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CUTTHROAT ONLINE/SKYPE WRITING MENTOR PROGRAM
Profits from sales of Truth To Power are donated to the ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Friends Of The Earth and the Standing Rock Sioux Water Protectors.  Please click on the link to view the powerful and moving documentary film, "Awake," filmed during the peaceful  protests against NDPL (North Dakota Oil Pipeline) from going through Indigenous sacred lands and under the Missouri River, source of water for 18 million people.  Here is the link:
                               Awake
Editor, Pam Uschuk will teach at magnificent Ghost Ranch (where Georgia O'Keefe painted) in Northern New Mexico the first three weeks of January 2018. WRITING THE SACRED IS A intensive three week hands-on mixed genre writing course in memoir, lyric prose & poetry includes field trips to Okey O'Wingeh Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Albuquerque Museum of Art, a hike in Bandolier National Monument, Taos, Santa Fe and Chimayo. Source material are works by Indigenous and Latino writers, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo, Natalie Diaz, Sherwin Bitsui, Layli Longsoldier, Rudolfo Anaya, Demetria Martinez, Luis Alberto Urrea and others. This is a stellar program. Housing and meals and transportation from and to the Albuquerque airport are provided. If you've wanted time to write as well as writing prompts, feedback and guidance, sign up. Last year students gave this course rave reviews. Many of Pam's students have published books from the work they've written in her classes. Here is the link:
https://www.ghostranch.org/education/featured-retreats/january-term/
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2017 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest, Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest and the Barry Lopez Nonfiction Contest! The competition was very tough this year, and we'd like to thank your judges, Lidia Yuknavitch, Cornelius Eady and Brenda Peterson for their superb choices. Although we have not yet heard back from two Honorable Mentions, here are the winners:

Joy Harjo Poetry Prize 1st Place: "The Hanging Man," by Isaac Black of Cambria Heights, NY; 2nd Place: "Geese," by Chaya
Bhuvaneswar of Newton, Massachusetts. Honorable Mention:
"They Are Waiting For Us To Die" by Amalie Kwassman of Ames, Iowa.

Rick DeMarinis Short Story Prize 1st Place: "Purgatory" by Jerry Budwig of McLean, Virginia; 2nd Place: "8C" by Nayantara Roy of New York City.

Barry Lopez Nonfiction Contest 1st Place: "The Boy Who Didn't Know Shit About Shit" by Tess Hall of Brooklyn, NY; 2nd Place:
"If I Should Die Before I Wake" by Cynthia Neely of Leavenworth, Washington.

1st Prize in each genre won $1300 and publication in Cutthroat 23 due out in March 2018. 2nd Prize in each genre won $250 and Publication in Cutthroat 23. Honorable Mentions win publication in Cutthroat 23.