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Student News: Colby Buzzell In The New York Times

Fiction student Colby Buzzell has an amazing essay, "Thank You For Being Expendable," in today's New York Times.  YEARS after I first returned from Iraq and started having thoughts and visions of killing myself, I’d call the Department of Veterans Affairs. They always put me on hold. First, an automated message would greet me to let me know there was an unusually [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17-07:00 May 26th, 2014|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Colby Buzzell In The New York Times

Student News: Eileen Shields In The Latest Fiction Attic

Fiction student Eileen Shields has a new creative nonfiction piece -- see, this is why we're multi-disciplinary here -- in the latest issue of Fiction Attic. Here's a snippet of "The Barbershop Quartet": The barbershop quartet had been my idea. My mother-in-law lives in an elder care home located on a quiet, tree-lined street in a Northern California suburb. Her [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17-07:00 May 26th, 2014|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Eileen Shields In The Latest Fiction Attic

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

Student News: Bill Ratner In Performance

If you, like the rest of us, secretly still spend a lot of time imagining you're Flint from GI Joe, then you must catch our own Bill Ratner, the voice Flint, in a one-of-a-kind live performance: Hollywood Fringe Festival Favorite, Master Storyteller, and Voiceover Artist, Bill Ratner, the cartoon voice of G.I. Joe's "Flint," returns in 2014 with The True [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:18-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Student News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Student News: Bill Ratner In Performance

Deadline Day

If there's one thing writers should love,  it's a deadline. It means they're working. And getting paid, no less.  After all, Billy Wilder needed to write the iconic scene depicted above  from The Seven Year Itch (and memorialized in downtown Palm Springs) before it could come to life on the screen.  Which brings us to today, the application deadline for our [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:18-07:00 February 1st, 2014|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Deadline Day

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

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

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