About the author: Joe Ricker is a former bartender for southern literary legends Barry Hannah and Larry Brown. He has also worked as a cab driver, an innkeeper, acquisitions specialist, professor and in the Maine timber industry. Esquire magazine referred to him as “[a] man of letters who’s gentle in the way that only the toughest of hard-asses can be.” He grew up in Sanford, Maine, and earned degrees from Marion Military Institute, Ole Miss, and Goddard College. Ricker now lives in Reno, Nevada, where he teaches in the University of Nevada’s English department.
MFAW-WA faculty member Beatrix Gates has two poems, “Dear Half,” and “Chaco Canyon” coming out in November’s HUMMINGBIRD.
MFAW-VT alumna Jennifer Judge’s poem. “81 North,” was recently selected to appear in a Jenny Holzer art installation in the Comcast Technology Center lobby in Philadelphia. This is the text was originally sent when she was asked if her work could
(And don’t forget Reiko’s interview on The Rumpus, Electric Literature essay, Salon Article, and this essay on Lit Hub, all of which are also linked on her website blog.)
During World War II, black Americans were fighting for their country and for freedom in Europe, yet they had to endure a totally segregated military in the United States, where they weren’t considered smart enough to become military pilots. After acquiring government funding for aviation training, civil rights activists were able to kickstart the first African American military flight program in the US at Tuskegee University in Alabama. While this book details thrilling flight missions and the grueling training sessions the Tuskegee Airmen underwent, it also shines a light on the lives of these brave men who helped pave the way for the integration of the US armed forces.
MFAW-VT faculty member’s Kenny Fries’ “The Stories We Tell About Disability,” his first monthly column on the Disability “Beat” for How We Get To Next, is up.
MFAW-VT student Sassafras Lowrey just signed a contract with Mango Publishing to write a new book called, TRICKS IN THE CITY: For Daring Doggos and the Humans That Love Them. Sassafras’s (not-so-secret) other life is as a Certified Trick Dog Instructor.
I either learned or re-learned these things about dramatic writing without writing: Action is King. Conflict is King #1-A.
MFAW-WA faculty member Victoria Nelson’s New York Review Books edition of Robert Aickman’s story collection COMPULSORY GAMES, with reviews in the New Yorker, Washington Post, and elsewhere, made the Lit Hub/Bookmarks “Best Reviewed Books of the Week”. It should be noted that anything Victoria Nelson turns her impeccable attention towards is always worth reading.
Playwright Deborah Brevoort’s text eschews the easy irony that so often characterizes our encounters with Elvis. The poetic brevity of her script and the gravity of noh, featuring a musical score by composer Richard Emmert, leave us in stunned silence, inviting us to look past the pervasive cynicism of our age to perceive a new, humane way of thinking about one of twentieth-century America’s most unforgettable figures.
“Set in the Central California countryside and the Southern California desert, By the Lemon Tree’s old school stories chronicle the collision of wide-eyed childhood with the end of lives human and animal. In “Twice Good” a downtrodden city administrator shows up for a Black Panther protest forty years too late. “Funeral in Fresno” introduces us to an impatient reverend who is forced to confront his past and his future, while in the title story, a young boy born and raised in East Oakland bears witness to life and death in an ancient rural world.”
MFAW-VT alumna Cheryl Heller just launched The Intergalactic Design Guide, which illuminates a process for leading change that contradicts the prevalent assumption that the future is “someone else’s” responsibility. It’s a book about leaders who are doing what others consider impossible, and a map for how anyone who wants to step up can become one.
“Shadow Child has lots of monsters, hauntings, ghosts. But that is not where the real peril comes from. My monsters are the guilt and sorrow kind. They rise out of despair, helplessness. They are a manifestation of “dis-ease”; and they are invisible. Hidden.”
“Black-hole Chronicles: Chasing the Gravitational Beast” is the tag-line/title of MFAW-VT faculty ember Richard Panek’s reviews of Einstein’s Monsters by Chris Impey and Einstein’s Shadow, by Seth Fletcher–both on the . subject of black holes (and, not incidentally, Albert Einstein) in the new issue of Nature.
MFAW-WA alumna Sarah Townsend’s thesis–a memoir called Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis–has been accepted for publication by The Lettered Streets Press in 2019 (April 1st publication date) and a launch at the AWP conference in Portland, OR at the end of March.