Success Stories


"I found the Attic workshop allowed me to see the value and potential in every piece of writing submitted to the group...After their first round of Attic scrutiny, one of my own pieces, "Address Book," underwent drastic changes as a result of feedback from the group, and it was accepted for publication soon after. I couldn't ask for better results."

-- Deborah Cravey, fiction writer


Awards, Publications, News, etc., 

Since 2003 — Here is a partial list of what writers at the Attic Institute have accomplished. If you've taken a workshop or other program with us, please send us your good news and we will post it here. Congratulations, everyone!


Harsh Arora, published the novel, Undesired Duty, in 2014.

Matt Barry, founder & editor, The Grove Review.

Steve Bieler, published a story in the Wordstock Ten anthology in 2011 and published a
story, "Sweet Oblivion," in Across the Margin.

Rachel Indigo Cerise Baum, non-fiction in The Sun, "How to Leave a Place," & Hip Mama.

Alicia Beale, book of poems, The Manifestation of Orange Poppies (The Backwater Press); poems in Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Clackamas Literary Review, Hubbub.

William Bernhard, recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize in 2009, recipient of the Mcleod-Grobe Prize for Poetry, poem in The Portland Review & Fugue.

Lynn Bey, stories in E2K and Broken Pencil.

Tara Bloom, honarable mention for "Blue Dancers" in the 76th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition.

Mary Ellen Boles, poem in VoiceCatcher anthology.

Jean Braden, Honorable Mention for her story in ByLine magazine.

Karen Braucher, book of poems, Aqua Curves, recipient of the 2004 Stevens Manuscript contest from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, chapbook of poems, Mermaid Cafe (Pudding House), poem included in Poetry in Motion, poems and translations in The New Renaissance, Manzanita Quarterly.

Peyton Burgess, fiction in The Rogue Voice.

Michelle Burke, poem in Hotel Amerika.

Celia Carlson, poem in Windfall.

Angie Chuang, published the memoir, The Four Words of Hom; recipient of the 2007 Friends of the Lake Oswego Library William Stafford Fellowship in Non-Fiction from Literary Arts; recipient of a 2004 Stickel Award for reporting & writing, recipient of a Columbia University award for writing on race & ethnicity; poems in Grove Review, Hiss Quarterly, Clayx & Windfall; selected for a 2005 Soapstone residency.

David Ciminello, chapter of his novel-in-progress published in Lumina.

Todd Cobb, publishes his book, Ghosts of Portland (Schiffer Books) in 2007.

Linda Halligan Conley, article in America magazine.

Deborah Cravey, stories in Euphony & in Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly.

Paul Curley, fiction in Shout Out UK, the Madison Review, and Gravel.

Laurie Cutter, poems in Portland Magazine, Hyperlexia Journal, Cicadia, Clackamas Literary Review, Windfall and prose in The Banner & The Oregonian.

Celeste Hamilton Dennis, essay in The Huffington Post.

Bonnie Ditlevsen, writing in Hip MamaORBIDA, and Alltopia Antholozine.

Debby Dodds, short piece in The Sun, story in My Red Llittle Red Book, and a short piece of ficton in the November 2010 issue of Stumptown Underground.

Asha Dornfest, non-fiction in Hip Mama.

Caitlin Dwyer, poem in The Oregonian.

FeLicia A. Elam, fiction on

Jill Eliott, poem in VoiceCatcher3 and creative nonfiction piece in The Ink-Filled Page's Charcoal Anthology.

Matt Ellerding, essay in Portland Magazine and regular column in The Columbian

Carol Ellis, poem in Comstock Review.

Felicia Elam, receipient of the 2008-2009 Elizabeth George Foundation Scholarship; story in the anthology VoiceCatcher3: Women Writers of Portland.

Lanie Ettinger, non-fiction in The New York Times Sunday Style section.

John Fife, poems in The Portland Alliance.

