Kate Fussner’s (WFYP, June 2021) middle-grade novel-in-verse The Song of Us is listed in Lambda Literary as one of May’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Books. The Song of Us is also listed in Rainbow Reads New Release Round-Up: Children’s Books with LGBTQIA+ Representation Publishing in May. Kate also has an author interview on Nonbinary Knight Reads and Reviews.

Rex Arrasmith (Poetry, June 2020) has a poem “Twelve” in the 2022 New Note Poetry Anthology.

Jennifer Leblanc (Poetry, June 2012) has a poem “Isolde” in the Spring 2023 issue of Panoply.

Jody Hobbs Hesler (Fiction June 2017) has a new story collection What Makes You Think You’re Supposed to Feel Better, now available for preorder from Cornerstone Press.

Jason Reynolds (WFYP, MFA faculty) was interviewed on NPR about book bans, racism, and his new Spiderman sequel Miles Morales Suspended. He also did an AMA video for the School Library Journal.

Candace Iloh’s (WFYP, June 2017) new YA novel Salt the Water, is featured in the Publishers Weekly feature U.S. Book Show 2023: Upcoming Big Books. Salt the Water is available for preorder from Penguin Random House. Candace also has a poem “everyone knows what happened” in Split This Rock.

Gene Luetkenmeyer’s (Fiction, May 2015) novel My Year at the Good Bean Cafe is reviewed in Kirkus.

KB Ballentine (Poetry, June 2007) has a new poetry collection Spirit of Wild reviewed in The Pulse.

Karin Cecile Davidson (Fiction, June 2009) has a review of her story collection The Geography of First Kisses in Elspells.

Tracey Baptiste (WFYP, MFA faculty) has an article “10 Mythical Mermaids of Color That Came Before ‘Little Mermaid'” in Parents. She also has a short story “Kiss Me Goodbye” which will be included in the anthology Magic Has No Borders from Harper Collins.

D. Dina Friedman (Fiction, June 2015) has two books coming out later this year: a poetry chapbook Here In Sanctuary, Whirling from Querencia Press, and a short story collection, Immigrants.

Rosalind Kaplan (Nonfiction, June 2020) has an essay “Heart Dissection” in the May 2023 issue of Vagabond City.

Tony Eprile (Fiction, MFA faculty) has a humor piece “Freud Airlines” in the Summer 2023 issue of The American Scholar.

Kate Kearns (Poetry, June 2008) has a new poetry collection, You Are Ruining My Loneliness out with Littoral Books.

Saraceia J. Fennell (WFYP, January 2020) has co-edited The Black Girl Survives In This One, a YA anthology of horror stories centering Black girls who battle monsters, both human and supernatural, and who survive to the end, now available for preorder at Macmillan.

Benjamin Roesch (Fiction, June 2016) has won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Young New Adult Fiction for his debut YA novel Blowin’ My Mind Like a Summer Breeze.

Michael Mercurio (Poetry, January 2017) recorded his poem “Some Other World” at Open Mic Surgery.

Adrian Matejka (Poetry, MFA faculty) is interviewed in The Millions about the challenges of his role as editor of Poetry Magazine.

Cindy House’s (Fiction, June 2017) memoir Mother Noise is now out in paperback from Simon & Schuster.

Michelle Knudsen (WFYP, MFA faculty) has started an occasional newsletter.

Emily Inouye Huey (WFYP, June 2011) has received the 2022 Association for Mormon Letters Award in the Young Adult Novel category for her YA novel Beneath the Wide Silk Sky.

Mary Ann Honaker (Poetry, June, 2016) has a poem “Captain Picard Returns to Duty After Being Kidnapped by the Borg” in Drunk Monkeys. It will also appear in her forthcoming collection Whichever Way the Moon, now available for pre-order from Main Street Rag Press.

Thato Mwosa (WSS, June 2017) has two short films, Stay Here With Me and Something to Tell You, which are official selections for the 2023 Roxbury International Film Festival.

Robbie Gamble (Nonfiction, June 2020) has an essay “Barriers” in Essential Voices: a COVID-19 Anthology from West Virginia University Press.


  • 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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