Faye Rapoport DesPres


A new publication: My essay “Survivors” at TOSKA Magazine


My short essay “Survivors” has been published in the Fall issue of TOSKA Magazine. This essay is somewhat different than most the work I do — it’s shorter, and more lyric and experimental. I’m glad it found a good home.

TOSKA describes itself this way:

Founded in spring 2012, TOSKA is a quarterly online literary magazine that strives to publish the highest quality nonfiction writing and photography.

With a strict focus on nonfiction, we accept narrative nonfiction, flash nonfiction, biography, autobiography and memoir, experimental, political, historical, LGBT, journalistic works, and most other nonfiction subgenres. We will also consider art, music, book, and media reviews of exceptional quality for occasional publication.

I encourage you to peruse all of the great work in the issue, and to submit if you have work that might be appropriate. I’m honored that TOSKA published “Survivors” — if you check it out and enjoy the piece, please feel free to click “like” or to use the thumbnails below the essay to “tweet” it or “share” it on Facebook. The magazine is encouraging the use of social media to get the word out about TOSKA and the new work they publish.

My thanks to the editors for the work they do producing this new outlet for nonfiction, and for publishing “Survivors.”…

Publication news


I learned yesterday that one of my essays, “Morning and Night,” will be published as part of the Women Writing Nature issue of Sugar Mule. Sugar Mule is an online literary magazine edited by M. L. Weber, with contributing editors Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Cameron Scott, Felino Soriano, and Phoebe Wilcox. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is the guest editor for the Women on Nature issue, and I am thrilled that my piece will be included.

“Morning and Night” is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to my recent work, because the essay is only 550 words long. My personal essays tend to range from 1500 words to 6000 words. But now and then I find that I can say everything I want to say in a particular piece in just a few paragraphs, and when that happens I notice that the writing feels much like it felt when I wrote poetry. I keep thinking I’ll get back to more poetry, and maybe at some point I will.

The news was especially fun to celebrate because another graduate from my MFA program learned on the same day that one of her essays will be included in the same issue. In fact, her name is also “Faye” (an unusual name to spot once, but twice?). She is Faye Snider, and she graduated a year before I did, so we were in the same classes for several residencies. And I think I’m allowed to say that she proudly started and completed the program in her seventies, proving that it’s never too late to study, learn, and pursue a dream. Congratulations, Faye S.!

I’ll post the link to the Women Writing Nature issue of Sugar Mule in July, when it comes online. Many thanks to Ms. Mish and the other editors.…

Congrats to Solstice MFA Writers/Teachers on Recent Publications


From the Solstice MFA Newsletter:


MFA faculty member Kathleen Aguero’s poem, “Diana Playing Soccer with Her Nymphs on Cambridge Common,” will appear in the April issue of On The Issues Magazine.

For more information, go to: http://www.ontheissuesmagazine.com/2012winter/index.php

MFA graduate Melissa Ford Lucken’s paper, “Exclusionary Institutional Structure or Cultural Clash, Why do First and Second Generation Immigrants Dropout?: A Comparison of One Group in Two Different Countries,” is included in The immigration & education nexus: A focus on the context & consequences of schooling, published by Sense Publishing. (Under her pseudonym, Isabella Drake, she will be publishing a novella for the erotica Web site Ellora’s Cave, Cuckold by Request.)

MFA student Kassie Rubico’s essay, “Minute Men Mystery Tour,” was recently accepted for inclusion in Mill City Stories, an anthology on place forthcoming in May 2012.

MFA graduate Alison Stone’s poem “Asperger’s” is in the current issue of Caesura, and her poem “Mother Lion” is in the current First of the Year. …

Prime Number Magazine Editors’ Selections: Volume 1


Prime Number Magazine Editors' Selections: Volume 1

Our postal carrier jogged up the walk a short while ago carrying a medium-sized cardboard box. I opened the front door and he smiled and handed the box to me, turned around, and continued on his way.  After examining my prize, I realized it contained the copies I’d ordered of Prime Number Magazine‘s first annual print publication: Editors’ Selections: Volume 1.

This is an exciting moment for me. It is the first time I’ve received a print journal containing one of my creative pieces (a creative nonfiction essay titled “Into the Vacuum”). I have had a number of essays published in wonderful online literary journals and one of my poems was published in a print publication called In the Arts a number of years ago. I have also published journalistic articles and interviews in a variety of newspapers and magazines over the years. I appreciated and enjoyed every one of those publications, but this one is special in its own way: it is the first time one of my personal essays has been included in a respected print anthology. When I opened the box and saw the small pile of journals tucked inside the bubble wrap, I definitely felt a thrill.

Of course, my essay is just one of many works in this publication, each of which was chosen from a full year of poems, stories, and essays published in Prime Number Magazine’s online journal in 2011. Timothy Black, Ruth Foley, Sarah Lindsay, Maris Venia, Stephen J. West, John Flynn, Susan Tepper, and Scott Loring Sanders are just a few of the writers whose work appears in this journal, and I’m honored to be included in their ranks.

You can order your copy of Editors’ Selections: Volume 1 here. Your purchase will support the excellent work of Press 53, which published the anthology.

Thank you, and happy reading!…