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Welcome to the latest issue of Spreading the Love, a weekly newsletter dedicated to improving your writing life, celebrating your publishing successes, and filling your social calendar with literary goodness. As always, if you are receiving this email in horror, please advance to the bottom of the page to unsubscribe yourself. 

Readings For Writers: Pick of the Week  

Every week, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, Grub manuscript consultant Cara Benson recommends a favorite book. 

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
 
Lydia Davis is a singular writer. I go to her work when I need a jolt out of quotidian perception. She is a master of intent attention to a moment and its layered ramifications of meaning. She is not an overexplainer - unless she is intentionally illuminating the act of overexplaining as a human condition. Davis retracts and expands the periscope of contemplation with the slightest of adjustments. If I am bogged down in a writing project, thinking I need the reader to know everything and it is my job to dutifully (tediously) lay it all out, Davis is a perfect cure. She allows her sentences and observations to play on the reader like a recurring echo of comprehension. The proverbial pebble in the mind pond. Her next sentence is three ripples out, so the writing moves forward even as it returns to itself. Davis’ work reminds me not to take the reader’s intelligence for granted.
 
Cara has been published in 
The New York TimesBoston Review, and Best American Poetry, among many others. Huffington Post says of her writing: “Benson does more with the two-word sentence than many poets do in two stanzas or even two poems, largely because it would be difficult to find even a single wasted word." She is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and is under contract with SUNY Press for non-fiction book on a class she taught for eight years in a NY State prison. Benson is a manuscript consultant for GrubStreet. 

Find out more about manuscript services and our wonderful consultants here!
 

The Muse Thanks You!


We are still buzzing with the great energy from the 700+ attendees, authors, editors, agents, sponsors and volunteers who attended The Muse and the Marketplace this past weekend, May 1-3 at the Park Plaza. All of us at GrubStreet are so thankful to you for making it a success. We are especially grateful to our special guests Aminatta Forna, Regina Brooks, Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, Marva Allen, Tracy Sherrod, Josh Weil, and Deborah Plummer Bussey for leading the all-conference events. We will post videos of some of these events as soon as they're ready, but in the meantime, our friends at LitHub have posted the text version of Aminatta Forna's provocative and inspiring talk for all to read. 

For a snapshot of what attendees and presenters had to say on Twitter throughout the weekend and beyond -- and to continue to connect with the friends you made -- check out our #Muse15 Epilogger page or visit our Facebook page.  

And last, but certainly not least, we want thank all of our pre-Muse and conference volunteers. Without the help of our dedicated volunteers, the Muse would not be possible. Thank you to all who helped! 

Onward to next year: The Muse returns April 29-May 1st, 2016 so mark your calendars now. We are always revising, and we promise that next year's conference will be better than ever, with a few surprises...

Department of Congratulations 


The Most Luxurious Mane Edition


We've got a lot of good news to report! April might be the cruelest month, but, as it turns out, it's also the season of writing successes. First off, news from our instructors and staff: Kim Adrian sold a book to Bloomsbury on "the secret life of socks," to be published as part of their Object Lesson Series. Stacey Barney at Putnam has bought Grub Street instructor Katie Bayerl's YA debut A Psalm for Lost Girls, which centers on an abduction that forever alters the fates of three girls. Kate Flora’s true crime book, Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice, has been nominated for an Anthony Award. She worked on the book for five years, and the nomination is a  huge compliment to the people who worked so hard to get justice for murder victim Maria Tanasichuk. Adam Stumacher had a story, "Subject, Verb, Object," accepted by Narrative Magazine, where it was a finalist for the Winter 2015 Short Story Contest. He also had an essay, "American Witness," selected for the forthcoming anthology Extraordinary Rendition, edited by Ru Freeman. Instructor and board member Ethan Gilsdorf's long feature essay, "The Day My Mother Became a Stranger," an investigation into his mother's brain aneurysm of 37 years ago, is featured in the May issue of Boston Magazine. He says the students in his own class, "Writing the Risky Personal Essay," helped give him the courage to write it. Sari Boren's essay "In a Corner of the Hebrew School Classroom" is in the Spring issue of Lilith MagazineSteven Brykman’s fictiony-semi-non-fiction story, "Coming Into Money" was published in the debut issue of Abalone Ink. The Boston Chapter of the Women's National Book Association (WNBA) just informed Alysia Abbott that she won the Dorothy O'Connor Award for her article "Jenny McCarthy Is a Scourge of the Autism Community, not a Crusader," published in Dame Magazine on January 8, 2014. Three of Ron MacLean’s stories were published in April. “Night Bus” is just out in the new issue of Night Train; “Limb” debuts on Cheap Pop on April 21; and “How to Club a Fish” featured in The Drum. Former Grub intern Noam Waksman won the Abrahms Prize for Non Fiction, the highest honor for non fiction writing awarded by Connecticut College. One of the pieces he submitted for adjudication would not have been possible without the incredible help and support of Grub staff and teachers. Specifically, he would like to thank Ethan Gilsdorf and Alison Murphy.

