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Special Series

Special Series

Dept. of Congrats: May 2024 Community Successes

Let's celebrate the commendable community success stories from this May! Grubbies were published in literary journals across the country, won awards and prizes, and so much more. Our community is closing May 2024 with twenty-five publications, three awards and prizes, and one book publication. Let us celebrate you: submit your good news to GrubStreet’s Department of Congratulations.

Muse attendee Mimi Manyin's flash fiction "Come to Mama" was published in Michigan Quarterly Review Mixtape (Issue 14: Place). Dianę Josefowicz's novella L'Air du Temps (1985) was published by Regal House. Publishers Weekly said this about the book: "Josefowicz provides plenty of rich period detail through the voice of her spunky heroine…Fiends for 1980s nostalgia ought to seek this out." ​​Marcia Yudkin’s essay “Confidentially” came from a workshop prompt "write a memoir in pieces” and was published in The Manifest Station.

Instructor Elizabeth Santiago's YA novel The Moonlit Vine was longlisted for a Mass Book Award. Instructor Lesléa Newman has been awarded the Golden Crown Literary Society Trailblazer Award, which is granted for lifetime achievement and is presented each year to one author in recognition of contributions to sapphic literature. Linda Woolford’s short story “An Entirely Different Girl” was published in Chestnut Review’s spring issue. She thanks Ellen Davis, Linda Burke, and Susan Robison for invaluable feedback and Tim Weed for firing the story up in one of his 3-hour Grub classes.

Anesce Dremen was awarded full funding by the University of Nevada - Las Vegas for an MFA in Creative Writing. She is immensely grateful for the need-based scholarships available at GrubStreet that allowed her to take workshops with Xujun Eberlein, meet wonderful classmates, and workshop her memoir. "​Perhaps She Would Be a Pterodactyl" is an excerpt from her memoir that was recently published by Gordon Square Review. Memoir Incubator graduate Rachel Zimmerman's flash nonfiction piece "Not the Plan" appeared in Brevity Magazine. She'd like to thank Memoir Incubator alums Aimee Christian and Katie Liesener for their feedback.

Amy Mevorach published a review of A.J. Verdelle's memoir Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison in CALYX Journal. Giulietta Nardone's tiny paranormal comedy “To Die For” appeared in Friday Flash Fiction. An excerpt from instructor J.D. Debris's novel The Angelic Doctors was published in the Spring 2024 issue of The Kenyon Review. Instructor A.J. Rodriguez's short story "Papel Picado" was published in Issue 27 of The Common. Jen Hallaman's prose poem “Good Design” was published in Diagram. She is grateful to her fellow students in Laniesha Brown's advanced poetry class for workshopping the poem.

Instructor Xujun Eberlein has been awarded a Mass Cultural Council Grant for Creative Individuals. Memoir Incubator graduate Terry Yanulavich's essay "Baby Steps" was published in the creative nonfiction journal Under the Sun Online. She's grateful to Alysia Abbott and her dedicated 2023 Memoir Incubator classmates Kate Chen, Anne Falkowski, Nadia Ghent, Will Horn, Nellie King, Leslie Nguyen-Okwu, Gail Spector and Margaret Woo for their continued support, encouragement, and necessary feedback. Diane Josefowicz's essay on learning to tap dance at midlife appeared in the May 19th edition of the Boston Globe.

Danielle Lenhard's micro story "Der Sachsenspiegel" appeared in 100 Word Story. She'd like to thank Sara Streeter, Aditi Mehrotra, Caitlin Andrews, Shasta Grant, and Dorian Fox for their feedback. Pamela Medve Polivka's flash fiction piece "The White Giraffes" will appear in the literary journal Bloom at the end of May.

Janice Furlong’s short story “Back-Up Mom” has been accepted by Ploughshares and will appear in the summer 2024 issue, guest edited by Rebecca Makkai. Janice sends thanks to her Short Story Incubator instructor Ron MacLean and incubator classmates Ann Russell, Stephanie Erber, Fran Cronin, Daniel Motsinger, and Daniel Cohen for their feedback and support. Dru Forbes was recently accepted into Emerson's MFA program with a piece he workshopped in Quentin Lucas's "The Return of Deconstructing the Short Story" class.

Ana María Carbonell's short story "Purple Irises," set in the Boston area, has been published in the May edition of The Saranac Review. She was supported and inspired by GrubStreet instructor Yu-Mei Balasingamchow. Emily H Margaris's 100-word story was published in Friday Flash Fiction. She'd like to thank the GrubStreet community for inspiring her. Lydia G. Fash’s essay "Items from my Parents" has been published in Vol. 1 Brooklyn. It originated in Meghan Lamb's "6 weeks, 6 essays" class. She would like to thank Meghan and her classmates, particularly Bill Lattanzi and Emma Hill, for their feedback. Kale B. Connerty was recently admitted to George Mason University's MFA program with two essays she wrote during Judah LeBlang's "Writing From Real Life: Creative Nonfiction" workshop.

Alexandra Grabbe published her essay “A Persuasive Illusion” in the Washington Independent Review of Books. Susan Schirl Smith's essay "A Connection Through Words" about the writing group formed in a GrubStreet class was published in Kind Over Matter. She thanks Judah Leblang for his guidance and the members of the Page Six Writers' Group for their ongoing support. Essay Incubator and Writing to Heal Intensive alum Jennifer Dines's essay, "Don’t cut the support our teenage non-readers desperately need: A reading teacher’s plea," was published in Schoolyard News

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