We dare you: try to drink an entire supersized Caramel Macchiato before reaching the end of this shockingly large Department of Congratulations. Just try it.
This month, we start off with good news from our students. Former Grub student Kara Provost attended Grub poetry classes back in the early days when Grub was based in Somerville, and now she has her second chapbook of poems coming out. Titled Topless, the book is a collaboration between Kara and two other Boston-area women poets. Grub student Carrie Normand’s “Nesting Instincts” was published in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine’s Coupling column on January 23rd. Grace Talusan’s student Carol Reichert let us know that she’s getting a piece published in Women’s Best Travel Writing 2011 (pub date: April 1st). It’s called “Contratiempo,” and it’s about her experiences dancing flamenco in Seville, Spain. Sari Boren’s essay “Escape,” which she wrote in Michelle Seaton’s “Tour of the Essay” class, was accepted for publication at War, Literature & the Arts. Grub student Rachel Roth published an essay about two sisters “freed” from prison on the condition that one of them give her kidney to the other. And lastly, Atinuke Diver has two pieces of news: her story was featured on Black Weblog Awards, and her essay “Why I Spank Other People’s Kids” was featured on Love Isn’t Enough, a blog about parenting and race.
We also have some great news from one of the teen writers in our Young Adult Writers Program. YAWP student Sydney-Elise Washington started attending the free program last fall. She’s been creating stories and songs since she could talk and writing them down since she was five or six. Now, she’s happy to report that her poetry was published internationally in Möbius, The Poetry Magazine. Sydney’s mother is as proud as we are (well, probably prouder), and said that: “YAWP helped boost Sydney-Elise’s confidence and polish some of her rough edges. Thank you!”
Our Grub members have great news too. Tilia Klebenov-Jacobs has been invited to judge the aptly-named Tilia Klebenov Jacobs Religious Essay Competition. She says, “You can imagine how delighted they were when they finally tracked down someone with the right name for the job.” The prizes will be awarded a year from now, in March 2012. Member and student Rosie Rosenzweig’s essay “My Mother’s Chicken Soup: Recipe for Perspective,” recently appeared in the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, a Canadian publication. We Grubbies were also pleased to run into longtime Grubbie Amin Ahmad at the AWP conference last month, where he told us that he has a story in the latest issue of New England Review, and will be Narrative Magazine’s “Story of the Week” on March 20th. Amin, who lives in D.C. now, said: “One of the things I miss most about Boston is Grub Street and my Grubbie writing community. AWP was great, and walking around the book fair and talking to the editors I know, I realized it’s all thanks to Grub. A few years ago, I’d go to an event like this and be terrified. But now that I’ve been published by a bunch of lit mags, I feel like I belong.” We always knew he belonged, and now we’re thrilled he’s getting the recognition he deserves for his fantastic writing.
And now that you’re down to that drizzle of caramel at the bottom of your latte, here’s the instructor news for the month. Instructor Judah Leblang‘s radio piece, “Deja Vu” was recorded at WAMC in Albany in January and will be broadcast on The Health Show on 150 stations around the US during the month of February. The piece deals with his recent experience of losing some of his hearing and adjusting to hearing tests and aids. Muse & the Marketplace instructor Lynne Barrett’s third collection of stories, Magpies, will be published in Sept. 2011 by Carnegie Mellon University Press, and Lynne has a memoir piece in the launch issue of Modcloth’s The Written Wardrobe. Instructor Elaine McArdle’s feature, “Resurrection,” on efforts by Northeastern University Law Professor Margaret Burnham to bring justice to two young men murdered by the Klan in 1964, has received a Silver Award in the international Mercury Excellence Awards. The Mercury Excellence Awards was founded in 1987 to advance the arts and sciences of communications in an international arena, and more than 760 entries from 21 countries were submitted for the 2010/2011 competition. Elaine’s article was published in Northeastern Law School Magazine. Instructor Jenn Mattson shared her latest piece from The Atlantic with us: http://theatln.tc/gWndNw. And last but never least, instructor Becky Tuch got a story accepted by Night Train. Becky actually wrote this story during a writing exercise in one of her workshops, while doing the prompt she’d assigned to the students. Hey, those writing prompts must really work! Congratulations to all, and thanks for sending in all your inspirational successes.
Do you have writing news and want to be featured in the DoC? The first Monday of every month, we feature Grub Street members who have sent their good news to whitney @ grubstreet dot org. To be included, please send Whitney an email with information about your publication, award or fellowship. Limit your announcement to 60 words or less. Extra credit if the announcement is written in the third person, which is good practice for your writing anyway.