DWW Member Updates

March 2014

Congratulations to DWW Established Writer (and Pushcart Prize Nominee) Phyllis Green, whose dark humor short tale “Chester Drawers” has been published in Goreyesque (a tribute to the art of Edward Gorey).

http://www.goreyesque.com/chester-drawers-phyllis-green

Another story by Phyllis, titled “The Park Bench,” was recently published by Synaesthesia Magazine

February 2014

Congratulations to DWW Established Writer member Pam Houghton, who’s story “Second Acts: Emerging from Job Loss After the Recession” was published in Michigan Prime Magazine’s February issue.  Link – http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f9acb7ee?page=7&nocache=1392042391488#/f9acb7ee/7

DWW Established Writer member Phyllis Green’s story, TEETH, is now online at Gravel the literary magazine at University of Arkansas- Monticello. http://www.gravelmag.com/phyllis-green.html

January 2014

Congratulations to DWW Established Writer member Robin Gaines, whose short story collection was a semi-finalist for The Iowa Short Fiction & John Simmons Short Fiction Awards for 2014 through The University of Iowa’s Program in Creative Writing. Twenty semi-finalists were chosen from a competitive pool of 300 submissions. Gaines is DWW’s liaison on the Metro Detroit Book & Author Society board.

Congratulations to Vicki Wilke, who became the first DWW Emerging Writer member to earn enough publication credits to qualify as an Established Writer member. You are an inspiration to all our Emerging Writers, Vicki!

DWW Established Writer member Phyllis Green’s story, Our Eyes Met Across a Crowded Room has been published by DARK MATTER (a literary journal on speculative writing from the University of Houston). The story is on page 72.

DWW Established Writer Member Robert Tell announces: Audible.com has enabled FREE promotional copies of my two new audiobooks: The Witch of Maple Park, A Harry Grouch Mystery; and Dementia Diary, A Caregiver’s Journal. Here’s the deal. Anyone who wants one (or both) and is willing to commit to posting a brief review on Audible.com, contact me by email and I’ll send you the checkout code. A $35 value for both.

DWW Established Writer member Martha Bennett Stiles’  children’s book Sailing to Freedom, has been released in paperback through Square Fish (an imprint of Macmillan) at a cost of $6.99. The heroes are a 12 year old schooner cook’s assistant and an 11 year old rice plantation escapee.  The hardcover version is published by Henry Holt, at a cost of $16.99. Sailing to Freedom was a 2013 Crystal Kite Award finalist, named to the 2013 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, and to the 2013 Tri-State Review Committee Books of Note.

DWW Established Writer member Phyllis Green’s story, Arrangement in Scheveningen,  has just been published in The Milo Review.  Her story, On the Street Where you Have Never Been Before, was selected for “Best of Storyacious 2013.”

DWW Established Writer member Jean Alicia Elster’s YA novel, “The Colored Car” has been named one of Michigan’s 20 Best Books of the Year 2013 by the Detroit Free Press.

DWW Established Writer member Linda Angér’s short story, “House Call,” has been published in the January 2014 issue of Still Crazy Literary Magazine.

December 2013

DWW Established Writer member Cindy La Ferle’s essay on being a working artist is featured in the January 2014 issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors, a mixed-media art magazine available on newsstands. Her “Coping with Christmas” essay is featured in the December 2013 holiday issue of Read the Spirit online: http://www.readthespirit.com/explore/dare-downsize-christmas-recovering-tenderness-hope/. Cindy’s  column in the January 2014 issue Michigan Prime highlights the pros and cons of turning 60.

DWW Established Writer Member Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli’s book “A Hard Nut to Kill,” written under the pen name Elizabeth Lee, will be published by Berkeley/Penguin Publishing in mid-February, as part of the “Soup to Nuts Murder Series.” Elizabeth has three additional titles completed for this series.

DWW Established Writer Member Julie Candler’s story, “New Cars In A New Showplace Mark 2014 Show” appears in the November/December issue of Corp! magazine. The story is a four-page preview of the annual North American International Auto Show opening to the public Jan. 18.

October / November 2013

DWW Established Writer member Phyllis Green’s story “On the Street Where you Have Never Been Before” has been published online at STORYACIOUS.

DWW Established Writer member Bruce Jenvy’s “Heroes and Haunts of the Great Lakes” book is favorably reviewed in the Fall Issue of The ENSIGN, a national magazine from members of the US Power Squadron.

DWW Established Writer member Ruth Ryan Langan’s novella, “Mirror Mirror,” featuring stories by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, and Ruth’s  “Stroke of Midnight,” written under her pseudonum R.C. Ryan, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Mass Market list, and remained at #9 for a second week.

September 2013

DWW Established Writer member Elizabeth Buzzelli has been chosen as the Writer Next Door to be featured all through the month of September both at the National Writer’s Series writer programs and on their website. Her novel THE DEAD PHILOSOPHER’S WIFE was short-listed for finalist in the William Faulkner writing contest. A photo of Elizabeth and friends at a recent book signing in Alpena, MI was featured in the September 4, 2013 online Publisher’s Weekly.

