Students in four northeast Pennsylvania school districts have a chance to become playwrights in a special program being piloted by Bonnie Culver, director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program. Culver worked with two graduate students, Sarah Pugh and Cory Brin, on a master of fine arts project developing a pilot program, “Page to Stage.” Culver is working as guest artist in four high schools – Hanover Area, Hazleton, Tunkhannock and Wyoming Valley West – to teach basic elements of playwriting to students.
Culver was in the schools Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Feb. 2 to March 25. Each student presented a 10-minute play. One or two plays from each school will be chosen to be presented at the Fine Arts Fiesta in May.
Wilkes University’s long-term goal is to replicate this with fiction, poetry, film, and nonfiction with creative writing students and faculty serving as guest artists in area schools with a final arts festival on campus.
*Lenore Hart’s new novel The Raven’s Bride (named after the poem by Edgar Allen Poe) will be published in both hardcover and paperback by St. Martin’s Press in February 2011.
*David Poyer’s latest novel Ghosting, a story of a dysfunctional family threatened on a weeklong sailing excursion, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in November 2010.
*Bonnie Culver, Creative Writing Program Director; Advisory Board member Column McCann; plus faculty members Mike Lennon, Lenore Hart, and Kaylie Jones all served as workshop instructors at the August session of the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony in Provincetown, MA.
Bonnie Culver, Creative Writing Program Director, and Jean Klein, playwrighting faculty member, each had a ten-minute play included in Shorts for All Seasons: America Revisited: An Evening of Short Plays at the VENUE, Norfolk, VA November 12-20.
Christine Gelineau’s essay “Cops” was published in the winter issue of The Florida Review as a runner up in their Editors’ Award in Nonfiction.
Morowa Yejide’s short story “Tokoyo Chocolate” appears in the Japan-based collection Yomimono, published in September, 2010. Her short story “To Do List” was nominated for the Dzanc Best Books of the Web 2011 by Jersey Devil Press.
Gale Martin’s opera blog (www.operatoonity.wordpress.com) has received critical attention, and she has been named an accredited Bachtrack reviewer for the Metropolitan Opera.
Starr Troup attended a week-long workshop at the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony in Provincetown, MA. She was awarded a summer scholarship and spent the week at the center working with and learning from other professional writers.
M.A. student Amy Archer had part of her memoir entitled “Bad Connection” published in the December issue of the Journal of Truth and Consequences.
M.A. student Kimberly Loomis-Bennet’s poem, “It Is Sweet and Decorous To Be Poor in One’s Country,” was published in the Winter 2010 issue of The November 3rd Club. http://www.november3rdclub.com/2010/02-2010/poetry/loomis-bennett.html
Alum Pete Kaszyk’s short story, “You’re Not My Father,” was accepted for publication by Kerlak Publishing for inclusion in its WTF Anthologies edition. Publication date is pending.
Alumna Dawn Leas will see the release of her first chapbook “I Know When to Keep Quiet” by Finishing Line Press in November. Leas received her MFA in January 2009, and this chapbook is 26 pages of her original thesis. Leas will be the featured reader at Anthology New and Used Books in Scranton on November 26th at 7 p.m.
Alums Maureen Hooker, Bill Lowenburg, and Matthew Hinton will all appear in the fourth volume of the acclaimed Mailer Review, which was released in November.