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November news: Awards, adventures, anthologies & more

Vanessa Wins the James D. Phelan Literary Award

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

Grottoite Vanessa Hua received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan literary award, joining the ranks of past winners who include Raymond Carver and Philip Levine. Tisa Bryant, one of the judges, praised her “thoughtful use of themes, such as scandal, transit and redemption, to expand and dramatize the connections between Asian diasporic characters as complex, mobile and at turns hilariously and painfully human.”

Huge congratulations to Vanessa! She’ll read from her novel-in-progress on November 13, 6:30-8pm, at the San Francisco Foundation, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 1400. For more and to RSVP, go to http://sff.org/programs/awards-programs/art-awards/literary-awards/

Chris Awarded the 2014 Lowell Thomas Award

Chris Colin

Chris Colin

Grottoite Chris Colin won a 2014 Lowell Thomas award for his feature on the odd world of private train fanatics, online at http://www.sunset.com/travel/train. Kudos to Chris!

Maw Reading at Adobe Books on November 15

Grottoite Maw Shein Win will be hosting a reading on Saturday, November 15th at Adobe Books, located at 3130 24th Street, San Francisco, of Bay Area Burmese/Burmese-American/Anglo-Burmese writers, Audrey Esquivel, Su Su Maung, Khin Thiri Nandar Soe, and Kenneth Wong, who will read memoir, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. This special event is free of charge and begins at 7 p.m. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/906320332729248/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

Lavina Hosts a Travel Writing Workshop in Peru

Lavinia Spalding

Lavinia Spalding

Is Machu Picchu on your life list? A few spots are still available in author and The Best Women’s Travel Writing editor Lavinia Spalding‘s six-day writing workshop for women this November. Attendees will spend five nights at Apu Lodge (named the best posada in South America by the Guardian UK ), take a train ride through the jungle to explore Machu Picchu, and have a Peruvian concierge/guide/translator for the entire expedition. But sign up soon—–tickets to Machu Picchu are limited. Find out more about the workshop here: http://kirstenkoza.com/expeditions/inca-tale-machu-picchu-writing-workshop-peru-november-2014/

It’s Not Too Late to Take a Fall Class

Several multi-week and weekend classes at the Grotto are still open for enrollment. Check out Experimental Writing, Writing Your Hero’’s Journey, Using Models to Craft Short Fiction, and two sessions on Writing an Effective Query Letter. Details at http://www.sfgrotto.org/classes/current-class-roster

SheBooks’ Best of Print Anthology Launches at Book Passage

Laura Fraser

Laura Fraser

On December 2nd at Book Passage in Corte Madera, Grotto enterprise member Shebooks presents its first “Best of” print anthology, Whatever Doesn’t Kill You: Six Memoirs of Resilience, Strength, and Forgiveness. It features Grotto authors Mary Jo McConahay, Faith Adiele, Susan Ito, and Ethel Rohan, and it’s edited by our own Laura Fraser. For more details, see http://bookpassage.com/event/mary-jo-conahay-barbara-graham-faith-adiele-ethel-rohan-susan-ito-laura-fraser-whatever-doesnt

SkyMaul2Rob’s SkyMaul 2 Launched This Month

From emeritus colleague Rob Baedeker: The new parody book from Kasper Hauser (that’s him), Dan Klein, James and John Reichmuth, SkyMaul 2, is out this month. You can find it in bookstores and online. This is the follow-up to their book  SkyMaul, which garnered praise from the likes of David Foster Wallace, George Saunders, Patton Oswalt and others.You can sample the goods from both volumes at http://www.skymaul.com.

The authors have recorded an interview about the book with Robert Siegel for “All Things Considered” on NPR–check it out at http://www.npr.org/2014/10/21/357816986/you-definitely-need-this-condo-pony-and-other-products-from-skymaul

Celebrate the Launch of the Newest Travelers’ Tales Title

Writer and editor Lavinia Spalding‘s new anthology from publisher Travelers’ Tales, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 10, hits bookstores this month. This year’s collection features thirty tales from around the world and includes stories from the Grotto’s own Faith Adiele, E.B. Boyd, and Kimberley Lovato. Please mark your calendars for two Best Women’s Travel Writing events in November, both of which are free and open to the public: Weekday Wanderlust at the Hotel Rex on November 17th and Diesel Books in Oakland on November 20th. Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 433-4434. Diesel Books, 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, (510) 653-9965. More info at http://www.laviniaspalding.com/event

The Grotto at Litquake, and go Molly!

