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Travis MacDonald '02 (class president, 1998) announced that he was one of three poets granted a 2014 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. MacDonald says, "My current artistic concerns surround the creation and application of poetic procedures onto, into, and around language". In addition to his writing, Macdonald is the co-founder and co-editor of Fact-Simile Editions, a Philadelphia micro-press dedicated to publishing works of contemporary poetry that use mostly reclaimed or recycled materials.


September 23, 2014

Stephen Fife '77 announced the publication of his memoir, The 13th Boy: A Memoir of Education and Abuse. It is available on Amazon. "The 13th Boy is a harrowing glimpse into the psychological process of grooming a teenager for sexual abuse." Fife also has two plays being published by Cune Press ("Dreaming in the Maze of Love-Grief-Madness" and "U & Me & The City"), two anthologies he edited for Applause Books coming out ("Best Monologues/Best Scenes.for Mature Actors"). Additionally, Paradigm is packaging one of his screenplays, BLUE KISS, and raising financing to produce it.

The 13th Boy Book Cover


September 23, 2014

Kay Chernush '66 announced the results of her ArtWorks for Freedom's partnership with Groundswell Community Mural Project. This collaboration resulted in an amazing-panel mural series. Check it out on Youtube.


September 23, 2014

Listen to Estha Weiner on A Woman's Perspective for the Ear and for the Eye on Progressive Radio Network (PRM.FM)


September 23, 2014

Liza Ketchum '68 announced the publication of OUT OF LEFT FIELD. The summer of 2004 is full of promise for Brandon McGinnis. He has a job, a spot on the varsity swim team, loving parents, and loyal friends. Brandon and his dad, ardent Red Sox fans, wonder: could this be the year the Sox end their eighty-six year drought? Then Brandon’s father dies suddenly. A new will, signed just before his death, reveals a secret kept for thirty years. As shadows of the Vietnam War bleed into the escalating War in Iraq, Brandon sets out to solve the mystery his father left behind. His journey takes him to Canada’s Cape Breton Island, where he uncovers bittersweet truths about the past, and a family facing its own hidden demons. Brandon’s courageous search throws him into life’s game with its devastating losses, unexpected curve balls, and thrills as wondrous as a home run on an autumn night. The book is available on Amazon.


September 23, 2014

Jenna Esposito is thrilled to be returning to the legendary Birdland for a special Columbus Day salute to some of the most celebrated Italian-American singers in the history of American popular song! In this exciting, fun-packed show, Jenna sings the songs of Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Connie Francis, and (of course!) the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, among others. The show is Monday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Birdland in NYC. Tickets are $30 with a $10 food/drink minimum and are available on ticketfly.


September 23, 2014

Elizabeth Schwartz '81 announced that she has written the book to a new dance-musical, "Chagall" that will premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in December of 2015. See more information on Elizabeth on her web site.


September 23, 2014

Charlie Fink '81 announced that he is getting the Rule Breaker award from Washington's No Rules Theater Company for his creative work developing new musicals over the past ten years. To celebrate, No Rules is putting together a great evening of original songs and fully choreographed musical numbers from Charlie's shows. The Rule Breaker show is on Monday, October 27th, at 8pm at Woolly Mammoth Theater in downtown DC. This is a one time chance to see parts of all Charlie's shows together -- and it includes a reception afterwards. See more information on No Rules Theatre and reserve tickets here.


September 12, 2014

Linsey Abrams '73 announced the upcoming production of Rappaccini's Daughter, a musical tale for which she did the libretto. Rappaccini's Daughter, from the short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a gripping gothic tale set in medieval Italy. The production will take place at Theatre for the New City (155 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets), from September 12 -28 at Theatre, Thursday - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased on smarttix.com. For more information on Rappaccini's Daughter, see
http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/love.htm


August 27, 2014

Congratulations to Julianna Margulies ’89 who won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in “The Good Wife” and to Noah Hawley ’89 who is series creator of “Fargo” which won the Emmy award for Outstanding Miniseries. Breaking Bad won 5 Emmy awards last night including its second consecutive prize for outstanding drama series! Congratulations to the following SLCers for their wonderful work on the show: writer/editor Peter Gould ’82 and series composer Dave Porter ’94.


