Katherine Karch’s (WFYP, June 2018) story “A Wielder Does Not Know Regret” is included in The Best of 2023 Anthology from Metaphorosis: a Magazine of Speculative Fiction.

Eileen Cleary (Poetry, June 2016) has a new poetry collection Wild Pack of the Living, now available from Nixes Mate Books.

Leah Glennon (Fiction, June 2019) has her first published piece, a flash creative nonfiction “Daniel” in the January-February 2024 issue of Hippocampus Magazine.

Pamela Petro (Nonfiction, MFA faculty) is featured in the Spotify podcast Let’s Talk Memoir titled “The Stories Landscapes Hold and the Presence of Absence,” discussing her book The Long Field.

Shari Caplan’s (Poetry, June, 2014) first full-length collection of poetry, Exhibitionist, which was the the winner of the 2023 Paul Nemser Prize from Lily Poetry Books, is now available for preorder.

Dan Carey (Poetry, June 2021) has a review of Steven Cramer’s Departures from Rilke in Highland Park Poetry.

Rosalind Kaplan (Nonfiction, June 2020) has an essay “Like Really Crazy Hair” in The Galway Review.

Robbie Gamble (Poetry, January 2017) has a poem “On Pilgrimage” in the current issue of Feral: a Journal of Poetry and Art. He also has a review of Valerie Duff’s new poetry collection Aquamarine in the Winter 2023 issue of Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices.

Jasmine Warga (WFYP, June 2013) will be the 2024 Finnegan Lecturer at Lesley University, discussing the power of stories, particularly the power of narrative and stories for young people in her talk “Connecting Through Story.” Registration for this virtual lecture can be accessed here.

Michelle Knudsen (WFYP, MFA faculty) is featured in an article in SI Live, “Best-selling author from Staten Island writes new children’s book,” where she discussed her forthcoming picture book Luigi, the Spider Who Wanted to Be a Kitten.

D. Dina Friedman (Fiction, January 2016) has a new poetry collection Here in Sanctuary– Whirling from Querencia Press. Also, her recent novel Immigrants is featured in an article in The Daily Hampshire Gazette, “Crossing borders: Hadley author’s short story collection explores the human stories behind immigration.”

Rebecca Rolland (Fiction, June 2017) has a new novella Velocity, published by Gemma.

Candice Iloh’s (WFYP, June 2017) YA novel Salt the Water was named a 2024 Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association.

Sara Levine (Nonfiction/WFYP, January 2006) has a new picture book A Terrible Place for a Nest, published by Macmillan.

Celia Jeffries’ (Fiction/Nonfiction, 2008) novel Blue Desert is now available as an audiobook from Libro.fm.

Celeste Mohammed (Fiction, June 2016) is featured in an article in the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, discussing her recent nonfiction debut book A Different Energy: Women in Caribbean Oil and Gas.

Hayley Krischer (Fiction, June 2009) has a forthcoming novel, Where Are You, Echo Blue?, from Penguin Random House, now available for preorder.

Andrea Ballou (Poetry, June 2015) has received the 2024 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry for her collection Family Business, which will be published by Persea Books.

Jami Brandli (WSS, MFA faculty) is interviewed in Broadway World about the world premiere of her new show O: A Rhapsody in Divorce.

Michael Mercurio (Poetry, January 2017) has initiated a substack A Slight Case of Overthinking, which will cover “thoughts, ideas & opinions on poetry. Close readings of other people’s poems. Some light cultural criticism. Occasional reflections on Gen X existence.”

Cindy House (Fiction, June 2017) has launched a substack Writing Congregation.

Jørn Otte (WFYP, June 2018) has a new podcast Scooping Sanity, which can be found here.

David Farrow (Fiction, June 2022) has created an interactive website with for his alternative reality game Where Are the Weird Brothers?

Do you have any recent writing successes or news you’d like to share with the Cambridge Common Writers community? Let us know  by reaching out to us at lesleycambridgecommon@gmail.com!

Lesley Alums and Mentors at AWP:

Janet Pocorobba & Steven Cramer will be staffing the Lesley MFA booth

Robbie Gamble will be at the table for Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices

Eileen Cleary will be at the table for Lily Poetry Review

AWP Events: Thursday, February 8th

Michael Mercurio & Enzo Silon Surin will be participating in a panel: In Praise of Legacy: Writers of Color and the Challenge of the Canon.

Robbie Gamble will be part of a panel: Lit Mags Explore Challenges & Methods of Expanding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Leland Cheuk will be on two panels: Beyond the Debut: Publisher One-Night Stands vs. Long Term Relationships, and What I Wish I Would Have Known: Considerations for First Books and Far Beyond

Kevin Prufer will be hosting The Unsung Masters Reading

Jody Hobbs Hesler will be presenting How True Must Fiction Be?—The Role of Research in Fiction Writing

Lee Desrosiers will be hosting the Naugatuck River Review and Wordpeace Reading!

Rachel Kadish will be on a panel Crafting the Complexity of Jewish Women’s Lives

Events: Friday February 9th

Eileen Cleary will be hosting an off-site poetry reading, Lily Writers Read

Kevin Prufer will present Draft, Draft, Goose: The Thinking Behind Revising

Erin Belieu will be hosting a reading Personal Best: A New Kind of Canon, Sponsored by Copper Canyon Press

Events: Saturday February 10th:

Enzo Silon Surin will be part of the event Gathering the Loose Petals: A Celebration of the Work of Afaa Michael Weaver

Jody Hobbs Hesler will be part of a panel Going Small—Writers (and a Publisher) Dish on the Small Press Experience

For more specific details about event times and locations, consult the AWP schedule at https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/schedule_overview

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