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Please update your bookmarks accordingly.  Your subscriptions to the blog should be forwarded to the new address within the next week.  If not, please enter a new subscription on any page of the new site.

We’ve also (finally!) linked the blog directly to Warren Wilson MFA Alumni Page on Facebook, so all posts should appear on that page, as well.

If you are not already in the habit, send Friends of Writers your publication news.  If your story or poem is linked on line, we include the text and a link. If your publisher allows it, we’ll actually post the link the same morning it is released on line: We’d even be happy to go up a day or two early!   If your piece is not online, we will include the news in our periodic digest of program news, where we also list as many alum and faculty new books as we get word of.

Photographers, we’re also interested in adding MFA program-related photo galleries.

Friends of Writers also posts alumni and faculty interviews, craft articles and announcements of prizes and awards.   If you would like to propose some original, exclusive content, send us a note through the CONTACT link on

Warren Wilson Party at AWP

Don’t forget, the Warren Wilson Party is tonight from 9pm – midnight, at Sweetwater Tavern.


Click here for directions



As most of you know, Heather McHugh is fronting a terrific organization
she set up to give a space and some time to write for those who are in the
day-to-day front line of caring for disabled loved ones . Caregifted is
past the start-up phase, and into trying to establish legacy funds and a
permanent basis for continued support of these under-sung caregivers. To
spread the word, she has teamed with film-maker Adam Larson to create a
feature length documentary about the project. Here’s a great a link to a
description of the project:

Heather and Adam have pulled in nearly enough donations to make this film
a reality; they are only $695.00 away from their goal. The rub is, they
need to come up with that small amount by January 14th. If you can spare a
few dollars for a wonderful project, please push the donate button and
help Heather and Adam put their project over the top.

Find out more about Caregifted at

Call for 2013 Dartmouth Poet in Residence Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Dartmouth Poet in
Residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH.  This is a six to eight
week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse, which sits on
a quiet rural road with spectacular views of the White Mountains.

The residency begins July 1 and ends August 31, 2013, and includes a
$1,000 award from The Frost Place and $1,000 from Dartmouth College.
The poet will have several opportunities to give readings across the
region, including at Dartmouth College, for which the poet will
receive a $1,000 honorarium.

The house, built in 1859 and owned by the Frost family from 1915 to
1920, is spartan, but comfortable.  The Frost Place Museum is open to
the public during afternoon hours, and a portion of the house is
closed off for the resident poet.

Previous recipients of this residency, which began in 1977, include
Katha Pollitt, Robert Haas, William Matthews, Cleopatra Mathis, Mark
Halliday, Mary Ruefle, Mark Cox, and Laura Kasischke.  Many of these
poets have returned to The Frost Place to participate in the
conferences held each summer.  The aim of the residency program has
been to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads,
as Frost was when he bought the place in 1915.

The primary criteria is that applicants must have published at least
one book of poems.  Application and guidelines can be found at  Poets may apply directly or be
nominated by someone else.  There is a $25 fee for applications.  The
deadline for submission is midnight, December 31, 2012.

From the Program Photo Archives

Swannanoa, October 2009


Summer 2012 Fiction Team

Summer 2012 Poetry Team


Devil Down Records

The MFA Program’s own Reed Turchi Fellow speaks with Frank Stasio of North Carolina Public Radio about starting his own business as a sophomore at UNC:

Listen to the full interview at


Blue Ridge Mountain Sky

Another photo from office manager and webmaster Alissa Whelan: