SUCCESS: Students publish and win awards

Recent Publications and Awards of Writers Studio Students and Teachers
 
Pamela Erens, a former student in the Master Class, published her second novel, The Virgins, with Tin House Books in August 2013. It was named an Editor's Choice selection by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Library Journal. In The New York Times, John Irving called The Virgins "flawlessly executed and irrefutably true." The novel has also been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, Redbook, Los Angeles Review of Books, the Daily Beast, and New York magazine's blog (The Vulture).
 
Julie Chagi's novella "My Beautiful Monkey" placed first runner up in the 2013 William Faulkner/William Wisdom Writing Competition.  Julie is a former San Francisco Intermediate student.
 
Stephanie Gangi's poem "Four" was shortlisted for the Hippocrates 2014 Poetry Award. Her novel "The Next" was named as a finalist in the Writers@Work Fellowship Competition in February 2014. Stephanie is a level NYC level III student.
 
Laura Boss's flash fiction piece "Occupied San Francisco" will appear in "Keeping the Edge," an anthology of urban writing. Laura is a student in the San Francisco Intermediate Workshop.
 
Rachael Nevins's poems "And Then Comes January" and "Parturition" appear in the online magazine Treehouse. Her poem "Mommy" appears in the April 2014 issue of Literary Mama. Her poem "Housekeeping" appeared in Rattle in June 2011. Rachael is an online level I teacher and master class student.
 
Jane Sherwin's story "My Grandmother, Myself" will appear in the Fall 2013 issue of Valley Voices. Jane is an online level III student.
 
Jack Parker's story "Half Full" will appear in "Keeping the Edge," an anthology of urban writing. Jack is a former Tucson Advanced Workshop student. 
 
Jennifer Makowsky's flash fiction piece "Backyard Weather" appeared in The Portland Review online in April 2014. Jennifer is a student in the Tucson Advanced Workshop.
 
Doug Sovern's story "Co-Anchors" appears in the May 2014 issue of Crack the Spine. His story "The Blogger Wolf," which appeared in Gemini Magazine in June 2013, was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His story "Almost Every One of Us" will appear in the Summer 2014 issue of Sand Hill Review, and was nominated for the Best of the West anthology. His story "Morning Rush" is forthcoming in Red Ochre Lit. His story "Indira" was selected as Narrative Magazine's story of the week. Doug is a San Francisco Advanced Workshop student.
 
Andrea Marcusa's story "Map of Djerba" will appear in the Spring 2014 issue of River Styx. Andrea is a NYC Master Class student. 
 
Lela Scott MacNeil's story "Playboy" will appear in the Winter 2014 issue of Gertrude. Lela is a Tucson Advanced Workshop student.
 
Timur Karaca's story "Object" appears in The Baltimore Review's Spring 2014 issue. His story "Echo Lake" is Narrative's story of the week. His story "The Dead Girl" appears in the January 2014 issue of Indiana Review. Timur is a student in the San Francisco Advanced Workshop.
 
Nancy Matsunaga's story "Etchings" will appear in a 2014 issue of CALYX. Nancy directs the Writers Studio's Amsterdam program.
 
Robley Browne's story "Tractor Boy" will appear in the April/May 2014 issue of Down in the Dirt Magazine. Robley is a San Francisco Advanced Workshop student. 
 
Kathie Jacobson's story "Newtown" appeared in the October 2013 issue of Sassafras Literary Magazine. Kathie is a San Francisco Intermediate Workshop student.
 
Cecile Barlier has had several publications. Her story "Polish Dusk" is forthcoming in The Saint Ann's Review. Her story "Forgetting" appears in the 4th issue of The Literary Journal of Lindenwood University. "Wednesdays of the Japanese Wave" appears in the spring 2014 issue of Serving House Journal. Her story "The Door Test" appears in the May 2013 issue of Amarillo Bay, "Final Grand Jete" appears in the April 2013 issue of Knee-Jerk Magazine, "Full of Grace" appears in the Spring 2013 issue of The Tower Journal, and "A Gypsy's Book of Revelation" was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Cecile is a San Francisco Advanced Workshop student.
 
Tamara Schuyler's story "Ugly," which appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of CutBank 78, was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Tamara is a San Francisco Advanced Workshop student.
 
Shelley Stack's story "Breakage" appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of MacGuffin and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Shelley is an Online Master Class student.
 
Taymiya R. Zaman's story "Thirst," which won the 3rd prize in Narrative Magazine's Spring 2012 short story contest, will appear in the 2014 Pushcart Prize anthology. Taymiya is a San Francisco workshop student.
 
Michael Grabell's first poetry chapbook, 'Macho Man,' won the 2013 Finishing Line Press Chapbook Prize. Michael is a former NYC Advanced Poetry student.
 
Wendy Tyson's book "The Seduction of Miriam Cross" was recently published by e-Lit Books. Wendy is a former level III student.
 
Ira Kalina's book "Final Shot" was recently published by CreateSpace. Ira is a former tutorial student. 
 
Kimberly Malinowski's fan fiction piece "Tears" was given honorable mention by CrossedSabers Reviews: Feel the Force Awards. Kim is an online level II student.
 
Allan Retzky's novel, "Vanished in the Dunes...A Hamptons Mystery" was published in 2012 by Oceanview Publishing. It has received positive reviews in Library Journal, Portland Book Review, and The Mystery Gazette, among other publications. Allan was an NYC student who studied, most recently, with Cynthia Weiner and Lesley Dormen.
 
Writers Studio students Isaac Kirkman, Sakinah Hofler and Jamez Chang joined with poets Kelly Boyker, Editor-in-Chief of Menacing Hedge; Dennis Mahagan, Poetry Editor of FRiGG Magazine; and three visual artists to create a literary work called "8" (four poems and four art pieces). It was published at Counterexample Poetics
 
Scott Derkin's story "Proper Preparation" won the Delizon International Short Fiction Contest. Scott is an Online Level II student.
 
Kathleen Kraft's poem "After Robert Delaunay's The Racers" appears in the fall 2010 issue of Willows Wept Review. Her poem "Fairview Road" was also published in Willows Wept Review and was nominated by Willows Wept for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. Kathleen's poem "What Are The Chances" was  published in Prose-Poems.com.  Kathleen is a student in the NYC Advanced Poetry Class.

Whitney Porter's story "The Closet" appears in the webzine Metazen in November 2012. Her story "Back Alley" was published in the April 2009 issue of The Battered Suitcase, an online literary magazine. Whitney's short fiction pieces entitled, "Slack Jaw," "Marching Band Practice on Black Asphalt in August," and "Band Geek" were published in the 2009 edition of Ping Pong Literary Magazine. Whitney is a student in the NYC Master Class.
 
Gail Ford's essay, "Gravity and the Theory of Everything" was one of six winners of the University of California Berkeley's 2013 Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize. Gail teaches in the Writers Studio San Francisco program.
 
Michelle Seaton's story "But Are They Still Doing It?" appears in The Collagist's March 2014 issue. Her essay "The Jet Set " appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Lake Effect Magazine.  Michelle is an online master class student.
 
Nancy Green's story "Patrimony" appears in the Fall 2013 issue of The Bellevue Literary Review. Nancy is a former master class student.
 
Lisa Piazza's story "Mirage" will appear in the Summer 2013 issue of Brain, Child. Lisa is a former level II student.
 
Priscilla Kavanaugh wrote, directed and produced an award winning comedic web series called "Wing Women." Priscilla is a former student.
 
Therese Eiben's story "Chekhov Said" was a finalist in Glimmertain's July 2012 Very Short Story Contest. Therese is a NYC Level I and Online Level IV teacher.
 
Two young writers in The Writers Studio's Kids Write program were recently honored. One won two Silver Awards for poetry she wrote during a KW seminar with juniors and seniors at Churchill in the spring of 2012. Another received a Gold Key, a Silver Key and an Honorable Mention for work she produced during a tutorial with a KW faculty member. This student's poem "Breathe" will compete at the national level.
 
Pamela Lindsey Dreizen's story "Totem Animals" will appear in Prick of the Spindle in October 2013. Pamela is an online level III student. 
 
Jeremy Shatan's piece "A High-Functioning Bereaved Parent" appears in the 3/13/13  New York Times column Motherlode-Adventures in Parenting. Jeremy is a former master class student.
 
