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-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.
MFAW-VT student Janet Colson’s short play “Janet and Rico’s Fabulous (Fictional) Adventure at Golden Harvest” was performed at Lansing’s Renegade Theatre Festival as a part of the Renegade Ruckus, a 24-hour playwriting marathon. Janet’s play was the final play of the
MFAW-VT alumnus Charlie Bondhus‘s second poetry collection, Divining Bones, has just been accepted for publication by Sundress publications.
MFAW-VT alumn Lizz Schumer has just been offered a full-time job as staff writer at the Hearst Lifestyle group, writing for Good Housekeeping, Redbook Magazine, and Woman’s Day Magazine‘s print editions. And, at the beginning of August, Lizz;s personal essay “The Ravine” is featured
MFAW-VT alumna Claudette Webster has three poems just published in Black Renaissance Noire (Vol 18, Issue 2, Summer 2018). This journal is put out by NYU Institute of African-American Affairs. You may purchase a copy via: https://www.nyubrn.org Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire publishes essays, poetry,
MFAW-VT student Sassafras Lowrey’s anthology Leather Ever After, a collection of kinky fairy tales that first released in 2013 and was a Honorable Mention for the National Leather Association–International Writing Awards and the Rainbow Book Awards, is available for preorder. The anthology is being
MFAW-WA alumna Sarah Cannon’s Goddard thesis, turned debut memoir, The Shame of Losing (Red Hen Press), will be available October 2, 2018 in most independent bookstores in the Northwest. If you are a strong supporter, it would be helpful to ask your local bookstore and
MFAW-WA student Jo Manu’s essay “On the Level” has just been accepted for publication in the anthology Queer Voices. The book will be put out by the Minnesota Historical Society Press (pub date TBD). Jo has had a good July, 2018; she also
Emma Arlington, Stephen Dunn and Sassafras Lowery (three MFAW-VT students were on Goddard radio (WGDR) during our VT residency.
MFAW-VT student Sam Rebelein’s short story “What Are We Going to Do to You: An Oral Essay to My Newborn Daughter Through the Window of the Maternity Ward at 3 AM” has been published in Every Day Fiction. A preview: Your mom
MFAW-WA student Steven Dunn’s new book water & power is ready for pre-order at Tarpaulin Sky Press. See description and blurb below. This is one for the hybrid lovers. Navy veteran Steven Dunn’s second novel, water & power, plunges into military culture and engages
MFAW-VT alum and former Visiting Alumni Writer Julia Bouwsma’s Work by Bloodlight won the Maine Literary Award for poetry. Work by Bloodlight, which began as Julia’s MFA creative thesis, was chosen by Linda Pastan for the Cider Press Review Prize and published by
MFAW-VT alumna Julia Bouswma’s first book of poems, Work by Bloodlight is a finalist for a Maine Book Award. The winners of the 2018 Maine Literary Awards will be revealed live at a ceremony at SPACE Gallery in downtown Portland. Doors open
MFAW-VT student Sassafras Lowrey’s personal essay “Lost Cause: On Estrangement and Chosen Family” is the featured story in Catapult’s literary journal. “Staying in contact with biological family no matter what they’ve done is a message beaten into us from every side.”