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Spring 2016





Mingmei Yip‘s novel The Witch’s Market (Kensington) The Witch's Marketwas featured on New York Times website. Yip is a former Buddhist nun who married a Buddhist monk. She’s also an accomplished musician, playing traditional Chinese instruments.

susan sparksSusan Sparks who signed with Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein, President and senior agent at McIntosh & Otis to represent her new memoir. Sparks met Rubinstein at this year’s Query Roulette.

Erin Redfern

WNBA-NYC Chapter would also like to congratulate Erin Redfern for winning the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award! This Poetry Society of America Foundation Prize acknowledges original work being done in mid-career by a poet who has not had substantial recognition. The Award Ceremony will be held at the Poetry Society of America on Wednesday, April 20th. Redfern is a member of WNBA’s San Francisco chapter. For more on the awards go here:


 Spring 2015





Andrea Baron has started a new business, Shearwater Indexing. She and partner Bob Schwarz have over 40 years of combined publishing experience, writing back-of-book indexes for general and scholarly works. More more information, contact Andrea at


Enid Harlow’s upcoming novella, Love’s Wilderness, has been selected for Fall 2015 eBook publication with Pen + Brush, a non-profit that showcases the work of excellent female writers to a broader audience. It was selected by P+B curator Carey Salerno, Executive Editor at Alice James Books. @eharlow4


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Bracha Nechama Bomze had her book launch for  Love Justiceon Saturday, April 18th, at Book Culture, 450 Columbus Ave. (bet. 81st and 82nd Sts.), NYC.



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Celine Keating’s new novel Play for Me was released on April 21st, from She Writes Press.   @celingkeating



let it flow


Joan Ramirez will be doing a signing a talk for her book Let it Go, Let it Flow Leadership at Marymount Manhattan College on Saturday, May 30.




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Fatima Shaik was featured  in the PEN World Voices 2015 Festival (May 4-10, NYC) online anthology, with the story Bird Whistle. Fatima was moderator for the event, “Stories That Travelled“. Her new book, What Went Missing and What Got Found will be published by in August by Xavier Review Press.



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Laura Silver appeared on Slate’s The Gist podcast:We Dish on the Knish. (Knish clip starts at 10:35 into the episode). Laura’s book Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food is published by Brandeis Press. @knishme


Rutgers TodayMarlene Veloso
 was featured in Rutgers Today for her work as a fiction writer and literacy advocate. @MarleneVeloso


Winter 2015


lizzie's warRosemary Agonito has signed an Option Agreement for the film/TV rights for her Civil War novel, Miss Lizzie’s Warwith producer Mark Holder of Zero Gravity Productions.  Visit her website at, and @RosemaryAgonito.

love justiceBracha Nechama Bomze’s book-length poem Love Justice has been published in March by 3Ring Press.  It depicts the streams of culture, ancestry, and politics which fed the river of her 31-year love affair with another woman, her legal wife. Visit her website at  Bracha will be reading a segment about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, at the official commemoration of the fire’s 104th anniversary, Wednesday, March 25, in NYC. Details at the Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition website.

Confessions-of-a-Librarian-A-Memoir-of-Loves-largeBarbara Foster’s new memoir Confessions of a Librarian: A Memoir of Loves was published in February by Riverdale Avenue Books.

Celine Keating 
was a panelist for “Today’s World of Publishing: The Road Less Traveled,” March 11, in Southampton, NY. The panel was part of the Writer’s Speak Wednesdays series, sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program at Stony Brook University Southampton. @celingkeating

Joan Ramirez has been appointed to the Editorial Board of publications for the New York State Reading Association. The association’s mission is to promote a literate, democratic society valuing lifelong learning for its diverse cultures.


Ann Marie Sutton is published in the anthology And All Our Yesterdays: Stories of Mystery and Crime Through the Ages, from Darkhorse Books. Her short story is titled The Empress’s Pearls.

Marlene Veloso is the winner of Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) Stephen J. Meringoff Writing Award for Fiction, for her story “The Return of J Walker”. It will be published in either Literary Imagination or Literary Matters. The winning story is an excerpt from her full-length novel. @MarleneVeloso




Enid Harlow was a writer in the lineup for Literal Latte‘s 20th Anniversary, November 9, 2014 at KGB. @eharlow4

Jaime Nelson is Project Manager for  Follow That Car!: A Cabbie’s Guide to Conquering Fears, Achieving Dreams, and Finding a Public Restroom by Jimmy Failla (Big Top Press), published in March 2014.

Sandra Pike launched her new photography site, This site is a collection of images reflecting my experiences on the essence of nature of people and of the beauty she sees at home and on her travels. @sandrampike

partner trackHelen Wan’s debut novel, The Partner Track (St. Martin’s Griffin) was released in paperback September 2014.  The Partner Track is about a young Asian American woman competing for partner at a prestigious global law firm, and how diversity, politics, and outsider status complicate her ascent up the corporate ladder. @henlenwan1

hart's tavern Elaine Kiesling Whitehouse new novel Hart’s Tavern was published in May 2014 with iUniverse

let it flowJoan Regan Ramirez new book Let It Go Let It Flow Leadership (Motivational Press, Inc.) was published in September 2014.




Cheryl J. Fish was a semi-finalist in L Magazine’s search for pocket fiction and in the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Alumni Association fiction writer’s contest for an excerpt from her novel manuscript Off the Yoga Mat, for which she is seeking an agent. Her short story Hovering appeared in Liars League NYC.

Enid Harlow gave a reading from her novel, Good to Her, at the Tachair Bookshop, Jersey City, NJ. Enid has also recently published the short story The Piano Room.

Lucine Kasbarian published an interview  with author Vahan Zanoyan about his investigations regarding sex trafficking in Armenia appeared in Asbarez Weekly. Zanoyan’s new suspense thriller, A Place Far Away, is about the subject at hand.

cast iron cookingIrene Rawlings’ book Cast-Iron Cooking with Sisters on the Fly (Andrews McMeel, March 2013) has 100+ recipes for the campfire or the kitchen. Sisters on the Fly is a group of more than 4,000 women, ranging in age from 22 to 93, who restore vintage trailers and go adventuring. Listen to the story on Colorado Public Radio.

Harriet Shenkman’s poem “Fourth Date” was published at Boomer Cafe on August 20, 2013.  She is Poet-in-Residence there.

Rachel Slaiman has continued to publish her articles and book reviews in both the print and online versions of Latin Trends Magazine.  Highlights from the many articles include interviews, art galleries, book launches and much more.  Specific articles can be found on her LinkedIn page.

Evelyn Velasquez’s short story, “The Pact” was published in The Book Mark Shoppe‘s Anthology 2nd Edition.


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