Alumni News – November 2012

Congratulations to Victoria Patterson (’06), whose next novel, The Peerless Four, will be published by Counterpoint in fall 2013!

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Fantastic news from Neil Aitken (’06),  whose poem Vigil was selected out of 800 entries from all over the US and awarded 1st prize in the 3rd annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest. Neil says “It’s a poem that grew out of a scrap of paper, a few unmoored images, and a memory of my mother during the long days while we cared for my father who was dying of ALS.”

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Vanessa Hua (’09) published the short story Just Like Us in the summer issue of Calyx . In September, Vanessa did a reading with other SoCal writers in the issue at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles.

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Recently, Vanessa conducted an excellent interview with Professor Susan Straight over at The Nervous Breakdown, a literary arts and culture blog edited by another alumna, Carly Kimmel (’08).

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Learn where Rachelle Cruz (’12) gets ideas for her poems and which despot best resembles her shoe collection in this interview at Pank.

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Wonderful article in the North County Times on playwright/director Joe Powers’s (’11) new play Dreams in the Sand, a Story of Immigration, Deportation, Death and Dreams.

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Dominic Mishler (’11) has been busy creating the stage management protocol for SkyPilot Theatre Company, and he was one of the writers on the youth play collection Aesop Refabled available from YouthPlays, Inc.

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Hanaa Hamad (’12) reports that she is currently substitute teaching for the Riverside Unified School District, and she is completing a self -help book that she hopes to finish by the end of the year. Oh, and she got married in July. Congratulations, Hanaa!

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Briandaniel Oglesby (’09) has been tearing it up:

  • His play Halfway Nebraska was among a handful of plays selected from 900 submissions for development at Playwrights Week at the Lark Play Development Center.
  • Briandaniel spent the summer developing Dammed with Barnyard Theatre. Dammed is a full-length site-specific play that takes place in the last days of the Berryessa Valley.
  • His ten-minute play What Happens to the Weak was produced by Mildred’s Umbrella for their Museum of Dysfunction V.
  • His “dramatic essay” titled First Dates was published in New Madrid.

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In July, Nicelle Davis (’09) did a reading at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with other Red Hen Press authors. Nicelle’s poetry collection, Becoming Judas, will be released by Red Hen in Fall 2013. Nicelle also did a reading in September at the Riverside Public Library with her fellow contributors to Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry & Inlandia.

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An excerpt from Clark Cooke’s (’11) novel Jive will be published in the Fall 2012 issue of the Westchester Review.

You can check out more work from Clark in these publications:

  • “First Trip to Harlem” in Kweli Journal (Forthcoming)
  • “Lorca” and “A Good Bet” in Qualia Literary & Art Journal (Forthcoming, Nov ’12)
  • “Wet Thighs” in  Les Amuses-Bouches

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So happy to hear that Molly Gross (‘08) has two articles in L.A. Parent.  Check out Pacification and Getting Out the Door.

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The ever-engrossing Eva Konstantopoulos (‘10) has a poem titled  What Kind of Person Are You? in the Summer/Fall 2012 issue of TriQuarterly Online.  Eva’s prose poem Last November was published in The TriQuarterly Review Prose-Poem Project print edition (Volume 2, Issue 4, Spring 2012).

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Eva’s short fiction piece I Met a Man appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of The Citron Review.

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Hope you were lucky enough to catch Cannibal King, a play by Melissa Harkness’s (’11), at the Hollywood Fringefest.

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Over at The Millions, you can read Eric Shonkwiler’s (’11) essay on Midwest lit, Bridge Across the Country.

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