FORMER GROTTOITE MOLLY ANTOPOL NOMINATED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

Molly Antopol

Molly Antopol

Former Grottoite Molly Antopol’s first book, the short story collection The Unamericans, is one of this year’s nominees for the National Book Award. Congratulations, Molly! http://nyti.ms/1uVeLSL

 

THE GROTTO DOES LITCRAWL WITH EARTH, WIND, WATER, AND FIRE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18

DLitcrawl San Francisco logoon’t miss the Grotto event during Litcrawl: Hosted by Faith Adiele and Meghan Ward, “Earth, Wind, Water, Fire: A Night With The Elements!” features Grottoites Natalie Baszile, Ali Eteraz, Marianna Cherry, Bonnie Tsui, David B. Feldman and Vanessa Hua, sharing harrowing tales of transformation and survival. October 18, from 7:15-8:15 at the Chapel, 777 Valencia in San Francisco’s Mission.  RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/361310144025716/ learn more at  http://www.litquake.org/events/earth-wind-water-fire-night-elements-presented-san-francisco-writers-grotto

THE BEST OF SHEBOOKS AT LITQUAKE ON OCTOBER 14

Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele

And don’t miss the Best of Shebooks 2014: A Litquake@The Booksmith event, featuring Grottoites and Shebooks authors Faith Adiele, Lucy Bledsoe, Jame Ciabattari, Mona Gable, Susan Ito, Mary Jo McConahay, Micah Perks, Ethel Rohan, and Shebooks Editorial Director Laura Fraser. Shebooks publishes high-quality short ebooks by and for women, available at Shebooks.net. Tonight it presents several authors reading from their works, and celebrates the release of a special print memoir anthology, “Whatever Doesn’t Kill You.” Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. More info at: http://www.litquake.org/events/shebooks-litquake

ETHAN AND JD RELIVE THE BIG ONE, ALONG WITH JOSH KORNBLUTH, C.W. NEVIUS, GARY KAMIYA, AND FRANK JORDAN ON OCTOBER 17

Where were you when the (semi) Big One hit? And can you believe it’s been 25 years already? Join Litquake and San Francisco magazine over cocktails at Alfred’s legendary steakhouse for storytelling by Grotto co-founders Ethan Watters and Josh Kornbluth, and fellow Grottoite JD Beltran along with other local authors and luminaries about that fateful moment when Bay Area business as usual shuddered to a halt, the Bay Bridge collapsed… and people came together in crisis. Friday, October 17, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 pm, Alfred’s Steakhouse, 659 Merchant St., San Francisco, CA 94111. Snag tickets and more info at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-magazine-and-litquake-2014-shaken-and-stirred-tickets-12980634427 or http://www.litquake.org/events/shaken-and-stirred-evening-true-life-tales-marking-25th-anniversary-loma-prieta-earthquake

LISA UNPIGEONHOLED IN “BROWN PEOPLE DON’T READ?” ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17

Grottoite Lisa Gray shows off her work in “Brown People Don’t Read?” which showcases five brown writers who tell stories that push against being pigeonholed, and instead illuminate and invade the literary world. October 18, 2014, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Valencia Gardens Community Room, 390 Valencia St., San Francisco. http://www.litquake.org/events/brown-people-dont-read

MORE LITCRAWLING: MAW READS AT THE BALM FOR HYPHEN MAGAZINE

Choices, choices…Grottoite Maw Shein Win also will be reading with writers Ravi Chandra, Dan Lau, Kenji C. Liu, and Jaz Sufi for Hyphen Magazine at Litcrawl on Saturday, October 18th (7:15 – 8:15 pm) at The Balm, 788 Valencia Street, SF. Details at http://www.litquake.org/events/hyphen-magazine

Maw also reads on Thursday, October 16th at FM Gallery located at 483 25th Street, Oakland to celebrate “Silences,” an exhibition and book of monotype prints by Bay Area artist Barry Ebner with poems by Maw, Kristen Hanlon, Jennifer Arcuni, Inna Nopuente, Sharon Coleman, and forward by Joyce Jenkins. More info here: http://fmoakland.com/artwork/3595900.html

