Works Sighted

—What recent Chariton Review contributors have been up to

Maryfrances Wagner published two books in 2015, Dioramas and Pouf (Pouf is a chapbook that came out in December of 2015), but this year she’s just working on the next book.

Cathy Mellett recently learned that she had received an Honorable Mention for Fiction in the New Millennium Writings 42nd Literary Awards Competition for her short story, “Inconceivable.”

Bill Trowbridge has a new poetry collection, Vanishing Point, coming out from Red Hen Press in April 2017.

Peter Makuk has been very busy making last–minute changes in the proof for his new volume of poetry, Mandatory Evacuation, which was published by BOA Editions Ltd. last month. Chariton Review appears on the acknowledgements page with his gratitude. He found myself doing much the same thing for a collection of short stories, Wins and Losses, that was also published last month by Syracuse University Press. This book too has a Chariton acknowledgement. He says he’s never had two books appear at the same time and certainly didn’t plan it that way. Peter has been giving a lot of readings and have been told by some audiences that they would rather hear fiction, some poetry, and some both. The only downside to all this activity is less time to write, which is the real pleasure. But we do have an obligation to get around and promote books for publishers. Meanwhile he looks forward to the return of longer moments of quiet.

Wendell Mayo’s chapbook of four stories, When the Moon Was Ours for the Taking, is runner–up in CutBank’s national competition and will be published and released at the AWP Conference in Washington DC, Feb 8–-11, 2017. Check it out at CutBank’s book fair table, #617–T.

Michael Spence is “between announcements.” He has entered a few contests that have yet to render (like beef?) their decisions, and has several batches of poems out at various magazines, of course. The only “more potential” positive is that this year he’s gotten two nominations (one each from two magazines) for a Pushcart Prize. Knowing that a myriad of poems and stories get nominated each year, he calculates his odds at actually landing a PP at one in five thousand, but appreciates the chance to at least toss his beret into the ring.

Enid Harlow’s story “Mending” won Grand Prize in the Tulip Tree Review 2016 Short Story contest.

Sarah Odishoo has had works published in Stirring Journal, The Griffin, Shenanoah Journal, Under the Sun, Paperplates, Serving House Journal, and Diverse Voices Quarterly. Her essay “Germane German: A Lesson in Dispelling” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. “Euclid’s Bride” was nominated for the Best of Net Anthology, 2014.

Teresa Fazio won the Consequence Fiction Prize for her story “Float.” She has pieces in three anthologies: Retire the Colors (Hudson–Whitman Excelsior Press) and the forthcoming The Road Ahead (Pegasus Press) and It’s My Country, Too (University of Nebraska Press).

In the year 2016, Mike Lewis-Beck had a disparate batch of poems appear in different magazines: “Robin in Winter” (Apalachee Review); “Mole Hole” (Alexandria Quarterly);  “Guatemalan Avocado” (Pilgrimage); “Last Supper” and “The Lute Shop” (both in the Cortland Review); “Saint Erasmus was Tortured” (Seminary Ridge Review). He had two poems in newspapers, one a political poem, “Breakfast of a Champion” (Iowa City Press-Citizen), and another a tribute to a recently deceased Vermont poet, “For Budbill” (Stowe Reporter).  Also, his poetry book manuscript, Wry Encounters, was named a Finalist for the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award.

Barbara Presnell’s new poetry book, Blue Star, has been published by Press 53. Her essay titled “The Belt Buckle” appeared on the online journal South Writ Large (, and another, titled “Finding Fox Red,” is forthcoming in the print edition of Kestrel.

Marjorie Stelmach has a new book coming out early in 2017: Falter will be published in the Poiema Poetry Series of Cascade Books (Wipf and Stock).

Jeff Ewing has new poems accepted or published in Willow Springs, Dunes Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Saint Ann’s Review, Barrow Street, and Tar River Poetry. He has also had stories accepted by Into the Void and The Capra Review, as well as a nonfiction piece upcoming in Clockhouse. To top it off, he has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes by California Quarterly (for his poem “The Wind Up Russian Gulch”) and december magazine (for his poem “On the Death, by Trampling, of a Man in Modoc County”). His book-length poetry manuscript “The Wind Apples” was a finalist for the Barry Spacks Poetry Prize from Gunpowder Press.

Mark Baumer is currently walking across America barefoot to raise awareness about climate change.