Book deals and literary honors for Paris Writing Workshop graduates and faculty

The Best American Short Stories 2017

Rea Frey (PAA '07) has signed a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press for her novel The Lonely Girls, which tells the story of a woman who kidnaps a young child from her mother in order to save her. The book is slated for a 2018 release. "Campoamor," a short story by Patricia Engel (PAA '03), which originally appeared in the Chicago Quarterly Review, has been chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2017. "A Country Tradition," which Julie Callahan (PAA '15, '17) first drafted in the Paris workshop, appeared in the 2017 edition of The Best Women's Travel Writing. "Don't Wait," an essay by Amanda Bestor-Siegal (PAA '13, '15-'17) appears in the newest issue of River Teeth Journal. "Pints of Beer," an essay by Kaori Fujimoto (PAA '11,'12) appeared in the March 2017 issue of Peacock Journal. Edward Derby (PAA '13,'15) has poems appearing in American Chordata and Rattle; his poetry reviews have appeared in The Rumpus, and he will be attending the 2017 Sewanee Writers Conference this July as a contributor in poetry. The Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts selected "Chirp," a short film first developed in Paris by Trey Stohlman (PAA '16), as Best of Competition. The 2017 Seattle International Film Festival featured a short film, "Sweet, Sour, Dill, and Everything in Between," directed by Justine Miller (PAA '14).

Featured faculty: Smithsonian Magazine recently interviewed literary fictions professor John Biguenet on writing about disasters, and his advice about writing a modern love letter was featured in The Atlantic. His short story "The Man Who Was Afraid of Children" appears in the latest issue of TriQuarterly, his short story "The Third Birdhouse," debuted in One Story, his flash fiction story "The First Night of the War" appeared in Tinhouse, and his essay about post-Katrina New Orleans appeared in the New York Times. Five of Biguenet's plays were produced in 2016; most recently, Ever After was selected to close PlayFest at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. A suite of songs composed by Logan Skelton based on his play in heroic couplets, Broomstick, was premiered at the University of Michigan, and a video based on his poem "Sestina" was selected for inclusion in the Academy-recognized 2017 Best Shorts Competition. The Louisiana Center for the Book recently honored Biguenet with a Louisiana Writer Award for "his extraordinary contributions to the state’s literary heritage exemplified by his body of work."