Sean Miller's book, "Strung Together: The Cultural Currency of String Theory as a Scientific Imaginary" was published by the University of Michigan Press. Sean is a former student.
 
Leslie Morris's poem "Fieldwork IV" will appear in the Fall 2013 issue of Hayden's Ferry's Review. Her poem "Fieldwork II" is forthcoming in Border Crossing. Leslie is an online advanced poetry student.
 
Maureen McNulty's piece "Cold" appears in the June 2013 issue of Isotropic Fiction. Maureen is an online level III student.
 
Samantha Storey's piece "A Letter to Nick UT" was published as an open letter in The Lascaux Review in 2013, which also nominated it for inclusion in the Best-of-the-Net anthology. Samantha is a former master class student.
 
Michael Grabell's chapbook "Macho Man" won Finishing Line Press's 2012 Open Chapbook Competition. The chapbook will be published in 2013. Michael is a former Advanced Poetry student.
 
Sean Sutherland's poem "Hail" will appear in Prick of the Spindle in 2013 and his poems "Vigil" and "Chimney Swifts" will appear in The Meadow this year as well. Sean is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.
 
Jo Ann Baldinger's poem "Mazurkas" appears in Monarch Review, her poem "Swallows" appears in White Whale, and her poem "Eve" appears in Burningwood. Her poem "The Archangel's Report" appears in Verdad and "Winter Still Life, Portland" in Cirque. Jo Ann is an Online Advanced Poetry student.

John Hoda's novel "Phantasy Baseball" was published on Amazon for Kindle. John is a former Online Level I student. 
 
Sean Sutherland's poem "Hail" is forthcoming in Prick of the Spindle.  Sean is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.
 
Theresa Varela's novel "Covering the Sun with My Hand" will be published in Spring of 2013 by Aignos Publishing. Theresa is an Online Level I student. 
 
Lisa Sanchez's  story "The Medic's Girlfriend" was selected as a finalist in Narrative Magazine's Fall Short Story Contest.
 
Nicola Ruiz's story "The Storm" was named one of the top 25 pieces in
Glimmer Train's Family Matters contest. 
 
Trellan Smith's story "A Leg to Stand On" was published in the April 2013 issue of  Quiddity, and nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. This story received Notable Mention in Glimmer Train's January 2010 Very Short Fiction contest. Trellan is a former NYC Master Class student.
 
Malini Singh McDonald's poem "Catamarans" will appear in the inaugural issue of Newtown Literary. Malini is a former NYC Level I student. 

Eugene Melino's poems "Cafe at Noon" and "Coffee Shop on West Fourth & Mercer" appear in the Fall 2012 issue of Burningword.  Eugene is a student in the NYC master class.

Jamez Chang's poem "Bobbing for Taffy" will appear in the Spring 2013 issue of Menacing Hedge, in which will also appear his collaborative poems, with Tucson student Isaac Kirkman, "Could This Really be Happening?" and "Go Back Where You Came." His  flash fiction piece "Busy People" will appear in Bartleby Snopes in May 2013. Another flash fiction piece "Seventh Inning Stretch" will appear in First Stop Fiction. His flash fiction piece "Bridge Pins" will appear in the Spring 2013 issue of Gone Lawn. His poem "Sara Module" will appear in the Spring 2013 issue of Pirene's Fountain.  Isaac Kirkman (a Tucson Intermediate Workshop student) and Jamez's collaborative poem "Jeremy!" will appear in Apeiron Review. His poem "Territory Claims" will appear in the March 2013 issue of The Abstract Quill. His poem "HD Neglect" will appear in Red River Review's April 2013 issue. His collaborative poem "The Caravan: A Poem for Joel" will appear in Eunoia Review in July 2013. His short story "Learning to Drive" will appear in Underground Voices, 2013. His poems "A Separate Air" and "Tyler's Bottle" will appear in the Winter 2013 issue of Melusine, or Woman in the 21st Century. His poem "Good Guy with a Gun" will appear in the Winter 2013 issue of FRiGG. His poem "Sink Bath" is forthcoming in Big River Poetry Review. His poem "in placed bed" will appear in Burningword in January 2013. His flash fiction piece "A Newport for Dad" will appear in The Weekenders in January 2013.  His flash fiction piece "Monkey's Job" will appear in Squalorly pin January 2013. His short story "Veracity '93" is forthcoming in Referential Magazine. His poem "Untethered Grass" appears in The 22 Magazine. His poem "Impact" will appear in Lines + Stars"in January 2013. His stories "Our Hospital" and "Cardboard Father" will appear in Whiskey Paper in February 2013. His poem "To a Fellow Crossing Guard on Fairhaven" will appear in Poydras Review in March 2013. His poem "Picture-Day Card" appears in the December 2012 issue of Yes, Poetry. His story "Limestone Deposit" appears in Prime Number Magazine. His story "Spider Monkeys" appeared in Quail Bell Magazine and a third story "Crossing Guards in Fairhaven" will appear in Sim Review in April 2013. His poem "Mail" appears in the Winter 2012 issueBoston Literary Magazine. His poems "Arm & Hammer," "Impossible Joy," and "Tonight, Rhoden Robbins Throws a Fit" appear in the Winter 2013 issue of FRiGG. Subliminal Interiors' December 2012 issue contains his poem "Paperless Statements." His poem "Tuesday, Eye Doctor in Her Sight" is forthcoming in online literary arts magazine Marco Polo and his poem  "6 to 5" appears in their December 2012 issue as well. Jamez is a NYC Level III student.

Isaac Kirkman's story "Portrait of a Sister with Insects" was published in the online journal Out of the Gutter, and in Out of the Gutter 8 Digital Love: best of the year print edition. His story "Avian Theories" was published in Out of the Gutter. "Solar Graffiti" was published in Shotgun Honey. His poem "Alva's Wings" and his collaborative poems with Jamez Chang "Could This Really be Happening?" and "Go Back Where You Came" were published in the Spring 2013 edition of Menacing Hedge. His story "This Protean Love" was published in the Zelmer Pulp's Sci-fi anthology Hey, That Robot Ate My Baby! digital and print issues. Jamez Chang and Isaac's collaborative poem "Jeremy!" appears in Apeiron Review. Isaac is a Tucson advanced workshop student.

Alex Poppe's short story "Mosul" has been commended in the Baker Prize competition It will appear in Laughing Fire Press. Her story "The Crystal Fairies" is a semi-finalist in the Conium Review's Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Her story "Morning Meals" appears in Halfway Down the Stairs. Her stories "Kurdistan" and "My Mother's Daughter" are forthcoming in Prick of the Spindle. Her flash fiction piece "Feast Day" appears in The Molotov Cocktail in June 2013. Her story "Kurdistan" was one of the top 25 pieces in Glimmer Train's Family Matters contest. Her story "Can't Get No" was accepted for publication in The Legendary Magazine.  Alex developed the story in Lisa Bellamy's Online Level III class.

Edmund Granski's poem "The Cancer Patient's Husband" appears in issue 40 of the Paterson Literary Review.  Ed has been an Advanced Poetry student.

Karen McIntyre's story "Shoe Shopping" appears in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," Volume 3. Karen is an online level I student.

Pamela Lindsey Dreizen's story "A More Forgiving Light" appears in the Fall 2012 issue of New Plains Review.  This story was also short-listed for The Southwest Review: David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction (finalist), The Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction (semi-finalist), and the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers competition (Honorable Mention). Pamela is an Online Level III student.

Janelle Ward's story "Admittance" appears in a May 2013 issue of Litro online. Her story, "Scrub" appears in the Portland based lit zine The Molotov Cocktail. Janelle is a student in our Amsterdam program.

Joel Hinman's story, "The Father Was Created by the Child," will be forthcoming in The Brooklyn Review. Joel is a NYC and Online level II teacher.

Lisa Bellamy's poem "Shinay" will appear in Cloudbank's Summer 2013 issue. Her poem "Valley of Dry Bones" appears in the "Men" will appear in Slipstream's Spring/Summer 2013 issue, #33. Her poem "Rise of the Proletariat" has been accepted for a future issue of The Southampton Review. Lisa teaches Online and NYC Advanced Poetry, and Online Level III.

