies” such as Target and Royal Caribbean Cruises. Jillian studied creative writing and sociology at U-M, graduated with highest honors, and earned an RC Robbie for high achievement in creative arts.

Caitlin Cowan (RC 2008) has published “Smoke,” a nonfiction piece, in the fall issue of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought: https://theaccountmagazine.com/article/cowan-2022/

Haley Winkle (RC 2018), an editorial associate at U-M Press, reports that the Press has announced a new event series, “On Words & Onward,” in honor of National Writing Month. Panelists and special guests will aim to answer questions about authors that have made a lasting impression in the literary world and what we can learn from them. Panelists include U-M Press series editors Jay Parini (Writers on Writing series), Derek Pollard (Poets on Poetry), and Georgia Popoff (Under Discussion). The kickoff event is November 15th, 7 pm ET via Zoom. To register: https://bit.ly/3NTKL9j

During November and December, all books in the three U-M Press book series above are discounted by 40 percent: www.press.umich.edu  Use discount code UMONWORDS at checkout.

Haley also notes regarding our mention of the Press in the previous e-blast: the Yeats series is not active. She suggests looking at the Under Discussion series, which used to be handled by the same editors as Poets on Poetry.

An October article on the Ann Arbor District Library website (aadl.org). lists four staff picks for “writing in Washtenaw County,” including Eden Springs by Laura Kasischke (RC 1984) and A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself by Peter Ho Davis (;professor at U-M English). Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins, her debut novel, was published while she was assistant prof at U-M Zell, and The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra, a collection of essays, contains familiar Washtenaw places. Stielstra grew up in Washtenaw County.

We have mentioned in the past that Beenish Ahmed (RC 2009) is a reporter on Michigan Radio (WUOM). RC junior and creative writing (and communications) major Emily Blumberg is currently an intern at the station, one of two U-M students of six interns (there are additionally two MSU students, and two non-students).

Oct 19

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums, among other things.

Laura Kasischke (RC 1984) and Matthew Rohrer (RC 1992) have poems in The Best American Poetry 2022. Laura’s poem, “When lightning falls in love,” appeared in The Georgia Review and also appears in Lightning Falls in Love (Copper Canyon Press, 2021). Matthew’s poem, “Follow Them,” was published in The New American Review. He notes that the poem was written “before the Michigan Wolverines beat the hated Ohio State Buckeyes after a drought of ten years.”

The 2022 edition of the new Best Mystery Stories of the Year has a story by Doug Allyn (U-M 1970s), who studied creative writing (and criminal psychology) at U-M (as well as playing guitar in the group, Devil’s Triangle).

Most of the other “best of” collections are released in early November, so perhaps there will be more RC and U-M news next month!

Ann Arbor’s Huron High School publishes Full Circle, an annual collection of winners of the school’s River Rat Writing Prize. Ann Arbor’s Skyline High’s literary magazine, Teen Spirit, usually celebrates its May release with a reading at Literati Bookstore, downtown. Spirit publishes winners of the school’s annual Writing Prize. Ann Arbor’s Pioneer High also has a Literary Arts Awards program.

(“River Rats” is one of the more interesting Michigan school names. It does make one wish for . . . the Lansing Boils, Mesick Hypochondriacs, Galesburg Blowhards, Howell Criers, Flint Stones, Eaton Rapids Antacids, Dexter Southpaws . . . .)

The Detroit (and New York) Writing Rooms, and Coaching Detroit Forward, offer a “virtual” launch party for Perspectives Magazine, November 15thfrom 7-8 pm. The magazine includes stories and photos from high school students from Detroit and across the country that were produced during summer journalism and photography camps. There is a minimum $10 donation. A print copy of the magazine will be available for $15. Register at eventbright.com (perspectives-magazine-launch-party-tickets). 

Continuing our rambling discussion of U-M writing opportunities for students and others, the Wallace House Center for Journalists sponsors occasional “conversations” as well as providing fellowships for journalists.  (David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and host of the New Yorker Radio Hour, is a past fellow).

The Michigan Daily’s The Statement magazine (RC student Grace Tucker is Managing Student Editor) is a “long-form magazine that intertwines news, opinion, and creative nonfiction.” It publishes an annual fiction edition, too.

The University of Michigan Press publishes over 150 books a year “in humanities and social science,” some of these in ongoing series, including Poets on Poetry (Donald Hall was series editor, back in the 1970s and ‘80s), Writers on Writing, and Yeats: An Annual Journal of Critical and Textual Studies. Its Michigan and the Great Lakes series recently published Sing to the Colors by Jim Tobin (RC 1978).

Sep 22

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums, among other things.

Caitlin Cowan (RC 2008) has her debut full-length collection of poetry, Happy Everything, forthcoming from Cornerstone Press (February 2024).

Ian Ross Singleton (RC 2005) is the new nonfiction editor of Asymptote Journal of Translation.

Barry Garelick (RC 1971) has a new book, Traditional Math: An Effective Strategy That Teachers Feel Guilty Using, due in late October or November from John Catt Educational. The book is available for pre-order via Amazon.

Jacob Wheeler (RC 2000) has a new book out, Angel of the Garbage Dump: How Hanley Denning Changed the World, One Child at a Time. To learn more about the book, and read Jacob’s blog posts and missives, visit www.angelofthegarbagedump.com

Jeanette Bradley (RC 1994) has a new author/illustrated picture book, Something Great, due out from Levine Querido on October 11. 

