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And We’re Out!

Thanks for following along with our student blog for the 2013-2014 year. It’s been a big one: full of great times and grand events. We laughed, we cried, we wrote a lot. But, alas, it’s our last day of school, so the blog must sleep.

Check back in the fall for more UW MFA goodness! And have a great summer!

Congrats to the following second-years for completing their MFAs and best of luck in the future!

Dan Frieje

Dan

Sofi

Sofi

Callie

Callie

Lam

Lam

Kelly

Kelly

Rebecca

Rebecca

Ginger

Ginger

Adrian

Adrian

Joey

Joey

MFA Profs Lead Writing Workshop: Tomorrow in Cheyenne

MFA Creative Writing Faculty, H.L. Hix and Kate Northrop, will lead an evening writing workshop at the Laramie County Public Library in Cheyenne Wyoming tomorrow, May 6th, 2014.

The workshop is titled “Let’s Talk Texture:  Poems that Glitter, Teem, Grow Pale, or Flash and maybe Itch then Irritate” and will give aspiring and experienced writers a chance to explore the texture of poems—as opposed to the usual tropes, that poets “use images, be specific, be concise, make music.” Participants will be invited to take part in a lively discussion and to complete a writing exercise. As a fun exercise, participants will be encouraged to paint their finished poems on windows around the library.

All community members are invited to join. Contact Robin Papaleka, Adult Programming Coordinator, Laramie County Library System, for more information.

Thanks for Lunch, Natalie Strong!

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We learned a lot last week when we sat down with former Paris Review and New Yorker editor Natalie Strong — mostly that we made the right choice in choosing to come out here to Wyoming and not try and learn the ropes in NYC. Glad you came out this way, too, Natalie! Visit us again soon.

Undergraduate Writing Contest Award Reading: Tonight!

The Undergraduate Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 Creative Writing Contest.

This year’s winners and runners-up are:

Poetry

Winner:  Sean Collins

Runner Up:  Cady Favazzo

Creative Non-fiction

Winner:  Kelli Price

Runner Up:  Hollie Sambrooks

Fiction

 Winner: Roslyn Fleming

Runner Up: Ryan Shepard

Tonight at 6:30 pm, there will be a reading and presentation of awards to these writers at the Coe Carriage House on campus. Please come help us celebrate the great work of our undergrad writers!

MFA Brunch with Anne Patchett

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This week, UW MFA and MA students sat down with best-selling novelist Anne Patchett to talk about craft, career and the difference between magic and hard work. She was gracious, generous and articulate, and answered all our questions and more. It was a great honor–and for it, we were featured on the front page of the Branding Iron (UW’s student newspaper). Not bad for a Tuesday morning.

 

 

Dinaw Mengestu Reading Tonight at the UW Art Museum

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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.

 

Manasseh Franklin: Wins Larsh-Bristol Fellowship; Glacier Bound

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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.

Thanks for Stopping by, Kirtsin Valdez Quade!

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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!

 

Chelsea Biondolillo: Colgate Fellow, Big Deal

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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?

 

Gospel on Editing with Natalie Strong

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This Friday we’ll sit down in the carriage house with former Paris Review Editor and former New Yorker Video Producer to discuss editing, video production, life in the NYC publishing trenches and…ranching.

Also, there will be sandwiches. Come!

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