Poor Yorick at Byrd’s Books!

Greetings, MFA Community:

On June 5th at 6:00pm, Byrd’s Books in Bethel will host a reading and open mic for our literary journal, Poor Yorick. Come hear some of our recently published pieces and share some of your own work. We will also welcome our new editor, Becky Shaw.


I hope you can join us!

All the best,


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Agent Meetings – Summer Residency

Dear Students:

I hope all is well and that you’re enjoying the start of your summer break! In preparation for the summer residency, I’m passing along information about an exciting opportunity to meet with a literary agent in August. On Tuesday, August 7th from 3-5pm, West Conn will host an agent panel featuring the following three agents:

Connor Goldsmith: https://www.fuseliterary.com/connor-goldsmith/

Saba Sulaiman: http://talcottnotch.net/index.php/agents/saba-sulaiman

Rita Rosenkrantz: http://www.ritarosenkranzliteraryagency.com/

Each agent will give a brief talk about their work and publishing trends, then they will meet with students individually. If you’re interested in meeting with an agent, please take a moment to review their profiles and decide which one would be a good match for your work. Then, by June 15th, send me a query letter and the first 10-pages of your project. Let me know which agent you would like to meet with. I will then pass along your materials to him/her (please do not contact them directly). While this opportunity is open to all students, graduating students will receive priority. If you do not get a chance to meet with an agent at this residency, there will be additional opportunities at future residencies.

If you have any questions, please let me know. More information about the summer residency and confirmation of your fall courses will be available soon!

All the best,


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Conference Opportunity

cropped-sample3The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association is holding a conference in the fall in Worchester, MA. (October 19-20) This is a very interesting organization that holds presentations and events around all kinds of popular culture. I’ve presented on Star Wars, Experimental Novels, and the Visual and Graphics in Journalism. This is a great place to write a paper, present, and meet a lot of smart and creative people writing on some really fascinating topics. Panels and other elements are also available.

Deadline for presentations June 1, 2018. 

Check out their website. If you are not a member but want to present or attend, your membership is part of the conference fee.

Link to the conference

Link to the website

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Congratulations, Graduates!

Dear Spring 2018 Graduates–

Congratulations! It pains me to say so, but I am unable to attend this year’s commencement, as I will be in DC attending my daughter’s commencement. But I wanted to let you all know how proud I am of the work you all have done in the program. I look forward to all your future successes!


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2018 Housatonic Book Awards

WestConn MFA in Creative & Professional Writing

Greetings, MFA Community –

The 2018 Housatonic Book Awards are open for submissions!


Please help me spread the word by sharing this info. with your networks.

Thank you!


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48 Publishers seeking children’s books

“All of the publishers on this list publish children’s books. Some just publish picture books, some publish only middle-grade fiction, and some publish a wide variety of genres aimed at adults as well. Some are looking for educational work, others are open to anything. A number of these publishers are large and established. Others are small and just starting out.”



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16 Themed Calls for Submissions

“Calls for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. Themes include music, home, eating disorders, otherworldly women leaders, beast-slaying and mystery-solving heroines, politics, social justice and human rights, humorous science fiction and fantasy, haunted houses, underdogs, ice culture, fairies and their treacherous bargains, pulp stories, fables using summer as a backdrop, dark stories against a snowy background, as well as nightscape, inter-dimensional and deep-space horror. Many of these pay writers. Also see this list for some more upcoming deadlines.?”


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