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Writing/Reading Resources

Writing/Reading Resources

Dept. of Congrats: April 2023 Community Successes

Every month, we celebrate our varied successes. This month, Grubbies were published in literary journals across the country, won awards and prizes, published books, and so much more. Our community is closing April 2023 out with forty-one publications, four fellowships, two book deals, and seven book publications! Let us celebrate you: submit your good news to GrubStreet’s Department of Congratulations.

Boston Writers of Color Member Sofia Romero's story "Palomita Azul" was published in Chestnut Review's Winter 2023 issue. Ellen Zhang recently published a poem, "Couple Moments Beyond Ellis Island," in The Shore Poetry. She is grateful for the support from instructors and classmates from Kelly Dalke's 2022 GrubStreet writing course. Alta McDonald presented at Stories from the Stage, a storytelling program at WGBH. Her story was an adaptation of an essay that she wrote in a class taught by Ethan Gilsdorf.

Memoir Generator Student Iris (Yi Youn) Kim was accepted to the Tin House Summer Workshop. Short Story Incubator Graduate Frankie Concepcion's short story "Aftermath" has just been published as a chapbook by Bottlecap Press. She thanks her instructors and fellow students at GrubStreet for their guidance and feedback on early drafts of this story, which took 4 years to write! Lisa Braxton’s book review on Truth Tellers: The Power and Presence of Black Women Journalists Since 1960 was published by Story Circle Network. Len Abram’s song "Everyone Has A Story" is now available on YouTube and other platforms.

Keith Aron's essay "Whose Shoes to Fill," which he wrote during Carolyn Zaikowski's "6 Essays, 6 Weeks" class this past fall has been published by Discretionary Love. Alison Kaplan's essay "When Climate Change Melts Your Relationship" was published in NYT's Modern Love column. NmaHassan Muhammad has been Longlisted for the Welkin Prize 2023. He thanks his classmates and instructor Yu-Mei Balasingamchow for their comments which helped to shape his entry story.

Brenden Layte's story "Catalyst" was published in Coffin Bell Journal. He thanks Caroline Belle Stewart and his classmates from her "Writing the Supernatural" class, where the piece originated. Essay Incubator instructor Ethan Gilsdorf's flash piece "How to Prepare for A Difficult Conversation," a borrowed form "hermit crab" essay, was accepted by Brevity magazine and will be published this fall. Ethan thanks his students in all his workshops for their inspiration. Memoir and Essay Incubator alum Nada Siddiqui’s essay "A Piece of Cloth," which she wrote and revised in GrubStreet classes with instructors Dorian Fox and Ethan Gilsdorf, was published in Solstice Literary Magazine’s Spring edition.

Essay Incubator alum Brandy E. Wyant's personal essay "Back and Forth" was published in Solstice Literary Magazine. She thanks her colleagues in the 2021-22 Essay Incubator, especially instructor Ethan Gilsdorf, for their feedback and support. Instructor Blair Hurley's second novel, Minor Prophets, will be published with Ig Publishing on April 18, 2023. Novel Incubator alum Hesse Phillips' short story "Sebastian Melmoth in Silver City," about Oscar Wilde's legendary journey into the wild American West, was published in Pangyrus Literary Magazine on March 31. Jack O'Grady is thrilled to announce the launch of the Downtime Review, an independent lit mag focused on publishing the works of authors writing outside conventional and academic circles. Bright Kids Who Couldn't Care Less, a book written by current Essay Incubator student Ellen Braaten, was just released by Guilford Press.

Robin Van Impe recently published her essay "We Have to Believe We Can Make a Difference for Climate Change" as part of a larger college package in the Globe Magazine. Instructor Daphne Kalotay's short story "Communicable" was published in Electric Literature's "Recommended Reading" with an introduction by Rebecca Makkai that calls it "not only the best Zoom-dependent story I’ve ever read; it’s a story that’s made better by Zoom.” An excerpt from Novel Incubator alum Phillip Freeman's debut novel, Most Things Don't Happen, appeared in the spring issue of the Solstice Literary Magazine. Ning Sullivan was awarded a residency for this coming July by Hewnoaks Artist Residency Program. She thanks GrubStreet, especially instructor Dariel Suarez, for his guidance and support.

