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.
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.
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.
This event is going to be great, especially since it’s Rattawut Lapcharoensap’s only speaking engagement all year (or so we were told).
People are reading this Friday. These people are Ryan Ikeda, Caleb Johnson, and Kali Fajardo-Anstine. When you preform a Google image search for these people, many images of people who are not Ryan, Caleb, and Kali appear.
Don’t miss out on the reading this Friday, Nov. 2nd, at Night Heron Books, 6pm.
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!
Congratulations to Callan Wink on his latest story in The New Yorker. It was a pleasure to read an early version of Callan’s story in Alyson Hagy’s fiction workshop last spring.
The MFA program is thrilled to welcome Joy Williams back to Laramie. In addition to looking over our various works, Joy will delight us with a reading from her forthcoming collection “99 Stories of God.”