YET MORE LITCRAWLING: JANE FLASHES AT DALVA

Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari

Flash Fiction editors–Grottoite Jane Ciabattari, Grant Faulkner (editor of 100 Word Story), Meg Pokrass (senior editor at New World Writing), Pamela Painter, and others–will read favorite pieces they’ve published alongside their own work and discuss what goes into writing such tiny tales. Saturday night October 18, Dalva, 3121 16th Street. http://www.litquake.org/events/flash-fiction-editors-read-long-and-short-it

Jane also is a cofounder of the [Flash Fiction Collective], a reading series at Alley Cat Books in the Mission, launched in September with readers including fellow Grottozian Ethel Rohan, Molly Giles, and Jason Sinclair Long, a former member of the Blue Man Group whose new book draws from 365 days of flash fictions written after his son was born. The next reading is Thursday, November 6, with readers including Thaisa Frank and Susan Steinberg. This is every other month, the first Thursday. Beginning with October, Jane also will be including a monthly 10 Books to Read This Month along with two others columns each month in her Between the Lines column for BBC.com. A recent example, on Borges: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140902-the-20th-centurys-best-writer

TAKE A ‘SCREEN HIKE’ ON OCT 25TH WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR DAVID MUNRO: LEARN ABOUT FILM STORY FROM THE INSIDE OUT

David Munro

David Munro

Learning film story from books is like getting to know nature from maps. Let award-winning Grotto filmmaker David Munro be your field guide in a new series of immersive Saturday classes that explore the choices —both authorial and artistic—that inform storytelling in the filmed medium. Classes will closely watch films from beginning to end in a “Did you see what they did there?” fashion, marking and discussing story signposts along the way. Whether you’re a screenwriter, director, editor, or just someone who really loves movies, you’ll leave with a richer understanding of the elements that contribute to satisfying narrative journeys in cinema.

Screen Hike 1: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is on Saturday, October 25th from 10am to 4pm. Fee is $75 (includes popcorn and a soda). We’ll learn how talented comic writers and an iconoclastic director turned a human cartoon character into a noble protagonist with purpose, pathos, and potential for growth. To register contact the instructor at dmunro@sfgrotto.org.

LAVINIA HOSTS A TRAVEL WRITING WORKSHOP IN NOVEMBER AT APU LODGE

Lavinia Spalding

Lavinia Spalding

Is Machu Picchu on your life list? A few spots are still available in author & “The Best Women’s Travel Writing” editor Lavinia Spalding’s six-day writing workshop for women this November! Attendees will spend five nights at Apu Lodge (named the best posada in South America by the Guardian UK ), take a train ride through the jungle to explore Machu Picchu, and have a Peruvian concierge/guide/translator for the entire expedition. But sign up soon —tickets to Machu Picchu are limited! Find out more about the workshop here: http://kirstenkoza.com/expeditions/inca-tale-machu-picchu-writing-workshop-peru-november-2014/

LIZETTE TEACHES WRITING THE ANCESTOR AT THE MECHANICS INSTITUTE LIBRARY ON NOVEMBER 1

Grottoite Lizette Wanzer will teach her Writing the Ancestor workshop at the Mechanics’ Institute Library, 57 Post Street, on November 1st, from 10am to 4pm. Course fee is $95 for MI members, $120 for non-members. Register at http://www.milibrary.org/events, or contact Taryn Edwards at TEdwards@milibrary.org, or call (415) 393-0103.

DON’T MISS THE NOVEMBER 7 FUNDRAISER FOR LIT CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE BASEMENT SERIES

Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cook Newman reports: “On Friday, November 7, the Basement Series will hold a no-holds-barred fund-raiser to raise money for scholarships to Lit Camp. Yes, there will still be free beer. Yes, the admission fee will still be $5-$10 sliding scale. And yes, we will have two incredible (to be announced) published authors. But this time around, more of you (our emerging writers) will get to read, plus we’ll have amazing auction and raffle prizes — including having the entire Lit Camp board come to your house and cook, serve, and clean up dinner for six. The event will take place at 7 pm at the Sports Basement on Bryant Street. To stay informed about all the details, like The Basement Series on FB http://www.facebook.com/thebasementseries.”

