Update On Our Authors

We've been consistently pleased with the quality of our authors since our inception and have always believed they would continue to achieve notable things. Although we try to forward information on social media when we see that they've posted news, we haven't kept up with everything. Seems like the perfect time to spotlight their accomplishments. Here's the news on some of the authors we were able to catch up with.

David Olimpio had his first (and our first) book, This Is Not a Confession, arrive 4/22/16 followed by a well-attended launch party at Deep Vellum Bookstore in Dallas, TX with Kendra Fortmeyer and Tyler Gobble also reading. He has been touring parts of the country, reading with other notable authors as he goes. We've received consistently good reviews and are trying to keep our distributor, SPD books, stocked with copies. If you haven't yet picked up a copy, you can do so on this website, at the SPD website, at Amazon, or at your local independent bookstore. Our next big series of events will kick off June 4th at BookPeople here in Austin followed by events in Dallas and Houston.

Dan Bevacqua has a new short story in The Literary Review

Chelsea Martin has her novella, Mikey, coming out in July from Curbside Splendor. Pre-order here. We featured an excerpt of this in her Awst chapbook. Read the announcement and reviews here

P. E. Garcia started his PhD at Temple University, joined Awst as a Contributing Editor, and has five new poems coming out on Fog Machine.

Normandy Sherwood has her play, Permanent Caterpillar, starting on 5/21/16 in Brooklyn, NY. We featured the script for this play in her Awst chapbook. We posted about her Indiegogo campaign—it's running through 5/25/16. Here is the FB event page with info on tickets.

Melanie Westerberg was given a 4-week residency at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City so that she could work on her novel.

Kendra Fortmeyer won a Pushcart Prize for "Things I Know To Be True" in One Story and is attending a Clarion workshop this summer. She has a story, "Squaline", being reprinted in an anthology called The Museum of All Things Awesome And That Go Boom by Upper Rubber Boot, whose launch site for the book is really clever—modeled as though it is a website for an actual museum/tourist destination for aliens.

LaToya Watkins has stories published in Ruminate (He Own The Night) and Passages North (Peeling) this spring. She will be completing a stay at MacDowell Colony shortly and in August will return to the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference.

Erin Pringle-Toungate has a new book, The Whole World at Once, that will be published by West Virginia University Press with their Vandalia Press imprint. Publication is slated for Spring 2017. The book will include her piece that was featured in her Awst chapbook.

Donald Quist has been busy. He co-created Poet in Bangkok, a serial podcast exploring censorship and self-expression during an era of military rule in Thailand. His book, Harbors, will be our second full-length publication and is scheduled for this Fall. Selections from Harbors appeared in the spring issue of North American Review and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. He accepted a fellowship from Kimbilio Fiction for July. He interviewed Kali VanBaale about her novel The Good Divide (Midwestern Gothic Press) and our discussion will be published at Fiction Writers Review in June. He'll be doing a few readings in the U.S. this summer. 

A heartfelt round of applause to a great group of authors. Thank you for supporting them! We will do this again soon when we have more news to share.