Fall 2020





Nancy Canyon (2007) was interviewed by Cami Ostman for the launch of her award-winning novel, Celia’s Heaven, in an event hosted by Village Books in Bellingham, Washington.

Bill Capossere’s (2010) play, After the After, is a finalist for the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting.

Lisa Connors (2017) released her first novel, The Ash Girl, at www.theashgirl.com as an online novel reading experience of her own design, and includes the story behind the story for each chapter.

Kathleen Flenniken (2007) launched her third collection of poems, Post Romantic, at Town Hall, Seattle, with a remote reading and conversation with former RWW faculty member Sharon Bryan. The event will be archived and available on YouTube.

Bernard Grant (2016) was recently interviewed by Learn From Autistics. Bernard is an associate fiction editor at Tahoma Literary Review, and accepted a contract role as a researcher and writer for Grit & Flow.

Jasminne Mendez’s (2019) first full poetry collection, Machete, has been accepted for publication in August 2022 with Noemi Press in their Akrilica Series.

John Milkereit (2016) won a Jury Prize for the poems “I Will Hold” and “American Sonnet for My Cat” at the Friendswood Library’s Ekphrastic Poetry Contest, October 2020.

Warren Read’s (2015) second novel, One Simple Thing, has been accepted for publication in January 2021 by Ig Publishing, and is now available for pre-sale.

Tina Schumann (2009) was featured on Cultural Weekly’s “Poets on Craft” series.

Molly Spencer’s (2017) second collection, Hinge, was released in October 2020 by SIU Press as part of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Hinge was co-winner of the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition, and was recently named one of the Chicago Review of Books’ 10 Must-Read Books of October.

Chris Wilson Simpkins (2012) attended the 50th anniversary Community of Writers summer poetry generative workshop in June. Faculty were Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Camille Dungy, and Matthew Zapruder.


Rick Barot’s poetry collection, The Galleons, was on the longlist for the 2020 National Book Awards for poetry. 

Rebecca McClanahan’s essay, “First Light to Lantern Light,” first published in Gettysburg Review, has been selected as a notable listing in The Best American Essays 2020. Rebecca has had interviews with Julie Marie Wade for “Deep Wells: A Conversation with Rebecca McClanahan,” The Rumpus; with Nancy Geyer for “A Memoir Takes Its Place,” Brevity; with Jennifer Anderson for “An interview with Rebecca McClanahan,” Talking River Review; with Tracy Rothschild Lynch in Southern Review of Books; and with Lara Lillibridge in Hippocampus.