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Jill Alexander Essbaum Is A Star

...or at least she's getting Starred Reviews for her debut novel Hausfrau, this time from Publishers Weekly: Over a century after the publication of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, poet Essbaum proves in her debut novel that there is still plenty of psychic territory to cover in the story of “a good wife, mostly.” But now, more than ever, it is [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:15+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Categories: Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Jill Alexander Essbaum Is A Star

Maggie Downs Making It Work In The Washington Post

Alum Maggie Downs has a new essay in the Washington Post this week about finding your inner Tim Gunn: One week after Everest was born, the shower on the second floor of my condo began leaking into the garage underneath. The landlady arranged for a few different companies to come by and assess the damage, and she hired the one [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:15+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Categories: Alumni News, Program News|Comments Off on Maggie Downs Making It Work In The Washington Post

Accolades for Mickey Birnbaum

Alum-turned-playwriting professor Mickey Birnbaum's play "Backyard" was a big critical and audience hit in 2014...and now he has the end-year-plaudits to show for it, including a Sage Award and being named the Best of 2014 by KCRW: The Echo also produced Mickey Birnbaum's Backyard a play that carried the tropes of amateur wrestling to allegorical heights. Led by actor Hugo [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:15+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Categories: Alumni News, Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Accolades for Mickey Birnbaum

Faculty News: Rob Roberge Signs Major Deal For LIAR

Congratulations to professor Rob Roberge, who has sold his memoir Liar to Crown in a major deal. Rob is the author of four previous books, all fiction -- the novels Drive, More Than They Could Chew, and The Cost of Living and the story collection Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life. Liar is Rob's first book of nonfiction. Here's Rob reading [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17+00:00 July 10th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Faculty News: Rob Roberge Signs Major Deal For LIAR

Student News: Colby Buzzell In The New York Times

Fiction student Colby Buzzell has an amazing essay, "Thank You For Being Expendable," in today's New York Times.  YEARS after I first returned from Iraq and started having thoughts and visions of killing myself, I’d call the Department of Veterans Affairs. They always put me on hold. First, an automated message would greet me to let me know there was an unusually [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17+00:00 May 26th, 2014|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Colby Buzzell In The New York Times

Alumni News: New Fiction From Michael Morshed

Michael Morshed has a typically dark, weird tale in the latest issue of of Bartleby Snopes.  Here's a taste: All night I sat in the kitchen, eyeing the chemicals under the sink. Marty always asks me how I could have so many cleaning supplies and such a dirty apartment. I like to ask him why he cheats on me and why [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17+00:00 May 26th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Program News|Comments Off on Alumni News: New Fiction From Michael Morshed

Student News: Eileen Shields In The Latest Fiction Attic

Fiction student Eileen Shields has a new creative nonfiction piece -- see, this is why we're multi-disciplinary here -- in the latest issue of Fiction Attic. Here's a snippet of "The Barbershop Quartet": The barbershop quartet had been my idea. My mother-in-law lives in an elder care home located on a quiet, tree-lined street in a Northern California suburb. Her [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17+00:00 May 26th, 2014|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Eileen Shields In The Latest Fiction Attic

Alumni News: Heather Partington Reviews The World

...or at least quite a few books. This week, she reviews two new books in the Rumpus, Fridays at Enrico's by Don Carpenter and Inside Madeline by Paula Bomer.  Don’t write about writing. That gets said a lot. But like any absolute about what not to do, it’s only true until someone does it well. Such is the case with Don Carpenter’s Fridays at [...]

By | 2014-05-26T13:39:20+00:00 May 26th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Program News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Heather Partington Reviews The World