Former student Lilliam Rivera has won a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her short story “Death Defiant Bomba, or What to Wear When Your Boo Gets Cancer.” Lilliam workshopped the story in Writing the Short Story: Intermediate Workshop, and was nominated for the 2013 James Kirkwood Prize by her instructor Mary Jones. The story also received honorable mention in Bellevue Literary Review’s 2014 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction. If that wasn’t exciting enough, her YA novel, which she workshopped with the beloved, late Linda Palmer, will be published by Simon & Schuster in spring 2017. “I really enjoyed working with Linda and Mary,” says Lilliam. “They both gave me such insightful notes meant to challenge me as a writer and enhance the work.”
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