Works Sighted

—What recent Chariton Review contributors have been up to

Kristie Betts Letter’s poetry collection featuring “The Medicinal Applications of Marijuana in Colorado” (which appeared first in Chariton Review) was published by Editorial L’Aleph. Under–Worldly came out April 2017 and debuted as the #1 New Release in the Inspirational Poetry category on Amazon. Her memoir The Poison’d Cup is currently a finalist for the Fairfield Book Prize.

Burlesque Press published Bill Beuge’s book of poems, Stumble Into a Lighted Room, a sampler of the many forms and series of poems he has written. Lately, he’s tried not to write only of politics and resent that he’s been so politicized it’s difficult to think clearly about anything else.

Nicole Yurcaba has had poems published in Artemis, VoxPoetica, and Belletrist Magazine. Her novel Razorblade Kyiv will be available from RedDashboard Press in July.

D. E. Steward’s book Chroma I will be published by Archae Editions in 2017.

Gary Fincke’s latest book is The Killer’s Dog, which won the Elixir Press Fiction prize and was published in March. His next book, The Out–of–Sorts: New and Selected Stories, will be out from West Virginia University’s Vandalia Press in November. In February 2018, Pleiades Press will publish his collection of personal essays The Darkness Call, which won the Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose.

William Trowbridge’s seventh full collection, Vanishing Point, came out from Red Hen Press in April.

Peter Makuck had two new books published last October: Wins and Losses, his fourth collection of short stories, by Syracuse University Press, and Mandatory Evacuation, his sixth collection of poems, by BOA Editions.

Stephen Furlong recently graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with an MA in English with a concentration in professional writing. His poem “The Game” was included in A Shadow Map: An Anthology Written by Sexual Assault Survivors which was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms. Additionally, he recently had a poem published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry. Finally, he had an interview with Pleiades Press director Kathryn Nuernberger published by Pine Hills Review.

Teresa Fazio’s writing has been featured in Rolling Stone and The War Horse.

All three of Fred Wilbur’s poems that were published by Chariton Review last year are included in a collection, As Pus Floats the Splinter Out, to be published by Kelsay Books in early 2018.

Marjorie Stelmach was awarded the 2016 Chad Walsh Poetry Prize for 2016 for her poem “The Divestments of Autumn.” The award carries a $3000 prize.

In the last few months, Michael Spence has had two poems accepted, each resulting from jobs he used to perform. What he’d call a funnier, punnier bus–driving poem, “Your Fate Lies in Your Hands,” was taken by Measure. And a long piece (long for him, anyway—-about six/seven typed pages) called “The Oscillation of the Waves” and based on his navy days aboard an aircraft carrier was accepted by The Hudson Review. Not only are they proof that his former occupations continue to give him ideas for poems; they’re both written in rhyme and meter. Since Michael retired from driving buses on Valentine’s Day, 2014, he finds that most of his work has been quite formal. He is intrigued by the strictures of form and what can grow out of (or within) those boundaries. He’s sure he’s not the only writer to see that being “forced” to rhyme has caused him to cast about for other words and ideas that can lead the poem in a different, more interesting direction than the one he started with. He finds this both thrilling and frustrating, but some of what he think my best poems have come from that tension. Though he likes to joke, “Don’t do the rhyme if you can’t do the time,” he encourages everyone to give rhyme a chance and see where it takes you.

Cathy Mellett’s short story “The Anniversary” has been published recently in The Rumpus, and others have received honorable mentions in the J. F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction contest and the 42nd New Millennium Awards for Fiction contest.

Randall Friesinger has five poems forthcoming in Bridge Eight and one poem forthcoming in Relief: A Journal of Art and Faith.

Sarah Odishoo has had several poems published recently: “Neo Died in the Matrix: The Spectacle of Unreal Reality,” in Drunk Monkeys; “A Mazing Maze: This Life” in The Broken Plate; “Virtual Reality is the Real . . .” in Michigan Quarterly Review; and “Dreaming Makes It So” in Stirring Journal.

Mark Baumer, whose work appeared in Chariton Review in summer 2016, was killed in January while walking across America to raise awareness about climate change. Mark’s book Holiday Meat won the 2015 Quarterly West novella contest, but his many writings and accomplishments can hardly be summarized in a few sentences. Mark’s website Barefoot Across America is at

This past year Michael Lewis–Beck has been up to various things. In October 2016, he was Writer–in–Residence at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Also, his poetry book manuscript “Wry Encounters” was named finalist ion The 42 Miles Press Poetry Award (2016). So far this year (2017), he has had two poems—-”Pique–Nique in Nantes” and “Bad Breakfast at the Bowl”—-appear in the Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art. He has a prose poem, “The Secret Ingredient” forthcoming in The Apalachee Review. Another poem, “A Paper Boy,” will appear in the Jay Country Journal. These have been rewarding experiences, he counts myself lucky.

Candice Wuehli has a new chapbook coming out with Garden–Door Press titled “Vibe Check.”