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The Southampton Review Announces the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize

frank mccourtThe Southampton Review, the literary journal devoted to emerging and established writers and artists, has announced the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize.

The submission period opens at midnight February 15, 2016 and closes at midnight March 15.

The contest seeks "writing that is intimate, illuminating, moving, tragicomic, or just plain comic." Alumni and current MFA students of Stony Brook Southampton are welcome to enter the contest. There is a $10 submission fee per entry.

First prize is $1,000 and second prize is $500. Winners will be published in the Summer/Fall 2016 Issue of TSR. Multiple submissions of 4,500 words or less will be accepted. Learn more at The Southampton Review website's submission page.

McCourt was a member of the Southampton MFA Creative Writing and Fiction faculty for almost a decade, and turned the odds of a difficult childhood in his favor, finding riches in poverty, family, immigration and teaching.

McCourt wrote Angela's Ashes in 1996, at the age of 60, and received the Pulitzer Prize (1997) and National Book Circle Award (1996).  That initial effort was followed by ‘Tis (1999), Teacher Man (2005) and Angela and the Baby Jesus (2007). He passed away in 2009.

Dedicated to publishing fine fiction, nonfiction, plays, screenplays, poetry, literary cartoons, photography and art, The Southampton Review opens its pages to writers from across the globe whose work is compelling.

Writers with questions about the prize can email


UPDATE: Jan. 27 Writers Speak with Artist April Gornik Postponed

april gornikThe Jan. 27 Writers Speak event featuring April Gornik has been postponed by a scheduling conflict. A new date has not yet been set.

Artist April Gornik will be in conversation with Parrish Art Museum Curator of Special Projects Andrea Grover as the Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free artist and author talks and readings returns for the Spring semester at Stony Brook Southampton. Gornik and Grover will be the program’s featured guests on Wednesday, January 27, at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall.

High on the list of topics the two women will discuss will be April Gornik: Drawings (FigureGround Press, 2014), an extensive compilation of charcoal drawings done by Gornik since 1984. Included in this collection of 204 drawings are short introductory essays by Steve Martin and Archie Rand as well as a long, informative conversation with Lawrence Weschler that explores Gornik’s process, subject matter, and aesthetic disposition.

Of interest to writers, in a piece for The Brooklyn Rail, artist and writer Robert Berlind wrote that "Weschler … not only probes Gornik's early development and responds deeply to the work in question, but also aptly introduces poetry by Kay Ryan, Seamus Heaney, Eamon Grennan, James Wright, and Lao Tzu. These excerpts implicitly make the case for poetry, rather than theory or art history, as the most fruitful resource for discussing visual art."

The book also includes an eight-page, handwritten score for a cello and piano composition, "For April," by East End composer Bruce Wolosoff, inspired by one of Gornik's paintings. The musical piece is available through iTunes with purchase of the book.

The drawings in the book have been described by the publisher as "lush and wide-ranging in scope and subject," landscapes that "call out the wild and the cultivated, from the desert to the forest to the sea, and show both the progress and consistency in her evocative approach to drawing."

groverApril Gornik's art has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1998); East Hampton's Guild Hall Museum (1994); the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art (1993); and the Parrish Art Museum (1988). She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guild Hall Museum in 2003. A mid-career retrospective began at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY, in fall 2004, and traveled to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Nebraska and the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin, Ohio.

As the Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, Andrea Grover is initiating new models for temporary and off-site exhibitions via the museum's Platform and Parrish Road Show series. In 2014, Grover received the prestigious Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for the forthcoming exhibition, "Radical Seafaring," at the Parrish Art Museum in 2016.

Other writers scheduled for the series include: Paris Review editor Lorin Stein in conversation with former New Yorker fiction editor Daniel Menaker, February 10; poet Gregory Pardlo, March 2; MFA in Creative Writing faculty members Ursula Hegi, Susan Scarf Merrell, Roger Rosenblatt, Julie Sheehan and Lou Ann Walker, March 9; novelist Terese Svoboda in conversation with poet and MFA in Creative Writing Director Julie Sheehan, March 23; Robert MacNeil in conversation with Roger Rosenblatt, April 6; and Erica Jong, April 27. On May 4, the evening will be devoted to readings by "the stars of tomorrow," students currently enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. The evenings begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. All programs are held in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968.

For more information, call 631-632-5030 or visit the Writers Speak web page. On Facebook, visit Writers Speak Wednesdays; to follow on Twitter, @ WritersSpeakWed.


New Non-Credit Writing Workshop Comes to Stony Brook Southampton

Passionate and talented writers in the Southampton area and eastern Long Island are eligible to attend a new non-credit workshop at Stony Brook Southampton. Offered on Wednesdays from 5:20 to 8:10 p.m., January 27 through May 18, the workshop will focus on multiple genres.

Students are not required to be accepted by, nor enrolled in, the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing program to take the course, which will be taught by William Ste. Marie.

Students will start by reading works across genres to discover what drives great writing. They will then analyze story elements and structure. After developing a general foundation in the basics of writing, the class will zero in on specific attributes of craft through the genres of short story, scriptwriting, and poetry.

By the end of the course, students will have produced one quality poem, short story, and short film script. Class size is limited to 16 students; the 17-session class costs $700.

William Ste. Marie was born and raised in New York City’s forgotten borough of Staten Island. A certified English teacher and recipient of the College of Staten Island’s Creative Writing Award, he is an MFA candidate in the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program.

Ste. Marie is an instructor at Stony Brook University and at the College of Staten Island. Also a lifelong musician, he has played gigs at such New York City haunts as Webster Hall, Gramercy Theatre, and the Bitter End. 

For more information, call 631-632-5030; to apply, visit the workshop's web page. William Ste. Marie can be reached with questions at