Lorien House's flash fiction piece "Cabrini Green" appears in the March 2014 issue of Foliate Oak. Her essay "Out Driving Around" appears in The Write Place at The Write Time. Her poem "Kiswick Street After Sandy" is forthcoming in Pirene's Fountain. Her poems "Note to My Father" and "My Nightmare" will appear in Ascent Aspirations Magazine's November 2012 issue, and her poems "My Life as a Circus Freak" and "If We're Not Careful" appear in the May 2012 issue of Chantarelle's Notebook. Lorien is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.

Mary Jane Myers' short story, "Galileo's Finger" will appear in PMS Poemmemoirstory (issue 12). Mary Jane is an online level II student.

Cecile Barlier's story "Swallowing Carolyn" appears in the December 2012 issue of the New Delta Review.  Her story"Leggionaire" won first place in a fiction contest sponsored by the Bacopa Literary Review. Cecile is an Advanced Workshop student in San Francisco.

Jennifer Egan's novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad (Random House 2010), was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Her novel, Look at Me (Doubleday, 2001), was nominated for a National Book Award. Jennifer attended The Writers Studio earlier in her career.

The Writers Studio KidsWrite program was just awarded a $10,000 grant from The Casement Fund to teach writing to high school students in Brooklyn.  A KidsWrite student, Shyanne Bennett, recently received Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for two of her poems and a fiction piece. Two of these pieces got Gold Key recognition, meaning that they were in the top 10% of all New York City submissions.

A Child's Garden of Poetry won a 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program. The program is a collaboration between The Poetry Foundation and director-producer Amy Schatz. Amy also won an Emmy for the film she wrote, directed and produced for HBO entitled, "Through the Eyes of a Child: September 11, 2001." She won four previous Emmys for "Goodnight Moon," another film she made for HBO and other programs she has produced. Amy was a writer in the Master Class.

Kim Reed produced and edited a film called "Paul Goodman Changed My Life," which is opening at New York City's Film Forum in October 2011. Kim is a former Master Class student.

Ines Fatzinger's poem "The Ballad of Maggie Rose" was published in Carve Magazine's Premium Edition in September 2013. Her two untitled haikus appear on the Haiku Journal website in issue #17. Her flash fiction piece "Spilled Coffee and a Croissant" appears in Flash Fiction World online. Her poem "Little Bit Left" appears in Hidden Animals 0.5: Would-Be Electric Literary Magazine in 2013. She has a flash fiction piece, "Little Buddy," posted on the Postcard Shorts website. Her untitled haikus are posted on the Three Line Poetry website and two additional untitled haikus posted on the Haiku Journal website. Her story "The Office Runway" appears in Flash Fiction World (online). Her story "Fried or Baked" appears in Postcard Shorts (also online).  Ines is an online student.

Christina Frei's poem "The Botanist" appeared in Kansas City Voices. Her poem "Pierre" will appear in Sterling, her poem "Firefly" will appear in The Inflectionist Review, and her poem "Disquietude" appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Apple Valley Review and was nominated by that journal for a Best of the Net 2013 award as well as a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Her poem "Only the Good" appeared in Bareback Lit online in October 2012, and her poem "The Geisha Lamp" appeared in the May 2012 issue of Red River Review. Christina is a student in the Amsterdam Intermediate Workshop.

Molly Patterson's story "Don't Let Them Catch You," originally published in the Iowa Review, is featured in the 2014 Pushcart Prize anthology. Her story "Honor's Track" appears in the June 2012 issue of The Atlantic. Molly is a former San Francisco advanced workshop student.

Gillian Lynn Katz's poem "Scarsdale" appears in the online magazine Epiphany. Her chapbook "Kaleidoscope" will be published by Finishing Line Press in the fall of 2012. Gillian was awarded second place in the 41st Annual Greenburgh Poetry Competition. Her poem "Midnight" will be published in Let the Poets Speak this fall as well. Her story "A Match Made in Heaven" appears online, and her poems "Egoli" and "Tin Cup" will appear in the 2012 edition of The Westchester Review.

Gloria Boyer's poems, "South of the Border" and "Our Lady of the Midnight Kitchen," will appear in the summer 2012 issue of the Prairie Schooner.

Iromie Weeramantry's story "Green River" appears in the January 2014 issue of The Saint Ann's Review. Her story "Arabesque" appears in the 2013 issue of Green Hills Literary Lantern. Her story "Homecoming" appears in the 2012 issue of Green Hills Literary Lantern. Her story, "Sujitha Underground" appears in the 2012 issue of The Alembic. Iromie is a former master class student.

Alison Higby's story "The Piano" is forthcoming online in The Rusty Nail. Alison is an online master class student.

Jordan Blair's story, "Pathfinder" will appear in the online publication Hoot. Jordan is an online master class student.

Jaclyn Alexander's story, "The Tunnel," is forthcoming in The Vestal Review. Jaclyn is a former level I student.

Linnea Harper's poems "Ooh La La La," "Old Elephants," and "Homage to Dressage" appeared in Pyrokinection in April 2013. Her poems "Cactus," "A Grievance," and "Chilled" appeared in Napalm and Novacain in April 2013. Her flash fiction piece "He Met Somebody at a Conference" appeared online in February 2013 in Pound of Flash. Her poem "The Name He Made You" appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Calyx. Linnea is a former online level II student.

Karen Waddell's blog, "Kitchen In Surgency," was one of six pieces nominated by Saveur.com out of 40,000 entries for Best Single Piece of Culinary Writing as part of their 3rd Annual Best Food Blog Awards for 2012. Karen is a former level II student. 

Christina Frei's  poem, "The Crimson Hedgehog Cactus" will be published in Turbulence Magazine (UK). Christina's poem "Hope" appeared in the February 2012 issue of the Red River Review. Christina is a student in the Amsterdam Intermediate Workshop.

Cecile Barlier's story "Legionnaire" was awarded First Prize in the Bacopa Literary Review's Fiction Contest and will be published there in 2012. Cecile is a San Francisco advanced workshop student.

Isaac Kirkman's story "Portrait of a Sister with Insects" was published in the online journal Out of the Gutter. His story "Polar Bears Don't Cry" appears in the March 2012 issue of The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Isaac is a Tucson intermediate workshop student.

The Writers Studio KidsWrite Program was awarded $1,000 from the 2012 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts fund, which is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Linda Peer's story "Remedy Radio" will appear in the Winter 2011/2012 issue of the online journal Rose and Thorn. Her story, "Bagman, in the Mirror," appeared in the online publication Used Gravitrons (issue 5) in July 2011. Linda is a Level III student.

Jay Kidd's poem "Runaway Dorothy Was the Name of the Band" won Ruminate Magazine's McCabe Prize, was published in their Fall 2013 issue, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poems "Playlist" and "Rice Balls: New York, 1983" appear in Burningwood Literary Journal's April 1, 2013 issue. His poem "Lost Time (1997)" appears in the Spring 2012 issue of Bellevue Literary Review and is a finalist for their annual poetry prize. The Bellevue Literary Review nominated this poem for a 2013 Pushcart Prize and for an anthology called Best New Poets of 2012. Jay is a Master Class student.

Deirdre Briggs has two poems in the January 2012 issue of Lingerpost.org: "The Night Table" and "Dark Dress." Deirdre is a student in the Online Advanced Poetry Class.

Misa Ragsly's story "The Clash" appears in the winter 2012 issue of the literary e-zine The Rag. Misa is a former level I student.

Lisa Piazza's story, "Sometimes a Fistful," will appear in the Spring 2012 issue of Switchback, the University of San Francisco's literary journal. Lisa is a former level II student.

Molly Patterson's story "Honors Track" will appear in The Atlantic in 2012 and her story "Moving Fronts," which appeared in Salamader, was listed as one of the 100 Notable Stories in the 2011 issue of Best American Short Stories. Her story, "The Watch of the House," appeared in the Spring 2010 edition of The Arkansas Review. Molly is a former San Francisco student.