August 26, 2014

Johnny Dwyer '98 announced that he has a book, "American Warlord", coming out in April. "American Warlord" (Alfred A. Knopf, April 2015) is an investigation into the crimes of Chucky Taylor, the American son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, and the first person to be convicted by a U.S. court under the Convention Against Torture. For more information, see the Random House web site.


August 19, 2014

Alexandra Vicich '98 annunced that after completing her MA in Drama Therapy at NYU last year, she is opening her new private practice. She is accepting clients on Mondays starting in September. Full details are available on my website:
www.alexandradevin.com


August 19, 2014

Joann Smith MFA 1996 has published a novel of historical fiction entitled When I Was Boudicca. It is now available on Amazon.


August 19, 2014

Jessamyn Hope MFA 2003 has a memoir essay titled "The Reverse" in the current issue of PRISM International.


August 19, 2014

Jason Irwin MFA 2004 announced the publication of his new chapbook "Where You Are", through Night Ballet Press this past June. For more information and his poetry, see:
www.jasonirwin.blogspot.com


August 19, 2014

This year the High Line in New York City celebrates three important milestones: the 15th anniversary of the founding of Friends of the High Line, the fifth anniversary of the opening of the first section of the park, and the opening of the third and northernmost section of the historic railway. The High Line's transformation from a derelict structure to one of New York City's beloved public spaces is due to the tireless and dedicated work of thousands of supporters, donors, volunteers, staff members, and elected officials. Friends of the High Line began nearly 15 years ago. Joshua David MFA 1992 is one of the founders of the High Line and is currently President of Friends of the High Line.


August 5, 2014

Nan Becker '74 recently published the chapbook, After Rain. Author Suzanne Cleary said of the collection, "In After Rain, Nan Becker proves that the nature poem--an endangered species--is alive and well... Becker proves an able guide to the natural world and to the human heart."



July 15, 2014

Alexis Coe '09 announced that her first book will be published in October. The book follows a case she discovered while a student at SLC. In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn't her crime that shocked the nation—it was her motivation. Nineteen- year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but when their love letters were discovered, they were forbidden from ever speaking again. Alice + Freda Forever recounts this tragic, real-life love story with over 100 illustrated love letters, maps, artifacts, historical documents, newspaper articles, courtroom proceedings, and intimate, domestic scenes—painting a vivid picture of a sadly familiar world. Learn more about the book on Amazon.

July 15, 2014

Robin Reinach '78 just published her first novella, "Broken Open" (Central Park Publishers, April 2014). Through emails and letters, her book offers multiple perspectives on the sexual liaisons of her characters, along with plenty of vicarious thrills for her readers. Learn more at:
www.robinreinach.com

July 11, 2014

Claire Frost '06 announced that she is training to be certified as a Martha Beck coach. Claire is a Decluttering Coach and is getting certified as a Martha Beck Life Coach. She is building her practice and is here to support innovative leaders who are overwhelmed with clutter.

July 11, 2014

On May 21st, 2014, Sophie Amoss '07 received her MFA in Acting from Columbia University School of the Arts.

July 11, 2014

Jenna Esposito announced that she will be returning to her hometown of Middletown, NY, as part of their Festival Square concert series this summer, on Friday July 18th. To learn more about Jenna and her performances as part of the upcoming "Italian Season", see
http://jennaesposito.com

July 11, 2014

Cynthia Bardes '63 announced the second book in the Pansy Mystery Series, "Pansy in Paris". The third in the series, "Pansy in Venice" comes out in the Fall of 2015. For more information on Cynthia, see her web site at:
www.cynthiabardes.com

June 16, 2014

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