April Newsletter

April, 2014

Below you will find information related to the program and writing in general. Please send your updates to me at theloftmtsu@gmail.com.

–Karen Alea Ford


Save the Date: Our Fall Conference will be held Saturday, September 20th at MTSU. More details to come.

The novel workshop with Darnell Arnoult on April 26th is full. We look forward to seeing many of you there. Yes, we’ll arrange for her to return!

Registration for Summer Session opens soon. It starts June 1st and lasts until August 31st. $1,000. Feel free to email me with questions.



Gloria Ballard:  A feature by nonfiction mentor Gloria Ballard, “Garden events bloom after a long, cold winter,” appeared in The Tennessean on March 29. http://www.tennessean.com/story/life/home-garden/2014/03/27/garden-events-bloom-long-cold-winter/6982125/

Bill Brown: I have new work forthcoming in River Styx, Broad River Review, Conclave: Journal of Character, Number One, and Nashville Arts Magazine May edition. I will be reading a new poem, “Dance” for the artist, Carlos Barela in an Ekphrases event at the Ortega Gallery in Phoenix, Az, May 2. My Poem “The Names of Creeks” was selected for Poetry in the Parks and will be preserved on Granite at Edmond’s Park outside of Boston, MA.

Linda Busby Parker: I’m reviewing Roy Hoffman’s new novel, COME LANDFALL (Tuscaloosa:  University of Alabama Press, 2014), for the writers’ magazine 2ND AND CHURCH; that same book review will also appear on-line at the Alabama Writer’s Forum website.  It’s the story of three women, war, and the men they loved and is set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Roy Burkhead spoke for the Pensters March meeting in Fairhope, Alabama.  Actually, we double-teamed—I asked questions about 2ND AND CHURCH and he answered them.  He answered them very well!!  The Pensters loved him.  He nowhas a following on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.  The Loft makes so many great connections possible.  I’ve attached photos.

I entered the RIVER STYX Flash Fiction Contest—top prize was $!,000 and a case of micro-brewed beer.  My piece, “Stage Whispers,” was a semi-finalist.  Very nice—but no beer.

Terry Price, Charlotte Dixon and I are working on a program proposal for the next AWP Conference (Associated Writing Programs) in Minneapolis, 2015.  The program title is–“Creating Characters from the Inside Out: Tools and Inspiration.”

Meanwhile, I have been writing, writing, writing!

 Kory Wells:

I’m participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway, a nationwide blogging event, on my blog at http://korywells.com/2014/03/the-big-poetry-giveaway/
Also on my blog is a round-up of articles about National Poetry Month here in middle Tennessee, including one by Loft alumni Sandy Coomer and my own in The Murfreesboro Pulsehttp://korywells.com/2014/04/middle-tennessee-poetry-news/
I’m just back from the Tennessee Mountain Writers workshop, where I had presented ideas for starting – or building a better – blog, and presented my poetry with the help of musician Kelsey Wells.
Alumni and Students:
Amanda Moon:

My book, Your Pilates Life, is available for free download: http://books.noisetrade.com/amandamichellemoon/your-pilates-life.
Last weekend I attended the Prairie Gate Literary Festival at University of Minnesota Morris and got to attend wonderful workshops by Joanna Scott and Matt Hart. In Matt’s workshop, focused on poetry, we practiced different “tricks” to get writing. This was my favorite: Go to a story that sells paint. Pick out one sample page with three or more colors on it. Pick out one singe color sample. Write a poem using all of the color names, in the order they appear on the samples. Your single color can go at the beginning or the end. In Joanna’s we talked about narrative voice and studied examples from “Exercises in Style” by Raymond Queneau. Really, really interesting read and I highly recommend it- he writes the same story 99 times, but using a different style each time.
My first novel, Stealing the Ruby Slippers will be available on May 12! Information available here: http://amandamichellemoon.com/writing/stealing-the-ruby-slippers.
Leisa Hammett: “You do know about “Listen to Your Mother, Nashville,” right? You’re gonna laugh. You’re gonna cry. And, you’re going to be really sorry if you miss our one-time performance about the beauty and the beast of motherhood, Sat. Apr. 26, 7 PM, TPAC-Tennessee Performing Arts Center‘s Polk Theater.”
Kimberly Cross Teter: The Loft is very excited to announce that Kimberly’s middle-grade historical novel Isabella’s Libretto will be published by Excaliber Press. The press date is in the Fall, and we all look forward to holding one in our hands! Congrats, Kimberly!



Gloria Ballard




Ashley Loar


Jeff Hardin


Leisa Hammett


Jennifer Chesak




Michael Potts

Author’s Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Potts/e/B006EC8XKW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/potts-end-of-summer?keyword=potts+end+of+summer&store=allproducts

Charlotte Dixon Rains


Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor


Emily Davidson Nemoy


Kory Wells




Candace White



*Spoken word artist Minton Sparks (www.mintonsparks.com) will be teaching her next workshop Saturday, May 3rd. Details are below:
Saturday, May 3rd
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Scarritt Bennett Center
1008 19th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
***Space is limited to 20 participants. Registration closes Friday, April 25th at 5 p.m.
 PRICE: $125
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: www.mintonsparks.com/workshop

 * Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards

Sponsor:          Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

SYNOPSIS:  The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation provides an award to
encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace
and the human spirit. All poems must be the original work of the poet,
unpublished, and in English.

Deadline(s):      07/01/2014
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards
PMB 121
1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794

Web Site: http://www.peacecontests.org/
Program URL: http://www.peacecontests.org/poetry/index.php


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