Archive for January, 2013

AWP: WC&C Scholarship Competition

January 30, 2013

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AWP offers two annual scholarships of $500 each to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. The scholarships are applied to fees for winners who attend one of the member programs in AWP’s Directory of Conferences & Centers. Winners and four finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP.

Submissions must be postmarked between December 1 and March 30 of each year. Download full guidelines here.

2013 Judge: Michelle Seaton

Michelle Seaton’s essays and short stories have appeared in Harvard Review, The Pinch, Sycamore Review, Lake Effect, Quiddity International Journal, and in the 2009 edition of Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her magazine journalism has appeared in many magazines, including Worth, Robb Report, and Bostonia. She is the co-author of The Way of Boys (WilliamMorrow, 2009) and The Cardiac Recovery Handbook (Hatherleigh Press, 2004). For more than 12 years, she has been an instructor at Grub Street, Boston’s largest nonprofit writing center. She is also the lead instructor for Grub Street’s Memoir Project, a program that offers free memoir classes to senior citizens in Boston neighborhoods. The project has visited twelve Boston neighborhoods and produced three anthologies.

For more info about the WC&C Scholarship Competition, visit https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/wcc_scholarships_overview

Post-Res: Feature by Anthony Dolan Scott

January 23, 2013

Battling Post-Residency Blues, Mid-Semester Doldrums, and Eventual Oblivion
by Anthony Dolan Scott

Remember your first residency?

What about the drive or flight home after your first residency?  It was like being expelled from Eden, complete with tears and moaning and dread.  I don’t mean to minimize this reaction; the post-residency blues were real enough, and there was good reason for that dread.  Consider what came a couple of months into the semester:  a long separation that reduced residency to a dream-like memory.  In case you’re not sufficiently depressed by now, let me mention one more thing.  Those mid-semester doldrums are at least tempered by the hope of another trip to Wilkes-Barre, as well as the continued—though limited—contact with peers and mentors.  What about when your M.A. and M.F.A. are complete?  What then?

Stop!  Put down the Prozac.  I want to offer you something more substantial than hope and medication.Anthony

First of all, for those still finishing your degree, the program isn’t done.  Residency wasn’t just a dream or a fluke.  That whole experience won’t totally evaporate in the numbness of ordinary life.  A part of why leaving may feel so traumatic is the uniqueness of what happened, that sense of being part of a new family of writers who get you, who hear you, who help you.  If you were like me, you never had that kind of affirmation with that strong connection of mind and spirit anywhere else, and leaving it whispered the possibility of losing it.

But shake that off.  You were brought into this family based on writing samples.  Your words held a recognizable power, a certain familial likeness in your voice.  You are now one of us, connected not by mere genetics, but by the elemental kinship of the soul.  And didn’t residency prove that you belonged?  Didn’t your beauty and resonance flow naturally among the other powerful voices?  That voice is still your voice, and you are still one of ours.  Keep working.  Come back in June, and it will happen again.

Of course, while most of this is also true of alumni, when miles and years intervene, relationships atrophy.  So the issue becomes the lack of structured, program-based opportunities to connect.  However, as the Creative Program continues, as it adds more components and voices, opportunities to stay connected grow.  For example, many faculty, students, and alumni participate or attend the annual AWP Conference, which moves to a different city each year, facilitating easy access to those in different regions of North America.  And there are chances to work on new projects (consider Kaylie Jones’ new imprint with Akashic books) and opportunities to publish articles and reviews.  In addition to all of this, alumni are welcome back at residencies.  The night readings are open to them, and lodging for a reasonable rate is available.  All it would take are some enterprising alums to organize daytime workshops, and, voilà—residencies and connectedness ad infinitum!

But for now, to help you deal with the blues and the doldrums, take this little poem as your antidepressant:

To my Pen-Siblings at January Residency

Do you know how beautiful you are?
Don’t shrug! Don’t drop your eyes
in the face of this deserved compliment.
This week, your beauty wrung tears
from eyes, yanked mouths into smiles,
bared souls and re-wrapped them
in warm squeezing love. You are here

because someone saw how beautiful you are.
What proof do you have otherwise?
A small asymmetry in the mirror?
Some lopsidedness of your mouth,
a mismatch in your past actions? Only
the lip-curled jealous, the myopic moronic,
would mistake your mistakes for plainness.

