On Thursday, September 22nd, two University of Wyoming Creative Writing alumni poets, Katie Schmid and Brock Jones, visited campus for a lunch with current MFA students and a public reading at Night Heron Books and Coffeehouse. Both poets read to a full house, with audience members sitting on the floor next to shelves of used books, and even a few folks listening from the stairwell.
Brock read from his acclaimed chapbook, Cenotaph, a series of poems that are part memory, part inquiry into the aftermath of war.The chapbook won the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, selected by poet Billy Collins.
Katie read from sections of her chapbook, Forget Me/Hit Me/Let Me Drink Great Quantities of Clear, Evil Liquor, which won Split Lip Press‘s Chapbook Prize.
She stunned us with sections that explore the intensity of childhood, missing fathers, and masculinity. A review of her chapbook can be found at The Rumpus.
Current MFA students were impressed and heartened by the successes Katie and Brock have experienced since their tenure in the program.
Last Friday was the final MFA reading of the semester. Maria Anderson, Carly Fraysier, and I read from our work at Hero Depot, our local arcade.
Maria read from a short story about a woman who studies bats in Borneo whose marriage is falling apart.
Carly read from an essay about her younger brother that grapples with addiction and the ways we speak on behalf of others.
Come join us for the first MFA student reading of the semester! MFA alum Ginger Ko (’14) will be reading poetry, Nick Mangigian (’15) will be reading fiction and Erin Jones (’15) will be reading nonfiction. The lovely Sofi Thanhauser (’14) will be singing songs as well.
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!
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.
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.
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:
Winner: Sean Collins
Runner Up: Cady Favazzo
Winner: Kelli Price
Runner Up: Hollie Sambrooks
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!