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We’re #1

We've always thought we were #1. Now, Time agrees with us: Last year, the Obama Administration announced a plan to assess schools on how well they serve their students, based on metrics like graduation rate, tuition, and the percentage of students who receive Pell Grants, the federally funded scholarships for low-income families. For a system that has yet to be put in [...]

By | 2014-04-30T03:25:00-07:00 April 30th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on We’re #1

Alumni News: Cynthia Romanowski On “The System of Things”

An excellent new story from Cynthia Romanowski in The Nervous Breakdown:  We were both eighteen but Rebecca was hopelessly naïve. She talked about her crush, Brother Matthew, with an unbridled enthusiasm I hadn’t seen since middle school. The first time he flirted with her, she told me the story like her life was never going to be the same. When he [...]

By | 2014-04-25T06:20:33-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Cynthia Romanowski On “The System of Things”

Faculty News: Stephen Graham Jones On Finding The Right Title

Stephen Graham Jones knows a thing or two about titles...he's published something like 1000 books. In this essay about his novel The Least of My Scars, he breaks down just how he ended up with this particular title: All my The Least of My Scars drafts and notes have, until a few months ago, been in a directory called “doors.” All the early [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:18-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News|Comments Off on Faculty News: Stephen Graham Jones On Finding The Right Title

Alumni News: Heather Partington In Los Angeles Review of Books

A great new review from literary critic (and esteemed alum) Heather Partington in the Los Angeles Review of Books, this time on More Than Conquerors by Megan Hustad and City of God by Sara Miles: ONE HAS ONLY to turn on the news to see that there are those determined to fit American faith into a neat arc — conflict, resolution, redemption — so that [...]

By | 2014-04-25T06:11:53-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Heather Partington In Los Angeles Review of Books

Student News: Colby Buzzell On The Unknown Known

An amazing essay from Colby Buzzell in the Guardian on the Donald Rumsfeld documentary The Unknown Known: I remember realizing: these people in Washington really don’t give a fuck if soldiers live or die. They really don’t. To them, we are numbers. That’s it. But that’s also what I signed up for. It wasn’t till years later, after I studied [...]

By | 2014-04-25T06:20:57-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Colby Buzzell On The Unknown Known

Faculty News: Tod Goldberg On Coyotes, Fear, And The Living Desert

A new essay on the perils of desert living from program director Tod Goldberg in The Rumpus:   The coyotes are out. Three nights in a row they’ve come. You can hear them approaching. From a distance, they sound like a pack of screaming, laughing, crying children, but the closer they get, the more you realize that, no, children don’t sound [...]

By | 2014-04-25T05:13:38-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News|Comments Off on Faculty News: Tod Goldberg On Coyotes, Fear, And The Living Desert

Alumni News: World Premier Set For Mickey Birnbaum’s Latest Play

Mickey Birnbaum's latest play, Backyard, is set to premier this spring: The Echo Theater Company has found a permanent space for 2014, taking up residency at Atwater Village Theatre for a year-long season of three world premieres and the revival of an acclaimed holiday show. "After 16 years of moving around L.A. - we've produced 48 plays, including 35 world premieres, of which [...]

By | 2014-04-25T05:06:11-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News|Comments Off on Alumni News: World Premier Set For Mickey Birnbaum’s Latest Play

Alumni News: New Flash Fiction From Julia Watson

A great new bit of weirdness from our esteemed alum Julia Watson in the latest issue of Fantasy Scroll: My foot touches the platform and it hits me, a plunging sensation in my gut—I feel light and the lightness is wrong. Merciless, the impatient momentum of the crowd pulls me the wrong way. All wrong. I check my pockets: Gum. Keys. [...]

By | 2014-04-25T04:57:16-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News|Comments Off on Alumni News: New Flash Fiction From Julia Watson