RWW Soundings



Special Announcement:

Stan Rubin will be hosting a celebration of Judith Kitchen at Richard Hugo House in Seattle on Sunday, May 31, 4:00 – 6:30.  It will be a chance for friends, former students, and other admirers to spend time together, remember Judith, and honor her work. Stephen Corey, Kevin Clark, Peggy Shumaker, and Dinah Lenney all plan fly in to be part of the event.  In addition to a few planned remembrances, there will be a chance for anybody who is so moved to speak briefly about Judith, read something of hers, or read something influenced by her.


Chelsey Clammer (2016) is the Essays Editor for The Nervous Breakdown, as well as a staff columnist for The Review Review. She also started her own editing business, Inside Out Editing Services, which provides a variety of editing services, including private writing lessons and manuscript preparation for submissions and publication.

Bernard Grant (2016) was selected for the Jack Straw Writing Program. His flash fiction, “Wind,” was chosen as a semi-finalist for the Blue Lyra Review Flash Fiction Contest; the magazine nominated his flash fiction, “The Child,” for Best American Short Stories

Sarah Pape (2017) will be teaching creative writing at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, July 12-26, 2015. Her essay, “He Did,” won the Harpur Palate Award for Creative Nonfiction, Issue 14.2.

Tammy Robacker (2016) is currently working as a staff volunteer at CALYX, Inc., an independent publisher of art and literature by women since 1976, located in Corvallis, OR.


Nancy Boutilier (2012) was awarded a Residency at The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel in Miami for a week in March 2015.

Tom Cantwell (2014) will be reading from his short story, “Waves,” along with other authors published in Cirque‘s winter issue, Friday, April 10th, 7-9 PM, at TaborSpace in Portland.

Christina Collins (2010) has been awarded First Place in the 2014 Poetry Chapbook contest by Gertrude Press, for her chapbook, Conspiracy of Beauty, (much of which was developed at RWW).

Kate Carroll de Gutes (2010) Nonfiction: Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, the sixth and last book in the Judith Kitchen Selects series from Ovenbird Books, will be released in April at AWP.

Erin Coughlin Hollowell (2009) is teaching at the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in Homer, Alaska on June 12-16, 2015.

Tia Hudson (2013) had three poems accepted for inclusion in Ars Poetica 2015, a local contest for poets in Kitsap, Jefferson, and Mason counties in Washington. Two poems, “Fairy Rings and Therapy” and “I Light a Candle at the Mary Altar,” were chosen by a visual artist to interpret. The poems and the art will be displayed, and in May there will be a reading of the poems.

Buzz Mauro (2008) was just notified that a paper based on his RWW thesis has been accepted for presentation at the North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference in June, 2015.

Debbie Moderow (2013) has been notified that her memoir will be published in February 2016 by Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt. Fast into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail chronicles Debbie’s attempt to complete the legendary dog sled race with her team of huskies. The book is now available for pre-order. Some RWWers may recall this as Debbie’s thesis manuscript!

Judith Pulman (2012) was interviewed by Under the Gum Tree in the February 2015 issue.

Marjorie Rommel (2007) was named Auburn (WA) Poet Laureate in December 2014. She will serve three years, through December 2017.

Rebecca Saxton (2012) received the “Teaching and Learning Peace Award” from The World Peace Poets on February 28, 2015 for “her writing and for her teaching at Northwest Indian College, where she tackles personally significant topics in ways that illuminate issues of racism in our communities.”

Tina Shumann (2009) and Ann Batchelor Hursey (2012) read together at the March 2015 Soul Food Poetry Night at the Soul Food Coffeehouse in Redmond, WA.


Greg Glazner has completed his collaboration with composer Garrett Shatzer, with three cross-over performances combining poetry and music A live recording is on the music page of Greg’s website. Greg wrote the text and played electric guitar with new music ensemble, CityWater, at The Center for New Music in San Francisco, the Sacramento Noon Concert Series, and the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State.

Adrianne Harun and Peggy Shumaker will will be teaching at the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in Homer, Alaska on June 12-16, 2015.

Judith Kitchen: The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog is currently featuring a remembrance of Judith (along with her fellow traveler, Stan Sanvel Rubin). The post features a short write-up on Judith and a link to her last essay-book review for The Georgia Review.

Brenda Miller will be teaching at the “Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing” retreat at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, October 16 – October 18, 2015.

Ann Pancake: In addition to her west coast book tour, Ann also just presented at the sold out Geography of Hope Conference, Women and the Land, at Pt. Reyes, CA, on March 14th.   

Sherry Simpson: Her book Dominion of Bears: Living with Wildlife in Alaska received the 2015 John Burroughs Medal for nature writing. 


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