Dick Cass Wins National Trout Unlimited Essay Contest

My essay Pursuing, Losing won the national Trout Unlimited Be Steelheaded essay contest. The essay was read on November 20th as part of the kickoff of Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelhead Initiative, a project to protect and restore wild steelhead in their native ranges in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The essay will be published in the April 2015 issue of Trout magazine but you can read it now here.

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Brian Thiem’s 3-Book Deal Announced in Publisher’s Marketplace

I’m thrilled to see my crime fiction series formally announced in Publisher’s Marketplace.


December 9, 2014 – RED LINE by Brian Thiem

Fiction: Mystery/Crime

Brian Thiem’s debut RED LINE, the first in a new police procedural series by a 25-year veteran of the Oakland Police Department, featuring a homicide detective, pitched as “Harry Bosch meets Joseph Wambaugh,” to Matt Martz at Crooked Lane, the new crime fiction imprint at Bookspan, in a nice deal, for publication in 2015, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

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Poor Yorick at Residency

Hi All,

We plan to have a Poor Yorick meeting on Sunday 1/4 from 3:00-4:00 during the Student-Designed Time. The staff will be in attendance and all others are welcome welcome. It will be a great time to see what the journal is all about and/or to see what kinds of tasks we are currently working on. Please let me know if you have questions.

Also, we will be having our basket fundraiser again. For those of you new to the program, each day we put out a basket that can be bid on by students and mentors throughout the day. The highest bidder at the end of the day wins the basket. All of the $ raised goes toward the journal. Mentor Nick Mamatas and Brian Lance and I will be attending AWP to represent the journal, and we would like to be able to purchase T-Shirts, rack cards, and other marketing materials. So far we have the following baskets donated by PY staff: writing basket, used book basket, jewelry basket, skull tequila basket!  If you would like to donate a basket, please email me at melisgordon09@yahoo.com by 12/19. Prior to residency I would like to post a schedule so you know which baskets will be on display each day and you can plan what you’d like to bid on! :)

Any questions, let me know. Thanks very much. Hope everyone has a good end of the semester and holiday season. See you in less then a month at residency!

Melissa :)

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The Great CT Caper

12 authors, 12 illustrators, one story.

Sarah Darer Littman and Jessica McCadden have each been chosen to write a chapter in The Great Connecticut Caper, a serialized storybook for young people published on the CT Humanities website

This is a collaborative mystery story that Connecticut authors and illustrators collectively assemble chapter by chapter. Connecticut is the first to publish a state-specific version of an original Library of Congress project, The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.

A new chapter will be published every two weeks from January – June 2015 starting January 4th. The story is for children of all ages and everyone can share their hunches and follow the clues on social media! #CTCaper

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Congrats to Kate Neely Meadows

Congrats to MFA grad Kate Neely Meadows for her article in the 2015 Writer’s Market, “7 Habits of Financially Savvy Writers!”

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North American Review Bicentennial Conference CFP

The North American Review is the oldest continuously published literary journal in the US (and possibly in the American continents). They are celebrating their bicentennial with an interesting conference. Those of you how are interested in teaching should be proposing papers or panels to these conferences (including AWP, and possibly MLA, Popular Culture, CCCC, etc.), or at the very least attending some of them.


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The Paris Review is hiring.

They’re looking for a full-time digital editor.


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