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The dang Yankee

Mike McHugh writes The Dang Yankee, a humorous column about a life in Louisiana and the world at large, from the perspective of a slowly graying northerner who never quite grew up.  Started in 2009, it is a popular feature in The Jambalaya News, a local publication covering Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas.

A howling success

Helen Aitken‘s creative non-fiction story, “Wolf Man Howls Into Manhood,” won first place in the South Carolina Writers Workshop’s Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards Competition. The award includes a full scholarship to the workshop and publication in The Petigru Review, the literary journal of the SCWW. Her humorous, creative non-fiction short story, “Death For Lunch,” also was selected to appear in the October issue.

Judy Gruen

In her new book, Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping, award-winning Los Angeles author and humor columnist Judy Gruen goes on a quest to streamline her body and outsource her fat during the months leading up to a college reunion. A former EBWW faculty member, Gruen has written several books, including The Women’s Daily Irony Supplement, which earned multiple awards for humor, and Carpool Tunnel Syndrome: Motherhood as Shuttle Diplomacy. 

Perk up the pillows

Debbie Simorte spotted a call for submissions on the EBWW Facebook page, sent a pitch and is now published in the summer 2012 issue of Downsized Living Magazine. Check out “Decor for Nothing and Your Art for Free” on page 12. Debbie lives and writes in Platte County, Mo., and blogs random silliness.

Deliciously fun

Looking for the straight skinny about losing weight and getting in shape? In her new book, Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping, award-winning Los Angeles author and humor columnist Judy Gruen chronicles her campaign to unearth long-hidden hip bones and earn the right to feel fabulous after 40.

Cursed with mirth

Sam G. Riley, who’s taught journalism at Virginia Tech since 1981, pokes fun at modern-day American life in his new book, Mostly Merry Commentary: From the Mezzanine of the Ivory Tower.  It’s a compilation of commentary from the Roanoke Times and the Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Va.

Lost characters

Molly Campbell, a two-time Erma Bombeck Writing Competition winner, is publishing her first book, Characters in Search of a Novel, this fall. She credits the workshop for inspiring her to take this next leap.

Wedded bliss

Darlene Sneden‘s humorous essay, “The Perfect Pair of Sunglasses,” appears in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Life.

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