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  • What’s in a Title

    What’s in a Title

    I’m finishing a book at the moment, and I recently discovered that I hate a chapter title. Hate it. Loathe it. Despise it. Hate hate hate it. Were it alive, I would kill it, then do everything in my power to bring it back to life, just so I could kill it again.READ MORE »
  • Tiny Stories, Big Influence

    Tiny Stories, Big Influence

    Last month, two beloved writers, Meena Alexander and Louise DeSalvo, made their transitions into a fully spiritual existence. Meena was 67. Louise was 76. Both, in addition to authoring numerous books, were Distinguished Professors at Hunter College, CUNY. Each, in their own way, helped to shape my path as a writer.READ MORE »
  • Jean Valentine and Adrienne Rich: Crossing Generations

    Jean Valentine and Adrienne Rich: Crossing Generations

    Poland Springs, Maine’s infamous water, sold worldwide, brings nothing to the town of Poland Springs, except the threat of poison. The springs ran dry fifty years ago, and the remaining Maine sources are close to human waste dumps, landfill, fish hatchery or toxic petroleum dump sites. It all matters, and back at my house, a little after 6pm, I meet with young poet filmmaker Matt to talk poetry.READ MORE »
  • The Shame of Losing

    The Shame of Losing

    Today my first book is “officially” released unto the world. The Shame of Losing was picked up by Red Hen Press fall of 2015, so here I am, three years later, wondering how to be a book marketer meanwhile not choke on my own self-promotional worry tears.READ MORE »

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12dec5:00 pm6:00 pmGoddard MFA Zoom December Information MeetingMeet Goddard College MFA in Creating Writing's program director Elena Georgiou, and learn how our low-residency MFA program can help you develop your voice as a writer in the world.

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  • MFAW-VT Alumna Chera Hammons Miller Named Writer-in-Residence

    MFAW-VT Alumna Chera Hammons Miller Named Writer-in-Residence

    Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Connotation Press, Rattle, Sugar House Review, Tar River Poetry, THRUSH, Tupelo Quarterly, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and The Writer's Almanac, among others. Books include Amaranthine Hour (Jacar Press, 2012), Recycled Explosions (Ink Brush Press, 2016), and The Traveler's Guide to Bomb City (Purple Flag Press, forthcoming January 2017). She is a member of the editorial board of poetry journal One. She lives in Amarillo, TX.
  • MFAW-VT Alumni Joe Ricker and His 5-Book Deal

    MFAW-VT Alumni Joe Ricker and His 5-Book Deal

    About the author: Joe Ricker is a former bartender for southern literary legends Barry Hannah and Larry Brown. He has also worked as a cab driver, an innkeeper, acquisitions specialist, professor and in the Maine timber industry. Esquire magazine referred to him as "[a] man of letters who's gentle in the way that only the toughest of hard-asses can be." He grew up in Sanford, Maine, and earned degrees from Marion Military Institute, Ole Miss, and Goddard College. Ricker now lives in Reno, Nevada, where he teaches in the University of Nevada's English department.
  • MFAW-WA Faculty Member Beatrix Gates Has Poems Coming in HUMMINGBIRD

    MFAW-WA Faculty Member Beatrix Gates Has Poems Coming in HUMMINGBIRD

    MFAW-WA faculty member Beatrix Gates has two poems, “Dear Half,”  and “Chaco Canyon” coming out in November’s HUMMINGBIRD.
  • MFAW-VT Alumna Jennifer Judge / Jenny Holzer Collaboration

    MFAW-VT Alumna Jennifer Judge / Jenny Holzer Collaboration

    MFAW-VT alumna Jennifer Judge’s  poem. “81 North,” was recently selected to appear in a Jenny Holzer art installation in the Comcast Technology Center lobby in Philadelphia.  This is the text was originally sent when she was asked if her work could

“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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  • The Writer posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    MFAW-VT alumnus James Ferry wrote this moving personal essay in the American Association of University Professors.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    “I’d been in custody for nearly an hour. The cops had thoroughly searched my person and the sniffer dog had rummaged through my Mustang to no avail. But now that same dog, Rusty—whose name I would later lea…[Read more]

  • The Writer posted an update 6 months, 1 week ago

    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]

  • The Writer posted an update 6 months, 1 week ago

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

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Faculty of the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Program

Faculty of the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Program

Faculty of the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Goddard Porches, Port Townsend, Washington, Program Site The writers who teach in the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Program have been published and produced internationally, and are recognized in their fields. They

About The Writer in the World

About The Writer in the World

  The Writer in the World is a collaborative site for the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing community – faculty, alumni and students – to share their news and their thoughts. Here, you can hear about publications, awards, productions, retreats,

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