Under the Sun 2016: Previous Authors

What are the authors doing who published their work previously in Under the Sun? Find out about their newest publications, prizes, blogs, and websites.




Mark Brazaitis won The Meadow literary journal’s 2016 novella award for “The Spider.” He is the author of seven books, including The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award; The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose; and Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. His latest book, Truth Poker: Stories, won the 2014 Autumn House Press Fiction Competition.
Brazaitis’ writing has been featured on the Diane Rehm Show and the Leonard Lopate Show as well as on public radio in Cleveland, Iowa City, New York City, and Pittsburgh. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and technical trainer, he is a professor of English and the director of the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop at West Virginia University. To learn more about him, visit his Web site at www.markbrazaitis.com.





Shuly Cawood recently completed her MFA in creative writing from Queens University as well as completed her memoir manuscript, a chapter of which came from her essay “Brave” published in Under the Sun 2014. Visit her website at www.shulycawood.com.







Deborah Cummins has recently moved full-time to Maine, splitting her year between Portland and Deer Isle. She now serves on the board of Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Her poem “Moth” is due to appear in the next issue of ORION magazine. She is nearing completion on her manuscript tentatively titled Until they Catch Fire, a memoir in essay form.





Rebecca Dimyan’s nonfiction essay about coming to terms with sexual assault was published in Vox First Person. You can read it at Vox.com/Student Sexual Assault. She has had fiction published in Maudlin House and forthcoming in 34th Parallel Magazine.





Laurie Ann Doyle’s book of short stories, World Gone Missing, will be released by Regal House Press in 2017. Her work has recently appeared in the University of Colorado’s Timber Journal, MARY: A Journal of New Writing, and KY Story’s new anthology, Road Story. You can find more details at www.laurieanndoyle.com.





UtS-16-PA-photo-Jacqueline-DoyleJacqueline Doyle was awarded her second Notable Essay citation in Best American Essays 2015, this time for her essay “Who’s Your Stepdaddy?” published in Jabberwock Review. This year her creative nonfiction has appeared in Ghost Town, Bluestem, Full Grown People, and Catamaran Literary Reader and is forthcoming in summer and fall 2016 in Electric Literature and The Pinch.



uts-16-pa-photo-a-evansAnn Anderson Evans’ memoir Daring to Date Again, published in 2014 by SheWrites Press, has won three awards: Silver Medal Winner at Independent Publishers Book Awards (2016); finalist at 2016 Next Generation Indie Publishers Award, and finalist: International Book Awards. She is working on the
                                                                         second part of her three-part




Gary Fincke’s book of poetry Bringing Back the Bones: New and Selected Poems was published in June of this year by Stephen F. Austin University. The Killer’s Dog, a collection of short stories that won the 2015 Elixir Press Fiction Prize, will be published in January of 2017.





UtS-16-PA-photo-J-FisetJoan Fiset’s essay “The Sadness of a Clown” appeared in Under the Sun in 2002. Also, Namesake, her book of vignettes about growing up with her mother who suffered from schizophrenia was released by Blue Begonia Press last October. More information about Namesake can be found at bluebegoniapress.com or on Joan’s website at joanfiset.com.




UtS-16-PA-photo-GaitondeVishwas Gaitonde’s recent publications include a short story, “Pigs is Pigs and Eggs is Eggs,” published in The Iowa Review, Spring 2015 issue; “Remembering Dr. Solomon,” (a profile of Dr Suniti Solomon, the savant & physician who pioneered the HIV/AIDS movement in India) which was published in The Hindu, a leading newspaper in India to mark World AIDS Day 2015; and two essays, “With No Inkling of the Contents:Viewing Narnia Through A Hindu Lens,” and “The Birth, Death, and Reincarnation of the Harmonium“, both published in The Mantle.






Pamela Galbreath has retired from teaching and is in the process of completing two book-length non-fiction/memoir manuscripts.






Sharon Goldberg’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, The Louisville Review, Cold Mountain Review, Descant (USA), Chicago Literary Review, The Antigonish Review, three fiction anthologies, and elsewhere. Two of her stories were finalists in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest (2011 and 2012), three were nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize, and a recent essay was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize.


UtS-16-PA-photo-B-GuernseyBruce Guernsey’s first attempt at creative non-fiction was published in Under the Sun in 2001. His essays have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly, War, Literature and the Arts, Dappled Things, and Flyway where it won the award for best creative non-fiction. His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The American Scholar, and TriQuarterly. He was a featured speaker at the 2015 Nantucket Book






Gail Hosking’s essays have been accepted recently in Upstreet and Ellipsis, Spring and Summer 2016. Two of her poems were accepted in Corium. Visit her for more information at www.gailhosking.org.