Beenish Ahmed (RC 2009) was awarded first place (and $10,000) in the 31st Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship for her novel, Every Song an Elegy. This Sunday (Sep 25), 2-4 pm, Beenish will be part of a Michigan Radio enterprise event, “Jail’s True Cost,” showcasing the financial and personal toil of pre-trial incarceration. More info at www.michiganradio.orgin its community calendar.

Continuing our discussion of Michigan and regional resources, the Poetry Society of Michigan holds an annual poetry competition (10 categories) and publishes a poetry collection called Michigan Reads. The current issue of Reads contains poems from the previous five years and is available via Amazon for $10. More info at poetrysocietyofmichigan.com

The Michigan Poet (themichiganpoet.com) features a different Michigan poet each month, along with an archive of previous featurings. The most recent book collection is The Michigan Poet: Collected Poems 2010-2015. More info at the website.

Ann Arbor’s District Library publishes Pulp, an online journal, with frequent contributions by Martha Stuit (RC 2011), including several interviews with Carmen Bugan (RC 1996). More at pulp.aadl.org The library sponsors an annual writing contest, and its Fifth Avenue Press recently published Bring Your Words: A Writers’ Community Anthology, which included words by Kaleb Brown (RC 2021), Kathryn Orwig (RC 2017), and Abby O’Meara (RC 2022).

The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes (near Muskegon) focuses on the “fine arts” but does include drama.

Three Fold Press is an independent quarterly based in Detroit (threefoldpress.org). One of its issues contains an essay by former RC creative writing lecturer Lolita Hernandez (https://threefoldpress.org/arrivalsanddepartures

In the neighborhood: U-M Zell alum and Hopwood winner Celeste Ng is profiled in The Sept 26/Oct 3 issue of Time Magazine, which among other things profiles her newest novel, Missing Hearts

‘Pemi Aguda, a U-M Zell graduate, has a story in the 2022 O. Henry collection, The Best Short Stories 2022. She says her story, “Breastmilk,” was  inspired by a talk she heard at U-M by Ruth Behar in 2018. Behar is professor of Anthropology at U-M.

Dan

Aug 20

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums, among other things.

Cameron Finch (RC 2016) was recently interviewed for the Writers Lounge on blogtalkradio. Cam is Book Publicity Director at Atmosphere Press, and she discussed how the book business works: https://bit.ly/3c7HHbm

Monica Dollive (RC  2017) wrote an episode of the Netflix Polly Pocket show, “Mermaid Kingdom Part 2.” Monica studied film and writing with a minor in environmental studies at U-M, and worked in live-action development at Code Entertainment and interned at Dark Horse Entertainment and Captive Entertainment, before joining the animation team at Cartel in 2019 (all in or. near LA).

Continuing our discussion of Michigan and regional resources, the Detroit Writers Room was recently created, providing writing coaches but also virtual workshops and author talks: https://www.detroitwritingroom.com. Writers Room folk with U-M connections include Stephanie Steinberg, Jake Serwer, Kendra Charboneau, Phil Dean, and Erin Kirkland. Folks with U-M connections in the New York office: Anna Medaris, John Papanek.

TheGreat Lakes College Association (which works on behalf of thirteen Great Lakes colleges, including Albion College, Kalamazoo College, and Hope College in Holland) holds an annual contest for new writer’s awards in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. The 2022 award reading was held on March 8 at Hope College. The poetry winner was Sumita Chakraborty, who was a visiting professor at U-M Zell last year. GLCA is headquartered in Ann Arbor (in the old Argus Camera building on the west side). More info: https://www.glca.org

The annual Bear River Writers’ Conference is part of U-M LSA, and directed by Cody Walker, who directs undergrad creative writing at U-M English. Program manager and review editor Monica Rico is a Hopwood winner and Zell grad. The annual conference is held at U-M’s Camp Michigania on Walloon Lake, and the Bear River Review collects conference writings. More info at https://lsa.umich.edu/bearriver

Other U-M journals include Cafe Shapiro (collecting undergraduate writing), andMichigan Quarterly Review, “the flagship literary journal” at U-M. MQR staff include U-M faculty, English PhD students, and student and recent grad interns. U-M and other state universities have presses, and the Wayne State press has a Made in Michigan Writers Series. Haley Winkle (RC 2018) is an editorial associate at U-M Press.

In the neighborhood: U-M alum and Michigan native Lisa Rose‘s10th book, The Singer and The Scientist, is recently out. It’s about the friendship between Albert Einstein and the singer Marian Anderson.

For your amusement: At least two RC writing alums have parents who were Ann Arbor mayors: Lucy Eldersveld-Murphy (RC 1975), whose dad, Sam Eldersveld, was mayor from 1957-59, and Conan Smith (RC 1996), whose dad, Al Wheeler, was mayor from 1975-78.

Dan

July 24

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums, among other things.

