Story Circle Network's Members in Print & in the News
SCN members make the news by publishing books, articles, essays, poems, dramas, and art. They also make presentations, lead workshops, facilitate groups, and organize programs. Below are some of our members' achievements this year.

If you're an SCN member who has made the news, please let us know (by sending email to news at storycircle.org. If you've published a book, we'll also add you to our SCN Authors page.

If you're not a member, why not join us? Maybe you'll soon be able to post your news on this page!

December, 2018

  • Elaine Thomas' new book, Veterans' Voices and Home Front Memories, a collection of 63 stories from World War II veterans and civilians, all from Fayette County, Texas, is available on Amazon.com.

  • Two of Susan DuMond's poems appear in the November-December issue of Jefferson Journal, a magazine published by Jefferson Public Radio. Susan's non-fiction story, "Life Interrupted," has been accepted by Exisle Publishing (New Zealand) for their book, Fear and Courage, due out in October 2019.

  • Bette Lafferty's book, An Offering of Love, has finally hit Amazon and is ready to be ordered. Bette tells us, "Publishing my thoughts in a book was more work than I could have ever imagined...and thanks to all my friends out there who traveled this journey with me."

November, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Judy Alter
    • Pat Bean
    • Mary Jo Doig
    • Judy Gruen
    • Mary Potter Kenyon
    • Ann McCauley
  • Sara Etgen-Baker's story, "The Lovely Month of May," has been selected to appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best. The books are slated to be released in early March 2019. Sara tells us, "As always I'm delighted and honored to have my words shared. I'm a truly blessed woman."

October, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
    • Ariela Zucker
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Judy Gruen
    • Judith Helburn
    • Ann McCauley
    • Martha Meacham
    • Susan Schoch
  • "Natural Partners," Susan J. Tweit's article with illustrator Samantha Peters on Texas native plants and the animals they depend on, landed on the cover of Wildflower magazine's fall issue. Tweit's essay "Weeding Yellowstone," an excerpt from her current book-in-progress, is featured in the current issue of the journal Minding Nature. (Read the online version here.) Tweit is also honored to be named the Alice Dorrance Fellow of Spiritual Writing at The Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes Station, California. (The fellowship comes with a writing residency at The Refuge, where Tweit will be in November.)

September, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
    • VJ Knutson
    • Kali Rourke
    • Martha Slavin
    • Linda Wisniewski
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Pat Bean
    • D Ferrara
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Linda M. Hasselstrom
    • Jazz Jaeschke
    • Martha Meacham
  • Merimee Moffitt's micro flash essay, "Whose Bag? My Bag?," will be published in the next Persimmon Tree, the online magazine that publishes women over sixty.

August, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
    • Len Leatherwood
    • Kali Rourke
    • Carol Ziel
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Amy Hale Auker
    • Pat Bean
    • Mary Jo Doig
    • D Ferrara
    • Susan Hanson
    • Linda M. Hasselstrom
    • Fran Hawthorne
    • Jazz Jaeschke
    • Ann McCauley
    • Mary Ann Moore
    • Trilla Pando
    • Linda Wisniewski
  • Len Leatherwood won gold in SCN's Hot Flash contest with her flash fiction, "Lost and Found."

  • Linda Wisniewski won SCN's annual essay competition with "Thirty-Two Words for Peace."

  • Sara Etgen-Baker's piece, "Promise Me!" will be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard. This anthology will hit the bookshelves sometime in November. Sara tells us, "I'm delighted and honored to have another piece selected to be shared with Chicken Soup for the Soul readers." Sara's piece "Dinner with the Butterfly Whisperer" took second place in Writer's Workshop of Asheville's Hard Times Contest. About that award, Sara says, "I'm delighted, for this piece honors my father's bravery as he endured the aftermath of a devastating stroke. I'm hoping the piece will help others cope."

July, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
    • Linda Hoye
    • Patricia Hollinger
    • Kali Rourke
    • Susan J. Tweit
    • Ariela Zucker
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • D Ferrara
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Phoebe Tussey
  • The book industry's premier trade journal, Publishers Weekly, recently interviewed Susan Wittig Albert for its series featuring traditionally-published authors turned author-publishers.

June, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Debra Dolan
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
    • Kali Rourke
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Pat Bean
    • Mary Jo Doig
    • Ann McCauley
    • Mary Ann Moore
    • Susan J. Tweit

May, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen Baker
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Kali Rourke
    • Madeline Sharples
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Pat Bean
    • Shawn LaTorre
    • Ann McCauley
    • Susan J. Tweit
  • SCN member and Sociosights Press publisher Debra Winegarten's Jewish-themed illustrated children's book, Almost a Minyan, has won the following awards in the last month: a silver medal for best illustrated children's ebook from the Independent Publisher's Association; First place in the Texas Press Women's children's book competition; and Second place in the National Press Women's children's book competition. The book Debra co-authored with Dr. Zvi Yaniv, My Life on the Mysterious Island of Nanotechnology: an adventure through time and very tiny spaces, won: First place in the Texas Press Women's biography/memoir category; and Third place in the National Press Women's biography/memoir category.