Next up, news from our workshops: Sarah Ignatius' young adult novel, The Devil's Kaleidoscope, won the Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship from the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She thanks Grub instructor Ben Winters for his YA/MG class where it all began, and the inspiring critique group that formed out of his class and still meets at Grub. Andrea Caswell's short nonfiction essay entitled "Do You Have Any Fire?" was recently published by The Normal School Online. She'd like to thank Ethan Gilsdorf for his essay-writing class. You can read the essay here. Laurie A. Jacobs is delighted to say that another piece that she wrote in KL Periera’s Six Week Six Stories class, “This Means War: The Art of Gardening” (flash creative non-fiction) has been accepted by Foliate Oak literary magazine. Tracy Slater's book, The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self, and Home on the Far Side of the World, forthcoming in June from Putnam, has just been named a Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Selection for Summer 2015. Tracy Slater is deeply grateful to Grub-tastic instructor Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich and her class on memoir and narration.                   

Last but never least, news from our members: Len Abram's Debris, A Novel of Love, War and the Lusitania, is now available on Amazon and soon on Barnes & Noble, in print or as an eBook. This is Len's second novel since joining GrubStreet. After a long hiatus, Amy Rodriguez is happy to be writing again. The Mid just published two of her pieces on getting older: "The Care and Maintenance of a Forty-Year-Old Woman" and "Black Market Botox. After taking a memoir writing course at GrubStreet a few years ago, Tom Bowen was inspired to write his own memoir. His book, Pouring and Drinking: My Life on Both Sides of the Bar has just been published. It is available at BookLocker.com, Amazon.com, and Barnes&Noble.com. Tracy Hahn-Burkett's short story, "Cover Story," appeared in the April issue of The Drum. She credits Henriette Lazaridis's incisive editing skills for simultaneously improving the story and educating the writer. Nancy Antonietti's essay "Nightshade Love" has been published in Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience, which is now available on Amazon.com in paperback. The anthology has been well-reviewed, including special mention of Nancy's essay by the editor of Understory magazine. Rob McKean's story, "That's All That Matters," was published by the Brooklyn-based journal, Armchair/Shotgun (Issue No. 5). An online interview with Rob is available on the journal's websiteMichelle Mullet will have her first haiku published in the next issue of Haiku Journal. She also has a Dadaist collage being published in the first full color issue of Maintenant 9: A Journal of Contemporary Dada & Art, published by Three Rooms Press. Michael Fredrick Geisser, a frequent attendee of GrubStreet workshops, has a short fiction piece,"A Capella Suits You," published in Issue 10 of Sliver of StonePeggy Shinner's book, You Feel So Mortal/Essays on the Body (University of Chicago Press/2014) was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Connie Mayo's book is being published October 13 of this year by She Writes Press. Tilia Klebenov Jacobs' new novel is out:  Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café. Tilia is the author of Wrong Place, Wrong Time. KL Pereira's student Lisa Pais published a short story in Nebula Rift online magazine. Sarah Tomlinson's debut memoir, Good Girl, will be published by Gallery Books (S&S) on April 21, 2015. She thanks the entire GrubStreet community, and especially instructors Jenna Blum and Bruce Machart, for help along the way!  

A huge round of applause for all! 


Do you have writing news and want to be featured in the DoC? The first Thursday (or so) of every month, we feature GrubStreet members who have sent their good news to us. To be included, please fill out our Congratulations Form with information about your publication, award, or fellowship. Please limit your announcement to 60 words or less. Extra credit if the announcement is written in the third person.