Carmen Bugan (RC 1997) has a poem in Busy Griefs, Raw Towns: A Poetic Response to the Brutality of War in Ukraine. Edited by GF Gorreck, the book is published by Schuler Books in Grand Rapids. Proceeds will be forwarded to the International Rescue Committee to support continuing Ukraine relief efforts. The book launch will take place on Wednesday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids. For more info on the reading and book project, contact GF Korreck at gfk1949@yahoo.com

Peter Anderson (RC 1972) has a prose poem, “Wobble,”  in Best Microfiction 2022, out now from Pelekinesis. (Who knew there were so many stories about microwave ovens?). The book is $18 on Amazon.  A list of the 80 stories and their authors is on the Bestmicrofiction website: http://www.bestmicrofiction.com 

The Michigan Writes group (michwrites.org) reports a new Detroit-based online magazine featuring poetry and short fiction, Detroit Lit Maghttps://detroitlitmag.wordpress.comEditor Robert Hunter is accepting no-fee submissions via detroitlitmag@gmail.com

The 10th annual issue of Write Michigan: 2022 Anthologywas recently published by WriteMichigan.orgvia Schuler Books in Grand Rapids. The anthology collects winners of the annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, which has four categories: 11 and under, 12-17, 18 and older, and Spanish language, with three cash prizes awarded in each category. Schuler Books publishes the anthology through its Chapbook Press, in partnership with Meijer and several Michigan libraries (Kent, Traverse City, Hancock, and Canton). The book can be ordered through Schuler Books ($14.95 plus postage): https://bit.ly/3ow88tC

The Traverse City-based Michigan Writers group (michwriters.org) publishes an annual collection, Dunes Review, and the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (uppaa.org) publishes the annual U.P. Reader. The U-M Library publishes Café Shapiro, an annual collection of a U-M student writing (https://bit.ly/3zuc2tu). (The Hopwood Program published a 75th anniversary collection, but it’ll be about another 63 years until the next one). Of course, there is ye old RC Alumni Journal. Is anyone aware of others in Michigan or in the Great Lakes region?

You probably have heard that U-M has picked a new president: Santa Ono. Perhaps the most interesting thing about his contract is that he loses his tenured faculty position if fired by the regents. Then again, there are the unlimited funds to transport and house his cellos . . . . A recent Michigan Daily article (July 12) about Ono was co-written by RC creative writing student Anna Fifelski, Daily News Editor. Another RC student, Grace Tucker, serves as the Daily’s managing “Statement” editor. The article:https://bit.ly/3b1FtJQ

Speaking of university leaders, Anne Curzan, current LSA Dean, is a professor of English and former director of English’s writing program. Her PhD in English language and literature is from U-M.

The June 20 issue of The University Recordreports that A. Van Johnson, who teaches writing at the RC (and English), has been appointed Robert Hayden Professor of English Language and Literature, Sept 1, 2022 through August 31, 2023. TheRecordalso reported that Peter Ho Davieshas been appointed Charles Baxter Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature for the same period.

Many of the year’s “best of” series will be out soon, and I’ve been trying to catch up on last year’s. Many of these collections present the stories in alphabetical order by author, which seems to me to take away some of the editor’s influence. On the other hand, I sometimes begin with a favorite author and then work my work fore and aft from there. Once in a while I actually start at the back and work my way to the front, which my left-hander’s brain likes, if you know what I mean. I tell myself it’s easier than reading the book upside down!

June 21, 2022

Happy summer solstice! News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums, among other things.

Peter Anderson (RC 1972) has two pieces (“Bind” and “City”) in the inaugural issue of Duality, an annual journal of art and literature. More about the journal at https://www.dualityjournal.com. Peter’s prose poem “Wobble” will appear inBest Microfictions 2022, available July 10. 

John Hagen (RC 1972) has a poem (“Northwest of the Skillagalee”) selected for Thrills and Chills, a themed collection published annually by the Florida Writers Association.  The contest judge singled out John’s poem as one her top ten picks. John also gave a presentation on using writing software in Marquette, Michigan on June 5th. He plans to include an article about writing apps and/or self-publishing for the forthcoming alumni journal.

Ian Ross Singleton (RC 2004) published a review of Words of War, an anthology of Ukrainian poetry in Asymptote Journal (“the premier site for world literature in translation”): https://bit.ly/39EaGlG

Cameron Finch (RC 2016) has an interview with Erin Stalcup, author of KEEN, in Heavy Feather Review: https://bit.ly/3QLKir5 

Booksweet Bookstore in Ann Arbor (it replaced Bookbound, last August) is hosting a belated birthday party on Friday, June 24, 6-9 pm, featuring 16 Washtenaw County poets (all members of the Michigan Writers association), including Keith Taylor, former U-M English undergraduate writing teacher. The event is free and will be held outdoors (weather permitting); please register: https://www.shopbooksweet.com/6-24-belated-poetry-book-b-day-party/

While the Wikipedia page “List of Michigan Writers” does not (yet!) include any of the luminaries featured in the alumni journal, the page is still interesting. The list of children’s writers includes Chris Van Alsburg (from East Grand Rapids), Robert Sabuda (Pinckney), and Jon Scieszka (Flint). Fiction writers include Nelson Algren (Detroit), Jeffrey Eugenides (Detroit), Alioce Fulton (she lived in Ypsilanti), Jim Harrison (Grayling), Elmore Leonard (Detroit), and Joyce Carol Oates (she lived in Detroit). Journalists and non-fiction writers include Tom Stanton (Warren) and Michael Moore (Flint). Playwrights and screenwriters include: Francis Ford Coppola (Detroit) and Lawrence Kasdan (he attended U-M). Poets include Stuart Dybek (he lives in Kalamazoo), Carolyn Forche (Detroit), Robert Frost (he lived in Ann Arbor and taught at U-M), Jane Kenyon (Ann Arbor), Marge Piercy (Detroit), and Nancy Willard (Ann Arbor, BA and PhD from U-M, and five-time Hopwood winner).