Anne Kaier’s essay “Maple Lane” was mentioned on the list of Notables in the 2014 edition of Best American Essays. Her memoir Home with Henry is out from PS Books. Her essays have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, and Under the Sun. Her poems have appeared in Beauty is a Verb: An Anthology of Poetry, Poetics, and Disability, an ALA Notable Book for 2012. She teaches at Arcadia University. She has just published an essay on disability, sexuality and the Catholic shrine at Lourdes in 1966journal, which has room for novella-length pieces such as hers. She is part of an ongoing series on Disability in the New York Times. You can find it on the NYT’s home page under “Opinion” and there under Finding Refuge With the Skin I’m In . For more information visit issuu and her website at www.annekaier.com.



Judy Kronenfeld has new “flash” creative nonfiction in the June 2016 issue of Hippocampus. She also has recent poems in Life and Legends, The Ekphrastic Review, May 2, 2016, Cider Press Review, Redheaded Stepchild, West Trestle Review, Issue Two, Vol. Two (October 2015-January, 2016), and Sequestrum (Fall-Winter, 2015). Finally, she is thrilled to announce that her fourth full-length collection of poems Bird Flying through the Banquet is forthcoming from FutureCycle Press in spring of 2017.


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Owls Head – JK and Mia

Jim Krosschell is President, Board of Directors, Coastal Mountains Land Trust. His book Owls Head Revisited was published in 2015 by North Country Press. For more information visit his blog at onemansmaineblogspot.com.





Tom Leskiw’s recent essays have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly; NonBinary Review; Mandala Journal; Creativity and Constraints: A Wising Up Anthology; Blue Lyra Review; Zoomorphic; Intergeneration Storytelling Contest 2015; American Birding Association blog; and a book review of The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest.






Mark Liebenow: Since his essay appeared in Under the Sun in 2014, other essays and poems have been published in journals that include River Teeth, Under the Gum Tree, Manifest-Station, Rebelle Society, Elephant Journal, South Dakota Review, Mindful Matter, Modern Loss, Citron Review, and The Good Men Project. He was a finalist in the Lunch Ticket and Ruminate essay contests as well as a finalist in Crab Orchard Review’s first poetry book contest. Four
                                                              interviews were broadcast on national
                                                              radio programs. He now writes about grief
                                                              for the Huffington Post.


UtS-16-PA-photo-LongPriscilla Long has two new books coming out in September: Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and other Creators (Coffeetown Press) and Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press). Two pieces of Fire and Stone first appeared in Under the Sun: “Dressing” and “Balancing Act.” Visit her new website at www.priscillalong.net.



Christopher Malcomb’s most recent essay “Tea Date” was selected as a finalist for the Frank McCourt Creative Nonfiction Prize and will be published in this summer’s print issue of The Cobalt Review. In the fall of 2015, he also signed a book deal with Parallax Press to write a collection of essays on mindfulness and creative writing. The project is currently “on hold” while he is undergoing treatments for ocular melanoma, but he fully intends to come back stronger and write the book!


UtS-16-PA-photo-N-MathisonNeil Mathison’ essay collection Volcano: an A to Z and other Essays on Geology, Geography and Geo-travel in the American West, which won the Bauhan Publishing Monadnock Essay Collection Prize, will be published in the fall of 2016 by Bauhan. His story “Road Trip” has just appeared in an anthology titled Road Story published by KY Story and his short story “Moon Rocket” in Bosque last November. His story “Cannery,” winner of the 2013 Fiction Attic Press Short Story Contest, was published last fall in Modern Shorts: 16 Stories from Fiction Attic Press. Two essays, “Crossings” in Juxtaprose and “Big Island Abcedarian” in Eunoia Review, were published this past winter. Finally, his story “Wintering Over” has just been published by Kenyon Review.




John Nizalowski will have a new collection of poetry out September 1st, 2016, entitled East of Kayenta by Turkey Buzzard Press. He also recently appeared in the first ever major collection of poetry about the Grand Canyon. Edited by Peter Anderson and Rick Kempa, Going Down Grand appears at Lithic Books.





