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Donna Urbikas’ memoir accepted for publication by the University of Wisconsin Press!

An excerpt of Donna Urbikas’ memoir, My Sister’s Mother, appeared in this year’s issue of our Midwest Prairie Review literary magazine. The memoir about growing up with WWII survivors of Soviet Labor Camps has been accepted for publication by the University of Wisconsin Press. Donna also presented from the book at this year’s Polish Fest in Milwaukee. For more information about My Sister’s Mother, and please visit Donna’s website.

Rhonda Fochs publishes 2 new books!

North Star Press of St. Cloud will release 2 new books by author Rhonda Fochs, in the “Minnesota’s Lost Towns” series. The “Lost Towns” series highlights the stories, people, and tales of long ago towns in Minnesota. The first book in the series featured 135 northern towns and was released in May of 2014.

The second book, Minnesota’s Lost Towns: Central Edition, features over 200 towns in the central portion of Minnesota, including the metropolitan area. The third book, Minnesota’s Lost Towns: Northern Part II, highlights another selection of northern Minnesota towns. Fochs learned about many of these towns while traveling the state with the first book.

JZ Howard receives Inspirational/Romance Fiction Gold Award!

All of Me Wants All of You by JZ Howard received the Inspirational/Romance Fiction Gold Award from the 2015 Illumination Book Awards. The Illumination Awards recognize the exemplary books produced by the ever-growing Christian branch of publishing and bookselling. A vast array of new titles is released from this thriving sector each year, bringing inspiration and answers to millions of readers exploring their faith. Author JZ Howard has participated in our Weekend With Your Novel and Writers’ Institute events over the past 2 years, and Laurie Scheer critiqued All of Me Wants All of You for JZ.

Sharon Scholl publishes 5 poems in literary journals!

After working with Angela Rydell in the UW-Madison online poetry course “Getting to Good,” Sharon Scholl of Atlantic Beach, Florida got busy publishing poems.

“I learned a lot in the course I took and put it immediately to work.” Over a year’s time she published “Love at 80” in Third Wednesday‘s 2014 summer issue, “At Alonzo’s” and “The Fall” in Heron Tree and Clementine‘s Spring 2015 issues, respectively, “Silence Before Music” in Cahaba River Journal‘s July-September issue, and most recently, “By Chance,” in the August issue of Rat’s Ass.


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