Alison Sussman's poems "Goofy Photos," "The Substitute," and "Cat Pack" appear in the 24th issue of Lullwater Review. Her poem "Eviction," which appeared in Burningword in January 2013, will also appear in this issue of Lullwater Review. Her chapbook "On the Edge" was a semi-finalist in Finishing Line Press's New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition and was published in 2013. Excerpts of the chapbook were read on WIOX radio (91.3 FM) in Roxbury, NY on May, 28, 2013. Her poem, "Zion Unblooming" (published 2006) was read on WIOX radio in Roxbury, NY on June 26, 2012. Her flash fiction piece "The Souls" appeared in damselfly press (online) in April 2012. Her poem "On Seeing Van Gogh's Wheat Fields With Crows" appeared in Drash: Northwest Mosaic, Volume VI. Her poems "Mother's Bath" and "In Memory of Tiger" appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts.  Her poem "In 1942" appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of Willows Wept Review. Her poem "They Were Lucky to Get Out Alive" was part of a temporary art installation exhibited at The Battery's "Gardens of Rememberance" on August 4th, 2011.  Her poems "Letting Go," "Bottle of Anti-Psychotic Medication" and "Mother on the Beach" appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Willows Wept Review. "Bottle of Anti-Psychotic Medication" also appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Sow's Ear Poetry Review. Alison is an online Advanced Poetry student.

Craig van Rooyen's poems "Accidental Appearances" and "Chemistry: A Middle Age Refresher Course" will appear in Southern Poetry Review. His poem, "Take, Eat," will appear in the January 2013 issue of PANK. His poem, "The Lawyer Formerly Known As Me," will appear in New Ohio Review's Fall 2012 issue. His poem "The Minstrel Cycle" was selected as a finalist for the Rattle 2011 Poetry Prize; the poem appeared in the December 2011 issue of Rattle. His poem "Yosemite Falls" will appear in an upcoming issue of Willow Springs. His poem "On Turning 43: Note to A Younger Self Who Did Not Garden" is forthcoming in Crab Creek Review's Autumn/Winter 2011 issue. His poem "Reading Exodus" will appear in the Winter 2011 issue of Rattle. His poem "Faith Healer" appeared in Southern Poetry Review and is being reprinted there in a forthcoming issue featuring west coast poets. His poem "Farmer's Market" appears in the Autumn 2010 issue of The Fourth River. Craig is a student in the Online Advanced Poetry class.

Anamyn Turowki's short story, "The Swans" appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of New Ohio Review and was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. Anamyn is a student in the master class.

Jeff Lawenda's short stories "Honor Thy Father" and "Lunch with Louie" appear in Turk's Head Review. Jeff is a former student.

Gerard Cabrera's short story, "Ioannes est nomen meus," was awarded Honorable Mention in the May 2011 Glimmer Train Short Story Contest for New Writers. Gerard is a former student.

Liz Kingsley's poem "Trust" appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of New Ohio Review and was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. Her essay, "Nature's Perfect Blend: A Work in Progress" is forthcoming in an anthology called STEPPING UP: Stories of Blended Families. Her short story "Something with a Little Cinnamon" appeared in the William and Mary Review. In the winter of 2008/2009, New Jersey Family Magazine published her personal essay entitled, "A Benevolent Dictator." Liz is a member of the Master Class and Administrative Director of The Writers Studio.

Marc Tretin had three poems accepted for publication by The New York Quarterly: "Pink Mattress," "To Her Sister" and "In Response to Dover Beach." Marc is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.

Alex Poppe's short story "Can't Get No" will appear in The Legendary Magazine. Her short story "Swallow" will appear in The Molotov Cocktail." Her short story "In" will appear in Prime Numbers. Her story, "Laffy Taffy," was awarded fourth prize in the Phyllis Scott Writing Contest. Alex is an online level IV student.

Teresa Shen Swingler's story "Buying Eggs, Lending Soup" will appear in issue 10 of Kartika Review. Teresa is a student in the Tucson Advanced Workshop.

Austin Duffy's story "Orca" was awarded Irish National Public Radio's First Prize in their National Short Story Competition. Austin is a former NYC level III student.

Mary Jane Myers was accepted to the Sewanee Writers Conference for several weeks during the summer of 2011. Mary Jane is an online level II student.

Carie Novikoff was one of 25 finalists in Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award (January 2011) in recognition of her story, "New Year." Carie is an online level II student.

Andree Lockwood's story, "Anyone Crazier Than You," appears in Epiphany's Spring/Summer 2011 issue. Andree is a former master class student.

Grace Talusan had an essay entitled, "A Very Long Engagement," published is the Boston Globe Magazine in April 2011. Grace is an Online Level III student.

Chris Lowe has had two flash fiction pieces published recently online. In March 2011, "Car Talk" appeared in Prime Number Magazine (Issue Prime Decimal 5.7); and in April 2011, "Kevin the Ant" appeared in The Molotov Cocktail (Volume 2, Issue 2). Chris is a former Online Level III student.

Kaira Rouda's novel, "Here, Home, Hope" will be published in May 2011. Kaira is a former Online Master Class student.

April Sopkin's story "Loveish" will appear in the August 2012 issue of Scissors and Spackle.  Her flash fiction piece, "How To Throw It All On The Table," appeared in the inaugural issue of Paper Nautilus. Her story, "James Goes Out" appeared in the Autumn 2011 issue of The Battered Suitcase. She was accepted to attend the Norman Mailer Center in Provincetown. She was also accepted for a month-long residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. April is a NYC Level III student.

Andrea Marcusa's story, "Lessons From Space," appears in the February 2011 issue of New South Literary Journal. Andrea is a NYC Level IV student.

Kathi Hansen's flash fiction piece "Judged" is forthcoming in Foundling Review. Her story "What You Make of It" was awarded Honorable Mention in Glimmertrain's Family Matters contest. Her story "To The Moon and Back" is forthcoming online in The Rusty  Nail. Her story "A Note to My Successor" was posted on Per Contra (online) in April 2012. Her story, "Your Mother's Boy," appeared in January 2012 in Literary Mama. Her story, "Dr. Laura," was accepted by Breadline Press's anthology Mad Road. Kathi is an Online Master Class student.

Rebecca Cooney's memoir, "Blissville," is being published in the online journal, The W G News. Rebecca is a student in the NYC Level IV class.

Kim Farrar's poem "We Count to Three" is forthcoming on the blog Brain, Mother. Her poem "To My Old Lewis Turco The Book of Forms" is forthcoming in Salamander. Her poems "Striding Figure" and "When" are forthcoming in The Ampersand Review. Her poem "Dear Pluto" will appear in Chicago Quarterly Review. Her poem "Etymology" appears in Alaska Quarterly Review. Her poem "Ode to a Dumpster" will appear online in Foundling Review.  Her poem "The Oncologist's Office"  will be published the 2013 edition of RHINO. Kim's chapbook, "The Familiar," was a semi-finalist in the Finishing Line Press's open chapbook competition and was published in 2011. Her poem, "To Jon Anderson," will appear in the April 2011 issue of Pirene's Fountain. Three of her poems, "To Jon Anderson," "We Count to Three," and "The Gardener," are being considered for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Kim won 3rd prize in the 2010 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards contest for her poem "The Box."  Her poem, "The Old Cat," was published in the June 2010 issue of Salamander and her poem, "The Gardener," appeared in Emory University's Lullwater Review. Kim is a student in the Online Advanced Poetry Class.  

Kathleen Hansen's short story, "Love, Jack," appears in the fall issue of Halfway Down the Stairs. Her story, "Letter to John, Dispatcher, California Highway Patrol," appears in the November 2010 issue of Literary  Mama. Kathleen is a student in the Online Master Class. 

Craig van Rooyen's poem, "Why Stone Collecting Will Never Save Your Life," is forthcoming in the online journal Boxcar Poetry Review. Craig is an Online Advanced Poetry student.

Kip Hanson's story, "Beneath the Trojans," will be forthcoming in Bartleby Snopes. Kip is a student in the Tucson program.

Margaret Lewis's short story, "Torpor," was in the top 5% of over 1,000 submissions to Glimmer Train, and was given Honorable Mention. Margaret is a tutorial student.

Shelley Stack's story "Bacon in the Frying Pan" will appear in The Dos Passos Review in December 2012. Her story, "How We Play It," appears in Euphony Journal and Forge. Her short story, "Along for the Ride," appeared on the Short Story America website and in a hard copy Short Story America anthology in 2011. Shelley is a student in the Online Master Class.

