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  • In the Contemplative Realms

    In the Contemplative Realms

    Here in the contemplative realms of the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, I’ve lost track of time. I wander among timepieces and pendulums, spheres that chart the stars, and Earth globes with halos of hours at their poles, each artifact a survivor from its Renaissance birth through the firebombing of Dresden in World War II. Having lain undisturbed during the Iron Curtain years, these relics have arrived intact at the Age of Digitalia...READ MORE »
  • Sneak Preview:  CLOCKHOUSE Volume Six!

    Sneak Preview: CLOCKHOUSE Volume Six!

    Clockhouse‘s sixth volume is still in its final production stages, but we’re able to give you an idea of what to expect with Sarah Cedeño’s “Note from the Editorial Director.”  As always, there will be a special Preview Reading ofREAD MORE »
  • On Mastery

    On Mastery

    2018 marks two milestones in my life. This past March, I turned 40, which everyone assures me is the new 30.  (It’s also, unsurprisingly, the old 60, but no one wants to talk about that.)  To celebrate my fortieth birthday, my husband attempted to coerce me into having a celebration worthy of the occasion, a lavish gathering of family and friends and colleagues, crammed into a modestly priced rental hall to eat finger foods we didn’t cook set to music we only vaguely remembered selecting.  I refused.  Does anybody really need to see me drunk and dancing awkwardly to another Macklemore song about inclusion?  I don’t think so.READ MORE »
  • It’s Not Too Late to Register for the CWC&R!

    It’s Not Too Late to Register for the CWC&R!

    There are still spaces available for the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat, so please do visit the CWC website for registration materials if you’re thinking of joining us! A Morning’s Writing at the CWC Conference & Retreat, Photo: Heather HuddlestonREAD MORE »

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  • Electric Literature Posts Essay by MFAW Faculty Member Reiko Rizzuto

    Electric Literature Posts Essay by MFAW Faculty Member Reiko Rizzuto

    MFAW-VT faculty member ​Rahna Reiko Rizzuto’s essay on the shape of trauma in our writing is featured on Electric Literature from the essay: “I started writing my second novel in the aftermath of violence. In a more-common-than-you-think incident — one that
  • Julia Bouwsma Wins Maine Literary Award in Poetry

    Julia Bouwsma Wins Maine Literary Award in Poetry

    MFAW-VT alum and former Visiting Alumni Writer Julia Bouwsma’s Work by Bloodlight won the Maine Literary Award for poetry.  Work by Bloodlight, which began as Julia’s MFA creative thesis, was chosen by Linda Pastan for the Cider Press Review Prize and published by
  • Victoria Nelson’s Best Reviewed Book of the Week

    Victoria Nelson’s Best Reviewed Book of the Week

    MFAW-WA faculty member Victoria Nelson’s New York Review Books edition of Robert Aickman’s story collection, Compulsory Games, with reviews in the New Yorker, Washington Post, and elsewhere, made the Lit Hub/Bookmarks “Best Reviewed Books of the Week” list.  Robert Aickman (1914–1981) wrote eight collections of
  • MFAW-VT Faculty Member Douglas A. Martin Interview

    MFAW-VT Faculty Member Douglas A. Martin Interview

    The Creative Independent, “a growing resource of emotional and practical guidance for creative people,” featured MFAW-VT faculty member Douglas A. Martin in their Sunday Edition Interview.  Here is a taste: “My book began its life as a dissertation. My approach was something like

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

    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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