MFA Thanksgiving: What We’re Thankful For

The last MFA reading of the Fall 2019 semester was this past Thursday. Readings from Caroline Miller and Evan O’Neal were preceded by a Thanksgiving feast prepared by members of the MFA program and organized by our fearless reading series coordinators, Alejandro Alonso Galva and Kari Nielsen.


We asked/gently pressured those in attendance to write down things they were thankful for. Without further ado, here’s what our students, faculty, friends, and other affiliated humans are feeling especially grateful for this season:

  1. Potlucks! Friends! Yay!
  2. Kittens
  3. That I live by the Classroom Building.
  4. Alejandro’s positive energy, and MFA energy in general.
  5. Dairy Queen
  6. Dog diapers
  7. Everyone in my life.
  8. The hit 90s song “Smooth” by Carlos Santana, featuring Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty.
  9. I am thankful for my dog, Gibby.
  10. Alejandro’s pranks on Caroline.
  11. Carlo Rossi
  12. I am grateful–and so should all you wine drinkers in the house tonight be–that I am the kind of woman who keeps a corkscrew handy in her car
  13. Friends
  14. Shrimp cocktail
  15. Brad Fucking Watson!
  16. My dog, Zoey
  17. Taylor’s cake
  18. WINE (& Alejandro)
  19. Great friends, good sunsets, and meals with people we know or will get to know.
  20. The Troops
  21. The Troops
  22. The Troops
  23. The Troops
  24. The Troops, and America.
  25. Alejandro’s biceps
  26. Getting to spend two years with really good writers and people.

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