The Latest News from PWP

August 29, 2014

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Ann Bracken’s memoir in verse The Altar of Innocence will be published by New Academia Press of Washington, D. C. in early 2015. In June, Ann presented a workshop titled “Daring College Teaching in the 21st Century: Hands-on Approaches to Working With Millenials” at the 60th Annual Creative Problem Solving Institute at the University of Buffalo. Ann was also Grace Cavalieri's featured poet for August at

Jacob Eckstein received an honorable mention for the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Fiction prize.

Elizabeth Fixsen received her TESOL certificate from UMBC , having completed the coursework last spring.

Stewart Foehl’s young adult novel The Secret Ingredient (Random House) was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award.

Pamela Gerhardt’s essay “Why You Talk White?” appeared on the website Cowbird.

Zahara Heckscher is sponsoring a Cancer Thriver Flotilla on the Potomac River to “help cancer survivors become cancer thrivers.” See for more information and to contribute.

Rebecca Holden’s co-edited book Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler, was named a finalist for the 2014 Locus Award. The Locus Awards are presented by the Locus Science Fiction Foundation and honor the year’s best writing about science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Richard Reynnells’ editorial about remembering service people killed in action appeared in Paw Paw, Michigan’s Courier Leader. Richard also wrote an article about the acceptance of FFA jackets for an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, which appeared in Feedstuffs, an agricultural trade publication.

Jonathan Rick had articles published in Fast Company, PR Week, GovernmentCIO Magazine, and

Marybeth Shea’s co-authored article "Communicating Complexity in Transdisciplinary Science Teams for Policy: Applied Stasis Theory for Organizing and Assembling Collaboration" appeared in the May issue of Communication Design Quarterly.

Mary Sirianni completed her master's degree in English at UMD in May 2014. Mary also began a new job teaching English and social studies in the high school at St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth, and Families in Hyattsville.