Kathleen Kraft's poem "Sometimes Late in the Evening" will appear in the Fall 2013 issue of Five Points. Her poem "Yvon" appears in the Fox Cry Review's 2013 issue. Her poems "Solstice" and "Recalling Kosovo" appear in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. "Recalling Kosovo" also appears in the Girls Write Now 2013 New Worlds Anthology. Her poem "Elegy for My Father-Vilnius, Lithuania" will appear in the May 2013 issue of Drash: Northwest Mosaic. She was one of 50 finalists in fiction and poetry chosen for a Summer Literary Seminars fellowship (2011). Her poem "Without" will appear in Anderbo. Her poem, "Love Letter to My Lost Fish Spatula" is forthcoming in the Summer 2012 issue of Gargoyle. Her poem, "Elegy Before the Second Anniversary of My Father's Death" is forthcoming in The Madison Review. Her poems "City After the Destruction" and "Climbing Kandinsky" will appear in Pirene's Fountain. Her poem "Ode to the Dearly Forgotten" is forthcoming in The Prose Poem Project, her poem "Ballad of the Never Ending Date" appears in Mason's Road, and her poem "Juliet to Her Mother" is forthcoming in Foundling Review. Her poem "After Robert Delaunay's The Racers" appears in the fall 2010 issue of Willows Wept Review, and her poem "Uptown" is forthcoming there. Kathleen's poem "Fairview Road" was also published in Willows Wept Review and was nominated  for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Her poem "What Are The Chances" was  published in Prose-Poems.com, and her poem "Flying After Your Death" was nominated for the Sundress Best of Net Anthology 2010.  Kathleen is a student in the NYC Advanced Poetry Class.

Nina Sokol was awarded a grant to spend four weeks at the Vermont Studio Center as a poet in residence. Nina is an online student.

Paula Brancato's book of poems, For My Father, was published in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. Paula is a former student.

Gail Labovitz's story "Lifeblood" won first place in Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary's First Annual Writing Competition 2010. Her story "Acknowledgements" won first prize in Lilith Magazine's seventh annual fiction contest in 2010. She was second runner up in the 2003 Moment Magazine contest for short fiction with Jewish themes with her story, "Lifeblood." Gail is a student in the Online Master Class and Craft Class.

Kathy Owen won first place in the romance category in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference's national literary contest  in July 2010. Kathy is an online student.

Thea Cooper's and Arthur Ainsberg's book, Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, The Discovery of Insulin and the Making of a Medical Miracle, was published in September 2010 by St. Martin's Press. Thea is a former Advanced Poetry student.

Keisha Barrow's story "Facets" earned her acceptance into the Vona Voices Writing Workshop at the University of San Francisco. Keisha is a tutorial student.

Sue Mell's story "Serendipity" was published online in Narrative Magazine. Sue is a former Level III student in San Francisco.

Margaret O'Brien was awarded a place on a writing mentoring scheme by the Kilkenny County Council's Arts Department in Ireland. She'll be working with poet Grace Wells. Margaret is an online student.

Mark Gozonsky's story, "The Warmth of Vinyl," was published in Corium Magazine and featured on FictionDaily.com. Mark is a former online student.

Sherine Gilmour's poems "Oh, how I loved you...," "Oda do Kapusty i Polski Ludzie," and "Outcasts" appear in the Spring 2013 issue of JMWW. Her poem "Insanity" appears in the January 13, 2013 inaugural issue of 13magazine. She was given a financial award to attend the Key West Literary Seminar in January 2012. Her poems "Polish Poem" and "I Love You All Day Long," which appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Green Mountains Review, were both nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Sherine’s poem "College Choir, Midnight Before the Assassination" received an Honorable Mention, in the Paterson Literary Review in 2004. Her poem "Doe, 1986" was published in So to Speak in 2004, “Biology Slide Show: appeared in Isotope in 2005.  Sherine’s poem My Cardiologist's Heart" was published in Lumina in 2006, "Ghazal About Tails" was published in Many Mountains Moving in 2006, and "Loving His Hands"  is forthcoming in Many Mountains Moving.  Sherine is a member of the NYC Master Class.

Peter Krass's poem "Stoic Coffee" will appear in the July 2012 issue of The Commonline Journal. His poem "All Dressed in Green," published in the Summer 2010 issue of Rattle, was awarded a Special Mention in the 2012 Pushcart Prize anthology.  Peter teaches NYC Level II and Online Intermediate Poetry, and is a member of the Master Class.

Joanne Fisher's story "Wallis" will appear in The North American Review. Her story "The Red Bird" was published in the Fall 2010 issue of New Ohio Review and nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize.  Joanne is a former member of the Master Class.

Alison Sussman's poem "Pantoum of Moving" was published in the Fall 2009 issue of CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly. Alison is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.

Michael Grabell's poem "Before Committing" was chosen by Stephen Dunn for 2nd place in the River Styx International Poetry Contest. The poem appears in the Fall 2009 issue.  Michael is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.

Laurie Ludmer's poem "An Ordinary Orderly" was published in the Summer 2009 issue of Rattle.  Laurie is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.

Michelle Seaton's story "The Prospects" appears in One Story in June 2013. Her story "Killer Kowalski's School of Love" will appear in the Winter/Spring 2012 issue of the Harvard Review. stories, "Low Tide" and "At Eight" were published in the Spring 2010 issue of Quiddity International Literary Journal.  Michelle is an Online Master Class student.

Susan Kim Campbell's story "Jump" was published in the Mississippi Review's 2009 Summer Fiction Issue. Susan has been awarded fellowships to the Millay Colony for the Arts in 2009, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico in 2010. Susan is a former Online Level II student.

Katherine Gleason has had several recent publications. Her story "Fred Astaire Refuses" appeared in the April 2008 issue of Mississippi Review Online. "Chestnuts" appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Alimentum: The Journal of Food. "Sweet Treat" won first prize in the 2007 River Styx Schlafy Beer Microfiction Contest. "Flight" was published in the 2008 Southeast Review and was a finalist in that publication's World's Best Short Story Contest. "Tvorog" won honorable mention in Glimmer Train's August 2008 Very Short Fiction Award. Her story "A Perfect Fit" appeared in the anthology The Erotic Treasury.  Katherine is a former NYC Level IV student.

Kathleen Kraft's poems "Empty Table" and "Arietta" were published in August and December 2009 in Anderbo.com.  Her poem "Flying After Your Death" was published in Willows Wept Review.  Kathleen is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.

Don Valdez's story "More or Less" was featured in the Tucson Weekly Fiction's 84 contest in August 2009.  Don is a Tucson Master Class student.

Tara McDaniel's story "The H Train" was given one of Glimmer Train's "Best Start 50" awards in June 2009.  Tara is an online student.

Karen Hildebrand's play, "The Old In and Out," based on her poetry, is being performed in Manhattan in June 2013. Her poem "Playing Canasta" appears in the Fall 2008 edition of the G.W. Review. In addition, "The Sad Story of Her Dream House in the Mountains" will be forthcoming in Fourth River, "Execution at San Quentin" and "Mother's Day" will be forthcoming in Stand, and "Wine Tasting" will be forthcoming in Ohio State University's The Journal.  "Three-Hour Train Delay" was published in the Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Vol VI; "Destiny" appeared in The Distillery in 2009; "When They Lived on Pineview Lane" and "Insomnia" appeared in the Southern Humanities Review in 2009; and "Stalled" appeared in The Cape Rock in 2008. Her manuscript, "Need," was shortlisted for the 2009 Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Competition judged by Kim Addonizio and Sharon Dolin. In 2011, her poem "Women Like Us" appears in A Gathering of the Tribes and her poem "Booty Call" appears in the anthology -gape-seed-. Karen is a former NYC master class student.  


Lisa Bellamy's poem "Valley of Dry Bones" appears in the December 2012 issue of Citron Review. Her poem "Rise of the Proletariat" will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Southampton Review. Her poems "Dark Water" and "To Matrilineal Haplogroup K (after DNA testing)" will appear in Calyx's summer 2012 issue. Her chapbook, NECTAR, won Encircle Publications/The Aurorean's 2011 chapbook contest. Her prose poem "Civil Defense" will appear in Chautauqua's 2012 War and Peace Issue. Her poems "In the Biopsy Bardo" and "Bully Puppet" appear in PANK's November 2011 online issue. Her poem "The Baby is Clapping" will be published in the October 2011 issue of The Sun. Her poems, "Goliath" and "Montcalm Point" appear in the Summer 2011 issue of the online magazine 2River View. Her chapbook manuscript was a Finalist in the Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Competition. Her poem "Loehmann's" appears in the Winter 2011 issue of CrossBRONX, an online magazine put out by the Bronx Council of the Arts. Her poems "Blueberry Crumble at the Noontime Diner" and "What They Read" were published in Cimarron Review's summer 2010 issue. Her poem "Life as Lucy, which appeared in New Ohio Review," was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize.  Her poem "My Sweet Little Pigeons" was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize. This poem won the 2008 Fugue Poetry Prize. The Sun published Lisa's poem "The Human Realm" in its February 2010 issue and published "Love Poem" in April 2010. "Love Poem" was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. TriQuarterly published Lisa's poem "Nectar" in its Spring 2010 issue.  Massachusetts Review will publish "Monkey Spinning a Prayer Wheel." Lisa's poems "Poland," "Anicca" and "To My Elastic Waist Pants" appear in the February 2009 online issue of PANK. Lisa is a writer in the Master Class and a teacher in NYC and Online.

