Speaking of Katie (Schmid) Henson…

She recently won the University of Wyoming’s Outstanding Thesis Award. It’s the highest honor for graduate students in research. Congrats, Katie! It’s great news!

You can find some of her thesis in the current issue of quarterly west. Check it out, everyone.

An excerpt from “Daughter Psalms”:

Sisters, it’s true: our father has brokenheart
-ed us. We know the omens: the Blue Bird Motel,
our father sleeping in the middle
of the day. His abandoned body, his blister of a father body.
Let us not love a man who forgets himself so, who abandons
his body in sleep and sleeps with such hungriness.
Maybe he never thought to be a father:
his motorcycles, his reckless
burning as a boy, those tattoos. But we love him

It’s so lovely.


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The University of Wyoming's Creative Writing MFA program is an intensive two-year studio degree in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Special features include a flexible curriculum, cross-genre workshops, opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and our Eminent Writers in Residence program, which brings distinguished authors to campus to work closely with our students. This year, our Eminent Writers are Maggie Nelson, CAConrad, & Brian Leung; in 2011-2012, we were joined by visiting writers John D'Agata, Colson Whitehead, & Charles Baxter. We have a deeply committed faculty, a lively visiting writers series, an incomparable natural setting, and excellent funding for students, including teaching assistantships with light teaching loads, full tuition waivers, summer stipends, and support for travel and publication. P&W lists the MFA at Wyoming as a top 25 program in nonfiction, a top 20 program in funding, and a top 50 program overall.

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