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.
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:
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.
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
Stella at the Laramie Writers of Color Reading
Julian Saporiti entertains all with his musical talent
Rattawut reads. Everyone is in awe.
Andy and Danielle read from their latest works
Last night’s crowd was all smiles
Miguel read… in a coat.
Brock reading his astounding poetry
Rebecca Estee doing what she does – being a great reading series organizer
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.
DON’T MISS THIS CATASTIC TIME. But, seriously, more than cats, it will be wonderful.
Many thanks to Rebecca Lindenberg and Carolina Ebeid for their time this evening. As part of a series on post-MFA life, the program held an informal chat with these two outstanding poets about fellowships, cover letters, residencies, grants, and much more. There was pizza and good times all around.
Congratulations to second-year poetry candidate, Brock Michael Jones, who was named a finalist in the Iowa Review’s Jeff Sharlet Memorial Prize for Veterans. The contest is for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel. It is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.
We couldn’t be more proud of Brock. What wonderful, wonderful news!
This dog loves readings
Tonight don’t miss a reading by Erin Fortenberry, Lauren Trembath-Neuberger, and Rebecca Estee. 7pm, The Quadra Dangle, 3905 Grays Gable Road, FREE/FREE/FREE
For those of you who don’t know, CAConrad describes himself as “the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift,” and we were lucky enough to have this incredible poet visit UW last week. His visit included a reading at Night Heron books where he read from his collection The Book of Frank, as well as his latest A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon. He also hosted one of his somatic workshops where new ideas for poetry/art/creation are generated through a series of exercises. These included dark chocolate and essential oils. Essentially, we love CA at UW. We hope he visits us again soon!
CAConrad reading from ‘A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon’ at Night Heron Books
You are invited to the October Student Reading, which will be help on Friday, Oct. 5th at 7pm at Quadra Dangle, a square dancing hall! 3905 Grays Gable Road, Laramie, Wyoming
For some history on this Laramie landmark, click here.
Be there or be… SQAURE.