Contributor & Alumni Updates: Spring 2023

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We’re always pleased to share updates from our family of contributor-alumni and HippoCamp presenters. Here’s what we’ve collected between our last update now. We’d really LOVE to grow this feature, so please submit your news here for inclusion in a future update.

More time than usual has passed between these updates, so the accomplishments in this round-up span almost a year – and what a year it’s been: Books! Contests! Oh my! We’re so proud of our community.


Chris Arthur’s new essay collection Hidden Cargoes was published by Eastover Press in October 2022. It’s reviewed in Books Ireland by Eoghan Smith.

Chris J. Bahnsen published his latest essay “Contingency Plan” in the April 2023 (#29) issue of Tupelo Quarterly; his poem “Coyote Wisdom” was published in the Winter 2023 issue of Kaleidotrope and, further, received a shining review by Locus magazine.

Morgan Baker’s debut memoir Emptying the Nest: Getting Better At Goodbyes was released from Ten16 Press in March 2023. She also published a few essays on The Brevity Blog, including “The Other Side of the River.” Morgan will also teach two 8-week workshops on Zoom this fall.

Scott Bane’s first book, A Union Like Ours: The Love Story of F. O. Matthiessen and Russell Cheney was published by the University of Massachusetts Press/Bright Leaf Imprint.

Lisa K. Buchanan’s “Question Twenty-Eight” won the CRAFT Short Fiction Prize, 2022. Her craft essay “Community vs. Solitude for Writers” appeared in The Brevity Blog.

Eileen Cunniffe’s collection of essays, Mischief & Metaphors: Essaying a Life, was published by Shanti Arts in March 2023. The book includes 26 essays, complemented by 14 works of art by Eileen’s mother, Rosie Cunniffe.

Yolande House published a craft article on Chelene Knight’s Nourishing Word blog about disability and sustainability as a lifelong writer. The Fiddlehead also published her hermit crab essay in its summer 2022 issue. Currently, she is working on an essay collection about invisible disabilities with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, for which she is very grateful.

Jennifer Lang has two unconventional books forthcoming and is still in shock. Places We Left Behind: A Memoir-in-Miniature (Sept. 2023) and Landed: A Yogi’s Memoir in Pieces & Poses (Oct. 2024) will both be published by Vine Leaves Press.

Richard LeBlond is one of two winners of the 2022 EastOver Press prize for nonfiction. His essay collection, Homesick for Nowhere, was published in January 2023. Richard’s essay, “The Stillness of the Acropolis”, appears in the recent Hippocampus anthology, Ink.

Leslie Lindsay’s interviews, writing, and photography have been featured in The Millions, SEPIA, Hippocampus Magazine, The Rumpus, Autofocus, The Smart Set, Brevity, The Florida Review, Levitate, ANMLY, The Tiny Journal, The Cincinnati Review, Essay Daily, Mutha Magazine, MER Literary, Ruminate’s The Waking, Visual Verse, Manifest-Station, Pithead Chapel, Cleaver Magazine, Motherwell, with forthcoming work in CRAFT Literary, On the Seawall, and DIAGRAM. She was recently accepted to the Kenyon Writer’s Workshop, has participated in workshops and retreats with Story Studio Chicago, Corporeal Writing, and Francine Ringold at Nimrod International Journal.

Kandi Maxwell’s new memoir, Snow After Fire, will be released by Legacy Book Press on June 6, 2023. In her book, Kandi shares about the impact the Paradise Camp Fire had on the survivors in the years following the fire.

Charlotte Maya is under contract with Post Hill Press for Sushi Tuesdays: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Family Resilience. The publication date is February 28, 2023.

Anthony J. Mohr’s debut memoir Every Other Weekend: Coming of Age With Two Different Dads, came out on February 14, 2023, from Koehler Books. He also published the essay “Four Years Before the Break-in” in the Summer 2022 issue of The Main Street Rag and “A Simple Eviction Case” in BioStories. Read his single-sentence essay, “Bauchet Street” in the Spring-Summer 2022 issue of Sleetmagazine.

Peter E. Murphy’s Looking for Thelma, winner of Lightning Key Review’s Wilt Chapbook Prize for Creative Nonfiction, has been republished in a second edition by Moonstone Press of Philadelphia. His essay, “Storming the Castle,” is a winner of MEET ME @ 19TH STREET’s First Chapter Award sponsored by Arch Street Press.

Gwen Niekamp’s essay “I Google My Assailant” was selected as the winner of the Black Warrior Review’s 2022 Nonfiction Contest by judge Kendra Allen. The piece will appear in a 2023 issue of the Black Warrior Review.

Writing Life Editor Kristen Paulson-Nguyen’s essay “Liza in 17 Fragments” will be published in the fall 2022 print issue of Solstice Literary Magazine. Solstice Nonfiction Editor Richard Hoffman called her essay “spare, compelling, and powerful.”

Anne Pinkerton’s debut memoir Were You Close? A Sister’s Quest to Know the Brother She Lost was released in April 2023 from Vine Leaves Press.

Ronit Plank’s short story collection Home is a Made-up Place was released in February 2023 by Motina Books.

Brooke Randel published two new flash essays, “Climber’s Knot” in Gordon Square Review and “Offers My Grandma Has Made Me” in Pithead Chapel.

Vincent Antonio Rendoni’s debut collection, A Grito Contest In The Afterlife, was released in late December 2022. It was the winner of the Catamaran Poetry Prize for West Coast Poets as judged by Dorianne Laux. Available now on both Catamaran and Amazon.

Rachel Rueckert’s coming-of-age memoir East Winds: A Global Quest to Reckon with Marriage was released in November 2022 by Common Consent Press.

Leanne Schneider had two Tiny Truths selected for inclusion in Creative Nonfiction. (Tiny Truths is a Twitter-based contest.)

Jeff Seitzer’s memoir, The Fun Master: A Father’s Journey of Love, Loss, and Learning to Live One Day (SparkPress; 2022) was named a finalist for the Best Book Award in Creative Nonfiction for 2022.

Suzanne Farrell Smith’s latest book, “Small Off Things: Meditations from an Anxious Mind” was released in March 2023 from Littoral Books.

Rae Theodore published a poetry chapbook, How to Sit Like a Lesbian, with Alien Buddha Press. Theodore also is collecting stories, essays and poems for Swagger, an anthology by and about butch lesbians that will be published by Flashpoint Publications in 2023.

Stephanie Cuepo Wobby has been awarded a Courage to Write grant from the de Groot Foundation in support of her memoir, To the Other Side of the Sea.

Brian Yarvin has an article (with photos!) in the March/April issue of Pennsylvania Magazine. It’s all about the small, wholesale produce auctions that have popped up in rural Pennsylvania. It’s worth a read. He has also become a contributor to Gastro Obscura with several posts about traditional Pennsylvania foods.

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