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Good News Roundup: New Writing and Awards

A few news items from our alumni you may have missed:

Scott Edward Anderson was awarded the First Literary Prize from the publisher Letras Lavadas, in conjunction with PEN Azores, for his memoir Falling Up: A Memoir of Second Chances.

Marilyn Duarte’s essay Echoes of the Three Marias in the Me Too Movement was published in The Longleaf Review.

Vix Guiterrez’s essay Dark Sky City, workshopped at Disquiet 2019, was published in Subtropics.

Jennifer Jean collaborated with Amir Al-Azraki on a translation of “I Sleep in my Inkwell and Wave to the Distant,” appearing in the June issue of Poetry

Two Disquiet alumni, Aisha Sabatini Sloan and Theodore Wheeler, were awarded NEA fellowships for 2020.

Congratulations to all!





Out now! A Fish Growing Lungs by Alysia Sawchyn

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Alysia Sawchyn’s debut book of essays, A Fish Growing Lungs, is available now from Burrow Press!

“At age 18 Alysia Sawchyn was diagnosed with bipolar I. Seven years later she learned she had been misdiagnosed. A Fish Growing Lungs takes the form of linked essays that reflect on Sawchyn’s diagnosis and its unraveling, the process of withdrawal and recovery, and the search for identity as she emerges from a difficult past into a cautiously hopeful present.”

If it’s stll Wednesday afternoon when you read this, there may still be time to register for Alysia’s online book launch (7pm Eastern) via Zoom.

“An escape into inspiration”

A group of major Portuguese authors have found a way to keep themselves and their readers busy during the lockdown: they’re writing a serial novel, with each writer given 24 hours to respond to the previous chapter.

You can read about the project in The Guardian, or follow the story in English, here.

Issue 19 of The Common out today!



The Common is one of the best-looking (and just plain best) journals out there. You can browse the new issue (including a portfolio of Sudanese fiction and art, “essays on brothers and murder trials, fiction about gender roles, bomb shelters, and life inside a correctional facility, and poems by Don Share, John Freeman, Tara Skurtu, and more,”) for free online or order your own copy to enjoy.

New Short Fiction Roundup: David Beaty, Anna Catalano, Vanessa Chan

There’s a lot of great new fiction out there by DISQUIET alumni. Here are a few that we know about – check them out if you can!


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David Beaty holds the record for the most Disquiet programs attended in a row – all of them! You may remember “Toad” from 2019’s fiction workshop with Camille Bordas –  and even if you don’t, you can read it now in Green Mountains Review.

2018 alum Anna Catalano‘s story “Lazarus”  can be found in the Spring 2020 issue of Planet Scumm – an energetic and extremely readable triannual magazine of short science fiction with a hilarious editorial voice. Check them out at!

Vanessa Chan was shortlisted for the Disquiet Prize in 2019. Her story “Coronation” can be found in Porter House Review, a great-looking online journal from Texas State University.