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Summer News!

  We've been on vacation...but we're back with a bunch of student publications, productions and great news... Thanks to Yennie Cheung for tracking all of this great success. August Amie Charney will be giving her graduate lecture "Not Your Grandmothers Bodice Ripper (Escalating Romantic Tension)" as a live webinar at Savvy Writers Con on September 14.   Ashley Mag Gabbert's [...]

By | 2018-09-12T20:51:38+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Summer News!

May Student & Alumni News

As we head into the summer, the pace of publications and productions from our students and alums moves forward unimpeded by the Earth's proximity to the sun...but then again, this is the Hottest MFA... Thanks, as ever, to Yennie Cheung for archiving all of this great news. If you have something to report, email us at palmdesertmfa@ucr.edu Ashley Mag Gabbert's [...]

By | 2018-06-12T20:25:36+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on May Student & Alumni News

Our Spring Residency Guest Faculty

  We're a little biased over here...but...we think we get the most talented, interesting, and invested guest faculty members every residency. This spring? Oh, we really scored. We have everyone from the winner of the National Book Award to an up-and-coming journalist to the poet laureate of Sacramento to someone who wrote jokes for Johnny Carson...and then all points in [...]

By | 2018-05-14T02:08:20+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Spring Residency Guest Faculty

April Student & Alum Success!

April showers bring...well, lots of publications and productions, looks like, as our students and alums have once again filled a years worth of accomplishments in just 31 days. If you have news you want to share, please pass it along to palmdesertmfa@ucr.edu. And thanks, as ever, to Yennie Cheung for cobbling together this exhaustive listing!   Annie Connole's essay "This [...]

By | 2018-05-08T18:46:09+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on April Student & Alum Success!


  It's not officially spring until the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books kicks off in April...even if the calendar says it's been spring for a month. This year's Festival is filled with amazing writers, performers, and, as usual, a bunch of your favorite UCR people, including our faculty, our students, our alums, scads of our guest faculty, and, more [...]

By | 2018-04-16T21:36:04+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on UCR @ LATFOB

March Student & Alum News

Another month of huge success. That's just how it goes... And, as ever, thanks to Yennie Cheung for compiling this list! Adam Sullivan's nonfiction piece was published in the TAMPA REVIEW. Anna Hozian wrote a two-minute PSA called Different This Year in support of March for Our Lives. Ashley Mag Gabbert's poem "Snow Globe" was published in BOILER PLATE. She [...]

By | 2018-04-08T17:42:58+00:00 April 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on March Student & Alum News

Welcome Spring 2018 Cohort: Student Bios

  Brian Asman writes horror and other mutant strains of dark fiction. He loves a barrel-aged beer on a sunny Southern California day, punk rock blaring in the background, and his Staffordshire terrier, Emma. His stories have been featured in California Screamin’, Behind the Mask: Tales from the Id, and Deciduous Tales, among others. He’s currently serving as president of the San Diego Chapter of the Horror Writers [...]

By | 2018-04-02T11:30:39+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome Spring 2018 Cohort: Student Bios

UCR @ AWP Tampa

If you're coming out to AWP this week in lovely Tampa, FL, you'll have plenty of chances to see some of your favorite UCR writers. Here's where you can find us: All week, we'll be in booth 725. You can find us on the map here. We'll have candy. We'll have electricity. We'll have flyers and handouts and there will be [...]

By | 2018-03-05T20:11:40+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on UCR @ AWP Tampa

February Student & Alum News

Another great month for the people of the MFA...here's just a sampling of how the students and alums from this program are steadily taking over the world. (And thanks to Yennie Cheung for keeping track, as ever!) Ashley Mag Gabbert's review of  Sarah Galvin’s UGLY TIME is up at GABBY. Her poetry manuscript BLOW was also named a semifinalist in [...]

By | 2018-03-03T20:11:20+00:00 March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on February Student & Alum News

January Student & Alum News

  January was a month filled with the usual awesome success of our students and alums. Here's a brief rundown of the cool things our people have going on. And thanks, as ever, to Yennie Cheung for keeping it all recorded! Amie Charney's short story "The Red" was accepted by AS YOU WERE. Annemarie Hauser accepted a job working for [...]

By | 2018-02-10T16:26:20+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on January Student & Alum News