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CONGRATULATIONS: New chapbooks from MMIX Poets!

Congratulations to Rachelle Cruz and Mehnaz Sahibzada whose chapbooks are recently published or forthcoming later this year!

  • You can order signed copies of Rachelle’s chapbook, SELF-PORTRAIT AS RUMOR AND BLOOD, published by Dancing Girl Press on her website.


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Hello MMIX writers and readers,

We’re at the halfway point of summer 2011, and we can’t believe it’s been TWO years since we “graduated” from the PEN USA Fellowship. Time flies!

Just a few updates…and congratulations to all!

*Erika Ayon is heading to Cal State Fresno this Fall to pursue her MFA in Poetry.

*John Boucher was just awarded a 2011 LAMBDA Literary Fellowship, which is hosted at UCLA this year.

*Sylvia Sukop will be attending the Squaw Valley Writers Retreat this August.

*Marissay Tinloy’s short story “Snow Globe” won first place in the UC Davis Elliot Gilbert Prize. She will be attending the Tomales Bay Writers Workshops on a fellowship in October.

*Mehnaz Turner is participating in The Mark Program in Poetry through PEN Center USA. She’s blogging about it here.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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CONGRATULATIONS: Mehnaz Turner featured in Newer Poets XVI Reading at Central Library


Congratulations to MMIX poet, Mehnaz Turner who will be featured in the Newer Poets XVI Reading!

ALOUD at Central Library
630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Thursday, July 07, 2011 7:00 PM

Lory Bedikian, A. Razor, Cassandra Love,
Sherman Pearl, Anthony Seidman, Mehnaz Turner

Hosted by Suzanne Lummis, Los Angeles Poetry Festival,
and Richard Modiano, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

For more information on the poets and to make reservations:

Mehnaz Turner was born in Pakistan and raised in southern California. She is a 2009 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry. Her work has appeared in publications such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mascara Literary Review, The Journal of Pakistan Studies, Cahoots Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine, and An Anthology of California Poets.

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CONGRATULATIONS: John Boucher receives 2011 Lambda Literary Fellowship in Non-Fiction


Congratulations to fellow MMIX writer John Boucher, who has just received a 2011 Lambda Literary Fellowship!

Forty-two talented emerging writers representing every region of the United States and traveling from as far away as Canada and Japan, were selected and will come to Los Angeles this August for the Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Writers.

The Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices was established in 2007 as the newest program of Lambda Literary Foundation and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBT writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the very best writers in the LGBT community. Faculty have included Dorothy Allison, Claire Carmichael, Bernard Cooper, Elana Dykewomon, Katherine V. Forrest, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Eloise Klein Healy, Fenton Johnson, Michael Nava, D.A. Powell, John Rechy, Ellen Bass, Ellery Washington and Nicola Griffith.

For more information on the Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat, you can check it out here:


John Boucher started writing in 2005 in HIV+ Writing Workshops sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. His first published piece, “Speaking in Tongues,” appeared in Washburn University’s inscape literary journal, where it won the 2009 Best Nonfiction award. John was a 2009 PEN Center USA Emerging Voice Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2009/2010 Community Access Scholarship to UCLA, where he studied and worked on Dichondra, his collection of humorously dark nonfiction stories. John attended Corcoran College of Art and Design and earned his MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Born in 1962 and raised in Los Angeles, John lives in West Hollywood. (Photo by Don Tinling.)

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CONGRATULATIONS: Mehnaz Turner featured on Writers At Work

Enjoy Mehnaz Turner’s poem Whoever Loves Me chosen as the September Poem of the Month on the Writers At Work website.

Congratulations, Mehnaz!

About Writers At Work

Writers At Work is a creative writing center based in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Founded by Terry Wolverton in 1997, WAW provides ongoing weekly workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; special workshops on a variety of topics; one-on-one consultations with writers; manuscript review; and occasional public readings, writing retreats, and publication projects. We exist to provide opportunities to deepen one’s craft, find supportive community, and cultivate an audience for one’s work.

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Sylvia Sukop and Mehnaz Turner represent Emerging Voices 2009 at Strange Cargo Release Party

Brava to Sylvia Sukop, Mehnaz Turner and all the Emerging Voices alumni who read at the release party for STRANGE CARGO, an Emerging Voices Anthology, at Skylight Books!  Congratulations again to EV alumni whose work is included in STRANGE CARGO!  MMIX Writers, Erika Ayon, John Boucher, Rachelle Cruz and Parnaz Foroutan are also featured.

Sylvia Sukop and Mehnaz Turner representing MMIX and EV 2009 at Skylight Books. Photo by Bonnie Kaplan

Sylvia Sukop and Rachelle Cruz chat before the STRANGE CARGO reading. Photo by Bonnie Kaplan

Skylight Bookstore is packed with folks hungry for stories. Photo by Bonnie Kaplan

"These are voices which demand to be heard, and the reader is grateful that...they have received the help, guidance and encouragement to allow their unique sound, their irreplaceable vision, to reach the reading world." Former EV Mentor and author advocate of the Emerging Voices program, Janet Fitch reads her foreword in STRANGE CARGO. Photo by Bonnie Kaplan

Sylvia Sukop reads excerpts from her memoir, DIFFICULT LIGHT. Photo by Bonnie Kaplan

"I remembered when Alex was little, taking him to a small ski area in Pennsylvania, not far from where we lived then. I taught him to ski by placing him and his short skis in between my long ones, both of us facing forward. He leaned back against my legs, neither of us using poles, and we glided down the slope as one, going not for speed but for a fearless and intuitive connection with the snow." - excerpt from DIFFICULT LIGHT by Sylvia Sukop, published in STRANGE CARGO. Photo by Bonnie Kaplan

"When I die, I said, pointing at the crumbs/ on my plate, bury me in these." - Mehnaz Turner reads "Second Eulogy", a poem from her memoir in verse, TONGUE-TIED. Photo by Rachelle Cruz

"All day the liquored branches/ seemed to flirt. My husband whispers,/ let's hug a tree. Some are 3000/ years ancient, and for once I feel/ less like an aging teacher/ with wisps of white hair/ behind the ears." - Mehnaz Turner's poem "Lip-Reading in Sequoia," included in both her memoir in verse, TONGUE TIED, and the EV anthology, STRANGE CARGO. Photo by Rachelle Cruz

Friend of L.A. writers and Erika Ayon enjoy supporting indie bookstores, like Skylight! Photo by Bonnie Kaplan

Marytza Rubio, Davin Malasarn, Cara Chow, Pireeni Sundaralingam and Mehnaz Turner -- all Emerging Voices alumni-- show off the new anthology, STRANGE CARGO. Photo by Bonnie Kaplan

For more information on purchasing STRANGE CARGO, an Emerging Voices anthology, please visit PEN USA’s website here.


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CONGRATULATIONS!: Sylvia Sukop’s “Early Harvest” in Obit Magazine and more good news

Sylvia Sukop reads from her memoir, Difficult Light, at The Rubin Museum of Art

Sylvia reads about her brother's last days. Photos courtesy of Killing the Buddha.

Congratulations to Sylvia Sukop!  She was awarded the final winner of the Remember That You Will Die writing contest, co-sponsored by The Rubin Museum of Art and Killing the Buddha.

An excerpt from her memoir, Difficult Light, was published in Obit Magazine.  Enjoy Sylvia’s essay, “Early Harvest” here. Check out the event audio from The Rubin Museum of Art reading here on the Killing the Buddha website.

Congratulations again to Sylvia who will be headed to the Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency this fall!

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