IWOSC Reads Its Own – August, 2021
Sunday, August 22, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Online using Zoom
Free to all — You don’t have to be a member to attend
Reading is a member benefit
Once again, we find our biannual Reads Its Own program taking place online via Zoom.
IWOSC members come from all sorts of backgrounds. Ask a member what he or she is working on writing and you are bound to be surprised by some of their answers. You never know what will spring from their minds given all of their backgrounds, interests, and selected genres.
We look forward to once again hearing some of our talented members immerse us in their world of words for 7 minutes each. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, a good meal or snack, or whatever you’d like — you’re not on camera — as you allow our readers’ words to take you to other places or times.
Reading on August 22 are: Wanda Maureen Mller, David J Partie, Rosalie B Kahn, Christina Schweighofer, Art Shulman,Maria S Picone, Neil L Yuzuk, Ruth Badley, Jackie Lewis, David Harper, Roselyn Teukolsky, Shaun Adams, Flo Selfman, Selacia, Gerald Everett Jones.
- Wanda Maureen Miller grew up on an Arkansas farm, moved to California, and taught college English. She has published six books—a historical novel, The French (1983); three textbooks, Reading Faster and Understanding More, Books 1, 2, and 3 (5 editions, 1976 to 2001); her memnovel, Last Trip Home (2018); and Madeleine, Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans (2021). Retired, she plays pickleball and is publishing the sequel, Solange, Daughter of Madeleine…, with Atmosphere Press.
- David J. Partie, professor of English and Modern Languages, received an M.A. in German from UCLA, where he was awarded a Chancellor’s Teaching Fellowship. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. He is a former regional vice-president of the Poetry Society of Virginia, having won the Karma Ogden, Brodie Herndon, Carleton Drewry, and Franklin Dew Prizes for poetry. He has also written fiction and 2000 haiku.
- Rosalie B. Kahn is a writer, healer, and teacher of spiritual growth concepts.During her extensive career in the US Foreign Service, she traveled worldwide. Her published books: My Healing Heart, Grow With Me, My Golden Butterfly, and the first of a new series, Eternal Love.
Rosalie is from New York. She lives in Chile with her husband, Guillermo Lopez.
- Christina Schweighofer is a memoir ghostwriter and journalist in Pasadena who also freelances for university publications. She began her writing career as a staff reporter on the national and foreign desks at Die Presse, the leading daily newspaper in Austria, and was the publication’s book editor for three years. Christina immigrated to the U.S. in 1999. She has won three Los Angeles Press Club awards. Her website is CHSwriter.com.
- Art Shulman writes all sorts of stuff ― short stories, long stories (aka novels), but mostly plays. He’s written about 100 plays, some of them good. Over the past 20 years he’s had original productions of over 20 full-length plays, including Old Broads Can’t Dunk, The Rabbi & The Shiksa, I Got Troubles, Whoopsie-Doopsie, Sex Is Good For You, and The Yentas Wear Red Hats. He challenges all IWOSC members to a 3-point shooting contest.
- Maria S. Picone is a Korean American adoptee with an MFA in fiction from Goddard College. She has been published in Ice Floe Press, Bending Genres, Whale Road Review, and more, including Best Small Fictions 2021. She has received grants from Kenyon Review, Lighthouse Writers, GrubStreet, The Watering Hole, The Speakeasy Project, and others. She serves as prose editor at Chestnut Review and crime/thriller associate editor at Uncharted Mag. Her website is MariaSpicone.com, Twitter @mspicone.
- Neil L. Yuzuk Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Neil spent a career in sales before getting a college degree and becoming a Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Counselor for the NYC Board of Education. After he retired, Neil became the author of the Beachside PD police/crime book series as well as the co-author of the Amazon number one bestseller book The Giant Killer. He moved to Los Angeles in 2013.
- Ruth Badley is an author and freelance writer with a background in journalism and arts education. Her first book, Where are the grown-ups?, is an award-winning family memoir, exploring the impact of a whispered tragedy on three generations of her family. Bite-sized World, to be released later this year, is an unexpectedly nostalgic collection of quirky travel memories, conceived during the start of the global pandemic.
- Jackie Lewis was born in Santa Monica and earned an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA. She was a member of The Writer’s Group in Studio City, California. Her plays produced in Los Angeles are: Birds of a Feather Stuck Together, Two Nowhere Men, and Sitting on the Edge of the Chair. She studied writing with Jim Krusoe. Tessa’s Heart: A Texas Story is her debut novel. Contact Jackie on author website JackieLewisAuthor.com.
- David Harper wrote those movies you never saw and those books you didn’t read. He also writes things you might have come across like short stories, essays, and poems, if you happen to read publications like Potato Soup Journal, The Haven, Flash Fiction Magazine, Altered Reality Magazine, Front Porch Review, or Right Hand Pointing. There is no additional information about him at TheDavidHarper.com.
- Roselyn Teukolsky’s publishing credentials include a semi-fictional book How to Play Bridge with Your Spouse … and Survive! (MasterPoint Press 2002) and a short story, Tell Me Your Name, in an anthology (Made in L.A. Vol. 3, Resonant Earth Publishing). She has also written several test preparation books for Barron’s Educational Series, including the Barron’s review book for AP Computer Science (first published 2001). Her website is RoselynTeukolsky.com
- Shaun Adams — Shaun has boxes full of drama, narratives, shorts, flash fiction, poetry and a choreopoem or two. He’s a member of a terrific writing group called People of the Quill in Port Alberni, British Columbia. At present he’s enrolled in a novel revision course at
UCLA and has registered for a further novel revision course at UCLA, after which he’ll search for the holy grail of Published and Paid.
- Flo Selfman is an in-demand copy editor-proofreader for award-winning books in many genres, scripts, business materials and websites, and conducts lively grammar/punctuation review workshops for adults. She is a PR consultant for books, authors and arts events. A contributing author to Media Magnetism and Office for One, she is currently writing a memoir. President (pro bono) of IWOSC 2003-2016, she writes the Grammar for Grownups column in the IWOSC newsletter. WordsalaMode.com
- Selacia is a globally known writer, DNA intuitive healer, spiritual teacher, and creator of The Divine Changemakers. A former foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, she has decades of experience writing about world politics and social change, healing and consciousness, and spiritual transformation. She’s author of a number of books, including The Spiritual Compass to 2021. Contact Selacia at Selacia.com. Order The Spiritual Compass to 2021 at selacia.com/spiritual-compass.
- Gerald Everett Jones has received nine book awards in the last two years, including two 2021 awards for his novel Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner. Today he reads from his forthcoming novel Jonathan’s Journal. Gerald is the host of the GetPublished! Radio show and has been a member of IWOSC since 1985.