This list also includes Heather Ann Thompson (Detroit), who has a BA and MA in History from U-M and is College Professor of History and African American Studies at the RC (as well as Afro-American Studies, and History). Her 2016 book, The Attica Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy (Pantheon) won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History.

On a personal note:  In my daily Wordle work, I grew tired of starting with “adieu” (four vowels, no repeats) and began using the first five-letter word that came to mind each morning. This being summer in Ann Arbor, those words have included “moist,” “humid,” and “buggy.” It’s probably my imagination, but Wordle seems to be criticizing me in some daily selections: “obese,” “large,” “blimp.” My retorts have included: “crude,” “nasty,” “petty,” “wrong,” “blind” . . . .

May 19, 2022

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums. 

Peter Anderson (RC 1972) published “Bud,” a prose poem in the Last Stanza Poetry Journal (issue #8): https://laststanzapoetry.blogspot.com

Katherine Towler (RC 1978) has a short story, “Eulogy,” in the Spring 1922 issue of Ploughshares. Here’s a link to the issue: https://www.pshares.org/issues/spring-2022 

Laura Thomas (RC 1988 ) was one of four U-M lecturers named 2021-2022 Collegiate Lecturers for “outstanding contributions to instruction,” per an article in the April 18th issue of The University Record. The section on Laura notes she has taught for over 20 years at U-M, is a writer-in-residence for the Kerrytown Bookfest and a board member and workshop leader with the Chelsea Writer’s Workshop. The article notes that Laura received the Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education and was nominated for the Golden Apple Award in 2015 (for teaching).

An interview with Carmen Bugan (RC 1996) appears in Pulp, the Ann Arbor District Library’s on-line publication, discussing her new book of poems, Time Being: https://aadl.org/node/584467. Carmen is interviewed by U-M librarian Martha Stuit (RC.2011). This is Martha’s third interview with Carmen.

Kaleb Brown (RC 2021) began work on May 9th as a staff writer for USA Today’s Reviewed.com (https://www.reviewed.com), which is described as “a team of product experts (geeks, in truth) that put in the hard work of testing products so you don’t have to.” From Detroit, Kaleb worked as a news intern in the summer of 2020 at the Detroit Free Press, and has published articles in Medium, “usually about pop culture.” He has published poetry and fiction in the U-M Library’s annual Cafe Shapiro collection, and published an article about Pinball Pete’s in the March 2018 Ann Arbor Observer: https://annarborobserver.com/cave-of-wonder/#.X_eMmdhKhQI. With Andrew Warrick, Kaleb received the RC’s Emerging Writer Award in Spring 2021.


Kaleb is also featured in Bring Your Words: A Writers’ Community Anthology, which features essays, poems, and short stories by ten U-M writers, including Kathryn Orwig (RC 2017) and Abby O’Meara (RC 2022). It’s published by the Ann Arbor District Library’s Fifth Avenue Press and is available for purchase. The library plans a book event on Sunday, May 22nd in the downtown library’s first floor lobby, 1-3 pm, celebrating Bring Your Words and other new Fifth Avenue titles.

U-M student Brenna Goss profiled five RC seniors (now 2022 grads!) in a May 4th article in The Michigan Daily, “U-M’s 2022 creative writing thesis writers: the novelists”:Marlan Rajan, Vivian Chiao, Elizabeth Shriner, Theo Poling, andMaya Simonte. There are links to their theses in the story:
https://www.michigandaily.com/arts/books/u-ms-2022-creative-writing-thesis-writers-the-novelists/
Some of Theo’s work will be in the forthcoming alumni journal. 

Two current RC writing students, Jacqueline Giessler and Charlie Garza, received funding for otherwise unpaid summer 2022 internships through the David and Sylvia Nelson Award at U-M. Jacqueline will intern as a media and outreach coordinator with The Poetics Lab in Alpena (Michigan) (https://www.tpoeticslab.com/alpena-mi), and Charlie will intern with local nonprofit publisher Dzanc Books (https://www.dzancbooks.org).

April 18, 2022

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums. Plus a few odds and ends.

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Beenish Ahmed (RC 2009) is Michigan Radio’s criminal justice reporter. In February, she filed a series of stories about delays to due process in Wayne County prisons: https://www.michiganradio.org/people/beenish-ahmed

Susan Rosegrant (RC 1976) plans to retire at the end of the Winter 2022 semester. She has taught narrative journalism, creative nonfiction, and creative writing at the RC since 2008. 

Carmen Bugan (RC 1996) will give an online workshop on Friday, May 27 on “The Language of Memory” as part of the Geneva Writers Group. For more info: http://www.genevawritersgroup.org/event-4744100

Carmen’s new collection of poems, Time Being (Shearsman Books) is now available in the U.S.  You can download a sample PDF from the book at Carmen’s Shearsman page: https://www.shearsman.com/store/Carmen-Bugan-Time-Being-p414467301, and also read about several other of Carmen’s Shearsman books.