I know how beautiful you are.
As you brush your teeth, your hair,
you see you every morning. You
hear you every day.  Don’t let
routine render you commonplace.
Listen.  I have suffered through months
without your half-smile.  I will hunger
for June to see, hear, you again.

So do me a favor.

The second Monday month after next,
when you shuffle from bed to bathroom
in a morning heavy with another week,
think of me trying to re-see your face,
re-hear your voice, with the grainy
real-to-reel of memory, and stop—
look long into the mirror and cherish
that precious thing you see,
and know
how beautiful you are.

Anthony Dolan Scott has an MA from the Wilkes Creative Writing Program and is currently an MFA candidate. Anthony was honored at the January 2013 residency as the recipient of the Jennifer Diskin Memorial Scholarship.

Visit Wilkes at Boston’s AWP Conference

January 16, 2013

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If you plan on attending the annual AWP Conference and Bookfair, taking place in Boston MA, March 6-9, 2013, you’ll find ample Wilkes representation.

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Faculty Gregory Fletcher and Jean Klein, and alum Laurie Powers are on the panel “The Ten-Minute Play: the Essential Ingredients.”

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Nancy McKinley is presenting on the panel “International Women’s Day Reading from Becoming: What Makes a Woman.”

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Christine Gelineau will present on the panel “Second Sex, Second Shelf? Women, Writing, and the Literary Marketplace.”

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Jim Warner, alum and former assistant program director, will once again host the All-Collegiate Poetry Slam and Open Mic every night of the conference.

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Bonnie Culver, program director, is on the AWP national Board of Trustees and was a member of the Boston Conference committee. She noted, “There are more presentations this year than any other year in AWP history. It promises to be another fantastic conference.”

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For more information about AWP and the conference schedule, visit www.awpwriter.org.

Don’t forget to stop by Wilkes/ Etruscan Press booth in the Bookfair!

News and Publications from Wilkes writers

January 9, 2013

What has the Wilkes community been up to lately? Here’s a small sampling…

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Alum Brian Fanelli has been nominated for a Pushcart for his poem “After Working Hours,” which appeared in the fall 2012 issue of Boston Literary Magazine. link

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Faculty mentor Beverly Donofrio has an essay, “What Is Feminism?,” in Virginia Quarterly Review. link

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Faculty member Kevin Oderman‘s newest book, White Vespa, is now available as an eBook! link

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For more news and releases from Wilkes faculty, alum, and students, visit the latest issue of Revise This! link

New Michael Mailer Production Stars Alec Baldwin

January 2, 2013

Michael MailerFaculty member Michael Mailer has produced more than twenty features and leads Michael Mailer Films. He has been busy with a new project, starring Alec Baldwin and James Toback, and we were pleased to find out more about this unique production.

Q. Can you tell us about Seduced and Abandoned?
A. Seduced and Abandoned is a non-fiction film, part mediation on film and the filmmaking process consisting of interviews of film legends such as Polanski, Bertolucci, Scorcese, Copola, and part adventure tale following the ups and downs of Alec Baldwin and James Toback as they attempt to set up a remake of Last Tango in Paris (but this one is set in Iraq called Last Tango in Tikrit) at the Cannes Film Festival.

Q. What was the reaction to the process while filming at Cannes?
A. Shooting a film about the making of a film at a filmmakers festival was highly stimulating both for all of those involved but for the denizens of Cannes as well. We had great support from the head of the festival himself, Thierry Fermaux.

Q. Would you say the project was a success—either in terms of the project itself or in raising money for the ‘undisclosed future film’?
A. So far yes. The film we shot turned out well. It’s compelling and will be of interest to anyone interested in film and the filmmaking process.

Q. When and where can audiences see the film?
A. We’re in post production. The movie will be finished at the end of January, then hopefully viewable in theaters initially, followed by VOD, and other ancillaries.

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For more news from Wilkes faculty, alums, and students, see the December issue of Revise This! http://wilkes.edu/pages/5395.asp