We asked some of our students, faculty and alumni to pick their favorite books and movies from 2012...even if they didn't come out in 2012...and there seemed to be a resounding groundswell of love for Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson, Birds of a Lesser [...]
When Mark Haskell Smith decided to try is hand at nonfiction, he went to the ends of the earth to get his source material...or at least to the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, the woods of Northern California, and down the block from his house as he went on a hero's quest to find the true meaning of "dank"...and ended up [...]
We love Deanne Stillman's books, clearly, so it's nice when other people agree with us. In this case, it's the Pima County Public Library who named Deanne's book Desert Reckoning one of the best books of the year: Nearly a decade ago a week-long manhunt by hundreds of police personnel in the Mojave Desert led to the death of desert-rat, [...]
We've been watching Emily Rapp's face for a long time -- we see her enough that it would be odd if we didn't look at her directly -- but it's always nice when other people notice her, too, like the Los Angeles Times, who named her a "Face To Watch" in 2013 for her upcoming memoir The Still Point Of [...]
Jill Alexander Essbaum, an acclaimed poet and writing professor at the University of California, Riverside, has won her second National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship. Essbaum, one of 40 fellowship winners announced today, is the only 2012 recipient from the University of California. She also was named a writing fellow in 2003. She is an adjunct assistant professor [...]
...can writing be taught?
Our fall residency is just around the corner -- December 7-16th -- and our guest faculty is all confirmed...here they are. (And if you're a prospective student and are interested in visiting the program for a day during our residency, we'd love to have you. Simply email Agam Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Kim Addonizio has been called “one of our nation’s [...]
*Maggie Downs won Punchnel's Zombie short fiction contest with her story "Drop Dead Pretty". *Karen Howes play Cross Winds Over the Saanich Inlet was staged recently at the Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles. *Lizi Gilad Silver was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her poem "During Our Marriage, We Neglected to Care for Our Livestock" in Thrush. *Sharon Alexander has new work [...]
PEN is hosting a fantastic reading in Palm Springs on December 1st that the MFA program is proud to be a sponsor of. Come see Tod Goldberg and Maggie Downs read their work (along with a cast of thousands!) and get more information about the program, too.
Keep your eyes open for the debut collection of stories from Amy E. Yergen, At Times I Almost Dream, which will be released this coming February from Pink Narcissus. Amy E. Yergen, hailed as "brilliant" by Publishers Weekly for her story "Rapunzel's Daughters," returns to Pink Narcissus with At Times I Almost Dream, a collection of stories that push the envelope for strong female [...]