October 2012 Achievements


Richard Panek has won the 2012 American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award for his book The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality.

Jeanne Mackin (aka Anna Maclean) was invited to be the guest speaker at the annual meeting for “The Friends of Dickens New York,” a branch of the world wide Dickens Fellowship, which will take place at Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant  in New York on Feb. 9, 2013.

Deborah Brevoort’s new play THE COMFORT TEAM, about military wives during the surge of Iraq, had its world premiere at the Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, Virginia from October 30-November 18.  Written with a commission from Virginia Stage’s American Soil program, THE COMFORT TEAM was funded with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Oprah’s Harpo Foundation.  In addition, Deborah’s opera based on Edgar Allan Poe stories was one of the winners of the Ft. Worth Opera’s FRONTIERS competition.  It will be presented by the Ft. Worth Opera in their new works festival  in May.  The title of the opera is EMBEDDED, and it was written with composer Patrick Soluri.

Rebecca Brown gave a ‘gonzo’ lecture about Roky Erikson and Horror Rock on Halloween afternoon (accompanied by choreographer Alex Martin) at the University of Washington Jacob Lawrence Gallery.  There was also a walk- through of her work on display at the Frye Art Museum on Nov 3 in Seattle.  She also spoke, with Charles Bernstein and Rachel Blau DuPlessis, on the opening panel, “What Is/Are Poetics,” at  the 4-day Convergence on Poetics conference at University of Washington, Bothell. Her talk was called “Some Sort of Prosaic Poetics” and references Aristotle, Flannery O’Connor, Doug Martsch, Rocky and Bullwinkle among others.  

Translations by Lies Honneaux of two of Rebecca’s short pieces,  “Breath” and “Love Poem”, have been published, together with a profile on her, in Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen, a Flemish art magazine.  ( Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen (ISSN 1780-6461) number 61, issue 342 (Sept. 2012): page 236 for “Breath” and page 237 for “Love Poem.”) Her story “Heaven” (from The End of Youth) , translated by Motoyuki Shibata, will be published in the paperback edition of  “Translation Classroom” (ASAHI Shimbun).

Victoria Nelson gave a talk at the New York Society Library, who honored her for the publication of her book GOTHICKA.  A special exhibit of the library’s Hammond Collection of early 19th-century Gothic novels has been put together for the occasion.  In addition, “Anatomy of Melancholia,” Victoria’s essay on the director Lars von Trier’s latest movie, appears in the latest issue of The Believer.

Kyle Bass’s  play Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo, a documentary theater piece co-written and co-directed (with Ping Chong) was presented at La MaMa Experimental theatre in New York City from Oct 18-21, as part of a retrospective of Ping Chong’sUndesirable Elements series. A preview article about Cry for Peace appeared in the New York Times.

Also, Kyle was a Visiting Artist at the State University of New York at Oswego this month. During the three-day residency he lectured on playwriting, dramaturgy and his work on Cry for Peace.

Rachel Pollack.   When Damien Echols, of the “West Memphis Three,” who  just published his memoir Life After Death was asked to list some of the books that sustained him in the nearly 19 years he spent on Death Row for a crime he had nothing to do with, he listed Pollack’s 78 Degrees Of Wisdom.  He said this about the book: “This is considered the Bible of tarot. It’s sort of like Joseph Campbell. It takes you on a journey through the cards—how each one relates to different stages of growth in the human psyche. When I first read it, I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is the greatest thing I’ve ever read.’”

Paul Selig, Program Director, was seen on a new episode of the BIO channels The uneXplained on Oct. 6th.  Paul also gave an interview on Waking Universe.

He also held a workshop and book signing for The Book of Love and Creation at the Heart and Soul Center of Light in Oakland, CA on Friday, Oct. 19th and at the Open Secret Book Store, 923 C Street, San Rafael, CA  on Oct 20th.  He spoke at the META Center in New York on Oct. 26th

Kenny Fries was in residence at the University of Arizona in Tucson from October 23 – 28 for “Disability in the Academy: Kenny Fries,” sponsored by The University of Arizon Disability Studies Collaborative. The University of Arizona Disability Studies Collaborative looks at how disability is infused into teaching, research and programming on campus. 

Jan Clausen’s poem “Ghazal: For Us” has been accepted for publication by Theodate, the Hill-Stead Museum’s poetry journal. Her previously published poem “Veiled Spill #1” is discussed by Julie Bloemeke in a Best American Poetry blog post on the impact of communications technology and social media.


Lynn Grant (MFAW ’10) had a story published in Minerva Rising, a new Lit Journal of women’s writing started by Goddard alumnae Kim Brown (MFAW ’11) and Dulcie Witman (MFAW ’11).  Lynn also had a piece published in an online journal called Pif.

Karen Engelmann’s (MFAW ’09) debut novel THE STOCKHOLM OCTAVO  launched on October 23rd. The November issue of O, the Oprah Magazine reviewed the book, saying “Who knew 18th century Sweden could be so much fun? ”  There were launch parties at Barnes and Nobles in the NYC area as well as the Mysterious Bookstore in NYC.

Theresa Mei Chuc (MFAW ’12) was interviewed on a radio show at Brooklyn College about her recently released poetry book, Red Thread, her Goddard thesis.


Laurel Radzieski’s play “Balto: A True Story of the Bravest Dog in America” will be performed by the Dietrich Children’s Theatre and will be added to their repertoire for their tour of local elementary schools in 2013.

Tony Mena had two poems chosen for the Ninth Letter Online Feature, and the Four Way Review.  Southeast Missouri State University Press also nominated him for a Pushcart Prize for a poem they published recently.  

Bill Lapham had a story published online in “Old Fashioned Fiction Contest.”

Rob Ruffin’s play Kiss My Little Girls – 1861: Coming Home will be presented in November in Yorktown, VA.  Another one of his plays, Kiss My Little Girls – 1862: The Healing Child will have its world premiere in Gloucester, VA in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.  Info and tix: www.bootsandkisses.com

Lisa Lutwyche’s poem, “Orion’s Tears,” will be published in the Winter Issue of Minerva Rising.

Douglas Craig was invited to read with Benjamin Paloff as part of the @Noon Reading Series at Wayne State University.

L.M. Lounsbury ‘s  poem “Cutting Trees” was published by the Victorian Violet Press.

Kathy Buckert’s memoir essay “My Version of God”  has been selected for publication in The Helix Literary Magazine.

Ron Heacock’s short story “Marsha Griggs” is being published in the special Horror and Halloween edition of the Limn Literary and Arts Journal.

Cathleen Mulrooney will be a columnist this fall at a popular online magazine for women called Roots of She.