Wellspring Community News: August 2017

There’s much to celebrate in the Wellspring community. Here are just a few of the accomplishments and successes Wellspring residents have enjoyed in the last couple of months:

John Christina has recently shown photography, including work done in Ashfield in general and Wellspring House in particular, at the Bristol Art Museum and at the Museum-sponsored Art Al Fresco, a summer art festival, in Bristol, RI. Martha Christina has published a second poetry collection, Against Detachment (Pecan Grove Press, 2016). Several of the poems were started and/or finished at Wellspring House, and she remains grateful for the time and attention to creative work that the retreat provides. Leni Zumas has a new novel, Red Clocks, coming out in January 2018 (Lee Boudreaux/Little, Brown), about which Kelly Link says, “Strange and lovely and luminous. I loved Red Clocks with my whole heart.” Kimberly Chang‘s experimental memoir, Accomplice to Memory, was published by Kaya Press in March 2017, under her Chinese name, Q.M. Zhang. In this hybrid text, Zhang tries to piece together the fractured mystery of her father’s exodus from China to the U.S. during the two decades of civil and world war leading up to the 1949 revolution. Camille Norton‘s second book of poems will be published by Sixteen Rivers Press in San Francisco in 2019. She is attending the Yeats International Summer School in Ireland this summer. Carlo Matos‘ ninth book, The Quitters, will be published by Tortoise Books in 2017. This collection of creative nonfiction essays was started at Wellspring House three years ago. HEADCASE: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness, an anthology that Teresa Theophano is co-editing with fellow author Stephanie Schroeder, has been acquired by Oxford University Press and should hit the shelves by early 2019. Julie C. Day‘s short story “Raven Hair” can be found in the most recent issue of The Cream City Review. “Raven Hair” is also part of Julie’s collection, Uncommon Miracles, scheduled for release by PS Publishing later this year. Daniela Gioseffi, American Book Award winning author of seventeen books of poetry and prose, who has spent several residencies at Wellspring House, has just published her newest book of poetry, Waging Beauty: As the Polar Bear Dreams of IceWellspring Writer-in-Residence Jonathan Escoffery‘s story collection, If I Survive You, was named a finalist for the 2040 Books contest, judged by Mat Johnson. Wellspring Writer-in-Residence Sarah Colwill-Brown is attending the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference this summer, for which she was awarded a work-study scholarship.

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