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.

MFA Student Reading Series

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.

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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


















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:


Winner:  Sean Collins

Runner Up:  Cady Favazzo

Creative Non-fiction

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!

MFA Brunch with Anne Patchett

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This week, UW MFA and MA students sat down with best-selling novelist Anne Patchett to talk about craft, career and the difference between magic and hard work. She was gracious, generous and articulate, and answered all our questions and more. It was a great honor–and for it, we were featured on the front page of the Branding Iron (UW’s student newspaper). Not bad for a Tuesday morning.



Thanks for Stopping by, Kirtsin Valdez Quade!

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We had a great afternoon with Kirstin Valdez Quade. She spent 2 hours with us in the Carriage House, told us the story of publishing in The New Yorker (and other top publications) and gave us a preview of her story collection (forthcoming from Norton)—which was funny, charming, complex and intriguing (we can’t wait to read more). Everyone asked questions, and we devoured a full platter of sandwiches. How could a Friday afternoon be better? (It couldn’t.)

Thanks for stopping by, Kirtsin Valdez Quade!


Chelsea Biondolillo: Colgate Fellow, Big Deal

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Big congrats to recent UW MFA graduate Chelsea Biondolillo (’13) for being chosen as a 2014-2015 Olive B O’Connor Nonfiction Fellow at Colgate University. We’re proud of her—the honor is well deserved—and we’re sad to see her leave the state.

She describes the book she’ll be working on as follows:

A non-fiction book about the plight of many of the world’s threatened vulture species and some of the people trying to save them. The book blends biology, ecology, travel, and memoir into a kind of love song for one of nature’s more reviled birds.

Come back through on book tour, OK Chelsea?