In stories: British writer Geoff Mead’s short story, Room 1-0-1, written during this year’s Poulstone/Treowen workshop, was published in The Phare Literary Magazine’s Summer Edition: https://www.thephare.com/short-stories/room-1-0-1- Australian Rashida Murphy has had a collection of short stories which “mostly all had their beginnings in Freefall” shortlisted for the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. She is also writing personal essays, one of which you can read on https://www.portsidereview.com/y5w2-rashida-murphy.
In books: Jocelyn Terell Allen, a former principal dancer with the National Ballet, has published Early Days, Early Dancers (Inanna), a finely-woven collection of reminiscences showing the early days of Canada’s National Ballet School and National Ballet, through the eyes of its dancers.
Vancouver writer Betty Wall’s engrossing novella, No Way Out (Atmosphere Press), was the winner of a Canada Book Award. Nick Amatuzio’s satiric novel, Before the Cut, was published by City Limits Publishing in Tennessee. Gulara Vincent’s memoir, Hammer, Sickle & Broom: A Memoir of Intergenerational Trauma in Azerbaijan, developed over several workshops and in mentorship,has been published in England. It’s a powerful, eye-opening read.
In poetry: four of Susan Smith’s poems have been chosen for the annual anthology of the Canadian Authors’ Association, Niagara Branch, The Banister. One, entitled “Entry”, has been awarded 2nd prize among 400 entries in the Ontario-wide poetry contest on which the anthology is based. Diana Cawfield’s poem, “Solitude”, won a Judge’s Choice Award in the Ultra Short Poem Competition, 2020, of The Ontario Poetry Society. Kim Roberts (former head of Extension at UWA, and a strong Freefall supporter/participant) has published Sometimes: Selected Poems 1968-2020. Barbara Orlowska-Westwood, also in Australia, has published Living Lines Are Never Straight (also available as an e-book from Ingram Spark).