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MFA in Creative Writing program celebrates 10th anniversary

05/18/11 -  

Queens' low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is celebrating is 10th anniversary this year with readings and seminars that are open to the public, and a wonderful new anthology featuring work by instructors, alumni and current students.

The anthology is available at www.Press53.com for $19.95, as well as from booksellers everywhere.

Founded in May 2001, The Queens MFA Program has graduated over 300 students, many of whom have since gone on to publish and teach and to establish important careers of their own.  Queens MFA Alumni have published over 30 books, and their fiction, poetry, and nonfiction has appeared in Tin House, TriQuarterly, The Missouri Review, The Mississippi Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Tar River Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, West Branch, The Kenyon Review, The Potomac Review, The Southern Poetry Review, Puerto del Sol, The New York Times, More magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, and many other magazines and journals.

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the program will present the following events, all of which are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 20, 8:30 -  MFA Faculty and Alumni Reading

Sykes Auditorium

Jonathan Dee is the author of the novel "The Privileges" (Random House, 2010), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and winner of the St. Francis Prize. He is also the author of the novels "Palladio," "St. Famous," "The Liberty Campaign," and "The Lover of History." He is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, a frequent literary critic for Harper's, and a former senior editor of The Paris Review. In addition to his work at Queens, he teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and The New School. In 2011, he received a Creative Arts fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. He is also a past recipient of a Literature Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Morri Creech is the Writer in Residence at Queens. He has won a number of awards for his poetry, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Modern Poetry Foundation. He is a 2012 recipient of the NC Arts Fellowship. He has published widely in such journals and magazines as "Poetry," "The Sewanee Review," "The New Republic," "The New Criterion," "The Southern Review," and "The Yale Review," and his work has been included in such anthologies as Penguin/Longman's "Poetry: a Pocket Anthology" and "The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets." His third book of poetry, "The Sleep of Reason" is forthcoming from Waywiser Press in 2012.

Rebecca McClanahan has published nine books, most recently "Deep Light: New and Selected Poems 1987-2007" and "The Riddle Songs and Other Rememberings," which won the 2005 Glasgow Prize in nonfiction. She has also authored four previous books of poetry and two books of writing instruction, including "Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively." McClanahan's work has appeared in "The Best American Poetry," "The Best American Essays," "Kenyon Review," "Georgia Review," "Gettysburg Review," and numerous other publications. She  has received the Wood Prize from Poetry, a Pushcart Prize in fiction, and (twice) the Carter prize for the essay from Shenandoah. She is a 2012 recipient of the NC Arts Fellowship. For more information: www.mcclanmuse.com.

Jessica Handler, a 2006 graduate, is the author of the memoir "Invisible Sisters" (Public Affairs, 2009) was named Atlanta Magazine's "Best Memoir of 2009," and "one of eight great southern books" of the year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She has received numerous awards, including an honorable mention for the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award, and a Peter Taylor Nonfiction Fellowship at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.

Susan Woodring, a 2004 graduate, is the author of the novel Goliath, which will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2012. She is also the author of another novel The Traveling Disease (Main Street Rag, 2007) and a collection of short stories, Springtime on Mars (Press 53, 2008). Her short fiction has been published in Quick Fiction, turnrow, Passages North, and Surreal South, among other magazines and anthologies. She is the winner of the 2006 Isotope Short Fiction Contest, the 2006 Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Fiction Prize, and the 2009 Ruminate Short Fiction Contest. Her fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Susan Laughter Meyers, a 2003 graduate, is the author of Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press), winner of the inaugural SC Poetry Book Prize, the SIBA Book Award for Poetry, and the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her chapbook Lessons in Leaving won the Persephone Press Book Award. Her poetry has also appeared in numerous journals, as well as Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry column.

 

Thursday, May 19, 7:30 - MFA Alumni Reading

Sykes Auditorium

Tracy Crow, a 2005 graduate, is the author of the memoir, Eyes Right, published the University of Nebraska Press. She has also published essays in The Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, and Puerto del Sol, to name a few, and her work has received three Pushcart Prize nominations.

