American Chordata, a new literary magazine, is looking for short works of original fiction, nonfiction and poetry. They also welcome art and photography submissions. The deadline for Issue Two is this Friday, July 31. Read the submission guidelines for more information. (Note: One of the cofounders, Zach Fruit, is originally from Savannah.)

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M.F.A. alum Nikki Igbo has been writing regularly for Radiant Health Magazine and recently interviewed Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba.

Nikki is also going to be one of the writers featured at the 2015 Letters Festival. Other authors will include Amelia Gray, Khadijah Queen, Dorthea Laskey, and Laura Theobald.

The Letters Festival includes workshops, readings, and a Book Market. Many events are ticketed, but college students with ID get in free.

Check out the festival’s website for more information.

SCAD Atlanta writing professor Jamie Iredell’s latest book Last Mass will be published in August and is already garnering positive reviews. Last Mass is Professor Iredell’s fourth book. His previous books include Prose. Poems. A Novel. and I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac. Interested in taking a class with Professor Iredell? He’s teaching CREA 362 Fiction III in the fall.

B.F.A. writing student Kate Betts and B.F.A. writing student Emme Raus will be interning at Burnaway in the fall.

M.F.A. writing student Scott Russell published “Six Reasons to Say Yes to Subtitles” in Paste Magazine.

M.F.A. writing alum Priscilla Alarcon accepted a marketing coordinator position at Indo Puri, Inc., an artisan furniture company.

Any students who are revising work this summer, might want to check out SCAD Atlanta writing professor Chris Bundy‘s essay on revision in Glimmer Train. Interested in taking a class with Professor Bundy? He’ll be teaching WRIT 713 Nonfiction I in the fall.




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Submit work for the Short Story Award for New Writers
The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers recognizes the best piece of fiction under 6,000 words with $2,000, publication and agency review by Curtis Brown’s Katherine Fausset. Second and third place stories also receive agency review, publication, and $200 and $100 respectively. The Masters Review defines “new writer” as not having a published novel at the time of submission. The deadline to submit is July 15.

Submit work to the Arcadia nonfiction contest
Arcadia is offering a prize of $1,000 and publication in the spring issue. Submit an essay, memoir or other piece of creative nonfiction of fewer than 8,000 words with a $15 entry fee by Aug. 15. All entries will be considered for publication in Arcadia, and all finalists will receive a copy of the spring issue. The editors will judge and a winner will be announced in September.

Submit art and poetry to ZO
Arts magazine ZO is developing its connections with poets, writers and artists by hosting a 2015 Poetry and Art Expo. There are a few awards ($300 for poetry and $400 for art) — and the first entry is free. Creators and authors retain copyright for material.

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Jonathan Buckley (B.F.A., 2014) wrote a dating article for Purple fashion magazine.

Nick Dephtereos (B.F.A., 2014) won Honorable Mention in the North Country Writers Contest in Northern New York.

Sarah Hunt (M.F.A., 2011) was selected as the Savannah Technical College 2015 Instructor of the Year and is the college’s Rick Perkins Award winner.

In The New York Times, author David McCullough named “The Second Son” by writing professor Jonathan Rabb as the book he plans to read next.

Undergraduate student Jazmin Unruh earned an internship as senior blog writer for 13 Bricks.

Graduate student Josh Lewis delivered a lecture titled, “Post-Modernism, 1945-Present,” June 2 at the Moscow State University linguistics department.


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book cover newSCAD Writing professor Harrison Scott Key is barnstorming across the North American landmass this summer, in support of his new memoir, The World’s Largest Man, and the second leg of his tour kicks off next week. His book talks are fun, free, weird, and sometimes include prizes, so if you’re in any of these areas, come out, support these great indie bookstores, and ask Harrison an unanswerable question during the Q&A.



