“California Son” by Alison Powell

An essay by alumna Alison Powell (fiction, ’10) appears at Boom California:

The United States is a country with two west coasts, separated by three thousand miles. Technically, there are three west coasts if you count the westward shores of Hawaii. In 2012, my bedroom in Tampa, Florida, faced the first of the three bodies of water standing between the Gulf and me. It is a coast, but not the coast. There’s water here, but no waves. The Gulf is neither sea nor ocean. It is a ragged basin with no clear territory. I am from the real West Coast, and this lesser western light won’t play for me. It has nothing to say, and its sunsets are merely warm-ups for California’s three hours later.

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Alum and Faculty Named as Finalists for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award

Friends of Writers congratulates alumnus Jamaal May (poetry, ’11) and faculty member Roger Reeves who have both been named as finalists for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The award is presented annually for a first book by a poet of genuine promise. More information can be found online…

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An Interview with Leslie Blanco

An interview with alumna Leslie Blanco (fiction, ’07) appears at Pank Magazine:

1. Workshops and publishers often demand that writers categorize their work along tradition lines of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, but I see short shorts, such as your pieces here, as something like poems and fiction at once. Where would you plot your own work on the genre continuum?

Interesting that you should ask this question of these particular stories, because I have categorized all of them alternately as nonfiction, poetry and finally, fiction. Many years ago I went through a difficult divorce, and I could only write about the emotions I felt by jotting down tiny little scenarios. Anything longer was too painful. At the time I thought of them as autobiographical prose poems, which I thought I was writing only for myself.

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“Live Demonstrations of Love” by Caitlin Horrocks

An essay by faculty member Caitlin Horrocks appears at AGNI Online:

Horrocks72Weddings are like dreams not in the sense of fairy tales, but in the sense of being strange, disjointed departures from daily life that you shouldn’t assume anyone else wants to hear about. But that never stops anybody. Mine happened a year ago, to a man I’d been living with for seven years, dating for eight and a half. We married in the dinosaur wing of the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. Instead of educational fossils, envision giant 1970s animatronics, rolling beady eyes and jabbing forelimbs, growls playing over hidden speakers. The dinosaur sounds weren’t muted for the ceremony, so our declarations of love were interrupted by pterodactyl shrieks.

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2014 Larry Levis Post-Graduate Stipend Winner Announced

1421683935-2Friends of Writers is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Larry Levis Post-Graduate Stipend is Jenny Johnson for IN FULL VELVET. She received $4000. Congratulations to Jenny and many thanks to those who applied.  In 2015 there will be two awards, one in poetry and one in fiction. Submission guidelines will be available and the amount of the 2015 awards announced as of August 1, 2015.  Submissions for the 2015 award will be accepted via Submitable from September 1 through November 15, 2015.

You can read Jenny Johnson’s poem “There Are New Worlds” at Twelfth House.

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