JOSH AND VANESSA FEATURED IN THE NEW CALIFORNIA PROSE DIRECTORY AND WILL READ ON NOVEMBER 8 AT 826 VALENCIA

The new California Prose Directory anthology, which features Grottoites Josh Mohr and Vanessa Hua, will hold a reading on November 8 at 7 pm, at 826 Valencia in San Francisco. Scribd will co-host. http://outpost19.com/California/

CHRIS RIDES THE RAILS ACROSS THE US FOR THE CLIMATE MARCH

Christopher D. Cook

Christopher D. Cook

Back from his political adventures in Wyoming, Christopher Cook rode the rails across the United Staes to attend the People’s Climate March in New York, filing in-depth reports for the SF Bay Guardian and Earth Island Journal. He’s now writing pieces for The Progressive and Natural Resources Defense Council. Read more at: http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/23/flooding-streets and http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/all_aboard_the_peoples_climate_train/

KALW AIRS TODD’S PIECE ON A SMALL BUSINESS NIGHTMARE

Don’t miss Grottoite Todd Oppenheimer’s tale of a friend’s bizarre travails in trying to open up a cafe in this city, and what his experience tells us about the height (and depths) of regulatory bureaucracy. The show, which aired on KALW’s Crosscurrents show, can be found at: http://kalw.org/post/35000-plumbing-bill-adventures-hopeful-caf-owner

 

Lit Camp 2015: Submissions now open

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Now in its third year, the four day Lit Camp conference boasts its most impressive faculty for 2015. Pulitzer Prize winners Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master’s Son) and Paul Harding (Tinkers), New York agent Ellen Levine and Amy Williams, editor in chief at Riverhead Publishing Sarah McGrath, author Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena), plus editors from McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Zyzyzzva and more.
mayacamas007 copyOnly forty writers of fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction will be accepted at this conference, co-sponsored by the Grotto. Held at beautiful Mayacamas Ranch in the rolling hills above Calistoga, California, Lit Camp combines daily morning workshops with afternoon panels — even a session of Yoga for Writers taught by Bay Area yoga legend Mark Morford.

Also new for 2015, Lit Camp will be offering a limited number of scholarships. For more details, see litcampwriters.org.

 

Deliciously Bad Writing, Bridges, Buddhas and Fall Classes

 

Here’s a roundup of goings-on at the Grotto for September 2014.

Maw Shein Win has two 100-word poems published in The Fabulist:
http://www.the-fabulist.org/2014/08/21/basket/ & http://www.the-fabulist.org/2014/08/14/roses/

Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette Wanzer

An excerpt from Lizette Wanzer’s essay, “Twisted,” appears in the current issue of Guernica:
http://www.guernicamag.com/daily/lyzette-wanzer-twisted/

Bonnie Tsui profiles the Baghdad swim team, and finds out what it’s like to swim in Saddam’s palace pool under fire:
http://www.psmag.com/navigation/politics-and-law/bathing-suits-baghdad-85227/

Caroline Paul fostered a dog, and something strange happened to her steely heart:
http://www.psmag.com/navigation/business-economics/cant-rent-love-1-womans-battle-pet-fads-83553/.

“Absorbedness” in writing frees Kathryn Ma from old regrets in the September issue of More magazine. (no link).

Rachel Levin drinks her way around Southern Oregon’s rising wine country, and drags her kids with her: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/travel/only-hours-from-napa-but-a-world-away.html?_r=0

For the NYT, Diana Kapp goes to the first day of class with a gal who blew a free ride to college 20 years ago, and just last week finally got there: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/nyregion/picking-up-an-elusive-college-dream.html?ref=nyregion

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

For NBC News online, Vanessa Hua writes about three generations of Asian Americans living under one roof: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/asian-americans-more-likely-have-multigenerational-households-n181191

Rachel Howard picks ten must-see fall dance events for KQED’s site:
http://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2014/08/25/fall-dance-preview-get-your-kicks-at-these-10-upcoming-shows/

Connie Hale writes about cowboy love and a dying breed of Hawaiian:
http://ideas.ted.com/2014/08/29/the-last-of-the-hawaiian-cowboys/

Sean Elder wrote about Robin Williams, Prince of the City:
http://www.purpleclover.com/entertainment/2934-robin-williams-prince-city/

Lindsey Crittenden’s short story “Moles” appears in the current issue of Pisgah Review. (no link)

Zoe Fitzgerald Carter

Zoe FitzGerald Carter

For the Orlando Sentinel, Zoe FitzGerald Carter writes an op-ed about white people’s response to the Michael Brown shooting:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-seeing-michael-brown-in-adopted-cousin-20140829,0,5616523.story

DRIVEL: TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME *DELICIOUSLY BAD WRITING* BY YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS

Drivel_Book-CoverBrace yourself. The first Grotto/Litquake book project, DRIVEL: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors, came out September 2nd. Edited by Grottoite Julia Scott and based on the popular “Regreturature” benefit shows, this collection of illogical short stories, overwrought journal entries, and other insipid writing by America’s most beloved authors and artists features many current and former Grotto dwellers, as well as writers like Dave Eggers, Stephen Elliott, Gillian Flynn, Chuck Palahniuk, Mary Roach, and Amy Tan. Vanity Fair raves: “Drivel will pluck your heart strings…classic.”

