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Faculty and Alumni in Blackbird

New poems by faculty members Ellen Bryant Voigt and Dana Levin, and alumni Victoria Chang and Sean Patrick Hill, appear online at Blackbird.

“Lost Boy” by Ellen Bryant Voigt

Two Poems by Dana Levin (also, A Conversation with Dana Levin and Matthew Zapruder)

Four Poems by Victoria Chang

“Gauguin Among the Tahitians” by Sean Patrick Hill

The Mystery of Personality

From Dominic Smith‘s January 2013 residency lecture:

 

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Faculty and Alumni in Drunken Boat

Work by Program Director Debra Allbery, faculty members Laura Kasischke, David Baker, and Mark Jarman, and alumnus Randall Couch (poetry ’03) appears in Drunken Boat 17‘s feature on Lisa Russ Spaar’s anthology of critical essays, The Hide and Seek Muse.

 

Debra Allbery reads “Of Evanescence”

Laura Kasischke reads “March”

David Baker discusses “Swift”

Mark Jarman reads “Oblivion”

Randall Couch reads “Pressed”

Catchy Tunes

“Catchy Tunes,” a poem by Robert Thomas (poetry, ’02) appears online at Poetry Magazine.

It’s not just this. Every written word is a suicide note.
And a love letter, too.

There may be no one to talk to who would get it,
but if you write it down maybe someone will get it after you’ve left the room,

or in five hundred years, or maybe someone from Sirius, the Dog Star,
will get it. The composer Karlheinz Stockhausen

claimed he was born on Sirius. You remember him:
the genius who said the crashing of planes

into the World Trade Center was the greatest concert ever held,
although he later conceded the audience had not been given the option

to not attend
and that somewhat diminished its perfection.  …[Keep Reading]…

MFA Residency: Friday, July 12th

Public Schedule Events

At 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall, Mary Szybist’s lecture “There Interposed a _______: A Few Considerations of Poetic Drama”

Then at 11:15, a lecture from Robert Boswell’s lecture “Having Weight and Having Gravity: Resonance and Meaning in Fiction”

Join us this afternoon at 4:30 pm in Fellowship Hall for the final Graduate Student readings, followed immediately by the Graduation Ceremony

Tonight’s Graduate Readers:

Patricia Grace King

Lia Greenwell

Adrienne Perry

Nathan McClain

Garrett Simmons

For more information, including a full schedule of public events, please visit the program website at http://wwcmfa.org/

MFA Residency: Thursday, July 11th

Public Schedule Events

At 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall, Caitlin Horrocks discusses “When Bad Stories Go Good”

Then at 10:45, a lecture from Tony Hoagland on “Information, Layering, and the Composite Poem”

Join us tonight at 8:15 pm in Fellowship Hall for Graduate Student readings by:

Tommye Blount

Elisabeth Hamilton

Sean Patrick Hill

Steve Weed

Carrie Mar

Judith Whelchel

For more information, including a full schedule of public events, please visit the program website at http://wwcmfa.org/

MFA Residency: Wednesday, July 10th

Public Schedule Events

Join us tonight at 8:15 pm in Fellowship Hall for the first night of Graduate Student readings.  Tonight’s Graduate Readers:

Lindsay Ahl

Alexandra Carter

Ronald Alexander

Brandi Gentry

Victor Valcik

Marit MacArthur

For more information, including a full schedule of public events, please visit the program website at http://wwcmfa.org/

MFA Residency: Tuesday, July 9th

Public Schedule Events

Join us tonight at 8:15 pm in Fellowship Hall for readings by:

Debra Allbery

David Haynes

Marianne Boruch

Debra Spark

Maurice Manning

For more information, including a full schedule of public events, please visit the program website at http://wwcmfa.org/

Astronomers Locate a New Planet

“Astronomers Locate a New Planet,” a poem by Matthew Olzmann (poetry, ’09; Beebe Fellow, ’12) appears online at Hyphen.

“Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond.” — Reuters, 8/24/2011

Like the universe’s largest engagement ring, it twirls
and sparkles its way through infinity.
The citizens of the new world know about luxury.
They can live for a thousand years.
Their hearts are little clocks
with silver pendulums pulsing inside.
Eyes like onyx, teeth like pearl.
But it’s not always easy. They know hunger.
They starve. A field made of diamond
is impossible to plow; shovels crumble and fold
like paper animals. So frequent is famine,
that when two people get married,
one gives the other a locket filled with dirt.
That’s the rare thing, the treasured thing, there.
It takes decades to save for,
but the ground beneath them glows, and people find a way.

…[Keep Reading]…

MFA Residency: Sunday, July 7th

Public Schedule Events

At 9:30 am in Gladfelter’s Canon Lounge, Peter Orner speaks on “Reading as Experience”

Then at 10:45, a lecture from Stephen Dobyns on the work of James Wright

Join us tonight at 8:15 pm in Gladfelter’s Canon Lounge for readings by:

Christopher Castellani

Heather McHugh

Kevin McIlvoy

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Peter Turchi

For more information, including a full schedule of public events, please visit the program website at http://wwcmfa.org/