Membership News, Announcements and Successes!

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To add your announcements and successes to this page contact Rose at swwsage@swcp.com


A2G book cover v7Rose Marie Kern’s book, Air to Ground, about the world of Air Traffic Control and aviation weather is now published and available on Amazon.  It has been endorsed by Fly Low Magazine and Plane and Pilot News.  Rose is setting up speaking engagements throughout the country to various aviation groups. www.rosemariekern.com

 

IreneBlea250Irene Blea has published the third novel in her Suzanna trilogy, Beneath the Super Moon (ABQ Press) Suzanna is older and by the mid 1960’s, at the thrust of the Chicano Movement, she had settled in the city, gained a critical consciousness, and began to address urban concerns about race, class, and gender. Like many of her nameless Southwest contemporaries, Suzanna did her part where she lived on the west side of town, part of, but disenfranchised from the mainstream while she seeks to reunite with the sons she left behind when she ran from her abusive husband.

Currents: Corrales Writing Group 2015 Anthology, has earned the Silver Medal for 2nd Place Corrales Writing Group 2015in the 2016 Military Writers Society of America awards – anthology category. An extract from the MWSA review calls Currents: “A diverse and entertaining selection of work from a talented group of authors in New Mexico.”   The members are also members of SWW.

Jim Tritten is pleased to be a participant in a project to support the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF). The museum will be hosting a series of discussions with veterans and family members based upon the readings in From the Frontlines to the Home Front [December 2016]. The objective will be to get participants to talk about their experiences in war or at home supporting the veteran who went to war. Jim’s contribution, “Two Old Soldiers” is focused on stories by his grandfather and another old soldier who both fought in World War I. 

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The Military Writers Society of America has awarded Larry Greenly a 2016 Silver Award in the Young Adult Category for his book, Eugene Bullard: World’s First Black Fighter Pilot.

my-mothersNew member Dan Wetmore has just released his first book of poetry, “My Mother’s Gentle Unbecoming: The Absentings of Alzheimer’s”  (St. Andrews University Press), available on Amazon.

Anne Brannen’s essay  “Agents of Death,” first published in Creative Nonfiction in November, 2015, has been listed as “Notable” in Best American Essays 2016.

jim-tritten-2015-anthologyJim Tritten had a short story published in December: “21st Century Illustrated Man” Caesura Journal, Issue 3 (December 2016): 35-42. Regretfully, there is no online version, Caesura Journal only appears in print. You can get a copy of this and other great stories and essays that will appear in the forthcoming Corrales Writing Group anthology in early 2017. A shorter version of this story entitled “Illustrated Man” won a 1st Place and a Gold Medal at the 2016 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in the category of Personal Experience

liz-rose-booksAll three of Elizabeth Rose’s Books, Poet Under a Soldier’s Hat, Portraits: Poems by E. P. Rose,  and her children’s book Ditty Dotty Ditties,  were finalists in the AZ/NM 2016 Book Awards this year, and her essay “Caregiver’s Lament” won New Millennium Writing’s honorable mention.   She has a new blog based on that essay is at https://medium.com/@galisteoliz

 

trujillo-dog-soldiersJason Bowles and SWW member Larry Trujillo are pleased to announce their first novel, Rise of the Dog Soldiers, which contains a narcotics and terror plot that is set in New Mexico and the southwestern United States, with a unique twist, involving the nation’s first “special forces”: the Cheyenne “Dog Soldiers.”  The “Dog Soldiers,” once thought to be eradicated, are rumored to still exist to this day.  They make a powerful and unforgettable appearance in this first novel in the series.  The kindle book is available through Amazon.

Joanne Bodin  was  the featured poet at  Sunday Chatter at Las Puertas on November 27th.  .  SheJoanneBodin was also invited to speak by the New Comer’s Club, about the legend of La Llorona and to read her poetry from the La Llorona Anthology.  Three of her poems have been accepted for publication in the spring of 2017 in an anthology published by a press under the umbrella of the Lambda Literary Review.   She was also interviewed by the new online publication Watermelon IsotopeHere is a link to her Poems.

Jim-Tritten-writerJim Tritten had three short stories published in online journals in November. They include “Taking off the uniform,” As You Were: The Military Review, November 11, 2016; “Dad I’m on an All-Plant Diet” The Basil O’ Flaherty, November 11, 2016 [a reprint of his chapter in Currents: 2015 Corrales Writing Group Anthology]; and “Saunagus,” Lost River: A Literary Magazine, Issue 1, Fall 2016, pp. 31-37 [soon to appear in Passages: Corrales Writing Group 2016 Anthology]. Jim says that anyone who can read Saunagus without laughing does not have a sense of humor.

Loretta Hall, NMPW state president, will present Getting Men to the Moon: Behind-the-Scenes Stories on Saturday November 12 at noon at Joe’s Dining on Rodeo Road.

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Jeanne Shannon has two poems in the current issue of Calamus Journal, and three poems in the Legends and Monsters chapbook published this month by Jules Nyquist’s Poetry Playhouse.  The poems in the chapbook were inspired by art viewed at a workshop at Tortuga Gallery last summer.

transientZachry  Wheeler is announcing the release of this debut novel TRANSIENT.  A web-based writer and science fiction novelist his novel is a YA Science Fiction story based in the year 2578 where immortals control the world. Brutal wars and endless genocide have reduced mankind to a handful of mountain tribes. In order to survive, humans infiltrate the eternal society as transient spies, hoping to uncover a means to regain control of the planet. 

