February 2016

Life of a Writer: News and Events

February 2016

Students

Shawna Downes (F) was recently offered her first teaching position at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. She will teach Literary Journal Production this Spring. Continue reading “February 2016”

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October 2015

Life of a Writer: New and Events

October 2015

Students

Kellie Carle’s (F) short story “Gone Fishing” was accepted for publication on the Pennyshorts website. The story is available for download at the following link: “Gone Fishing“.

Phil Cohen (F) has had a piece accepted for publication. Jewishfiction.net has accepted the first several chapters of his novel The Search for Shmulie Shimmer: A Nick Bones Mystery, for publication in its spring or fall edition. Continue reading “October 2015”

August 2015

Life of a Writer: New and Events

August 2015

Students

Annie Crandell (F) was awarded second place in the 2015 James Applewhite Poetry Prize for her poem “Waterfall.” The poem will appear in the 2016 issue of The North Carolina Literary Review, out next summer.

Jessica Evans (F) is pleased to announce that her chapbook, learn to find, will be released later this year. The collection of poetry examines the life of her late mother. Continue reading “August 2015”

June 2015

Life of a Writer: News & Events

June 2015

 

Students

Barry Drudge (F) has written a number of songs that he is performing with the band Subterfuge. This year they’ve opened for a number of recording acts including: The Bullet Boys, Kip Winger, Royal Bliss, Eve to Adam, and Slaughter. In July and August, they will open for Puddle of Mudd and Like a Storm. They are currently in the studio laying tracks for an upcoming EP. He and his wife, Drema (F ‘13), read original works at Timbercrest Retirement Community on June 10. Continue reading “June 2015”

April 2015

Life of a Writer: News & Events

April 2015

Students

Tara Anderson (PW) has accepted a position covering arts and culture for WFPL, Louisville’s public radio news station. She feels very fortunate to get to talk to interesting people doing cool stuff and write about it.

Sandra Irwin’s (F) first poetry chapbook, Quiet, has just been published as part of the New Women’s Voices Series at Finishing Line Press. https://finishinglinepress.com/shopping_cart.php?osCsid=odnhjhtc61ovckut2ie31tics3 Continue reading “April 2015”

October 2014

Life of a Writer: News & Events

October 2014

Students

Brooke Bullman (F) was recently interviewed on public radio about her 2014 Fellowship in Literature from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA). The interview includes discussion about the Spalding University MFA program and is available as an audio recording here: http://www.arts.state.al.us/news_detail.aspx?ID=9061 . Since being selected as a fellow, Brooke has also served on two ASCA panels for awarding next year’s grants in support of the literary arts in Alabama. Continue reading “October 2014”

September 2014

Life of a Writer: News & Events

September 2014

Students

Tara Anderson (PW) and Taj Whitesell (SW) will have their 10-minute plays featured in the Fourth Annual Ten-Tucky Play Festival at the Bard’s Town in Louisville, Kentucky. Chosen from over 200 submissions, Tara’s play “Shop at Home” and Taj’s play “The Bubble,” along with the other selected plays, will be performed in the upstairs theatre at the Bard’s Town September 18-21 and 25-28 at 7:30p.m. Tickets can be reserved online at The Bard’s Town.

Brittany Bryant (P) will have her nonfiction essay “The Second Chance” and three poems, “Zemblanity,” “Sunday Afternoon,” and “The Problem with Being a Romantic Is,” featured in the 2014 edition of Envoi, which will be made available for the Kindle on Amazon this fall.

Jessica Evans (F) has recently been awarded an Honorable Mention for her flash fiction piece, “Double Back Mule,” from the Carnegie Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Her poem “chapped ” is slated to appear in the poetry journal Adanna, publishing this fall.

Faculty and Staff

Dianne Aprile was the featured writer in August at a Seattle Salon, hosted by poet Ann Teplick. Dianne read from her work, talked about writing and Spalding’s MFA program, and sold books! Her collaborative book project with photographer Julius Friedman is in print now. She edited and contributed to The Book, which will be on display in Louisville in September at a contributors’ reading at the Portland Museum. Dianne also taught a one-day course on flash nonfiction at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House on May 17 and is teaching a six-week class there this fall on Walking and Writing. She will attend the three-day Lit Fuse poetry festival in eastern Washington in September.

David-Matthew Barnes’s new novel, Stronger Than This (written in epistolary form), was recently published by Bold Strokes Books. Excerpts from two of his stage plays, Baby in the Basement and Better Places to Go, are featured in the new collection Audition Monologues for Young Women (Meriwether Publishing). David-Matthew recently served as a Young Author Critique Mentor for the Colorado Teen Literature Conference. He will be directing the world premieres of three new plays as part of the Rocky Mountain Short Play Festival. He recently created Bloom, a teen web series that starts production this fall in Denver. He has just been commissioned by Emmy Award-winning producer Paco Aguilar to write Out of Body, a paranormal feature film that goes into production
this fall in Los Angeles.

Roy Hoffman was interviewed about his novel, Come Landfall, by Spalding MFA grad Bill Goodman on Kentucky’s public TV station, KET, which aired July 13 (watch the video), and by MFA grad Katerina Stoykova-Klemer on her radio show, Accents, which aired May 30 (listen to the audio), after spending a day in Lexington with colleague Karen Mann, who presented her novel, The Woman of La Mancha. Concerning Come Landfall, Roy served on a panel, “On the Fringes of War,” at the Decatur Book Festival on August 30, and is the featured author of “A Moveable Feast,” a luncheon and signing sponsored by Litchfield Books, Pawleys Island, South Carolina, at 11:00 a.m. on September 12. Roy’s review of Frances Mayes’s Under Magnolia was in the New York Times Book Review on June 15. On July 20, he led a discussion in Mobile about the film Au Revoir Les Enfants as part of a series at Spring Hill College on the films of Vichy, France.

Alumni

On October 6, Susan Arscott’s (W4CYA, F ’12) first full-length young adult book, The End of Normal, will be published by Burst Books. It will be available in e-format from all online booksellers. This is a completely revised version of her thesis.

Deborah Begel’s (CNF ’06) documentary about water contamination on Navajo lands, Four Stories about Water, was shown at the Uranium Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro in May; it will be shown in Berlin in September and in Jordan later in the fall. She also edited a chapbook of student writings, Crossings, for the Summer Bridge program at Northern New Mexico College again this year. She was a founder and CNF editor of the college’s new literary journal, Trickster, which launched last spring.

This fall, Glenny Brock (CNF ’07) begins her fifth semester teaching “Writing for the Media” at Birmingham-Southern College, where she also serves as faculty sponsor for the student newspaper. Back in the spring, Glenny made her first foray into speech writing as one of the featured presenters at the 2014 TEDxBirmingham conference. Watch a video of her talk, titled “Movie Brats & Show People.”