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 [...]
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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 email@example.com.) 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 [...]
Alumni Lee Cohn & Jeff Eyres will have a performance of their one-act plays, A Fairy Tale for Modern Times by Lee, and Cops and Drugs by Jeff, on November 15th at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica. Details here.
Congrats to our esteemed alum Mark Takano for winning the congressional seat in California's 41st district...the program's very first elected official. And, Mark has also made a little bit of national history, too: Riverside, California educator and GSA adviser Mark Takano has won his race against Republican opponent John Tavaglione for the newly-created 41st Congressional District, according to ABC7 Eyewitness News. The [...]