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UCR MFA @ LATFOB

  Are you coming to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books? So are we. We'll be in booth 134 both days - April 22nd & 23rd -- on the campus of USC  And our people -- our faculty, our students, and our alums -- will be on panels and signing in booths all weekend long. Here's where you can find [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on UCR MFA @ LATFOB

Welcome Spring 2017 Cohort: Student Bios

We're proud to announce our new class of writers! Interested in joining them? Applications for Fall 2017 are due August 1st. For more information contact us at palmdesertmfa@ucr.edu Sarah Brogren currently lives on the Central Coast of California. Not a California native, she was born in northern Illinois and grew up surrounded by family and enjoyed making weekly visits to the [...]

By | April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome Spring 2017 Cohort: Student Bios

Our Fall Residency Guest Faculty

Each residency, we’re joined by a slate of guest writers, producers, agents, publishers, editors, and industry professionals. Here’s who will be joining us from December 2-11th in beautiful Rancho Mirage. http://palmdesertmfa.ucr.edu/residency/  Interested in applying? Want to visit for the day? We’d be happy to have you. Please contact Agam Patel at agam.patel@ucr.edu or 760-834-0926. Lauren Barnett is a glasses-donning, pro-plaid, cat-owning [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Fall Residency Guest Faculty

Reading Banned Books

September 25th-October 1st is Banned Books Week, so in honor (or, shall we say, dishonor) of the continuing practice of banning books, we asked a few of our students, alums, and professors to talk about some of the most regularly banned & challenged books that have meant the most to them over the years. Stephen Graham Jones: Had Stephen King's [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reading Banned Books

Welcome Fall 2016 Cohort: Student Bios

  We're proud to announce our new class of writers! Interested in joining them? Applications for Spring 2017 are due February 1st. For more information contact us at palmdesertmfa@ucr.edu Jorge Alvarado holds two bachelor degrees, a BA in English-Spanish and a BS in Civil Engineering. Jorge practices engineering in Los Angeles, which he alternates with his writing career. In Colombia, [...]

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome Fall 2016 Cohort: Student Bios

Tod Goldberg’s New Novel An Instant National Bestseller

Program director Tod Goldberg's new novel, The House of Secrets, co-authored with Brad Meltzer, had a big opening week, debuting on the top of bestseller lists across the country: #2 in the Washington Post #4 in the Chicago Tribune #4 in Publishers Weekly #5 in Bookscan #6 in the New York Times (in all three lists: hardcover fiction, ebooks, and combined!) #8 [...]

By | July 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tod Goldberg’s New Novel An Instant National Bestseller

Stephen Graham Jones Reinvents A Genre

Leave it to Stephen Graham Jones to see a genre -- werewolf fiction -- and completely reinvent it, as he did this summer with his novel Mongrels.  His werewolves aren’t the howling lunatics of the movies — “Mongrels” presents an innovative, comprehensive new guide to werewolves, one that nods at tradition (silver is still killer) but becomes something wholly original [...]

By | July 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Stephen Graham Jones Reinvents A Genre

30 Days of Awesome

Our students and alums publish constantly. It's almost impossible to keep up with it all. So, here's what happened over 30 days in May, an average month: - Larry Handy has his story "1000 Paper Cranes" published in Quiddity. - Michele Lombardo has a short story called "Sublime Bosoms" in Permafrost Magazine. - Ruth Nolan's story from LA Fiction Anthology, [...]

By | July 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on 30 Days of Awesome

Raves for Debbie Graber’s Debut Kevin Kramer Starts On Monday

Alum Debbie Graber's debut collection of short stories, Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday, has just been released to rave reviews, like this one from Electric Literature: Graber is especially interested the tension between the collective and the individual in the workplace. To that end, a few of the stories are structured around disembodied narrators/protagonists — not quite the first-person plural We but [...]

By | July 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Raves for Debbie Graber’s Debut Kevin Kramer Starts On Monday

The Coachella Review Summer Issue

The newly relaunched Coachella Review is out now! Featuring new work from Joe Meno, Megan Stielstra, Rachel DeWoskin and more! Read it all here.

By | July 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Coachella Review Summer Issue