Alumni News – December 2011

Jackie Bang (’09) will have a short story in the next issue of Zyzzyva, as well as an essay in Alaska Quarterly Review.  Read an interview with Jackie at Zyzzyva.


Nicelle Davis’s (’09) first book of poetry, Circe, has been published by Lowbrow Press!  Check out the review in the New York Quarterly.




Aviva Kasowski (’11) has two poems – Shady Maple Days and Roommates – in issue 4 of The Packinghouse Review. You can also read her review of Come and See by Fanny Howe in the forthcoming January issue of Pleiades.

Abbe Loomer’s (’11) play, Puppets, was a top ten selection in the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn awards.

Brian Oglesby’s (’09) short story Off Limits  (In Which the Bitchy Virgin No One Can Get With Visits a Gay Bar) was published in Arroyo last spring. The story was they nominated for a Pushcart, and it will be included in New California Writing 2012 out of Heyday Press.

The Literary Review will be including Kinetics, a short story, in the upcoming edition, and you can find Brian’s short story The Creeper in the Indiana Review this winter.

Brian’s short play Nebraska by Noon will be produced by a theatre company in New York in February, directed by Daniel Melnick.  His play Nice Girls Become Respectable Ladies is a finalist for the Humana Festival’s Ten-Minute Play Heideman Award. It will be produced by Mildred’s Umbrella, a Houston-based company, in December.

Victoria Patterson (’06) was named “Best Author of 2011” by OC Weekly! You can get a taste of her past experience with literary kudos in her essay Dispatch from the Story Prize Underdog over at Three Guys One Book.

You can listen to this interview with Victoria as part of a series of podcast discussions with writers done by Brad Listi from The Nervous Breakdown.

Joe Powers (’11) had his play Nym and the Bull produced as a UCR Touring Production in September. In November, a  reading of his play Welcome Home Sonny Boy was presented by Patio Playhouse.

Eric Shonkwiler’s (’11) short story Loveless is now appearing in Peripheral Surveys.

Brenda Varda (’09) sends this update, “We just finished another concert of my material on Sunday night at M Bar in Hollywood – and we are playing for the Global Theatre Project on December 11th (big fundraiser at LATC).

“My next theatrical work REACTOR: Simple, Clean, Efficient was accepted into the Company Creation Festival, and goes up at Son of Semele Ensemble (Los Angeles) on January 22nd and runs through March 2nd.  I’m directing and writing this collaborative theatre work that looks at a nuclear family in the midst of a nuclear hiccup.

“And I was just accepted to present a paper, COLLAB-Process to Product(s): Group Collaboration in Support of Individual Artists at the Mid America Theatre Conference in March, based on last year’s experience working with a small group of writer/performers that have all gone on to produce new works based on our work.”

And in addition to all this, Brenda was just awarded an Artists’ Resource for Completion grant by The Center for Cultural Innovation. Congrats, Brenda!

Mariah K. Young (’08) has won the 2011 James D. Houston Award!  Mariah’s winning manuscript, Masha’Allah and Other Stories, will be published by Heyday in November 2012.

Check out the video below of Mariah accepting the award and reading from her winning work.



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