MFAW alumna Nita Sweeney’s unpublished memoir, Twenty-Six Point Freaking Two: How a Sedentary, Middle-Aged Manic Depressive Became a Marathoner (with the help of her dog), was short-listed for the 2018 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition nonfiction category. 
Read Nita’s blog, to see more about the news created by her unpublished memoir and advice for writers who are also thinking of submitting work for publication or a competition.
Nita Sweeney, M.F.A. has written professionally since 1984 and has published articles and essays in magazines and journals including Dog WorldDog FancyWriter’s JournalCountry LivingPitkin Review and in several newspapers and newsletters. She has also contributed to books such as Buddhist America. She publishes a monthly e-newsletter, Write Now Newsletter, which features a short essay, a schedule of her classes, and lists many other central Ohio writing events.
MFAW-WA Nita Sweeney is Short-Listed!
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MICHAEL KLEIN’s third book of poems, “The Talking Day” (Sibling Rivalry Press) is both a Thom Gunn Award Finalist and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. His second book, “then, we were still living” (GenPop Books), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and his first book, “1990”, tied with James Schuyler’s Collected Poems to win the award in 1993. His new book, "When I Was a Twin" will be published in the fall of 2015 by Sibling Rivalry Press. He also has written a collection of short, lyric essays, “States of Independence” which won the 2011 BLOOM Chapbook contest in non-fiction judged by Rigoberto Gonzalez and was published in 2012 and two memoirs “Track Conditions” (Lambda Literary Award finalist) and “The End of Being Known”, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press. His poems, essays and interviews with American poets have appeared in POETRY, American Poetry Review, BLOOM, Fence, Tin House, Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts, Poets & Writers and many other publications. He has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Binghamton University, Manhattanville and for the last 15 years has been part of the writing faculty at Goddard College, in Vermont. For many years he was on the faculty of the summer program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was a fellow in 1990 and now teaches at Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro, Massachusetts. He lives in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Find him at: http://www.hauntedimportantly.com. @boypoet
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