Spreading the Love


GrubStreet wants to promote YOU! Please submit events for consideration using this online form. Our apologies in advance if we cannot fit you in. Please note that we do the best we can to evaluate requests, and do privilege requests from members, but cannot be held responsible for the quality of these events and programs or the legitimacy of contests. We expect that readers will do their own due diligence before sending their work or their money to any individual or organization.  

--EVENT: Saturday, May 9th, 11am-1pm, Fairmount Innovation Lab Opening Celebration
The Fairmount Innovation Lab is an incubator and workspace for entrepreneurs who are launching and growing creative economy enterprises in publishing, visual arts, design, film, music, and other fields. See work by local artists, meet city and state officials, and learn how you can play a role in Boston’s new cultural plan. This event takes place at 584 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02125. Click here for more info. 

--CONTEST: Monday, May 11th - Friday, May 15th, Twitter Fiction Festival 2015
Longtime Grubbie, Visi Tilak is one of the winners of the twitter fiction festival 2015. Visi will be kicking off the final day of the festival at her handle @visitilak 23 contest winners will be tweeting along with other popular featured authors including, Margaret Atwood, Chuck Wendig, Jackie Collins and many others. Rockstar grubbie Celeste Ng will be kicking off the festival. Check out the schedule or click here for more info.        

--READING: Saturday, May 16th, 7pm-8:00pm, Jim Shepard and Amy Hempel
Jim Shepard, author of The Book of Aron, in conversation with Amy Hempel, author of The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel. This event takes place at Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Centre. Take the Green Line (D) to Newton Centre. Click here for more info.

--EVENT: Thursday, May 21st, 7pm, Authors' Night at the Street
  Enjoy a cocktail hour, discussion & book signings. Behind the Scenes with Notable Newton Writers Anita Diamant,The Boston Girl, William Landay, Defending Jacob, and Neil Swidey,Trapped Under the Sea. Moderated by William Novak, author of memoirs of Nancy Reagan, Magic Johnson and Tim Russert. Proceeds benefit Newton arts groups & 4 Newton food pantries.This event takes place at the Showcase SuperLux at The Street, Chestnut Hill.Click here for more info.

--EVENT: Thursday, May 28th, 7pm-9pm, Remembering 1915: The 100-Year Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
Join Somerville Arts Council 2015 Literature Artist Fellow Sarah Ignatius for a slide presentation bringing alive the richness and beauty of historic Armenia while conveying the immense tragedy of 1915. She will then read from her young adult novel, The Devil's Kaleidoscope, about a 14-year-old Armenian boy caught up in the
genocide. This event takes place at the Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143. Click here for more info.

--BOOK LAUNCH: Tuesday, June 2nd, 7:30pm-9pm, Remembering 1915: The 100-Year Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
Join local author Tilia Klebenov Jacobs as a cast of talented actors performs a staged reading of part of her new novel, Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café. The performance will be followed by light refreshments and discussion with the author and actors, as well as a book sale. A portion of each book sold that night will benefit Jeff's Place, the children's bereavement center.  Tilia Klebenov Jacobs won numerous awards for her previous book, Wrong Place, Wrong Time. This event takes place at the Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Road, Wayland, MA  01778. Click here for more info.

--READING: Wednesday, June 3rd, 7:00pm-8:15pm, Rebecca Dinerstein and Leslie Parry
Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome poet Rebecca Dinerstein and short story author Leslie Parry for a discussion of their debut novels, The Sunlit Night and Church of Marvels. The reading is is free and open to the public, and both books will be 20% off the day of the event. This event takes place at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. Click here for more info.

Dept. of Unpublished Sentences

 
 
"Our time was seldom snatched and always brief, caught between my studies and his months of darting through the woods, dodging wax bullets, playing dead."
 
--  Stephen Alderman

 
We all have pieces that may never make it past the slush pile, but that still contain sentences that shine. In the spirit of giving those words an audience, we've created the Dept. of Unpublished Sentences. Send your favorite from your own work to sarah@grubstreet.org for a chance to have it featured here.
Sincerely,
The GrubStreet Staff
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