Faye Rapoport DesPres

A few quick congrats

Friends and gentle readers, I have had little time to blog for the past couple of weeks, because I’ve been preparing like mad to teach Expository Writing at Framingham State University. I’ll be meeting my new students just after Labor Day. But I wanted to take a few quick minutes to offer congratulations to a number of writing friends who have announced achievements recently.

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman’s script “Slavery By Another Name,” co-written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas A. Blackmon, is a finalist in the 2011 Screenwriting Expo Screenplay Competition. I have known Jeanne since our childhood days in upstate New York, and this hard-working woman is a study in persistence and pluck. Good luck, Jeanne!

MFA fellow graduate Cindy Zelman’s essay “Stuck in the Middle” has been accepted for inclusion in the anthology, It’s All in Her Head: Women Making Peace with Troubled Minds. Cindy has worked so hard, and come so far toward her goal of getting her essays published. Congratulations, Cindy!

Clifford Garstang’s novel in stories, What the Zhang Boys Know, will be published by Press 53 in September 2012. Cliff is the editor of Prime Number Magazine and author of the award winning short story collection, In an Uncharted Country. Again, congratulations!

And finally, my teacher and friend Joy Castro has revealed the cover of her upcoming thriller, Hell or High Water (check out the cover quote from Dennis Lehane!). I am just one of many fans waiting for the book’s 2012 release.

Congrats to all.

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2 thoughts on “A few quick congrats

  1. Cindy


    How thoughtful of you to mention our recent successes at this very busy time in your own career. I thank you for mentioning the acceptance of my essay and for noting I’ve worked hard. There is still so much more work to do, isn’t there?

    I’m so happy you have this new teaching position and I hope it leads you to the places you want to go in your career. You have worked as hard as anyone I know to move yourself forward as a writer and now as a teacher.

    I would like to congratulate all those you have mentioned also. Mostly, congratulations to YOU. Best of luck this week.