Faculty News

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May 2022

April 2022

March 2022

  • Mystery Writers of America selected Susan Breen's short story "Banana Island" for its anthology Crime Hits Home, forthcoming in March from Hanover Square Press. 

  • Jennifer Gennari's middle-grade novel Muffled is a finalist for the Georgia Children's Book Award

  • Out There podcast featured Angie Chatman telling her story "Pandemic Sundays" about the life-changing experience of walking through Boston with a friend every weekend. 

  • The Margins published Roohi Choudhry's flash fiction story "Five Scents." 

  • Janine Annett tried several at-home seltzer makers and ranked them for us, with extra attention to fizziness, for the Wall Street Journal

  • Jody Gray served as Music Director and composer for two animated series recently returned to television: Space Racers on Amazon Prime and Courage the Cowardly Dog now streaming on HBO Max

  • Melissa Petro wrote "Three New York Teachers on the Endless Heartbreak and Stress of COVID-19" for Business Insider

  • Locus magazine published a rave review of Jennifer Marie Brissett's latest novel Destroyer of Light, saying it's "the story the 21st century needs." 

  • Publishers Weekly gave Carole Buggé's forthcoming mystery novel Cleoptra's Dagger a starred review, calling it an "excellent whodunit," with a heroine whose "sleuthing never strains credulity." 

  • Angela Lam talks about senior softball, writing outside your comfort zone, and why you should "respect the need to lay fallow between big projects," in an interview with Awesome Gang.

  • Michael Montlack won the 2022 Saints and Sinners Poetry Award for his poem "Phantom Rain." 

  • Harper Collins/Dey Street Books announced it will publish Rachel Simon's narrative nonfiction book Pickleball for All: Everything But the "Kitchen" Sink this August. 

  • Teresa Wong's comic "Oh No, Have I Killed It?" is included in the anthology EVENT, 50 Years: Collected Notes On Writing

  • Jennifer Marie Brissett has a short story in the forthcoming science fiction anthology Terraform: Watch/Worlds/Burn, to be published in August by Macmillan.

  • Shearsman Books will release Carmen Bugan's poetry collection Time Being later this month. 

  • Tor.com previewed Lev A.C. Rosen's latest novel Lavender House, complete with cover reveal. Lev's mystery is forthcoming in October from Forge Books. 

  • N. West Moss's flash fiction "A Man (Not Her Husband)" won 50-Word Story's 2021 Story of the Year prize. 

  • Cure Today published Laura Yeager's "Goodbye Cancer Displeasure, Hello Sexual Pleasure."

  • No Dear magazine published María Alejandra Barrios's poem "Phantom Li/mb."

February 2022

  • Janine Annett tweeted about Cry January instead of Dry January, and it blew up. Her essay "Why My Viral 'Cry January' Tweet Resonated Resonated With So Many Parents" examines the various ways it struck a nerve, for Parents magazine. 

  • Wild Rose Press will release Angela Lam's novel Love Again, the first book in the new series Women of the Crush, on February 28th. 

  • National Catholic Reporter published Laura Yeager's essay "Confirming My Son During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Anni Irish wrote "Employees at New York City's Jewish Museum Vote to Unionize" for the Art Newspaper.

  • Kirkus reviewed Carole Buggé's mystery novel Cleopatra's Dagger (forthcoming from Thomas & Mercer under her author's name Carole Lawrence), saying "the complex, intrepid feminist heroine bodes well for future insallments." 

  • This Week In New York named Alma Baya, written and directed by Edward Einhorn, the Best Futuristic Play in its Pandemic Awards, "celebrating the amazing innovation and creativity in dance, film, theater, food, opera, art, literature, music, and other entertainment since March 2020."

  • "It was beautiful here, even if it was trying to kill her." N. West Moss's comic short story "Peat Fires" is up now at Miniskirt Magazine

  • Crime Reads named Amina Akhtar's novel Kismet (forthcoming in July from Thomas + Mercer) to its list of Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2022

  • Barbara DeMarco-Barrett's short story "Blue Martini" is selected for the anthology Coolest American Stories 2022

  • The Rumpus named Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn its new Editor-In-Chief. 

  • Rachel Simon wrote "When To Stop Therapy" for Teen Vogue

  • Literary Hub named Amanda Oliver's forthcoming book Overdue: Reckoning With the Public Library to its list of Most Anticipated Books of 2022

  • The Art Newspaper published Anni Irish's article "Jeff Koons Accused of Appropriating Sculpture for 1989 Series Featuring His Ex-Wife."