Order yours today, and don’t miss the official launch parties in San Francisco on October 11, Austin on October 25, and September 12 in Manhattan. For details, come say hi on the DRIVEL Facebook page!

http://www.facebook.com/drivelbook

PETER AND TOM CELEBRATE THE PAPERBACK RELEASE OF PETER’S “LAST CAR OVER THE SAGAMORE BRIDGE” THIS WEDNESDAY, SEPT 10 AT BOOK PASSAGE

Grottorati Peter Orner is celebrating the release of the paperback version of LAST CAR OVER THE SAGAMORE BRIDGE with a reading/kibbitzing/kvetching session with fellow Grottozian Tom Barbash on Wednesday the 10th at Book Passage in the Ferry Building. Join the fun!

More details at http://www.bookpassage.com/event/peter-orner-last-car-over-sagamore-bridge

Jeff Greenwald

Jeff Greenwald

JEFF’S CLASSIC “SHOPPING FOR BUDDHAS” RE-RELEASED IN AN UPDATED 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Grottozian Jeff Greenwald’s classic Nepal travelogue, Shopping for Buddhas, has just been re-released in an updated 25th Anniversary Edition by San Francisco’s homegrown Travelers Tales. Congratulations to Jeff!

FALL GROTTO CLASSES FILLING FAST

Back to school at the Grotto. We’ve got a great lineup during September, October, and November: from memoir writing and a poetry incubator, to social media and blogging classes, to finding your comedic voice and songwriting, to novel and personal essay and short story and classes on the book biz…and much more. All of our teachers are published writers in the genres they teach, and Grotto Classes consistently get rave reviews on Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/san-francisco-writers-grotto-classes-san-francisco)

Learn more, sign up, and get writing! Check out the upcoming classes at http://www.sfgrotto.org/classes/current-class-roster

LAVINIA AND KIMBERLY’S READING SERIES TURNS TWO – COME CELEBRATE ON SEPTEMBER 16

On September 16th Weekday Wanderlust, the travel reading series created by Grottoites Lavinia Spalding and Kimberley Lovato (along with travel-writing legend Don George) turns two years old! Come celebrate with us. Readings start at 7 pm. at the Hotel Rex. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Weekday-Wanderlust/301859366574962?ref=hl

THE BASEMENT SERIES AND MCSWEENEY’S THE BELIEVER PRESENT “MUSIC IS CHEAPER THAN THERAPY” SEPTEMBER 19

Join former Rolling Stone editor & writer Ben Fong-Torres and rock critic and author of ‘I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen,’ Sylvie Simmons, plus 5 emerging writers for The Basement Series event, Music is Cheaper than therapy. Free beer & food, plus special surprise musical guest.

Friday, September 19, 7 pm at Sports Basement on Bryant Street.
$5 – $10 sliding scale admission with all proceeds going to Dave Eggers Scholar Match and Lit Camp scholarships

For more info https://www.facebook.com/events/671796182909536/
Like The Basement Series on FB (and get info on submitting to our events) http://www.facebook.com/thebasementseries?ref=hl

NEW WORK BY JD IN “MAKING ( ) THAT MATTERS” AT THE OLIVER GALLERY THROUGH SEPT 24

Grottoite JD Beltran and her collaborator Scott Minneman show off one of their newest pieces, the interactive iPad artwork “LIMN” at the Oliver Gallery at the Oakland campus of the California College of the Arts this month. Curated by Mara Holt Skov, adjunct professor, Graduate Program in Design/Industrial Design, “Making ( ) that Matters” explores where episodes of creative activity in the studio have evolved to become a greater presence in the world, through multiples, changing platforms, or morphed materials. See a documentation of “LIMN” and the “Material Language Series” that inspired it at http://vimeo.com/jdbeltran