Member Cynthia Dettman is seeking women for a Literary Fiction support/critique group (novels/short stories);  special interests in LGBT and multicultural fiction; she hopes to attract moderately experienced writers who have taken writing courses and/or worked with mentors and perhaps have published material.  Prefer North Valley location but open to other locations.Initial group will decide time and frequency of meetings. For more information contact her at cyndettman@gmail.com or 503 754 0972

yvonne-casausa-drop-of-waterSWW Author and Therapist Yvonne Williams Casaus just became a #1 Amazon Best-Selling Author! Her first published book, A Drop Of Water: A Spiritual Journey was released in September of 2016.  Please come to her Book Signing on November 13, 2016 3:00 pm at Bookworks and show your support.

SWW member Jim Tritten was awarded the Gold Medal for 1st Place for writing “The Illustrated Man” in the 2016 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. The photo shows tritten-9-14-16four other members of the Corrales Writing Group who contributed to Jim’s story and were invited to the ceremony at the New Mexico VA Hospital. Please note the tattooed arms displayed by the ladies. Why is that important? Well, you will have to read “The Illustrated Man” when it comes out in Passages: 2016 Corrales Writing Group Anthology – hopefully to be on the street in December. 

Depicted left to right: Sandi Hoover, Chris Allen, Jim Tritten, Maureen Cooke, and Pat Walkow – all members of SWW  Photo credit: Jasmine Tritten (SWW member)

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SWW member Loretta Hall at the moment she learned that she won the 2016 National Federation of Press Women’s Communicator of Achievement award. Photo by Kay Grant

 

Shirley Raye Redmond was offered a contract by Random House for her nonfiction children’s book, The Pirate and the President. It is scheduled to release in summer of 2018 and is Redmond’s 5th Random House title.

Maria Espinosa is offering a workshop for novelists in her home near Old Town. Bring your ideas or novels already begun to receive feedback, stimulation and encouragement.  6 meetings. Times TBA.  Contact Maria at 415-378-1193 or mariaespinosa999@gmail.com.

The First ever Author Festival takes place October 1st from 10am to 5pm at the Albuquerque Museum in old town.  21 New Mexico authors from a variety of genres will share their experiences and have books available.  Many of them are SWW members!  For more information go to www.albuquerquemuseum.org.

Western author Melody Groves has been invited to speak on a panel and Melody Grovesthen give a two-hour workshop for the Jim Ersfeld Writing Symposium sponsored by Western Writers of America. October 7-8 in Dodge City, Kansas.

Melody also has an article on the ghost town of Dearfield, Colorado coming out in the February 2017 issue of Wild West Magazine. Her husband lends his photographic talents to her articles – this will be their sixth ghost town article with another one on Elizabeth Town, NM slated for 2018.

Gayle-Lauradunn-10Gayle Lauradunn Author of Reaching for Air, is a finalist for  the Best First Book of Poetry award, given by the Texas Institute of Letters.   The manuscript All the Wild and Holy: A Life of Eunice Williams, 1696-1785, was also awarded Honorable Mention for the May Sarton Poetry Prize by Bauhan Publishing.  Gayle’s book, Reaching for Air was reviewed by Caroline LeBlanc who also interviewed Gayle.  http://readwritepoetry.blogspot.com/2016/06/reaching-for-air-poems-of-trauma.html

Zero Visibility Possible FRONT cover FINALHello, fellow writers, RJ Mirabal here. My publisher just released Zero Visibility Possible, Book III of my Rio Grande Parallax New Mexico fantasy trilogy. I have arranged a launch party at Page 1, September 11, 3 pm and you are all invited. The adventure intensifies in Book III at a breakneck pace to the shocking conclusion of the Parallax series. Impossible odds face two groups of comrades who have traveled far seeking answers to mysteries. Both groups face deadly enemies and startling enigmas. Please RSVP to: rjmirabal@gmail.com. See more on My Web Page. Thanks, RJ

SWW member Randall Burkhart has written an historical fiction novel about the fall of the Roman Empire.  He is interested in joining a critique group to obtain a review and is willing to review the works of others.  His preference is for other historical fiction, but I have no objections to discussing other genres.  He lives in NE Albuquerque (87109 Zip Code) and am available for meetings at any time. Contact him at  rrburk@gmail.com

The Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship Writing Contest has just been announced.  Cash prizes for flash fiction under 750 words.  Entry fee of $10.  The fees collected go to a UNM writing scholarship.  Jacob was a college student interested in writing who died in a car accident.  For more information go to: http://jacobsscholarship.weebly.com/writing-contest.html

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Patricia Walkow’s new book:  The War Within, the Story of Josef is now available on Amazon.  It is a true life biographical novel of Josef, a teenage Christian Polish slave laborer, forced to work in Nazi Germany during World War II. The setting is Nazi Germany, French Occupied Germany after the end of World War II, and New York City. The span of years for the story is 1943-1954.  This story offers a window into the ways some Germans broke the rules to help their declared enemies. It offers the reader a view into the lives of ordinary people through the last two years of the World War II, Allied occupation, near-starvation, and the agonizing decision to leave Europe and settle in a new land.

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Victor Acquista just received the finished artwork for his new book Sentient.  This science fiction novel is scheduled for release in October 2016.

Rose Marie Kern won 1st place as the editor of “The Cactus Chronicle” – the newsletter of the Arizona chapter of the Lockheed Martin Leadership Association.  This is an annual competition sponsored by the National Manager’s Association.

Corran Harrington’s short story “And Another Flew Over the Sea” was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review.

Chuck Greaves’ true-crime novel TOM & LUCKY AND GEORGE & COKEY FLO (Bloomsbury), already a WSJ “Best Books of 2015” selection and a finalist for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize, has been named a finalist for 2016 the Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery.  http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/357288/ff637508da/1451077241/73f7fe32cb

 

 

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