A Peaux/Real World!

PeauxRealThe New Orleans Fringe Fest has grown and evolved into the Faux/Real Festival, two and a half weeks of theater, music, dance, art, and writings on the edge. And this year they have given over their writers’ space, the Faux/Real Cafe, to the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance, on Wednesday night, November 11, from 6:30 to 9:30.

What happens when eight writers leave their personal podunks and come to New Orleans and start getting fo’ real? Come to the Faux/Real Cafe to find out! Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Cassie Pruyn, Zach Bartlett, Terri Shrum, Andrew Kooy, Emilie Staat, Tad Bartlett, and Caroline Goetze take the stage at 6:30 (along with a special spectral appearance by Susan Kagan), and the verbal slings and arrows don’t stop flying until 9:30. Cafe Faux/Real is a venue set up just for the Faux/Real Festival, where coffee and drinks and books will be for sale while the readings go. THIS READING IS FREE, though all Faux/Real events can be attended with a Faux/Real Button ($5 gets you an awesome collectors’ button that also happens to get you into more than two weeks of premier art out beyond the boundaries).

See you there! (At 2161 N. Rampart)

Ruffin named CWW Distinguished Alumnus

Maurice at the 2011 Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers

Maurice at the 2011 Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers

At a ceremony at the University of New Orleans tonight, Peauxdunquian Maurice Carlos Ruffin will be named a “Distinguished Alumnus” of UNO’s Creative Writing Workshop MFA program. Peauxdunque is proud to have a broad and deep connection to the CWW. Several members of Peauxdunque have graduated from or are still attending the CWW, including Maurice, April Blevins PejicDana Glass, Tad Bartlett, Caroline Goetze, Andrew Kooy, and Emily Capdeville. In addition, several CWW faculty members (and themselves incredibly distinguished alums of the CWW) have read at our occasional “Yeah, You Write” reading series, including Bill Loefhelm, Amanda Boyden, and Joseph Boyden.

Maurice graduated from the CWW in 2013 as the recipient of the Joanna Leake Prize for Fiction Thesis for his short story collection “It’s Good to See You’re Awake.” In 2011, in his first year in the program, he was awarded the Ernest Svenson Fiction Award (which has subsequently been won by Peauxdunquians Tad Bartlett in 2014 and Dana Glass in 2015). Since graduating from the CWW, Maurice has won the 2014 Iowa Review Award for Fiction, the 2014 Short Fiction Contest from So To Speak magazine, and the 2014 gold medal in the novel-in-progress category of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom writing competition. Maurice’s fiction and non-fiction have been published in Iowa Review, So To Speak, Callaloo, Cicada, The Massachusetts Review, New Delta Review, The Knicknackery, Writing Tomorrow, Redivider, 94 Creations, Apalachee Review, Regarding Arts & Letters, Ellipsis, and South Carolina Review, as well as in the maps-and-essays collection, Unfathomable City, and the Scars anthology.

Congratulations, Maurice!

Peauxdunque with Literati Glitterati

This week is filled with events where Peauxdunquians read with, mingle with, and interview some of the leading lights of literature.

The events start tonight at Garden District Book Shop, as Maurice Carlos Ruffin and Emilie Staat read from their contributions to the Scars anthology, joined by editor Erin Wood. The anthology is newly released by Et Alia Press. Maurice, Emilie, and Erin will be reading from 5:30 to 6:30, at 2727 Prytania Street.

On Thursday, October 29, Peauxdunque leads a reading of new works at the Words & Music Conference at the Hotel Monteleone (200-block of Royal Street) at 4:45 p.m. Maurice will be joined by Terri Shrum, Tad Bartlett, J.Ed. Marston, and Zach Bartlett, who are on the bill with 2015 Kirkus Award nominee Harrison Scott Key, writer and documentarian Ellen Ann Fentress, and Faulkner-Wisdom competition gold medalist Emily Capdeville and short-lister Alex Johnson. The reading will take place in Royal Suites C & D.

On Saturday, October 31, the events head up to the Louisiana Book Festival on the state capitol grounds in Baton Rouge. At 11 a.m. in the House Chamber, Maurice Carlos Ruffin will moderate a presentation by 2015 National Book Award Long-Lister T. Geronimo Johnson, and his book, Welcome to Braggsville. At 1:15 p.m. in Senate Committee Room A, Emilie Staat will interview 2015 Booklist Top-Ten (and New York Times Best-Seller) author M.O. Walsh regarding his book, My Sunshine Away. At 2:15 in the same room, Emilie will interview Jami Attenberg, author of Saint Mazie: A Novel.

A great week and weekend for writing and for books. Come join us!

Upcoming Peauxdunque publications, and competition placings

As usual, Peauxdunque’s been a busy place, with plenty new publication and competition news.

Some excellent upcoming publications are in line already for 2016!

Check out our Facebook page for links to Peauxdunque work as it appears.

In addition, Peauxdunque again placed highly in the various categories of the 2015 William Faulkner-William Wisdom writing competition, put on by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society in conjunction with its annual Words & Music Conference. Tad Bartlett and J.Ed. Marston‘s collaborative novel, The Truth Project, made the Short List for the prize in the novel category; Tad‘s novella, “Marchers’ Season,” was on the Short List for the prize in the novella category; J.Ed.‘s stories, “Search for Missing Girl Continues” and “Saying No,” were a Finalist and a Semi-Finalist, respectively, in the short story category; and J.Ed.‘s poem, “Ulysses on the Stoop,” was a Finalist in the poetry category.

Look out for news regarding Peauxdunquian readings during this year’s Words & Music Conference, October 29-November 1.

Kooy, Carson, and Pruyn publications added to the list

Another publication update for Peauxdunque denizens:

The newest Peauxdunquian, Andrew Kooy, will have his short story “Eclipse” published by Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, at the end of October.

And our Peauxdunque-in-L.A. man of letters, Tom Carson, will have his poem “Moby Dick Joins the Circus” published in the next issue of Black Clock (though under a different title).

Also, Peauxdunque peaux-et Cassie Pruyn recently had three poems published in Issue 3 of Big Big Wednesday, which you can purchase here.

Looking forward to reading all of these! More updates soon.