Services for Vonda Menard

The wake will be at Windsor Locks Funeral Home Friday September 4 at 4pm-7pm. And Funeral will be Saturday September 5 at Saint Mary’s Cemetery at 9:30 am next to the Funeral home. There will be a gathering after the funeral at 82 Circle Dr Windsor Locks. Vonda’s husband will be setting up a scholarship fund for the boys, with details to follow.

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Vonda Menard

It is with heavy, heavy heart that I report the passing of our friend and MFA graduate Vonda Menard. I do not have details on any services, but will pass on information if I receive it. One of Vonda’s sons, who many of us will remember from residencies in the early years of the program, was about to begin studying architecture in a 5-year program at Roger Williams University. Vonda was funny and thoughtful and always a pleasure to be around. We will miss her.

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Lost Boys…

…rocked the August res on opening day.


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Cinderella Borscht Belt on Amazon & Barnes & Noble


Thanks to those of you who bought my book at the residency earlier this month. If you have had the chance to read it, please do me a favor and write a brief review on Amazon’s and Barnes & Noble’s website. Thanks so much.


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Fall Grade Deadline

Mentors, the deadline for Fall 2015 grades is December 23. You must enter your grades in Banner no later than 5 pm on that date. Please remember to send me brief narrative evaluations of your students at the same time.

Students, please remind your mentors of the grade deadline.

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MFA Space

Folks, I’m happy to announce that we are adding dedicated MFA space in our suite of offices (Higgins Hall 205 E-G). My office, 205F, will remain here, as will the reception space (which will be inhabited by Steph Myers this semester).

205E will continue as an MFA overflow office, which is available for the use of MFA students at all times. Two computers, a laser printer, a fax machine, and the small MFA library reside in 205E. It is a good space to use for quiet work space, for meeting with undergraduate students (if you are a GA), or for just hanging out, maybe having a little lunch. The MFA library is growing–with a number of useful writer reference books and additional books that have been donated (feel free to donate books you need to get rid of, especially books that future students might use in the program–it’s tax deductible!), and all of the books that have been submitted for the Housatonic Book Awards.

205G will now be a shared office for Poor Yorick and for the Book Awards. If the Alumni group has need of on-campus space, you are welcome to the space here.

Any time Steph, Mel (PY editor), or I are not in the office, Laurel can provide admission. If you’re planning a longish trip in, you might just want to confirm that one of the four of us will be here.

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Two Publication Opportunities–Cricket Media and New Rivers Press

Cricket Media seeks fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions for its literary magazines for children and teens: Cicada (ages 14 and up), Cricket (ages 9–14), and Spider (ages 6–9). Please visit for general guidelines and to submit.

Call for Submissions: Knights and Castles

Deadline: Monday, October 26, 2015

Cricket and Spider are looking for stories, poetry, and nonfiction exploring the theme of Knights and Castles. We seek not only traditional historical fiction and legends, but also stories with a contemporary spin—realistic fiction about a modern quest or metaphorical “knight,” or fantasy fiction and sci-fi. We especially welcome twists on traditional character roles—a girl who pretends to be a boy to become a knight, or a bold youth who doesn’t want to be a knight like his father but aspires to be a court musician or jester. Exploring different cultures within this theme—such as a friendship between a Christian and a Muslim in Moorish Spain—can be especially rich. Humor, too, is always welcome. And remember: Here there be dragons!

Call for Submissions: Flash Fiction

Deadline: Monday, October 26, 2015

Wanted: your flash fic. Submit!*


*Limit: 750 words. Oh! Who are we? We edit Cicada the finest YA lit/comics mag in the land! Relevant to our interests: teens, literature, literature about teens, vikings, robots, Sherlock, feminist fairy tales, SFF, and cookies. Especially excited to hear from LGBTQIA+ writers, writers with disabilities, and writers of color. Bonus points if your story plays with form: a grocery list, a GoFundMe, a Twitter feed … (Listen, we never said we were good at brevity. We’re not. That’s where you come in.) (And your flash fic.)

Jestine Ware

Assistant Editor

Cricket Media

(312)701-1720 X343

4th Annual New Rivers Press e-Book Series: 
Submission Period:
July 1,
2014 through September 1, 2014:
$250.00 Honorarium and
e-Book Contract.
Reading Fee: $20.00.

New Rivers Press is seeking manuscripts in Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Westerns, Young Adult, Inspirational, and all sub-genres within and across those categories for The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series, an e-Book-only series that publishes popular fiction titles with literary value. Manuscripts will be accepted electronically through Submittable July 1 through Oct. 1. There is a $20 reading fee. Each author selected for publication will receive a $250 honorarium and a standard electronic book contract. All books will be distributed nationally and internationally in e-Book format.
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