Upcoming dates

July 8: Charleston, S.C. (Blue Bicycle Books)
July 9: Raleigh, N.C. (Quail Ridge Books)
July 11: Richmond, Va. (Fountain Bookstore)
July 14: New York, N.Y. (KGB Bar)
July 15: Brooklyn, N.Y. (WORD Bookstore)
July 17: Fayetteville, Ark. (Nightbird Books)
July 18: Little Rock, Ark. (South on Main)
July 20: Dallas, Texas (The Wild Detectives)
July 22: Austin, Texas (BookPeople)
July 24: New Orleans, La. (Octavia Books)

For more information on event times, check out Harrison’s book tour page.

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Nick Offerman, of Parks and Recreation fame, will read from his second book on July 9th at SCADShow. Offerman’s first book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, was a NYT’s best seller, and his second book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, has received many positive reviews. Our friends at Paste conclude: “[Offerman] writes with both humor and gravity, mixing anecdotes revealing his steadfast adoration for his wife Megan Mullally with astute commentary on politics and religion.”

The reading, which will be followed by a Q and A, starts at 7 p.m. and is free for SCAD students, faculty, and staff. For more information, please contact Catherine Ramsdell.

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SCAD organized a “Conversation with the Creatives” event at Refinery 29 in New York June 1. Writing department alumna Nicole Monforton (left) interviewed Refinery 29 editor-in-chief Christene Barberich (right) for the benefit of SCAD prospective students from the High School of Fashion Industries.
Refinery 29

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While some of us are enjoying a little quiet time in between quarters, many of SCAD Atlanta’s writing students have already jumped into their summer internships.

Kristofer Seppala and Scott Russell are both interning at Paste, and even though their internships just started, both of them have already amassed a sizable number of clips. Check out Kristofer’s work here and Scott’s work here.

Glennis Lofland was awarded the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority Communications Graduate Fellowship and started her internship several weeks ago. Glennis will be creating web and social media content, assisting with special events, and creating presentations.

Shelley Danzy started her editorial internship at Collinson Media this week. Collinson Media “is a premier marketing company specializing in travel and tourism” and is the publisher of several award-winning magazines.

Manseen Logan will interning at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce (where SCAD Atlanta writing alum Sybil Topel is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications). Manseen will be writing and editing materials for online publication.

Congratulations to all of you!!

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Men and women use language differently. The communication rules of the workplace have changed, and failure to play by the new rules can derail career success. Connie Glaser’s lecture, “Cracking the Gender Communications Code,” uses humor and insight to provide a new game plan that builds on the strengths that both men and women bring to the table.

Join us for this Art of the Mind Lecture Series event:

Tonight, Tuesday, May 26

5:00 p.m.

Arnold Hall Auditorium

Free and Open to the Public

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KeyJoin SCAD Professor and MFA Alum Harrison Scott Key as he reads from his new HarperCollins memoir, “The World’s Largest Man,” a riotous story of a bookish Mississippi boy and his Bunyanesque father.

Today, May 19

5:00 P.M.

SCAD Museum of Art Theater

Reading,  Q & A Session, Book Signing and Refreshments

Free and Open to the Public

The Buzz…

“Consistently seasoned with laughs, this memoir is adroitly warm and deep… An uncommonly entertaining story replete with consistent wit and lethal weaponry.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“I tried calling him to tell him, ‘That’s not how I remember it,’ but he cried, ‘Mom, it’s MY book!'” (Harrison’s mom)

“It reads like fiction that is too crazy to be anything but truth. Fans of memoir, personal essays, and humor writing will devour this in one sitting.” (Library Journal)

“I haven’t read it yet.” (Harrison’s wife)

“What I have read of Harrison Key’s memoir makes me want to read more.” (Roy Blount Jr., Author of Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South)

“Both laugh-out-loud funny and observant about the ways we become our parents while asserting ourselves, The World’s Largest Man is a wise delight.” (BookPage)

“Harrison Key will make you laugh and cry in his compelling essays. And whatever emotion he evokes, you will admire the style, grace and clarity of his prose.” (Lee Gutkind, Founder and Editor of Creative Nonfiction)

“I haven’t laughed like this in years. I felt like I stumbled upon an undiscovered treasure when I read Harrison Scott Key’s The World’s Largest Man. I couldn’t wait to tell my friends. Rare hilarity, indeed, in these asinine times.” (Neil WhiteAuthor of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts)

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