Nam Le Reading

We’re super stoked to have fiction author and delightful dude Nam Le as our Eminent Writer in Residence this spring. We’re hosting a reading, reception, and book signing for Nam on February 12 and all are encouraged to attend.

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Working in Wyoming

As a culmination of the community workshops facilitated by Mark Nowak and the University of Wyoming MFA program, a public reading and celebration was held last Thursday at the Gryphon Theather. It was a night filled with Kool Moe Dee, Monty Python, Laramie community members, and former MFA students. The evening closed with a documentary of what it means to work in Wyoming. Here are some images from the night:

 

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A Month of Readings

The past two weeks in Laramie have marked an eventful end of the semester. We said farewell to our beloved program director, Beth Loffreda, before she goes on sabbatical in the spring. MFA graduate, Estella Soto, hosted the Laramie Writers of Color Reading which featured Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Miguel Kaminski, and Rattawut Lapcharoensap. Faculty members Andy Fitch and Danielle Pafunda gave a house reading to remember. And last night was the final MFA reading of the year with Brock Jones and Miguel. Enjoy these photos from the events, and have a wonderful break!

Q&A session with Stella, Miguel, A, and Kali

Q&A session with Stella, Miguel, A, and Kali

Kali reading fiction

Stella at the Laramie Writers of Color Reading

Stella at the Laramie Writers of Color Reading

Julian Saporiti entertains all with his musical talent

Julian Saporiti entertains all with his musical talent

Rattawut reads. Everyone is in awe.

Rattawut reads. Everyone is in awe.

Andy and Danielle read from their latest works

Andy and Danielle read from their latest works

Last night's crowd was all smiles

Last night’s crowd was all smiles

Miguel read... in a coat.

Miguel read… in a coat.

Brock reading his astounding poetry

Brock reading his astounding poetry

Rebecca Estee doing what she does - being a great reading series organizer

Rebecca Estee doing what she does – being a great reading series organizer

Miguel reading while making people laugh and maybe cry

Miguel reading while making people laugh and maybe cry

Special thanks to Kali’s grandfather and Chelsea Biondolillo, without whom there’d be no photos.  

poetics

as per usual, interesting things are afoot in the realm of the interweb.  poet Kate Northrop, mfa faculty member and generally wonderful person, was featured on Poetry Daily last week.  and Harvey “H.L.” Hix was mentioned alongside Claudia Rankine on Harriet, the PoetryFoundation blog, yesterday (a nice UW synchronicity).  we love these people, and you should too. congrats to all parties involved!

save the date

University of Wyoming MFA Student Reading Series presents…
Valzhyna Mort & Michael Zapruder
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
Second Story Books
Laramie, WY

come out & you will see these things.

Valzhyna Mort
Mort, born in Minsk, Belarus (former Soviet Union), in 1981, made her American debut in 2008 with a poetry collection Factory of Tears (Copper Canyon Press), co-translated by the husband-and-wife team of Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright and Pultizer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright. There is an urgency and vitality to her poems; the narrative moves within universal themes—lust, loneliness, the strangeness of god, and familial love—while many poems question what language is and challenge the authority that delegates who has the right to speak and how. The New Yorker writes, “Mort strives to be an envoy for her native country, writing with almost alarming vociferousness about the struggle to establish a clear identity for Belarus and its language.” Her new book of poetry, Collected Body, is due out from Copper Canyon in 2011. She lives and teaches in Baltimore, Maryland.

Michael Zapruder
For years, Zapruder played lead guitar in other people’s bands until the 1999 release of his album 52 Songs. For his ambitious debut, Zapruder composed and recorded a song a week for an entire year. Every album since has marked his evolution through the restless development of his arrangements, recording techniques, and unique lyrical approach that earned him the 2009 Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album. Zapruder’s most recent album, the soon to be released Pink Thunder, is a collaboration with poets touring on the rock-esque Poetry Bus. He lives in Oakland, CA.