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Alumni News: Athena Lark Booksigning This Weekend

  If you're in the greater Houston area, grab all of your friends, family, and neighbors and head out to the Cullen Auditorium at the University of Houston-Downtown on February 11th to see esteemed alum Athena Lark read from her debut novel, Avenue of Palms. Read all about it.

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:18-07:00 February 6th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Athena Lark Booksigning This Weekend

Dirty Laundry Lit At AWP Seattle

If you're in Seattle for AWP this February, you're in for a treat as alum Mag Gabbert and program director Tod Goldberg take the stage for Dirty Laundry  Lit, the popular reading series created by alum Natashia Deon.  RSVP here. 

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:19-07:00 January 28th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dirty Laundry Lit At AWP Seattle

Alumni News: Heather Partington Reviews Aimee Bender

Fiction alum Heather Partington is making quite a name for herself as a book critic...including this recent review of Aimee Bender's latest collection of stories, The Color Master: Aimee Bender’s The Color Master is rife with these satisfying and unexpected details, the joyfully weird take for which she’s become known. As in her other collections, Bender creates worlds that stretch human traits beyond [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:19-07:00 January 28th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Program News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Heather Partington Reviews Aimee Bender

Alumni News: Andee Marzell Reilly Sells First Novel

Congratulations to Andee Marzell Reilly who has sold her first novel, Satisfaction. Her hometown newspaper, the Ventura County Star, caught up with her to get the lowdown:  “The idea came to me when I was buying tickets to a concert years ago to see the Rolling Stones. ... I thought: What if I just clicked the purchase button for every single venue [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:19-07:00 January 28th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Program News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Andee Marzell Reilly Sells First Novel

Alumni News: Cate Dicharry Sells Novel

Congratulations to Cate Dicharry, who has sold her first novel to Unnamed Press for publication in 2015.  Here, Cate talks openly and honestly about the unexpected changes she experienced as a new mother:   My son is now 10-months old. The difficulty of motherhood, it turns out, lies not in the logistics—manageable, or at least endurable, are the sleepless nights, [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:19-07:00 January 28th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Program News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Cate Dicharry Sells Novel

Alumni News: Simona Supekar in the Atlantic

Alum Simona Supekar has an excellent new essay in The Atlantic about dealing with a rare disease...and finding treatment in an unusual place: Nobody wants to hear about how sick you are. I am so thankful for friends and family who have called to check on me or offer a drive to the doctor when my husband couldn't. But ultimately, it's a [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:19-07:00 January 28th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Program News|Comments Off on Alumni News: Simona Supekar in the Atlantic

Building Better Screenwriters: Alum Jim Jennewein On Finding & Sustaining Your Career

Jim Jennewein had already carved out a successful career in the film industry and as a YA novelist when he came to our program to earn his MFA. Now the chair of screenwriting at the New York Film Academy, Jim writes about some of the successful habits of those who make their living writing the words other people say...including his [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:19-07:00 January 7th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Program News|Comments Off on Building Better Screenwriters: Alum Jim Jennewein On Finding & Sustaining Your Career

Hottest Alumni: The Most Interesting Man In Congress

Our graduates are a pretty accomplished bunch, but only of them is, well, the most famous congressman on the Internet. Or, as Mother Jones noted,  one of the few members of Congress who  is funny on purpose: Takano, a Harvard grad and former public school teacher who began representing California's 41st congressional district last January, is Congress' first openly gay person of [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:20-07:00 January 6th, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Hottest Alumni: The Most Interesting Man In Congress

These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things

We asked some of our students, faculty and alumni to tell us what moved them the most this year in the world of books and films. Looking for a noticeable theme? You should probably read Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and it wouldn't hurt if you picked up Tiffany Hawk's Love Me Anyway. And, then, all of these books, movies, and TV shows, too: [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:20-07:00 January 2nd, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Ephemera, Faculty News, Program News, Student News|Comments Off on These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things