David Filer, chapbook, Night Verse, Finishing Line Press; poems in The Oregonian, Gumball Poetry, Small Brushes, The Portland Review, Red River Review, Slant, Legal Studies Forum, James River Poetry Review, Three Candles, Rattle, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Zyyzyva. Poems & interview in The Grove Review.

Karen Flagstad, articles at,, and in SE Journal, the quarterly publication of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Nancy Flynn, chapbook of poems, The Hours of Us, Finishing Line Press, 2007; poems in Margie, Napalm Health Spa, Poetry Superhighway, & the anthology, Walking Bridges Using Poetry as a Compass; first prize in Free Verse, Oregon State Poetry Association, Fall 2008; essays & reviews at

Margaret Foley, poems, fiction, essays, & reviews in The Christian Science Monitor, Gator Springs Gazette, VerbSap, Illya's Honey,, Slavic and East European Journal, NOO Journal, Altar Magazine.

Jesse Ford, poems in Artspirit.

Rob Freedman, non-fiction memoir in Drash.

Janet Freeman, started online magazine, Rough Copy.

Franny French, first prize in 2006 The Ledge magazine short story contest.

Mark Fry, poems in Zyzzyva, The Grove Review, The Maguffin, Poetry Northwest, The King's English, Beloit Poetry Journal, & Black Warrior Review.

Christy George, residency in 2012 at the Oregon State University's Spring Creek Cabin at Shotpouch Creek.

Jen Graham, story in Seattle Review.

Don Greenwood, article in Vintage Voice.

Wayne Gregory, short piece in The Sun, story in Portland Queer ed. by Ariel Gore, & story in Alltopia.

Sandy Grubb, story selected first place in the Rate Your Story contest.

Cindy Williams Gutierrez, her play, For:Give, ran in the spring of 2007 in Portland at Insight Out Theater; poems in Open Spaces, The Grove Review, Crab Orchard Review & on exhibit in "People, Places and Perceptions: A Contemporary Look at Northwest Latino Art" at Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, WA. Fiction in The Wandering Hermit Review.

David Jordan, poems forthcoming in California Quarterly, Spindrift, Main Street Rag, & The Fossil Record.

Kathleen Hamilton, memoir in The Sacramento Bee.

Lindsey Lee Johnson's novel, The Most Dangerous Place on Earth, to be published in 2015 by Random House.

Liz Heichelbech, short story, "Preludes," won First Place in the Literal Latte Fiction Competition.

Frances Kiva, has a piece in recent issue of VoiceCatcher (

Jane Knechtel, poems in The Tusculum Review, The Oregonian, Tar Wolf Review, Defect Cult, Fire, & Reed: A Journal of Poetry & Prose & recipient of the 2006 Parnell Prize in Poetry & the 2006 Editor's Choice Award from GSU Review; poems represented in the "Her Mark 2007" exhibit at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (October 6-November 9, 2006); poem selected as finalist the Milton Kessler Award, to be published in Harpur Palate; poem anthologized in White Ink (Demeter Press, Canada).

Susan Koshy, work in Zubaan Anthology of Young Women Writers (India), Existere, & Wasafiri (UK).

Lani Jo Leigh, her documentary Brick by Brick, co-written with her husband & Attic webmaster Roger Leigh, premiered in 2006 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland; her documentary, Walk to Me, premiered in 2006 also at Hollywood Theater.

Lois Leveen, had her short film, Four Act Foreman, screened at the Richard Foreman Festival at Performance Works Northwest; published the article, "Exploring Animals," in Science and Children magazine; documentary, Men of Color, To Arms!, about African American Civil War reenactors, was selected to be screened at Washington's Olympia Film Festival and Minnesota's Free Range Film Festival.

