Monday, December 24, 2007

Thesis Binders

I have two extra of the 1-1/2" thesis binders, if anyone is interested in purchasing them directly from me (if you order on line you must buy in bundles of 6). Let me know. I can bring them to residency with me.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Residency Schedule

The schedule for the January residency is available at the MFA web page--

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Roommate for 2008 AWP Conference

I am looking for a female roommate during the AWP Conference Jan 30-Feb 2 in NYC. I have reservations at the  Doubletree Time Square, 7 blocks from the conference site.

Contact me if you're interested at

Polly Giantonio

Workshop List Problems?

Some of you have reported problems with the workshop enrollment spreadsheet. I encourage everyone to go directly to the MFA web page ( IN A NEW BROWSER to confirm your enrollments. The link is near the top of the page.


Creative Writers Opportunities List

I am on this e-mail list (a mentor recommended it) and think it is a valuable resource. Of course, it does add extra messages to your box. Try it out and see if it works for you. Their info. below:

Looking for a gift for the writer on your list?
Give them the gift of the Creative Writers Opportunities List--a gift at no
cost to you or to them.

Here are instructions for joining the list. Feel free to forward this e-mail
to writer friends as a holiday gift they'll use all year.

Please note that the list will be on hiatus from Dec. 23, 2007 through
January 3, 2008, so any new subscribers will start seeing messages arrive after the
New Year.

To join CRWROPPS-B, send a blank e-mail message to
(replace (at) with @). You will be sent an e-mail with further
instructions on joining the list.


and click on "Join This Group." Follow on-screen prompts
to complete sign-up.

Happy Holidays from CRWROPPS-B!

Allison Joseph, Moderator
Creative Writers Opportunities List (CRWROPPS-B)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Workshop Enrollments

Please visit the link below to check the workshops you'll be in at the residency

then check the workshop descriptions for the prep work you need to do in advance of the residency

Reminder to Internship/Practicum Students

Please have your on-site supervisor for you internship or practicum mail or email an evaluation of your performance this semester to the MFA office. We need to receive it by Dec. 27 at the latest.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

"Summon Bind Banish" in Bandersnatch

Bandersnatch, edited by Paul Tremblay and Sean Wallace, is out now! The anthology contains my story "Summon Bind Banish", which was workshopped in our very own online multigenre workshop last year.

The book also got a neat review in Publishers Weekly, excerpted below:

"It may or may not be frumious, but this original anthology from Tremblay and Wallace positively revels in the “strange, dark, and unpredictable.” Nearly all the thirteen stories have both feet firmly in the avant-garde. Several tilt toward black-humored horror, and even the authors’ bios run to the bizarre. ... This corner of the genre is very much an acquired taste, but for those who dig that funky groove, this anthology more than delivers what it promises."—Publishers Weekly.

Friday, December 14, 2007

E-Publicist Needed for Brookfield Craft Center

FYI - I just received info on this Danbury-area media communications opportunity. If you're interested, the contact name is below.


E-Publicist Help Needed

Here at the Brookfield Craft Center, we're busy producing exciting programs and events for 2008 and beyond that support creativity and fine craftsmanship. We’re creating course catalogs, gallery posters, new releases and e-mail communications that help spread the word about the many opportunities for people to experience the richness and diversity of the contemporary craft world and the artists that make up the communities that Brookfield Craft Center serves.

We could use some help in getting this information out to the local, regional and national print, broadcast and electronic media. We're hoping to find a talented 21st century publicist-communications person with experience in electronic media communications as well as traditional print and broadcast media to help us on a project-by-project basis with these and other communication efforts.

If you have experience in media communications and a passion to support the world of fine craftsmanship, creativity and good design, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact me directly to explore this special opportunity.

Thanks so much,

Jack Russell, Executive Director
Brookfield Craft Center

P.O. Box 122
286 Whisconier Road (Rte 25)

Brookfield, CT 06804
203-775-4526 x102

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A call to the Sci-Fi followers

With the recent movie release of "I Am Legend" with Will Smith, I've been reading up on Richard Matheson since I had never heard of him before. I didn't realize that the movie, "What Dreams May Come" with Robin Williams was based on one of his books.

So for the Sci-Fi followers, what do you think of Matheson? Is the book "Dreams" worth reading or should I not bother?

Monday, December 10, 2007

April 29th at Whirligig

My story April 29th appears in the first issue of the new e-zine Whirligig.

For those who were involved in the zine scene of the early part of this decade, you may remember a paper litzine of the same name published by Frank Marcopolos (aka Brooklyn Frank). Marcopolos sold the name to J.D. Finch who has turned it into a combination ezine/print zine that does the welome, if unzinely, thing of paying its contributors some small amount.

Anyway, do check it out.

Click Me

Friday, December 07, 2007

Residency Workshops

MFA Students,

Laurel is posting the residency workshops to the MFA web page. Please review the workshops and email me your preferences (1st and 2nd) for each day. As usual, I will try to meet everyone's request, but it's usually not possible to meet 100% of requests for everyone.

Please email your preferences to me ( no later than noon on Wednesday, the 12th of December.


Staged Reading of Finding Patience


I'm pleased to announce a script reading of Finding Patience. It's a feature length screenplay that I began work on last semester. If you're interested in attending the reading, please rsvp. Below is the invite.

Happy Holidays!

Aaliyah Miller

The New York Chapter of the
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

invites you to a Script Reading

hosted by
Arlene Dahl

Aaliyah Miller

Monday, December 17

Reception at 5:30

Reading at 6:00

Reservations required.

To reserve and for midtown location information
call NATAS at:

212 459-3630 X 204

Dietary Restrictions at Residency

Folks, if you're coming to the January residency and you have any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, allergies, etc.), please let Laurel know ASAP (