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Yennie Cheung Named Executive Editor of The Coachella Review

We are excited to announce that Yennie Cheung has been named the new Executive Editor of the Coachella Review, the acclaimed student-edited literary magazine of our Low Residency MFA program, effective January 1st, 2021. Yennie will be replacing outgoing Executive Editor Gina Frangello after the publication of our Winter 2020 issue. Founded in 2008, the Coachella Review publishes online issues [...]

By | 2020-10-25T22:53:05-07:00 October 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Yennie Cheung Named Executive Editor of The Coachella Review

Welcome Fall 2020 Cohort: Student Bios

Paula Alberino-Flores is a girl with the dream of making a difference in the world. She wants to make that difference with her storytelling and bringing hope to girls like herself all around the world that anything is possible no matter your age, race, ethnicity or background! Born and raised in Los Angeles CA, Murad Aldin Amayreh has been writing [...]

By | 2020-10-04T17:30:49-07:00 September 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome Fall 2020 Cohort: Student Bios

Student & Alum Success!

This March will not end...so here's what our people have been doing in this very long spring...because not even a vast global pandemic can stop our people from succeeding! (And thanks, as ever, to Yennie Cheung for tracking this goodness.) May & June A.E. Santana's short story "Neighborly" was published in Fright Girl Summer. AM Larks's short story "The Isle [...]

By | 2020-07-26T17:00:03-07:00 July 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Student & Alum Success!

Our Spring Residency@Home Guest Faculty

Matt Almos is Resident Director of Burglars of Hamm, an acclaimed theater ensemble based in Los Angeles that has been creating original comedies since 1998. We have been called “the Talking Heads of LA theatre” (LA Stage Magazine),“maybe the closest thing LA has to the Pythons” (Backstage) and “Los Angeles’ goofiest social satirists” (Los Angeles Times). He has served as [...]

By | 2020-06-05T12:00:52-07:00 May 31st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Spring Residency@Home Guest Faculty

Spring Residency@Home Schedule

Recorded-Any-Time-Faculty Lectures: Bill Rabkin (S) Electric Gunslingers, Mutant Townsfolk and Christ in a Zoot Suit: How Genres Die and What Happens Next. It seems like every third movie these days is based on a comic book, but twenty years ago it would have been a romantic comedy, ten years before that a buddy cop film, and for the rest of [...]

By | 2020-06-05T12:03:13-07:00 May 31st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spring Residency@Home Schedule

Welcome Spring 2020 Cohort: Student Bios

Rob Bowman moved to California five years ago from Denver, his longtime home and setting for his currently in-progress novel. His fiction has appeared in The Coachella Review, The Donnybrook Writing Academy, and the upcoming Palm Springs Noir from Akashic Books . His other credits include Modern in Denver, Book and Film Globe, and others. He teaches high school English [...]

By | 2020-04-02T17:21:02-07:00 April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome Spring 2020 Cohort: Student Bios

January Publishing and Production News

2020 is already off to a fast start! Here's what some of our students and alums got up to last month (and thanks to Yennie Cheung for her dogged pursuit of everyone's success). Adam Sullivan's essay "Princess" was published in Kelp. Anne Silva was named a finalist for the Hedgebrook writing residency in Washington. Ashley Santana's story "Tense" was published [...]

By | 2020-02-07T21:25:28-08:00 February 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on January Publishing and Production News

A Year In The Life

Since 2010, about 350 people have graduated from this MFA program...and during that time, over 75% of them have published, produced, sold, optioned, or otherwise seen their creative work brought to public view. Many others have also found new careers in the arts, education, and journalism. And even more still are right about where they want to be, printing out [...]

By | 2020-01-22T20:46:33-08:00 January 22nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Year In The Life

Fall Student & Alumni Success

Are you ready for an embarrassment of good news? Here's what the last few months have looked like for a just some of our students & alums: August A.E. Santana and Brian Asman spoke on a panel at Midsummer Scream called "Defining Horror with the Horror Writers Association" on August 3.   Alexandra Neumeister also spoke on a panel at Midsummer Scream [...]

By | 2020-01-05T21:46:48-08:00 January 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fall Student & Alumni Success

Our Fall Residency Schedule

Oh, it's going to be a time! If you're a prospective applicant and you're interested in sitting in for the day, please contact us at palmdesertmfa@ucr.edu to set up your visit. Here's our schedule for December...which may change slightly in the next few days...but this will give you a great view of what's to come! Fall Residency Schedule December 6-15th [...]

By | 2019-11-23T21:18:24-08:00 November 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Fall Residency Schedule