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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.
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Zoetrope: All-Story Fall 2017 Issue

In March 2011 Updates on November 6, 2017 at 12:03 am

Zoetrope All Story Fall 2017 Issue Cover

Richard Misrach guest designed the Fall 2017 Issue (Vol. 21, No. 3) of Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, where Thaïs volunteers as an editorial reader. This issue features the work of Elizabeth McCracken, David Bezmozgis, Onyinye Ihezukwu, and Craig Davidson.

This issue is available for purchase on the Zoetrope: All-Story website: http://www.all-story.com/

Action!: Performance, Sport, and Moving Bodies in Film and Visual Media Conference

In March 2011 Updates on August 2, 2017 at 10:42 pm

Thaïs will be presenting original research entitled “Attempts at Historical Revisionism to Reclaim the Legacy and Empowerment of Female Performers in GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” at the Action!: Performance, Sport, and Moving Bodies in Film and Visual Media Conference.

This conference will be hosted by the Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO) at the University of Pittsburgh from September 29th-30th, 2017. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Doyle, University of California, Riverside, Department of Literature.

Short Story Masterpieces

In March 2011 Updates on August 2, 2017 at 10:32 pm

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Survey American and British short fiction written in the 20th and 21st century. Analyze ambitious, self-consciously literary short fiction published in magazines, as well as violent and sensational genre short stories originally published in pulp magazines. Consider what each has to teach about the conventions and concerns of short fiction and the value of literature as opposed to a good story. By the end of the course, you should be able to recognize how elements of fiction are used in short fiction, the differences between genre and literary short fiction, the influence of changing cultural values and social mores on literary works, and what a short story demonstrates about the nature of fiction and the value of storytelling.

Starting on September 16, 2017, Thaïs will teach a 10-week literature course entitled, Short Story Masterpieces (course code: ENGLISH X436 – 002). This course will be held on Saturdays (excluding major holidays) from 1pm – 4pm in-person at UC Berkeley Extension’s Downtown Berkeley Campus.

Required reading material includes 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories edited by Lorrie Moore.

Course Fee: $625.00

To enroll and learn more, please visit: http://extension.berkeley.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=14910326

Exciting Announcements from Zoetrope: All-Story

In March 2011 Updates on August 2, 2017 at 10:17 pm

Zoetrope All Story Summer 2017 Issue Cover

Jeff Bridges guest designed the Summer 2017 Issue (Vol. 21, No. 2) of Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, where Thaïs volunteers as an editorial reader. This issue features stories by Karen Russell, Lily Tuck, Patrick Flanery, and Anton Chekhov.

This issue is available for purchase on the Zoetrope: All-Story website: http://www.all-story.com/

The magazine’s Short Fiction Competition is now accepting entries. The guest judge is Maile Meloy. Before October 2, enter your best work here: http://www.all-story.com/contests.cgi

Great Novels You Always Meant to Read

In March 2011 Updates on May 2, 2017 at 12:20 am

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Read some of most influential novels in the Western canon while examining their rich social, historical and literary contexts. Appropriate for both first-time and repeat readers, this course lets you take part in lively group discussions of classic books.

Starting on June 10, 2017, Thaïs will teach a 10-week literature course entitled, “Great Novels You Always Meant to Read.” This course will be live and in-person at UC Berkeley Extension’s Downtown Berkeley Campus.

Required reading materials include:

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

Course Fee: $595.00

Students can click here to enroll and find out more information.

Zoetrope: All-Story Spring 2017 Issue

In March 2011 Updates on May 2, 2017 at 12:13 am

Zoetrope All Story Spring 2017 Issue Cover

Iggy Pop guest designed the Spring 2017 Issue (Vol. 21, No. 1) of Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, where Thaïs volunteers as an editorial reader. This issue features stories by Téa Obreht, Kathryn Harrison, Elena Ferrante, and Mario Martone.

This issue is available for purchase on the Zoetrope: All-Story website: http://www.all-story.com/

Why There Are Words Presents: Only the Lonely

In March 2011 Updates on March 21, 2017 at 1:07 am

Why There Are Words Reading

When: Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Where: Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito, California 94965

The Why There Are Words Reading (WTAW) Series will feature seven acclaimed authors (Claudia Chapline, Debbie Graber, Gregory Mahrer, Thaïs Miller, Tony Press, Martha Rhodes, and Barbara Tannenbaum) exploring what Only the Lonely means to them, with Peg Alford Pursell hosting. Doors open at 7:00 PM, with the reading starting at 7:15 PM. Entry is $10 at the door. For full bios and more information on WTAW, visit http://www.whytherearewords.com

“The Deep Fat Fryer Incident of February 2012,” a Short Story

In March 2011 Updates on February 17, 2017 at 1:44 am

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Thaïs’s short story “The Deep Fat Fryer Incident of February 2012” is a finalist in the Furious Gazelle’s February 2017 Contest.

You can read this short story online for free by following this link:
http://thefuriousgazelle.com/2017/02/16/thais-miller-february/

Zoetrope: All-Story Winter 2016/2017 Issue

In March 2011 Updates on January 31, 2017 at 12:07 am

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Thaïs volunteers as an editorial reader for Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story.  Olafur Eliasson is the guest designer for the Winter 2016/2017 Issue (Vol. 20, No. 4). This issue also features stories by Jo Lloyd, Elizabeth McCracken, Pedro Almodóvar, Hanif Kureishi, David Bezmozgis, and Lindsay Zibach.

The Winter 2016/2017 Issue is available for purchase on the Zoetrope: All-Story website: http://www.all-story.com/