  • Hobart Pulp published María Alejandra Barrios's short story "Anything But Tongue." 

January 2022

  • Syfy Wire featured Jennifer Marie Brissett and her new novel Destroyer of Light in its article "Bringing the Persephone Myth to Sci-Fi." 

  • The Desert Sun featured Barbara DeMarco-Barrett and her new anthology in its feature story "In Palm Springs Noir, Local Authors Contribute Ominous Desert Tales."

  • "Mixing elements of poetry with razor-sharp observations and omnivorous references, Tate helped create a new kind of criticism that profoundly changed the field from the inside out." Anni Irish remembers musician and writer Greg Tate, who died December 7th, for The Art Newspaper

  • Melissa Petro wrote "I Was Hit By a Car While Typing Emails on My Phone: It Made Me See My Relationship With Work Had to Change" for Business Insider.

  • CrimeReads interviewed Amina Akhtar about her forthcoming mystery novel Kismet, complete with cover reveal

  • Scott Alexander Hess's novellas Lightning and The Root of Everything were chosen by St. Louis librarians as among the Best Books of 2021

  • Jennifer Gennari's middle-grade novel Muffled is out now in paperback by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

  • Shenandoah published Alanna Schubach's short story "Mr. Frog."

  • "Gene Wilder was introverted backstage. Carl Reiner was not." Mara Reinstein gets the good dish about the Broadway production of The Producers from actor Matthew Broderick, for Vulture.  

  • Tor published Robert Repino's essay "Beyond the Beatles: George Harrison's Unexpected Connections to Science Fiction and Fantasy." 

  • María Alejandra Barrios's flash fiction stories "Afterlife" and "Pimento Season" have been included in the anthology Moon City Review

  • W magazine published Rachel Simon's essay "The Final Season of Six Feet Under Will Bring You Back to Life."

  • The Chicago Public Library named Erin Entrada Kelly's novel Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey to its 2021 list of Best Fiction for Younger Readers. 

  • Jennifer Marie Brissett's latest novel Destroyer of Light has been named to several Best Books of the 2021 lists, including Kirkus's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Tor's Reviewers' Choice.

  • Laura Yeager is blogging for Cure Today. Her recent posts include "Why a Piece of Paper is a Cancer Survivor's Most Prized Possession."
  • Rachel Simon curated the best episodes of the TV comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for Vulture

  • Litbreak magazine published Adela Brito's short story "Babalú Blessings." 

  • Shondaland published Rachel Simon's essay "When I Relearned to Drive, I Found Myself."

  • "That something happened to the church or the religion, rather than the church or the religion being responsible for what happened, is the overriding assumption of all such essays," writes Robert Repino in "So You Want to Write an Article Deflecting All Blame From Christianity: A Handy Guide" for Religion Dispatches

December 2021

November 2021

  • Seth Fried won a 2021 Pushcart Prize for his short story "Trezzo." 

  • Gloria interviewed Amina Akhtar about success, misery, and reinvention, both in writing and in life.

  • Monk: Art and the Soul published Carmen Bugan's essay "Lumina Mea."

  • Casandra López's essay "Fragment: Strength" is included in A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays, released last month by the University of Nebraska Press.

  • Kuros Charney's play The Gods of Great Men is a finalist for Best Stage Play in the Austin Film Festival 2021 Script Competition.

  • Janine Annett's humor piece "FAQ About Your CSA" is up now at McSweeney's

  • Laura Yeager is blogging for Cure Today. Her recent posts include "Sometimes, With Cancer, What Goes Around Comes Around."

  • Dan Lopez's novel The Show House is included on Bookshop's Latinx Fiction Staff Favorites list.

  • Audobon magazine published Tal McThenia's exploration of the 1919 disappearance of two ornithologists, "The Strange, True Story of John Williams and Charles Pennock."  

  • Keylight Books, an imprint of Turner Publishing, announced it will publish Jon Gingerich's novel The Appetite Factory in 2022. 

  • Christy Ottaviano Books, an imprint of Little, Brown Books For Young Readers, announced it will publish N. West Moss's middle grade novel Birdy in 2024. 

  • The Iron Heel, a three-part podcast production adapted and directed by Edward Einhorn, is nominated for six Audio Verse Awards, including Best Audio Fiction Prodcution

  • Lara Ewen wrote about building resilience and disaster recovery in her article "Libraries Rebound in the Wake of Hurricane Ida," for American Libraries magazine.

  • The Believer magazine published Teresa Wong's comic "Piano Lessons."

  • Michael Backus's novel The Vanishing Point is out now from Cactus Moon Publishing.  

  • SmokeLong Quarterly published Maria Alejandra Barrios's short story "Plants of Paradise."

  • "I tend to manipulate time as a part of the landscapes of my current stories and novels...unraveling the false perception of linear time within a narrative to illuminate what is and what was and what might be." Jennifer Marie Brissett writes about how her novels do (and don't) fit into the genre of Afrofuturism, for Locus magazine.

  • "How often do you really get urgent, must-remember ideas in the shower, anyway? Turns out, a lot." For the Daily Beast, Rachel Simon explains why she bought a waterproof notepad, and thinks every writer should invest in one, too. 

  • Kirkus gave a starred review to Jennifer Marie Brissett's novel Destroyer of Light, (released last month by Tor Books), calling it "richly developed and profound." Meanwhile, Book Riot named it to its list of Twenty Must-Read Space Fantasy Books

  • Blaise Allysen Kearsley's essay "The First Time it Happened" has been selected for the anthology Nonwhite and Woman: 153 Micro Essays About Being in The Worldforthcoming from Woodhall Press in September 2022.

October 2021

  • The Writer magazine published Josh Sippie's article "The Power of First Lines in Fiction." 

  • Booklist included Lev A.C. Rosen and his novel Camp in its discussion of the special challenges of writing romance for teens, "Let's Talk About Love: A Teen Romance Roundtable." 

  • Kuros Charney won the Folio magazine Editor's Prize for Fiction for his story "Shah Mat."  

  • Susan Breen's short story "One Woman Watch" was longlisted for the Margery Allingham Short Mystery Prize

  • Edward Einhorn's adaptation of Iphigenia in Aulis, the play by Euripedes first performed in ancient Greece in 405 BC, will be released as a graphic novel by Image Comics in May 2022.

  • Flash Frog published Maria Alejandra Barrios's short story "Home-Traveling." 

  • Micklegate, Snickelways, and the Niles Crane Effect — Carole Buggé covers these issues, as well as her latest mystery novel Death and Sensibility, in an interview with The Big Thrill

  • Dorothy Parker's Ashes published N. West Moss's essay "The Lei."

  • Brevity magazine published Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn's essay "Friendship" in its fall issue.

  • Insider published Lara Ewen's essay "I'm Childless by Choice. I Learned From My Family That Not Everyone Needs to Be a Parent."

  • Jennifer Marie Brissett's latest novel Destroyer of Light, described as The Matrix meets the myth of Persephone, comes out October 12th from Tor Books

  • The New York Daily News published Edward Einhorn's essay "A 9/11 Victim, Killed 20 Years Later." 

  • Jon Reiner directed Just the Facts on Vax: Healthcare Experts Respond to Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine, a public-service series featuring leading doctors, researchers, and public health directors. 

  • Robert Repino's craft article "Consequences as an Engine of Storytelling" is up now at File 770.

  • The San Francisco Book Review included Jessica Sticklor's recent novel The Weary God of Ancient Travelers (published under her author's name Jessica Stilling) in its roundup of "Books to Travel Without Leaving Your Chaise Lounge." 

  • The New York Times published Rachel Simon's article "Prepping for the Year of Many, Many Weddings." 

  • McSweeney's published Janine Annett's "How To Log In To The Student Portal."

  • Susan Breen analyzed the different covers for two editions of her novel Maggie Dove, recently re-released in paperback, for the Missdemeansors blog. 

  • Scott Alexander Hess's new historical novellas, Lightning and The Root of Everything, have been reviewed by Kirkus ("A moving pair of historical tales, as philosophically astute as they are dramatically gripping.), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( "Characters...readers will find familiar, in language that tells the stories well."), and the Masters Review ("In these pages, every loss is a becoming.").

September 2021

  • My Mother's Severed Head, a new play directed by Richard Caliban, opens at Theatre Row in New York City on September 10th. 

  • Blackstone Publishing announced it will publish Alanna Schubach's debut novel The Nobodies in June 2022.

  • Mara Reinstein interviewed actor Blair Underwood, and asked him all about the big cookie episode on Sex and the City, among other things, for Vulture.

  • Shearsman Books announced it will publish Carmen Bugan's poetry collection Time Being in 2022. 

  • Kirkus gave a starred review to N. West Moss's memoir Flesh & Blood(forthcoming from Algonquin Books in October), saying it's "a healing balm [that] lights a path through grief and illness." Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly is calling it, "powerful," "poetic," and "enriching." 

