Some 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!

 

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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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Congratulations, Caleb Johnson!

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.
From Caleb:
“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!

ZZ Packer Reading

The UW Creative Writing MFA was pleased to host ZZ Packer for a quick visit last week. ZZ was a joy and gave an excellent reading in addition to her consulations with fiction students.

Here are some photos from the event:

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ZZ’s collection ‘Drinking Coffee Elsewhere’

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ZZ reads to a packed house at the Albany County Public Library

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ZZ did a quick Q&A after the reading

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After the reading we showed ZZ a good time at the infamous Buckhorn Bar in downtown Laramie

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Overall a great visit and reading! Wyoming misses ZZ Packer already.

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.