Deborah Clearman's story "Turista" appears in Hamilton Stone Review. Her story "Baby Snatcher" appears in the Spring 2012 issue of Adirondack Review. Her story "The Flor" appears in the 2012 issue of Green Hills Literary Lantern. "A Little Night Music" appears in storySouth and "Turista" appears in The Hamilton Story Review. Her novel "Todos Santos" was published by Black Lawrence Press in June 2010. Her story "Time's Arrow" was published in the Fall 2008 edition of the Connecticut Review. Her story, "The Race" appears in the Spring 2011 Beloit Fiction Journal. Deborah is a former student in the NYC  Master Class.

"A Cindarella Story" by Michelle Seaton will be published in Phoebe: Gender and Cultural Critiques. Michelle is a student in the Online Level III Class.

Lisa Badner's poems "Fruitcake," "On The G Train" and "Spam" appear in the fall 2011 issue of Blip, Lisa poems "Mommy Writing Poem" and "And Speaking of Strategic Planning" were published in TriQuarterly 137. Her poem "Subway Judge" was published in the Fall 2010 issue of Fourteen Hills, her poem "Macaroons: The Last Days" was published in the Fall 2009 issue of The Cape Rock, and her poem "Career Change" was published in Mudlark. Lisa is a student in the NYC Master Class.

Michelle Boland's poem, "Synopsis" has been published in the Spring 2009 issue of California Quarterly, the journal's 35th anniversary edition. Michelle is a student in the on-line level II class.

Gina Forberg's poems "Last Night in Own Bed" and "Swinging for the Fences" will appear The Barefoot Journal. Her poem "Picking Out Wigs" is being published by The Cancer Poetry Project.  She received a Fellowship from Fairfield University for their Summer Connecticut Writers' Project (2011). Her poem "Song" appears in the winter 2010-2011 online Language and Migration issue of The Platte Valley Review. Her poems, "The Junior Leaguers" and "The Stars" appeared on the secondary short list for the Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for Traditional Verse.  Her poems, "The Turn" and "The Olympics as a Metaphor for Sex," appear in The Mascara Review, an online journal. "Starburst" appears in the Squaw Valley Review. Gina is a student in the Master Class.

Duncan Bock's story, "The Santa Monica No. 2," appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Epiphany. Duncan is a student in the NYC Master Class.

Carlos Rountree  was accepted into the MFA program at Hunter College, after working on his manuscript in a NYC Level II Class.

Cameron Coursey's story, "Pinheads," appeared in the Winter 2009 edition of Our Stories, an online literary journal, and was a runner up for the 2009 Richard Bausch Short Story Prize. Cameron is a NYC Level II student.

Michelle Seaton's story "Pain," was published in the Sycamore Review's Winter 2009 issue. Michelle was a student in the online program.

Phyllis Aboaf’s poem, "The Neighbor's Tale," has won a prize of $100.00 and has been accepted for publication in the Rattle poetry contest as an honorable mention (one of ten - out of 4000 entries) to be in the winter issue. Phyllis is a student in Mark Peterson’s Level 3 class in San Francisco.

The Fall 2007 issue of Epiphany features short stories written by three Writers Studio faculty members. They are "Madame Solomon," by Odette Heideman, "The Minuteman," by Joel Hinman, and "The Watcher," by Cynthia Weiner. Lesley Dormen's story, "The Secret of Drawing," which appears in the Spring 2007 on-line edition of Epiphany, was nominated for an award recognizing the best fiction on the web.

"First Girl," written by Elizabeth England, a recent faculty member, won The Journal's Short Story Competition, and appeared in the Winter 2007 issue. The Journal is affiliated with Ohio State University.

Isabelle Deconinck's story, "The Other," appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Epiphany, and was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize. Her story, "The Kiss," appeared in the Summer 2007 issue of the online literary magazine, KGBBarLit. She was awarded a three-month Residence Grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Isabelle is a writer in the NYC Master Class.

Charlotte Savidge, a student in the Advanced Poetry Class, was chosen by Mark Strand as one of 50 winners for Best New Poets 2008. Her winning poem is entitled, "Mattress Shopping." Her poem, "The Type of Girl I Am" will be forthcoming in The New York Quarterly.

Sean Miller co-edited and wrote the introduction to Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory, published in June 2008 by Scriblerus Press. It's a collection of essays, short stories, poems, and a play that explores the cosmic and cultural resonances of string theory. Sean is a former Writers Studio student.

Charles Grosel, a former Writers Studio student, recently published two stories and a poem. "Papa's Mower," a short story, appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of Red Cedar Review. "The Boys' Giant Book of Knock-Knock Jokes," another story, appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of Western Humanities Review; and "The Tools at Hand," a poem, appeared in the Winter 2008 issue of Poet's Lore. Charles's poem, "In the Fourth Grade," appeared in Slate in July 2008.

Karen Hildebrand, a student in the NYC Advanced Poetry class, recently had her poem, "We Need to Talk," published in Fourteen Hills (14.1) and her poem, "A Woman in the Sun," appear in Slipstream (#27). Karen's other poems accepted for publication in 2007 include the following: "1968" by South Carolina Review; "After the Ballet," by Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts; "Evidence," by River Oak Review; "Glass House," "The Haven," and "Singular Plural" by Pennsylvania English; "Sleep Apnea" by Natural Bridge; "Splinters" by Willard & Maple; "Three Hour Train Delay" by Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry; "Destiny" by Distillery; and "Softball Game at the Church Picnic," by Whiskey Island Magazine. Karen's personal essay, entitled, "Ice Cream Stuffed Martini Olives," appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of The Kitchen Sink.

Lori Bongiorno's book, Green, Greener, Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life, was recently published by Perigee, an imprint of Penguin. Lori is a former Writers Studio student.

Gina Forberg, a student in the Advanced Poetry class, was accepted into the Summer 2008 Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop.

Christine Baines, a poet in the Tucson Writers Studio program, was named a finalist in Arizona's 24th Annual Statewide Poetry Contest (April 2008).

Lorraine Babb's story, "A Thin Veneer of Antonio Banderas," appears in the Winter 2007 issue of Rosebud Magazine. Her story, "Serial Killer," appears in the 2007 issue of The Griffin Literary Magazine. Lorraine is a teacher in San Francisco.

Juicy Mangos: Erotica Collection (Atria Books, July 2007) was edited by Michelle Herrera Mulligan, an NYC Writers Studio writer. Her own story, "Juan and Adela," is based on an exercise she did in NYC Level II, and is included in the book. Michelle and Sofia Quintero, another contributor to Juicy Mangos, appeared on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC on August 14, 2007. To download the podcast of their interview, please visit http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/.

REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 ESSENTIAL FACTS FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS by Kaira Sturdivant Rouda, an on-line Writers Studio student, was published in February 2008 by Wiley.

Madeline Klosterman, a former Writers Studio student, is writing a New York-based column called "American Girl" for the online magazine "The American," which is based in Rome, Italy.

M.M.Buckner, a student in Online Level II, will have her fourth novel, working title Watermind, published by Thomas Doherty Assoc./Tor in the fall of 2008. Her third novel, War Surf (Penguin/Ace), won the Phillip K. Dick Award for Best U.S. Paperback Science Fiction of 2005. Her first novel, Hyperthought (Penguin/Ace), won the Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award for Best Novel of 2003 and was one of six finalists for the Phillip K. Dick Award.

