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!

August, 2018

  • 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!

December, 2017

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Patricia Hollinger
    • Teri Liptak
    • Linda Wisniewski
    • Ariela Zucker
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Mary Ann Moore
  • Bette Lafferty won 1st prize for Poetry-Free Verse at the Florida National League of American Pen Women Conference held last month.

  • Kathleen Rodgers' second novel, Johnnie Come Lately (Camel Press 2015), and the sequel, Seven Wings to Glory (Camel Press 2017), are both releasing from Thorndike Press in hardcover large print library binding in early 2018. Johnnie releases on Feb. 21 and Seven Wings will follow on March 21.

  • Jessica Heriot recently self-published a book: Riding the Second Wave: How Feminism Changed Women's Psychology and Mine. It is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.

  • Martha Graham-Waldon's memoir Nothing Like Normal is a Finalist in the 2017 Kindle Book Awards contest. Her memoir is about growing up with an older sister who was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

November, 2017

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Debra Dolan
    • Martha Slavin
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Mary Potter Kenyon
    • Ann McCauley
    • Susan J. Tweit
  • Penelope Starr's short story, "Crazy Love," was published in The Best of FST!, 2017, a collection of stories that commemorates the fifth anniversary of Female Story Tellers!, a monthly storytelling event in Tucson, AZ.

  • Roni Beth Tower, author of Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance, began blogging at "Life, refracted" on PsychologyToday.com in October 2016 and has published 62 posts since then. Following introductory posts on December 18 and 25, 2016, she began publishing "52 Ways to Show I Love You" on "Life, Refracted" on January 1 and has added one each Sunday since then, along with a few additional pieces, like "22 Benefits of Sex after 50", which also appeared on HuffingtonPost.com in a slightly expanded form. An interview she loved by Janet Hulstrand appeared in BonjourParis.com.

  • Lois Halley's story, "The Year I 'Did' Thanksgiving," appeared in the 2017 issue of Creative Expressions, the annual publication of Carroll Lutheran Village.

  • Lynn Goodwin's book about marrying for the first time at age 62, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62, is now available for pre-orders at Amazon.com.

  • Jude Walsh Whelley's essay, "Women With Wings," was published at The Feminine Collective. The essay talks about her breast cancer diagnosis and the women who saw her through it.

  • Sara Etgen-Baker's piece "On The Wings of Creativity" will be published in the anthology Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes in August 2018.

  • Jenni Ogden's novel A Drop in the Ocean, which won the 2016 Sarton Women's Book Award for Contemporary Fiction, reached Kindle bestseller status in Canada (#6) and Australia (#4) last week, and was #1 or #2 in the categories Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction and Contemporary Fiction.

    The Bulgarian Foreign Rights to the novel have been bought by a publisher of one of Bulgaria's largest media publishing groups: 7000 trade paperback copies will be included in their program for INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERS with Journal Magazine as a kiosk edition throughout 2018.

  • Marian McCaa Thomas wrote an article which was published in Clavier Companion (The Piano Magazine): "Affect in J.S. Bach's Two-Part Inventions." January/February 2017, pp. 36-38. Composers in the Baroque era (1600-1750) expressed ideas originating with Greek rhetorical speech through their music. "Affect" meant "emotions" such as joy, sadness, conviction, disappointment, anger, grief and more. Specific musical devices were used to express emotions, and each of Bach's fifteen "inventions" or studies expressed a different emotion. He left it up to the performer to interpret his musical language and convey the emotions. For those who may think Bach's keyboard music is "mechanical" or "boring," the article opens a window to the fresh air of Bach's varied means of musical expression.

October, 2017

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Marilea Rabasa
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Lee Ambrose
    • D Ferrara
    • Mary Potter Kenyon
  • SCN member Brooke Warner and She Writes Press have won the Industry Innovator Award, which is given to a publishing company or individual publisher who boldly reimagines what publishing is and can be. She is also a board member of IBPA, Independent Book Publishers Association.

  • The third podcast in "Let's Talk Life," Susan J. Tweit's series of podcasts for "The Conversation Project," a national project begun by Ellen Goodman to encourage discussion of end-of-life choices, is on the project's website. The newest podcast is at the bottom of the list. Tweit's podcasts are adapted from her memoir-in-progress, Bless the Birds, about choosing to embrace life's ending.

  • Marlene Samuels' short, short, short story, "You Like?," has just been published — 101 words, exactly! It's online and live as of today at the online journal 101words.org.

  • Susan Wittig Albert's The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover, (#7 in the series) is available for preorder. Your purchase of a signed/personalized hardcover copy benefits Story Circle.

  • Linda C. Wisniewski's essay, "Old Women and Other Strangers," was published on September 24 in The Sunlight Press.

September, 2017

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Susan Weidener
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Christine Baleshta
    • Pat Bean
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Mary Potter Kenyon
    • Mary Ann Moore
  • Jude Walsh Whelley's essay "Bloodletting" was awarded first place in Creative Nonfiction at the Sinclair College's 2017 Writing Contest. The award included a scholarship to The Antioch Writers' Workshop and publication in Flights Literary Magazine. You can read the essay here.

  • Judy Alter's new book, Pigface and the Perfect Dog, was recently published by Alter Ego Press, in both paperback and ebook.

  • A Long Awakening to Grace: a memoir of loss and discovery by Linda A. Marshall was published the end of August 2017.

  • The book Debra L. Winegarten co-authored with Dr. Zvi Yaniv, My Life on the Mysterious Island of Nanotechnology: an adventure through time and very tiny spaces, has been released from Page Publishing and was featured on the cover of the August 28th edition of Publishers Weekly.

  • Sara Etgen-Baker's piece "She Was More Than Glam and Glitz" (originally published in the SCN Journal) will now be published and will appear in the February 2018 issue of Good Old Days Magazine. Sara tells us that she is "grateful to share this story and the wonderful memory of my dearly departed Aunt Betty with another group of readers."