Special Events at the Spalding MFA Fall Residency

By Katy Yocom, Spalding MFA Associate Directorgoodbones

Spalding MFA students will put their learning into practice in a new way at the Fall 2018 residency, November 9-18 in Louisville.   Continue reading “Special Events at the Spalding MFA Fall Residency”

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The Story outside the Story in Totem: America*

By Debra Kang Dean, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Poetry Faculty
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Paul Gauguin – “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?”

When the Hawaiian Renaissance, a cultural revitalization movement, began in 1970 in my home state, I was a sophomore at a large public high school attended by students from the University district of Manoa Valley and two others between which I lived: the largely middle-class Asian district of Pauoa Valley and Papakolea, an area referred to as Hawaiian “homestead land.” A few months into the school year, I found myself in the company of an ethnically diverse group brought together by a common interest: track and field. Outside the schoolyard, Japanese investment and tourism were on the rise, and, a couple of years later, Ferdinand Marcos would declare martial law in the Philippines, which would bring an influx of Filipinos. I understood only in retrospect how this confluence of events had knocked me out of my comfort zone in the Islands. Continue reading “The Story outside the Story in Totem: America*”

Join Spalding at the Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, Oct. 12-14

By Karen Leslie (Chronister), Spalding MFA Alumni

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In the current era where arts and humanities programs are threatened with a hard shove to the sidelines, The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is a bold and bright voice booming atop the Nashville landscape. For three days in October, the SFB gathers together book lovers and the nation’s and region’s prominent writers, offering dozens of panels on the writing arts in downtown Nashville. Spalding will debut a booth this year with program advocacy and honoring our writers in mind, including faculty member Silas House and his recent novel, Southernmost, and alum Charles Dodd White with In the House of Wilderness, both featured on the main program, as well as faculty member Jeanie Thompson and alum Juyanne James, who are featured in panel sessions. Continue reading “Join Spalding at the Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, Oct. 12-14”

SPALDING MFA OFFERS BOOK-LENGTH POETRY MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP AT THE FALL 2018 RESIDENCY, NOV 9-18

By Kathleen Driskell, Program Director, Poetry Faculty Member

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To date I’ve published four full-length books of poetry, and while it’s thrilling to hold one of my new books in my hands, one of my truly favorite moments happens when I realize my heap of new poems is high enough to begin thinking about how they should be collected into a manuscript. Continue reading “SPALDING MFA OFFERS BOOK-LENGTH POETRY MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP AT THE FALL 2018 RESIDENCY, NOV 9-18”

My Enrichment Semester, or How I Escaped My Comfort Zone and Finally Found Work-Life Balance

By Marjetta Geerling, Spalding MFA Alumni (W4CYA ’11)
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When I graduated from the Spalding MFA program in 2011, I knew at some point I’d be back for an enrichment semester. It’s no secret how much I love the Spalding program, and the enrichment semester provides the opportunity to do a post-graduate semester, an experience I definitely wanted but wasn’t sure how I’d squeeze into my teaching life. Continue reading “My Enrichment Semester, or How I Escaped My Comfort Zone and Finally Found Work-Life Balance”

POW! Spalding MFA Offers New Learning Opportunities in the Profession of Writing

By Kathleen Driskell, Director, Spalding Low-Residency MFA

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Our graduate students enter the Spalding MFA in Writing Program to learn to write better, and that’s our core academic push as well. But all students want to publish or have their work produced, too, and so we’ve regularly invited leading agents, editors, producers, including New York and small press publishers to speak to and make connections with our students during residencies. Continue reading “POW! Spalding MFA Offers New Learning Opportunities in the Profession of Writing”

INTERVIEW: ‘Terminus’ finds characters discovering painful truth

March 2, 2018 Interview with Gabriel Jason Dean, reprinted with permission from the author, John Soltes at HollywoodSoapbox.com
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Gabriel Jason Dean (center) with cast members

Terminus, the topical new play from Gabriel Jason Dean, is currently being staged as part of the Next Door initiative at the New York Theatre Workshop in Downtown Manhattan. Starring Deirdre O’Connell, the drama looks at Eller, a white woman facing the realities of her violent past amidst the racism of the segregated South. As she journeys along in the play, the woman’s mixed-race grandson, Jaybo, faces a dilemma himself on how to look after his grandmother, a woman he’s no longer recognizing. Continue reading “INTERVIEW: ‘Terminus’ finds characters discovering painful truth”

Being a Writer

By Jason Hill, Spalding MFA Coordinator of Student Services & Marketing

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This past winter I led a pair of workshops at the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning in Lexington, Kentucky. It’s a great place, full of people who come to learn and look for someone to help guide them. When I proposed the two workshops (one of which I co-led with my wife, Kelly) I did so thinking it would be good experience and could open the door for other workshops or similar opportunities. But as I prepared and then held the workshops, I realized something else: This too is something writers do. Continue reading “Being a Writer”