Ian Singleton (RC 2004) is donating proceeds from the sale of his book, Two Big Differences (M-Graphics Publishing, 2021) to Razom, a non-profit Ukrainian-American human rights organization, or to another good organization. If you wish to order through Ian, his email is ian.singleton@gmail.com

Ian’s translation of Irina Ivanchenko’s “Life’s More Enduring Than War” appeared in the April 2 issue of Asymptote (“the premier site for world literature in translation”): https://bit.ly/36iYQvG

A memoir by John Hagen (RC 1972), “The Most Remarkable Thing: Starring Norwegious Ida G,” about his grandmother, appears in U.P. Reader #6. John says he asked his grandmother “what is the most remarkable thing she has witnessed in her ninety years. Her answer gobsmacks me. (Hint: it’s not two World Wars or the Great Depression.)” The U.P. Reader is an annual anthology of the works of more than 40 writers and poets from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Available from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble in several formats. For more about UPPAA (Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association), the Reader‘s publisher: https://www.uppaa.org
The 2022 Hopwood Awards ceremony, lecture, and reception were held on April 6 in the Rackham Auditorium. As usual, the RC was well represented. (A list of RC and RC-ish winners is posted on the RC Writers site: sites.lsa.umich.edu/rcwriters. You might be surprised to see how the program has grown over the years: https://lsa.umich.edu/hopwood/contests-to-submit-to/all-contests.html

In the neighborhood. Sara Abou Rashad is in the U-M Zell MFA program and has a poem, “In Arabic the Word For ‘War” is Similar to ‘Love’” in the April issue of Poetry.

Of possible interest. I recently finished Laura Lippman’s latest book, Dream Girl. It has an unusual theme: a writer, disabled by injury, struggles with his grasp of reality while reflecting on his years of writing and of teaching creative writing students. Lippman pays tribute to Stephen King’s Misery, Philip Roth’s Zuckerman Unbound, and Margaret Mitchell Dukore’s A Novel Called Heritage, and says she considers this her “first work of horror”!
Now I’m starting to worry that playing Wordle will eventually cause an over-use of five letter words. (It used to bug me that the name, Wordle, has six and not five letters, but then my son pointed out the name is a play on the last name of the game’s creator, Josh Wardle). 

Erratum: The quick brown fox may have jumped, but we need to say the fox “jumps” if we want to capture all the letters of the alphabet! Thanks, Barry.

March 19, 2022

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums. Plus a few odds and ends.

RC lecturer Sarah Messer (U-M 1990) will host a Q&A for students with poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers this Monday, March 21, from 1-2 pm in Benzinger Library, before a lecture at the Robertson Auditorium at the Ross School, 4-5:30. To register for the lecture whether “live” or via Zoom: myumi.ch/pZRA1 Questions for Sarah can be sent to her via email: bliss@umich.edu

John Hagen (RC 1972) will publish “The Most Remarkable Thing: Starring Norwegious Ida G,” a memoir about his grandmother, in the U.P. Reader, Vol. 6, this April. The Reader is published by the UPPAA (Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association): uppaa.org John’s poem, “Elegy for Ashes,” has been accepted for the Great Lakes Broadside Gallery during April in conjunction with the Great Lakes Poetry Festival in Marquette.

Holly Wren Spaulding (RC 1997) published ”Estuary Walk,” a poem, in the recent issue of Dunes Review (25:2), the journal of Michigan Writers: michwriters.org That issue also includes a poem by Keith Taylor. The February 21 issue of The University Record noted Keith’s retirement. Many of us know Keith from his poetry, from his time at Border’s, and then as the coordinator of the English creative writing sub-concentration, but he also was a creative writing lecturer at the RC from 1998-2000.

Laura Thomas (RC 1988) published “Women Aren’t Funny,” a (fictional) response to folks who claim women aren’t as funny as men, in the 18th issue of The Temz Reviewhttps://www.thetemzreview.com/fiction-laura-hulthen-thomas.html

Peter Anderson (RC 1972) will publish “Switch,” a prose poem, in the Spring 2022 issue of Flora Fiction Literary Magazine.

Hannah Ensor (RC 2009) and Laura Wetherington have a poem, “Feel Fragments” in the March 2022 issue of Poetry. Hannah is a lecturer in creative writing at the RC and in English, and among other things was manager of the Hopwood Program.

Julia Wolfe (RC 1980), a MacArthur Fellow, began her Carnegie Hall Residency in February with “Oxygen,” a “rapid fire” composition written during the pandemic.
You may be interested to know that there is funding (a minimum $2500 stipend) for unpaid summer internships for creative writing undergrads at U-M, through the David and Sylvia Nelson Award. Students submit proposals to Laura Thomas.

Third Mind Books, an “antiquarian bookselling source of paramount legitimacy to enthusiasts, collectors, and scholars,” plans to open a brick-and-mortar store in Ann Arbor this May, down the street from Literati Bookstore. More info at thirdmindbooks.com And hopefully Crazy Wisdom can find a way to continue as a “New Age” bookstore, after the store closed in February, on its 40th anniversary.

