Announcements

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Participants:

Lisa Carcia (as L. J. Morin) (2018) was selected as one of twelve Washington State writers for the 2015 Jack Straw Writers fellowship program. Her poem, “Invocation,” received an Honorable Mention in the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize contest, with publication in the Spring 2015 issue.

Chelsey Clammer (2016) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her essay “A Striking Resemblance” (runner-up for Water~Stone Review’s 2014 Nonfiction Contest). For the release of her new collection of essays, BodyHome, Chelsey was interviewed by John King from The Drunken Odyssey and by Keysha Whitaker from Behind the Prose. BodyHome was reviewed by Minerva Rising and Books and Bowel Movements. Additionally, she was interviewed by Geosi Reads about craft and her approach to writing poetry and lyric essays. Chelsey is also now a staff editor for Best New Writing’s Eric Hoffer Award for short prose.

Cate Hennessey (2016) Her essay, “Fox,” was a finalist for the Arts & Letters Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She has also become a regular reviewer for [PANK].

Bernard Grant (2016) is now a nonfiction reader for Pithead Chapel. His short story “Hoodlum” was named a finalist for both of Crab Orchard Review’s contests–the Charles Johnson Fiction Award and the Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, with Publication in the Winter 2015 issue. His flash fiction chapbook Fly Back at Me placed as a finalist in the 2015 CutBank chapbook contest. Sundress Academy for the Arts awarded him a summer residency. On September 17, he will read at the University Bookstore in Seattle with his fellow Jack Straw Writers. Bernard will also be reading at the August 19th installment of Family Affair at the Rendezvous with other  Jack Straw Writers. Bernard was also invited to edit a manuscript for The Lit Pub.

Ann Quinn (2018) won first prize in the Bethesda Literary Festival poetry contest, judged by Stanley Plumly, for her poem, “Three years after my father’s final deployment to the Gulf of Tonkin.” 

Tammy Robacker (2016) Her poetry book manuscript Villain Songs has been accepted for publication with ELJ Publications. Villain Songs is forthcoming in September 2016.

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Alumni:

Cathy Adams (2010) Her novel, A Body’s Just as Dead, received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest, and her story, “Little Dead Horses,” was a finalist for the 2015 Bosque Fiction Prize.

Angela Allen (2014) Her poem, “All of Us,” received an Honorable Mention in the Oregon Poetry Association’s Poet’s Choice contest, Spring 2015.

Bill Capossere (2010) His full-length play, Drowned, was selected for staged readings as part of GEVA Theatre’s Regional Writers Showcase (April 27) and Bristol Valley Theater’s New Works Initiative Summer Reading Series (June 15).

Kate Carroll de Gutes (2010) Her new essay collection published by Ovenbird Books, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear,  was reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Nancy Geyer (2013) Her chapbook-length manuscript, Lookout: Essays, was a finalist in Iron Horse Literary Review’s 2015 Single-Author Competition. Nancy was also a Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in June.

Jennie Goode (2014) Her essay “Rainier Valley Notebook,” which appeared in Water~Stone Review, has been nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. A selection of essays from her thesis was chosen as a finalist for the 2015 Iron Horse Literary Review prose chapbook issue.

Adrian Koesters (2007) presented two papers, “Three Catholic Authors Go Into a Cathedral at the Corner of Darkness and Light” and “Finding Sister Irma: One Artist’s Negotiation of Piety and Impiety in Poetry,” at the North American Review Celebration of Creative Writing Conference (June 11-13). She also was interviewed for the online program, Back Porch Writer, which can be heard on Blogtalk Radio.

Lita Kurth (2009) Her short story, “The Bride,” was read by an actor at Play on Words, San Jose, CA, June 3. Lita also presented her creative nonfiction work, “99 Ways to Look at a Starch Belly,” as a participant on the panel, The Working Class Body, at the Fighting Inequality: Joint Conference of the Labor and Working Class History Association and Working Class Studies Association, Georgetown University, May 31.

Tina Schumann (2009) launched her new author website. Check it out!

Bill Sommer (2012) Tony Tango, a film for which Bill co-wrote the screenplay, has received a distribution deal from Inception Film Partners and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and other on-demand services. The film previously won Best Feature at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. 

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Faculty

David Allan Cates’ latest novel, Tom Connor’s Gift, has won the Independent Book Publishers Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the Rocky Mountain West Region. 

Greg Glazner was interviewed by Jonathan Maule in “Multiple Awareness and the Unresolvable Complexity of Identity,” Apercus Quarterly 4.1 

Adrianne Harun Her novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, won the 2015 Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Fiction. The novel was also shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association (PNBA) award. Adrianne has also been awarded a 2015 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship.

Lola Haskins has a new poetry collection forthcoming from Jacar Press in April 2016 entitled How Small, Confronting Morning: Poems of Inland Florida.

Ann Pancake has been nominated for a 2015 Genius Award in Literature by The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly (Ann is interviewed about her work here).

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