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Rave Reviews for Tod Goldberg’s Gangsterland

Program director Tod Goldberg latest novel, Gangsterland, picked up rave reviews across the country this fall, including starred reviews in Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly and, to close out the year, a full page in the New York Times Book Review: For many of us, “The Godfather,” book or movie, ushered us into a second boyhood, teaching that the incorrigible vitality [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 December 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rave Reviews for Tod Goldberg’s Gangsterland

Gina Frangello’s Year In Reading

Fiction & nonfiction professor Gina Frangello takes a look back on her year in reading in the latest edition of The Millions: “There are two kinds of decay: mine and everyone else’s.” This line occurs near the end of Sarah Manguso’sdeceptively slim tour de force on illness, mortality, and metaphor, The Two Kinds of Decay, and speaks to the book’s high [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 December 20th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News|Comments Off on Gina Frangello’s Year In Reading

David Ulin Picks The Year’s Best

Nonfiction professor (and book critic for the Los Angeles Times) David Ulin selected his 10 favorite books of 2014 and also took a look back at the year that was in literature: What was the upshot of my year in reading — the ideas, the through lines that most stirred or provoked me in 2014? The dominant thread was what we [...]

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Anthony McCann’s THING MUSIC Selected As Best Of The Year

The Philadelphia Review of Books selected poetry professor Anthony McCann's most recent collection, Thing Music, one of 2014 best books of poetry.  There's an excellent piece by Anthony up now at the Poetry Society, "Mouth Guitar": These small gruntings I make while trying to get comfortable— they churn in the dust like more dust. But the pillows are finally stacked correctly [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 December 20th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News|Comments Off on Anthony McCann’s THING MUSIC Selected As Best Of The Year

Our Fall Visiting Faculty

We're only a few weeks away from our fall residency -- December 5th-14th, at the lovely Rancho Las Palmas resort -- but we're already pretty excited. We'll announce our full schedule in just a few days, but for the meantime, take a look at who will be coming to visit as part of our visiting faculty...along with, of course, our [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 November 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Fall Visiting Faculty

Welcome Fall 2014 Cohort: Student Bios

Tracey Dennis is a perpetual student. She's attended UCR, Cal State San Bernardino, the University of Redlands and Moreno Valley College. New to writing, she takes inspiration from film and music. She tends to lean towards the more nerdy side of life; Lord of the Rings & Harry Potter being huge influences on her life. She works at a local [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 September 9th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome Fall 2014 Cohort: Student Bios

Student News: Suzy Fincham-Gray Begins Her “Reign”…at Random House

Second year nonfiction student Suzy Fincham-Gray has already had a pretty successful career, to say the least. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2000, followed by a residency at the University of Pennsylvania, before settling in her veterinary practice in San Diego in 2005, publishing articles and essays along the way. But nothing quite like this week, [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 August 4th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Student News: Suzy Fincham-Gray Begins Her “Reign”…at Random House

The Mid-Career Writer & The MFA: An Interview with Stephen Jay Schwartz

Most people who apply to an MFA program do so for a very simple reason: they want to become a professional writer. Which makes Stephen Jay Schwartz, a second year fiction student, somewhat unusual -- he's the Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat, a screenwriter, and a former film executive, too. And the fact is, Stephen's not alone -- over 50% of [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 July 24th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Mid-Career Writer & The MFA: An Interview with Stephen Jay Schwartz

Our Students & Alums Publish & Produce…Like Crazy

It's been quite a burst of publishing and production news from our students and alums this week...but the thing is, it's not an unusual week for the students and alums of the Hottest MFA. It's part of what we advocate: getting your work out there, selling it, producing it, making a career out of your writing. Anna Hozian topped the [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 July 21st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Students & Alums Publish & Produce…Like Crazy