MFA Alumni Reading: Katie Schmid & Brock Jones

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Current MFA students were impressed and heartened by the successes Katie and Brock have experienced since their tenure in the program.

MFA Reading @ Hero Depot

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.

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IMG_0764Carly read from an essay about her younger brother that grapples with addiction and the ways we speak on behalf of others.

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.

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!