"You know the way a story
deepens as you get further in,
the way the truth—
the complex and maybe hidden truth—
of a story emerges
during the actual telling?"
from "Sounder Bite" by Charissa Menefee
Visit the PLAYS page to see photos from recent productions of Our Antigone and Sarah's Poem. Read Grounds for Play in Some Scripts Literary Magazine and other plays on the New Play Exchange.
See the POETRY page for links to order When I Stopped Counting, the new anthologies Surprised by Joy, Telepoem Booth: Missed Calls and Other Poetry, The Poeming Pigeon: In the News, and The 2016 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry & Medicine Anthology.
See The EcoTheatre Lab page for upcoming events.
Climate Change Theatre Action, produced by ISU Theatre, in partnership with The EcoTheatre Lab and the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment, reached hundreds of people through performances at Fisher Theatre, Parks Library, Ames Public Library, and Ames City Hall.
Read "Future Stores" and "The Poet Ponders Porridge" in The Wild Word.
Now available: Pretty Lucky featured in 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler (Smith & Kraus).
Family and Take Cover continue to be part of readings for Code Red: Faith. Mystic Vision Players' April production is postponed.
Little Black Dress INK's special Onstage On-Air holiday podcast features "Gifts" as part of a discussion about O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi."
Iowa Enemy is selected for an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Commission.
Promotion and You Came Back featured in Anchorage Community Theatre's Virtual Short Play Festival.
"The Poet Parents" in Plainsongs. New poems forthcoming in Footnote and Switchgrass.
Sarah's Poem featured in the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival.
The EcoTheatre Lab marches in Climate Crisis Parade in Des Moines prior to Iowa caucuses.
Grounds for Play in Some Scripts Literary Magazine.
Paid Off in 45's 24 at Theatre Unbound in the Twin Cities.
Lydia's Plan honored as Best Play in the 2018 Theatre Lawrence Short Play Festival and a finalist for the Old Library Play Festival.
Your Soup, Sir was part of Paula Vogel's Ubu Roi Bake-Off at The Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis) on Presidents' Day.
"Get the Story" named finalist for The Charter Oak Award for Best Historical.
Marked Cards named finalist in the 2018 Ivoryton Women's Theatre Initiative.
Playwright Power: E.M. Lewis, Paula Cizmar, Elaine Romero, Charissa Menefee, and Tira Palmquist talk eco-theatre in Portland at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference.