MFA Offers Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Creative Writing

By Katy Yocom

Spalding MFA Associate Administrative Director

For writers ready to carve out space in their life for creative pursuits, Spalding University’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing is launching a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Creative Writing. The certificate program launches in November and is equivalent to one semester in Spalding’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing. Those who complete the certificate program earn 15 hours of graduate-level academic credit. Continue reading “MFA Offers Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Creative Writing”

Molly Peacock to Lead Spalding MFA Poetry Workshop

By Katy Yocom

Spalding MFA Associate Administrative Director

The Spalding MFA in Writing program is thrilled to welcome back beloved faculty emerita Molly Peacock to lead a poetry workshop for our students at the fall residency. An outstanding teacher, dynamic speaker, and one of the premier poets in North America, Molly will also speak about her career, read from her work, and offer advice to emerging poets. Continue reading “Molly Peacock to Lead Spalding MFA Poetry Workshop”

R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr., Self-Actualization

by Shane McCrae
Spalding MFA Faculty, Poetry

Probably you’re too young to remember this—or were too sane at the time to care—but back in the early 90s, when R.E.M. were considered the best band in the world by more than a few people, back when they had just released Out of Time, both the band and their fans began expressing anxiety about the band returning to their roots—i.e., the people wanted R.E.M. to make an up-tempo album again, a rocking, electric album, and the band wanted to make the people happy. Let’s set aside the fact that R.E.M.’s first album, Murmur, while marginally more up-tempo than Out of Time and definitely more up-tempo than Automatic for the People, was in only the vaguest sense a rock record—R.E.M. gets very little credit for having started out as one of America’s finest early purveyors of pop-inflected post-punk obscurities—and concentrate instead on what happened when R.E.M. actually made the record the people seemed to want: Monster. Real talk: I hate Monster. Continue reading “R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr., Self-Actualization”