Words for Terri Sue: Meet the writers, part 3

Next week, on August 30, a special coming together of the writing tribes (and those who love them, or at least dig them) will occur at Three Keys (at the Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet Street, NOLA), as six best-selling and award-winning writers will present work at a benefit reading for Peauxdunque founding member Terri Sue Shrum. In May, Terri was diagnosed with inoperable stage-4 pancreatic cancer. Since then, Terri has begun chemotherapy treatments at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, and writers nationwide have come together to help with an active fund-raising campaign to help Terri with her out-of-pocket treatment-related expenses. From 7 to 9 p.m. on August 30, we’ll continue that, with tunes spun by DJ Sep (Giuseppe Catania) and an evening emcee’d by Nick Fox. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted at the door and throughout the evening; RSVP here.

Our third featured writer is Gian Francisco Smith. Gian is an artist local to New Orleans. Although most notable as a poet due to his work with the second season of Treme, Gian is talented at many crafts. He is a promising film maker. His short film, “The Adulterer,” which is currently in development as a series, has been screened at almost a dozen film festivals including winning the prestigious Remi Award at Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival, a distinction shared with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Ang Lee. Gian was featured at Peauxdunque’s first “Yeah You Write” event in 2011, and we’re grateful to have him back on the line-up next week, alongside M.O. Walsh, Bill Loehfelm, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Nick Manieri, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin.

Gian "The G-Perspective" Smith, Oct. 2011

Gian “The G-Perspective” Smith, Oct. 2011

Words for Terri Sue: Meet the writers, part 2

In one week, on August 30, a special coming together of the writing tribes (and those who love them, or at least dig them) will occur at Three Keys (at the Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet Street, NOLA), as six best-selling and award-winning writers will present work at a benefit reading for Peauxdunque founding member Terri Sue Shrum. In May, Terri was diagnosed with inoperable stage-4 pancreatic cancer. Since then, Terri has begun chemotherapy treatments at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, and writers nationwide have come together to help with an active fund-raising campaign to help Terri with her out-of-pocket treatment-related expenses. From 7 to 9 p.m. on August 30, we’ll continue that, with tunes spun by DJ Sep (Giuseppe Catania) and an evening emcee’d by Nick Fox. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted at the door and throughout the evening; RSVP here.

The second of our featured writers is Maurice Carlos Ruffin. When I asked Maurice for a bio, this is what he wrote: “Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s work has appeared in AGNI, Kenyon Review, and Massachusetts Review. He is a recipient of the Iowa Review Fiction Award and the William Faulkner Award for Novel in Progress. Maurice loves him some Terri.” All of that is true, but there’s much more. Maurice most recently is back from a fellowship at VONA and a waitership at Bread Loaf, each of which he attested to being life-changing. His short stories and essays have been published widely and to more acclaim than I can say here. But his work right now, the novel-in-progress, is already getting a lot of attention in the literary demi-world, and will hopefully birth out into the real world of readers in the near future (you will not be disappointed once you read it; it is filled with beauty and challenge and conviction). So come out and listen to Maurice, along with Nick Manieri, M.O. Walsh, Bill Loehfelm, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, and Gian Francisco Smith, next Tuesday night!

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Words for Terri Sue: Meet the writers, part 1

In one week, on August 30, a special coming together of the writing tribes (and those who love them, or at least dig them) will occur at Three Keys (at the Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet Street, NOLA), as six best-selling and award-winning writers will present work at a benefit reading for Peauxdunque founding member Terri Sue Shrum. In May, Terri was diagnosed with inoperable stage-4 pancreatic cancer. Since then, Terri has begun chemotherapy treatments at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, and writers nationwide have come together to help with an active fund-raising campaign to help Terri with her out-of-pocket treatment-related expenses. From 7 to 9 p.m. on August 30, we’ll continue that, with tunes spun by DJ Sep (Giuseppe Catania) and an evening emcee’d by Nick Fox. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted at the door and throughout the evening; RSVP here.

The first of our six featured readers is Nicholas Manieri. His debut novel, The Infinite, will be published by Harper Perennial in November of 2016. Born in Miami, Florida, Nicholas has also lived in Colorado and Indiana. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he earned his MFA from the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans. His short stories have appeared in the Southern Review, the Southern Humanities Review, and Salamander, among other literary magazines. He currently teaches writing and literature at Nicholls State University. He resides in New Orleans with his wife and son. Nick will be joined at Words for Terri Sue by writers M.O. Walsh, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Bill Loehfelm, Gian Francisco Smith, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin.

Nicholas Manieri

Nicholas Manieri

 

Catching up with Peauxdunque: News on Zach, Maurice, Cassie, Nordette, and Tad, plus Words for Terri Sue

It’s been far too long since we last updated with goings-on in the land of Peauxdunque, and it’s been a long, busy summer. Even though I’m sure to leave something off, here’s at least a sample of all the news from our corner of Writer-Land:

Zach Bartlett’s book, Northern Dandy, has been released, and an official release party will be held on August 16, at Mimi’s in the Marigny (2601 Royal Street, New Orleans). Northern Dandy collects Zach’s humorous short prose and verse, originally performed with the popular reading series Esoterotica in New Orleans and his one-man stage show as part of 2015’s FringePVD in Rhode Island. His body of bawdy work ranges from multiple-choice misadventures and passive-aggressive etiquette advice to frisky formal poetry experiments, all undertaken with tongue firmly in cheek. Find out more about the release party here.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin has been busy this summer polishing his novel-in-progress. He also attended the VONA Workshop as a fellow in June, and is currently in Vermont on a “waiter-ship” at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Also, Maurice was invited to read his piece, “Grandma’s Books,” at the Bring Your Own storytelling series, which was captured and broadcast by WWNO. Finally, Maurice’s craft piece, “Stanislavski in the Ghetto,” about inhabiting characters and modulating dialect, was published by AGNI.