Completely extraneous but perhaps of interest: Many of us learned to type by pecking out the “imperfect” pangram “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy yellow dog.” (It’s imperfect because it uses some letters more than once). I bumped into other pangrams: “Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag” and “Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.” Speaking of typing, if you are at a keyboard (or can imagine one!), your fingers will quickly tell you why these words are special: monopoly, reverberated, puppy, stewardesses, ambient, prodigy. I also bumped into the “royal order of adjectives:” determiner, observation, physical description (size, shape, age, color), origin, material, and qualifier before the ending noun. For example, it’s “a little red Italian sports car” and not “a red sports little Italian car” . . . .

Feb 22, 2022:

News follows about forthcoming readings and publications by RC alums. Plus a few odds and ends.


Claire Denson (RC 2018) has two poems in Booth 16https://www.shop-booth.com/product-page/booth-16

Jeanette Bradley (RC 1994, Social Science) has a picture book titled Something Great coming out this Fall from Levine Querido. Jeanette’s words and pictures tell the story of Quinn, a nonbinary maker kid who uses their creativity and some recyclable materials to craft a versatile invention that can do all sorts of things – including making a friend. 

Peter Anderson (RC 1972) has a prose poem, “Wobble,” chosen to be included in the anthology Best Microfiction 2022, due this summer.

Carmen Bugan (RC 1996) will be featured (along with Duncan Wu) in a Zoom presentation on March 14 at 6 pm, sponsored by Literary Excursions. March 14, 6pm: https://ncc-zoom.zoom.us/j/94405717813  Carmen will read from her fifth book of poetry, Time Being, forthcoming from Shearsman Books.

Anna Clark (RC 2003) is now a reporter at ProPublica. Her bio there notes that her book, The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy (2018) won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism and the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. She is also a nonfiction faculty member in Alma College’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Barry Garelick (RC 1971, Mathematics) has published his “No Leaders” story (which was in the 5th alumni journal) in Fiction On The Webhttps://www.fictionontheweb.co.uk/2022/02/no-leaders-by-barry-garelick.html

Last time, we mentioned that Katie Gass (RC 2013, Arts & Ideas, Psychology) is the RC’s new Marketing and Communications Specialist, but we could also have mentioned that her photographs appeared in the 4th issue of the alumni journal.

The February 11, 2021 online issue of Michigan Today includes an essay by U-M alum Jim Tobin (1978, 1986), “This Michigan of Ours,” which is partly drawn from his recent book, Sing To The Colors, mentioned in our last email. We said that Jim lived in East Quad but it now appears he was also in the RC, since his essay refers to Carl Cohen and “Logic and Language”: https://michigantoday.umich.edu/2022/02/11/this-michigan-of-ours/

In the Neighborhood:

Jesmyn Ward earned her MFA at U-M, and is now associate professor of English at Tulane; she is editor of Best American Short Stories 2021 and has an essay, “Witness and Repair,” in Best American Essays 2021. • Claire Vaye Watkins was an assistant professor in the U-M Zell Program in the mid-2010s; she has a new book out: I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness. • U-M alums (and brothers) Jim Allyn and Doug Allyn (1970s) have stories in the new Best Mystery Stories of the Year collection. Allyn earned an MA in Journalism, won a Hopwood, and also won an award for his work with the Michigan Daily. His brother Doug studied creative writing at Michigan (as well as playing guitar in the group, Devil’s Triangle).

Dan

Jan 20, 2022:

Happy New Year! This is the monthly email message for January, announcing forthcoming readings and publications by RCers. Plus a few odds and ends.

RC Creative Writing head Laura Thomas (RC 1988) has assigned the most recent three issues of the Alumni Journal to her upper level seminar students, asking them to focus on a word and then contact the writer of the piece the word occurs in. Be prepared! Be nice!

John Hagen (RC 1972)’s “Ida” memoir has been accepted for inclusion in the U.P. Reader, an annual anthology published in the spring by the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA). 

Cameron Finch (RC 2016) published an interview with Sequoia Nagamatsu in The Rumpus in January: https://therumpus.net/2022/01/a-cosmic-wade-through-uncertainty-talking-with-sequoia-nagamatsu/

Barry Garelick (RC 1971) published “The Great Invisible” in Adelaide Literary Magazine (issue no. 52): https://adelaidemagazine.org/2021/09/15/the-great-invisible-by-barry-garelick/

Sofia Spencer (RC 2021) will publish a flash fiction piece in Coastal Shelf, a quarterly literary magazine. Sofia says she wrote the piece while in Laura Thomas’s Narration class. Sofia was recently published (December 2020) in Exeter Publishing’s From the Soil: A Hometown Anthology (“Michigan: A Hateful Love Letter”), and is working on a collection of short stories. Sofia is currently in the Royal Holloway graduate program at the University of London. While at U-M, Sofia won a Hopwood Award, in 2019, for “Bombshells and Blood: Three Stories.”

Peter Anderson (RC 1972) published “Wobble,” a prose poem, in the Winter issue of MoonPark Review. It has been nominated for Best Microfictions 2022: https://moonparkreview.com/issue-eighteen-winter-2021-2022/wobble/  His short fiction piece “Virgin” has been published online at The Thieving Magpiehttps://thievingmagpie.org/peter-anderson-flash-fiction/ “Mutter” was published in the January 2022 issue of The American Journal of Poetryhttp://www.theamericanjournalofpoetry.com/v12-anderson.html  Peter’s wife, Melody Anderson, an award-winning theater artist who designed masks for several of Peter’s plays (dating back to “Coyote,” in 1978), has shared her techniques, with instructions, in Making Masks (available on Blurb and Amazon).

