February Student Reading

Tonight at 7 PM three first years will start off the spring semester student readings at Night Heron Books. Jess White will be reading her non-fiction (maybe some stuff on Cambodia (I hope (I’ve been lucky to hear her talk about some of her adventures there))!), Jeff Tatay will recite his poetry (man versus nature, nature versus man, cool anthropogenic things), and Ryan Oberhelman will read his fiction (maybe he’ll read a story about the Dust Bowl/life on the plains). We hope to see you there!

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Ginger Ko’s First Book!

Poet Ginger Ko (MFA ’14) has her first book, Motherlover, forthcoming from Coconut Poetry in March. Ko also has a chapbook coming out in the summer, Inherit, from Bloof Books. It is an excellent year for Ginger, and we are thrilled for her and her talent.

The cover of Motherlover was designed by another talented MFA alum, Sofi Thanhauser.

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Below is a provocative excerpt from her poem “Flora”:

There is no room in my heart for important men who surround themselves with flowers.
Take the garland of wives and daughters from around your neck. That you feel safe
they would not choke you makes me sick.

Cannot wait to read the whole book and recover from all of the sucker punches her words deliver.

-A.

writing workshops at the wyoming girls’ school

Carly Fraysier (non-fiction), Randall Tyrone (poetry) and Maria Anderson (fiction) are leading three writing workshops this semester at the Wyoming Girls’ School in Sheridan. They have put together a collection of short stories, poems, and essays for the girls to read and will facilitate, hopefully, some enlightening discussions. Carly and Randall already headed up (all 300 miles) this past week for the first workshop and shared some pictures of their stay in Sheridan (UW is grateful to the Ucross Foundation (http://www.ucrossfoundation.org/) for gifting the students with some “plush” (as Carly put it) lodging):

Carly Fraysier at Ucross.

Carly Fraysier at Ucross.

Randall Tyrone being picturesque in the snowy wilderness.

Randall Tyrone being picturesque in the snowy wilderness.

It’s a great opportunity to run writing workshops at the Wyoming Girls’ School and these students are BOSS for taking advantage of it. Onward and upward class of 2016.

-A.

A Most Glorious Laramie Autumn

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.

Nick Mangigian and Olivia Wall.

Nick Mangigian and Olivia Wall.

-A.

MFA Student Reading Series #2

Come join us for the second MFA student reading series of the semester! Korie Johnson (’15) will be reading fiction, Olivia Wall (’15) will be reading poetry, and Mannasseh Franklin (’15) will be reading nonfiction. MFA alum Jason Burge will sing and play guitar. It will be beautiful.

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