Book Review and Interview with Memoirist Courtney Kersten

In March 2011 Updates on March 2, 2018 at 5:02 pm

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Thaïs had the honor of reviewing Courtney Kersten’s debut memoir, Daughter in Retrograde, for Issue 14 of the museum of americana, an online and print literary review.

The book review is available online at this site:

Thaïs also had the chance to interview the author about astrology, Americana, and research. To read the full interview, please visit:

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Zoetrope: All-Story Winter 2017/2018 Issue and Screenplay Competition Winners

In March 2011 Updates on February 13, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Winter 17_18 Zoetrope Cover

Hung Liu guest designed the Winter 2017/2018 Issue (Vol. 21, No. 4) of Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, where Thaïs volunteers as an editorial reader. This issue features the work of Etgar Keret, David Bezmozgis, Alexandra Chang, and Haruki Murakami.

This issue is available for purchase on the Zoetrope: All-Story website:

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the Fifteenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest! More information can be found here:

The Pleasures and Pains of Small Press Publishing

In March 2011 Updates on November 6, 2017 at 12:16 am

If you are planning to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, please check out “The Pleasures and Pains of Small Press Publishing,” a panel on Thursday, March 8 from 9:00 am to 10:15 am EST at the Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor in Tampa, FL.

Small presses offer unique advantages and challenges for writers. This panel, moderated by Thaïs Miller, seeks to help writers successfully navigate the world of indie publishing across genres, especially as additional work falls on writers’ shoulders, from hiring outside editors to generating publicity. Poets, playwrights, fiction writers, essayists, and editors discuss the practices that helped them foster high quality books and connect with readers while addressing the limitations of the small press world.

Panelists include:

  • Olivia Kate Cerrone, the author of The Hunger Saint, an SPD Fiction Bestseller. Her Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction won the Crab Orchard Review’s Jack Dyer Prize. Her writing appears in The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, The Huffington Post and elsewhere. She is an editor for Consequence Magazine.
  • Monica Wendel, whose first book No Apocalypse, was selected by Bob Hicok as the winner of the Georgetown Review Press Poetry Manuscript Contest. She is also the author of three chapbooks, most recently English Kills (Autumn House Press, 2016), which won the Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest.
  • Peg Alford Pursell, author of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, and many other journals and anthologies. She is the director and founder of WTAW Press and Why There Are Words national reading series.
  • C Dylan Bassett’s books are The Invention of Monsters: Plays for the Theatre (2015) and A Failed Performance: Selected Plays of Daniil Kharms (2018). His recent work is published in Black Warrior Review, Ninth Letter, Washington Square and elsewhere. He’s a PhD student in Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz.