Darien Gee (2019) was the runner-up for the 2018-19 Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Flash Fiction from New Delta Review. A selection of Darien’s thesis work, Julia and Other Small Histories, was short-listed as a finalist for the Tupelo Press 2019 Snowbound Chapbook Award.
After twelve years, Holly Hughes (2006) is phasing out of her role as Outside Experience Coordinator. Hannah Comerford (2019) will be taking her place. Holly and Hannah will share the position at the 2019 residency, with Hannah assuming responsibility for working with the next class.
Jonathan Maule (2019) and his wife, poet L. I. Henley, have launched issue 7.1 of Aperçus, featuring work by Wendy Barker, Celeste Goyer, Jeanne-Marie Osterman, Mariano Zaro, Piotr Florczyk, Laura Maher, Megan Peak, Rachel Neve-Midbar, and RWW’s very own Stan Rubin. Also, Jonathan will be facilitating a creative writing workshop in Joshua Tree, CA, in June and July, for Mil-Tree, a local nonprofit whose vision is to “bring veterans, active duty, and civilians together through arts and dialogue to help transform the wounds of war.”
Joannie Stangeland’s (2019) poem “Air on Air” won the grand prize in Crosswinds Poetry Journal’s fourth annual poetry contest.
Nancy Canyon (2007) read “Transformation: Red to Pink” at SpeakEasy 23 in March, in coordination with the event What is it, then, between us?: Poetry & Democracy. Nancy also read “Safe Sailing” at SpeakEasy 24 in coordination with the launching of For Love of Orcas: An Anthology.
Chelsey Clammer (2016) was chosen as a writer-in-residence at the Kerouac House in Orlando from September to November 2019. Chelsey will give a public reading and workshop as part of her residency.
Tia Hudson (2013) was appointed Poet Laureate of Bremerton, WA, on March 19, 2019.
Debbie Clarke Moderow (2013) has been named the 2019 Artist in Residence for Gates of the Arctic National Park.
Tina Schumann (2009) gave a reading from her new collection, Praising the Paradox (Red Hen Press) at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, CA, in June.
Chris Wilson Simpkins (2012) was awarded a 2019 New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowship for her literary biography project, and she will be part of the University of Michigan’s 2019 Bear River Writers’ Conference.
Cindy Skaggs (2017) was on the faculty for the 2019 Pikes Peak Writers Conference in May, where she presented multiple workshops, including her critical paper project: “This Is My Circus; These Are My Monkeys.”
Jen Soriano's (2018) essay “Unbroken Water” was chosen by Melissa Febos as the winner of the 2019 Penelope Niven Prize in Creative Nonfiction from the Center for Women Writers, and her essay “War-Fire” was chosen by Aisha Sabatini Sloan as winner of the 2019 Fugue Prose Prize. Also, Jen was chosen as a 2019 Jack Jones Literary Arts Fellow and a 2019-2020 Hugo Fellow. She served as a Kultura Arts featured reader at the Pagdiriwang festival in June.
Molly Spencer’s (2017) poetry manuscript, Relic and the Plum, won the 2019 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, sponsored by the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry/Southern Illinois University Press and judged by Allison Joseph. It will be released in Fall 2020.
Ann Quinn (2018) will be hosting a workshop on Artifact as Muse for the Wilmington Writer’s Conference in July. She has also joined the faculty of the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland for the summer.
Rebecca McClanahan’s two-part essay “Stories That Fit My Hands,” originally published in The Georgia Review, has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and will be included in the Pushcart Prize 2020 anthology. In June, she led a multigenre workshop at Interlochen's Writers Retreat, in Interlochen, Michigan, and will lead a nonfiction workshop at Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, in Gambier, Ohio, in July.
Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola will be releasing the Third Edition of Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction in August 2019. The third edition has been completely overhauled, with new and expanded chapters that include writing about identity, illness, body image, and relevant political/historical events. It also includes an anthology of a dozen essays diverse in both form and content.