DWW Established Writer member Jean Alicia Elster will celebrate the launch of her latest book, The Colored Car (Wayne State University Press), with a reading and signing on Sun., Sep. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit (behind the Detroit Institute of Arts). World-renowned bassist Marion Hayden will accompany the reading with special music and light refreshments will be served.

August 2013

Robin Gaine’s personal essay, “Dreams for Two,” appears in the online August issue of Crack the Spine.

Phyllis Green’s latest publications include the story “Decent People,” available online at Poydras Review, and “Moonlight on the Lake,” which appears in the Belle Reve Literary Journal.

Christian Belz is thrilled to announce that his murder mystery, The Accused Architect, published by Cozy Cat Press, is available in print and Kindle versions on Amazon.com. “The Accused Architect” is the first in a series of Ken Knoll Architectural Mysteries.

Earlier in 2013

Pam Houghton had a feature story in the June 2013 issue of Metro Parent“How to Connect and Understand Your Kid Who’s Different From You”. She also had a feature story in the February 2013 issue – “Why Good Parents Let Their Kids Fail”.

Edith Andersen‘s new fairy tale for children, The Princess Wants More, was recently published and is now available at Amazon.com.

Vicki Wilke is pleased and honored to be a part of a new publication.  Her poem “Lean” was selected for the cancer poetry project 2, a collection of poetry by cancer patients, family, friends and caregivers, edited by Karin B. Miller and published in April 2013. More information is available at cancerpoetryproject.com.


Martha Bennett Stiles
Underground Railroad novel Sailing to Freedom was on the short list for the Crystal Kite Award given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The annual award recognizes great books from the 70 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators regions around the world. Sailing to Freedom will be available as a paperback next year.

Dead Little Dolly, the fifth book in the Emily Kincaid series by Elizabeth Buzzelli, is available now at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Smashwords and other bookstores. The novel is authored by an ‘emerging writer to watch’ by Barnes and Noble and the Nook Website.

Bruce Jenvey has released The Complete Stupid Boat Tricks, a collection of humor articles he wrote for Great Lakes Cruiser magazine. It’s available in both e-book and paperback at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Bob Tell has consolidated his medical and hospital fiction into a single volume and republished it as an e-book titled The Medical Director’s Divorce and Other Stories. The book is half short stories and half narrative poetry.  The first complete draft of his new Harry Grouch murder mystery, The Witch of Maple Park, is nearing completion and should be ready for release by the late summer.

Linda Nemec Foster was part of a poetry/music performance with musician Laszlo Slomovits. NPR-affiliate station Michigan Public Radio subsequently invited Linda and Laszlo into the studio for a radio interview, reading and performance for Cynthia Canty’s Stateside program. That program is available for listening at michiganradio.org. Please note that their segment is one of several featured in the hour-long program.

Vernie Dale is pleased to announce that “Dried Beans,” the story that won first place in DWW’s Julia Grice Fiction contest, has just come out in the May issue of the St. Anthony Messenger. This magazine has been in continuous publication since 1893 and has a national circulation of 170,000. Two other stories by Vernie won second place in the Rochester Writers Contest: “Time Candle” for the First Page Award, and “Night Cruiser” for the Micro Fiction Award. Vernie says, “My DWW critique group was a real help for “Night Cruiser” and Christian Belz suggested the title.”

The Paris Notebook, a novel by DWW member Cynthia Harrison, is now available in paperback through the publisher, Wild Rose Press. The Paris Notebook is about a college teacher with a wild past as a rock star’s muse. When she discovers he has stolen a book of her poetry and used it as song lyrics under his own name, she hatches a plan to get the notebook back. Watch for the e-book version coming soon.

Judith Goren, PhD, a DWW member since 1970, passed away on Apr. 13, 2012 at the age of 79. A practicing psychologist, Judith was an accomplished poet who authored five books: three books of poetry, a book on psychology and most recently, a memoir of growing up in the city of Detroit. She was also the first place winner in DWW’s 2010 Spring Readings for creative non-fiction.

DWW member Aline Soules is pleased to announce the publication of her latest book, a collection of poetry and flash fiction: Meditation on Woman. (Anaphora Literary Press)

DWW member Elaine Watson’s memoir, Circa 1925, is now available on Kindle.

DWW member and author Cynthia Harrison is pleased to announce the publication of her novel, Sister Issues, contemporary women’s fiction with a dash of humor.

Ruth Cain, “mother of all communicators,” leaves lasting legacy
DWW joins the writing community in mourning the loss of Ruth Cain. In addition to her significant contributions to the fields of communications and journalism both professionally and personally, Cain, a DWW member since 1994, served many years as the group’s liaison with the Metro Detroit Book & Author Society.

DWW Established Writer member Phyllis Green’s story “On the Street Where you Have Never Been Before” has been published online at STORYACIOUS.

DWW Established Writer member Bruce Jenvy’s “Heroes and Haunts of the Great Lakes” book is favorably reviewed in the Fall Issue of The ENSIGN, a national magazine from members of the US Power Squadron.

 

DWW Established Writer member Ruth Ryan Langan’s novella, “Mirror Mirror,” featuring stories by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, and Ruth’s  “Stroke of Midnight,” written under her pseudonum R.C. Ryan, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Mass Market list, and remained at #9 for a second week.

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