It is the end of October and it is still a lovely 70 degrees outside. This is unbelievable (at least to me). I am pretty sure last year this time it was already freezing. The Aspen and Cottonwoods managed to remain orange and yellow for a lot longer. A few of us decided to hike the Sheep Mountain Trail an hour outside of town.
Each year novelist and faculty member Joy Williams invites the cohort to her cabin in Centennial, Wyoming. It’s a beautiful drive 30 short miles west on WYO 130 and a real privilege to be given the opportunity to have a more intimate setting with her. Here are some pictures from our lovely day:
Fortunately for the cohort this year the MFA program bought a table for the Art Museum Gala held at the University of Wyoming ballroom. It’s a swanky event- ladies got the chance to get dolled up and the boys got a chance to put on a suit (a rare occurrence in Laramie, Wyoming (where the culture prizes jeans and boots and cowboy hats)). But the really exciting thing is how much money the Gala is able to raise (through auctioning art (which two members of the cohort bought!) by local artists amongst other things) to support the art museum’s outreach programs.
Here’s a few shots:
Pictures from last night’s student reading!
The University of Wyoming MFA program welcomes it’s new first year students for the 2014-2015 academic year- Maria Anderson (fiction), Khalym Khari Burke-Thomas (poetry), Dominick Duhamel (fiction), Carly Fraysier (nonfiction), Chido Muchemwa (nonfiction), Ryan Oberhelman (fiction), Jeff Tatay (poetry), Randall Tyrone (poetry), Jess White (nonfiction), and Trey Williams (fiction)! Welcome and may the new atmosphere invigorate your writing!