Jody Hobbs Hesler’s (Fiction, June 2017) short story collection What Makes You Think You’re Supposed to Feel Better is now available for pre-order from Cornerstone Press.

Michael Mercurio (Poetry, January 2017) was the lead author of a chapter “The Foundation of and Future Directions for JEDI [Justice, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion] @ University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries” in IGI Global.

Kate Fussner (WFYP, June 2021) was interviewed in The Boston Globe discussing her middle-school novel The Song of Us.

Steven Cramer’s (Poetry, MFA Faculty) new poetry collection Departures from Rilke is available for pre-order from Arrowsmith Press.

Enzo Surin Silon (Poetry, 2012) is featured in an article in The Boston Globe, “Poetry is the Ultimate Summer Beach Read” for his first poetry collection When My Body Was a Clinched Fist.

Robbie Gamble (Poetry, January 2017) has a poem “Milkweed Prayer” in the Summer 2023 issue of Halfway Down the Stairs.

Mary Ann Honaker’s (Poetry, June 2016) poem “Against Xmas” took 3rd place in the Short Poetry category of the 2023 West Virginia Writers Contest.

Michelle Soletto Lynch (Poetry, June 2014) has a poem “Retrospective” in the current issue of Kerning: A Space for Words.

Benjamin Roesch (Fiction, January 2016) has started a newsletter, The Almost Right Words.

Karin Cecile Davidson (Fiction, June 2009) has an article “First Kisses, Real and Imagined” in Women Writers, Women Books, discussing her short story collection The Geography of First Kisses.

Andrea Wang (WFYP, June 2011) has been selected as a finalist for the 2023 Ohioana Book Award in the Juvenile Literature Category for her picture book Luli and the Language of Tea.

Stephanie Willing (WFYP, June 2017) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly for her forthcoming middle-school novel West of the Sea, which is now available for preorder.


  • The Tonic will open submissions again in September and are looking for helpers for the next issue. They need people in these areas: readers, editors, social media, grants, marketing. Interested students can contact the managing editors at [email protected].
  • The University on New Orleans Press is now accepting submissions for their Publishing Lab Prize. They are looking for full length fiction manuscripts, either short story and novella collections or novels. The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. Deadline is August 31, 2023.

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 [email protected]!

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