Brock Jones, second-year poetry student, has accepted a spot in the University of Utah’s Ph.D. program in Literature with a Creative Writing emphasis. The program was recently written up by the Atlantic Monthly as “one of the top five PhD in Creative Writing programs in the country.” Congratulations, Brock! What great news.
Sofi Thanhauser, Kelly Hatton, and Joey Rubin — all first-year MFA students — have received Cheney international travel grants. Sofi will go to Tamil Nandu to research textile production. Kelly will return to Paraguay, where she served in the Peace Corps, to continue work on her fiction and nonfiction projects centered on sustainable farming communities. Joey will attend the British Centre for the Translation of Literature Summer School at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. Congratulations, all! Well deserved and such fantastics achievements for the MFA program.
Also, this week fiction writer, John Brandon, will visit UW.
John Brandon is the author of three novels, Arkansas, Citrus County, and A Million Heavens, all with McSweeney’s. His shorter work has appeared in Oxford American, The Believer, ESPN the Magazine, GQ, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The New York Times Magazine, and numerous university journals. During the season, he writes about college football for Grantland.com.
There will be a Q&A with him on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the Carriage House and a public reading at 7:30 p.m. at Second Story Books. Hope to see everyone there!
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:
Second-year fiction student, Caleb Johnson, has been awarded a residency at Jentel, located in the Lower Piney Creek Valley with spectacular views of the Big Horn Mountains.
“I’ll be at Jentel mid-May to mid-June. It’s a luxury to be offered space and time, support, to work, especially when you’re headed into the post-MFA world. I feel real blessed for this time I’ll have at Jentel. While there, I plan on revising a novel, reading a whole lot and taking runs along the base of the Big Horns. I’m also excited to meet the other artists who will be there while I am.”
Congratulations, Caleb. What a wonderful opportunity!
The Wyoming Arts Council is an invaluable resource to the state, offering grants, programming, and other means of support for working artists. Featured in their Winter Newsletter are UW MFA students Rebecca Estee and Kali Fajardo-Anstine for their work at the Wyoming Girls School. As part of their MFA Project, these two have made monthly visits to Sheridan, Wyoming to teach creative writing.
Be sure to check out the full newsletter for other wonderful happenings around the state. You can do so here.
The MFA Student Reading Series is back. Join us for an evening of literary entertainment on Friday, January 25th at 7pm in Night Heron Books, located at 107 Ivinson Street. Enjoy work by Irina Zhorov (nonfiction), Jason Burge (fiction),Kristen Gunther (poetry), & Estella Soto (fiction). Musical stylings will be provided by MFA students Daniel Freije and Caleb Johnson. Eat some cookies, drink coffee and bask in the literary amazingness. As always it is FREE.
Chelsea Biondolillo’s piece, “Bird by Desert-light,” an essay about hummingbirds, deserts, and getting laid off, will be published in the Spring 2013 print issue of Phoebe. As well as on their website (at some point): http://www.phoebejournal.com/
This essay originally was selected as a runner-up in both Phoebe‘s 2012 annual nonfiction competition judged by Mary Roach, and Cream City Review‘s 2012 annual nonfiction competition.