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 Mainieri, 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!

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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.

Peauxdunque publishing on both sides of the pond

In the latest publication news from Peauxdunque, April Blevins Pejic will have her excellent essay, “Affray,” published in the next issue of Green Briar Review. And Tad Bartlett will have his short story, “Birmingham Breakdown,” published in the upcoming issue of The Stockholm Review of Literature! Keep an eye on Peauxdunque’s Facebook page for links to these stories, and more, as they go live.

Peauxdunque Pushcart nominees for 2015

Maurice and TadFor 2015 small press publications, two of Peauxdunque’s own have been tapped as nominees for the Pushcart Prize. For fiction, Maurice Carlos Ruffin‘s short story, “The Boy Who Would Be Oloye,” has been nominated by The Massachusetts Review. This is Maurice’s second Pushcart nomination, as he also received a nomination last year from The Knicknackery. For non-fiction, Tad Bartlett‘s piece, “Head Space,” has been nominated by The Writing Disorder.

Onward into 2016!

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)

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.

Peauxdunque coming soon to a library near you

Two library events coming up featuring Peauxdunquers.

Photo credit: Kiki Whang

Photo credit: Kiki Whang

The first is this Thursday, July 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the East Jefferson main branch at 4747 West Napoleon, and will feature readings by Maurice Carlos Ruffin and Emilie Staat. In addition to reading from recent work, Maurice and Emilie will discuss writing, how to get involved in local writing groups, and how to get involved in writing contests.

The second is at the Rosa Keller branch of the New Orleans Public Library at 4300 South Broad Street on Thursday, July 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Titled “Our Own Private Peauxdunque,” the event will feature readings by Maurice, Terri S. Shrum, and Tad Bartlett. It’s being billed by the library as a 21-and-older event, and wine will be served up with the words.

Maurice, Tad, and Terri, at the final Summit dinner

Maurice, Tad, and Terri, at the final Summit dinner

Two more Peauxdunque publications!

Two new publications from Peauxdunque are forthcoming! Terri S. Shrum has a tense and beautiful story titled “Dry Dirt with Every Step,” which will come out in the second issue of The Frank Martin Review. Tad Bartlett‘s superhero counter-narrative, “Superpowerless,” will be published by The Subtopian. Keep an eye out, and as always, we’ll keep you updated on future Peauxdunque publications and readings.

Also, scroll down the sidebar on our main page to see a list of all the journals and reviews and websites where Peauxdunquians publish, and take a moment to like and follow those places on social media.

More publications, plus MFA news

Peauxdunque’s Maurice Carlos Ruffin will have two pieces published by Green Mountains Review in the coming months. GMR will feature Maurice’s story, “The Places I Couldn’t Go,” in GMR Online this summer; and will publish his story, “Jonestown,” in its Fall 2015 print issue!

In other news, this month Dana Glass and Tad Bartlett joined Maurice and April Blevins as Peauxdunque graduates from the MFA program at the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans. During the CWW graduate reading and honors banquet, Dana received the Ernest and Shirley Svenson Award for fiction, and Tad was named a finalist for the Samuel Mockbee Award for non-fiction.

Tad Bartlett, Dana Glass, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, with fellow CWW writer Phinnie Zahareas, at the 2015 CWW Graduate Honors Banquet

Tad Bartlett, Dana Glass, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, with fellow CWW writer Phinnie Zahareas, at the 2015 CWW Graduate Honors Banquet