Phil Temples' short fiction story "Scruffy" was accepted for publication in Still Point Arts Quarterly. Additionally, Phil's flash fiction piece "In Good Company" has been accepted for publication in the upcoming Bagels With the Bards Issue #15. Andi Pollinger's essay "A New Grandmother Finds Her Seat at The Changing Table" was published in ParentCo. Essay Incubator instructor Ethan Gilsdorf's satirical essay was published in The Haven. He would like to thank Grub student Viktoria Shulevich for help navigating the world of humor publications. Novelist Ellen Meeropol and poet Ekere Tallie are pleased to announce the return of the Mt. Chocorua Writing Week at the World Fellowship Center in the southern White Mountains on July 9-13. Boston Writers of Color member Estela González's novel Arribada is a finalist in the Edmund White Debut Fiction Awards.

Josephine (Jo) Carubia recently published Complete Book of Waiting: A Workbook and Guide for Living in the Twenty-First Century. She has been encouraged in her writing by several Grub classes, including "Mosaic Memoir" with Clara Silverstein and "How to Submit: Publishing with Literary Magazines" with Dennis James Sweeney. Novel Generator student and BWOC member Kaneisha Grayson was accepted to the Tin House Summer Workshop.

Instructor Shubha Sunder’s short story collection Boomtown Girl, winner of the 2020 St. Lawrence Book Award, was released by Black Lawrence Press. Diane Lederman's short story “The Surprise of It” was published on the Jerry Jazz Musician website. Katherine Sherbrooke's essay "Saying Good-bye to My Free-Spirited Sister" was published in ZIBBY Magazine. She'd like to thank instructor Carolyn Zaikowsky and fellow essayists in "6 Weeks, 6 Essays" for their input and encouragement.

Lighthouse Writers of Denver awarded Memoir Incubator graduate Priscilla Bourgoine a spot in the June Advanced Weeklong Non-Fiction Workshop with Andre Dubus III. She thanks her Memoir Incubator Instructor, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, for their continued support and Ethan Gilsdorf's guidance in a past Personal Essay workshop. Instructor Kayleigh Shoen's flash story "Suds n' Duds" was published in Maudlin House. Ethan Gilsdorf, instructor of the Essay Incubator, published a humor piece in MuddyUm entitled "Quiz: Monster in the new Dungeons & Dragons movie or Republican Member of the Weaponization of the Federal Government Committee?"

Amy Johnson's short story "Lament of a Specialist in Interspecies Relations" was published in Lightspeed, the Hugo Award–winning digital SFF magazine. Pete Prokesch is attending the Indiana University MFA Program in fiction in the fall. He thanks instructors Elena Britos, Shubha Sunder, Jane Dykema, and Adam Stumacher for their incredible mentorship and support. Writing to Heal Immersive instructor Jennifer Crystal's memoir One Tick Stopped the Clock will be published by Legacy Book Press in September 2024. She thanks her students and colleagues at GrubStreet for all of their support!

Instructor and Boston Writers of Color member Kayla Degala-Paraíso published her poem “It’s Been Years” in Issue No. 24 of Black Fox Literary Magazine. She thanks fellow instructor Breezy Janae for having taught her the golden shovel form in a "6 Weeks, 6 Poems" class long ago. Lauren Harkawik's short creative nonfiction "House on Wheels" was published in Cutleaf Volume 3 Issue 8 on April 20. Instructor Daphne Kalotay's guest essay "A New Generation of Holocaust Storytellers" – on the dilemma and challenge of writing fiction conveying that history – was published in the New York Times. Additionally, Daphne's story collection The Archivists, winner of the Grace Paley Prize, was published by TriQuarterly Books.

Instructor Kelly Dalke was a finalist for the 2023 Luso-American FLAD Fellowship and awarded a scholarship to attend the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Memoir Generator graduate Iris (Yi Youn) Kim was accepted to the VONA Summer 2023 Workshop. She thanks her instructor Michelle Seaton for all her support. Jane Marcellus's "Made by History" column appeared in the Washington Post. Memoir Incubator alum Karen Kirsten's epic WWII memoir, Irena's Gift, will be published in the US & Canada by Kensington in 2024. She thanks Alysia Abbott and her fellow incubees.

Katie DeBonville's poem "The Minor Quiet of March" was published in the anthology Crystalline Whispers. Additionally, Katie's essay "Lines" was published in Issue #8 of Fauxmoir Lit Mag. Instructor Lesléa Newman's two latest picture books, The Babka Sisters and The Fairest in the Land, are both being released on May 2. Novel Incubator alum E. B. Moore's novel Loose in the Bright Fantastic will launch May 18 at Belmont Books. She would like to thank Michelle Hoover, Lisa Borders, and the first Novel Incubator group for their on-going influence. Memoir Incubator alum Tamara MC published a Tiny Love Story about Ramadan and Passover, Islam and Judaism. Instructor Shelby Kinney-Lang won the 2023 O'Henry Prize for Short Fiction.

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