  • Kelly Caldwell's craft article "If I Want Your Opinion, I'll Pay You For It" is included in the anthology Getting to the Truth: The Craft and Practice of Creative Nonfictionout now from Hippocampus Books

  • Tangerine Press has released Bestiary, a chapbook of three short stories by Seth Fried. 

  • The Tor/Forge blog posted an excerpt from Jennifer Marie Brissett's novel The Destroyer of Light, coming from Tor Books in October. 

  • Lara Ewen offers advice, which may or may not involve bourbon, to Christina Applegate and anyone else newly diagnosed with MS, over at Insider

  • Dorothy Parker's Ashes published N. West Moss's short story "She Is a Mess." 

  • New York Times theater critic Elisabeth Vincentelli included Edward Einhorn's latest play Alma Baya in her round-up of don't-miss indy theater productions, "Theater to Stream: Offerings on the Fringe of the Edinburgh Fringe." 

  • Anni Irish interviewed author and performance artist Iván Monalisa Ojeda about "walking while trans laws," writing truly original short fiction, and living with two spirits, for Observer

  • Kristin Rockaway's novel Life, Unscheduled (forthcoming this month from Montlake) is an Amazon First Reads selection.

  • Shondaland published Rachel Simon's essay "Simone Biles Is More Than Her Accomplishments — And So Are All of Us." 

  • Maggie Dove, the first novel in Susan Breen's cozy mystery series, has been re-released in paperback.

  • St. Louis magazine featured Scott Alexander Hess in its Read This column, recommending his new set of two novellas Lightning and The Root of Everything, out now from Rebel Satori Press.

  • Jessica Sticklor and her latest (and forthcoming) novels are the subject of a profile in the Brattleboro Reformer.

  • Janine Annett's graphic essay "I Am Wearing-Pajamas-At-7-p.m. Years Old" is up now at McSweeney's. 

  • Several publications have reviewed the anthology Palm Springs Noir, edited by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, including the Los Angeles Times, which said it "leaves the sliding glass door open for ghosts present as well as past;" Kirkus, "an engaging mix of the good, the bad, and the off-kilter;" and the Orange County Register, "dark and dangerous."

  • "Someone must also be tasked with gazing at the clouds." Carmen Bugan's essay "Why Literature Must Be Part of the Language of Recovery from Crisis," up now at the Oxford University Press blog. 

  • The Revealer published Robert Repino's essay "Good Places, Uploads, and Reimagining the Afterlife in Popular Culture."  

August 2021

  • Death and Sensibility—the second novel in the Jane Austen Society mystery series by Carole Buggé, writing under the pen name Elizabeth Blake — comes out August 10th from Crooked Lane Books.

  • The Young Adult Library Services Association named Kristin Rockaway's novel My Epic Spring Break (Up) a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

  • An excerpt from Maria Alejandra Barrios's novel-in-progress A Cilantro Wedding Bouquet is up now at Catapault magazine. 

  • Oxford University Press will release Carmen Bugan's essay collection Poetry and the Language of Oppression on August 17th. 

  • The animated feature film Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, featuring music by Gotham teacher Jody Gray, will be released by Warner Bros. Entertainment on September 14th. 

  • D.X. Faros released Jessica Sticklor's latest novel The Weary God of Ancient Travelers.

  • Greenwillow Books revealed the cover design for Erin Entrada Kelly's middle grade novel Those Kids From Fawn Creek and announced it will release the book in March 2022. 

  • Lambda Literary named Scott Alexander Hess' new novellas The Root of Everything and Lightning to its list of Most Anticipated LGBTQ Literature. Rebel Satori Press released the novellas on July 13th. 

  • Angie Chatman profiled Burunda Prince, COO of the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs, in "Closing the Gap for Black Business Owners" for the MIT Technology Review.

  • Josh Sippie's short story "Bunny" is up now at Stone of Madness.

  • Kirsten Imani Kasai is featured in the video essay "Are You Dreading a Return to Normal? You Are Not Alone" in the New York Times

  • The Week-Junior named Erin Entrada Kelly's novel Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey its Book of the Week.

  • Publishers Weekly reviewed Palm Spring Noir, edited by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, saying, "It’s rare to find a group of stories without a bad one, but DeMarco-Barrett has chosen well and there’s not a dud in the bunch."

  • Mara Reinstein interviewed Lin-Manuel Miranda and his father Luis Miranda about family, community, and the film adaptation of In The Heights, for Parade magazine. 

  • Melissa Petro wrote "I Divide My Days Into the 'Maker' and the 'Manager' Schedule to Be More Efficient as a Working Mom" for Business Insider.