RC Director Catherine Badgley was featured in an article in the January Ann Arbor Observer: https://annarborobserver.com/articles/catherine_badgley.html#.YehSGy2ZOIY (If you recall our discussion of RC cooking and writing last month, you may be intrigued to know that Catherine baked and sold bread in Cambridge, MA before coming to Ann Arbor in 1982).

RC junior Grace Tucker will oversee The Statement,  the Michigan Daily’s longform magazine that publishes every Wednesday. Gracer previously worked as a Statement columnist and a senior arts editor. She said a main goal is to tell more diverse stories and expand Statement perspectives. 

Katie Gass (RC 2013, Arts & Ideas, Psychology) has returned to the RC as its Marketing and Communications Specialist, replacing Robby Griswold, who is now Assistant Director of Alum Engagement at the LSA Opportunity Hub.

In the Neighborhood. My neighbor James Tobin (U-M BA, 1978, PhD, History, 1986), has written the marvelous Sing to the Colors: A Writer Explores Two Centuries at the University of Michigan (U-M Press, 2021). A copy is available at the Ann Arbor District Library (once I return it). Jim was co-editor of the Daily while an undergrad, and worked 12 years at the Detroit News as a reporter. He now teaches creative non-fiction at Miami U in Oxford, Ohio. His parents, wife, and two daughters are all U-M alums. Jim and eldest daughter Laura started college in East Quad. Youngest daughter Claire was marketing coordinator and sidelines buyer at Literati, and is now a publicist at Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York. • U-M English “disability activist and  community performance artist” Petra Kuppers published “Crip Ecologies: Changing Orientation” in the January Poetry. Her most recent book of poetry is Gut Biology (Wayne State U Press, 2020). Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters is forthcoming (U of Minnesota Press).

Slightly edited versions of these monthly emails (typos removed!) are now available at the RC Writers site (sites.lsa.umich.edu/rcwriters) under the Alumni tab. Now that it’s 2022, I have less excuse to procrastinate about this Fall’s Alumni Journal, so give some thought to a possible submission. I’ll be following up, er, later.
– Dan

Dec 20, 2021:

Laura Thomas (RC 1988) and Lily Buday (RC 2018) have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Laura is nominated for “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” which appeared in Fallbetter’s September issue: https://failbetter.com/content/stay-home-stay-safe

Lily is nominated for “Saint Ophelia’s School for Drowned Girls,” which appeared in The Chautauqua Journal. “Saint Ophelia” was first written for Laura’s Advanced Narration class; it also won a Hopwood, one of three for Lily. Lily is an MFA student at the University of Arkansas, where she is also publicity and outreach director at The Arkansas International.

Clare Higgins (RC 2017) wrote “What Is Lost” (and co-wrote the teleplay), the third episode of the second season of The Witcher, out now on Netflix.

Food has been part of the RC since before its beginning (Charles Benzinger was treasurer of the East Quad Council that in 1952 called for basement rooms for a library, snack bar, and rooms for U-M’s new student radio station, WCBN). The “snack bar” became the Halfway Inn, in 1970. . . . Speaking of the dear, departed Halfway, several RC and RC-ish writers work or have worked in the food and restaurant industry: chef, author, and editor Ruth Reichl (UM 1970) was not in the RC but worked as a waitress in former RC director John Mersereau’s short-lived French restaurant on Main Street, La Seine. Chef and author Sara Moulton (RC 1974/81) worked at Ann Arbor’s Del Rio restaurant. Peter Anderson (RC 1972), famous for his Anderson Omelet, worked briefly as a salad chef and clown waiter at the Phoenix Cafe in Arcata, California. Sommelier, vintner, clown, and sage Marty Sherman (RC 1974) worked at the Del Rio.  Nadia Todoroff (RC 2016) worked at Juicy Kitchen, her parents’ Ann Arbor restaurant. And Martha Stewart, famous (and infamous) for several things, is the author of the cookbook Entertaining . . . . Oh, no, wait a minute, I’m confusing her with Martha Stuit (RC 2011), currently a librarian at UC Santa Cruz . . . .

Actually, Martha’s last name is pronounced “Stite,” not “Stu-it,” but mediocre comedians never let facts get in the way. (I will not make a political comment, I will not, I won’t). Martha has also written profiles of authors (including a recent one of Carmen Bugan (RC 1996)) for the Ann Arbor District Library’s Pulp pages (Arts Around Ann Arbor): https://aadl.org/node/581237

In the Neighborhood:  Brit Bennett, a U-M Zell MFA graduate, recently published her second novel, The Vanishing Half, a New York Times best book of 2020. An HBO limited series is in the works. Peter Ho Davis (U-M English and Zell MFA Program), published A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself in 2021, listed in the top 20 fiction books of the year by Book Page magazine. Suzi Garcia, guest editor of the December issue of Poetry, is journal advisor at U-M Lloyd Hall Scholars program, and executive editor at Noemi Press. Bryan Birdsong has a poem in the issue; he has a Zell MFA and is now a PhD student in Creative Writing and Lit at USC.

