Therese Tappouni

April 8, 2013

Congratulations to ECWC alumna Therese Tappouni whose nonfiction work, THE GIFTS OF GRIEF: FINDING LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS OF LOSS, was recently published by Hierophant Publishing.

Therese Tappouni


From the Publisher:


by  Therèse Tappouni

At some point in our lives, we all experience grief:

The death of a loved one, a financial catastrophe, a debilitating illness, or the ending of a marriage. In the dark moments that follow these losses, life can seem hopeless and unbearable.

Author Therèse Tappouni knows this journey all too well.

After suffering the devastating loss of her eleven-year-old son, she ultimately came to the realization that it is possible to not only heal from grief, but to find gifts from the deepest places of despair.

The Gifts of Grief: Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss explores the grieving process and examines new ways to heal from the inside out. Couched in Tappouni’s warm and comforting prose, and steeped in examples from her own experiences with deep loss, Therèse is able to walk the reader through the grieving process, while keeping in mind that the journey will be different for every person.

Complete with guided audio mediations and journaling exercises, The Gifts of Grief offers a compassionate path from loss and emptiness into wholeness, teaching not only how to survive grief, but also adapt and evolve new blessings from it as well.

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About the Author:

While the road has been difficult and dark at times, Therèse Tappouni’s experiences with grief and loss have nurtured her passions for counseling, writing, teaching, and speaking about the human connection and the need for a new kind of understanding around grief. She is a licensed HeartMath® Provider, a board-certified hypnotherapist, Somatic Intuitive Training Practitioner, counselor, teacher, and most importantly, a mother.


Sandra Gail Lambert

February 27, 2012

ECWC Alumna, Sandra Gail Lambert, has recently had work accepted into the journals Arts and LettersThe North American Review, and The Alaska Quarterly Review.

Congratulations, Sandra!!

Bobby Sauro

November 29, 2011

Congrats to ECWC alum Bobby Sauro whose short fiction piece “Gowanus, Brooklyn” is currently featured online at Corium Magazine.

Here’s information on how to submit to Corium Magazine.

Congrats, Bobby!


Scotti Andrews

November 4, 2011

Congratulations to ECWC Alumna, Scotti Andrews, whose story “Blind Date” was recently included in the E-Anthology WEST COAST CRIME WAVE.


Congrats, Scotti!

Jack Vanek

October 26, 2011

ECWC Alum Jack Vanek has been very busy!

He recently had his poem ” The Hardest Thing” read on public radio and you can listen to it here. It’s at the 19 minute mark. “The Hardest Thing”is from his collection of poetry: HEART MURMURS: POEMS. You can find HEART MURMURS in print and on Kindle at or from his website:

Jack’s also had work appear in the following:

The LLI Review – “Double Feature” (pg. 116)

Ellipsis – “Brown Anole” (pg. 92)

Hektoen International Journal - “Another Found Poem” and “Anatomy of Love”

Hektoen International Journal – “Always, Autumn Leaves” under the heading Facing Death and “Balloons” under the heading When Children Die .

The Examined Life Literary Journal – “Guillain-Barre” and “Vanishing Twin” (forthcoming in November 2011 print issue).

SLANT: A Journal of Poetry

Congrats, Jack!!

Lori Roy – BENT ROAD

September 26, 2011

A look at the beautiful paperback edition of ECWC Alumna Lori Roy’s debut novel, Bent Road. The paperback is due out in February.


September 26, 2011

Congrats to Dorothee E. Kocks, an ECWC: WIP alumna, whose novel, The Glass Harmonica, is now available via e-book and paperback through the publisher Rosa Mira. A selection of The Glass Harmonica was previously published in the 2009 Volume of SABAL after being selected as “Best Of” her 2009 ECWC Novel Workshop with Dennis Lehane.

Congrats, Dorothee!

Sanderia Faye Smith

July 8, 2011

Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise, alumna, Sanderia Faye Smith, will have an excerpt of her novel-in-progress, “Mourning Bench,” published in an anthology compiled by The University of Arkansas titled: ARSNICK: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas. The anthology is due out tomorrow, Saturday, July 9, 2011.

Sanderia will also be moderating a panel tomorrow as the AR Civil Rights symposium presents:  “Sit-Ins, Freedom Rides, and Beyond: Direct Action and Civil Rights in 1960s Arkansas” on Saturday, July 9, 2011, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center at 501 West 9th Street in downtown Little Rock. The symposium will be free and open to the public.

An excerpt of Sanderia’s novel-in-progress, “Mourning Bench,” was selected for BEST OF the 2011 Writing the Middle Novel Workshop at the 7th Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise and will be published in the 2011 Edition of SABAL later this year.

Congrats, Sanderia!

Angie Jones

March 16, 2011

Angela Masterson Jones, a three-time alumna of Writers in Paradise (2006, 2007 and 2009) and an Eckerd College PEL Honors student majoring in creative writing, recently received the following recognition:

Her poem “At the Crossing,” which she had workshopped with Professor Emeritus Peter Meinke at the 2009 WIP and published in the 2010 Eckerd Review and Bacopa, was selected by editors at Bennington College to appear online this May in plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing 2010 (

Angie’s poem “Chores by the River Ouse,” also published in the 2010 Eckerd Review, received Honorable Mention in the 2010 Writer’s Digest Rhyming Poetry Contest and won First Place in The Lyric magazine’s 2010 College Poetry Contest. It will appear in the winter edition of the magazine (

Congratulations, Angie! Keep up the fantastic work!



Dorothee Kocks

October 13, 2010
The Glass Harmonica: A Sensualist’s Tale by ECWC Alumna Dorothee Kocks will debut internationally this fall with Rosa Mira Books, a new boutique publisher of exceptional eBooks. In 2009, an excerpt of The Glass Harmonica was selected for Best Of” the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference Workshops and was published in Volume 4 of SABAL. Purchase the book directly from and 10 percent of the publisher’s net profits will go to the Nalanda Trust, a community reading program in India.
Many congrats to Dorothee!


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