  • The New Yorker published Janine Annett's "Lipstick Recommendations For Fully Vaccinated People" in its Daily Shouts column. 

  • The Sewanee Review published Alanna Schubach's short story "The Man Upstairs." 

  • Slate published Robert Repino's essay "The Real Delaware County is Nothing Like Mare of Easttown." 

July 2021

  • Mara Reinstein reviewed Black Widow for Us Weekly, saying "As much as we root for Black Widow and have long clamored for this day, wading into her past at this point seems a wee bit counterproductive." 

  • Rock and a Hard Place magazine published Barbara DeMarco-Barrett's short story “Pink Aviary.”

  • "When we asked what you would do with the $10,000 prize money, you described a pyramid scheme that would prey on the elderly." Seth Fried catalogues contestant errors to avoid in "For These Reasons, You've Been Chopped" for 251.

  • Barnes & Noble named Lev A.C. Rosen's novel Camp as its Young Adult Fiction Monthly Pick for June.  

  • Robert Repino's novel Malefactor, the third and final installment in his War With No Name series, will be released by SoHo Press on August 24th. 

  • It's the 20th anniversary of the iconic Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Gift," and Rachel Simon wrote about its lasting inflence, for Vulture.  

  • Erin Entrada Kelly will break into nonfiction with her YA biography of World War II Allied spy Josefina "Joey" Guerrero, forthcoming from Greenwillow Books in 2023. 

  • The Wild Rose Press announced it will publish the first two novels in a new series by Angela Lam called Women of the Crush. The first book, Love Again, will be published in 2022.

  • Kirkus reviewed Divya Sood's novel Find Someone to Love, describing it as "observant, stirring writing that explores the challenges of openness."

  • Michael Montlack's poem "Love" appears in the Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly

  • Kenji Jasper wrote "From the Neon: The Keyser Soze of It All" for Medium.

  • SixtyEight2OhFive published Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn's essay "1973: Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon." 

June 2021

  • NBC News named Erin Entrada Kelly's middle-grade novel Maybe, Maybe, Marisol Rainey to its list of "Twelve Books Featuring Asians That Will Inspire Young Girls to Know Their Value."

  • DC Comics released the graphic novel Poison Ivy: Thorns, written by Kody Keplinger, on June 1st. 

  • Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn's essay collection A Fish Growing Lungs is a finalist for the 2020 Believer Book Award in nonfiction. 

  • Refinery29 published Rachel Simon's article "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, How Did Shrek Inspire the Greatest Fandom of Them All?" 

  • Mara Reinstein interviewed the production designer and set decorator for the new HBO series Hacks about creating a home for the show's main character that reminds people of a Cheesecake Factory, for Architectural Digest.  

  • Lara Ewen's article "Healthy Distance: Telemedicine Brings House Calls to Local Libraries" is up now at American Libraries magazine. 

  • Anni Irish co-wrote "Your Everything-to-Know Guide on All Things Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Because, Hi, Yup, They Are Not The Same" for Cosmopolitan

  • The Writer magazine published Jessica Sticklor's article "Zoom-onomics 101: How to Sell More Books at a Virtual Book Launch." 

  • Melissa Petro wrote "Five Working Moms on What They Really Want This Mother's Day" for Business Insider.

  • Oxford University Press's Academic Insights for the Thinking World published Carmen Bugan's essay "Lyricism as Activism: Sigurd Olson and The Singing Wilderness."

  • bp Magazine published Laura Yeager's article "No More Hiding" in its spring issue.

  • The Irish literary magazine Channel has published Michael Backus's short story "Distant Smoke," which you can listen to an excerpt of here

  • Alysia Li Yin Sawchyn talks about first drafts, favorite works, and who she wants to be when she grows up, in a To Wit: Flash Interview over at Assay Journal

  • Shondaland published Rachel Simon's article "Ten Years After Bridesmaids, Why Are There Still so Few R-Rated, Female-Led Comedies?"

  • Hole In The Head Review published Fran McNulty's poem "A Nine-Year-Old New Yorker." 

  • Dan Lopez is now an assistant editor with Counterpoint Press

  • Down and Out Books selected Barbara DeMarco-Barrett's short story "Pool Fishing" for its anthology Crossing Borders.

  • "Newbery Medalist [Erin Entrada] Kelly once again shows her knack for capturing a childlike perspective," says Publishers Weekly in its review of Erin's middle-grade novel Maybe, Maybe, Marisol Rainey, released in May by Greenwillow Books