Ten Women to Follow

It’s Women’s History Month and I wanted to take a moment to shout-out ten women writers living in New Orleans that you should know about and can follow on Twitter. These are just a few of many amazing women who live in this thriving literary city doing phenomenal work.

Bernice L. McFadden
@queenazsa
McFadden is the author of the novel The Book of Harlan (Akashic Books, 2016), winner of the 2017 American Book Award. Her latest novel, Praise Song for the Butterflies (Akashic Books, 2018), was longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Cate Root
@cateroot
Root is a poet who helps run a monthly literary salon called Dogfish, which invites the public to a free poetry reading set in a living room. She also has a very active Twitter feed and you can subscribe to her love letters.

Andy Young
@andimuse
Young is a poet and teaches in the creative writing department at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy
@redbeansista

Dr. Saloy is a scholar, author, and active member of the Louisiana Folklore Society. Her latest book, Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems (Truman State University Press, 2014), is a collection of poems that celebrates the language and people of New Orleans.

Stephanie Grace
@stephgracela
Grace is a political columnist for the New Orleans Advocate, our local newspaper.

Fatima Shaik
@FShaik1
Shaik is a native of New Orleans and the author of adult and children’s books, including What Went Missing and What Got Found (Xavier Review Press, 2015), a short story collection depicting life before and after Hurricane Katrina.

Megan Burns
@bloodjetpoetry
Burns is a poet, publisher of Trembling Pillow Press, and cofounder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival.

M. M. Kaufman
@mm_kaufman
Kaufman is a writer and alumni of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans, and the publicist for the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival.

Kristina Kay Robinson
@_Kristina_Kay
Robinson is a writer and New Orleans editor at large at Burnaway, a nonprofit magazine about contemporary art from Atlanta and the American South.

Jami Attenberg
@jamiattenberg
Attenberg is the author of seven books of fiction including her latest novel, All This Could Be Yours (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). You can read more about her writing process in her installment of Poets & Writers’ Ten Questions.

What women writers influence your work? Tell us by using #WomenWritersTaughtMe and tagging @nolapworg on Twitter.

Kelly Harris is the literary outreach coordinator for Poets & Writers in New Orleans. Contact her at NOLA@pw.org or on Twitter, @NOLApworg.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference and Book Fair

The 2020 AWP Conference and Book Fair was held from March 4 to March 7 at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The conference featured more than 550 events, panel discussions, and readings; and a book fair. The keynote speaker was fiction writer Helena María Viramontes. The cost of the conference was $320 for nonmembers, $220 for members, and $70 for students. Lodging was available at the conference hotel for discounted rates. Registration was first come, first served. Visit the website for more information.

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference and Book Fair, 5700 Rivertech Court, Suite 225, Riverdale Park, MD 20737. (240) 696-8273.

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Submissions Open for Sonora Review Nonfiction Contest

A new Sonora Review creative nonfiction contest is open for submissions. The literary journal has partnered with the University of Arizona Consortium on Gender-Based Violence for a nonfiction contest and special online issue centered on the theme “Extinction.” The winner of the nonfiction contest will be awarded $1,000 and publication of their work as a booklet to be inserted into Issue 77 of Sonora Review. Writers must respond to the specific prompt given, which explores extinction as it relates to violence against women.

 

Using only the online submission system, submit a piece of creative nonfiction of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee by March 27. Author and activist Lacy M. Johnson will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Established in 1980, Sonora Review is run by graduate student volunteers in the University of Arizona Creative Writing MFA program.

Photo: Lacy M. Johnson; credit: John Carrithers

Worth the Wait

“On the average Tuesday morning most people are waiting in more than one way: waiting to get to their stop, but also waiting for news, for inspiration, for intervention, for a promotion, for a diagnosis, for breakfast,” writes Jordan Kisner in “Attunement” from her debut collection, Thin Places: Essays From In Between (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020). In the essay, Kisner writes about phases of her life spent in suspension, waiting for God, an epiphany, meaning, and for clarity of conviction to “come crashing through the ceiling.” Write a personal essay about a time when you waited for something philosophical, spiritual, or emotional to reveal itself, perhaps juxtaposing it with another memory of waiting for something more practical and tangible. Was there clarity that made it worth the wait?

UCLA Extension Writers Studio

The Writers Studio, sponsored by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, was held from February 27 to March 1 on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. The conference featured workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, and marketing and publicity for writers and agents. The faculty included fiction writers Noel Alumit, Natashia Deon, Jeanne De Vita, and Erin Entrada Kelly; nonfiction writers Antonia Crane and Amy Friedman; and publishing professional Katie Dunham. The cost of the conference was $936 with use of the early enrollment discount code “EARLY” through January 27 and $985 thereafter.

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UCLA Extension Writers Studio, 1010 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024. (310) 825-9415. Nutschell Anne Windsor, Program Coordinator. 

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What’s Cooking?

2.27.20

In the Paris Review Daily’s Eat Your Words series, Valerie Stivers creates recipes inspired by food references in literature. Writing about her favorite Hilda Hilst novel, Letters From a Seducer (Nightboat Books, 2014), translated from the Portuguese by John Keene, Stivers mentions the eccentric ways food is incorporated into the text: “Blouses smell of apples; people sell clams, oysters, coconuts, hearts of palm, dried meat; a penis is a giant chorizo or a ‘wise and mighty catfish’ or a strawberry.” Write an essay that incorporates the shapes, smells, textures, and connotations of food in an unexpected way. What comes to your mind when considering the skins, peels, fat, seeds, flesh, pulp, nubs, and bones from your meals?

Queens College

MFA Program
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Flushing, NY
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Sat, 02/15/2020
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Visual Art Center of Richmond

The VisArts Artist Residency Program offers a residency from August 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, to a poet, fiction writer, or nonfiction writer at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. The residency includes studio space and a stipend of $5,000; writers are also paid to teach two classes at the Visual Arts Center. The residency does not include housing. Submit an application, a curriculum vitae, a personal statement, two references, and a writing sample of 10 pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of fiction or nonfiction with a $30 application fee by April 1.

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Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VisArts Artist Residency Program, 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Jordan Brown, Director of Education and Programs

Jordan Brown
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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

The 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference was held from February 21 to February 22 on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and publishing, as well as craft classes, lectures, panel discussions, and readings. The faculty included poets Sherwin Bitsui, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, and Solmaz Sharif; fiction writers Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Cristina García, and Nafissa Thompson-Spires; and fiction and nonfiction writer Vanessa Hua. The cost of the conference was $300.

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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, Arizona State University, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, 450 East Tyler Mall, P.O. Box 875002, Tempe, AZ 85287.

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