Pauletta Hansel, a 2011 graduate, is the author of the collection of poetry The Lives We Live in Houses, which will be published by Wind Publications in fall 2011.  Her poems have appeared in Appalachian Journal, Motif: Come What May and Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia and are forthcoming in ABZ Journal and Southern Women's Review and anthologized in A Gathering at the Forks, Old Wounds, New Words, A Kentucky Christmas and Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia.

Susan Woodring, a 2004 graduate, is the author of the novel Goliath, which will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2012. She is also the author of another novel The Traveling Disease (Main Street Rag, 2007) and a collection of short stories, Springtime on Mars (Press 53, 2008). Her short fiction has been published in Quick Fiction, turnrow, Passages North, and Surreal South, among other magazines and anthologies. She is the winner of the 2006 Isotope Short Fiction Contest, the 2006 Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Fiction Prize, and the 2009 Ruminate Short Fiction Contest. Her fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

 

Saturday, May 21 - Publishing Panels

Sykes Auditorium

9:30 - Magazine Editors

A panel discussion on publishing in literary magazines, featuring Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House; Willing Davidson, an editorial associate and a fiction editor at The New Yorker; and others.

4:00 - Book Publishing

A panel on the current state of the publishing industry, featuring Helen Atsma, a senior editor at Grand Central Publishing; Anne Edelstein, owner and founder of The Anne Edelstein Literary Agency; Megan Lynch, an editor at Riverhead Books; Chris Parris-Lamb, an agent with The Gernert Company; Peter Steinberg, founder of The Steinberg Agency; and Amy Williams, co-founder of The McCormick & Williams Agency.

 

Sunday, May 22, 8:00 - Faculty Reading

Sykes Auditorium

Alan Michael Parker has written five books of poems, including the forthcoming Holier Than This, as well as two novels, including Whale Man. His writing has appeared in The Believer, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere; his honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Fineline Prize, the Medwick Prize, and inclusion in the forthcoming Best American Poetry, 2011.

Katherine Min's first novel, Secondhand World, was published by Knopf in 2006, and was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Award.  Her stories have been published in various magazines, including Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and Threepenny Review.  She has been a recipient of an NEA grant, a Pushcart Prize, two New Hampshire Arts Council fellowships, and one from the North Carolina's Arts Council. 

 

Tuesday, May 24, 8:15 - Faculty Reading

Sykes Auditorium

Zachary Lazar is the author of three books, most recently the novel Sway and the memoir Evening's Empire: The Story of My Father's Murder.  He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.  His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, BOMB and other places. 

Nick Lantz is the author of two recent collections of poetry. The first, We Don't Know We Don't Know (Graywolf 2010), won the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bakeless Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Council for Wisconsin Writers Posner Award. The second collection, The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors' House (University of Wisconsin Press 2010), was selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky for the Felix Pollak Prize. Lantz has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and his work has appeared in Mid-American Review, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Poetry Daily, and FIELD, and has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio program The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor.

 Friday, May 27, 8:15 - Faculty Reading

Sykes Auditorium

Jon Pineda's latest book, Sleep in Me (a memoir), was a 2010 Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" Selection and a Library Journal "Best Books of 2010" Selection.  He is the author of the poetry collections The Translator's Diary, winner of the 2007 Green Rose Prize for Poetry, and Birthmark, winner of the 2003 Crab Orchard Award Series Open Competition. 

Elizabeth Evans is the author of Suicide's Girlfriend, Locomotion, The Blue Hour, Rowing in Eden, and Carter Clay and the recipient of numerous awards, including an NEA Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Lila Wallace, and Four Corners. She has been a fellow at MacDowell, Yaddo, Hawthornden International, and other foundations. 

For more information on the readings or on the Queens MFA Program in Creative Writing, contact Melissa Bashor, MFA Coordinator, at 704-337-2499 or by e-mail at bashorm@queens.edu

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