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- I love this word, woke. Technically, I guess you could say it’s a verb in the past tense, as in “I woke up and saw the light,” but recently it’s been used as an adjective to inform the present, as in “I am woke to the reasons my people came to this country and I am not proud of it anymore!” But when I think about craft, and what it means to me, which is pretty much everything—it’s a doctrine and a commitment, it’s a mantra and a fail-safe, it’s better than a cocktail or a joint or a church service—I must start with this old word newly used, this word “woke.” Because most of all, I think that craft is about being awake.READ MORE »
- In the nonfiction publishing world, proposals are supposed to be the acorns, watered by a generous advance, from which mighty oaks will grow.READ MORE »
- The novel’s scintillating hilarity can be traced back to that gap between the narrator’s awareness and the character’s.READ MORE »
- When I decided to "become" a "real writer," the best advice I received was from prolific children's author Bruce Coville. He said, "You should join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators." So I did. I went to their conference that summer—they hold a big one in Los Angeles every year for all levels, and a more professionally-oriented one in New York in the winter. I was a newcomer and the LA event was walking distance from my house, so how could I refuse?READ MORE »
Critically acclaimed novelist and essayist Rebecca Brown will be speaking at Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program on Saturday, February 16.
Critically acclaimed novelist and essayist Rebecca Brown will be speaking at Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program on Saturday, February 16. She will read from her new cycle of short stories, Not Heaven, Somewhere Else (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2018), and will answer audience questions. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.
Rebecca Brown is the author of a dozen titles published in the US and abroad, including American Romances, The Last Time I Saw You, The Dogs, The Terrible Girls (all with City Lights Books), and The Gifts of the Body (HarperCollins). She has been awarded The Boston Book Review Award, The Lambda Literary Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, two Washington State Book Awards, and a Stranger Genius Award, as well as grants from MacDowell, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, Hawthornden Castle, and The Breneman-Jaech Foundation. Her altered texts and installations have been exhibited in the Frye Art Museum, Hedreen Gallery, Arizona Center for Poetry, Simon Fraser Gallery (Vancouver, BC) and Shoreline Art Gallery. Her work has appeared in magazines and journals in the US, UK, and Japan, and her books have been translated into Japanese, German, Dutch, Norwegian, and Italian. Brown is an Emeritus member of the MFA faculty at Goddard College.
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(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sarah Cannon was born in Seattle and raised in Seattle’s north-end neighborhoods. Her writing appears in the New York Times, Salon.com, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Brainline.org, and Bitch Magazine, among others.
Sarah has been active as a community education writing instructor at places in the Seattle area like Verdant Health and Edmonds Community College. She was a scholarship recipient at the inaugural Quest Writers’ Conference in 2015 (Squamish, B.C.), as well as at BinderConLA in 2017. Sarah holds an MFA from Goddard College, where she received the Spirit of Goddard award and for whom she later helped launch the Lighthouse Writers’ Conference and Retreat in Port Townsend, WA.
Sarah lives with her family in Edmonds, WA, near Seattle, where she works as a technical editor and (when there’s time) a book coach.
Learn more about Sarah Cannon here: https://cannonsarah.com
Event Details: Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at 7:00 pm – Reading Room, Goddard College Fort Warden State Park campus, Port Townsend, WA.
(Sunday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Goddard College Fort Warden Campus
Achy Obejas is the author of The Tower of the Antilles, which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner award. Her other books
Achy Obejas is the author of The Tower of the Antilles, which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner award. Her other books include Ruins and Days of Awe. As a translator, she’s worked with Wendy Guerra, Rita Indiana, Junot Díaz and Megan Maxwell, among others. A native of Havana, she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Learn more about Achy Obejas here: https://achyobejas.com/about
Event Details: Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 7:00 pm
(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Goddard College Fort Warden Campus
- 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.
- 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 two poems, “Dear Half,” and “Chaco Canyon” coming out in November’s HUMMINGBIRD.
- 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
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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…
In April 2016, Sage Hill Press will publish All We Can Hold: A Collection of Poetry on Motherhood including poems by Annalee Dunn (2011), Isla McKetta (2010), and Ellen Welcker (2010).
Faculty member Rahna Reiko Rizzuto talks MFAs and Goddard’s pioneering program on The MFAProject today. Read it for some free advice you can share with your friends.
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