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  • Writer’s Diary:  St. George’s Fields, London

    Writer’s Diary:  St. George’s Fields, London

    Here I am again enjoying  my five-month writer’s colony, tenants covering the mortgage and the cat back home, 5000 miles away from all the other mundane cares.  One of the great paradoxes of our troubled times is that it’s cheaper for me to live in London than in the San Francisco Bay Area. This stripped-down life allows me to focus hard on my writing and enjoy the pleasures of a great city in my time off. My mental engine is madly racing. It’s exciting and exhausting at the same time. READ MORE »
  • MFAW-VT Alumna Cheryl Heller’s “The Intergalactic Design Guide” Has Launched

    MFAW-VT Alumna Cheryl Heller’s “The Intergalactic Design Guide” Has Launched

    MFAW-VT alumna Cheryl Heller just launched The Intergalactic Design Guide, which illuminates a process for leading change that contradicts the prevalent assumption that the future is “someone else’s” responsibility. It’s a book about leaders who are doing what others consider impossible, and a map for how anyone who wants to step up can become one.READ MORE »
  • CLOCKHOUSE:  Call for Volume Seven Submissions

    CLOCKHOUSE: Call for Volume Seven Submissions

    CLOCKHOUSE seeks submissions in poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction for its 2019 issue Clockhouse is an eclectic conversation about the work-in-progress of life–a soul arousal, a testing ground, a new community, a call for change. Clockhouse seeks submissions in poetry,READ MORE »
  • A Writer Unpacks the Kavanaugh Hearings

    A Writer Unpacks the Kavanaugh Hearings

    In some ways, Kavanaugh’s testimony was like every writer’s Shitty First Draft: there was true meaning buried in that mess, but it had yet to be exhumed. The advice I give to students who are struggling with their own first drafts is to Interrogate the Weird. That’s because weirdness usually signals something that deserves to be unpacked. There was plenty of Weird in Kavanaugh’s testimony.READ MORE »

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  • MFAW Faculty Member Kennan Norris Has a New Book of Short Stories

    MFAW Faculty Member Kennan Norris Has a New Book of Short Stories

    "Set in the Central California countryside and the Southern California desert, By the Lemon Tree’s old school stories chronicle the collision of wide-eyed childhood with the end of lives human and animal. In “Twice Good” a downtrodden city administrator shows up for a Black Panther protest forty years too late. “Funeral in Fresno” introduces us to an impatient reverend who is forced to confront his past and his future, while in the title story, a young boy born and raised in East Oakland bears witness to life and death in an ancient rural world."
  • MFAW Faculty Member Deborah Brevoort’s Staged Reading in November

    MFAW Faculty Member Deborah Brevoort’s Staged Reading in November

    In 1937, legendary singer Marian Anderson gave a concert in Princeton, NJ and was refused a room at the Nassau Inn because she was black. Albert Einstein invited her to stay at his home beginning an intimate friendship between the two that would last for a lifetime. Based on actual events, My Lord, What a Night provides a thought-provoking account of what happened that night.
  • MFAW-VT Rahna Reiko Rizzuto Interview Posts at THE RUMPUS

    MFAW-VT Rahna Reiko Rizzuto Interview Posts at THE RUMPUS

    "Shadow Child has lots of monsters, hauntings, ghosts. But that is not where the real peril comes from. My monsters are the guilt and sorrow kind. They rise out of despair, helplessness. They are a manifestation of “dis-ease”; and they are invisible. Hidden."
  • MFAW-VT Faculty Member Sherri L. Smith Collaboration with Jan Duursema

    MFAW-VT Faculty Member Sherri L. Smith Collaboration with Jan Duursema

    MFAW-VT faculty member Sherri L. Smith will team with artist Jan Duursema in 2019 with the release of Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path, a six-issue comic series from Dark Horse, set during the events of James Cameron’s original 2009 blockbuster film, Avatar.

“We are leaving our incredible faculty, brilliant talents themselves, who truly care about the likes of us, who utilize equal parts love and cattle prod…but we’re taking each other.”

Goddard MFA Graduate, Vermont, Jan. 2013

I yearned for creative freedom...My advisors at Goddard helped tailor my studies to my unique needs and interests, while at the same time stretching me beyond where I might have wandered on my own.

Mary Johnson, Goddard MFA alumna and author of An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year

 

 

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Goddard College is the only school I ever wanted to attend. It's a place where radical change is supported and encouraged; where commitment to creative discipline and social justice is expected. I know of no other institution where respect for the craft of writing is fostered with such joy or where dedication to intellectual rigor and curiosity are modeled by the faculty with so much respect for the student. I'm proud to be an alumna of this historically progressive institution. Goddard College changed my life.

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  • MFAW-WA faculty member Beatrix Gates has been accepted into Jen Bervin’s “Tactile Notation” workshop at Haystack Mt School of Crafts on Deer Isle and is thrilled at the prospect of being a student in this two-week workshop to “experiment with intertextual, intratextual, and interdisciplinary approaches to process, and consider reading and writi…[Read more]

  • MFAW-VT student Jess Lewis has just gotten her first publication. To read it, go here:

  • MFAW-WA alumna Liz Kellebrew’s prose poem, “Flood, Fire, Mountain,” will appear in Writers Resist: The Anthology 2018, coming out this October. There are plans in the works for a reading at AWP ’19 in Portland, OR, and possibly elsewhere. Stay tuned…

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