Nov 31, 2021:

 “Paths to Publication: Building a Career in Journalism” will be a-zoom on Tuesday, November 9, at 7 pm ET, moderated by the RC’s Susan Rosegrant (RC 1976) and featuring Beenish Ahmed (RC 2009), currently reporting for WUOM, Michigan Public Radio, and Paige Pfleger (RC 2015), currently reporting for WPLN, Nashville Public Radio. Register at myumi.ch/yKP9W

Not only is A Tip For A Hangman by Allison Epstein (RC 2014) out in paper this January, but her second book, a folklore-inspired historical novel set in 19th-century Russia called Let the Dead Bury the Dead is forthcoming from Doubleday in 2023. • “The Vine,” a poem by Laura Kasischke (RC 1984) from her new collection, Lightning Falls in Love (2021), was featured on The Slowdown (American Public Media) on October 27. “The Skill,” a story of Laura’s, will be featured in a forthcoming animated horror film, “Uncanny Stories.” (It is currently in “pre-production.”) * “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” a story by Laura Hulthen Thomas (RC 1988) was published in failbetter in September. • “Hatchet,” a prose poem by Peter Anderson (RC 1972) appears in the Winter issue of Rat’s Ass Review. Other recently published poems are in Unbroken and Sublunary Review. • Caitlin Cowan (RC 2008) has a poem, “Miscarry,” forthcoming in Best New Poets 2021. Caitlin writes weekly at PopPoetry (poppoetry.substack,com), a newsletter and blog about the intersection of poetry and popular culture.

Two books are forthcoming from RC Writing (and English) professor Aisha Sabatini SloanBorealis, a book-length essay, and Capturing the Archives, a father-daughter collaboration. Aisha’s father, Lester Sloan, was staff photographer at Newsweek for 25 years. There is also a Kickstarter campaign to help digitize photos damaged in a flood.

Cameron Finch (RC 2016), Claire Denson (RC 2018), and Hayla Alawi (RC 2020) work in book publicity at Atmosphere Press (atmospherepress.com), which is “an author-friendly publisher” that aims to “put the power not in the hands of the press, but in the hands of the writer.” Keep this press in mind for potential publishing opportunities!
Several RC staff have moved on: Esha Biswas (RC 2016), the RC’s student affairs coordinator, is finishing her MS in Environment and Sustainability at U-M. Robby Griswold (RC 2007), the RC’s communication and outreach specialist, is now LSA’s assistant director for alumni engagement. • The October 25 issue of The University Record noted three RC faculty retirements: Helen Fox (she started in the RC in 1993), Jennifer Myers (RC since 1998), and Martin Walsh (RC since 1977).
Send news about yourself and others! I’ll post again at the end of November.

Oct 22, 2021:

Carmen Bugan (RC 1996) suggested a monthly email message to announce forthcoming readings and publications by RCers. I plan to create a group and to put you all into it; let me know if you want to be removed, but also feel free to invite others to be added. I’ll invite folks who participated in earlier journals, new folks who will likely appear in next Fall’s journal, and perhaps some who have been invited but have heretofore resisted the pull of the journal’s gravity.

The monthly email would announce things like Carmen Bugan’s reading next Wednesday, 7 pm ET, from her recent book of essays, Poetry and the Language of Oppression. Carmen says there will be an opportunity to talk about writing in difficult times after the reading. She says it would be great to share ideas, and lovely to see RC people there. “No need for a library card number to register,”  but you will have to put something into that field (123456 worked for me).https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArcemoqzsqHNQRBFQcAXtjLRbgoLrRzQfh

Carmen also notes there’s a monthly poetry series on Long Island which she founded and runs, and “if anyone would like to give a reading, please get in touch.” Her email is carmenbugan@gmail.com. She adds, “Literary Excursions runs Second Monday of each month, 6 pm ET, and I have reading slots available in April, May, and June. The series started with local poets at a beautiful stately home but we moved things online and now it’s international, so reading times adjust a bit depending on time zones.”

That monthly email would mention a recent RC Writers post about Jon Michael Darga (RC 2014), who was one of 21 literary agents profiled in Writer’s Digest‘s annual “Literary Agent Roundup,” in the Sept-Oct 2021 issue. Jon works for Aevitas Creative Management in New York, and details his fiction and non-fiction interests, as an agent, talks about recent sales, and gives submission guidelines and tips for writers. 

Ian Ross Singleton (RC 2004)’s novel Two Big Differences is out (October 19) in paperback from M-Graphics Publishing. • Tips For A Hangman by Allison Epstein (RC 2014) is out in paper this coming January. You also might enjoy Allison’s newsletter, Dirtbags Through The Ages: rapscallison.substack.com  • Bob Clifford (RC 1979)was featured on “Sundays with Michael O’Brien” on Sonoma Public Radio on October 17th. • The seventh book in the Peter Ash series by Nick Petrie (RC 1990) is due in January. It is wonderfully surreal to see an RC alum’s book among the handful of books at a local grocery (Kroger) and hardware store (Menard’s)! • I believe we will see a Clare Higgins (RC 2017) byline on one of The Witcher’s season two episodes . . . .

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