The second is one that she is very excited about. The Stylist, which is the UKs leading women's magazine had their 10 year anniversary this year, and to celebrate, they had 10 issues guest edited by 10 women. The current guest editor is Roxane Gay (the last editors were Chelsea and Hillary Clinton), and Roxane Gay asked Sundberg to write the column for the issue. The first link describes the issue (which Sundberg comments "is amazing and features Elizabeth Warren"), and the second link is Dr. Sundberg's piece.https://www.stylist.co.uk/people/roxane-gay-stylist-guest-editor-takeover-10th-anniversary/320116
Congratulations to Dr. Sundberg on the publication of these pieces!
Alumni Update-- Creative Writing major Garrison Stima (2018)
Since graduating from AU in 2018, Garrison Stima (Creative Writing major) has been busy! He and his wife Jamie moved to Mansfield and he has been working with writing in some capacity ever since graduation.
Garrison worked at McGraw Hill Education in Ashland for several months and then started working on Fiverr.com as a ghostwriter and is always on the lookout for new writing opportunities. Other than that, he says he’s trying to get a book series off the ground. His wife, Jamie, is a teacher in Crestline and Mansfield at two different Catholic schools. “Altogether, we’re well, just really busy!"
He gave us a short description of his book, The Lost Voices:
“It’s a steampunk, fantasy adventure that follows four different perspectives during a swelling conflict. Each perspective has their own stake in what’s happening, but also has their own reasons to want the conflict’s conclusion. As the story unfolds, the concepts of loss, purpose, friendship, nationalism, and war-time morality are brought up time and time again.
The story is understandably geared toward anyone eighteen and older.”
A summary of the book is below:
“Malien Kinray has lived a quiet life in the corner of his home country: Terrarin. However, with the recent passing of his father, Malien's old life is uprooted and the political arguments against magic have reached critical mass. With the changing era, a terrorist organization threatens to dismantle his society with bullets and blood.
Soon, a grieving machine-smith, an immigrant to Terrarin with burning memories, a man who knows everyone's secrets but his own, and a foreign agent seeking answers to the mysterious Old World, will intertwine in a conflict beyond them. The world of Regelia is swelling with fear and, as wonder meets peril, no one...Read more
Dr. Mondal with her workshop groupThe annual Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Ripton, VT is the oldest writers’ conference in the United States. Its faculty over the past 94 years have included Robert Frost, Toni Morrison, George R.R. Martin, and Anne Sexton. The conference hosts writers from across the country in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry workshops over a period of ten days. Dr. Mondal had this to share about her experience as a Contributor in Fiction at this year’s conference from August 14-24.
What prompted you to apply to Bread Loaf?
I recently made a switch from publishing literary criticism to writing fiction as my primary work. In the fall of 2017, I did a program through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity called Post-Tenure Pathfinders, which helps tenured faculty determine their post-tenure focus, rather than simply being reactive to whatever they are asked to do without a clear sense of purpose. Dr. Dawn Weber, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, sponsored my participation in this life-changing program. I was able to make a realistic plan for working on my novel. I reached out to writers who are doing what I wanted to do--write fiction without having earned an M.F.A.--and they helped shepherd me through the steps I would need to take, including finding writers’ conferences that were a good fit for me, which for me meant well-established conferences that had a reputation for either supporting writers of color or making significant efforts to welcome writers of color. I applied to VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation), Kundiman (for Asian American writers) and Bread Loaf. I did not get into VONA or Kundiman but got into Bread Loaf, much to my gratitude and delight, since the acceptance rate...Read more