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.
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.
Congratulations to Tyrell Johnson, whose short story "Feather for Tray" is in the latest issue of On Spec, Canada's premier magazine of the fantastic.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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: [...]