Ellen Sullins, a student in the Tucson Writers Studio classes, won the New Millenium Writings Poetry Prize as part of their Summer 2007 contest. She won the $1,000 first prize for her poem, "The Visible Spectrum." Lisa Sewell has selected Ellen Sullins' poetry manuscript, Elsewhere, as the winner of the 2007 Plan B Press chapbook contest. The book was released in summer 2007 and contains 4 poems written in the Tucson Writers Studio classes. Ellen will have a poem she wrote in the Tucson Level I workshop, entitled, "Emily's Father," published in an upcoming issue of The South Carolina Review. A poem she wrote in the Level II class, "Homage to a Red Honda Civic," has been accepted for publication in Concho River Review and Wheelbarrow.

Epiphany, a new online literary magazine, features work by three Writers Studio writers. Abby Wender's poem,"Transplant," Leslie Findlen's poem, "Stranger," and Lesley Dormen's story, "The Secret of Drawing," are all featured in the premiere issue.

Leslie Findlen has won places at the Sewanee writers conference and Breadloaf writers conference for the summer of 2007. Leslie's poem, "Red Geraniums," was published in the Spring 2005 issue of A Gathering of the Tribes. She also had three poems published in the February 2004 issue of Red Rock Review. They are "Bright Night," "In Hand," and "Storm Over the Interior." Leslie is a tutorial student.

Jana Martin, a former level III student, recently had her short story collection, Russian Lover and Other Stories, published by YetiBooks/VerseChorusPress.

Dana Lise Shavin, a recent tutorial student, is having her essay, "A Simple Path," published in a forthcoming issue of Oxford American. Her essay, "A Lesson in Astronomy," was published in Puerto del Sol in the summer of 2006. A chapter called The Death of Charles Black from her memoir entitled "Good Bones: A Memoir of Sex, Death and Real Estate" received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's Family Matters contest. 

Michelle Preston, a Writers Studio tutorial student, had a short piece entitled, "Above Town" published in the March 5, 2007 issue of The New Yorker.

In February 2008, Whole Terrain will publish "Farmhouse Zen," a creative non-fiction piece written by Mae Lee Sun, a former Tucson student.

West View will publish "Ode to the Art of List-Making," a poem by Olivia Davis, an Australian student in an online workshop.

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine will publish "Papercuts," a poem by Lisa Atkinson, a student in an online workshop.

"Bobby's First Epiphany," a story by Wilson Wyatt, will be published in the 2007 issue of the Delmarva Review. Wilson is a writer in an online level II workshop, and the story began as an exercise for class.

Lesley Dormen's book of linked stories, The Best Place to Be, was published by Simon and Schuster in spring 2007. Lesley, who started as a student in Level I, wrote every story in the collection in Writers Studio workshops. She is currently Associate Director of The Writers Studio, a student in the master class and teacher of NYC Level 4 and Craft Class. Lesley ended a bidding war among three prominent publishers by accepting a six-figure advance from Simon and Schuster early in February. In June 2008, Lesley was awarded a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This year’s 144 NYFA Fellows were chosen from among over 4,500 applicants. The Winter 2003 issue of Open City featured Lesley's story, "Gladiators." Atlantic Monthly published Lesley's story, "The Old Economy Husband," in the December 2001 issue. She also had a story entitled, "I Asked My Mother," in the Winter 2001 issue of Five Points (a journal from Georgia State University), and an essay in Unholy Ghosts: Writers on Depression (William Morrow). Lesley's essays and creative non-fiction have appeared in Elle, O The Oprah Magazine, and Glamour. Lesley is a recent recipient of a Mac Dowell Fellowship, and had a story appear in a recent issue of Glimmer Train.

Jean Godfrey-June, who was a longtime student at The Writers Studio, published her memoir entitled Free Gift with Purchase / My Improbable Career in Magazines and Makeup. (Random House, Spring 2006). Jean is also the beauty editor of Lucky.

Eleanor Kedney, Director of The Writers Studio Tucson program, will have her poems "Shoes" and "Twelve Days from Transfer" published in an upcoming issue of the literary journal Many Mountains Moving. Eleanor was a guest on A Poet's Moment, a station in Tucson. A podcast of her poetry reading can be found at www.kxci.org.

Lorraine Babb, a student in the San Francisco level I class, recently published two stories. "Some Assembly Required" appeared in The Dos Passos Review, Volume 4, Number 1; and "Life After Home Economics" appeared in Kalliope, Volume 29, No. 1.

"The Laughing Buddha," a story by Teresa Shen Swingler, a Tucson student, was published in the Spring 2007 of The Del Sol Review. Teresa's story, "Taste," was a finalist in the Diagram Innovative Fiction Contest, and was published in their all fiction issue, entitled 7.3.

Pragya Trivedi's poem, "Who'll Cast the First Stone," has been accepted by Catamaran, a literary journal featuring South Asian writers. Vijay Seshadri, one of the poets covered in a recent craft class, is co-editor. Pragya is a student on the Online Level III class.

"Mother" and "Of the Lamp" are two poems by Sheila Welch that will appear in the 2007 issue of Skidrow Penthouse . Sheila teaches Level I and is a poet in the Master Class.

Lullwater Review, the literary journal of Emory University in Atlanta, published "After the Deluge," a short story by Jack Harari in the Spring 2006 issue. Jack wrote the story in the master class.

"A Walk To The River" by Richard Poveromo, will be published in the upcoming edition of Boston Literary Magazine, an Electronic publication. Richard started this story as an exercise in NYC Level II.

Mary Sternbach, a student in NYC level 3, will have a story she wrote in that class, "Matrioshka," published in an upcoming issue of the literary journal Paper Street .

Cynthia Weiner, Assistant Director of The Writers Studio as well as a writer in the Master Class and teacher in NYC and Online, won a 2005 Pushcart Best of the Small Presses Prize for her story, "Boyfriends," which was published earlier in Ploughshares. Her story, "Aftertaste," appeared in The Sun in Summer 2009 and was awarded Special Mention in the Pushcart 2011 anthology. Her story, "A Castle in Outer Space" will appear in the Spring 2012 issue of The Sun. Her story, "Bottom," appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of The Sonora Review. Her story," Amends," appeared in a recent edition of Open City.

Libby Jacobs, who studied online and in a tutorial, had her collection of stories, Wolf Note, published by Rager Media in November 2005. Most of the stories started as exercises in the workshops.

Pamela Erens's second novel "The Virgins" was published by Tin House Books in August 2013. It was named an Editor's Choice selection by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Library Journal. In The New York Times, John Irving called The Virgins "flawlessly executed and irrefutably true." The novel has also been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, Redbook.com, Los Angeles Review of Books, the Daily Beast, and New York magazine's blog (The Vulture).  Her novel, The Understory, was published by Ironweed Press in 2007, won the Ironweed Press Fiction Competition, and was named an LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction finalist. It was also a finalist for the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing; the prize is for a book-length work of fiction published in 2005, 2006 or 2007. She was awarded two fellowships in fiction from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, most recently in 2007. Chicago Review, Boston Review, The Literary Review, and The Bellingham Review have all published her works of short fiction. The spring 2008 issue of Redivider includes her story, "The Things You Don't Know," and the Spring 2007 issue of Skidrow Pentouse includes her story, "Saving Me." Her story, "Sebastian," appears in upstreet. Visiting Hours, an anthology edited by Dan Wickett (Press 53), also includes one of her stories. Her poetry has been published in Another Chicago Magazine and No Roses Review. Pamela is a former master class student.

Our Stories, an online literary journal, published Elliot Satsky's story, "Piece of My Heart," in its Fall 2008 issue. "Piece of My Heart" also appears in the 2009 Best Of Our Stories annual print edition."When Glaciers Melt," another story by Elliot Satsky, was published in the April 2004 edition of The Blue Moon Review. The December 2005 issue of Taj Mahal Review, International Literary Journal has anthologized the story.

Lynn Schmeidler's chapbook "Curiouser and Curiouser" won the 2013 Grayson Books Chapbook Contest and will be published. Her story "Half Lives" is forthcoming in The Georgia Review and her story "The Speed of Dark" was published in the Georgia Review as well. Her story, "Sweet Hairy," was selected as a finalist in The Southeast Review's Short Short Story Contest. The Southeast Review will publish the story in 2009. Lynn's story, "Glass Shards" was published in the June 2006 issue of Chelsea magazine. Also published in the spring in Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction was her piece, "What My Supermarket Means to Me." The Mid-American Review published, as an Editor's Choice, a short-short she wrote called "An Instinct for Survival." Lynn has also published fiction in River City and other literary magazines.

