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.

Publication update from Peauxdunque

30A-Book-Cover-740-x-480Susan Vallee, Peauxdunque’s Florida contingent, checks in with a new book, Meet Me On 30A, published by Southwestern Publishing Group. Susan writes about the mix of natural habitat, old Florida coastal charm, and new urbanism along the stretch of Florida panhandle coast ribboned by highway 30A, and the book includes a number of photographs by Florida artists and recipes from chefs whose restaurants line the highway.

In additional publication news, Tad Bartlett has learned that his short story, “Through the Valley of the Shadow of Home,” has been accepted for publication in the October 2014 issue of up-and-coming journal, Bird’s Thumb. Tad performed a reading of this story at the Sunday Shorts reading series co-sponsored by Peauxdunque and the Melanated Writers Collective at the Red Star Galerie last year.

More publications, conferences, and another win

Emily Choate and Terri Shrum Stoor have been selected to attend the 2014 Sewanee Writers’ Conference! Emily, along with Maurice Carlos Ruffin and Dana Glass, has also been selected to attend the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop. Other Peauxdunque travels to summer workshops include Terri, J.Ed. Marston, and Susan Bennett Vallee attending the Yokshop Writers’ Workshop in Oxford, Mississippi.

On the publications front, Emily has two recent reviews out on Chapter 16.org: one of Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains; and one of Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly, an essay anthology edited by Beth Ann Fennelly.

Also, the wonderful book, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, containing Maurice‘s excellent essay on the St. Claude Avenue corridor, has been selected as the book for the 2014 One Book One New Orleans project.

Among recent competition wins and awards by Peauxdunquians lately, Tad Bartlett‘s story, “Superpowerless,” received the Svenson Award for Fiction, awarded annually by the UNO Creative Writing Workshop. We also have news of another incredible competition win by a Peauxdunque denizen, but have to hold our huzzahs until that competition makes its official announcement; but when it comes, we’ll share a behind-the-scenes story of how it came to be. Stay tuned!

An update on competitions and publications

Peauxdunquian Maurice Ruffin’s short story “The Winter Lion” was selected as one of the top ten finalists in the 2012 Tennessee Williams Festival fiction contest. Many congratulations to Maurice!

Also, friend-of-Peauxdunque Susan Vallee has published an essay in VIE magazine entitled “A Writing Conference to Ruin the Rest,” (starts on page 64) about the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers. An excellent essay, with great photos, including one of Susan along with friend-of-Peauxdunque Tom Franklin and Peauxdunquians Emily Choate, Terri Stoor, J.Ed. Marston, and Tad Bartlett.