Joy Williams House Reading

Joy Reading

Last week, the wonderful Harvey Hix and Kate Northrop hosted a small gathering for those involved in the Creative Writing program. We all had the pleasure of hearing Joy Williams read a short story from her new collection, The Visiting Privilege. The story she read, “The Mother Cell,” witnesses the annual gathering of mothers whose sons grew up to be serial killers. Jason Burge, a fiction alum, introduced Joy as “the grand dame of American letters,” and the reading was a testament to how apt that introduction really is.

Student Reading in Rawlins

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A number of us had the pleasure of reading to a small but incredibly attentive and appreciate group in Rawlins, WY yesterday. The reading took place at the Carbon County Career & Tech Ed Center. Before the reading, the center’s director, Dave Throgmorton, who also helped put together the reading, gave us a tour of the facility. (Above, Dave shows us a CNC router, a machine used to mass-produced highly detailed wood work, used mostly for cabinetry.) It was really cool to see the way that Dave and his colleagues are using the center to create career opportunities and address their community’s needs and to get a better understanding of the relationship between natural resource industries and local community in a small Wyoming town.

Lilly Schneider, Dominick Duhamel, Carly Fraysier, and Trey Williams all read from their work; a local theater student read from Maria Anderson’s work. After, we all had dinner at Buck’s Sports Grill in Rawlins, where episodes of Full House were playing in the bathroom.

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.

MFA Reading Series Continues…

 

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.

 

 

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.