Deb McAlister had four poems appear in a recent issue of the online magazine flingquarterly. Three of the poems were written while a student at The Writers Studio.

Anne Pitkin's manuscript, "Accidental Music," was a finalist for the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Winter 2005 Alaska Quarterly Review published her poem, "On the Use of the Decorative," and the New Orleans Review features her first villanelle,"A Hot Wind Blows." Both publications started as Writers Studio exercises in her tutorial work with Abby Wender.

Robin Sweet's first publication is the first poem she wrote in Abby Wender's Advanced Poetry Class. "Summers on Pawley's Island" appeared in the Winter 2005 issue of Blind Man's Rainbow.

A Child's Garden of Poetry won a 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program. The program is a collaboration between The Poetry Foundation and director-producer Amy Schatz. Amy also won an Emmy for the film she wrote, directed and produced for HBO entitled, "Through the Eyes of a Child: September 11, 2001." She won four previous Emmys for "Goodnight Moon," another film she made for HBO and other programs she has produced. Amy was a writer in the Master Class.

Jane Avrich sold her first two books to Houghton Mifflin. The Winter Without Milk includes stories that have appeared in Harpers, The Paris Review, Story, Tin House, and Ploughshares. Jane is a past recipient of the Hemingway Short Story Prize, and was a long time member of The Writers Studio.

Jeff Friedman's fourth collection of poetry, Black Threads, is scheduled for publication with Carnegie Mellon University Press in fall 2006. His other collections include Taking Down the Angel (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003), Scattering the Ashes (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998) and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave (BkMk Press-University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1986). His poems and translations have appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, 5 AM, New England Review, Forward, Poetry East and The New Republic. He is a core faculty member in the M.F.A. program in Poetry Writing at New England College. Jeff was a poet in the Master Class early in his career.

Roger Turnau, a former student in the Master Class, will be a teaching assistant in the creative writing MFA program at Florida State University, beginning with the 2005-2006 school year.

Lisa Bellamy, a Writers Studio teacher in New York City and on-line, as well as a master class student, published her poem "Prayer" in the Spring 2003 issue of Edgz. The Manzanita Quarterly summer 2004 issue published Lisa's poem, "After the Fall." Blind Man's Rainbow published two of her poems in the Spring 2004 issue, "A Lover's Pantoum," and "Mothers Should Not be Astronauts." Rainbow Curve published Lisa's poem, "What I Found," in its Spring 2005 issue. Tiferet published "Yoho" and Ibbetson Street Press published "History." Harpur Palate accepted Lisa's poem, "The Winter of Chiapas." Skidrow Penthouse published her poem, "Howling Boy" in the summer 2005 issue; this poem received an honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007: 20th Annual Collection. "Hamlet, on Antidepressants," "The Water Tower," and "For My Brother" appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of Wavelength: Poems in Prose and Verse. Lisa's poem, "At the Buddhist Party," appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of Poetry Midwest. Lisa won the Fugue Literary Journal's Poetry Prize for "My Sweet Little Pigeons," judged by Mark Halliday. She was a finalist for the 2008 Gerald Stern Poetry Prize. TriQuarterly will publish Lisa's poem "Nectar" in the Spring 2010 issue.

Michele Herman's prose poem "Victory Boulevard" is being included in a revue of scenes, lyrics and poems by and about New York women, past and present, called New York Ladies: A Celebration of Women Who Write with Wit, taking place in the Fall of 2013. Michele, who teaches Level I Online, has published short stories and essays in The New York Times, The Sun, Lilith, ACM, Pearl, The Worcestor Review, Columbia: A  Journal of Literature & Art, and other publications. Her story "A Room That Has Lizzy In It" appears in Outside in Literary & Travel Magazine in 2013. She was a finalist for the Orlando Prize for Short Fiction in 2010. Her personal essays appear regularly in the Greenwich Village weekly The Villager.

Benjamin Swire, a student in the Craft Class who took workshops in Levels I-III, had his story, "Walter Cronkite With Hospital Corners," published in the Fall 2003 issue of the South Carolina Review. The Winter 2003 issue of River City featured his story, "Al Capone Taught My Grandma To Swim." "Secrets Of Radioactive Glass" was published in Pangolin Papers.

Allan Retzky, while a student in Cynthia Weiner's Level III class, published his first story in The East Hampton Star.

Dog is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship (Crown Publishing Group, 2003) features an essay by Elena Sigman, a longtime member of The Writers Studio, entitled, "The Existence of Dog." Originally published in Salon.com in Spring 2002, excerpts were read on National Public Radio in September of 2003 to launch the book.

After taking a Level I writing workshop with Cynthia Weiner, Michaela Spampinato was accepted into the creative writing MFA program at Mexico State University, where she will work on Puerto del Sol, their literary magazine.

Two poems, "On the Apollonian Clockwork," and "Morning Ritual," by Charu Suri, appeared in the Summer 2003 issue of Texas Review while Charu was a member of Abby Wender's Advanced Poetry Class.

Texas Poetry Review published two works by April Heck written while she was a member of the Master Class.

During the summer of 2003, Roberto Espinoza, a writer in Lesley Dormen's Level I Workshop, won an ABC Talent Development Grant, a stepping stone to developing a television series for that network.

"Nowadays," a work of short fiction by Hy Abady, Cynthia Weiner's tutorial student, appeared in the 2003 edition of Hampton Shorts.

The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts awarded a $5000 writing grant to Barbara Kriegsman while she was a member of the Master Class. Her story, "Without an Echo," won the 2000 Fiction Award from citypaper.

Saying Grace, a book edited by Writers Studio teacher Sarah McElwain, was published by Chronicle Books in September 2003. Her book, To the Happy Couple, Creating a Great Wedding Toast with Style, was brought out by the same publisher in June 2006. Sally teaches tutorials for The Writers Studio.

Martha McPhee's book, Gorgeous Lies (Harcourt), was a 2002 National Book Award Finalist. Her other books include Bright Angel Time (Harcourt 1999). Martha attended The Writers Studio before publishing these works.

Martha Southgate's first novel, The Fall of Rome, was published in January 2002 by Scribner. She had previously published two books for young adults. Martha won a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in 2001, and is a former member of The Writers Studio.

Frazier Russell, a longtime teacher at The Writers Studio, had his book of poems, Lush, published by Four Way Books in spring 2001. His poems were chosen by Garrison Keillor to be read on NPR during the summer of 2003.

Laura Prah's short story, "A Short Cut," appeared in the Spring 2002 issue of Kalliope: A Journal of Women's Literature & Art.

Elizabeth England was the 2001 Grand Prize Winner for Fiction, awarded by Inkwell Magazine. Her winning story, "Even Things Familiar Seem Strange," appeared in the April 2001 issue of the magazine. Her story, "The Sick Girl," appeared in the September 2002 issue of North Atlantic Review. Elizabeth was a longtime student in the Master Class. Her story, "Settling Matters," appears in the Spring 2006 issue of the Connecticut Review.

Abigail Wender's poems, "Natural History," and "The Year of the Prison" were published in The Massachusetts Review. "Faith" appeared in the fall 2001 issue of Fine Madness, and "Emptying the House" appeared in the May 2001 issue of Faultline. Her poem, "Temple of the Tooth," was published in the fall 2004 issue of The Madison Review. Abigail is on the Board of Directors of The Kenyon Review.

Steven Radwell, a writer in the Master Class, had his story, "For Mother: Dead at 101," appear in the spring 2000 issue of Caprice, a literary journal in New York.

"The Prop," a short story by Jânice Leotti, was published in the October 2000 issue of Peregrine, a magazine in Amherst, Massachusetts, while she was a member of the Master Class.

After taking one Level I workshop, Nitza Agam published her story, "Scent of Jasmine," in the summer 2003 issue of Jewish Frontier.

Vivian Malloy had two poems in the spring 2001 issue of Avocet, "Of a Quiet Late Morning," and "Morning Glories." Blueline, the literary journal of SUNY Potsdam, published her poems "New England Autumn" and "After The Vacation" in its spring 2001 issue, and the winter 2000-2001 issue of Poet Lore included "In the Beginning" and "Those Nights." Vivian published these poems while taking a tutorial with The Writers Studio.