Join us tonight at 5 p.m. at the UW Art Museum for a reading by our Esteemed Writer in Residence, Dinaw Mengestu. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the event.
Today we’re congratulating MFAer Manasseh Franklin on being awarded the Larsh-Bristol Fellowship from the UW communications and journalism department, which comes with $5000 to support her work and an invitation to take part in a gallery show in the fall. It’s quite an accomplishment, which Manasseh intends to use to travel for seven weeks this summer visiting, writing about and photographic glaciers.
We had a great afternoon with Kirstin Valdez Quade. She spent 2 hours with us in the Carriage House, told us the story of publishing in The New Yorker (and other top publications) and gave us a preview of her story collection (forthcoming from Norton)—which was funny, charming, complex and intriguing (we can’t wait to read more). Everyone asked questions, and we devoured a full platter of sandwiches. How could a Friday afternoon be better? (It couldn’t.)
Thanks for stopping by, Kirtsin Valdez Quade!
Big congrats to recent UW MFA graduate Chelsea Biondolillo (’13) for being chosen as a 2014-2015 Olive B O’Connor Nonfiction Fellow at Colgate University. We’re proud of her—the honor is well deserved—and we’re sad to see her leave the state.
She describes the book she’ll be working on as follows:
A non-fiction book about the plight of many of the world’s threatened vulture species and some of the people trying to save them. The book blends biology, ecology, travel, and memoir into a kind of love song for one of nature’s more reviled birds.
Come back through on book tour, OK Chelsea?
A special three cheers and a hip-hip hooray for Sofi Thanhauser and Daniel Freije: two second-year MFA students who have won awards from the University for their prowess as and dedication to teaching—an Ellbogen and a PIE, respectively. These things are huge honors and mean they are teaching in the best way. Way to make us proud!
Join the MFA program in celebrating the publication of two new books by our beloved Faculty members H.L. Hix and Danielle Pafunda. There will be food, drink, and most importantly: great poetry.
The reading will take place on Saturday, March 29th from 5-7 p.m. at the Lockwood residence in North Laramie.