This weekend is a special one for us at the UW MFA—we’re welcoming 6 newly accepted writers for a weekend visit. There will be lunches, potlucks, hikes (weather permitting), a reading, and many other impromptu activities. We hope they take a liking to our little town and decide to come back in the fall as students.
But for now: welcome to town, new friends! Enjoy the weekend!
Time for townfolk and writingfolk alike to come out and hear the MFA cohort read from their newest and most exciting work! In the words of series planner, Lam Pham:
You are cordially invited to join us this coming Friday at the Gryphon Theatre for the final installment of the MFA Reading Series. It’s been a wild and crazy ride, but as all good things must come to an end, so must the reading series for this academic year. We want to thank you for your support and hope to see you for our Spring Finale.
Korie Johnson (fiction)
Olivia Wall (poetry)
Manasseh Franklin (nonfiction)
musical performances by:
*the doors will open at 6:30pm.
Thanks to poet and activist Rachel Levitsky, who joined us for a Q&A this week and gave a public reading at our favorite in-town venue, Night Heron Café. In the Q&A, we spoke about:
• Feminist Poetics
• Belladonna* Press
• The Sentence
A great time was had by all! Thanks for coming to visit us, Rachel!
Our second reading of the semester went off without a hitch. Congrats to Nick Mangigian (fiction’15), Auesta Safi (poetry ’15) and alum Jason Burge for stunning, beguiling & rocking a packed house at the Night Heron café!
How was it? Let’s say vivacious/tender/lonely/songful—across the board!
Way to go cohort! Here’s to the next!
MFA Faculty member Kate Northrop has been awarded the Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize, an annual prize given to a young writer of proven excellence in poetry or prose.
Established to honor author Jeannette Haien’s interest in the work of talented young writers and her desire to benefit and further their careers by encouraging the production of literary works of high quality and aesthetic worth, the prize has previously been given to Joanna Klink (U of Montana) and Suzanne Buffam (U of Chicago).
Northrop, who is a core member of the MFA Faculty, is the author of three collections of poetry: Clean (2011), Things are Disappearing Here (2007), which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and was also a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award, and Back Through Interruption (2002), which won Kent State University Press’s Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize.
We’re very proud of her! Congratulations on the prize Kate!
This week we’re welcoming avant-garde poet and activist Rachel Levitsky to our (figurative) shores. She’ll be giving a craft talk for MFA students on Friday at the Carriage House and giving a public reading (free! come!) at the Night Heron Bookshop & Café Friday evening at 7pm. It’s going to be lovely having her here and we’re all tickled with excitement.
Here’s a little about Levitsky, for those not in “the know:”
Rachel Levitsky is well known as a poet of politically and socially engaged writing. She has collaborated with artists like photographer B. Wurtz and is the founder and co-director of Belladonna*, an event and publication series of feminist avant-garde poetics.
Her recent book The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem 2013) tackles a range of concerns: transgendered bodies, social movements, management of the emotions, and countless other subjects. She has also published two full-length collections of poetry—Under the Sun (Futurepoem 2003) and NEIGHBOR (Ugly Duckling Press 2009)—and five chapbooks. Three of her “poetic plays” have been launched as theatrical productions.
It’s gonna be grand! Join in the fun!