September 15, 2022

Our CFF members have been busy!

Check out some exciting updates from CFF members! 

Bell’s Romeo & Juliet prequel to be a novel; Two other plays will be performed

CFF member and playwright, Melissa Bell, has been keeping busy. In addition to transforming her award-winning play, Lady Capulet, a prequel to Romeo and Juliet, into a novel, she has some upcoming shows:

Her play, Zoe Comes Home will be performed at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg, NY (two hours NW of NYC and Travel & Leisure magazine’s top 15 towns to visit) Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8, 2022 at 7pm. The play, directed by Laurie Guzman, is produced by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

When the main character, Zoe, returns home for one of her increasingly rare visits, her mother, Gloria, an aging artist, has problems; anxiety, depression and hoarding. And what is this new art project in the back yard? Now the neighbors are saying “bad things.” Releasing the haunting demons of doubt comes only through the healing power of love.

Performances of Melissa’s work with Farm Arts Collective are also upcoming at Unison Arts in New Paltz, NY, September 26, 2022. The work was featured in the NY Times: Lend Us Your Ears, and Don’t Forget Your Farm Boots.

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Schept’s “Gift of Feathers” to be published in January by MacMillan imprint

CFF member Ken Schept’s first children's picture book, A Gift of Feathers, will be published on January 17, 2023, by Feiwel and Friends, a  Macmillan imprint.

The book is about the death of a grandmother as seen through the eyes of her grandchildren, who learn a lesson about the comfort of memory.

“It's based on the reaction of my own grandchildren to the death of my mother at age 99. Toward the end of her life, my mother constantly found feathers, which she saved as reassuring signals from her brothers, long gone,” says Ken.

Available for pre-order on Amazon or wherever books are sold.


Rosenfeld’s short story featured

in latest edition of Blueline Magazine

The most recent edition of Blueline Magazine, Volume 43, features Steve Rosenfeld’s short story, “Oarsman,” which he workshopped at the Columbia Fiction Foundry.

Since 1979, Blueline has featured quality poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art focused on nature's shaping influence. While Blueline always promotes Adirondack writing, it also publishes works that interpret the literature and culture of northern New York, New England, and eastern Canada.

Additionally, his previously published story, “Separation,” can be found in Volume VII of Short Story America, which is available on or at




Columbia during the Vietnam era subject of article by Jeff Schnader in Audere Literary Magazine


Columbia Fiction Foundry writer Jeff Schnader’s recent article, "Revisiting Columbia’s Vietnam War Protests in a New Novel," has been published in Audere Literary Magazine, which is owned by a Columbia College grad.

To read the article, visit

To learn more about what Jeff’s up to, visit his website: 

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The Columbia Fiction Foundry wants to help our members publicize their latest works. If you have something published, please email the details to Will Hughes, Communication Director at [email protected].