Fall 2017 News

Congratulations, writers! Nice work!

Chuka Susan Chesney’s poem "Heather Heyer: Shouts for Justice" has been accepted into Spectrum 12, a local chapbook that is published by Don Kingfisher Campbell. Last month, her poem "The Boy from Arcadia" was published in Spectrum 11 Long Poems. Five of her paintings are scheduled to be published in the fall issue of Compose Literary Magazine, and her paintings “Madame Peacock” and “Heather Heyer” were published in Peacock Journal.

Christopher DeWan (The Art of the Short Story) is included in the 2017 edition of Best Small Fictions, edited by Amy Hempel and released this September, and he will be appearing at several Southern California events in support of the book. He is also developing a new TV series with Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment.

Former WWLA social media maven Catie Disabato has won the LGBTQ scholarship to attend The Cabins this August, an artists' retreat/residency in Connecticut founded by novelist Courtney Maum.

Hope Ewing’s book Movers and Shakers: Stories and Advice from the Women Changing the Bar World—a collection of stories, advice, and musings reported by successful women in the beer, wine, booze, and bar industries—will be published by Unnamed Press in 2018.

Seth Fischer will appear on the panel Writing Resistance: LGBTQ Writing as a Platform for Change at next year's AWP conference.

Terrance Flynn’s article on “Older Men’s Style” was #1 on Wall Street Journal’s website the day it was published. He also attended the SPACE on Ryder Farm residency in July.

Wendy Fontaine’s essay “The Space Between the Stars” was a finalist for Lunch Ticket’s Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. In addition, her story “Sacrifice” was published by Angels Flight • literary west.

Acid Free, a quarterly online publication of the Los Angeles Archivists Collective, included an article by Melissa Haley on “Spirit Photography in the Archives” in their fourth issue on the occult.

Nicole Hoelle published an essay titled “Just Our Imagination” in Gravel Magazine, which is run out of the University of Arkansas. 

Sarah Holswade has signed with agent Matt Bialer of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates for The Capital Vices, a novel she wrote in a workshop with Diana Wagman (Intensive Novel Manuscript Workshop; Young Adult Fiction). Sarah is living in Oxford, England and working on book two in the series.  

“The Occasional Guest,” an essay by DeLon Howell, will be published by Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing in September.

An excerpt from Devorah Kreiman’s memoir in progress, “Who By Water,” will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Jabberwock Review.

Karen Lentz completed her Master of Science in Journalism at Northwestern University this summer.

"Glittering Green Ribbons," a short story by Edan Lepucki (Anatomy of a Scene), appears in the Madness issue of A Women's Thing Magazine. Her essay "My Monster," about Twin Peaks, is included in the anthology Little Boxes: Twelve Writers on Television, to be published at the end of the month by Coffee House Press.

An essay by Elline Lipkin (Poetry I), "It's My Child and I'll Cry if I Want To,” was published at Kveller (a parenting website). She will be on a panel at Beyond Baroque on November 4th about publishing a first book of poems and on a panel for California Writing Residency recipients at the 1888 Centre in Orange on November 21st.

A Perfect Universe, the new story collection from Scott O’Connor (Novel II), comes out in February 2018 from Scout Press/Simon & Schuster.

Zan Romanoff’s (Nonfiction II) essay on “How Eve Babitz and Francesca Lia Block Made Los Angeles Literary” appeared in The New Republic (one article, two WWLA instructors!), and The Washington Post published “Harry Styles and ‘I Love Dick’ Reveal the Gender Differences in How We Treat Muses.”  Zan also had two essays published in Racked—one on Kim Kardashian's various nudes and one on a denim company that's actually doing some good in the world, among other publications. 

Diana Rosen has poems forthcoming in Echo Literary Journal, Fat Damsel, and Damfino Press.

Christina Simon’s essay “Corporate Indignities” was published on Proximity’s blog, True, as part of their call for true stories of silenced women.

Margaret Wappler and her husband David are new parents as of August 18, 2017. A full-hearted WWLA welcome to Silas Edwin Earle! Margaret is also one of three finalists for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for her novel Neon Green.

University of Pittsburgh Press has accepted Charles Webb’s new collection of poems, Sidebend World, for publication in 2018. Red Hen Press also published a collection of his essays on poetry, A Million MFAs Are Not Enough, last year. 

Annette Wong will be reading with the Pasadena Rose Poets at Art Night Pasadena on October 13, 2017 at the Pasadena Central Library and at Lit Crawl LA on October 25, 2017 in the NoHo Arts District.

Tigers, a poetry manuscript by Kim Young (Poetry II), was a semi-finalist for the Pleiades Editor's Prize.