Cassie Pruyn, always busy with her Bayou St. John historical documentation series over at NolaVie, has also had a few more poems published. CutBank recently published three of Cassie’s poems, “Talk,” “The Week Before Christmas,” and “The Last Time I Saw Her.” Beautiful work, which you must go read.

Nordette Adams has also been busy on the poetry front, with her incredibly moving poem, “digital anthropologists find our hashtags,” published by Rattle. Written in the immediate wake of the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, Nordette’s poem captures the sorrow and the struggle against resignation that this never-ending tragedy cycle engenders.

Tad Bartlett‘s novella, Marchers’ Season, was the subject of an interview by Susan Larson on WWNO’s The Reading Life. Also, Tad’s short story, “Riding in Cars at Night,” has been picked up by Eunoia Review, and is slated to run in late August. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for a link when it goes live.

Finally, as many of you know, founding Peauxdunquian Terri Sue Shrum has been diagnosed with stage-4 pancreatic cancer. She is undergoing treatment at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, and we are running a GoFundMe effort to help Terri cover her extensive out-of-pocket treatment-related expenses; there are a number of our writing friends who have donated signed copies of books as donation incentives, and we encourage you to go check it out (and then go back again as many times as you can–we’re closing in on $8,000 raised for Terri). Also, on August 30, 2016 (7-9 p.m.), we are hosting “Words for Terri Sue,” a benefit reading at the 3 Keys at the Ace Hotel, featuring readings by M.O. Walsh, Bill Loehfelm, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Nick Manieri, Gian Francisco Smith, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin. Admission will be free, but donations will be accepted at all amounts, with a minimum suggested donation of $10. More details will be posted soon!

Publications by Alex Johnson and Susan Vallee; and a reading/release with Maurice Ruffin

More upcoming publication news from Peauxdunque. Long-time Peauxdunquian Susan Bennett Vallee will have her short story, “It Hurt to Remember,” appear in an upcoming issue of Deep South Magazine. And one of our newest members, Alex Johnson, has his story, “Forever Tonight,” in the inaugural issue of Situate Magazine!

Speaking of Situate, they will have a release party this Sunday, June 12, for their inaugural issue at Sidney’s Saloon (1200 St. Bernard, New Orleans) from 4 to 6 p.m. Peauxdunquian Maurice Carlos Ruffin, whose story, “A Brief Visit to San Dominick,” appears in the issue, will be a featured reader, along with C.W. Cannon. There will also be music spun by WWOZ dj George Ingmire, and a special showing of FLOTSAM (by Olivianne Motley) and DOUCE (by Leila Sabbagh and Monika Kozicz), in addition to homemade food, drinks, and other Festivities.

New poem publication for Nordette Adams

Peauxdunque poet Nordette Adams will have her poem, “Reports from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory,” appear in the next issue of About Place Journal! Congratulations to Nordette; her poems are definitely pieces to keep your eye out for (pardon the ending of the sentence in a double preposition) (it’s Friday).

New Publications forthcoming by Kooy and Bartlett

More publications are forthcoming from Peauxdunquians Andrew Kooy and Tad Bartlett.

Andrew‘s short story, “Big and Strong,” will appear in the “Saints”-themed issue of Montreal-based journal, Ricky’s Back Yard. The issue will be released in May 2016.

Tad‘s short story, “The Non-Artists,” will be published in The Mulberry Fork Review, an online journal run out of Vancouver, Glasgow, and Hanceville, Alabama. Their latest issue with Tad’s story will be released the week of April 11, 2016.

Finally, big news is the publication of Tad‘s novella, Marchers’ Season, by the Boston-based Novella-TNovella-T has come up with a new distribution and compensation model for the hard-to-publish novella form. They serialize novellas and distribute installments weekly to subscribers, splitting the subscription revenue with the authors. Marchers’ Season will appear in six installments beginning on April 18, 2016.

Links to these publications and other news will appear as they become available on our Facebook page, so go Like us there!

Andrew Kooy and Tad Bartlett on either side of the group at Peauxdunque's 2016 Writers' Camp in Hopedale, Louisiana. Left-to-right: Andrew Kooy, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Susan Bennett Vallee, Denise Moore, Cassie Pruyn, Emilie Staat, Terri Shrum, Emily Capdeville, J.Ed. Marston, Susan Kagan, Emily Choate, and Tad Bartlett.

Andrew Kooy and Tad Bartlett on either side of the group at Peauxdunque’s 2016 Writers’ Camp in Hopedale, Louisiana. Left-to-right: Andrew Kooy, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Susan Bennett Vallee, Denise Moore, Cassie Pruyn, Emilie Staat, Terri Shrum, Emily Capdeville, J.Ed. Marston, Susan Kagan, Emily Choate, and Tad Bartlett.