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Student News: New Work From Heather Partington In Under The Gum Tree

Fiction student Heather Partington has a new essay in the current issue of Under The Gum Tree. Here, Heather talks about her writing process: Q: When and why did you start writing? A: I can’t remember not writing, so I can’t say there’s a specific time I started. I’ve always loved to write essays, which is weird, I realize now. I had way [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:23-07:00 June 26th, 2013|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Student News: New Work From Heather Partington In Under The Gum Tree

Student News: Maggie Downs in the Los Angeles Times

        A great new essay from Maggie Downs in the Los Angeles Times: Just four months into marriage, my husband and I were having trouble connecting. Like, actually connecting. The Internet in South Africa was terrible. "I can hear you. Can you hear me?" I shouted from my end, the common room of a Cape Town hostel. [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:24-07:00 June 26th, 2013|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Maggie Downs in the Los Angeles Times

Student News: Cherisse Nadal Wins A Flores Prize

Congratulations to Cherisse Nadal, a second year fiction student, who was named a 2013 Manuel G. Flores Prize VONA/Voices Fellow! Cherisse was born and raised in the pocket of Southern California known as the San Gabriel Valley. She earned her baccalaureate degrees in English and music from the University of California at Riverside and her master's degree in Rhetoric and [...]

By | 2014-04-02T20:30:55-07:00 June 26th, 2013|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Cherisse Nadal Wins A Flores Prize

Student News: Publications, Productions, Awards & Other Good Stuff

Jay Deratany was a semi-finalist for the Los Angeles Screenplay Competition. Xach Fromson was featured at the most recent edition of Dirty Laundry Lit...this time the aptly named Valentine's edition Love Sucks. Karen Howes was one of six winners of National Women's Playwright Festival and will have a new play produced in April in Colorado Springs. Maggie Downs won the [...]

By | 2014-04-02T20:31:30-07:00 February 26th, 2013|Categories: Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Publications, Productions, Awards & Other Good Stuff

Two New Books From Alums…and One Coming Soon

                          February was a good month to be an alum of UCR Palm Desert, at least if you happen to like books, reading, wild success, all of that sort of thing. Amy Yergen's debut collection At Times I Almost Dream was released on February 10th followed later this [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:26-07:00 February 26th, 2013|Categories: Alumni News, Student News|Comments Off on Two New Books From Alums…and One Coming Soon

Faculty Spotlight: Emily Rapp

With just a few days until our Spring deadline, we thought you might like to know a bit about the people who you'll be spending the next two years with, so every day until February 1st we'll be updating this space with videos, stories, essays, film clips and more from our esteemed. First up, a spirited reading by nonfiction professor [...]

By | 2014-04-02T20:31:52-07:00 January 22nd, 2013|Categories: Faculty News, Program News, Residency, Student News|Comments Off on Faculty Spotlight: Emily Rapp

These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things

                              We asked some of our students, faculty and alumni to pick their favorite books and movies from 2012...even if they didn't come out in 2012...and there seemed to be a resounding groundswell of love for Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson, Birds of a Lesser [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:28-07:00 December 29th, 2012|Categories: Alumni News, Faculty News, Program News, Student News|Comments Off on These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Student News: Publications, Awards & Performances

*Maggie Downs won Punchnel's Zombie short fiction contest with her story "Drop Dead Pretty". *Karen Howes play Cross Winds Over the Saanich Inlet was staged recently at the Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles.  *Lizi Gilad Silver was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her poem  "During Our Marriage, We Neglected to Care for Our Livestock"  in Thrush. *Sharon Alexander has new work [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:28-07:00 November 12th, 2012|Categories: Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Publications, Awards & Performances

Student News: Screenwriting student George Morgan Sells…A Non-Fiction Book!

Congratulations to screenwriting student George Morgan who has just sold a nonfiction project to Prometheus Books entitled Rocket Girl: The True Story of America's First Female Rocket Scientist about his mother, Mary Sherman Morgan, who is credited with inventing the liquid fuel Hydyne and helping to launch the US into space. George also wrote a play of the same name, which debuted in [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:29-07:00 September 3rd, 2012|Categories: Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Screenwriting student George Morgan Sells…A Non-Fiction Book!

Student News: Three New Poems From Lizi Gilad Silver

Poetry student Lizi Gilad Silver has three new poems in the current issue of Thrush. Here's a snippet from her poem "During Our Marriage, We Neglected to Care for Our Livestock":   For ten years our feeble camel twitched her ropetail and winked in every room of our house. We knew neighbors heard her odd, two-toed footsteps and caught glimpses [...]

By | 2014-04-02T20:32:10-07:00 August 27th, 2012|Categories: Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Three New Poems From Lizi Gilad Silver