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Student News: Publications & Productions

Fiction student Colby Buzzell has a great new piece in the pages of the latest issue of Prairie Schooner. Poetry student Lizi Gilad's amazing new essay in the Rumpus. Screenwriting student Carol Damgen's new play Jackie Robinson: American Dream debuts. The latest issue of Dum Dum Zine, edited by fiction student Liska Jacobs, is coming out on Feb. 8th and there's a party...you [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:19-07:00 January 28th, 2014|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Publications & Productions

Faculty News: Mark Haskell Smith Gets Raw

Mark Haskell Smith talks about his latest novel, Raw, and dishes on the literary scene in a recent issue of Los Angeles Magazine:  What makes book culture more pretentious than film culture? It’s not all of book culture. It’s just the way some people are about it. For me, the novel is the height of human creativity. You’re putting your ideas into a [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:19-07:00 January 28th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Faculty News: Mark Haskell Smith Gets Raw

Faculty Spotlight: Rob Roberge

Our faculty tend exemplify our multi-disciplinary approach: they're pretty good at more than one thing. In Rob Roberge's case, he's had a successful career in fiction, nonfiction and music. In this interview in the Los Angeles Times (with our own David Ulin), Rob Roberge talks about the process of creating The Cost of Living, his acclaimed novel, and talks about how [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:19-07:00 January 28th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Faculty Spotlight: Rob Roberge

The Hottest Students: Emile Barrios On Starting Over…As A Writer

There is no average student in our MFA program. Some come to us with stacks of published books, some with IMDB pages a mile long, some who just got out of college, some who are in the middle of a successful first career now looking to do what they've always loved, and some who have spent an entire life trying [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:19-07:00 January 16th, 2014|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on The Hottest Students: Emile Barrios On Starting Over…As A Writer

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

The Hottest Faculty: Screenwriter John Schimmel On How & Why He Teaches

John Schimmel is in the middle of an extraordinarily diverse career as a writer/producer. He's been the President of Furthur Films and Ascendant Pictures, an executive at Douglas-Reuther Productions, Belair Entertainment, and Warner Bros, penned the Tony-nominated musical Pump Boys And Dinettes, published fiction and nonfiction, serves as a consultant to Cloud Imperium Games/Chris Roberts Entertainment, and, this week, published his first [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:20-07:00 January 4th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News, Program News, Residency|Comments Off on The Hottest Faculty: Screenwriter John Schimmel On How & Why He Teaches

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

Faculty News: Welcome to Gina Frangello, Kevin Jones & Anthony McCann

We're pleased to announce the appointments of three new faculty members in prose, screenwriting and poetry, respectively -- Gina Frangello, Kevin Jones and Anthony McCann. Gina Frangello is the author of three books -- A Life In Men (to be released in 2014 from Algonquin), Slut Lullabies (a ForeWard Magazine Best Book of 2010), and My Sister's Continent (named one of [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:20-07:00 September 24th, 2013|Categories: Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Faculty News: Welcome to Gina Frangello, Kevin Jones & Anthony McCann

Welcome Fall 2013 Cohort: Student Bios

Colby Buzzell Colby Buzzell served as an Army infantryman in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. Assigned to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Buzzell blogged from the front lines of Iraq as a replacement for his habitual journaling back in the states. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a B.A. in History.     Lincoln Castellanos Lincoln is a [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:20-07:00 September 19th, 2013|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Welcome Fall 2013 Cohort: Student Bios