It’s been a wonderful school year here at UW, cumulating with a memorable commencement ceremony where six MFA students walked (perhaps a record). Hats off to you, graduates! This blog will go on hiatus until the Fall when Joey Rubin takes over (word on the street is he plans to take the blog to new glittery heights). Great summer to all!
It’s April in Wyoming and that means snow flurries and ice castles and grapefruit-colored sunsets. It also means some very cool things are coming up for MFA students.
1.) Graduation! All your 1980s teen movie dreams are coming true, complete with confetti and a gloriously slimming cap and gown (in Pokes colors, of course). This also means, for the next three Fridays, MFA graduates will read from their beautiful theses. The first reading is this Friday, April 26th at 6pm in the Carriage House, featuring:
Erin Fortenberry – The Fourteenth Season
Adam Boucher – two stories
Please join the MFA in Creative Writing Program for the rescheduled Public Reading of Eminent Writer in Residence Maggie Nelson. There will be a small reception at the event. Second Story Books will host the book signing at the UW Art Museum. This event is free and open to the public. Friday, April 19, 2013, 7 – 8pm
Maggie Nelson (Ph.D. in English Literature, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York) is the author of four books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W. W. Norton, 2011; out in paperback in 2012), was featured on the front cover of the SundayBook Review of the New York Times, as well as named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and an Editors’ Choice. Her other nonfiction books include the cult hit Bluets (Wave Books, 2009); a critical study of poetry and painting titled Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007; winner, the Susanne M. Glasscock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship), and an autobiographical book about sexual violence and media spectacle titled The Red Parts: A Memoir (Free Press, 2007; named a Notable Book of the Year by the State of Michigan). Her poetry books include Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007); Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull Press, 2005; finalist, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of Memoir), The Latest Winter (Hanging Loose Press, 2003), and Shiner (Hanging Loose, 2001; finalist, the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award). Her poetry has been widely anthologized, including in the Best American Poetry series.
Join the MFA in Creative Writing students for the last reading of the semester. Readers will include Kelly Hatton, Rebecca Golden, and Sofi Thanhauser. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 7 – 8pm
365 West Grand Avenue
Eminent Writer in Residence Mark Nowak will read from his work tonight at 7 p.m. at Second Story Books. This event is hosted by the MFA in Creative Writing Program and is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the reading. Hope to see you there!
Nowak’s writings include the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” for “Shut Up Shut Down” and the acclaimed book about coal mining disasters in the United States and China, “Coal Mountain Elementary.”
He is among a dozen poets to be included in the seminal anthology “American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics.” Poet Adrienne Rich heralds Nowak for “regenerating the rich tradition of working-class literature.”
Nowak is the director of the graduate creative writing program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y.
The Wyoming Arts Council is an invaluable resource to the state, offering grants, programming, and other means of support for working artists. Featured in their Winter Newsletter are UW MFA students Rebecca Estee and Kali Fajardo-Anstine for their work at the Wyoming Girls School. As part of their MFA Project, these two have made monthly visits to Sheridan, Wyoming to teach creative writing.
Be sure to check out the full newsletter for other wonderful happenings around the state. You can do so here.