Literary News

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Sonoma Community Writers Festival
Sonoma State University Student Center, Ballroom B/C
Wordrunner Press and Wordrunner eChapbooks had a table display, staffed by Judith Day and Nick Valdez.
More details on SSU website.

2024 Community Writers Festival


As of March 15, 2019, all author updates are posted on our Facebook page.

Updated August 20, 2018.

Rites of PassageAnne Dawid's flash fiction “The Locked Box in my Closet” won 2nd Place in The London Independent Story Prize, and appears in the Summer 2018 issue. We published her nonfiction piece “Extratemporal” in our spring 2018 anthology, Rites of Passage.

The Marriage BedElaine Ford's most recent story collection, This Time Will Be Different, was published by Islandport Press in March 2018 and is available on Amazon. Ford, whose echapbook The Marriage Bed we published in 2015, died at the end of August 2017 (see NY Times obituary here). She had published five novels and numerous short stories, and for many years taught creative writing and literature at the University of Maine at Orono. News from 2016: Ford’s echapbook (The Marriage Bed) was reviewed and spotlighted in Cahoodaloodaling’s Give It to Me E-gain issue, released on 7/31/16. Cahoodaloodaling republished “Rita Lafferty’s Lucky Summer” in this issue (#21). Ford adapted her story “Original Brasses, Fine Patina” into a short play, which received a staged reading at the Maine Playwrights Festival at the end of April 2016 and was produced in Brooklyn (NY), in the Gallery Players Black Box New Plays Festival, in June 2016. We published both stories in The Marriage Bed (November 2015).

Nowhere Is Always SomewhereRobert Earle has two new stories in print: “La Nochecita de la Muerte” in The Main Street Rag, Winter 2018, and “Bluer Blue” in Storgy Magazine, March 5, 2018 (in the UK). We published his fiction collection Nowhere is Always Somewhere in November, 2017.

Loss: Fiction AnthologyAn excerpt from T. M. DeVos' novel Year of Women was published in Embark, Issue 2 (October 2017). Her poetry collection Cimmeria was released by Červena Barvá Press in 2016. We published two of her stories (“Leaving Lake Baikal” and “Getting in the Car”) in the first of our annual anthologies, Loss (2010).

Found: Fiction & Poetry AnthologyMary McCluskey’s new novel The Long Deception, published by Little A, was released on January 30, 2018 and is available on Amazon. Her previous novel Instrusion was also published by Little A (Amazon's literary imprint) in Spring 2016. We published her story “Who Are You?” in the September 2012, fiction and poetry anthology, Found.

Pushing Boundaries, Breaking BarriersSamuel George's story “The Candidate” was selected for inclusion in Zimbell House Publishing's May 2017 anthology, River Tales, in print and digital editions. His poem “GOD DAMNED POETS” is forthcoming in THAT Literary Review's April 2018 issue. We published “Catastrophe at Braithewaite” in our Spring 2017 anthology, Pushing Boundaries, Breaking Barriers.

Pushing Boundaries, Breaking BarriersDarryl Graff's story “Sugar Free” was published in Talking Book, March 17, 2017 and a nonfiction piece, “The Test,” in The Flagler Review, Spring 2017. We published “What Can I Tell You” in our Spring 2017 anthology, Pushing Boundaries, Breaking Barriers.

Family Ties by Ellyn BacheEllyn Bache’s Kaleidoscope: 20 Stories Celebrating Women's Magazine Fiction, published March 7, 2017, by Banks Channel Books, reprints 20 of her stories that first appeared in commercial magazines and newspapers before they all stopped publishing fiction in the early 2000s. See Available on Amazon. We published Ellyn's story collection Family Ties (September 2015).

Beyond the LineJane Turner Goldsmith’s novel For Good (published February 2017) is one young woman’s struggle to come of age in the shadow of a problematic attachment, family breakdown and a single, shocking act of abuse. It’s a story of middle class lives rocked by an experiment doomed to failure; of homelessness and addiction, family deception and loyalty, connection and rebuilding. It’s about neglect — the domestic tragedy happening quietly and commonly in our cities and suburbs — but not, in the end, without hope ‘for good.” See Jane's story collection Beyond the Line was released by Wordrunner eChapbooks in September 2017.

GraceRobert Moulthorp’s short story “Hootie’s Eyes,” which placed in the 2016 Chattanooga Writers Guild competition, is available to read here. His story “Friends in Need” won first place in Helen Magazine’s first short story contest. A first reading of his new play, Indictable Offenses, was performed in New York on September 4, 2014. His debut story collection, To Tell you the Truth, published by Red Hanger Publications in February 2014, is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. We published his story collection Grace in March 2011.

Rejuvenation.A novel of the near future by Patrick FanningPatrick Fanning’s novel Rejuvenation, published October 2014, is available at and His novel, Infidels Abroad: a Novel of Mark Twain & John Singer Sargent in an Alternate California, was published by Art House Press late in 2012. An excerpt from the manuscript was published by Wordrunner eChapbooks in our double fiction issue of March 2012, as The Venice of the West.

Found: Fiction & Poetry AnthologyTania Hershman's My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions has been longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award and shortlisted for the Sabotage Review's Saboteur Indie Lit awards in the short story collection category. Her story “Manoeuvres” appeared in our Fall 2012 anthology, Found.

Loss: Fiction AnthologyJessica Erica Hahn, whose “The Company of Strangers” appeared in Loss, has a non-fiction piece “Nobody's Driving,” published in the March 2013 Prick of the Spindle. She received the 2012, Clark-Gross Award in the Novel for Into the Sea (to be renamed The Junk Magician & The Countess of Nowhere), San Francisco State University. She was also awarded a 2013, Red Gate Residency in Beijing, China.

The Wayward Orchard | Paul SoharPaul Sohar’s newly published e-book Silver Pirouettes is an English translation of György Faludy's poetry. Available from The Write Deal publishers: His article, “Worm Dialog” was published in the July/August 2012 issue of He was a featured reader at Poetry U, February 20, 2012. See You-Tube video. We published his poetry echapbook, The Wayward Orchard in June 2011.

Loss: Fiction AnthologyStefanie Freele’s new story collection, Surrounded by Water (Press 53, 2012) is available on her website or via Amazon. Stories are forthcoming in Western Humanities Review, Mid-American Review, Tahoe Blues, Thumbnail. Two of Stefanie's stories (“Penile Bone” and “In Northern Wisconsin a Yellow Bus Is Reborn”) appeared in our 2011 fiction anthology Loss.

Scenes From My Life on Hemlock Street, Arlene MandellArlene Mandell’s memoir Scenes From My Life on Hemlock Street (first published by Wordrunner eChapbooks December 2009) is available in paperback and e-book in Turns: A Collection of Memoir Chapbooks from Telling Our Stories Press (June 2012). On Amazon or Smashwords.

Jesse Millner: The Bus Driver's Book of the DeadJesse Milner’s new poetry collection, Dispatches from the Department of Supernatural Explanation, was published in April 2012 by Kitsune Press (160 pages, trade paperback). Jesse's echapbook memoir, The Bus Driver's Book of the Dead, appeared in December 2010.

Translation of Light / Ruhama VeltfortRuhama Veltfort’s first novel The Promised Land (original hard cover version from Milkweed Editions now out of print) is available in paperback and Kindle. Another novel, Strange Attractors, was published by Endeavour Press as an e-book (2013) and is also available in paperback. We published her poetry collection Translation of Light in June 2010.