UtS-16-PA-photo-R-RootRobert Root teaches creative nonfiction in the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Ashland University, where he presented a craft talk with novelist Erika Krouze on “The Value of Vignettes and Other Variations” in July. In June he presented the craft talk “Backstory: Where, When, Why, and Whether” at the River Teeth Nonfiction Conference in Ashland, Ohio. Kentucky English Bulletin published his essay “Caves” and the accompanying “Researching ‘Caves’” in its Spring 2016 issue. His craft essay “Synchronicity and Structure” was published in Triquarterly Online Issue 148 and his haibun “Labyrinth Garden” appeared in the April 2016 issue of Contemporary Haibun Online. In April he became an occasional contributor to the Wisconsin Life feature on Wisconsin Public Radio with the essay “Synchronicity in Nature and Life.” His article “Creative Nonfiction” will be published in Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume Two: Dimensions of the Midwestern Literary Imagination from Indiana University Press late in 2016 and his book Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth will be released by Wisconsin Historical Society Press in October 2017. You can find more information at his website www.rootwriting.com.


UtS-16-PA-photo-M-RozemaMark Rozema’s book Road Trip was released in the fall of 2015 by Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. His current writing project is a collection of essays on watersheds. This project is taking him to the headwaters of rivers in Washington, Arizona, and Iceland. The essays deal with both literal and metaphorical watersheds, and the watershed as both a geographical feature and an organizing principle. Mark has recent work in the literary magazine Shark Reef. Upcoming readings and links to recent work can be found on his website at markrozema.com.


UtS-16-PA-photo-J-Scott-CoeJo Scott-Coe’s new book, MASS (Writ Large Press), explores for the first time the relationship between the UT Austin sniper of 1966 and a friend who was a Catholic priest. Her exclusive elegy for the sniper’s wife, “Listening to Kathy,” appeared in Catapult earlier this year and is now available in a second edition on Amazon. You can read Jo’s reflection on the 50th anniversary of the UT shooting at https://catapult.co/community/stories/remembering-kathy-leissner. Jo’s essays have been published most recently in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Superstition Review, Cultural Weekly, Luna Luna, and Salon. You can find her on Twitter @joscottcoe, on Facebook teacheratpointblank, and at joscottcoe.com. She is an associate professor of English at Riverside City College in California.




Jan Shoemaker’s essays have appeared in many journals, including River Teeth, Upstreet, The Pinch, Sufi Journal, Colorado Review, The Sun, and American Literary Review. She was a recipient of the AWP Intro Journals Award in Creative Nonfiction and has an MFA in writing. Visit her (infrequently updated) website at jantshoemaker.com.




John Solensten most recently published Frankenbird with Loose Moose Publishing; 1st edition (2016). He has published several novels, including The Gibson Boy and Buffalo Grass. Also, two short story collections and more than thirty individual stories. He has always delighted in Rabelais, his giants, and other extravagances. The Dakotas are his most personal and spiritual territory with Lakota myth as background for his award winning novel Goodthunder, several stories, and Buffalo Grass. John lives in the Twin Cities with his beloved Brenda.




Patty Somlo has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, been nominated for storySouth Million Writers Award and had an essay selected as a Notable Essay of 2013 for Best American Essays 2014. She served as an associate editor for Pacific News Service in San Francisco and as a member of the editorial collection for VoiceCatcher, an annual anthology featuring the writings of women from Portland, Oregon. Find her at www.pattysomlo.com or follow her on Twitter @PattySomlo. Her book, Even When Trapped Behind Clouds: A Memoir of Quiet Grace contains an essay first published in Under the Sun, “The Old Pali Road.” The book is now available for a pre-order discount from the publisher, WiDo Publishing, at the following link: Even When Trapped Behind Clouds by Patty Somlo/.




Frank Soos has a new book of essays out from the University of Washington Press, titled Unpleasantries. It contains two essays that first appeared in Under the Sun, “Naked to the World” and “Mont Sainte-Victoire, Approximately.”





Francine Marie Tolf’s new collection of poems The Rough Edge of Joy will be published this year by Red Bird Chapbooks of Minnesota. Poems in this chapbook have appeared in many journals, most recently in Dappled Things and damselfly press.







Dennis Vannatta has a new collection of short stories, tentatively titled Deer Whistle: Arkansas Stories, coming out this fall from Et Alia Press.






Richard Wile’s novel Requiem in Stones, published by Maine Authors Publishing, is scheduled to be released this fall. Check out his blog The Geriatric Pilgrim: Traveling the Landscape of Faith and Grief at geriatricpilgrim.com.