The Nearby Universe celebrates its five-year anniversary at the winter write-in

A write-in, if you haven’t heard of it, is an event where writers get together, talk about their work and ideas for a small amount of time, and write near each other for a large amount of time. It’s basically parallel play for grown-ups, and it’s just as much fun 🙂 After two years of … More The Nearby Universe celebrates its five-year anniversary at the winter write-in

Cottonwood Center for the Arts Jumbo Shrimp Exhibition- ReeAnn Hyde

ReeAnn Hyde (M. R. Hyde) is pleased to share that her artwork has been accepted for this exciting gallery exhibition. There’s a free opening night reception Friday, Dec. 2 from 5-8pm, and the show will be on display through December 23. From the Cottonwood Center for the Arts website: Cottonwood Center for the Arts is … More Cottonwood Center for the Arts Jumbo Shrimp Exhibition- ReeAnn Hyde

Happy birthday to us! The Nearby Universe turns five

Five years ago this month, I showed up half an hour early and unlocked room A-354 at Centennial, which was known at the time as Cathy Henrich’s lit room. I didn’t know what I was doing or if anyone would come. I had never even been in a writer’s group, much less started one. There … More Happy birthday to us! The Nearby Universe turns five

“The Torch” in Glissade – Brook Bhagat

Brook Bhagat is honored to have her poem, “The Torch,” selected for publication in “Glissade,” a special issue on dance, released yesterday from The Pine Cone Review. This poem was inspired by her favorite part of the Winter Olympics–watching the figure skaters disappear like dancers dissolving into the dance. Like other poems of hers that have eventually … More “The Torch” in Glissade – Brook Bhagat

Candace Craig nominated for Best of the Net

Candace R. Craig’s creative nonfiction, “Eerie Lake,” was nominated for Best of the Net by the editorial staff of the Great Lakes Review, where the story was recently published. “Eerie Lake” was workshopped twice in The Nearby Universe. In “Eerie Lake,” a fascination with mythological monsters and the tragic drowning of a young classmate unleashes a true horror story about the … More Candace Craig nominated for Best of the Net

Featured Author: The Dribble Drabble Review

Brook Bhagat is proud to share her publication as a featured author in the gorgeous fall issue of The Dribble Drabble Review! Two 50-word prose poems and two 100-word ones were published here today; three of the four are adapted from pieces in her poetry collection, Only Flying. TDDR has been recognized by the Communicator … More Featured Author: The Dribble Drabble Review

“August Drops” published on A Story in 100 Words

One of Brook Bhagat’s favorite things about the Nearby Universe is the deadlines! She composes snippets of poetry or prose for the email meeting invitations to PPSC employees and is often able to revise and publish these pieces elsewhere. Her flash fiction/prose poetry “August Drops” began like this, at the top of the August email. … More “August Drops” published on A Story in 100 Words

Another Accolade for “The Homes of Birds”

Brook Bhagat’s narrative poem, “The Homes of Birds,” was a first-round winner in the 2022 Colorado Hearts and Minds Poetry Contest, a statewide competition that featured entries from 46 different counties. The poem, originally published in 2020 in the anthology A Walk with Nature, also won the 2020 nature writing contest at A Story in … More Another Accolade for “The Homes of Birds”