Luciana Lopez, flash fiction in Existere & on McSweeney's Online and on; fiction in The McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes.; creative nonfiction in Hunger and Thirst anthology; selected for a 2005 & a 2006 Soapstone residency in fiction; plus work in BluePrintReview, Chronogram, Tusculum Review, Lichen, VoiceCatcher anthology, Coe Review Kiss Machine, & Zyzzyva.

Shelley Lovell, story in The Essential Hip Mama: Writing from the Cutting Edge of Parenting (Seal Press, 2004).

Lisa Loving, non-fiction (cover story) in PSU Magazine; 1st place winner in the nonfiction category of the Oregon Writers Colony 2007 contest.

Linera Lucas, her story, "Shamlet," received the  2007 Crucible Fiction Competition award.

Kari Luna, novel: The Theory of Everything (Penguin)

Marv Lurie, poems awarded 2nd prize by Brick and Morter Review.

Lori Maliszewski, memoir, Cancer: A Love Story (Lulu); non-fiction in A Cup of Comfort for Writers anthology.

Margaret McConnell, non-fiction story in The Maternal is Political, Seal Press.

C. McKinley, play, "Gracie and the Atom," and will be produced at Artists Repertory Theater in 2010; received a 2008 Regional Arts & Culture professional development grant. 

Karen Meadows, novel, Searching for Normal.

Phil Meehan, poem in Open Spaces.

Carolyn Moore, featured as Emerging Poet on the online journal Margin; recipient of the 2005 New Eden Chapbook prize from Ruah magazine & the 2005 Juniper Creek Poetry Prize (selected by Christian Wiman); poems in Buckle &, Nervy Girl, Vox International, Passages North, Briar Cliff Review, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Prism, Hiss Quarterly & Icarus; recipient of the 2003 New Millenium Writing prize & the 2004 Delirium Journal Poetry Prize.

John C. Morrison, received the 2006 Rhea and Seymour Gorsline from Cloudbank Books for his book of poems, Heaven of the Moment; poem in Hubbub; received the 2003 C. Hamilton Bailey Poetry Fellowship from Literary Arts. Served as Literary Arts' Director for Writers in the Schools until 2008.

Verlena Orr, poem in Hubbub; publishes the chapbook, One More Time from the Beginning (Stone City Press) in 2008.

Liv Osthus, published her memoir, Magic Garden: The Memoirs of Viva Las Vegas (Dame Rocket Press) in 2009.

Gerald Paul, published the 2nd edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland (Menasha Ridge Press, 2004).

David Pinson, finalist for the 2005 Oregon Book Award in Short Fiction for A Moment to Organize My Face, published by Helicon West.

Todd Pozycki, the play "Spud Toppers" staged at Stark Raving Theater (Portland).

Liz Prato, story in Zyzzyva & awarded First Prize in the Sudden Fiction contest of the Berkeley Fiction Review.

Jacqueline Raphael is the winner of the 2006 Wordstock Fiction contest.

G. Xavier Robillard, novel by HarperCollins, "Captain Freedom: A Superhero's Quest for Truth, Justice and the Celebrity He So Richly Deserves." Stories in McSweeney's Opium Magazine, Facsimilation, Sweet Fancy Moses, Happy Woman Magazine, The Bean ( & on OPB's LiveWire radio sketch show.

David Robinson, poem in Wilderness.

Samantha Roddy, article in Surf Life for Women.

Francie Royce, stories in Walk About Magazine and Northwest Examiner

Michael Royce, short stories and creative nonfiction in The Prick of the Spindle, Linnet's Wing, Midwest Literary Review, and Fringe Magazine, Prime Number. "Mississippi Freedom Summer in Eight Vignettes" chosen as one of seven nonfiction pieces for 2011 Best of the Net Anthology.

Claudia Savage, poem in Cutbank.

Traci Schatz, poem in VoiceCatcher 4 anthology, short story in Wordstock 10 and  awarded first prize in the Write to Publish Flash Fiction contest of the Ooligan Press.

Devon Schuyler, non-fiction in The Sun.

Domi Shoemaker, story in Pank magazine.

Jeffrey Sellin, launches The Writer's Dojo in Portland. 

Scot Siegel, Some Weather (Plain View Press 2008), Untitled Country (Pudding House Publications 2009), Skeleton Says (Finishing Line Press 2010), and Thousands Flee California Wildflowers (Salmon Poetry 2012). Editor of the online poetry journal Untitled Country Review.

Lisa Silverman has founded Bookish, a bimonthly review of books for children and families.

Barb Siples, story in Big Pulp.

Cindy Stewart-Riner, poem in Calyx, Crab Creek Review, Ascent. She was a 2011 Crab Creek Review Poetry contest finalist.

Jonathan Stone, poems in Dark MatterThe Raven, and Stepaway.

Emily Strelow, novel, The Wild Birds.

Tiffany Talbot & Margaret Foley, founders of the zine Thereby Hangs a Tale, which was reviewed in Utne Reader.

Michael Tevlin, Sockeye, a novel, published by Black Rose.

Celeste Thompson, poem in The Oregonian & Portland Review; chapbook of poems, Rabbit for Purse (Finishing Line Press, 2006).

Elizabeth Turgeon, stories in The Rose and Thorn & in Son and Foe.

Geraldo Valerio, story in Hip Mama, Spork Magazine, & in the Hip Mama Anthology (Seal Press) & in The Essential Hip Mama: Writing from the Cutting Edge of Parenting (Seall Press).

Susan de la Vergne, article in Perdido.

Laura Weeks, chapbook of poems, The Mad Woman (Finishing Line Press), poems in Branches, poems and translation in The New Renaissance.

Melissa Weissberg, nonfiction in Southwest Review.

Patrick Wensink, published the novel, Sex Dungeon for Sale!" (Eraserhead Press), 2009.

Craig Willamson, finalist for the Actor's Studio in Louisville's national 10-minute play award for his play "Rhodesia."

Wendy Willis, poem in Windfall, Bellingham Review, Poetry Northwest.

Juliet Wyers, performed her original songs at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in November 2004.

Giovanna Zivny, story in Gourmet magazine.

Chelsea Schuyler, creative non-fiction in The Sun magazine, April 2012


Attending Graduate Programs

William Bernhard, MFA program in poetry at the University of Washington.

Josh Booton, MFA program in poetry at the University of Texas at Austin

Michelle Burke, MFA program in poetry at Ohio State University.

David Ciminello, MFA program in fiction at Sarah Lawrence College.

Deborah Cravey, MFA program in fiction at Vermont College.

Felicia Elam, MFA Program at Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Whidbey Island.

Mark Friel, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Jen Graham, MFA program in fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.

Martha Grover, MFA program in non-fiction at the California College of the Arts.

Cindy Williams Gutierrez, MFA program in poetry at the University of Southern Maine.

Allison Hutchcraft, MFA program in poetry at Purdue University.

Christine Leath, MA program at Portland State University.

Paul Martone, MFA program in fiction at the University of Oregon.

Julia Mueller, MA program at the University of Chicago.

Beth Nicewonger, MFA program at Emerson College in Boston.

Nancy Powaga, MFA program  at the University of Arizona.

Cindy Stewart-Rinier, MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.

Celeste Thompson, MA program in publishing at Portland State University.

Rajesh R Varma, MFA program in fiction at Queens University of Charlotte.


Recipients of the Gary Lodge Fellowship in Creative Writing

The Gary Lodge Fellowship in Creative Writing is funded by The Attic & awarded annually to a participant in the Write Around Portland writing program. Gary Lodge (1970-2005) was a regular fiction student at the Attic & the designer of The Attic's original website.

2008...Julie Anderson, memoir

2007...Everett Charters, fiction

2006...Lora Lafayette, poetry

2005...Rachel Indigo Cerise Baum, memoir


More to come.