RWW Soundings




Chelsey Clammer (2016): Her essay, “Mother Tongue,” received second place for Black Warrior Review’s 2014 Nonfiction Contest, and will run online for their Spring 2015 issue. She also received runner-up for Blue Lyra Review‘s 2014 Living Earth Nonfiction Prize for her essay “I Live in a Town,” to be published in their online Spring 2015 issue, as well. Chelsey has accepted the Nonfiction Editor position for the literary journal, Pithead Chapel, the Associate Essays Editor position for The Nervous Breakdown, the Assistant Nonfiction Editor position for Control Literature Magazine, and has been hired by Electric Lit to be a staff book reviewer. Chelsey was also hired to teach three different essay writing workshops on a monthly basis with The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review. The position started in September 2014.

Sydney Elliott (2015) presented “Writing Scared: Rewiring Students for Success” at the Regional Community College Humanities Association conference in Seattle, WA, and won this year’s CCHA Nadine Hata Regional Distinguished Humanities Educator Award for her innovative teaching, institutional committee work, and community service in Tillamook, OR.

Cate Gable (2017): Her sonnet, “On the Road to Port d’Uchizy,” has been selected for the 20-year retrospective collection, Yakima Coffeehouse Poets, compiled by the Allied Arts Council.

Bernard Grant (2016) has become an editorial intern for The Review Review 

Cate Hennessey (2016) has become a monthly columnist for The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review. The column, which explores the intersection of books and life, launched on October 17, 2014.

Julie Leung (2015): Her essay “Reclamation” won Blue Lyra Review‘s Living Earth Nonfiction Prize and will be published in their print Spring 2015 issue.

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha (2017) read her poems and talked about Poetry and Politics along with poet and RWW director, Rick Barot, at the Words West Literary Series, at C&P Coffeehouse in West Seattle, on October 15, 2014.


Bill Capossere (2010): His ten-minute play, “First Day,” played the Rochester Fringe Festival.

Christina Collins (2010) is launching a new literary magazine, Lockjaw Magazine, going live in early 2015.

Maddaline Enns (2011) is teaching a section of English Literature: “Introduction to Short Fiction and the Novel,” at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C.

Nancy Geyer (2013) is the new art editor at A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments. Also, her essay, “Black Plank,” (originally published in The Georgia Review) was selected as a Notable Essay in this year’s Best American Essays.

Erin Coughlin Hollowell (2009) is among five inaugural recipients of the Alaska Literary Award. The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts, selected Hollowell from a pool of nearly 100 applicants to receive a $5,000 fellowship. The awards were made possible by Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli through their generous donation to the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, administrated by the Alaska State Council on the Arts. 

Ann Batchelor Hursey (2012): Her book of poetry, A Certain Hold, is available in December from Finishing Line Press, with a book launch event February 7, 2015 at the Mountlake Terrace, Sno-Isle Public Library from 2-4 pm.

Lita Kurth (2009) read her creative nonfiction piece, “Black on White, Red on White,” at the Peninsula Literary Series on Sept 17th in Palo Alto. (The piece was originally published in Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing.)

Linda Martin (2011): Her book of poems, I Follow In the Dust She Raises, will be published by University of Alaska Press in Spring 2015. 

Carrie Mesrobian (2013): Her newest YA novel, Perfectly Good White Boy, was named a book pick of the week by Publishers Weekly on Sept. 29, 2014.

Christine Robbins (2012) was a finalist for the New Letters Prize for poetry.

Lois Rosen (2010): Her story, “The Jewish Colleen,” earned First Honorable Mention from the Oregon Writing Colony Fiction Contest.

Hilary Schaper (2008): Her essay, “A Story of Vines,” was a finalist in the Prime Number Magazine (Press 53) Creative Nonfiction contest, judged by Ned Stuckey-French.

Tina Schumann (2009): Her collection, A Box of Zeroes, was named a finalist in the 2014 Four Way Books Intro Prize.

Cindy Stewart-Rinier (2012): Her poems, “Bear” and “Under the Tongue,” each received a Pushcart nomination from Naugatuck River Review and VoiceCatcher Journal, respectively.


David Biespiel: His collection, A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns, a selection of essays from the longest-running newspaper column on poetry in the United States (running from 2003-2013 in The Oregonian) will be published by Antilever Press, March 2015.

Barrie Jean Borich (Faculty and Alumnus 2009), Judith Kitchen, and Dinah Lenney were three of the five essayists/curators featured in the series, “The Naked I: The Exposed Voice of Nonfiction” appearing in TriQuarterly, Summer 2014. 

Brenda Miller: Her essay, “Dress Code,” originally published in Passages North, was cited as a “Notable Essay of 2013” in Best American Essays 2013.

Ann Pancake: Her story collection, Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley, will be launched by Counterpoint Press, 7:00 pm, Feb. 10, 2015, at Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10 Ave, Seattle, WA. Other readings follow; see Ann’s website for schedule. 

Marjorie Sandor has edited a new anthology, The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows, which will be released in February 2015; preordering underway on Amazon.


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