RWW Soundings

Spring 2018





Jasminne Mendez (2019) edited a special issue of Queen Mob's Teahouse on Afro-Latinx Poetry. Jasminne also edited a special issue of The Acentos Review, “‘Natural’ Disasters and the Environment.” Her young adult memoir was accepted for 2019 publication by Arte Público Press. She was a featured poet at the University of Houston Victoria's Downtown Arts Series and at Fuente Collective's Bad Love reading and open mic. She will also be a featured poet on Houston Public Media's Voices and Verses: A Poem-A-Day Series in April 2018.

Jen Soriano (2018) will be a featured reader at Pinoy Words Express/Kultura Arts' upcoming event "Being Filipino" on May 19, 2018, at the Massive Monkees Studio in Seattle's Chinatown-International District.


Nancy Canyon’s (2007) personal essay “Charm School” will be choreographed by Bellingham Repertory Dance in April 2018.

Chelsey Clammer (2016) received two Pushcart Prize nominations: one from Red Hen Press for her essay “Collection” and one from The Normal School for her essay “It’s a Long Story.” Chelsey was a featured reader for Fuente Collective’s “Bad Love” in Houston in February, and she has upcoming readings in Dallas and Santa Monica in April and in Chicago in May. She was the judge for WOW! Women on Writing’s fall and winter creative nonfiction contests as well as for the annual Los Angeles Review essay contest. Also, interviews of her have recently appeared in Psychology Today, The Rumpus, and Hobart.

Kate Carroll de Gutes (2010) will be teaching at Hedgebrook's Vortext, May 4–6, 2018.

Jennie Goode’s (2014) essay “Ghost Trees” was the winner of the 8th Annual Contest in Nonfiction from

Bernard Grant (2016) was an A.E. Stringer Visiting Writer at Marshall University on February 8, 2018.

David Hebestreit (2014) accepted a position as an adjunct professor of writing at Madonna University in Livonia, MI.

Erin Coughlin Hollowell (2009) moderated the panel “Writing Dementia: How We Give Voice to Fragmentation and Decline” on Friday, March 9, at the AWP Conference. The panel included among its presenters fellow RWW alumni Kate Carroll de Gutes (2010) and Tina Schumann (2009).

Emily Holt (2016) was chosen to read at the Cork International Poetry Festival in February 2018 as part of its Poetry Introductions series.

Jill McCabe Johnson’s (2008) essay “You Should Never Have Dated Him in the First Place and Other Helpful Stalking Advice” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Southeast Review. Jill’s poem “Packing for Peace” was a finalist in The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. She served as Visiting Writer at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. She was awarded an artist residency fellowship in February at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, where she also read poetry as part of Brush Creek Presents. She also read in the Raven Chronicles’ Balancing Acts reading event in February at BookTree in Kirkland, WA.

Lita Kurth (2009), Tarn Wilson (2008), and Cindy Stewart-Rinier (2012) each had works performed in a Play on Words collaborative literary performance series on January 17, 2018, in San Jose, CA.

Linda MacKillop's (2015) essay “So Much Sky” was nominated for both a Pushcart Prize and inclusion in the Best American Essays anthology.

Debbie Clarke Moderow's (2013) memoir, Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail, will be published in paperback by Boreal Books of Red Hen Press in June 2018.

Tina Schumann (2009) gave a reading from her anthology, Two-Countries: US Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parents, at Elliott Bay Books on January 13, 2018, with Shin Yu Pai and Prageeta Sharma. The reading was listed as Event of the Week in The Seattle Review of Books and was recorded by KUOW as part of their Speakers Forum. Tina was interviewed about her anthology by Paul E. Nelson. She was Featured Author of the Week at Diode Editions on November 11, 2017.

Cindy Skaggs (2017) was hired as full-time English faculty at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, CO.

Molly Spencer’s (2017) poem “Interior with a Woman Peeling Oranges, Snapping Beans” won the 2018 Lucile Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Molly’s poem “Love Poem for Lupus” was the Verse Daily Web Weekly Feature on November 13, 2017. She was one of six finalists for the New England Review Award for Emerging Writers.


Jenny Johnson was profiled as one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World” in Poets & Writers.

Rebecca McClanahan conducted a February workshop with high school writers at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. In March, she served on two panels at the AWP conference in Tampa: “Reading the Dead: Bringing the Past to Life in Nonfiction” and “Beyond the I: How Research Enlarges Personal Narrative.”