“Making ( ) that Matters,” Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, CCA Oakland Campus, through September 24. More information at http://www.cca.edu/calendar/daily/2014-09-07/all

THE LATEST IN LONGFORM: THE GROTTO CO-SPONSORS A NATIONAL CONFERENCE AT BERKELEY NOVEMBER 8TH AND REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW

What does “plot” mean in journalism? How far can you stretch the rules in essays? What is “cinematic writing”? And what does it take to break into The New Yorker? These and other questions will be addressed at “The Latest in Longform,” where top editors and writers come to UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism for a daylong exploration of nonfiction storytelling. Jake Silverstein (The New York Times Magazine) and Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker) will be keynoters. Grotto members Connie Hale, John Gravois, Jessica Kraft, James Nestor, Danielle Svetcov, and Ethan Watters join 15 other speakers and panelists. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. $275. Registration is now open: http://narrativeatcal.com/

KATHRYN’S “THE YEAR SHE LEFT US” NAMED A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR’S CHOICE

Grotto dweller Kathryn Ma’s novel, The Year She Left Us, was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Reviewer Mona Simpson called it “haunting….One of the stunning accomplishments of this book is Ma’s tonal range.”

Congratulations to Kathryn!

Read the full review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/13/books/review/the-year-she-left-us-by-kathryn-ma.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

VANESSA LAUDED BY THE AAJA FOR HER RADIO PIECE ON MULTI-GENERATIONAL HOUSEHOLDS

Grottoite Vanessa Hua won a National Award from the Asian American Journalists Association for her radio piece on multi-generational households. Grottizen Monica Campbell edited the segment, which appeared on PRI’s The World— see http://www.pri.org/people/vanessa-hua

Check out the award at http://www.aaja.org/2014-award-winners — kudos to Vanessa!

GROTTO ALUM NOAH HAWLEY WINS THREE EMMY AWARDS

Grotto alum Noah Hawley’s television show on the FX channel, Fargo, won three Emmys at the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, including the 2014 Emmy for Best Miniseries.

Huge congratulations to Noah!!

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/fargo-normal-heart-win-emmys-for-tv-miniseries-movie/494345-45-75.html

JESSICA’S SF CHRONICLE PIECE ON GENETIC TESTING PROMPTS ACTION AND REFORM

Grottoite Jessica Carew Kraft published her investigation into Medi-Cal’s genetic testing policy for pediatric patients in the San Francisco Chronicle on August 20, 2014. [see the story at http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Medi-Cal-denies-patients-access-to-now-basic-5700083.php] The following day, two donors volunteered to anonymously pay for the genetic testing of the family featured in the story. Then the San Francisco Chronicle published an editorial recapping Kraft’s arguments and calling on Governor Jerry Brown to reform Medi-Cal policy.

Check it all out at http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Unhealthy-gap-in-genetic-testing-for-Medi-Cal-5704852.php

APPLY FOR THE GROTTO FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FOR NEXT YEAR – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN AND THE DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 31

It’s time to apply for the fellowship program for next year! The application period is the month of October. Here’s a link to the FB invite: http://www.facebook.com/events/1455840904704528/

To apply: Please send a sample of recent work (10 pages of prose or up to ten poems) as well as a brief letter explaining your background, your particular project, and what you hope to gain from working at the Grotto to sfgrottofellowship@gmail.com. Fellows for the 2014 fellowships have already been decided. Our next application reading period for the 2015 fellowship year is October 1-31, 2014. Deadline for all applications is October 31, 2014.

Questions? Please write Jenny Bitner, Diana Kapp, or Maw Shein Win at sfgrottofellowship@gmail.com. More information at http://www.sfgrotto.org/grotto-fellowship

DIVING DEEP—WEEKEND WRITING WORKSHOP ON OCT 18-19

Sometimes you need to get away to from everything to find your way into your writing. That’s what Diving Deep weekend workshops are about. Led by Grotto teacher and author (The Russian Word for Snow, Mary, and the forthcoming A Master Plan for Rescue) Janis Cooke Newman, and CCA professor and author Anita Amirrezavani (The Blood of Flowers, Equal of the Sun), and held on the rustic Sonoma coast, this weekend retreat will use a combination of workshopping, free writing, craft talks — even walks on the beach, to help writers get back in touch with their stories.

For more info visit http://www.facebook.com/events/1511785825724873/