Works Sighted 40.2

—What recent Chariton Review contributors have been up to

John Harn’s full–length collection, Physics for Beginners, won the 2017 Blue Light Book Award and was published by Blue Light Press in September 2017.

Nicole Yurcaba, who serves as an English instructor at Bridgewater College, has had poems published in Collateral, Literature Today, and VoxPoetica, and has a creative nonfiction essay forthcoming in Junto Magazine. Nicole also placed third in Virginia’s Skyline poetry contest thanks to her poem “Kenova.” In April 2018, Nicole begins a new adventure: finishing her terminal degree by pursuing an MFA in Lindenwood University’s online MFA program.

Jeff Ewing just won second place in the Atticus Review Flash Fiction Contest for his story “Lake Mary Jane,” and was a finalist in the Split Rock Review Poetry Chapbook Contest. He was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Tule Review for his poem “Morning Disappearance.” Finally, he has new work out or coming soon in Origins, Juked, SmokeLong Quarterly, ELJ, Bridge Eight, and Lake Effect.

Wendell Mayo’s story, “Story of a Postcard,” which first appeared in Chariton Review, is included in his forthcoming short story collection, Survival House: Stories. The collection will be released in 2018 with Stephen F. Austin State University Press.  Also, his chapbook of four stories, When the Moon Was Ours for the Taking, was runner up in Cut Bank Books’ national competition and appeared in Spring 2017.

Ed Harkness just heard from the journal Terrain.org that he’d won this year’s prize for poetry. To can see more, visit their website: https://www.terrain.org/2017/news/8th–annual–contest–winners/. The judge was poet Robert Wrigley. Ed just signed a book contract with Pleasure Boat Studio press. Union Creek in Winter will be his third full–length collection from PBS and should be available sometime in mid–2018. His recent poetry publications include work in Miramar, Terrain.org, and Raven Chronicles.

Gerry LaFemina’s new book of poems, The Story of Ash, will be out early in 2018 from Anhinga Press.

Ron McFarland hasn’t had a new book out since his biography of Lt. Col. E. J. Steptoe (1815–-1865) last year, and he hasn’t gotten a new job, etc., but he did recently place a story, “Dreaming of Baseball,” with Aethlon, to appear in its 33.2 issue, and he regards it as one his better efforts in that genre, thanks in part to the assistance of one of those rare editors who get “involved” with a submission. He’s also placed a couple of nice essays in The Idaho Magazine, one of them on the years he played soccer here at University of Idaho.

Walter Bargen has two new books that came out in October and November of 2017: Perishable Kingdoms from Grito del Lobo Press and Too Quick for the Living from Moon City Press. Perishable Kingdom is three short stories and Too Quick for the Living is a collection of poems. He has two more poetry manuscripts that are looking for publishers: My Other Mother’s Red Mercedes and Everything Exists in Its Own Imperfection. And there is the prose poem collection that’s also feeling like an orphan: Pole Dancing in the Night Club of God.

In October Clare Jones became a candidate for an MPhil in eighteenth–century and romantic studies at Cambridge University. She is working on a dissertation on the poet John Clare.

Maryfrances Wagner’s book The Silence of Red Glass is coming out in December 2017.

After Andra Emilia Fenton’s work was featured in Chariton Review, she published one short story in December Magazine: https://decembermag.org/current–issue28–-2/. She also moved to Mexico City!

Mark Parsons was recently kicked out of an “open mic,” poetry reading at Bar Gari Gari in Tokyo, which had been organized by “Birmingham” Samm Bennett & Fat Sorcha, where the aforementioned organizers had rented the performance space & then charged speakers $5 for 10 minutes at the mic. Mark Parsons had previously recited his poems there on Friday, October 27th. On Friday, November 24th, after paying his $5 and signing up for a slot, Mark was told he wouldn’t be allowed to read. Very little in the way of a reason was given for this decision, but Fat Sorcha said that at his previous (& only) reading some people had felt “uncomfortable.” Mark Parsons left the venue without incident. They still owe him the $5.

Randall Freisinger has had six poems appear recently: five in Bridge Eight and one in Relief: A Journal of Art and Faith. A new book is looking for a home. No luck yet.

Joshua Bernstein’s novel manuscript, “Rachel’s Tomb,” won the 2017 AWP Award Series Prize, fortunately enough, and is forthcoming from New Issues (Jan. 2019). The announcement is online at https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/awp_award_series_previous_winners/2017.

Brook J. Sadler has had new poems published in Calamaro Magazine, The McNeese Review, Tampa Review, ROAR: Literature and Revolution for Feminist People, and SWWIM.  In September 2017, she was a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Since appearing in Chariton Review, George Perreault has had poetry appear in or accepted for Timberline Review, Into the Void, South 85 Review, Burningword, Poetry Circle, The Meadow, Weber—-The Contemporary West, and The West Texas Literary Review.  His poetry has also been accepted for two anthologies and, in addition, an essay on craft is available at http://timberlinereview.com/writing–in–voice/.

Alexandria Peary’s Prolific Moment: Theory and Practice of Mindfulness for Writing will be published by Routledge in September 2018.

Al Maginnes’s seventh full–length collection, The Next Place, was published in May 2017 by Iris Press. In July, Liberty Circus, a poetry and music collective that he’s a member of, released its first CD and played a series of shows raising money for ACLU and various organizations that work with immigrants and refugees. Copes of the CD can be purchased at libertycircus.com.

W. Royce Adams is happy to say he’s had two other pieces accepted since Chariton’s acquisition of his piece, and one of his essays published in Catamarran received honorary mention as a notable essay of 2016 by Best American Essays, 2017. Small stuff, but enough to keep a writer writing.

David Tucker has a poem called “Rain Dogs” coming out soon in Dogwood Poetry Journal. A poem entitled “Somebody Wake the Verb” should be out this month from The New Guard Literary Review. He was a finalist a few months back for the Frost Place fellowship and the Stevens Manuscript competition.

Since being published in Chariton Review, Tom Hansen has had work accepted by Natural Bridge and by the World Enough Writers group, who are accepting work for an anthology of poems about coffee.

Jonathan Greenhause’s second chapbook, “Secret Traits of Everyday Things,” was published by Encircle Publications in September. He recently won the 2017 Ledbury Poetry Competition.

Tony Whedon’s essay collection Drunk in the Woods will be published next fall by Green Writers Press.

Diane Furtney has two poetry collections out in 2017:  The Blue Man: Poems of the Ordinary (FutureCycle Press © 2017), which was awarded the FutureCycle Press 2017 Book Prize, and Riddle (Headmistress Press © 2017, chapbook series). Two of Riddle’s lyrics, “Sailing to Mytilene” and “Sometimes in One’s Twenties,” have been separately nominated for the Pushcart Prize.