Tag: books and reading

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.

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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.

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The Word I Couldn’t Leave

I didn’t know how obsessed I was with the world – with the actual word world – until I went through my last book of poems and saw that I used the word at least 30 times.  Actually, another poet told me I used it 30 times but of course I went back and counted the words myself (because they were my words) to see if this was true.  I’d never done anything like that – count how many times a word got used.  I wonder if other poets do this?

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MFAW-VT Alumnus 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.

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MFAW-VT Faculty Member Sherri L. Smith’s “Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen” Published

During World War II, black Americans were fighting for their country and for freedom in Europe, yet they had to endure a totally segregated military in the United States, where they weren’t considered smart enough to become military pilots. After acquiring government funding for aviation training, civil rights activists were able to kickstart the first African American military flight program in the US at Tuskegee University in Alabama. While this book details thrilling flight missions and the grueling training sessions the Tuskegee Airmen underwent, it also shines a light on the lives of these brave men who helped pave the way for the integration of the US armed forces.

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MFAW Faculty Member Victoria Nelson Gets Listed

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”.  It should be noted that anything Victoria Nelson turns her impeccable attention towards is always worth reading.

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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.”

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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.

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13julalldayPublisher Andy Hunter to visit Port Townsend campus in July

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Andy Hunter is the Publisher & COO of Catapult, the Publisher of Literary Hub, and co-founding Chairman of Electric Literature, Hunter and his teams at each organization are exploring literary culture, supporting digital innovation in storytelling, and expanding the community of writers, readers, and publishers.

Catapult, launched in 2016, has recently made headlines by publishing award-winning fiction and nonfiction of the highest literary caliber; it offers writing classes taught by acclaimed emerging and established writers, produces an award-winning daily online magazine of narrative nonfiction and fiction, and hosts an open online platform where writers can showcase their own writing, find resources, and get inspired. Catapult nurtures emerging writers by helping them better their craft, and supports more established writers by evenly sharing revenues from the classes they teach, and by paying to publish their work online. Catapult strives to be a successful business model for the future of independent publishing.

Andy will be on campus to talk to current students and alumni on July 13th.  Stay tuned for more details!


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15jul7:00 pm8:30 pmCamille Dungy to join the Port Townsend residency in July

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Award-winning poet and writer, Camille T. Dungy, will be joining the Port Townsend residency this summer.  She will be giving a public reading on July 15th in the evening, with a workshop the next morning open to current Goddard MFAW students and alumni.  Join us for an evening of reading and conversation with this 2019 Guggenheim Fellow!

Dungy’s debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History(W. W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award. Her other poetry collections are Smith Blue (Southern Illinois UP, 2011), finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award, Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), winner of the American Book Award, and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006), finalist for PEN the Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. Dungy edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009), co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology (Persea, 2009), and served as assistant editor on Gathering Ground: Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (University of Michigan Press, 2006). Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American PoetryBest American Travel Writing100 Best African American Poems, nearly 30 other anthologies, plus dozens of print and online venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, VQR, Guernica, and Poets.org. Other honors include two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, two NAACP Image Award nominations, two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations, fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and fellowships from the NEA in both poetry and prose. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. She lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and child.


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13aug5:30 pm7:00 pmAugust 13th Goddard MFA Zoom 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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Find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing on August 13th.  Meet Program Director Elena Georgiou and discover why the first low residency MFA program in the country is still thriving and may be the best for you!


Goddard’s model is ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their writing skills at the same time. The Goddard MFA program enables you to tailor your study to any of a wide variety of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, and hybrid forms, and to learn from a diverse faculty of published authors. Goddard also offers playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, and libretto writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, film, and opera fields.

Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.

To join the call, and find out more about Goddard, please RSVP to Admissions Counselor Rhonda Brace (rhonda.brace@goddard.edu) and she will send you a Zoom meeting link to participate.



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Goddard College Admissionsdaphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu


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