  • Caren Umbarger's 2nd novel, The Passion of Marta, has won a 2017 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Medal for small press fiction. Nautilus Book Awards is held in particular high-regard for recognizing and promoting outstanding print books in several dozen genres that nurture positive change to co-create a Better World. The book has also been selected as a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards in the category of Historical Fiction, and was also short-listed for the Chanticleer Goethe Award for 2017.

April, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Kali Rourke
    • Ariela Zucker
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Judy Alter
    • D Ferrara
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Shawn LaTorre
    • Ann McCauley
    • Susan Schoch
    • Susan J. Tweit

March, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Linda Hoye
    • Kali Rourke
    • Amber Starfire
    • Carol Ziel
    • Ariela Zucker
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Mary Potter Kenyon
    • Denise McAllister
    • Ann McCauley
    • Susan Schoch
    • Susan J. Tweit
  • Susan Wittig Albert's latest mystery, The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover, was launched this month, under Susan's imprint, Persevero Press.

  • Sara Etgen-Baker's novel Secrets at Dillehay Crossing received Honorable Mention in the National League of American Pen Women's annual Vinnie Ream competition (Letters Category). Sara tells us, "I am feeling truly grateful and blessed to have my creative endeavor recognized. I've come a long way over the past eight years when I began writing and joined SCN. I couldn't have imagined then where my skills would be today. Yes, SCN has played an integral part in providing opportunities and support. So cue up the marching band! Hooray!"

February, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Judy Gruen
    • Linda Hasselstrom
    • Carol Ingells
    • VJ Knutson
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Christine Baleshta
    • Mary Jo Doig
    • Shawn LaTorre
  • Jude Walsh was awarded second Prize in the Writers' Workshop of Asheville's Memoirs Contest. She was also chosen as the first place winner at the Dayton Story Slam for the story she told on the theme Control. Dayton Story Slam is modeled after The Moth. Tellers place their name into a hat. Selected stories are told and the audience votes on the winner. Jude has participated in three different slams and won all three.

  • Linda C. Wisniewski's short story, "Dinner for Five," has been published in Flash Fiction for Flash Memory, a collection for adults struggling with memory loss and their family, friends and caregivers. Her essay, "Bullies Then and Now" was published online in The Manifest Station. The literary magazine Ruminate has accepted two of her short pieces for their Readers Ruminate section.

  • Sara Etgen-Baker's piece, "Dinner with the Butterfly Whisper" won first place in an anthology contest. The anthology titled Table for Two will be available in August at Amazon. Sara tells us, "Needless to say I'm just about floating on air and am deeply grateful to share a story about the dinners I shared with my father growing up. I hope his character will touch the lives of the people who read about the man who loved unconditionally."

January, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Linda Hoye
    • VJ Knutson
    • Amber Starfire
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Pat Bean
    • D Ferrara
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Susan Hanson
    • Mary Potter Kenyon
    • Shawn LaTorre
    • Ann McCauley
    • Mary Ann Moore
    • Susan Schoch
    • Diane Stanton
  • Mary Lee Fulkerson's book, Women Artists of the Great Basin, was recently published by The University of Nevada Press. Susan Mantle, the photographer, and Mary Lee travelled over 3,500 miles to interview all the intrepid women across this vast territory. Mary Lee tells us, "And, like Story Circle women, they all had stories to tell!"

  • Maya Lazarus self-published her memoir, Through the Rabbit Hole: One Family's Bipolar Success Story, "about the challenges of raising a daughter with a mental health issue when we were never sure what was wrong with her." The book is available on Amazon in Kindle and print versions.

  • Some of Sara Etgen-Baker's entries in the 2017 Soul-Making Keats Literary Contest won awards. "A Book of Magical Spells and Enchantments" took second place in the Memoir Vignette Category and "La Professora de Ingles" received Honorable Mention. The non-fiction essay, "The Blackest Land" took second place in the Intercultural Essay Category.

  • Connie Spittler was featured in an article ("Purpose-Driven Pen Woman") in the Winter issue 2018 of The Pen Woman: "Faced with possible dissolution of her branch, Connie Spittler engaged in an innovative and vigorous campaign to rescue It. Calling a summer meeting to host the national president, she invited active members as well as former members to attend. The program highlighted their creative endeavors through the years. Each person participated in the display that featured books, art and music created by the inspired women of the Omaha Branch... Connie Spittler is a visionary, tenacious, and beloved Pen Woman."

  • Jo Virgil's story on Texas legendary Buffalo Rodeo creator and tall-tale storyteller, Hugh "Hackberry Slim" Johnson II, was recently published in the Texas Folklore Society book, Legends and Life in Texas, published by the University of North Texas Press. Fun, fun story to research and write!